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post #106 of 119
Thread Starter 
Hi,

Interesting. I was looking for a battery before, I had to send back the Energiser XP-8000.

Sadly this battery will cost me 165 US Dollars shipping to the UK, plus the battery itself, plus the 20% Viciously Added Tax on import on goods and shipping and 20 Quid service fee for Fed-Ex to take it off me.

A bit silly if you ask me, to pay nearly 350 USD for a 100 USD item, so I must pass this one.

Cheers Rich
Edited by bedlam inside - 7/21/13 at 10:28am
post #107 of 119

That does seem to be a ridiculous amount to pay. Maybe there is a similar battery out there that would work for less.

post #108 of 119
Thread Starter 

Hi,

I have been rather busy the last few month, so not much I could post, but expect a few new reviews soon...

First, a while back I bought a Micro Seiki MX-1 electrostatic Headphone set at a charity Shop, which turned out to be in excellent nick and sounds great. From my last business trip to the US I brought back a Fostex T50RP.

Plus, after hearing them a few times and griping over the Money - I told myself YOLO.

So I dropped a bag of sand and then some onto a Set of Audeze LCD-2 (new), which are now burning in.

 

So don't touch that dial and stay tuned...

Cheerio Rich


Edited by bedlam inside - 8/16/13 at 8:33am
post #109 of 119

Woah, just realized you said you listened to the HE-500 at 1-2 o'clock with the iCan. I don't hope that is on high gain, I can barely make it past 9 o'clock on high gain!

post #110 of 119
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Originally Posted by bedlam inside View Post

Hi,

I have been rather busy the last few month, so not much I could post, but expect a few new reviews soon...

First, a while back I bought a Micro Seiki MX-1 electrostatic Headphone set at a charity Shop, which turned out to be in excellent nick and sounds great. From my last business trip to the US I brought back a Fostex T50RP.

Plus, after hearing them a few times and griping over the Money - I told myself YOLO.

So I dropped a bag of sand and then some onto a Set of Audeze LCD-2 (new), which are now burning in.

 

So don't touch that dial and stay tuned...

Cheerio Rich


I loved the LCD-2, although I only had them for a week and it was before I had the iCAN. However, they were just too damn heavy for me. Hurt my neck to wear them for long. Getting old is a bitch.

post #111 of 119
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Hi,
 

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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Woah, just realized you said you listened to the HE-500 at 1-2 o'clock with the iCan. I don't hope that is on high gain, I can barely make it past 9 o'clock on high gain!


My iCan is the original model, without that newfangled gain switching. I am not sure what is the difference in gain...

 

Sorry.

Cheerio Rich

post #112 of 119
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Originally Posted by bedlam inside View Post

Hi,
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Woah, just realized you said you listened to the HE-500 at 1-2 o'clock with the iCan. I don't hope that is on high gain, I can barely make it past 9 o'clock on high gain!


My iCan is the original model, without that newfangled gain switching. I am not sure what is the difference in gain...

 

Sorry.

Cheerio Rich

I am using the iCan without gain switch as well. I have loaned it from someone. Still, are you sure you aren't listening very loud? At 12 o'clock it is like louder than most laptop speakers. I don't even think I'd be able to stand 1-2 o'clock for seconds.


Edited by davidsh - 8/18/13 at 4:55am
post #113 of 119
Thread Starter 

Hi,

Quote:
Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

I am using the iCan without gain switch as well. I have loaned it from someone. Still, are you sure you aren't listening very loud? At 12 o'clock it is like louder than most laptop speakers. I don't even think I'd be able to stand 1-2 o'clock for seconds.


I do listen louder than laptop speakers will go, that is for sure... I do not think I listen extremely loud,but I do like it to give it some welly.

Cheerio Rich

post #114 of 119
Not to ruin it for you, but that is.. Probably between 90 and 100 db...
post #115 of 119

As to your review of the Shure 1440- these headphones need at least a minimum of 48 hrs break in before they get to their sonic signature. Right out of the box they can be a bit bright as you said. As to the bass response, they do not have much sub bass, but the upper bass is sharp and well defined. Now if you want to transform this headphone into an amazing sounding pair of cans then you must change the stock velour pads with the Shure1540 Alcantara ear pads. Now the bass is all there-sub bass too- and the bright highs are tamed and the mids are smooth and not so in your face-everything sounds clear with the right balance.:L3000:Winner!

post #116 of 119
Thread Starter 

Hi,

The Shure's were actually to Afghanistan and back with a friend of mine who went career with the Army (he came back in one piece as well from there, god bless) I suspect they had at least 1/4 of a years break-in (and you all thought the Rambo Jokes were in bad taste, I was just pulling his leg). I'll see if I can get the Shure's back and get those pads, but my friend is again deployed elsewhere. 


When (after my time with Shure's) I played with modifying the Fostex T-50 I realised how much difference in sound pads make (in fact, I use Shure replacement pads with these).

But why on earth would a manufacturer ship a premium product with pads that hurt the sound. Working back from what I know about retail pricing, I know the Shure pads I use on my T50 cost basically nothing and the upgrade in sound quality was stunning.


With respect, if I pay more than 200 USD for a headphone, having pads that hurt sound quality or wearing comfort is something I personally I am not willing to put up with.

Cheers Rich

post #117 of 119
Thread Starter 
David,

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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Not to ruin it for you, but that is.. Probably between 90 and 100 db...


Well, 90dB - 100dbis how loud real music is,if you are not at the back of the hall.

Close-up probably more. A friend who plays Sax for a living once told me it as measured at 123dB/1M when he did a solo. His hearing is not the greatest, truth be told, he plays almost every night and without earplugs.

Ta Rich

post #118 of 119
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Originally Posted by bedlam inside View Post
 
David,


Well, 90dB - 100dbis how loud real music is,if you are not at the back of the hall.

Close-up probably more. A friend who plays Sax for a living once told me it as measured at 123dB/1M when he did a solo. His hearing is not the greatest, truth be told, he plays almost every night and without earplugs.

Ta Rich

Well, just watch your hearing, right? :D

 

Really think you should have tried with some beefier amp too, at least for HD800 and HE-500, surprised it didn't clip or something..

 

Personally, I have gone to Stax land to some degree. Not really for loud listerners, the amps are probs a little on the weak side and 'stats aren't too good with loud volumes. But I like ;)

You should have had something electrostatic in the reviews...


Edited by davidsh - 3/24/14 at 10:35am
post #119 of 119
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Hello,
 
Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 
You should have had something electrostatic in the reviews...


Been frightfully busy, so it is still not finished, I have a Micro Seiki MX1 set I got for next to nothing. Well kept and still working well. Gazza helped me to make a cable to run the batter box on that from the iCAN, we both were surprised it even works, but it works well, except maximum sound level.

At home I now have an LCD-2 (need to write review, expensive but well worth it) with a 2nd iCAN. The price is insane, but they are great.

At work I have the MX1 electrostatics and a modified Fostex T50RP. I use the MX1 for Jazz/Classical, the T-50 for Rock and the like.

I did try the HE-500 with a more powerful amp, the Carrot One Ernestolo. It is supposed to have 15W each channel, Gazza made me wiring from the speaker connections to headphone. 

It could play louder, but it did not sound good at all, but I rarely play music that loud.

Cheers Rich

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