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post #736 of 3792
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Originally Posted by Darknet View Post

Lol my friend has tried a couple of my headphones... Mainly the m100 (returned a while ago lol), sony mdr 1r(dynamat modded), and the gr02(the random budget in ear). Everytime he listens and says nothing... A couple days ago he just tells me he's getting a pair of ue900s... Because i randomly mentioned it to him a couple weeks ago.

Best part:
My friends dad is also getting him a wireless beats because he gets them for free...
And also he's jumping from a skullcandy 50/50 to a ue900 and i'm not even sure if he's going to like them lol

I'm jumping from V-Moda LP2's to JH16 pros I'd guess that's an even bigger jump but then again I know my ears and they're fussy. I was going to get JH 10x3's but I knew if I ever heard an IEM or full size can that sounded better I'd never be satisfied, so I ended up splitting hairs between the 13 and 16.

 

I really hope your friend likes them, to make that big a jump and not be impressed would really be a shame.

post #737 of 3792
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Originally Posted by Muzeick View Post

We are all partially sighted and hearing restricted.

Seriously, you are aware our senses only give us the tiniest fraction of the whole reality?


Yet you preach the contraction of perception as a way of life. Thank-you, no.
post #738 of 3792

So, bit off topic. My mother asking why I want to get Signature Pros.

"Aren't these good enough already!? Why do you need another pair?"

(She was referring to HE-400's.)

post #739 of 3792

I just let a few friends of mine try out my new Final Audio Heaven V's, and after 1 song, they gave me the "holy ****" face, and asked if they cost more than my CIEMs, the sound just blew them away!

post #740 of 3792

I had a friend over a few weeks ago and he knew I was into headphones. He asked if he could listen to my headphones because he didn't believe they could sound as good as I said they did. He really only listens to $10 ear buds and a turtle beach headset. First I gave him my HD 280 Pros and he was blown away. He thought they were amazing. And then I told him that they were only $100 headphones and that my other headphones, my M-100s, were $300. At this point he was thinking that there was no way the V-MODAs could sound that much better than the Senns. Then he put them on and listened. He listened to a few songs with them and he when he finally took them off he said that he literally could not believe that headphones could sound that good. I have a set of Beyerdynamic T90s coming next week and I'm going to have him listen to those as well. He says he not quite sure what to expect and he no longer thinks that headphones can only sound so good.

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Originally Posted by Tman5293 View Post

I had a friend over a few weeks ago and he knew I was into headphones. He asked if he could listen to my headphones because he didn't believe they could sound as good as I said they did. He really only listens to $10 ear buds and a turtle beach headset. First I gave him my HD 280 Pros and he was blown away. He thought they were amazing. And then I told him that they were only $100 headphones and that my other headphones, my M-100s, were $300. At this point he was thinking that there was no way the V-MODAs could sound that much better than the Senns. Then he put them on and listened. He listened to a few songs with them and he when he finally took them off he said that he literally could not believe that headphones could sound that good. I have a set of Beyerdynamic T90s coming next week and I'm going to have him listen to those as well. He says he not quite sure what to expect and he no longer thinks that headphones can only sound so good.

That's awesome do we have a convert?

post #742 of 3792
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Originally Posted by Winegums View Post

That's awesome do we have a convert?

 

Not sure yet. He says there's other things he'd rather spend his money on than headphones. He's saving up to buy parts to build a computer with right now. He says he may look into headphones after he builds his computer.

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invited several non audiphile friends over saying i needed help and wanted their opinion in choosing 1 headphone out of three. Had a HE-6, HE-500, LCD 2.2 set up and had them listen to all three with music that they brought. I think i successfully converted 2. One was blown away but also blown away by the price lol. A poor (financially) audiophile friend was in the mix as well. He enjoyed himself but was super jealous at the same time.

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This is not a story where I converted someone, but more of why I started on this path myself.

 

It was one day after almost a 20hr drive all the way from Italy to the Netherlands. This was after a 3 week holiday. So we (me and my two cousins) arrived all exhausted at my cousin's house. My cousin has a Pioneer receiver in his room with two full-size speakers. He decided to put on Pink Floyd - The Wall for me. I had never heard Pink Floyd before, so I really didn't know what to expect. I sat there on his couch and when the music started playing I slowly but surely got sucked in more deeply. I just found it amazing to hear Pink Floyd play and it just kept getting better and better. I never knew guitars could sound so beautiful. And then when Comfortably Numb started my skin really started to crawl from that absolutely amazing and gorgeous guitar solo by David Gilmour. And it sounded great on his setup.

 

Now I know it wasn't on a headphone, but hearing that music made me realize that it's time to start investing in better quality audio gear because I want to hear more of those guitars. And I haven't looked back since. So it started with getting a pair of Shure SE100 (or 110, don't remember) IEMs and a world opened up for me (before then it was always the cheap crappy earbuds). I never knew music could sound so beautiful, that there was so much detail, so much nuance. And that was just with the SE100. After that I upgraded to the Shure SE530 IEMs (this was 4 years ago). That really blew me away. All that detail, especially in the mids. Guitars really sprang to life and currently I still think it's one of the best musical instruments out there when properly utilized. And I still enjoy those SE530s everyday. And just today I received my Fiio E12 amp and am currently looking around for a pair of over-ear headphones.

 

 

I remember I once let a friend of mine listen to the SE530 and all he said was 'where's the bass?' and all I could do was raise my eyebrows and sigh...

post #745 of 3792
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Originally Posted by starfly View Post
I remember I once let a friend of mine listen to the SE530 and all he said was 'where's the bass?' and all I could do was raise my eyebrows and sigh...

 

On the SE530's?!? They deliver.  Perhaps he referred to bass as a form of the word to which we were not previously aware?

 

Dude. Guitars are just one small aspect. You like Floyd? Great. I've overplayed it and moved on. Try this.  Just the first thing off the top of my head that might blow you away: Cowboy Junkies - Renmin Park Vol. 1 (The Nomad Series) - Track 08. Circadas.

 

I love the whole album, but I especially love the space in that track. You might just like track 02 as well. biggrin.gif

post #746 of 3792
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Originally Posted by NightFlight View Post

 

On the SE530's?!? They deliver.  Perhaps he referred to bass as a form of the word to which we were not previously aware?

 

Dude. Guitars are just one small aspect. You like Floyd? Great. I've overplayed it and moved on. Try this.  Just the first thing off the top of my head that might blow you away: Cowboy Junkies - Renmin Park Vol. 1 (The Nomad Series) - Track 08. Circadas.

 

I love the whole album, but I especially love the space in that track. You might just like track 02 as well. biggrin.gif

I know right? SE530 has plenty of bass. I guess he wants that thumping 'cheap' bass, not the full deep and detailed bass the SE530 gives.

 

Will give Cowboy Junkies a try :) If you've moved on from Floyd, give Sigur Rós a try, they're an Icelandic band. Try their albums 'Agaetis Byrjun' and '()' and 'Takk' (you have to listen to their albums a couple of times before it suddenly hits you though, at least that was the case with me, now I'm hooked on them and bought almost all of their albums). Oh, and don't try to understand the vocals as for one it's Icelandic and second it's incomprehensible anyway, but the voice does sound interesting :) I think the genre for this is post-rock.

 

And of course there's so much more than just guitars, but they always stand out to me :)


Edited by starfly - 8/18/13 at 3:53am
post #747 of 3792

My first reaction to Audiophile sound was when one of my friends showed me his Sennheiser hd449 that his brother brought him as a present. All of my other friends only used earbuds, and I had Skull Candy headphones (tisk tisk). The sound quality was amazing at the time. I was floored with all the detail in the treble that I did not hear before, there was now a soundstage and I could hear much less muddiness obviously. I rushed home myself and looked up Sennheiser on the web, I settled on a pair of headphones that I would save towards myself. For my 15th Birthday I got a Sennheiser HD518 and Aune T1 dac/amp after reading pages all over the internet. That was 4 months ago now.

 

When some of my friends come over I show them some of my music on my Senns. They typically come away with a response of "sounds so clear" or in a rare case "there is not enough bass" (of course these people are used to mid bass bloated sound). One friend was amazed after hearing them, he only used sony earbuds that came default with the B walkman. He went out and immediately got himself a pair of Sennheiser 419's as a starter pair. 

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Originally Posted by bearFNF View Post

ksc75smile.gif Now that was funny, thank you for the laugh.

 

 

I just told my mom I was thinking about spending $380 on cables for my headphones and she just about reached through the phone to smack me in the back of the head (I could tell by the tone) "That's rediculous, that's as much as the headphones cost by themselves.  It can't make THAT much difference, blah blah blah...etc etc"  She final stopped and said "whatever, it's your money..."  I could see her rolling her eyes in my thinking where did I go wrong with this one?  His sisters didn't turn out like this.

My gawd do all our mothers get together to complain about their audiophile sons, my mom does the same thing. "you spent $120 on EAR PADS, what ever it's YOUR money" q.q

 

Speaking of which though when I owned the XB 700s, I was an audiophile newb, and well ALL the beat's owners... where shocked at the SHEER sub bass the Xb700s had, then "OMG it only cost you $80 man that's awesome" that was a fun time

post #749 of 3792
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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post

My gawd do all our mothers get together to complain about their audiophile sons, my mom does the same thing. "you spent $120 on EAR PADS, what ever it's YOUR money" q.q

 

Speaking of which though when I owned the XB 700s, I was an audiophile newb, and well ALL the beat's owners... where shocked at the SHEER sub bass the Xb700s had, then "OMG it only cost you $80 man that's awesome" that was a fun time

Post 716 page 48, She now understands!!! I wont be getting too much grief from her anymore, that is unless I got the Stax 009/BHSE route, not sure if she would understand $11000 for this but she does get the HD800/Taboo/bifrost set-up, heh biggrin.gif Even my sister, who is VERY frugal, sort of at least understands after listen to my full rig. 

 

Maybe I am weird but I cant quite understand people that have the means to buy better equipment and want better equipment, but compromise because it saves money??


Edited by bearFNF - 8/18/13 at 9:00am
post #750 of 3792
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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post

My gawd do all our mothers get together to complain about their audiophile sons, my mom does the same thing. "you spent $120 on EAR PADS, what ever it's YOUR money" q.q

Speaking of which though when I owned the XB 700s, I was an audiophile newb, and well ALL the beat's owners... where shocked at the SHEER sub bass the Xb700s had, then "OMG it only cost you $80 man that's awesome" that was a fun time

And that's exactly the reason I never tell my parents about anything I want to buy. I just get headphones and tell them that they magically appear and the pile of headphone gets bigger and bigger by time.

Funny you mention that, one time I let my friend take a listen to the WS55 with the bass cranked up to +2 on my E11. People like tons of bass rattling their skulls tongue.gif
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