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Yes, when I listen to music, I like to only listen to music. And the other drawback I find to using a computer or even an Android tablet as source is that there are endless ways to tweak the sound from EQ to sound shaping plug-ins or apps which are fun to try out, but then I am tweaking the sound instead of listening to music. So for me, the Tera's extreme simplicity helps keep me focused on listening.
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I've read such glowing reviews of the Tera and I'm sure it's a wonderful player but, ignoring the price, I couldn't bring myself to convert to WAV format and also limit myself to such a small storage. I listen to whole albums and I must have some 1200 CDs spread over two iPod Classics, from 128 Kbps to lossless. For the time being, I can live with the MP3 format.

I've always maintained that if I like the song and the artist, i.e. the music, it is still heavenly even in Mono coming out of a speaker in an elevator. But if I don't like the song and the artist, no matter if it's beautifully recorded and played back, I wouldn't listen to more than 20 seconds of it.

So though my main source are iDevices, I never touch the EQ, or have the apps on my iPhone, etc etc. I choose an album I feel like listening, pick the DAC/amp and headphones that I feel suits that album, press play, imagine where the artist is singing, close my eyes and LISTEN.

But that's just me.
post #107 of 374
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I like how you end with "But that's just me." That is what it's all about: finding what works best for you.

 

I almost always listen to my music in shuffle play as I like being endlessly surprised by what comes on next, and I also like mixing all of my genres and musicians together. So with a 128GB SD card, I can have 250 or so albums at a time on my Tera which gives me plenty of variety. Then I can swap cards or reload the music if I want a different mix. And I can always use smaller capacity SD cards for making a playlist or trying out a new album when I want to hear something in particular.

 

I agree that a great song touches me no matter what the quality of the sound, but it is also nice to have such extreme high SQ as playing back WAVs on the Tera provides. If I really felt SQ did not matter, I could have saved myself a lot of time and money in this hobby :)

 

But that's just me :)
 

post #108 of 374
Hi,

I suppose each of us has to determine our own acceptance or tolerance levels, though sometimes our wallets determine that. Then there are those people whose wallets are fat, they buy the most expensive headphones, amps, etc and they live with 128 Kbps.

Like right now at nearly 11 pm here in Singapore, I just felt like some music but was too lazy to bring out the big guns, so I use a simple Sony MDR-ZX701ip headphone, plug that into the headphone out of my iPhone (sacrilege I know), call up an app (double sacrilege) called Radio Paradise which is run by your countryman and countrywoman couple. In Arizona too or thereabouts if I recall correctly.

But that will keep me happy for an hour or so as I drop off to sleep. I certainly wouldn't want to doze off and drop my HD650 and pull both the iStreamer and iCan onto the floor.

As Mike of Headfonia like to say using car analogies, sometimes you need an SUV sometimes a Ferrari.
post #109 of 374
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Hi,

I suppose each of us has to determine our own acceptance or tolerance levels, though sometimes our wallets determine that. Then there are those people whose wallets are fat, they buy the most expensive headphones, amps, etc and they live with 128 Kbps.

Like right now at nearly 11 pm here in Singapore, I just felt like some music but was too lazy to bring out the big guns, so I use a simple Sony MDR-ZX701ip headphone, plug that into the headphone out of my iPhone (sacrilege I know), call up an app (double sacrilege) called Radio Paradise which is run by your countryman and countrywoman couple. In Arizona too or thereabouts if I recall correctly.

But that will keep me happy for an hour or so as I drop off to sleep. I certainly wouldn't want to doze off and drop my HD650 and pull both the iStreamer and iCan onto the floor.

As Mike of Headfonia like to say using car analogies, sometimes you need an SUV sometimes a Ferrari.


Sounds like a nice way to fall asleep. I agree it is nice to have different options for different settings/occasions. And sometimes you even just need a beat up old bicycle :) 

 

But for me, these days I hardly ever listen to music at times other than when I sit down and really listen to music. Again, that's just me :)  Although I do have a speaker setup in the living room and of course a stereo that came with my car, but even those are rarely used.

 

And my wallet is kind of maxed out with the gear I have now, so I have never tried any of the really expensive equipment out there. Forutnately, I am very happy now with what I do have. As I said in the review, it is a real treat when something comes along that offers more improvement to the sound than its price would suggest, and while the Tera definitely does not fit that category, the iCAN and the TDS202 are both shining examples of a lot of bang for your buck.

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Re your last paragraph on really expensive equipment, sometimes even after I've tried such equipment, and feel I can afford it, eg the Sennheiser HD800, I still won't buy it. Not because I don't think it's worth it but because if I do buy it, I feel I will choose it most of the time and ignore all my other cheaper babies which have been with me all these years. So for headphones, I have a self imposed limit of $500 which is why now I'm eyeing my first planar, the HE-400. See? I won't consider the HE-500 even though I've tested that and loved it. Again that's just me..again.

And by the way, I found the HD700 nicer than the HD800 but I love my HD650.

When it comes to amps, the iStreamer and iCan fulfilled a specific situation. When it comes to playback devices, I stick with the Apple ecosystem for sheer convenience and I guess laziness to convert to WAV etc. I'm in my late 50s and started with reel-to-reel. The Apple ecosystem is like the last stage of a long journey.

It's been nice chatting to you. Now I'm gonna drift off to sleep with the cans on. Goodnight :-)
post #111 of 374
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I like your buying philosophy! Self-imposed limits can inspire creativity within those limits. Nice chatting with you also.

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I like your buying philosophy! Self-imposed limits can inspire creativity within those limits. Nice chatting with you also.
Hello again,

I see you have a Tralucent for sale? I'm curious as to what you didn't like about it.

Cheers.
post #113 of 374

My iCAN review can be found here (including iDAC and iUSB Power as well), if anyone is interested.

post #114 of 374
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My iCAN review can be found here (including iDAC and iUSB Power as well), if anyone is interested.
A good testimonial from someone who owns 302 (?) pairs of headphones. I don't even know a retailer with so many other than Amazon. Cheers.
post #115 of 374
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I try not to rub it in, but we do live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. And spring comes very early here in Arizona, and is a bit nicer than summer when it gets up above 100 (40 C). Singapore must be a very nice change from London about this time of year.

I will post on here if I hear that iFi has released a working battery pack, but maybe you also saw this in my review: http://www.powerstream.com/PST-MP3500.htm  Seems like it should work fine.

I lived in the Phoenix area for 8 years and though spring is indeed a great time of year, he won't be sitting in that beautiful outdoor seating area for long. Starting around May, it can reach over 100* every day. Dry heat my arse.......lol.

The older I get the more I miss the valley of the sun.tongue.gif
post #116 of 374
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Hello again,

I see you have a Tralucent for sale? I'm curious as to what you didn't like about it.

Cheers.


There is nothing I did not like about the Tralucent amp. It is an amazing little amp, especially for the price and it sounds very close to my Continental amp that costs twice as much. I just went on a buying spree and am now choosing what stays and what goes. In fact I am leaning towards selling everything except for my main setup with the Tera>TDS>iCAN>HD650s. It is a very satisfying sound, and as I mentioned, I pretty much only listen when I sit down to focus on music, so I am not sure I really need anything else more portable.

post #117 of 374
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There is nothing I did not like about the Tralucent amp. It is an amazing little amp, especially for the price and it sounds very close to my Continental amp that costs twice as much. I just went on a buying spree and am now choosing what stays and what goes. In fact I am leaning towards selling everything except for my main setup with the Tera>TDS>iCAN>HD650s. It is a very satisfying sound, and as I mentioned, I pretty much only listen when I sit down to focus on music, so I am not sure I really need anything else more portable.
I see. I hardly sell my head-Fi stuff. I'd rather give them to appreciative new owners e.g. nephews etc embarking on their Head-Fi journies. So either I'm saving them money or I'm tempting down the slippery slope!
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I see. I hardly sell my head-Fi stuff. I'd rather give them to appreciative new owners e.g. nephews etc embarking on their Head-Fi journies. So either I'm saving them money or I'm tempting down the slippery slope!


I hear that drug dealers will give you your first dose of crack for free also tongue.gif

post #119 of 374
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I lived in the Phoenix area for 8 years and though spring is indeed a great time of year, he won't be sitting in that beautiful outdoor seating area for long. Starting around May, it can reach over 100* every day. Dry heat my arse.......lol.

The older I get the more I miss the valley of the sun.tongue.gif


Fortunately, I am up in Sedona. It gets hot, but not like Phoenix. So I can spend more time outside, especially in the shade.

post #120 of 374
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Ha Ha. Good one.

I hear that drug dealers will give you your first dose of crack for free also tongue.gif
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