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post #61 of 182
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Originally Posted by uelover View Post

I just read a recent post on Chris_Himself website mentioning about life after the split. It kind of worries me to read about those. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post the link here so I shall refrain myself.

Well that is a can of worms i would like to get into, even though im not apart of Ted or Chris's business, but have dealt with BOTH sides of the equation..... and lets just say whenever i contacted chris for repair or help or work needed done, i was refered to Ted, EVERY time. eventually i cut chris out of the picture all together and went straight to Ted. i come to the conclusion that (before i knew the truth) ted was behind the cables and chris was just a mouth piece selling his name. the real person behind the company is or shall i say WAS ted. now i donno about that.

 

i think people are awakening to find that ''chris_himself'' is actually Ted's Headfood and thats why in MANY threads i read where people are looking for cables to be made names like toxic,whiplash,DHC,BTG_Audio Ect come up, while i dont hear many if any people saying chris himself.

 

Ted is extremely talented and brings to the table his custom skills like the purple heart wood enclosure that holds the female RSA adapter to Hirose using silver and gold cable, bringing to the table expotic woods and carvings for cinches, and overall bringing to the table, responses to questions,insight and knowledge......In My Opinion that cant be replaced. people arent just getting a cable when you buy from ted, but you are better a piece of his talent that goes into that cable.

post #62 of 182
Thread Starter 
Mooses again my experience was and is exactly like yours. I had contact with Chris but once the sale was made he vanished. Thank God Ted Allen enclosed his email address with my first SPC cables. I realized Ted was the man behind the curtains doing all the work. I had insisted I want my cables sheathed even though it added to the microphonics and bulk. I was wrong. After trying to contact Chris for days, I gave up and emailed Ted. Ted's answer, no problem he would remove the sheathing at no cost no questions asked. Ted fixed my mistake at no cost to me because HE WANTED HIS CUSTOMER TO BE HAPPY AND SATISFIED.

That single action by Ted told me I was dealing with a real old fashioned craftsman. When he returned that first cable he also took off the wood spliter at the Y connection because I mentioned I liked a slimmer profile and added a beautiful carbon fiber roll spliter. Why, because Ted WANTED HIS CUSTOMER TO BE HAPPY AND SATISFIED.

Since then I have gone on to buy two OCC silver IEM cables (single end and balanced), an OCC silver interconnect and and OCC silver LOD. If fellow Head-Fiers wonder why I constantly sing Ted's praises it is because his absolute commitment to customer satisfaction is all the drives Ted Allen and Headphone Lounge and that deserves to be recognized.
post #63 of 182

spook76, my experience with Ted is very similar. I never had any dealings with Chris but I know first hand Ted only wants the best product out there and for his customers to be happy. Ted actually talked me out of buying a more expensive cable for my first purchase from him. When does that happen? The service was so outstanding and the cable so good, I bought another and wouldn't hesitate to do so anytime I need another. BTW, if anyone here is on Facebook, Ted does have a page there. You should go and "like" it.

post #64 of 182

So here's my story.  I just rec'd a set of SPC IEM cables f/tf10 used off of Ebay.  Advertised as Chris Himself HPL cables.  As I do with anything and everything I buy I started digging for info about the cables and the company.  WHOA!  There's some serious drama going on between Chris & Ted.  I've read numerous threads re: the quality and value of their product and aside from a few hiccups I saw reported here, the general consensus seemed to be a positive one.  So I decided to purchase the cables.  Coincidentally, it seems that this month (10/13) Chris & Ted have dissolved their partnership and gone their separate ways.  Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be the most amicable of breakups!  Seems to be a bit of finger-pointing regarding who did what and who didn't get their fair share of the credit (profits?).  I happened across an exchange on the Chris Himself website where Ted (and apparently his sister or brother) answered a posting by Chris that was white-hot!  Ted really let his frustrations be known and they're serious.  From what I gathered from his post, these 2 (Chris & Ted) have never met in person!  The next day I re-visited the website and the postings by Ted & co. were removed (pretty sure it was on 10/24/13) as I knew they would be, they were in no way good for Chris's business.  The primary reason I bought these cables 2nd hand was due to being worried about lead times and perhaps getting lost in the shuffle, as the price wasn't that much cheaper.  Bought 'em Sun. night and received them Wed. morning!  I checked with the seller and he told me he had bought them in March, which, I think, means that Ted made them.  After reading everything I've made a call about whose side I sympathize with, that would be Ted.  Therefore if I have any questions or problems I'll direct them to Ted.  I can only hope he'll be cool with that.  I've been listening for the past 4 hrs and am very pleased.  While the sound is better I didn't expect a day vs. night difference, I'm a firm believer in paying for a quality product that's made well and also subscribe strongly to pride of ownership.  My only gripes would be the following.  From what I've read they've been aware that the pins are too long for the TF10's, resulting in a gap between the cord and the IEM, why has this never been addressed?  Is filing them down or cutting them recommended?  Also, while the cables are marked for left and right, there wasn't any instructions regarding proper insertion to insure proper polarity.  I got it right after the 3rd try!  I'll be contacting Ted about an LOD for my Ipod classic!

post #65 of 182

so i responded within 15 minutes with my email and cell number but you haven't replied yet.

yes i have made every single cable for 5 years. period

to your gripes:

i asked if you could please send me a picture so i know which connector the used cable you bought has so i know what to advise.

pins too long? never been addressed?  i have changed connectors to ones very similar to stock that have the shell that covers over the raised section on ultimate ears as cable building is a constantly changing/modifying business as new connectors come onto the market all the time

filing down can easily be done with nail file if needed.  just be gentle and remember to round over the tips.

the polarity is always explained in a written message when shipped to customer, but since you bought used all you needed to do is pm me.

please do contact me and i'll honor the return customer 10% discount even though you bought used.

anything else please email/pm/call me thx

post #66 of 182

Rock on Ted!

 

Hey, I need to purchase those special cables for my Audeze LCD 2.2 soon.  I like the idea of being able to change terminations on the fly from balanced, single ended, spades and so on.  I will be in touch in the next week or so.

 

15ft of silver cable...ouch.

post #67 of 182

Well..Hijodelbrx....from what I've gathered by your post...you are an excellent web researcher with a penchant the the dramatic. What I'm not sure of is why this needed to be said by you, at this point in time. Many of us here on Head-fi have been aware of the friction for quite some time and never needed anyone to write a dissertation on the subject. That being said,the question is, why was it necessary to go to great lengths to write that on here...instead of simply emailing Ted himself?

 

One of my personal mentors once revealed, what he termed The Three Stop Signs

 

1. Does this need to be said...

 

2. Does this need to be said by me...

 

3. Does this need to be said by me...now

 

Thankfully, my friend Ted addressed your (eventually revealed) concerns promptly and succinctly.

 

His work is impeccable, his ethic is unseen in today's aftermarket cable industry, his lead times and shipping are spot on fantastic...and he didn't even pay me to say any of this! 

 

 

Steve from NYC

 

PS: Welcome to Head-fi...sorry for your wallet.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by teds headfood View Post
 

so i responded within 15 minutes with my email and cell number but you haven't replied yet.

yes i have made every single cable for 5 years. period

to your gripes:

i asked if you could please send me a picture so i know which connector the used cable you bought has so i know what to advise.

pins too long? never been addressed?  i have changed connectors to ones very similar to stock that have the shell that covers over the raised section on ultimate ears as cable building is a constantly changing/modifying business as new connectors come onto the market all the time

filing down can easily be done with nail file if needed.  just be gentle and remember to round over the tips.

the polarity is always explained in a written message when shipped to customer, but since you bought used all you needed to do is pm me.

please do contact me and i'll honor the return customer 10% discount even though you bought used.

anything else please email/pm/call me thx

post #68 of 182
Hey Ted, thx for responding so quickly, you're a class act and look forward to doing repeat business with you in the future.

You must be good to inspire such dramatic loyalty from your followers. This Icefalknon fellow felt the need to leap to your defense when you weren't even being attacked! Hey IF, perhaps you should apply your mentors rules to yourself, no need to be so sensitive dude. Relax, we're all on the same page and encouraging Ted's continued success.
post #69 of 182

I follow those rules every single day.

 

Ted is a friend...and I'll jump to a friends defense any day of the week.

 

However, my post had nothing whatsoever to do with "defending" Ted from anything you said. My post was solely directed at the manner in which you addressed your issue. There's a distinct difference.

 

There's nothing for this "dude" to relax about. I don't believe in broadcasting or reiterating the breakdown of a partnership gone volatile in a thread basically focused on moving forward. Sensitive? No...lol not in the least. If anything, my post was observational. I apologize if it was taken as an attack. That was not my intent. 

 

Steve from NYC

post #70 of 182
Thread Starter 
Steve,

I agree with you. I started this thread for one reason to bring to the attention of the Head-Fi community the excellent cables and peerless customer service that Ted Allen and Headphone Lounge represent.

Steve formally from NYC now Washington DC and Scottsdale AZ. :-)
post #71 of 182

Ted rocks.  That is all.

 

His communication and work turnaround is very quick.  His prices reasonable.  And his cable quality... well, take a look for yourself.  I'm very very happy.

 

 

post #72 of 182
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Originally Posted by deadie View Post
 

Ted rocks.  That is all.

 

His communication and work turnaround is very quick.  His prices reasonable.  And his cable quality... well, take a look for yourself.  I'm very very happy.

 

Always looks weird having a thin wire coming out of huge XLRs, but otherwise looking good!

post #73 of 182
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Originally Posted by suicidal_orange View Post
 

Always looks weird having a thin wire coming out of huge XLRs, but otherwise looking good!

agree definitly looks odd. but cool looking cable

post #74 of 182

For those who have gotten Ted's iem cables how soft/flexible are his cables? I'm considering either the hybrid or silver but would like some feedback about that. I'm not big on cable making sound changes (but let's not turn this thread into a debate about that) but I get cables more for the usability of it. I would like something flexible and where it doesn't become a huge mess when I put it down.

post #75 of 182
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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

For those who have gotten Ted's iem cables how soft/flexible are his cables? I'm considering either the hybrid or silver but would like some feedback about that. I'm not big on cable making sound changes (but let's not turn this thread into a debate about that) but I get cables more for the usability of it. I would like something flexible and where it doesn't become a huge mess when I put it down.

I have two of Ted's cables and I find them strong but nicely flexible. Ted will sheathe them for you if you want, but the twisted cable is just fine.
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