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post #76 of 117

I sure wish amarra had an iPone app so I could play flac

post #77 of 117

Go to the app store and download a FLAC player.

post #78 of 117
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Originally Posted by mrspeakers View Post
 

Go to the app store and download a FLAC player.

 

Sorry, I did paint the whole picture.

I need one with remote control, like Apple "Remote"

I have a dedicated Mac Mini that is a music server.

 

I hate iTunes, but I haven't found any other OSX player with a remote.

post #79 of 117

Hmmm where to start...

 

Born and raised in OC then 4 years ago I moved to South Redondo Beach where I live now.   Got introduced to headphones and portable audio when my dad bought a Walkman like cassette player that had one of those "tuner" cassettes you would pop into it when you wanted to hear AM/FM.  I used to take that thing everywhere even skiing.   Then I bought my own portable players from Radio Shack and eventually I saved my cash to buy Sony Walkmans.   At that time, I had no concept of quality, to me how something played, that's all there was to it.

 

I bought one of those tiny cassette walkman's (forgot the model #) that were barely bigger than the size of a tape case.  I was in heaven.   Then one my sister borrowed her bosses Walkman Professional and out of curiosity, I grabbed the headphones (MDR-W20s) and they blew me away.   I had to have a pair.  I went to my local Affordable Portables (Not so affordable mind you) and ordered a set from Sony. They came in a white box and from then on I became picky on what I used on my portable audio players.

 

I bought a pair of MDR-V6's and played the crap out of them for about 5-6 years and eventually bought MDR-V600s because at the time the V6's couldn't be found.   To me they both sounded similar but of course people here claim the V6's are way better.  Well like I said, I was a noob, still am to this day and YES I still own pairs of V600's.  I got them at an Outlet store for $20 a pair brand new and some where even in the package so I couldn't complain.  Also scored some Shure E4Cs for $15-20 a pair also.  :)

 

Present Day:  I am skipping over some stuff but in a nutshell, I managed to amass a 1000 CD collection of every type of music imaginable (Still have the collection) and discovered MP3's in '94ish, I never lost my love of music or discovering new ways to play it.   But I am learning how to hear it in better than before.  Granted I DO NOT have the budget for $300, 500, or $1000+ headphones or amps, but I am making do with cheaper gear (Fiio stuff) and liking the results.   Eventually I will get around to trying and buying better gear, but not working for almost 4 years, and almost becoming homeless kind of shifts your priorities around.

 

I discovered Head-Fi when I was going to a LAN party ('member those?) and finding out they didn't allow speakers.  So I remember Radio Shack had these little 10W amps with RCA inputs and headphone jacks and bass and treble controls, and I thought that would be perfect to run with my headphones.   Well found out they stopped selling them and with the help of Google and my search of "Headphone Amps", the rest is history.

 

My current gear is as follows:

 

2 HTPCs, one linked to my TV via HDMI for audio and video and then a 2.1 setup providing the sound.  The other HTPC is in my bedroom/office feeding into my Yamaha AV receiver then that powers a pair of AV123 bookshelfs with a Energy Sub.

 

My PC desktop is linked to a Fiio E10 as my DAC/HP Amp then that is output to my Fiio A1 amp and that powers a pair of Pioneer Andrew Jones bookshelfs (Forgot model #)

My laptop has a second Fiio E10 powering whatever headphones I have plugged into it. 

 

As you can see its all cheap gear but it sounds good to me and I am happy with what I have an eventually will get better gear or max out what my current PC and HTPCs can do.

 

Besides being broke and not able to buy better audio gear, My other hobbies are cycling and mountain biking, and watercooled VWs.

post #80 of 117
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Originally Posted by warrenpchi View Post


I'm pretty sure those are now in my possession.  smile.gif

He's handsome!  smile.gif

Cool. I hope you are enjoying the 701's. They had mostly become a decorative accessory on my white lacquer dresser next to my white TV, white B&W speakers and NuForce Dia in my bedroom. They even matched my dog but I just haven't felt the synergy since I used them with a micro stack. Funny thing is that my wife who likes her Shure 840's but generally has no real affinity for audio gear was disappointed that I sold them because they looked so good in the bedroom! You just never know.

The story has a happy ending because I used the money from selling them to you towards a show special on the Mad Dogs. I've been happily getting acquainted with them ever since but now I see the 3D printed cup upgrade and I'm feeling an itch to hear the new version. Damn this hobby of perpetual dissatisfaction or more succinctly "grass is always greener" syndrome. I should be smarter than a grazing milk cow!
post #81 of 117

Sooo.. 

I'm still pretty new here. Name is Rick. Only been a member for a few months. I was born in Long Beach but raised in Moreno Valley. I'm just getting into the whole headphone/Hi-Fi audio thing as a hobby (one of the worst and best decisions of my life. My pocket is hurting, bit its a good hurt :) ). Its one of the few things I can enjoy from my wheelchair without too much effort. Just got a job as a skip tracer for a filing service - been looking for 7 years with no luck until now, but now that I've got the job I can afford to feed my new addiction. :D My first Hi-Fi purchase was some Sennheiser HD598's coming from some cheap Sony ANC 'phones and some Koss PortaPros. Now I own some V-MODA M100's as my portables (won em on Facebook) and some Sennheiser HD650's paired with a little Bravo Audio Ocean tube amp for now running from my Macbook pro Retina. Not much now but I'll upgrade when I get the funds. Thanks for accepting me here! :)

post #82 of 117

Hi, I'm Mike.  

 

My love of headphones started as a kid listening to 8-track tapes of the Beatles with Zenith Quadraphonic headphones back in the early 70's.  Then jump a few decades later to the year 2000, wanting something better than what came with the Sony discman to listen to Radiohead's "Kid A" album.  That lead to the Headroom site and a pair of Etymotic ER-6, quickly returned for ER-4S. A link on the site that brought me here 2001. The ER-4S were set aside eventually for a pair of custom fit UE-10 in 2003 (still in use).  I also got into full sized headphones that year and picked up a pair of Sennheiser HD650. Wanting something better for rock, got the Grado RS-1 and eventually the very rare Grado PS-1.  I thought I'd stick with those until I saw the AT-L3000 at the 2004 Head-Fi meet in San Jose.  With some quick selling and buying, got a nice pair of my own. They are still my favorite headphones and get plenty of use everyday.

 

As far as meets, I first started going around 2003 when I lived in SF.  Then I moved up to Seattle and attended quarterly meets throughout the area. Last year I moved down to San Diego and have gone 3 meets in LA and the one meet in San Diego.  Looking forward to the next San Diego meet. 

post #83 of 117

Hi, I'm Mike.  

 

My love of headphones started as a kid listening to 8-track tapes of the Beatles with Zenith Quadraphonic headphones back in the early 70's.  Then jump a few decades later to the year 2000, wanting something better than what came with the Sony discman to listen to Radiohead's "Kid A" album.  That lead to the Headroom site and a pair of Etymotic ER-6, quickly returned for ER-4S. A link on the site that brought me here 2001. The ER-4S were set aside eventually for a pair of custom fit UE-10 in 2003 (still in use).  I also got into full sized headphones that year and picked up a pair of Sennheiser HD650. Wanting something better for rock, got the Grado RS-1 and eventually the very rare Grado PS-1.  I thought I'd stick with those until I saw the AT-L3000 at the 2005 Head-Fi meet in San Jose.  With some quick selling and buying, got a nice pair of my own. They are still my favorite headphones and get plenty of use everyday.

 

As far as meets, I first started going around 2003 when I lived in SF.  Then I moved up to Seattle and attended quarterly meets throughout the area. Last year I moved down to San Diego and have gone 3 meets in LA and the one meet in San Diego.  Looking forward to the next San Diego meet. 

post #84 of 117

@ Neccros:

I still love my MDR-V6's, use them to mix. 

 

OT:  You mention in your profile that you wanted to build your 1st headphone amp?  Heave you settled on a design?  I just finished my second one and word of warning:  DIY is addictive:blink: 

post #85 of 117
So...

What do you say about another San Diego lurker?

I'm a relatively new enthusiast (2-3 years). I enjoy metal (but of course that doesn't say nearly enough). I got into this hobby with a K702/PreSonus HP-4 deal on Amazon. That's a terrible combo for someone who swapped 2 10" subwoofers in a cheap ass '90 Geo Prism (my first car) for a 12" sub in his cheap ass 2003 Hyundai Accent.

These days I still have the 12", I drive a 2013 VW GTI and I only periodically break 120 decibels (2-5 times a week). The headphone combo of choice is my Denon AH-D5000, my Digizoid ZO2 and my 32 gig iPhone 4S since I'm on the move most of the time and can't use my preferred NuForce Icon HD PC solution. (Of course that solution includes an upside down bell curve minus any treble boost plus a bass boost option on the built in sound card controls.)

So what? I'm your typical consumer sensibility. I loved the live show because of the driving bass power. I enjoy a guitarist who can shred, rapidly. I thrive on drums that blast beat me into yesterday (or tomorrow). And I want vocals that range from beautiful melody to screaming in my face. The hardest thing I've experienced recently is going to the audiologist and admitting that live shows are causing hearing damage, even with earplugs/acoustic earplugs.

These days I've reached a momentary impasse. At work I use my Yamaha EPH-100s daily. However, the Warner Center meet showed me the promised land. Now I can't decide if UE11 Pros (which sounded amazing as universal demos) are worth the extra price over 1964-Qs. Both sport the same hardware. But I haven't had a chance to hear a 1964-Q demo.

Unfortunately I'll miss the November San Diego meet since I'm in Houston for the weekend. Looks like my next possible UE discount weekend will come at the LA meet in March. Anyone able to explain the difference between UE11 Pros and 1964-Q other than $500?

(My most frequent albums of the moment are anything Soilwork and Sylosis. Pleased to meet everyone!)
Edited by Horsethief - 9/28/13 at 12:23am
post #86 of 117

Here's an abridged version of the experiences which led me to being an avid head-fier:

 

For a few years all I had was a Bose Quiet Comfort 2, which served me well without complaints. As a result of what I later learned to be an insatiable aural appetite, I took one long pensive gaze at my Bose headphones and had the life-altering epiphany—there's got to be something better than this. 

 

I immediately consulted a friend whom I knew to be knowledgable in the audio realm and casually asked what he thought were the best headphones, without consideration of cost. He quickly insisted on the Grado GS1000s, which he had listened to with a friend of his. Excited upon discovering what at the time I believed to be a new limit to headphone audio reproduction, I read a few reviews from well-respected audio websites and magazines and impulsively ordered the GS1000s on Amazon.

 

When I received the headphones, I was surprised to see a fat headphone jack, which I later learned was a 1/4 inch jack that is fairly common among high-end headphones. I was utterly crestfallen that I could not listen to them, since, believe it or not, I didn't have even a receiver to use with them. As a short-term solution to satisfy my craving, I ordered a 1/4 to 1/8 cable, so I could at least listen to my new babies with my laptop. Despite how ridiculous this setup seems now, I was in absolute heaven.

 

After having received my first real amp, a Woo WA6SE, the first few hours with the GS1000s were easily the greatest hours of my auditory life up to that point, and I still I was using my Macbook Pro as a DAC. At the time, I had no idea that one of the most disappointing moments of my life was about to occur…the right signal in my GS1000s began to soften. My heart sank. At first I thought, I must have done something wrong, being so new to the hobby (and yes I pushed the headphone jack all the way in). Without further elaboration on my experiences on the GS1000s, which did sound fantastic when they functioned, I moved on to a different manufacturer.

 

I then performed some of the most frantic but thorough consumer research of my life, mostly through Head-Fi, of course, reading thousands of posts to narrow down what my next purchase would be. Weeks later, I found myself buying the HD800s at a local headphone shop (now closed), despite the shop's insistence on the Audeze LCD-2. To the guy's confusion, I simply found the HD800s "clearer." 

 

After some extensive listening with the HD800s, I found myself desiring the other side of equation—that of bass, warmth, and forgiveness and ventured back to the headphone shop.  I just HAD to have the LCD-2s, and I wasn't disappointed. Those babies (this was the original version) just astounded my ears. Within a few hours of listening, I knew I had become an Audeze customer for life. The LCD-2s, on the setup I had, perfectly reproduced the music I loved, which at the time was mostly a fusion between modern electronic and funk. As an unfortunate consequence to my new listening experience, the HD800s began to sound harsh on anything that had an accentuated bass. It was around this time that I began choosing headphones according to the song I was currently listening to. My friends all thought I was just crazy.

 

After about a couple years of savings, my insatiable appetite for better sound and tenacious research led me to the mastermind behind Eddie Current. Its flagship, the Balancing Act, embodied (and still does) everything I loved about listening to music. In particular, what drove me to the BA was the web's frequent references to its remarkable soundstaging capabilities. I was obstinately convinced that a wide and deep soundstage was the most influential quality of my personal listening experience. That particular quality just brought me THERE—the type of realism that is so palpable that even your body reacts instinctively to it, as though you were at a concert or private studio session.

 

I still revel in that realism, every chance I get. Any time the real world fails to breathe life into me, I simply sit back, plop on my headphones, carefully adjust the volume, double-click, and within a moment, start feeling alive again.

 

Conclusion to those new to the hobby:

 

To your wallet: Sorry!

To your spirit: You're welcome!

post #87 of 117

So Guys I figured since so many of my friends are in Southern California  and getting to meet a bunch  of great guys in LA I want to  get more involved in this group. Thanks for letting me in.


Edited by Frank I - 11/4/13 at 10:20am
post #88 of 117
Everybody
Don't forget about the San Diego meet this Saturday
post #89 of 117

Hi Everyone, 

                   My name is Larry, I live in Buena Park, and I joined Head-Fi about a year ago, and have only been getting into headphones in the last 2 years.   However, I did grow up listening to records (on bad speakers) and have always enjoyed just listening to music.  I was born in '75, and the Star Wars record soundtrack really impacted me.   I grew up playing the piano, and eventually learned cello, inspired by the music of John Williams (he writes some great cello melodies like Marion's theme in Raiders..).    

      I grew up in a small town in Northern CA, Ukiah, and came to So-Cal for college.  I attended Biola University and Azusa Pacific University, studying music and cello performance.  I'm currently a freelance musician and illustrator/graphic designer.  

 

You can see some of my art here:   http://www.larrybriner.blogspot.com

 

 

      I really love movie soundtracks, and have fun playing in an orchestra that performs a lot of them live in San Pedro, the Golden State Pops Orchestra.    

 

 http://www.gspo.com

 

I've been to the last two "T.H.E. Show Newport" shows, and one headphone show in LA, and they were great. Hopefully I can make it to more local meets.   I'm slowly learning more about headphones, their gear, and how to get the best sound out of them.  

 

-Larry

post #90 of 117
I'd like to host a headphone get together at my downtown LA loft on Sunday. There's room for around 10 listening stations. I have Mad Dogs 3.2, AKG 550s and Phiaton 320 portables and my wife might let us use her Shure 840s. I also have a good sized collection of hires and surround discs (SACD, DVD audio and Blu ray).

I'd really like to hear the new Mad Dog Alphas, AKG K551/545, PSB, NAD, Philips Fidelo, and any other new or interesting headphones. Icing on the cake would be if someone brought the new Centrance HifiM8. Basically I'd like to get together with some fellow SoCal enthusiasts, try out different set ups and share my surround sound music hobby. Anyone interested?
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