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Perhaps. But the end result is that we have no place to go and listen to things before we buy them. So we read what others write and we look at the aesthetics but be rarely get to try before we buy...at least not in a setting conducive to critical decision making.

Yup. I love how internet retailing has driven the prices down, but as a result, less retailers means less auditioning :confused_face:

post #227 of 353
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Perhaps. But the end result is that we have no place to go and listen to things before we buy them. So we read what others write and we look at the aesthetics but be rarely get to try before we buy...at least not in a setting conducive to critical decision making.

true.. but...

post #228 of 353
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If this is true and not misleading, it certainly explains why high-end audio dealers are uninterested in headphones. No sane person could operate a storefront with these margins.

 

nope it really cant be done unless you can sell Beats all day because they have a high margin. Even the popular headphone stores in Asia just have walls full of Beats.

 

returns on headphones, at least for internet sales, are really high, like 20% because its such a personal item. then you get back a headphone with skin, oil, and hair, often missing accessories like 1/8" adapters, and some of the cheaper pleather pads cant even be cleaned properly. Sennheiser doesnt even allow its dealers to sell returned headphones as open box items

 

as for Stax, ive had 2 people use the warranty to get their SR-009 replaced in the USA, so i would recommend it. Dealer price is actually higher than pricejapan charges. I wish Stax would clamp down on selling to them -- not so i can make more money -- but because they have no clue what their level of interest is in the USA because of the amount of equipment that gets exported on the gray market. If they knew maybe they would devote some resources, like actually advertise in the U.S., which could increase sales and ultimately bring the prices down.


Edited by justin w. - 10/23/13 at 12:59pm

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post #229 of 353

Yea, I don't envy audio retailers.  It's very tough living.  Small manufactures have it very tough too.  I imagine it's got to be a profession that is a labor of love, emphasis on labor. 

 

I also imagine there's a whole lot of work that has nothing to do with audio...  I remember when Schiit was getting the Schiit beat out of them for some QC and inventory problems back when the bifrost came out.  Despite having a great product some people were unloading on them for not getting everything 100%. 

post #230 of 353

Yeah I have a friend who owns a hi-fi store but it's speakers and amps. He recently got into djing and we tried out a bunch of dj headphones and picked out our favorites. He was going to carry a few models to go along with his speakers and amps but the wholesalers weren't all that interested to give a discount unless he bought a 100+ headphones. If you can afford to buy a 100+ headphones you can get a large discount but when you factor in all the bills of running your own hi-fi store it's probably going to be a whole lot of work for very little money if any money.

Anyways he does not sell headphones.

 

So what's up with that oppo? Makes me think about selling my he-500.:eek:

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2nd batch of pics. The "music shots" were actually just for myself (as visual notes) but I figured why not post them, if it helps someone discover some new music? ;)

 

Cavalli Liquid Glass (@ MrSpeakers' table, driving the Alpha Dog)

 

Moon Audio's BMC Pure DAC

 

Music shot @ Moon Audio - Massive Attack's Blue Lines, 2012 remaster

 

Audeze LCD-XC

 

Music shot @ Audeze - Kyrist's "Emerged"

 

Sennheiser HD26 Pro on the HDVA 600

 

Sennheiser Momentum on-ear color variety

 

Schiit Ragnarok prototype

 

TTVJ Audio's Esoteric K-05

 

JH Audio Roxanne + Astell & Kern AK120

 

Music shot @ Schiit Audio - Clear Static's Clear Static

 

Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro

 

Focal Spirit Classic

 

Fostex HP-A3 DAC/amp

 

Audeze LCD-X

 

TTVJ Audio's Luxman PD-171 belt-drive turntable


Edited by Asr - 10/24/13 at 12:34am
post #232 of 353
+1

Love the fotos. Especially the one with the XC!
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Somewhat off topic, but RHA is giving away review samples of the units they had at CanJam:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/687315/rhas-running-a-ma750-and-ma600-review-programme

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Somewhat off topic, but RHA is giving away review samples of the units they had at CanJam:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/687315/rhas-running-a-ma750-and-ma600-review-programme

and I'm really enjoying the RHA MA750's right now.  I brought my review pair

to CanJam - and for 119-120 bucks?!?!

 

I honestly thought they were far more expensive when I experienced their bass response

and upper frequency sparkle.  The new Machinedrum album was coherent, dynamic, mesmerizing.

They could use a bit of clarity in the mid range I think - but at this price, its a STEAL.  

 

Plus the girls were a BLAST to hang with!  

 


Edited by mikemercer - 10/24/13 at 5:06pm
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I also liked the RHA phones, I preferred the MA600's a little more, suited my taste.  $79 buck is a good price for them also.

Might have been due to the fit, had the large tips on the 750's vs the mediums on the 600's.

Meant to go back and try the 750's with the mediums tips but got "shiny penny syndrome" with all the other gear I wanted to try.

 

And yes the girls were very nice to hang out with, friendly and cared very much about the feedback that was being provided to them.

They also put up with my bad American humor...:biggrin:

Looking forward to seeing you ladies again, H and L.  Cheers...:beerchug:  Did you ever get the phone you were looking for?

post #236 of 353
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Originally Posted by warrenpchi View Post
 

Somewhat off topic, but RHA is giving away review samples of the units they had at CanJam:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/687315/rhas-running-a-ma750-and-ma600-review-programme

 

and I'm really enjoying the RHA MA750's right now.  I brought my review pair

to CanJam - and for 119-120 bucks?!?!

 

That price is killer!  I mean, for what you get, it just is.  Love my Grado GR8, but at $300, the darn thing doesn't even even come with a dime bag for storage.

 

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I also liked the RHA phones, I preferred the MA600's a little more, suited my taste.  $79 buck is a good price for them also.

Might have been due to the fit, had the large tips on the 750's vs the mediums on the 600's.

Meant to go back and try the 750's with the mediums tips but got "shiny penny syndrome" with all the other gear I wanted to try.

 

And yes the girls were very nice to hang out with, friendly and cared very much about the feedback that was being provided to them.

They also put up with my bad American humor...:biggrin:

Looking forward to seeing you ladies again, H and L.  Cheers...:beerchug:  Did you ever get the phone you were looking for?

 

Bear!  You made it out alive!  There was a bunch of ice over everything Monday morning... lot of people were late due to extra scraping time.

post #237 of 353
I agree also, RHA product perform well above their price. I actually bought three pair of 750 for my son, daughter and myself. Everyone is happy now!
post #238 of 353
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Plus the girls were a BLAST to hang with!  

 

 

Er, is that Lyndsey and Hazel with RHA? They both look different than on here and I totally didn't recognize them from your pics either (and a group of us had dinner with them on Sunday!): http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/canjam-rmaf-2013-reid-heath-acoustics


Edited by Asr - 10/25/13 at 1:52am
post #239 of 353
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Have you ever tried the HRT Microstreamer?  It is another stick DAC/amp that does 24/96.  It has a line out as well as the headphone out.  I enjoyed mine quite a bit, but the M8 trumped it in all ways but size so I sold it off.  The GEEK also looks great.

No, I haven't heard the HRT or GEEK. For the longest time I avoided the USB stick amps, but the D3 changed my attitude about them quickly.
post #240 of 353
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That price is killer!  I mean, for what you get, it just is.  Love my Grado GR8, but at $300, the darn thing doesn't even even come with a dime bag for storage.


Bear!  You made it out alive!  There was a bunch of ice over everything Monday morning... lot of people were late due to extra scraping time.

Yep, I got caught in the hail storm that went through. But, being from northern MN, it was no big deal.
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Er, is that Lyndsey and Hazel with RHA? They both look different than on here and I totally didn't recognize them from your pics either (and a group of us had dinner with them on Sunday!): http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/canjam-rmaf-2013-reid-heath-acoustics

I noticed that also, does not look like them, wrong hair color, too. Maybe their stunt double? tongue.gif
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