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San Francisco Bay Area

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Join Date:

10/21/11

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About Me:

"Answer for "About Me:" cannot exceed 100 characters."
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Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

Computers, esp HTPC; audio/video; history; sociology; cities/infrascture; relationships

What I do for a living:

Either work as a paralegal/legal assistant or look for work as the same.

Headphone Inventory

HAVE NOW:

>Grado SR225i
Bright, in-your-face, engaging, fatiguing sound with fast bass. Great for "technical speed metal" which generally involves few instruments but which is so fast-moving that it really sounds best with the SS you get with Grados, Etymotics or anything with a very dynamic sound.

>Etymotic HF5
Cool sound as was expected; the sound otherwise seems fast, punchy and precise; they're small and barely visible when inserted; the cable seems rather frail and doesn't inspire confidence, nor does the construction in general esp when transported in the included soft-sided case, but time will tell. *update* Since these are very small, insert deeply, do not need to be worn over the ear and have a thin, flexible cable, these are easy to insert and remove quickly which is something I really appreciate after dealing with the triplefi.10's which are the opposite in all those respects. */update* The variety of eartips is nice but seemingly unnecessary as the triple-flanged eartips are the easiest to fit, most isolating and "anchor" themselves in the ears better than the alternative eartips. Pairs very well with my Sansa Clip+.

>Sennheiser HD 558
Excellent soundstage, fairly detailed sound with slower tracks. SS is slow and thick, though, and is bad with fast, dense music. Good 'clamp' to keep them on my head, velour padding is dense and soft, 'chassis' is lightweight yet robust. Great for home theater.

>Sennheiser HD 25-1 ii
Detailed sound can be harshly bright with some tracks; Ligtweight but sturdy build; split headband adds stability and makes other supraaurals seem inferior by comparison; can be used w/ HD 600 cables; high clamping force and little ear padding can be uncomfortable and gets worse over longer listenign sessions; look silly during recreational listening in public

> Koss Porta Pro
Ample and poorly-controlled bass; tastefully moderate highs; compactable; don't stay in place well during activity; they really do pull out your hair; generally flimsy-but-durable build; low MSRP = you get what you pay for

> Philips CitiScape Downtown Headphones
Good for watching Netflix and making telephone calls (they have an inline microphone) but bad for any critical listening due to their distant, obscure sound. Eye-pleasing design and the memory foam in the earpads really does work well.

> Sony earphones that came with my Sony Z-1000: too much bass which is easily subdued with equalization; rich, powerful mids, polite treble. Pretty good soundstage, at least when compared to my Ety HF5's. Pretty good for bundled earphones.

HAVE NO LONGER:

>Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10
To me, they seem pretty dark and warm as if they are meant to preclude fatigue and make poorly-amplified mobile devices sound good. The hard-sided case and replaceable cable are a plus as is the plentitude of eartips. They catch the eyes of others since they're so big, vibrantly-colored and are worn with the cable routed over one's ear so if you want something low-profile, these aren't the ones. These are good for low-intensity activities such as doing chores they stay in place well when worn over the ear (the only way to wear them) with the (symmetrical) cable running behind my neck and the cinch mildly tightened.

>Sennheiser HD 600
Sturdy build & feel; Modular; High clamping force = weight isn't concentrated on top of head = I can wear then indefinitely; Velour against skin = comfort; SS seems neutral and gives what the track calls for, be it warmth or shrill highs; *update* when listening to Ludacris' "Battle of the Sexes", I had to EQ-out some of the bass; if you want a cold presentation, you may want to look further and consider, for example, the DT880s */update*; "Very" open and give no isolation; Overall the build and SS are easy to live with.

>Beyer DT 800 600ohm
Flimsy design; Velour earpiece covers very plush but lack density; Driver covers press on the my ears noticeably but tolerably; SS seemed bright and a bit cool; Good instrument separation with fast, complex heavy metal. They actually did give some isolation compared to the Senn HD 600's. Their high impedance was a real treat because it made volume control easier, and I'd realy like to get some 600ohm headphones again. Overall I liked these but not well enough.

> Sennheiser HD 518
Too warm for me, had to EQ out the bass!; dark compared to the ATH-M50's; very comfortable with moderate clamping force, fabric cushioning and lightweight

> Audiotechnica ATH-M50
Sound was divine with prominent highs and ample bass, but low clamping force + too little headband padding + heaviness hurt the top of my head w/in 30 minutes!!

> Sennheiser HD 555
Were bass-deficient when listening straight through my laptop DAC/AMP, but sounded good while watching movies through my Onkyo receiver; high clamping force was just short of intolerable

> Sony MDR-XB500
Too much bass actually hurt my ears when listening to Depeche Mode (unacceptable!!); hurt the top of my head due to heaviness and low clamping force

Source Inventory

HAVE NOW:

> Samsung Galaxy S3
Very strong amplifier, powers my HD 25-1 ii's well, but the sound is very noisy when used with earphones, so I don't use it with earphones at all and instead reply on my Sansa Clip+ and Walkman Z-1000 instead.

> Sansa Clip+
I bought it again. This one actually works. Sound signature seems a bit dark & warm, so it pairs perfectly with my Etymotic HF5's.

>Sony Walkman Z1060
http://www.head-fi.org/products/s...#

> HT Omega eClaro
http://www.head-fi.org/products/h...


HAVE NO LONGER:

>Ipod Nano 5G 8GB
Tiny & Ultraportable; Absence of volume rocker button/s is disadvantageous

>Ipod Touch 4G 32G
Impressive resolution & strong speaker makes it perfect for watching videos; LO and accessory availability make it a good music drive/player

>Sansa Clip+
Tiny; physical control buttons easy to use w/out looking; 32GB Micro SDHC support; syncable via Windows Media Player; sync & charge via mini-USB cable; kept crashing when I put it on 'hold'; SQ was merely 'OK'

> Ipod Touch 3G 64G
Clear but clinical SS which lacked warmth, body and generally... "fun"; lousy web browser with its slowness, low resolution and tiny screen

> Sony Walkman NWZ-A865
Powerful sound as with the Walkman Z but sold it bc I wanted more capacity; should've kept it :(

Other Audio Equipment

>Creative Gigaworks T20 II's

Music Preferences

Alternative Rock
Classic Rock
Industrial
Synthpop
Noisepop
Thrash Metal
Speed Metal

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