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All hope abandon, ye who enter in!

And he to me, as one experienced:
"Here all suspicion needs must be abandoned,
All cowardice must needs be here extinct.

We to the place have come, where I have told thee
Thou shalt behold the people dolorous
Who have foregone the good of intellect."

And after he had laid his hand on mine
With joyful mien, whence I was comforted,
He led me in among the secret things.

There sighs, complaints, and ululations loud
Resounded through the air without a star,
Whence I, at the beginning, wept thereat.

Languages diverse, horrible dialects,
Accents of anger, words of agony,
And voices high and hoarse, with sound of hands,

And I: "O Master, what so grievous is
To these, that maketh them lament so sore?"
He answered: "I will tell thee very briefly.

These have no longer any hope of (...);
And this blind life of theirs is so debased,
They envious are of every other fate.

The Divine Comedy - Canto III

Imagine Head-fi as a journey: an endless RPG where the main goal - Holy Grail is called Headphones' Nirvana. There are all sort of players: those wise headfiers and those mischievous beings who claim to be experienced, although in this subjective WOH (World of Head-fi) my words can be true and false at the same time. Everyone has preferences and it translates to what people want to hear and most of the time preferences influence their perspective. Just remember to take all opinions with a grain of salt (including mine). You can come across with so many options: from headphones, amps, dacs, cables, sources, and so on.. but to be honest: after a few years wandering around here, reading, buying, listening and testing I can assure you: Nothing is absolute in this world and nothing is really better or worse when the real goal is to enjoy music as much as you can.

I'm not complaining, denying or claiming anything, actually quite the opposite. I realized how ignorant I am, even knowing the answer or "end game" will be decided the day I want, no matter which headphones I will be rocking at that time. Keep in mind the answer lies beneath you and only you.

People here do their best to help you achieve your ambition which is (I suppose) extract the more you can from your music but please get this straight: you don't need 1000$+ headphones to accomplish it.

This place is my home to some extend, and I'm grateful that a few of you can understand my madness. Allow me to say:

Welcome to head-fi
Sorry about wallet

Cable Inventory

Coconut-audio Cables

Funny quotes:
"I hate music. Man, it's just a bunch of random sounds and pitches and it makes my head hurt. I'd rather listen to pink noise and test tracks, that way I just have the satisfaction of knowing how good my system is. It's so good that it makes me better than everybody else just by having it. Except, of course, the people that have better systems. They're better people than me, but one day, someday, I will have a better system than them, and then I'll be better. On that day, I will gloat, and come here to let everybody know how good I am... I also hate fun, happiness, and kittens".

"...A good connection with 60/40 will sound better than some mystical solder made of precious metals mined from a sacred mountain, plunged into liquid nitrogen and bathed in the tears of a virgin monk..."

"Only Bose can dream of approaching Dre quality, none of the so called audiophile brands are worth looking at if LSD2 is the best they can offer"

Don't forget: "A silver cable is better for lossless and a copper for mp3s"

"I don't know what placebo is because I have never had it, how do I get it?"

Other Audio Equipment

Useful threads

The best headphones

Where to find lossless music:

Do you want removable cables but you're not precisely fond on DIY, here's a guy who can help you

For those interested in USB cables:
http://archimago.blogspot.ca/2013... /> http://www.head-fi.org/t/660329/b...#post_9370468

Counterfeited headphones' list

Differences between Samsung and Apple plugs. 1/8 3.5mm Jacks 4 and 3 conductors.

Interests (non-headphone)

How to proper take care of headphones (suggestions are welcome)


-"First off, I am going to reiterate a point which I have made in several other articles since many of our readers are not familiar with the audiophile world when it comes to sound quality. With high end audio equipment, the value per dollar greatly decreases as you go up the cost ladder. For example, a piece of audio equipment that costs twice as much may only sound slightly better. But this is what the audiophile world is all about. People spend big bucks on audio equipment to get ultimately great sound rather than spend less and maybe settle for only great sound. And remember, good sound quality is a very personal thing. If it sounds good to you, you have accomplished your goal, (but to be on the safe side, you might just consider avoiding listening to someone else’s audiophile setup)."

- "...I've learned that once you get up to a certain level in the audiophile headphone world, one headphone is not necessarily better than another"....

Copyright © 2009 Bill K and Listening Station

Gear-Fi (Favorite Non-Audio Gear & Gadgets)

Firm believer everyone should own a pair of Grado headphones. Give them a try and even if you don't like the sound, there are tons of mods to test your DIY skills, have a piece of american history or a nice gift to somebody else in the future.

Useful tips

About break-in:
This is consistent with what Grado have recommended historically:
"As any mechanical device, the headphones will improve in performance with use. We firmly recommend not allowing the headphones to play continuously for extended periods of time. We strongly suggest letting the headphones break in naturally with normal use."

From Innerfidelity:
"...If they sound lousy out of the box, but they start sounding a lot better as you listen to them over time, it's your amazingly versatile brain figuring out how to cope with the world.

The miracle is in your head ... not in the headphones."
On the Measurement and Audibility of Headphone Break-in By Tyll Hertsens • Posted: Jan 7, 2012

Microphonics are with most headphones in some way or the other as ALL materials have microphonics -plastics-metals-woods-etc.
One thing to know about microphonics is that once you have power/sound running thru cables most if not all microphonics are nullified. teflon insulation has the most as pe insulation has the least.if you put any set of headphones on without power/sound and scratch-touch each part you'll hear how different materials resonate.the softer the material the less the microphonics.

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