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    Tascam TH-02 - Headphones waiting to be discovered??? (now Appreciation Thread)

    I took some nekkid pictures of the TH-02 here: http://imgur.com/a/0P8PZ - as you can see, this headphone is very easy to mod.  I'm getting a second pair so that I can try out various modifications, including a full conversion to an open can, and I'll also have a shot at fixing the issues that...
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    Edit Signature

    Thanks a lot.
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    Edit Signature

    Are there any particular rules governing who can and can't have signatures? I have relatively few posts under my belt, so I assumed it was bound to the post count, but couldn't find anything in particular.   In other words: I don't seem to have the ability to add a signature, but I would...
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    Review by 'Arve' on item 'M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Powered Speakers'

    My review is much too long to paste here, so the full-length-review can be found here.   I will however summarize my review quickly, and expand a bit on it:   These are a good choice if you are a producer on an extremely tight budget - as a "my first studio monitor" speaker Sound stage...
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    EarPods..! - Its what apple calls its next gen Earbuds.. Fancy anyone?

    Quote:   Your old ones ever left the box?!   I have three iPhone boxes, and two of them still contain untouched old-style iBuds.
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    EarPods - Apples newest entry into IEM

    Quote:   I quite agree that them being open is a conscious choice by apple, both for safety and convenience (You don't have to remove them to order something when you're at starbucks, just pause the music).   Also, I think the open design improves the sound stage quite a bit, and for...
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    Can you recommend some earbuds in the $150 range?

    Quote:   If a seal was needed for great sound quality, by extension all open circum- or supra-aural headphones would suck.  I'm pretty sure there are a few Stax, HD-800 and LCD-2-owners who would take issue with that.
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    EarPods - Apples newest entry into IEM

    They leak far less than before - there is a graph midway down in this review that shows the difference from the old.
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    EarPods - Apples newest entry into IEM

    Quote:     I'm surprised, really.  I couldn't wear the old ones for more than five minutes at a time, because they chafed and were painful to keep in (not that I would anyway, because of their rather terrible sound).  I've tried wearing the new ones for hours at a time, and have never...
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    Meet 'Typical Headfier' Andy

    Quote:   Right now, I have between 40 and 50 hours of effective listening on them.  Their characteristics haven't changed much since I wrote the review, when I had between 15-20 hours of listening under various conditions on them.  Their characteristics haven't changed much (if at all)...
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    Apple Earpods Review

    Quote:   IMHO, Burn-in is mostly a myth.  If you actually look at the graphs in Tyll Hertsens' experiment on the AKG Q701, it's very dubious whether the changes you see are actually at all audible.     Personally, I will attribute the huge differences people claim to hear to be...
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    Apple Earpods Review

    Quote:     That is due to sensitivity, not impedance. Sensitivity is defined as how loud something gets with a given voltage over the terminals.  I'm not sure if there is a standard way to measure sensitivity for headphones, but for loudspeakers it's defined as the loudness measured...
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    Apple Earpods Review

    Quote:   It doesn't make any sense to me either.  The impedance is a relatively easy 40 ohm, and from the one impedance plot I saw, the impedance curve is reasonably flat, so they shouldn't really be a difficult load.  Also, sensitivity seems to be about average, so it's a bit of a...
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    Apple Earpods Review

    Quote:   Just so I'm clear: It's absolutely not on every recording, and it's not as good as with a pair of speakers, but I did have to verify that I hadn't turned my studio monitors on.  
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    EarPods - Apples newest entry into IEM

    I'm rather glad to see I'm not the only one who thinks their sound stage borders on "ridiculously good".  Deep down, I'm a speaker guy, not a headphone person, and headphones have always been an "inside my head" experience, quite regardless of price. At some time during casual listening, I had...
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