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  1. Arve

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

    I took some nekkid pictures of the TH-02 here: - 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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    Apple Earpods Review

    Quote:     My full review is over 4000 words, so here it is.  I'd just like to note that I disagree with you on this - I've found them to be easy to use for prolonged periods, but:       I found them to be surprisingly picky about what you connect them to.  I tried connecting...
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    Review by 'Arve' on item 'Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic'

    Ok, I'm not going to paste my entire review in here  it's over 4000 words, and quite probably the most comprehensive review ever of a product being delivered as a bundled product, so I'm just going to point at my actual review:   If...
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