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  1. Jaywalk3r

    Microsoft's Surface Headphones

    I've been seeing them in the wild (Microsoft is local), but I still haven't had the opportunity to try one.
  2. Jaywalk3r

    Microsoft's Surface Headphones

    Yes, most ANC headphones can be. Sony and Bose, for example, both allow users to turn the ANC down or off. But their sound quality is still bad compared to non-ANC headphones at a similar price point. That's the sad reality of ANC. If it weren't, mid-fi, high-fi, and summit-fi...
  3. Jaywalk3r

    Microsoft's Surface Headphones

    Perhaps, but non-ANC would be a much better option in such scenarios. Compared to non-ANC head-/earphones, ANC headphones tend to have pretty awful sound quality, because ANC requires more of the transducers.
  4. Jaywalk3r

    Why do we classify headphones/earphones by form factor?

    My reference for everything tends to be my Etymōtic Research ER4XR, because they're reference, except with bass ramped up, up to 6dB worth. Listening to Angel Eyes (artist listed as "Bass and Saxophone" on Mirantz Hi-End Audiophile Test Demo CD 7), I hear the Shozy hit all of the notes the...
  5. Jaywalk3r

    Why do we classify headphones/earphones by form factor?

    I've been listening to the Shozy for several hour hours each day, for six days, both at home and at the office, both places being reasonably quiet. After the first evening with the Shozy, I haven't listened to any of my headphones, only my Shozy BK and my ER4XR. The Shozy is good for anything...
  6. Jaywalk3r

    Testing audiophile claims and myths

    Agreed. But not understanding the underlying logic of the methods is not the same as those methods being flawed. Neither description is accurate. His description highlighted a worry of random effects unduly affecting the decision. We address that by decreasing alpha and/or increasing sample...
  7. Jaywalk3r

    Why do we classify headphones/earphones by form factor?

    Any or all. It doesn't really matter. As I stated above, my intention was just to think about how and why we think about it in a certain way, in particular by form factor, when, in fact, very little relevant information is provided by form factor, compared to using other similarly simple...
  8. Jaywalk3r

    The Audio Lounge

    Sometimes I think that the difference between Ety owners who don't own better sounding headphones and Ety owners who do own better sounding headphones mostly comes down to whether or not they've got the Ety seal figured out for their particular ear canal. There's a good seal, similar to a good...
  9. Jaywalk3r

    Why do we classify headphones/earphones by form factor?

    Wrong. Counterexamples have been given upthread. If two displays, with the same dimensions and pixel count, take up the same steradians of your field of view, you will not be able to determine their size without knowing their distance, or the distance without knowing their size. At the correct...
  10. Jaywalk3r

    Testing audiophile claims and myths

    These sorts of minor factors are already taken care of with the statistical methods used. In particular, we use an alpha value much closer to zero than one-half. That helps prevent erroneously rejecting the null hypothesis. There's no need to concern ourselves with an inability to hear...
  11. Jaywalk3r

    Testing audiophile claims and myths

    Don't feel bad I can't either, and the science side of this is my wheelhouse. Best I can tell is he's trying to rationalize why perfectly valid methods shouldn't be used.
  12. Jaywalk3r

    The Audio Lounge

    My Shozy BK (Stardust) arrived yesterday. Oh my! This sounds fantastic! I had pretty high expectations, and they've been met (and exceeded). The sound signature sits comfortably between my two favorite headphones, HD650 and SR325e, with favored sound characteristics from each of them. I'm not...
  13. Jaywalk3r

    Why do we classify headphones/earphones by form factor?

    As explained, just one classification is needed: Isolating or passive. The level of isolation is the primary factor determining whether a 'phone is appropriate. You see exactly such earbuds these days. Like me, you must have missed the emergence of premium earbuds. The Shozy BK I just picked...
  14. Jaywalk3r

    Why do we classify headphones/earphones by form factor?

    Unfortunately, none of those classifiers can determine for me whether or not a particular 'phone is well-suited for the task. Isolation level does just that. Sounds good vs like ass: In the wrong listening environment, phenomenal headphones sound like ass. Try using an HD800 on transit. You'd...
  15. Jaywalk3r

    Why do we classify headphones/earphones by form factor?

    The Shozy BK (aka Stardust) arrived today. It's pretty much as I expected, in form and function. In terms of sound signature, it sits right between my HD650 and my SR325e. It sounds as "big" as any of my headphones. In terms of sound quality, The BK sounds fantastic, in the same class as my...
  16. Jaywalk3r

    Testing audiophile claims and myths

    Actually, it is. Unfortunately, you do not appear to be among them.
  17. Jaywalk3r

    Testing audiophile claims and myths

    All they're saying there is that communication relies on a common terminology. I agree, but I doubt anyone would disagree. It's pretty much a truism.
  18. Jaywalk3r

    Testing audiophile claims and myths

    Who claimed numbers are equivalent to data? Even with meaningful units, having a number does not imply having a datum, nor has anyone claimed as such.
  19. Jaywalk3r

    Testing audiophile claims and myths

    "Data without a context of theory isn't [sic] really even data." Data without the context of theory aren't really even data. Well, what are they, because you declared that they are data in the subject of your sentence. So they are data, while simultaneously being not-data? What, exactly, are...
  20. Jaywalk3r

    Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Review & Measurements

    In the case of the 58x vs 6xx, maybe, maybe not. In general, cognitive biases are a major driver for high-end audio (and non-audio) sales.
  21. Jaywalk3r

    Testing audiophile claims and myths

    Since what you wrote contradicted itself, we can safely dismiss it as nonsense. :)
  22. Jaywalk3r

    Testing audiophile claims and myths

    The numbers and stats are not easily removed from science, as anyone familiar with science would tell you. Mathematics is the language of science, and statistics is the language of scientific research. The part of your post that I quoted was nonsensical, self-inconsistent gibberish.
  23. Jaywalk3r

    Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Review & Measurements

    Or, just convince yourself that the difference really is there. It's a strategy that leverages cognitive biases that is often employed by audiophiles, as well as enthusiasts of all manner of disciplines.
  24. Jaywalk3r

    Testing audiophile claims and myths

    This is not only not right, it is not even wrong. -Wolfgang Pauli
  25. Jaywalk3r

    The Audio Lounge

    Interesting. I wasn't aware this was (or wasn't, to be fair) a problem. It seems plausible with the HD6xx, I suppose. Do you know of any examples in which this is known to be happening?
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