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  1. julian67

    Flare Audio R2PRO Kickstarter campaign

    Batman is OK but I prefer Biffa Bacon. Not sure if there is a soundtrack though.
  2. julian67

    Flare Audio R2PRO Kickstarter campaign

    When I was at Flare Audio listening I just assumed these had 32 ohm impedance like the IEMs/pods supplied with better Samsung products and Apple i-Devices. This was because the practical experience, in terms of levels, was not obviously different to using my Samsung headset or my Piston 3 (also...
  3. julian67

    Flare Audio R2PRO Kickstarter campaign

    I don't have any of the "Most" brand :wink_face: I notice my Shures are a different size to my Samsungs which are different to my Digital Silence which are different to my Xiaomi Piston 2 which are different to my Xiaomi Piston 3 which are different to my Sennheiser CX.....you get the picture...
  4. julian67

    Flare Audio R2PRO Kickstarter campaign

    The Shure tips for the SE series are too narrow to fit the Flares.
  5. julian67

    Flare Audio R2PRO Kickstarter campaign

    I feel the same about the price of Comply tips here (I'm in UK). They typically cost £15 for three pairs. As my IEMs are virtually welded to my ears this gets too expensive with consumable or non durable items. You can use silicone tips with the Flares but you really do need a perfect seal and...
  6. julian67

    Flare Audio R2PRO Kickstarter campaign

    Oddly one of the "Early Music" tracks I listened to while auditioning the R2*s was in fact composed by JPJ in the 1980s but in the style of Spanish music of the South American colonies of 15th or 16th century...
  7. julian67

    Flare Audio R2PRO Kickstarter campaign

    I did try skrillex once but it's a poor substitute for cod and doesn't go well with chips or vinegar.
  8. julian67

    Flare Audio R2PRO Kickstarter campaign

    I'm OK with pressure. And if I oversleep or the train breaks down or I fail to arrive for any reason I will write a review anyway and simply lie :D
  9. julian67

    Flare Audio R2PRO Kickstarter campaign

    I actually prefer my very cheap Samsung dual dynamics over the SE215 in every way except isolation and build/materials quality. I also prefer my Piston 3s over the Shures except for isolation. I think the world moved on, meanwhile Shure's budget offering is stuck firmly in the past. Assuming...
  10. julian67

    Flare Audio R2PRO Kickstarter campaign

    I'll be visiting Flare in the morning. I have SE215 so will be able to offer an opinion. I don't have the RHAs or Yamahas.
  11. julian67

    Flare Audio R2PRO Kickstarter campaign

    The drivers probably matter less than you think. People have been successfully making very high quality dynamic drivers for a long time now. They are cheap & available. The problems in IEMs are in putting them in a suitable shell and in achieving good manufacturing quality. And dreaming up some...
  12. julian67

    Flare Audio R2PRO Kickstarter campaign

    It will be a pleasure and a bit of a treat to try this stuff out, so no thanks required :D I have no idea of what to expect in terms of listening facilities, sources and so on. My main interest is in the product I signed up for but if there is time and opportunity I will definitely be...
  13. julian67

    Flare Audio R2PRO Kickstarter campaign

    I'll be visiting Flare Audio on Thursday morning (UK time) to play with their toys. I live just a few miles away from their premises. A couple of weeks ago (aprox) I saw their kickstarter described in the local newspaper and signed up for the "R2A BLACK (SUPER EARLY BACKER)". This is a price...
  14. julian67

    Three Word Story

    before becoming white.
  15. julian67

    Review by 'julian67' on item 'Xiaomi Pistion III Youth Edition'

    I originally wrote this in the forums as a comparison of the Piston 3 vs Piston Youth Edition. In terms of IEMs, I already owned Piston 2 (metal), Piston 2 (plastic) and regular Piston 3. I also own Shure SE215, Samsung HS330 (Dual Dynamic Driver IEM), various budget Sennheiser CX series (old...
  16. julian67

    Xiaomi Pistons 3.0 Impressions Thread

    So the Youth Edition (henceforth YE) arrived today and I can do a quick comparison with the Piston 3 (henceforth P3). Packaging and Presentation Just like the Piston 2 plastic editions these arrive in the usual small square Xiaomi card box containing the earphones and the spare tips. There is...
  17. julian67

    Xiaomi Pistons 3.0 Impressions Thread

    I find them rather poor in this respect, exactly like the Piston 2. The plastic/rubber covered cables above the Y split are horribly prone to conduction noise, as are the earpieces themselves. The obvious and cheap solution is a sliding cable tidy as found on all kinds of earphones from very...
  18. julian67

    How and why do members fall in love with second tier headphones?

    The supposed "observation" is in fact just an assertion, even worse it's an assertion heavily loaded with obvious bias and almost visibly collapsing under the weight of its own implicit assumptions. The author may as well have written "I really know my ****, I have golden ears and have like to...
  19. julian67

    How and why do members fall in love with second tier headphones?

    As this is supposed to be a science forum you need to offer more than mere assertion. Head-Fi Sound Science - as scientific as astrology itself. Because someone said so. Probably.
  20. julian67

    How and why do members fall in love with second tier headphones?

    OK, for the benefit of the debate (and comedians everywhere), let's assume that's a proven fact, just because you say so. Now please address some of the points that follow on: "2: that they do so even after experiencing something they acknowledge to be better." "......that the same people...
  21. julian67

    How and why do members fall in love with second tier headphones?

    But surely headphones only sound right if the listener is completely up themselves, especially if regular associates and family members have failed to point this out? Also the more more money a person has the more intelligent they must be, and of course this means they have better taste, better...
  22. julian67

    Xiaomi Piston 3 (2015)

    btw that would be in the ears
  23. julian67

    How and why do members fall in love with second tier headphones?

    Remember that friend of your mom's? The one who gave birth to that little boy who grew to be insufferably crass and conceited, brimming over with self regard, utterly impervious to insight and reason? The best part? Didn't even know the difference between of and have.
  24. julian67

    The Xiaomi Pistons Thread 2.0

    You found an amazon marketplace seller offering suspicious products? omfg!!!!! Maybe call the NSA.
  25. julian67

    Xiaomi Pistons 3.0 Impressions Thread

    The 2s don't sound better, it's just that if you use your IEMs in noisy places where a bass boost helps mask the noise then the 2s are better for this particular, very common use. The 3s are definitely the better IEM in terms of sound quality, comfort, and headset controls but when isolation is...
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