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  1. donovansmith

    Roll Call for Team AKG

    I still have my old (I think they are going on a decade-old now) K 271 Studio cans. They are in need of their second set of new earpads soon as well as replacing the foam cover over the drivers, Sound-wise, they are as good as new and still my only pair of full-size cans. I went through a lot of...
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    2012 CanJam @ RMAF (Rocky Mountain Audio Fest) -- Come and hang out with thousands of fellow audio enthusiasts!

    I will almost certainly be working this weekend but I'd like to see about making it either on Saturday or Sunday afternoon. I have missed RMAF the past few years and would really like to see how it's grown.
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    Start Making Your Plans For 2011 CanJam @ RMAF (Rocky Mountain Audio Fest)!

    Despite living so close to the DTC Marriott, I likely won't be able to make it down due to my work schedule. At best I'd make it Sunday but it looks like the show closes at 4PM so I'd be there for maybe a couple hours. Maybe next year I'll be able to go.
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    The niche electronic music thread - synthpop / EBM / dark-electro / gothic / rythmic-noise / experimental / chiptune / etc.

    davaNtage has been rapidly growing on me this past year or so. The lineup changed drastically around 2005 or so and so did their style somewhat, from a more traditional floor-stomping EBM to something a little more varied.   An example of their earlier sound before vocalist Kay Hartel...
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    Post your computer specs!~

    Mine is truly nothing impressive, but it does just what I need: Apple Mac mini (late 2007 rev.) 1.83GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU 4GB RAM 500GB Western Digital Scorpio hard drive Internal OEM Mitsumi DVD-ROM/CD-RW External Lite-On DVD-RW/CD-RW External Western Digital 320GB FireWire hard...
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    Official Team BEER-FI (Beer Appreciation Thread!)

    I'm glad to read these opinions of the 60 Minute IPA. I had tried it a little while back and was thoroughly disappointed considering all the praise it gets elsewhere. I couldn't believe how malty it was and its lack of bitterness. Just nothing special at all and ranks as one of the worst IPAs...
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    which ones for iphone, shuffle and macbook klipsch S2, UE metro fi 170 or new apple in ear?

    If you can find them for $60, the Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220 might be a good bet. It has pretty decent bass response and good sound quality overall.
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    Do IEMs just naturally have more bass than full-sizes?

    IEMs are made for portable use and portable users tend to value bass a lot more than someone listening at home might. Dynamic IEMs tend to be tuned to have a bit more bass response. Balanced armature IEMs, due to the nature of the drivers, often tend to have less bass response than average...
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    Anyone walk through a major blizzard?

    Quote: Originally Posted by maporter Well overnight we had another 4" of snow and it's still falling on and off, however I've witnessed the most amazing sight - Thundersnow !! Lightening, thunder & snow all at the same time ! I'd never heard of it before and was so surprised I had to...
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    How much "obsolete" technology do you use?

    Let's see: Tube headphone amplifier Turntable and vinyl records CRT TV (analog-only model, so only usable as a monitor) Bank tellers (their high-tech replacements still aren't that useful) Cash Hmmm, that's about it really. I used to have mechanical watches but haven't used a watch in...
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    the outside temperature

    Quote: Originally Posted by iancraig10 8 inches. I measured it with a special tool that I use for this. Ian
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    This is the slowest moving package I have ever seen.

    Quote: Originally Posted by SiriuslyCold dunno if you young 'uns remember a few years ago there were rumours the courier companies would have to merge in the wake of the stock market crashes. FedEx merger with UPS would have been FedUps Mule, are you sure it arrived? status not...
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    Why do some of yall look down on the HD280s?

    Quote: Originally Posted by dpippel I pointed out that if you have to EQ your source bits so much to make those HD280s sound good to you then maybe the people who think they're not very good headphones are correct. I have to agree with this. You shouldn't need to use EQ to make...
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    Anyone lose control of their car.

    Worst time when I was behind the wheel was when I was heading to work one morning after it had snowed and hit a nasty patch of ice on the onramp (the one from northbound Union to eastbound Highway 6, for you Denver folks). I was driving a Buick LeSabre which turned into a 3-ton sled sliding to...
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    Poll: Audible Difference between FLAC and 320kbps MP3?

    Quote: Originally Posted by anetode The USB version of the new Beatles box set includes both 24bit/44.1khz flac & 320kbps lame 3.98 cbr. So, while going through and re-tagging the mp3 files, I was listening to their flac counterparts. Throughout Revolver I was hearing details I've never...
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    Poll: Audible Difference between FLAC and 320kbps MP3?

    I find well encoded MP3s and AAC files to be quite difficult to distinguish from the uncompressed or lossless compressed source. AAC in general seems to be more transparent than MP3 in general, especially given that pre-echo is less of an issue with AAC. The LAME project has done an excellent...
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    Google's new browser, Chrome

    I'm using the developer preview version of Chrome on Mac OS X, which has been available for a little while now. It seems overall more stable than Safari but definitely more buggy and rather primitive. It is still quite speedy and is still my favorite browser on any platform. Chrome, even in...
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    Let's talk about your hearing.

    I have some hearing loss in my left ear and a bit more significant loss in my right ear. I took a hearing test years ago when I was 19 and I believe I had lost 5dB in at 1Khz in my left ear and 15dB in my right at 1Khz. I don't doubt I've lost more since then, especially in the year since I...
  19. donovansmith

    Headphone Jerks

    The full-size headphone market is a bit more mature than the IEM market. When I first joined Head-Fi (has it really been over 7 years?) there were Sennheiser, Grado, AKG, and Sony as some of the most discussed cans. All these years later it's much the same for full-size headphones. IEMs at...
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    Post your current 'in heavy rotation' album

    [:SITD:] Rot (Deluxe Edition)
  21. donovansmith

    How long have you had your primary headphones?

    I was realizing recently that I've had my primary headphones for what seems like an eternity in Head-Fi terms. I bought my AKG K 271 way back in mid-2004 and haven't found a desire to upgrade since then. I was wondering how many other people might have been using the same set of headphones as...
  22. donovansmith

    Do you believe in Burn-In?

    I don't know about dramatic changes but I do believe in burn-in. The sound does change at least a tiny bit with use because the drivers change with use. At least for dynamic drivers.
  23. donovansmith

    Official Team BEER-FI (Beer Appreciation Thread!)

    I haven't been trying as many different kinds of beers in the past few months but a few have caught my attention. Dale's Pale Ale was quite a shocker since you don't expect much from something that comes in an aluminum can. Very well-hopped with a nice malt balance. Reminded me a lot of the...
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    Apple IEM - most underrated IEMs on the market

    I decided to try one more thing with the ADDIEMs. I had an old set of the black soft silicone tips for the Shure E2c that I had tried earlier but they were for larger stalks than the ADDIEM so wouldn't stay on. Since I could not use the smallest Sony hybrid tips I cut the tube off of them and...
  25. donovansmith

    Head-Fi/Can Jam @ Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2009 (CJ@RMAF 2009): It's Official!

    I can probably attend on Sunday, Oct 4. I haven't been to RMAF in a few years so it'll be nice to see how it's grown.
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