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    Rugged Portable Headphones Advice

    Check out Headroom's headphone selection guide for some ideas.
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    [Review] Brainwavz M4

    I read this thread last week and picked up the M4 w/ mic on Amazon for $28. I just opened the package 20 minutes ago. I wanted something cheap that I could throw in the bag and use on the go with my iPhone. I've been using $300+ IEMs during my commute and wanted something that required less...
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    Benefits of IEMs compared to full-sized cans?

    x3   Seriously, the hair factor is the primary reason I use earbuds and IEMs at work.   Another benefit is financial. You can get good sound with IEMs without using an expensive amp (so says the guy who uses the Pico Slim regularly  ).   While I admit that I have no experience with...
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    Earbuds w/ Mic

    Yes, earbuds with mics exist. Search for earbud at There are some real cheap ones out there (less than $10).   I haven't found any that sounded good, so I recently ended up buying an Audio Technica AT-MP100 Music Phone Headphone Adapter from J&R to use my regular earbuds with...
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    Sony SA5000 deal $200

    Quote: x2   Good thing it's sold out at and back to regular price at amazon.  
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    Amp for DT990 250ohms

    Just to clarify, the Mini^3 (portable) and M^3 (desktop) are different amps. You can get a used Mini^3 for under $100. Rockhopper Audio is another great source for either of these amps.
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    Correspondence with Ray Samuels

    As some have already said, just call him. I talked to both Ray and his wife a couple of years ago, and they're both very nice people and very accomodating of HF'ers. I bought both the original SR-71 and Hornet directly from RSA after a couple of phone calls with RSA.   Most boutique amp...
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    RIP Barbara Billingsley (June Cleaver)

    Another icon from my childhood has left this world. I grew up watching Leave It to Beaver re-runs and loved it. Thanks for the memories, "Mom."
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    YUIN, try them again or something else?

    Quote: My MX580 arrived yesterday, and I just opened them now. Wow! Nice build quality, looks, and carrying bag. Multiple ear sleeves is another plus. I wasn't expecting so much from an under-$30 earbud package.   Compared to my venerable MX500, the placement of instruments is more...
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    Introducing Blu Falcon

    Welcome aboard, Ed!   As a second post, care to explain the origin of your user name?
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    help finding gaming headphones

    Quote: I've had one A series headphone -- ATH-A900. I wouldn't recommend it for gaming because of the pleather pads. For me, if I used the headphone for extended periods of time, I felt too warm because of the pads. Get a headphone with velour pads or anything that can breathe.   The...
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    Sound quality between single and double drivers

    Enjoy your new IEM.   There is a significant audible difference going from the SE200s to SE400s.
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    Info on new upcoming Headamp pico POWER Portable Amp?

    woot! dual 9v batteries! I still have my 9v battery charger from my days owning the SR-71.   Justin, will this new amp inherit the digital volume control from the Pico Slim?
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    Seattle Meet 10/2/10 impressions

    my bad   Congrats on the win today.
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    Factory Tour: Front Panel Express

    Awesome photos, Asr. Thanks for sharing.
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    Seattle Meet 10/2/10 impressions

    For the lack of people sharing impressions, here're my impressions based on my 5 minute visit to drop off a raffle prize...   So much tubey goodness, and I didn't get a chance to do anything other than give a quick glance through the various rooms. </sniff> I thought I was fashionably late...
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    Best cheap exercise ear buds

    Don't you guys have problems with IEMs when running? With the ears sealed off from ambient noise, hearing your own foot steps can be annoying. I have used the KSC75 while walking at a brisk pace (3.3 MPH) on a treadmill without any problems. Perhaps different form factors are better suited to...
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    Info on new upcoming Headamp pico POWER Portable Amp?

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    HeadAmp Pico Slim Amp: Pre-Order Requests

    Hang in there, guys (says the guy who was 10th on the pre-order list ). The Pico Slim is worth the wait. Great clean sound in such a tiny package -- the best portable I've owned. Some musician friends of mine preferred the sound from the Slim to some desktop amps.
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    Anacortes, WA

    The only HFer I know from Anacortes is Joshatdot.   Edit: upon further sleuthing, I found Joshadot's FS thread for custom cmoy boards, so he looks to be the person you're looking for. Josh is still around and posted in the Seattle meet thread a couple of days ago.
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    YUIN, try them again or something else?

    KCrabbe, based on your comments, I just ordered the MX580. It'll be interesting to see how they compare to the PK1 sound, and my venerable MX500.
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    Ear Bud Recommendation

    I have the MX500, and while I have no fit or comfort issues, they are on the bulkier side compared to Yuin PK1 or Sony E888. I believe the MX400 are the same size as the MX500.   Just going by the photos, it appears the MX580 offers a better fit than the older MX500.   I don't know...
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    best headphone based on looks/isolation/comfort?

    No, the photo isn't mine. Mine came with a felt bag iirc, and not the kind depicted in the photo.   I didn't find the ES7 uncomfortable, and I have a large noggin. If it's too tight, you can always stretch the head band. I didn't have comfort issues with the padding of the cups either. YMMV...
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    best headphone based on looks/isolation/comfort?

    Audio Technica ATH-ES7 - I used to own a pair. They're relatively small closed headphones, very well suited for travel. Can't beat the looks.        
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