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Geez, nice family! I’m gonna have to have words with mine. The case of beers and four pairs of socks I got for my birthday ain’t gonna cut it next year... :smile:
It was a huge occasion so each one of us got a free pass on the family card :D My sister got a really cool drone with a 10km range so we went visiting nearby villages yesterday :D
 
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I've tried the entire Focal lineup, the entire Audeze lineup, Rosson's RAD-0, Mr Speakers Ether C and the STAX SR007- used various DACs and amps too, including tubes, and they still couldn't do it for me - like at all. I find headphones extremely convenient and I have given them every benefit of the doubt as well as tried various setups. Pretty sure by this point I know they ain't for me :p
Our beliefs and opinions are based on our own experiences. So I can't convince you otherwise. But in my experience, even my EQed LCD-i4, which to me is a tier above some of the best IEMs, just doesn't come close to my desktop chain.

You could go through 100 different gears and still not have a breakthrough in desktop audio because, all it takes is just one weak link in the chain. The weak link could be a product that is either a) hyped up but actually not good or, b) doesn't synergize with the chain or, c) match your preference. And when you take desktop advise on head-fi, you are going to have one or 2 weak links in your chain.
 
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To be fair though, I must also acknowledge the possibility that you actually did have a breakthrough in desktop audio, but still preferred IEMs over HPs.
 
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To be fair though, I must also acknowledge the possibility that you actually did have a breakthrough in desktop audio, but still preferred IEMs over HPs.
Headphones are great if you want a realistic experience, and of all the things I want out of my audio chain, realistic ranks at the absolute bottom for me personally - I think that’s why I’ve never gotten along with headphones, regardless of what setup they’re in
 
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Headphones are great if you want a realistic experience, and of all the things I want out of my audio chain, realistic ranks at the absolute bottom for me personally - I think that’s why I’ve never gotten along with headphones, regardless of what setup they’re in
That is an important realisation and explains why you like the Thummim so much. :grin:
 
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The way I see it (and this is strictly my approach to this hobby), I’m not gonna dish out 5-10k per setup to try and approximate a live experience I don’t particularly enjoy in the first place :D :D

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Sorry to derail this conversation, just following up on my first impressions post with my full review of the MMR Homunculus (here).

Still enjoying the bass and treble performance on this earphone, super detailed, natural and the top-end extends very linearly into the highest octaves with just a hint of thinness that I am finding to be a trait of the Sonion estat drivers, take that with a grain of salt. However, it's actually the midrange that has grown on me most. Still a bit laid-back, especially regarding male vocals, but despite not resembling any common curve, I am finding the Homunculus to carry a very natural tonality and a great balance between clarity and coherence.

I've also added some fit pics for those curious and will be incorporating these in future reviews to give a better idea of how the earphone wear. The Homunculus, in particular, I was able to wear in two styles, shallow as above and deep, as below. I did prefer the deeper fit sonically and in terms of stability but I can definitely see many going for the shallower fit as it mitigates a lot of the comfort issues many have complained about. Anyway, Van Gogh fans can let me know what you think about the ear, definitely raised a lot of questions in my household when it arrived though I find it easier to get a useful angle with the ear and it is certainly more aesthetic than on my own head lol

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Sorry to derail this conversation, just following up on my first impressions post with my full review of the MMR Homunculus (here).

Still enjoying the bass and treble performance on this earphone, super detailed, natural and the top-end extends very linearly into the highest octaves with just a hint of thinness that I am finding to be a trait of the Sonion estat drivers, take that with a grain of salt. However, it's actually the midrange that has grown on me most. Still a bit laid-back, especially regarding male vocals, but despite not resembling any common curve, I am finding the Homunculus to carry a very natural tonality and a great balance between clarity and coherence.

I've also added some fit pics for those curious and will be incorporating these in future reviews to give a better idea of how the earphone wear. The Homunculus, in particular, I was able to wear in two styles, shallow as above and deep, as below. I did prefer the deeper fit sonically and in terms of stability but I can definitely see many going for the shallower fit as it mitigates a lot of the comfort issues many have complained about. Anyway, Van Gogh fans can let me know what you think about the ear, definitely raised a lot of questions in my household when it arrived though I find it easier to get a useful angle with the ear and it is certainly more aesthetic than on my own head lol

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Whose ear did you have to sacrifice for this photo opp? :D
 
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It was a huge occasion so each one of us got a free pass on the family card :D My sister got a really cool drone with a 10km range so we went visiting nearby villages yesterday :D
Michael, at this rate you will have to change your signature to "I don't get broke bro, my family does" :p
 
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Michael, at this rate you will have to change your signature to "I don't get broke bro, my family does" :p
It’s becoming a bit of a family trait by this point, the Thummim flushed me out pretty bad already :D
 
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Sorry to derail this conversation, just following up on my first impressions post with my full review of the MMR Homunculus (here).

Still enjoying the bass and treble performance on this earphone, super detailed, natural and the top-end extends very linearly into the highest octaves with just a hint of thinness that I am finding to be a trait of the Sonion estat drivers, take that with a grain of salt. However, it's actually the midrange that has grown on me most. Still a bit laid-back, especially regarding male vocals, but despite not resembling any common curve, I am finding the Homunculus to carry a very natural tonality and a great balance between clarity and coherence.

I've also added some fit pics for those curious and will be incorporating these in future reviews to give a better idea of how the earphone wear. The Homunculus, in particular, I was able to wear in two styles, shallow as above and deep, as below. I did prefer the deeper fit sonically and in terms of stability but I can definitely see many going for the shallower fit as it mitigates a lot of the comfort issues many have complained about. Anyway, Van Gogh fans can let me know what you think about the ear, definitely raised a lot of questions in my household when it arrived though I find it easier to get a useful angle with the ear and it is certainly more aesthetic than on my own head lol

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Love the ear...cracked me up
 
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It’s becoming a bit of a family trait by this point, the Thummim flushed me out pretty bad already :D
Most people go to the doctors for that sort of complaint.
 
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Sorry to derail this conversation, just following up on my first impressions post with my full review of the MMR Homunculus (here).

Still enjoying the bass and treble performance on this earphone, super detailed, natural and the top-end extends very linearly into the highest octaves with just a hint of thinness that I am finding to be a trait of the Sonion estat drivers, take that with a grain of salt. However, it's actually the midrange that has grown on me most. Still a bit laid-back, especially regarding male vocals, but despite not resembling any common curve, I am finding the Homunculus to carry a very natural tonality and a great balance between clarity and coherence.

I've also added some fit pics for those curious and will be incorporating these in future reviews to give a better idea of how the earphone wear. The Homunculus, in particular, I was able to wear in two styles, shallow as above and deep, as below. I did prefer the deeper fit sonically and in terms of stability but I can definitely see many going for the shallower fit as it mitigates a lot of the comfort issues many have complained about. Anyway, Van Gogh fans can let me know what you think about the ear, definitely raised a lot of questions in my household when it arrived though I find it easier to get a useful angle with the ear and it is certainly more aesthetic than on my own head lol

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the ears kinda creepy...or is it just me? :smiley:
 
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Gotta love Sammy for doing it again. What the heck?!
Infinity Mk2 (the Zombie seem to have received a similar upgrade):
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(Here is a YouTube video I can't understand, where Sammy seems to explain more details.)
 
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The way I see it (and this is strictly my approach to this hobby), I’m not gonna dish out 5-10k per setup to try and approximate a live experience I don’t particularly enjoy in the first place :D :D

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Why did you sell your Sony Z1R. Just wondering.
Instead of the Z1R which took it's place?
 
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