RE400 one is too vulnerable near the jack; RE272/RE272/RE0/RE-ZERO hardened (and often broke), became microphonic; HE500/600 are stiff, microphonic and the SMC connectors are long enough to bite shoulders at times
Info about the recording; recorded partially binaurally with cups over the microphones (contacting resonant surface - similar in operation to a plate reverb). The recording itself lacks bass, vocals etc, but I figured I'd run the effect past people like usual.
The original Concero (I have the first one that was sold to a paying customer, FWIW) uses a Sabre 9023 which is incapable to dealing with DSD. In order to make the Concero HD DSD-capable, they had to switch to the 9016 (the same chip used in the headphone circuit of the Invicta).
i have no idea haha. mark just said there's a new software going to be relased and he mentioned there's going to be a concero HD coming out, but didn't exactly tie the two together so im not exactly sure what's what
New signature... "My hearing improves dramatically when I start looking at FR graphs — when I look at these graphs, I can hear up to 40K (50K on a good day). When I stop looking at those graphs, I can only hear up to 10K." --> music_4321
Thanks UB The untreated recording is pretty harsh (new reed and it also clips a few times because I was trying to catch any reverb), the reverb really rounds it off. Obviously it's easier to work with a clean sound though.
And another: A saxophone recorded in proximity firstly in a treated room, followed by an untreated room. Any binaural effect noted? Any other notes (eg. if you think the reed is new, old, broken; if you feel there is clipping in either of the recordings)?
Another listening help for me and recording. [link] Can you sense any binaural effect on this (rather noisy) recording? Is it mostly prevalent with the keyboard sounds, or the background noise? Which direction does the cricket appear to be coming from?
JUst luck of the draw, started with Canon 'cuz a buddy was selling one back when it was film. Slowly kept upgrading and not wanting to throw family lenses and accessories out, just stuck with the brand. I know how the shit works, but these days I just leave it in "P", shoot raw, and adjust in Pshop. I know...I've just lost all respect. I don't give a shit. The only fanboi war I'll engage in is with motorbikes---YAMAHA RULZ, HONDA DROOLZ!
Here is how I see it...because Nikon is better, idiots with a boatload of money will buy the the best...in this case "Nikon". The poor "pros" can't afford the best so they settle with equipment that works well. Thus, a pro will take nice pics on a Canon while the rich morons will take craptastic pics on a Nikon. A good photographer will take awesome pics on a polaroid instant camera...it just takes the right hands and vision.
As far as who is still sane: I think Westone's pretty sane, but that is totally not the fanboy in me talking. No Sir, I'm as unbiased and impartial as the finest in orange-furred news broadcasting services. Also, Etymotic have stuck to their guns, for better or worse.
Ugh, I think it's getting harder to deny that the headphone market is getting more like the speaker market every day. $1400 for a universal IEM? The sad thing is, I think they'll probably sell plenty of those, because there are people that want what they think is a top-flight IEM without the bother of going to an audiologist, which probably creeps a lot of people out - and takes effort too.
They've got them already available... a few companies I work with have them installed with interlocks on company vehicles. You need to blow sober or it locks out the ignition. No where near as good looking as the doll in the article.
I have a custom bank set pretty much like KROCK and occasionally I like the look, but not as a standard. I think it really helped during the D80-ish era... but the new stuff isn't as flat as those Nikons were.
but to be downright honest, i actually liked the midrange of the SE535. if they MANAGED to fix the shitty bass and treble with the SE535, MAYBE it will be respected more, but i doubt the performance can justify the pricetag...
i'll reserve my criticism first until I hear it. Waiting for others not named xxx for reviews. I guess after the fiasco by AKG, Senn n the rest (esp AKG), it seems like it's already a norm to sell something at $1k and feel good about it.
"The research that was put in this new flagship earphones and the development that was done assures that Shure's competition will not be able to catchup with new, revolutionary technology for at least a couple of years."
I'm not sure if Razor Dog is still doing the $100 off HD600/650. It's on an exclusion list along with some other Senns. I bought them 6 months ago and he said he gave me the discount by mistake and he would no longer do it. I think you can always put it in your cart and see what happens.
Each war brings about an evolutionary change in society, for better or worse, that exhibits the fact that we are just an enlightened form of the animal kingdom, ultimately. But that doesn't mean we should just nurture the bestial tendencies in us. Pessimistic idealism is why I ultimately lose out to the cannibals of the world.
What is 'it'? Social contract/relations or beating each other to death? Or both. Or does the Hobbesian state of nature give rise to mutual advantage so long as it in thier interests? Does the rise of civil order mutually exclude chaos and violence in such a state of nature? How far does sociology extend, if at all, past primal biological drives? Even then, the majority of mass genocide in human history has been the result of semi-logical arguments used for persuasion within civil ordered societies. Evolved society has given rise to more death and destruction than any combined period prior to it.
I don't care what kind of rose colored glass ideology or pretentious Victorian tea parties people like to partake in, anyone could get bashed in the head by a rock tomorrow and have their bones eaten by their neighbor. The world is Hobbesian. The sooner people realize it, the sooner things can be made better rather than pretending to live in a fantastical sit-com made for TV.
We eat ribs with this dude! I knew something was wrong when a little pretty girl ran into a black mans arms. She's homeless, or she's got problems." This is exactly how one of my neighbors talks and while it perpetuates some negative stereotypes, the way he says it is also hilarious.
now really need to make up for the difference in the source am using.. just the magni ..cables are 600$ pair jena fugues to the LF lol..surprisingly the Magni is not half bad. ESpecially for listening to Spotify
I've developed a pretty big tolerance for comfort levels since just about everything "audiophile" was designed for people who aren't me. The only headphone that solicits a holy shit from me is the Muramasa. Holy shit.
some time after a nuclear apocalypse archeologists will breach the iem makers' vaults and discover tyll's molds in everyone of them. his ears will become the reference for all of humanity in reconstructions across all sorts of cockroach-run museums
There was an article in WIRED about how the guy brought in to "fix" BB was instituting various changes... one of his points of emphasis was price matching. Maybe they have a program that combs Amazon prices and keeps in line with them.
It may be in part due to the fact that they can't actually be worn. Have no idea if they fit on the ears of the head properly. I think Ultrasone may be the worst manufacturer out there; worse than Beats, if you ask me. But maybe I'm being too hard on them....nah.
the most fun thing about the mod is that it fixed some of the channel imbalance. I bet that was due to chinese cable mounting practices with gluing cable to the shell with silicone - uneven amounts of it
Part of it is cultural, your average bazaar over there is all about haggling. Another element is a lot of 1st generation immigrants get ripped off a few times by Americans when they first get over and then have the suspicion that everyone is trying to rip them off, so they'll never accept an initial price given them.
mmmh, newly tuned RE-400 are indeed flat. As in non-DF super dampened, more than Paradox actually, with better bass, but slightly lacking highest end extension. Superb harmonic performance remains. Use with Comply T400 small and deep insertion. FR here: [link] . Should I describe the mod in the thread?
Asians seems like a pretty large swath of the world. I bet it could be localized more than that. In my own experience, people from the middle east are the worst. If I know I'm dealing with such a person I'll quote them double what I normally would because they NEED to feel that they "won" haggling me down to a price I "didnt' want to sell at" even though its the same as I would initially quote anyone else.
Well thought out and articulate response. I am sick of hearing people cry foul when they see a positive review. "Oh they must get backhanded deals from the manufacturer". Its all such bullshit. Something has to get a positive review doesnt it?
I think it's great that Tyll and IF allow feedback on the site. There are plenty of blogs out there that you can go to and read that don't offer that type of open communication. The only downside is the occasional jack-hole.
Fuck. Somethings I can't just let slide, it's simply too personally important. I usually have a pretty thick skin, but lies and slander need be addressed at time if only to let the truth be known out ther. My response [link]
People are used to dealing with Amazon these days. If a product is late shipping or something is up with an amazon order, you routinely give the customer discounts for the delay. That turns potential negative feedback into positive.
Tyll, Ultrazino was a super Ultrasone fanboy back in the day. Your take on some of their products causes these guys to carry a grudge and start all sorts of conspiracy theories as to who you're in bed with.
Well, there will always be shit talkers. I'm against getting mods involved. Asshole or not, that guy is entitled to his opinion. Deleting his posts will just create backlash. people will ask why are negative opinions of IF being deleted/censored?
and tyll, you shouldn't be giving that sorta talk any importance. pointing it out only highlights a not so ideal post regarding your enterprise. so why do it. If he keeps up on it by posting in a derogatory and negative vein, then have the mods take action for malicious behavior. Else fuck it.
Last time, my mom, my sister, and I went to a small custom violin shop that makes its own violins/bows to buy a new bow for my sister after someone stepped on her previous bow. After my sister picked out her bow, the first thing my mom asks is "Do you give discounts?" and the saleslady gave out an awkward "uh, no I'm sorry...". I think the saleslady was stumped when my mom asked that. It was our first time at the shop and we've never dealt with them before.
Haggling is just a way of life for Asians. Expectations of blame on manufacturer/vendor because of production delays seems to be just a sense of fuckin' entitlement, that happens to egotistical people who think they deserve to be handed blessings from God. Or whatever it is that floats their boat.
And that's why we've probably had more "Penalization for production misfortune" than anyone else. Newsflash: we use an assembly house for the PCB work, two local metal vendors, and a transformer manufacturer in California. If they say they're delivering May 1, and it ends up delivering May 14, well, hey, we're boned. Nothing we can do about it. Worse, if they deliver perfect prototypes and crap production runs, well, then you're looking at 1-2 months of bonage. No way around it. No magic wands. No nanoassemblers. Just a fact of life. Do we feel bad when we pass along a production date that slips because a vendor slipped or shipped crap? Sure. Can we do anything about it? Sure. But it doesn't happen overnight. Sorry, just venting on the life of a small manufacturer. I'm sure Justin knows how it goes.
He makes so many false assumptions it's unbelievable. But I don't want to waste my breath dealing with it. None the less, it fucking sticks in my craw 'cuz I work so hard to be as truthful as I can. He says I only review new stuff, but it's actually very rare that I do. I fucking reviewed HD600/650, and DT880, and...well fuck. Just really painful to hear that bullshit.
And as I said- the bufferless sound was cleaner but only when I swapped out the old buffer with the new composite- only then I attained what I would call a clear advantage. You need to be sure that the IV stage all by itself can handle the load you are about present to it. I don't think that the 1600 IV stage liked the 2k impedance. Hence the improvement when adding the new buffer.
@Sachu - the difference was what I would call major- clearly evident no matter the downstream gear or the state of mind when listening. Tho when I looked at the Assemblage gut shot I didn't see a discrete buffer, are you sure about bypassing it?
Also wonder what jitter is like on the cdac+/any 4160 isolated dac vs the original since the chip adds 3ns(iirc) into the signal. But it seems like a trivial matter compared to the benefits though. Jitter is overrated.
To be honest these old Parasound DACs are pretty simple in design- IV stages right off the chip datasheet and a meaty PSU to power it all. Sure, it works- but It's no even near what can be achieved with said DAC chips.
Yeah, amps tend to take a while to reach their optimal sound in my experience, both tube and solid state. I think I've actually encountered a few amps that did sound worse over time. Like, they got kind of fuzzy sounding. Kind of surprised me.
So... hopefully LFF doesn't make as many updates as the Mad Dogs to his Paradox mods... LOL. Yesterday I received a newsletter from Dan detailing the Mod Versions... I'm still two "updates" behind it seems, and it's going to stay that way for a bit! Luis!! I still want the pictures for the other colors available!!! (at least they are not on your website yet...)
I think that is still pretty sad that he's dead. Unless he was both jerk and bad doc. Still feels kinda sad though. Anyway guys please check my post here for some IEMs recommendations, would really appreciate some input: [link]
@philip Naw, he didn't listen to the patient I referred him. He was a knowitall asshole who stopped listening to patients once he made up his mind. A very smart guy, but a terrible doctor. I spoke in private about him with a doctor who told me that he'd never refer a patient to the guy.
Huh, a guy a know passed away unexpectedly last night. He was a very successful doctor who was also a pretty serious jerk. I'm sorry he died. He had a sudden reaction to something he ate and the adrenaline shot he received had no effect for some reason. The moral of the story: You could die at any moment, so don't be a jerk or I will post about you in the shoutbox of an audio website.
Sorry Tyll! I'd like to hear more about the unevenness you're hearing. Bass, mids and treble seem to come together pretty well--did you have the adjustable bass vent turned way up? Even Dale Lott only has his at 1/4 or less.
For the record it could suck, I'm not assuming anything. I just mentioned it to someone today as a cool concept in the looks department and was looking around for it. Instead of help I get this garbage. If I want unfounded drivel there are other sites I can go to.
So based on your "often" = "sounds like its not going to be any good." - thanks for jumping in there. I couldn't have made any such assumption on my own. I would have assumed it was amazing based on the looks, when all along I should have assumed it was horrible based on the looks.
Right, but you are saying money went not into design or components but fancy exterior - either you know about the DAC or you assume that spending money on casework and spending money on components are somehow mutually exclusive?
Driving myself crazy trying to find something - its a DAC, made by a french company, sort of in the visual style of the analog DAC where it almost looks like a shelf to support components, but it has either marble or granite on top. Ring a bell with anyone?
that's why damping the shit out of them made them "flat" sounding (non-DF) - of course the resonant cavity introduces very complex resonant modes, unlike the equalizer - and also why they now use a metal shell - nicer sounding resonances
I was thinking the same thing about insulation but wasn't sure if there were any powdercoats based on ceramics (Cerakote) at which point the opposite would be true. The irony is, an amp like the S7 is quite efficient for Class A putting out minimal heat apart from the tubes.
Yup. Maybe people are just used to orange peel textures like their cars. I like powder coat if I can Justin to do the wet sand my amps in his sleep. Normal powder coat on a color like black makes an amp look like cottage cheese thighs w/o wet sanding. No thanks.
Cheap and uniform which powdercoating is not unless you pay for it. Cheap powder coating is atrocious and if you look at the price bracket of the Super7 and ZD along w/ his design motif, it should all make some sense. Besides, proper anodizing is quite resilient if done right as mine and other's are. Bad batches happen no matter what the technique, it's about craftsmanship.
They must be getting cheap over there, I handle my side panels all the time going inside the Super 7 and it's pitch black still. I'd say if you have the textured finish and polished top you're in good shape.
Well, Craig needs to tell his guy that does the anodizing to step it up. Most EC amps aren't designed for aesthetics in the first place, but having a number of your amps turning weird colors isn't exactly good for your sales.
rather the power supply not the amp itself... I get the impression basically he doesn't like me so to speak but I've been nothing but super nice and not overbearing. I do love all of his amps I've heard though
FYI - the Balancing act I got I sent to craig to check out because I felt the transformers were abnormally loud. There was also some scratches that seemed out of the ordinary on the finish that was not from handling. It took a lot of coaxing for him to "accept" it
Well, Just sent my S7 to Craig for repairs. I still couldn't figure out where the clicking came from while corresponding with Craig via email. I really hope it was actually the tubes and I was just an idiot and couldn't figure out which since I was planning on getting new tube soon anyway.
And my comment was not meant in any way to minimize the amount of effort that Craig and other small companies go through to build each amp custom. I'd still be buying primarily for performance but the aesthetics do factor into the decision making as well.
Unfortunately, this rules doesn't apply to a lot of other industries. Take my POS BMW after after 3-4 yrs where the interior is starting to fall apart vs. the Honda after 10 yrs still holding up swimmingly! :p
I would think at those prices you pay for gear, you would spend the extra attention to detail to ensure top notch craftsmanship and avoid discoloring due to heat, etc. Customers should expect no less when pay for gear in the thousands of dollars range, IMO.
I have seen this discoloring on a few of the EC amps now. Seems like whoever he uses/used sucks. I love Craigs amps a lot but there are certain other things about them that are really not passable imo. He's no Justin that's for sure!
They were decent, better than the first. I think if they could have been had for the original price around $150 they would have been great (assuming they fit your ears). But the price was another 100 over for $250 so that was a deal breaker IMO.
Oh it's the one that turned bronze, figures. Btw, his is the only one I know of that turned bronze so not sure what he means other owners. Month and a half. I think some LFs have been up quite a bit longer for near twice the dough and 30% off the original cost.
Yeah but people will drop 4K on a liquidfire that is mediocre by comparison or some shit Leben. One thing I've learned w/ all this audiophile stuff is that most of them don't actually care about quality sound or fidelity. People want cool looks, to be part of a special owners club or to cover up their crappy recordings so they can zone out. That's the majority of audiofools I come across. I don't even include the objective Nazis that probably don't even listen to music or know what an actual instrument sounds like.
I have the Freq-Phase JH16Pro w/ the JH-3A amp. The JH16Pro earphones sound good but have terrible build quality. The JH-3A amp is a massive failure: noisy as hell, lacks a remotely black background, too much gain, etc.
Comparing an S4 to a B&W P3, for example, the S4 wipes the floor with the P3s in terms of value, especially for general on-the-go use. They work fine, for example, in the subway, the bus and walking in high traffic city areas with a lots of noise around. I'm sure there are others in the same price range which will be better but choose based on your application.
Oh yeah and I got the Rodriguez - Cold Fact clear vinyl last week. It was my first RSD and I definitely had a good time. Waited in line 2 hours before my local store was open and got to chat with everyone about music and concerts.
@struggles -- I scored the GZA - liquid swords box set, White Stripes - Elephant 10th anniversary, Oval - 94 Diskont reissue, Surfer Blood - Demon Dance 7", Black Milk - Synth or Soul, Brian Eno x Nicholas Jaar x Grizzly Bear, Jamie XX edits, The Roots - Things Fall Apart and Notorious BIG - Ready to Die reissues. My local store didn't get the Brother Ali picture disc in yet but the store owner would put a copy aside for me.
so there's nowhere to go to right now, need new gear. HD800 + mods, my personal portable DAC/amp/effect once that's done... Later something more stationary too. Darned grass is always greener on the other side.
now that they're actually volume matched with HE-500, they come oh so close - HE-500 seems to have some very slight metallic reverb going (from mesh?), while Paradox have some "stored" low end energy making bass slightly slow (in damping?) [before someone says "thread" - I'm done]
Awesome, the mom said that 9/11 was an inside job by the US to have an excuse to wage a holy war against Muslims. So of course her children launch a terrorist attack because obviously a group of Muslims would never do anything so violent. Against the country that gave her a home for 10 years and gave her son a Scholarship to go to school. Yeah...
This was the explanation *shrug*... "For myriad reasons (some of which you may or may not be familiar), we do not currently allow links or to changstar.com from Head-Fi. As a result, your post (the original unedited text of which can be found below) was edited. I hope you understand, even if you don't agree."
Someone asked specifically for the link to the topic in which Purrin was using his CSD plots down to -60db. A mod edited my link out and during the PM conversation brought up how Changstar hates Head-fi because of logo etc.
Fair pricing across the board would help too. You need to engender good will in customers especially today with whiny entitled brats blowing up all over the internet over any perceived slight. In Stax's case I feel like they're a bit out of touch and behind the times with their business model.
Great, because the only way Stax will get around the grey market export problem is to make up overseas prices even more, while keeping the same shitty service and distribution system. Makes perfect sense.
ocswing, same here. some of the albums takes a little time and multiple listens before u find the gems within the tracks. i hated In Rainbows initially and kept at it and have finally come to appreciate it after about 10 listens (yes, i'm dense that way).
I will is very cool, though that live version is missing out on some great overdubbed harmonies from the album. Ok Computer and In Rainbows are probably my favorites, though the Bends was for years. I wish they stuck to melody and harmonics more than experiments with glitch. The interlude in "Reckoner" as an example is a great idea of what they could do if they weren't so goshdarn pretentious about not being musical sometimes.