If I had to do it over, I might have just gotten a used HD800 or something instead. Now that I have them, I've no desire to take them out of house in fear of accidental destruction. Also my ears are very weird shaped.
Also I've been rather emotional for other reasons. I discovered an old phone that still had a bunch of dead peoples' numbers programmed into it. It's like... Night of the Living Phone. I've developed this fixation on it, and this urge to call the numbers again even though I know nothing will happen. But it's this obsessional 'what if?' I keep ruminating on continuously.
Sorry for being absent in my own thread on head-fi lately, ader. Sometimes I get too caught up in certain Internet drama and stuff related to this hobby, and it makes me too anxious, so I take a break and go into 'avoid mode.'
I'm getting fishski to build me a AMB power supply for my OR5. Too lazy to build a sigma11 and the populated sigma22 boards I already have would be such a waste for it since I only need Dubstep Girl agrees5V
Man, big mistake on Alex's part trying to talk people down after they've already grabbed the pitchforks. That only works in the movies. I don't know what it is about the internet that brings out the worst in people.
you shouldn't spend the money people send you for these transactions until you know it didn't get to them all fucked up. or, like, pack things decently. he tossed the ifi and its accessories in a plastic envelope with no padding
I paid $180 for mine, bit it came a bit beat up and the IsoEarth switch is broken. I asked the guy for ap artial refund sicne it still works and I'm sure the ground from my power conditioner is decent, but he didn't talk to me for a few weeks, came back with a sob story saying he'd get my back the next month, the date he gave me passed, so i just gave him a scathing negative review
USB cables are actually much more suceptible to things like noise and interference than others like S/Pdif cables. They are basically a digital cable and a power cord in one, plus the whole thing shares a common ground path. Lot's of oppurtunity there for signal degradation.
The iFi iUSB is like the AQVOX and other Vbus power replacement devices. Depending on how the USB input is designed and how much it relies on the Vbus, the iUSB can have more or less of a positive effect.
I think some who have been around the block will even accept that cables can be made to colour a system. At best a sidegrade effect. Some will think it an improvement, others will see it as a step backwards based on their own criteria. There is another company who shoots for this 'effect' but I won't say who. They do seem to like seashells though.
Ah. Yeah AQ slaps their stupid battery on everything, including USB. I haven't done any comparisons there. What I heard was their passive copper speaker cables and ICs vs. their otherwise identical active copper speaker cables and ICs.
Let's say I once had this [link] and this [link] in my possession for a good amount of time for the sake of comparison. The Diamond was so compressed sounding by comparison out of the box. I tried every sort of burn-in, run-in, voodoo I could over a week to give it a chance. Uber-fail.
Anax: I heard a couple of AQ cables and their equivalents with batteries attached, I just didn't hear any difference. I can't say the battery powered cables sounded worse than the regular ones, at least IME
my matched-as-I'll-probably-ever-find NOS 6SN7's apparently came yesterday, but the USPS clown didn't ring the doorbell :/ . Kind of anxious to see whther or not that really makes a difference. I just want to be happy with the gear I have now because I'm tired of buying this crap, but could see myself just selling the Electra if not :/ .
i'll probably get another one in a month or so, tbh. just sucks, though, it it probably own't have as much personality/be as sweet. I wasn't kidding about it being the sweetest thing in the universe. it was actually kind of strange. anyways, I feel like I'm hijacking the place with this so, uh... headhpones?
I'm sorry to hear about the cat, ader. I once grew really attached to a cat right before it passed and the only thing to make me happy again was to have a couple more kitties running around. Certainly not as replacements, but for company. Hope you are coping well.
Astral - Re: Korea -the- place to go for that stuff in Seoul is Earphone Shop [link]. EXS is like their house brand- the same people own the shop or something like that. 1-63 Dongsung-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul Hyehwa Station (subway line 4)
thanks again for the kind words everyone. still feeling rather shit about all this, but managing to distract myself with the internet >_> . If I do anything else around here I start to see him in the corner of my eye and shit.
i tried giordano's and lou malnati's while i was in chicago, and preferred the former. although to be honest, my preferred style of deep-dish is the cornmeal crust with stewed tomatoes ala Zacharys in Berkeley or Little Star in SF
Actually, real Etruscan picea had no cheese on it. It was basically stone fired flat bread with some herbs and spices and olive oil. You can get it that way if you want, but most Etruscan style usually comes the way the Greeks would've eaten it. Neopolitan pizza with tomato and mozzarella isn't Etruscan, nobody ate it that way until the 1600s.
Eat shit and die! Actually sounds like your on your way. 'Etruscan style' what a bunch of Sarah Jessica Parker shit. Europe didn't even have tomatos until Columbus landed. That's why I can't stand that phony dago wop food being called 'Roman' cuisine. Either way, the real stuff was likely a focaccia /w olive oil, herbs and some cheese. Napoli wasn't even part of the Etruscan league or core member which is where your so called greasy cardboard 'pizza' comes from. I'll take a wood fired Thai chicken California Pizza over that stuff. Even Pizza Hut is better than limp dick dough oozing partially hydrogenated soybean oil w/ the cheese sliding off as one piece separated from the surface. But yes, Unos sucks now. There is no such thing as genuine 'pizza', that's BS. If anything, the Romans contributed more to the hamburger than the pizza as you call it.
OH YEAH, there was also this buzz lightyear indoor bumper cart thing WHERE THE BUMPER CARTS HAD FUCKING CANONS. your cart had a vacuum on the bottom that would suck up these big balls to load your canon with
the main attractions were all incredibly ambitious for their time and, iirc, the only one that felt less than awesome was this VR lightsaber fighting thing called "Ride the Comics." the "lightsaber" worked better than a non-motionplus wiimote (lol), but but hit detection in the game itself wasn't very good. and the helmet for that one never fit my head right. There was an aladin VR ride where you'd mount something resmbling a motorcycle on a big pole and lean on it to manuever a flying carpet around. for all the shit that could have been, it actually felt perfect. lots of stuff at that level in 1999
Even the elevators were awesome there. like, there were a series of main ones you'd have to take ot actually get into the place after paying and robin william's genie would appear on a big screen, welcoming you to the "park"
Yup. There was some sort of shake up, sell off/takeover, whatever. Menu was redone and ingredients cheapened. They used to have a Steak and Cheese pizza w/ bell peppers, onions and mushrooms, and a Seafood pizza w/ shrimp and crab.
I know people who dumpster dive just to be able to afford their 4x-as-high-as-mine rent... who only live a few miles away from me. and, obviously, they're not of that class or whatever, but they just have to live where everyone else dresses like them
and, like, I know cities all have different neighborhoods and cultures and such, but it's so pronounced here. I can go from Waynehead to Portlandia then come back around to The House on Mango Street (I can't think of an urban mexican show atm) in no time at all
but yeah, aside from good deep-dish and corription, I feel really out of touch withy whatever chicago culture is supposed to be. every neighborhood I've ever lived in has been hit pretty hard by white flight
It's pretty surprising how much the soundstage opens up with a better amp driving the 950s. I liked them a lot with the Electra and KGSSHV. Did you make the adapter cable yourself MF? Anax, which normal bias Stax did you pick up? An old SRM-1 mkII is a nice cheap SS choice for normal/pro bias. For a little more money you can get one of the SRM-T1 tube amps but they're much lusher/softer.
I think I'm going to try a small experiment this weekend. I still have a Cardas balanced cable for my HD 800. I'm going looking for a pair of TRS-to-female-XLR adaptors, and if I find them i'm going to try running my HD 800s off the monitor outs of the Hilo.
been really silly busy these past few days but it is probably just as well or I would actually have to have pointed out to people that lead free solder is dull and , no , that is not a cold solder joint. must be a global diva fest
It's like a back assward strategy. I could see flooding a CL seller with lowball offers from other phone #'s then coming in with a slightly more reasonable offer to see if he'd take it, but this isn't even in the same ballpark.
This Eugenus guy is so weird. I offer him my stello HP100 for his asking price, even after shipping, and he keeps telling me he will have to wait for funds from other sales or other trades to come through. At the same time he keeps bumping his hp100 WTB ad at the same time I bump mine... WTF kind of psychology is this
Nope is outside. Right on La Palma and across Walmart through the parking lot. This is it: [link]. The combo is Italian beef and sausage. I order both sweet and hot peppers. Some order the sauce on the side so the bread doesn't get soaked. It's pretty good stuff
So that Zu audio place is charging $80 to recable an HD280... which isn't all that bad all things considered. It's cheaper than most of their other headphone cables, but now it begs the question... why the HD280?
Loki in the house! Not sure I get the connection scheme... Having one digital input and one analog doesn't really help me with connencting my DAC. The "switch" is kind of useless like this. Of course, not sure I have a better idea on how to set it up!
ok, since someone objects again to 3 lines of text accidentally written as multiple shouts... 1) Warsaw audiologists are incompetent, my first attempt at ear impression is almost as good, just used too large foam stopper - excellent ear canal impression, but slight lack in part of outer ear - good for half-size IEM or tips 2) 20 ml impression material is enough for two impressions; CIC syringe is slippery, use rubber gloves that adhere to it 3) RE-400 are only a few dB worse isolation than Etyplugs, which are rated at 18 dB (NRR 12) and also isolate quite linearly with silicone tips - I estimate 15 dB isolation in RE-400
Listening to the new Kings of Leon record on MOG. This isn't exactly in the sweetspot of what I normally listen to these days, but this is a fucking great rock'n'roll record. You need to check this out.
Yes, I am loving the aesthetics on that thing, plus the care and concern taken in even the small aesthetic touches. Its too expensive to buy sight unseen, but if I get to demo one and it hits it out of the park, it will be mine...
Holy moly @Armaegis. That's a grown folks question if I ever seen one. I have no idea what I'm talking about, but I'd imagine they want to buy based on reliability and features they want. They're all gonna drive like shit.
Can anyone here recommend any minivans to checkout/avoid? I know nothing about this category. My folks are looking for something to replace their old Ford Windstar. They typically cart around a lot of people/kids for Church
"Court documents say that Anthony told police, "I'm not drunk, I just smoked a little weed last night." She also refused to submit to a blood test, so authorities secured a search warrant to take her blood." [link]
what doesn't The difference is in sync circuitry. AFAIR Leckerton uses XMOS + lousy SPDIF couplers, Lynx uses something custom (LT-USB) + optional custom ASRC + custom SPDIF/AES IO + extra input and output buffers everywhere; and more than one CS4398
I had intended to follow that up immediately with a FS interest for a pair of tweets - work got in the way. I happen to agree with Purrin, I love the ribbons but I think that a good soft dome can be far more involving if set up correctly
A lot of the so-called superiority of drivers is based on specs, linearity, distortion, ease-of-use, power handling, etc. But it's the entire system that really matters. It's possible with good design engineering to build excellent speakers with cheap parts. The expensive driver thing is sort of like throwing money at the problem. More often than not, often in the high-end, it's more like looky here, we are using "speshal" drivers.
Also, if I were to use these with my speakers they'd be like 8 feet apart. You'd have to get 16 foot headphone cords with 8' splits just to be able to use that. Then when you want to adjust volume, you either have to walk there or use digital. Speaker amp/headphone amp kind of makes sense. Monos don't.
there's entry level and "hey, this costs 1.6k$ and is missing a filter on heaters" - the qualities of S7 have nothing to do with the topology, it's basic class A, just many tubes. bias circuit looks funny a bit, that's about it
fortunately there is a resistor I can use as the lead. CT: some pointers: duct tape is cheap, I recommend copious usage along long leads. Leads should be trimmed. For imprecise work like this, transformer iron is best due to large and quick heat. If not available, a soldering station with flat tip set to 400 °C.; And a question: Did you replace the potentiometer?
Hey AS- I know the solder work wasn't top there...I'd hold and not buy those Russian 6H8C you are looking at. I have one bad one and one that works but isn't all that rich tonally. I'll send the one (bad one too if I have
I've seen how these specific 6H8C measure and they did fine; in fact they are reasonably cheap (<$40) so I might bite for a whole set. I can always liquidate these later. Accursed soldering iron tip gave out while I was in the middle of fixing Super 7 solder work :| need to find a bit of copper wire
Oh the Ruskie tubes. IF you want to go down that route you'd really want something like these which won't be cheap: [link] I don't think they were what I'd consider forgiving in nature. I always buy one or a pair before committing further. Using it as a driver really gives you a sense of what the tube is about. I'd avoid buying 6 of an unknown commidity.
hey again; I thought some about tweaking EC Super 7 further. Any idea how a combo of CBS-Hytron 5862 driver with 6x 6H8Cs would sound? (I know 6H8C sounds like an incomparably more refined EH with esp. better air and not as thick as new tungsol GTBs)
600 straight out of iPod Touch does not lack for oomph, but it's not exactly neutral. Voices are VERY forward. Bass is well-controlled but some might find it excessive. Instruments with a tendency toward brightness (e.g., dobro) definitely don't lack brightness. Definitely better when you insert HP-P1 into the signal chain.
don't worry, I'll be checking the S7 for that cold/broken solder joint soon and we have a swanky new high bandwidth high dynamic range Agilent scope - so I'll scope it out. It works for microwaves with 60 dB SNR, it will work for hundreds kHz too at 120 dB SNR. (way better than that old 2MHz Rigol scope)
it might well be the addition of the ultrasonic DC heater: [link] <- that effect in increasing heard clarity has happened and both the RE-400 and HE-500 extend beyond hearing range. (esp. RE-400, it would be -40 dB around 100 kHz)
Yup, my S7 is cleaner than the Hilo amp. Best way to test perported 'tube' sounds/stereotypes like microphonics, reverb, distortion. See if it's track dependent or dependent on a particular piece(s) in the track. If it is, the tube amp is actually working better than you think. If not, then it is colouring something. IME, the Hilo makes tracks sound more similar from it's amp then feeding my S7. Of course mine isn't quite stock.
it's like Super7 is effortless but very analog sounding. If I had something as effortless sounding but also super clean sounding like the hilo output... Anything like that existing? I'd not be happy to get rid of S7 that quickly though, of course. Not before I've tweaked it for lower noise and removed the rare microphonic hum.
also, darned Lynx is more linear than both the Leckerton and FP10. obviously. Headphone output is comparable to Super7 - cleaner but not as spacious - sounding like a closed space. Something to do with tube microphonics or such?
right now I'm abusing SPDIF Out of the HDA intel, but that is a very limited "mode" - specifically, no audio input. Granted, HiLo has some superb anti-jitter circuitry and SRC to avert the silliness of the HDA out.
as for "very on par", I mean it - it's slightly subbassier and darn on par wrt plankton. Stereo staging is only a teensy bit better with Super 7, but hiss exists instead with sensitive IEMs on the right (read: left) channel. I have to trace its source and fix that
yes, lynx hilo is indeed what I'd consider "fucking great" and that's not what I give out easily. Heck, the amp in it is on par with this tweaked EC Super 7 - only a teensy bit behind. Unfortunately, Linux is a no-go, I'll recheck after a firmware upgrade.
Japanese comment on the it: “In ’86 after Laputa he said he’d retire, then in ’92 with Porco Rosso it was his last, next it was Mononoke Hime in ’97 which was his finale, then Howl in ’04, but in ’08 with Ponyo he said he’d keep at it. Now in ’13 the NHK runs his retiral as their top story, what are we to make of all this?”
Even that has near 1% D2 (audible?), while RE-400 have < 0.1%; Even Stax Lambda Pro cannot do it, though they are close, same ballpark. Audezes cannot do it either, but they're better than HD800 here; they fail at FR though. (Supposedly, so are HE Jades, but that's impossible to find.) GR07 can do it with exception of the subbass, but their FR is much worse and there's that bit of sibilance sticking out. OK, I'm done spamming the shoutbox for now.
yup, on Super 7, they beat HE-500 everywhere, soundstaging (w/ my crossfeed), neutrality, refinement. Everywhere. Dammit, how can an IEM beat full size headphones so clearly and one as good as HE-500? That should not be possible! Now I only need to get rid of the slightly audible hiss in the right channel of Super 7 and I'm set. I wonder what the new source will bring though... Maybe it is like this, given a great enough receiver, amp and source improvement becomes the most notable and huge... Maybe HE-500's good THD is not good enough for that and I'd have to match vs Senn HD800.
yep, I almost forgot how much they leave the other IEMs in the dust; Sony MH1 modded, GR07, RE-ZERO and RE-272 (again not agreeing with Rin - 272s are too peaky, much more finicky in terms of fit and the other qualities are very comparable)
I've just received another RE-400; Hifiman has added plenty new ear tips in response to complaints: Comply T-400 L and M; S almost-biflange; M cylindrical single with short stem; L angled single (20 deg.) <- these three are weird ones I've never before seen anywhere
VSonics do better with very shallow fit, but very deep fit is impossible due to the shell. They have hotter sound and bit less refined bass/subbass. RE-400 on the other hand very much requires deep fit, preferably coupled with long tips. They also have higher modding potential.
On the fence between RE-400 ($109 shipped) and GR07/BE ($133 shipped), got recommended both in the past. Sound signatures aside, i'm leaning more towards RE-400 due to small housings, ability to wear it straight down and apparently more flexible cable.
You cannot tweak the 6k bump with dampeners though, I've tried. Subbass can be improved by creating a pinhole vent on the shell - at the cost of isolation, which is substantial. You can also add a 330 Ohm dampener to reduce treble linearly. VSonic biflanges and Comply P (Slim) work well for deep insertion. Properly done deep fit custom tips would be yet better.
B2 has that giant 6k peak. That's not unfixable though, you can either put it extremely shallow (as in *huge* tips) or super deep. It will never disappear though. The other flaw is limited highest end reponse - up to 18k tops. It's a better construction than dba-02 mk1 due to the rubber anti-shock padding around the armature and being bit slimmer
CEE TEE, the pioneers are WAY better than the A5+ I have. Glad you went that route. I had a pair of the older BS41s on a vintage Yamaha receiver that I picked up for $20 for a while and it was head and shoulders better than the A5+
burnspbesq: I might be after I have to fix the Linux ALSA USB Audio class 2 driver to work well with it. Not that it will be hard, HiLo is compliant - it's just the Linux driver not supporting the standard fully with all the options.
ok, let's retype that in a short form; is there anything comparable to Lynx Hilo around? (not old PWD2, since that's not really available, not seeing anyone selling used - I do want good AD as well as DA)
GR07 are no more. However, I've figured out the correct way to open the shells without damaging the driver. Involves lots of force to crack open half of the shell... No other way to remove the driver without damage.
and yes.. I do miss the dt880 bass punch. My old balanced cable dt880 actually had the best sounding bass I have ever heard from headphones but they did sound a little cold compared to all the 5xx cans I've owned and loved. Now my final decision will be based on my mood when I pull the trigger. Metal music will sound awesome with that dt880 bass yet pop music may sound more boring on the dt880s. I agree with your impressions Astralstorm but this is becoming sort of a battle that is going on in my head since the candidates that are left are cans that I've heard in another form (owned all hd5xxs except for 598 and owned the dt880 250 premium)
alright hd598 has a good number of votes... but at 20 dollars more or equal in price to dt880PROs, hmm I may want to try the beyer sound again if it sounds good with classical. Anyway, I'll figure this out. To change the topic I have some bloopers here... [link]
for me, inserting etys deeper did improve them, but not a whole lot. Included triple flanges can provide high insertion depth, but they were uncomfortable for longer time - I used Comply P Slim instead, but you have to be careful to not let the "horn" do it's mangling of FR - might cut it off. Ety foamies were too wide.
fun thing: GR07 with Hifiman RE-272 weird long tips + extra bit of silicone stem sounds... way more accurate! Internal tip diameter is reduced by 1mm to 3mm. Stem is 1 cm long, shifting the resonance from 6k down to the hole at 1k, linearizing the response. The driver is very low acoustic impedance, so there's no highest end roll, in fact, it gets more extreme highs. Minor bit of 3k resonance, down from 9k, makes it sound more like diffuse field. Slightly smaller nozzle diameter improves bass response too. The main loss is 12 dB sensitivity, but it is still very reasonable, better than Sony MH1 for example.
I know that there is no known "real" accurate curve yet though but yah at least they claim the etys are closest to their version of a diffused field response. I know diffused field responses do give a slightly boosted upper midrange though so I am just looking for basically the best that can be bought at around the 200 to 250 dollar level that just sounds as realistic as possible with unamplified instruments
According to them, that upper mids peak is essential in getting a natural perceived response. The innerfidelity graph doesn't actually show that peak hmm. Anyway, just curious because I am thinking og getting something around 200 or so dollars just for classical music primarily. I was narrowing the choices down to hd598, k612, and the er4PT
The only area where the HD800 is "better" to my ears is in micro detail retrieval, and even then it's not a huge gap. The HD800 is a monster in this respect and pretty much bests anything else--orthos, Stax, whatever---in that regard. The Abyss definitely has its flaws, but it's not "very close" to the HE-6 at all. It's not like I can EQ the HE-6 or HD800 and suddenly have everything I like about the Abyss.
I am so jealous of that YH100. Tried out Dons - were they YH1000's? Seriously one of the best headphones I've ever heard. They were more impressive (to me and my preferences) than the Abyss at the time.
My biggest problem w/ the Abyss is resolution tbh. Better than Audeze but still behind the 800. That's after using it on three different rigs w/ the same track. On Hotel California, there is simply missing information in the strings, no way around it. There is some question to whether the prototype I heard was defective or not (each time), but until I hear different, that's my 2 cents.
and a final note on orthos - I think people come in with HUGE prejudice when confronted by a 30 year old ortho . I had the HP1 at the Chicago meet and most people didn't even want to listen to it , and were merely "OK" if they did. lucky i don't take these personally but it does make me wonder how well people hear when they listen.
Blue, take your YH100 improve it by about 25% all round and add an impressive and realistic soundstage = Abyss. I am a sucker for yamaha mids and thus may favour the YH100 tuning here but they are still superb
Yeah that price... well the way I see it JPS will most likely discontinue it at some point and then it will become a collectors item. Viewing it like that makes the price acceptable... I guess. Hopefully the trend doesn't continue though
Biggest sticking factor on the Abyss for most folks (aside from the crazy price) seems to be treble refinement, especially compared to the SR-009. Personally I think the Abyss sounds more real, but I can definitely see folks who prefer the typical 'stat sound not getting on w/ the Abyss because of that.
Yeah, I think the main issue in presentation for a lot of orthos for me is a lack of air. Overall soundstage size isn't too big a factor for me, but I don't like stuff that sounds too claustrophobic, which was the main issue I had with Audez'e stuff over the years. The Abyss is much more open. It's not going to be like HD800 or Qualia level, but it's good.
Oh gosh, the L3000... I've had such a love / hate relationship with that over the years. It was my first true summit-fi headphone, and I loved it at first, but now I can't listen to it for long at all. It's painful.
Yeah, the Abyss is right up my alley because it has an overall FR balance I find close to ideal for me. There are other HPs with a similar balance, but nothing else that has the level of performance of the Abyss (speed, articulation, detail, etc.). So it's just the right combo for my tastes. Kind of a case of other stuff doing things better but few things with just the right combination of factors for me.
I tend to like more neutral-ish and very detailed but slightly laid back and / or dark signatures for my main rig. Overall balance is more important for me than refinement of specific parts of the FR. Second on my priorities would be a convincing sense of lifelike presence and not sounding overly two-dimensional. Detail is probably a bit less important for me than some other pirates. Layering and texture are more of a concern for me.
My personal ranking for fullsized hps, for what it's worth: #1 Orpheus, #2 Abyss, #3 SR-007mk1, #4 Float QA, #5 SR-Omega, #6 Sony R10, #7 Grado HP1000, #8 Jade (unmodded), #9 HD800 (unmodded), and #10 Yamaha YH-1000
Lol . Sounds about right. I'm still thinking the 009 has so much more potential than any of the stat phones I own, it's just lacking the proper amp (waiting for a revelation like I had with the 007's + BHSE)
Yeah, I prefer the Float QA over the SR-009 no matter what it driving it just about. Not so sure I'd take it over the LL2 + SR-007mk1 however, at least if it was my only setup, just because it's still the least fatiguing / easiest to listen to over time for me.
Yeah, the Floats use a new power supply / energizer. It's actually really good. Build quality is mediocre, but they drive the Floats well. Ship has some older classic Floats, and they sound exceptional on the new transformer (the QA Floats are mostly the same as the old Floats, save for a slight added refinement, so most of the upgraded sound is actually the new box).
I don't think it's necessarily brighter as far as being harsher. In fact, the highs are probably more refined on the AMTs. BUT because of the lack of bass it emphasizes the highs a lot more, makes them more fatiguing. Bass can sometimes help to counter balance.
The AMT's sound is more outward projecting too, whereas the Float has the unique combination of inside and outside the head. It sounds like you're in the midst of a performance and the musicians are moving through you like you're a ghost or something. It's a very unusual but fun presentation.
Compared to the Float QA, the AMT's overall tonal balance is skewed to the treble no matter how you slice it. The bottom end on the QA is actually one of the more impressive I've heard on stats (along w/ the Jades). Also like the Jades, the QA has a weightier sound overall. The AMT is definitely going for the ethereal, airy sound but without the effortless quality of stats. It reminded me most of the K1000 and Qualia.
The amp for dynamics also has a special plug to use w/ the AMT specifically (it's multi purpose). Then there's a high end amp that only runs the AMT that costs four times as much. I heard it on the lower-end one. Both are an add-ons. The AMTs come with an adapter, yeah.
Oooh. Yeah, Hong Kong. There are hifi shops everywhere. I mean you couldn't imagine... just a full building - 20 floors of high end dealers, and these are everywhere. I walked into a second hand shop and sitting there was a full Wadia 9 and scarlatti stack. Here's one of the smaller tube shops we visited (i actually ended up snagging two NOS Mullard ECC82's) [link]
They were running off their mid-range amp (the $500 one I think). They come with an adapter to use with speaker amps too, and I've been told you can make them sound a bit more full bodied but usually at the expense of detail.
Sorry about that . Slow chinese internet does wierd things sometimes. I remember in old head-fi subjectivity was king (euphony being the most overused word ever..) but I also feel like the quality of posts/ debates were much higher.
Yeah it has. I don't feel like I used to see so many folks arguing against objectivity when it comes to headphones. There's a weird divide between those that are only about objectivity and those only about subjectivity. The sane, intelligent people seem to understand the value of both and how to "combine" them in a sense.
As for head-fi, meh. There are definitely still somethings worth visiting the site for, but for the most part quality has been going down. Trying to change where it's going is pretty hard, but I think the creation of Changstar has had some impact.
And yeah, desire for knowledge too. I think a lot of folks who want genuine knowledge have migrated over here or InnerFidelity or someplace else. It's still to be found on head-fi too, but there's just so much noise drowning it out all the time (given how big head-fi has gotten it's not surprising).
The people genuinely intent on researching tend to lurk and not post much. The more vocal folks *want* drama. Even when they act like they're outside of it ("don't give into the hype!") they're pretty much intrenched and part of it, just from another angle. They derive a sense of purpose from playing the role of industry watch dog or someone in-the-know, whether fully conscious of it or not. It's all about desire, whether it's desire for gear or desire for social acceptance. Constant tail chasing.
The thing is, we're talking about a forum environment, so spreading genuine knowledge and understanding is pretty far down on the list of peoples' priorities. Most people just want to enjoy themselves online and find themselves a niche, look cool or knowledgeable, get e-props and butt pats.
I'm glad my first major hobby was computer hardware. That field offered little room for useless arguments about the best equipment. Even then, still, you'd see people blatantly disregarding benchmarks that disproved what they claimed simply because they were a fan of another company. It's like if you believe hard enough, it will be true.
You just have to figure out who is talking out there ass and who actually knows what they're talking about. And that's very difficult, tedious work for someone that doesn't understand shit about the topic.
I've been trying to think of what I want to say in regards to the Head-Fi...weirdness. And...I simply can't think of words to describe it or the people that post there. But, eh, it would seem the vast majority of humans in one way or another think they "know better" or are "right" about many subjects they truly have little understanding of. If not that, they latch onto other voices, often for too many reasons with little explanation behind them.
I just got back from Hong Kong (hifi heaven) and I heard the Ergo Model 2's at a shop... was wow'd by the vocals and natural soundstage.. now I'm really hoping the AMT's outdo them, but then I remembered that the new Jecklins were out for awhile...
Ultimately it's just one word over another tho, and we have different tastes and tolerances, so the important thing is to know where *you* stand, and the *only* way to do that is experience. Ultimately the only thing that matters at the end of the day is what you personally think sounds good, and until you realize what that is, other impressions are practically worthless because you have no frame of reference.
What so many head-fiers don't realize is that listening critically is a skill, and like any skill it takes time and experience to develop. Some ears *are* better capable of hearing things than others. The whole "everyone's opinion is equally valid" thing is just stupid hand-holding and one of the MAS' most irritating tendencies. I'm not condoning elitism either. A lot of the so called elite of head-fi, those who get cited frequently and whose opinions are considered a gold standard, have tin ears as far as I'm concerned.
There's so much noise on head-fi, people relaying opinions from other people (and mincing their words) for gear they've never owned. DefQon's whole "don't give into the hype" thing is just posturing. He acts as though he himself has experience, but he just hangs around others and parrots theirs. I think people ultimately need to put up or shut up. This fixation on gear you barely know and have no intention of owning is sad.
Hi Planx, what I'm reading is that the modded TF10 sound pretty good but not <that> close to the UERM. UE4 sounds kind of like a "baby" UERM, so for $400 you can have customs that are "fairly" close and not "slower" etc. That's the good deal. Check out the measurements here.
If you're familiar with the show Wonderfalls, Musgrave's "My House" is an even more fun track. Wonderfalls stars Jaye, a mid-twenties, overeducated, never-appreciated brunette who works in an Niagara Falls gift shop, and lives in a trailer.
I didn't realize that friends on Facebook can see my comments made on a third-party. They removed the privacy setting that defined who saw what, supposedly. Now the three people who pay attention to me know I'm an ardent Taylor Swift fan/porn hoarder.
Ok, Mike, you want me to say it, I'll say it. In a just world, Sarah Jarosz would be winning Grammies and making more money than she could count, and Taylor Swift would be fininshing up a degree in sociology at a thrid-rate state university while working at Waffle House to pay for her books. Happy now?
You sure you aren't just used to the RE400 that you tuned by now? The RE600 sounded very similar to the RE400 IME, except flatter bass, more neutral overall if still on the warm side. You could be right though, i'm going by memory and not direct AB.
You don't need Satan or a MBA to know that Love Story, You Belong w/ Me, Mean all resonate better w/ the target demographic that is paying her bills than anything in that Ashley Monroe clip. If I want that Ashley Monroe type sound, why wouldn't I just listen to Alison Krauss or Dolly Parton instead? How many young girls even listen to more mature bluegrass? I really think you are comparing apples and oranges. I think you are just masking a deeper seeded disdain for popular 'pop' music by focusing on T it seems to me.
Picture Taylor swift in a dark room. Candles on the floor, windows sills. But there aren't any windows. The Hype Machine surrounds her, she's nowhere to go. The Hype Machine pulls out a parchment, a contract. Taylor Swift exchanges her image, her capacity to change, her beautiful wavy hair, to live forever as a vapid 14-year old consuming her own tail. And get paid for it. The candles illuminate the signing. Thunder strikes.
Taylor Swift is a modestly talented (if that) artist who made a Faustian Bargain with the Nashville Hype Machine, which has made her unimaginably rich--and in the process sucked all the air out of the room and made it far more difficult for some really talented young artists (including but not limited to Sarah Jarosz, Sierra Hull, Ashley Monroe, Kacey Musgraves, and the band Della Mae) to get the attention they deserve. It's the Triumph of the Mediocre.
Umm, yeah....that's like listening to Emmy Lou Harris and saying I'll get over Pat Benetar. Honestly, what does Ashley Monroe have to do w/ Taylor Swift? And how is Taylor crushing the career of anyone? She walked away from the mainstream assholes and created her own label of which she is the only artist so she could manage herself w/o corporate asshats and sith lords ruining her. She's not like fucking Sony records or something crushing the competition. Can you elaborate more on your hate for her because I honestly don't understand where it comes from myself.