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Jonnymooshoo

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Any audiophiles in here?
« on: Nov 12, 15, 23:15 »
Just getting into the hobby, recently picking up a few headphones and IEMs. Ath-M50x, Ath-im70, Dunu dn-1000, Sony XBA-A3.
Are there any other dubberz in here who are into great audio?


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Re: Any audiophiles in here?
« Reply #1 on: Nov 13, 15, 00:57 »
I'm surprise this is the first thread about this. Check out headphone bar in Vancouver they have some pretty crazy stuff in there.

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Re: Any audiophiles in here?
« Reply #2 on: Nov 13, 15, 07:35 »
I became excited when I read the thread title. Came to read about the golden era of audio. Marantz and Sansui, tube amps and 20-band equalizers, Quadraphonic systems and units the size of furniture. Rich, warm sound that's uninhibited by codecs and other witchcraft.

Leaving disappointed.
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Re: Any audiophiles in here?
« Reply #3 on: Nov 13, 15, 07:54 »
Marantz and Sansui,

Whoa. Just had a flashback.

Nice.
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Re: Any audiophiles in here?
« Reply #4 on: Nov 13, 15, 07:59 »
Love that! Tube amps and amazing-ness. I'm thinking about making my own cables for my home system. I don't have the cash to really indulge in multiple systems though.
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Re: Any audiophiles in here?
« Reply #5 on: Nov 13, 15, 09:02 »
Whoa. Just had a flashback.

Nice.

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Re: Any audiophiles in here?
« Reply #6 on: Nov 13, 15, 17:56 »
I got a true perspective of the sound of lossless music when I visited a recording studio my brother's band was at. They staff there took the time and showed me what some music was meant to sound like from Jay-Z to Nofx etc. Was a real experience.

I tell you I win that there lotto Imma have one bitching sound system.

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« Reply #7 on: Nov 13, 15, 18:05 »

I got a true perspective of the sound of lossless music when I visited a recording studio my brother's band was at. They staff there took the time and showed me what some music was meant to sound like from Jay-Z to Nofx etc. Was a real experience.

I tell you I win that there lotto Imma have one bitching sound system.

It could be argued that there's already quality lost as anything being recorded is already being compressed.

I get the audiophile thing but I personally find it pointless as your already limited to the quality of a recording. And in this day and age recordings can be done quite cheap and quick.  And they defiantly sound like it.
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Re: Any audiophiles in here?
« Reply #8 on: Nov 13, 15, 18:25 »
I hear you
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« Reply #9 on: Nov 13, 15, 19:05 »
The difference in sound quality between a proper set of headphones and most sub $100 ones is substantial. Even the sennheiser 555s I had ruined youtube music because you could hear all the imperfections that a stereo/normal headphones don't pick up. Newer headphones are remarkable, the only thing they lack is the physical power of large speakers. Lets face it, most of us don't have the space to rock out to J bieb with a proper set of speakers (8 and we can't carry them around.

Anyone have some good earbud recommendations? I have to have a set of beaters for the garage, and would like something better for the street. Right now I just rock the walmart sony special, which is pretty good for $20, but the amount of sound they're cramming into $300 units is astonishing. In ear with minimal rape preferred.

This stuffs all asymptotic and I feel the "sensible" range is $50-80 for earbuds 2-300 for headphones. I'll be honest, I don't understand spending big bucks on this stuff if you're not producing. It would make more sense to buy CDs, make large flac collections, and use a home system. CDs are usually around 1440kb as opposed to MP3 topping out at 320.
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« Reply #10 on: Nov 13, 15, 20:59 »
Marantz

LOVE my Marantz AVR, modern not tube but such a nice sound.  Seconded for the Headphone Bar, bought my PSB M4U's there, small selection but it's all very high end stuff.  Also, check the audiophile community on Massdrop, usually some interesting deals there too.
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« Reply #11 on: Nov 13, 15, 22:30 »



Anyone have some good earbud recommendations?

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Re: Any audiophiles in here?
« Reply #12 on: Nov 13, 15, 23:29 »
I recently picked up a pair of Sony XBA-A3's off Headfi for $300 and they're amazing... im enjoying the Sony house sound and this is one of the best iterations of it. Deep bass with warm mids and detailed trebs without getting too siblant.

If you're looking for more of a neutral signature I borrowed a pair of westone W60's yesterday and they were brilliant... although at $1000 they should be.

The Audiotechica ATH-im70 is a good budget pair at just over $100 and well reviewed.

I would recommend that you try a lot before making a big purchase so you can get an idea of what kind of sound signature you are looking for. Analytical vs warm, sparlky treble vs rolled off...

I'm going to be doing some product photos of Dunu's new Titan range and it sounds like I'll get to keep them. The Titan 1's hit far above their price point so I'm looking forward to seeing how the 3's and 5's work out

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« Reply #13 on: Nov 19, 15, 08:43 »
Not an audiophile that much anymore these days.
Last set of ear hardware I got were grado gr8 in ears....and I use em at the gym now hahaha

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Re: Any audiophiles in here?
« Reply #14 on: Nov 19, 15, 09:32 »
Nice info there Jonny. Looking for a new pair of ear hardware for Xmas. Currently rocking a pair of Sennheiser ear buds. Don't remember the model number but they have been great. Starting to get a bit tired after a few years of bumping now. Really interested in the Audio Technica's.
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« Reply #15 on: Nov 27, 15, 00:54 »
I just got a set of HD598s on amazon for 120 bucks (retail is 300-350). Made my week, I've been shopping for awhile and that deal is just unheard of.

If anyone has the opportunity, pounce on these http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B004FEEY9A/ref=pd_luc_rh_sbs_01_02_t_img_lh?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I'd be buying multiple to resell if I could, it might be an amazon prime only deal but you can sign up for a free 30 days and cancel.

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« Reply #16 on: Nov 27, 15, 07:29 »
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« Reply #17 on: Nov 27, 15, 09:46 »
HD598SE's are $109 CDN Amazon Prime.  Just ordered a set to replace my aging HD500's.

http://www.amazon.ca/Sennheiser-HD-598-Over-Ear-Headphones/dp/B0126HISOO/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1448646347&sr=1-1&keywords=hd598se

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Re: Any audiophiles in here?
« Reply #18 on: Nov 27, 15, 10:28 »
HD598SE's are $109 CDN Amazon Prime.  Just ordered a set to replace my aging HD500's.

http://www.amazon.ca/Sennheiser-HD-598-Over-Ear-Headphones/dp/B0126HISOO/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1448646347&sr=1-1&keywords=hd598se

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Oooooo that's a good deal.  Wasn't really looking for headphones, but might not be able to say no to that.

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« Reply #19 on: Nov 27, 15, 12:19 »
I would call myself a budget audiophile.  $100 a pair seems to be my magic number for headphones.  I think I'd be comfortable with paying up to $1000 a pair for tower speakers.  (I haven't bought high-end speakers yet as I want to save that experience for our first home).

I've had dozens of pairs of headphones over the years, but the ones that have lasted me the longest and been the most enjoyable are my Sennheiser HD500's which I bought back in 2004/5 for $80.  They are easy to drive at 30-something ohms and I modded them with tape to seal up the open-air a bit and swapped out the cups for HD580 velour pads.

I've just ordered the HD598SE's to replace the 500's for $110, so I'm anxious to hear how they sound.

At home on my PC workstation, I have a set of Sennheiser PC350SE's that I picked up last fall for about $110  (see a trend here?).  They're harder to drive than the 500's at 160ohms, however they are closed-back and have a great integrated mic.  Listening to FLAC and high-bitrate mp3's on them is nice, connected with my older SB PCI X-FI.  I'd like to get a USB DAC and headphone amp, but I don't feel I'm at the point yet to justify a Schiit Stack or similar. 

I have a $50 Fiio portable headphone amp but after a few hours of listening it has lived in my drawer ever since, the bass boost is muddy and I found it to colour the sound too much.

For gym / travel / always-in-my-bag listening / phonecalls I carry some in-ear Android-edition Bose SoundTrue earbuds I purchased for about $100.  I like the bass response of them, considering they are "directed" in-ear and not true IEM's, in that they have a 1/4" driver with a silicone snout that forces the sound towards the ear canal, but don't offer noise isolation.  The treble response falls off fairly low, however, and I find the soundstage is very central.  I purchased the Bose primarily because I wanted an in-ear that had a ear-bridge holder to prevent them from falling out when running, and I liked the "directed" aspect of the on-ears as they tend to stay far enough away from the canal that they don't fill up with earwax as frequently as true IEM's.

At my desk at home, I have a pair of Micca PB42X powered 4” two-way monitors.  I picked them up on Amazon last year for $50 a pair due to a mis-print on the back.  They’re currently powered by the RTL88x DAC on my pc’s motherboard.  I love the imaging and clarity these speakers offer for their price.  They punch far above their pricepoint, and go toe-to-to with high-end powered monitors.  I use them for reference when editing video, and for near-field music listening when editing photos.


Source of audio makes a big difference too.

For years I listened primarily on my Galaxy Nexus, which I was fortunate to discover had a pretty decent DAC.  When I upgraded to an Asus Zenfone 2 this summer, I was really dissappointed with the sound quality of the phone's DAC, and it was one of the reasons I ended up switching to an iPhone 6s.  The 6s has better imaging and far less distortion at reference level, however I think my Gnex was still a little better, but I haven't done an A/B comparison since.

I've recently deleted a large chunk of my MP3 collection, save for my "Uber" music which was all ripped by myself to the UberMusic standard (an audio hub I used to be a member of), and have replaced a lot of my favourite albums with Vynil Flac 24/96 rips.

Also, for casual listening, I've started a Spotify subscription, as their premium option is a 320kbps Ogg/Vorbis stream which can be cached locally on your device for offline listening, which is great as I'm travelling frequently.

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