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Old 01-02-06, 09:08 PM   #1
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Another obsessive hobby...

Headphones.... this dude has collected what I've estimated to be about 100 grand worth of headphone equipment...



The amount of weed that could buy you... amazing..
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Old 01-02-06, 09:25 PM   #2
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You could have a party with a lot of people, each listening to different music on their headphones. It would look wild if they started dancing, each to the beat of their own music. Of course the wires would get all tangled up....
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Probably drag a couple of tube amps down on the ground, pop out a couple thousand volts and kill the whole bunch of em...
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is that nicks rigs?


he probably is to busy selling it to smoke it...

he's rich! rich like a drug lord!

(bizarre j/k.... )
How do you know he's NOT a drug-lord, eh?
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Actaully it's just some old guy living in the cayman islands... so yeah probably a drug lord..
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i was in a Headphone Specific store in tokyo a few years ago, and some of the headphones i was listening to music with were absolutly incredible. Its easy to spend that kind of cash on audio equipment.
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i was in a Headphone Specific store in tokyo a few years ago, and some of the headphones i was listening to music with were absolutly incredible. Its easy to spend that kind of cash on audio equipment.
All that money spent just for em to be out of date in a year...
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I remember the first time I heard music on headphones (Jantzens?) years ago. It blew my mind, as we said back then.
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What are the units on the top shelves sitting on the racket balls?
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All that money spent just for em to be out of date in a year...
Of all the mass produced products, one of the top of the line ear bud headphones, Etymotic ER-4S's $350, have been pretty much on top for the past 10 years. Along with the sennheiser HD580/600 headphones $250-350, which has been up there for about 8 years or so.
Of course the prices are lower now but they're still the best.
It's actaully a pretty good investment if you know what you're doing.
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Of all the mass produced products, one of the top of the line ear bud headphones, Etymotic ER-4S's $350, have been pretty much on top for the past 10 years. Along with the sennheiser HD580/600 headphones $250-350, which has been up there for about 8 years or so.
Of course the prices are lower now but they're still the best.
It's actaully a pretty good investment if you know what you're doing.
I like my sennheiser HD580s, bought on discount, but I don't have the headphone amp to do em justice.
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cd players... those balls are vibration dampeners... probably cost alot too.
The one in the center looks like an old IBM hard drive from the '80s. CD's are optical,shouldn't have to isolate the drive that much, but with that much equipment I guess everything comes into the headphones. Another obsessive hobby is spot on.
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That's what I'm using now.. about to pull the trigger on some HD650's and pass on the 580's to my gf who's about to pull the trigger on the SR71 amp.
You gotta get an amp, you have no idea how much you're missing...

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That's what I'm using now.. about to pull the trigger on some HD650's and pass on the 580's to my gf who's about to pull the trigger on the SR71 amp.
You gotta get an amp, you have no idea how much you're missing...
No!! I've been so good at not buying impulsively lately
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The one in the center looks like an old IBM hard drive from the '80s. CD's are optical,shouldn't have to isolate the drive that much, but with that much equipment I guess everything comes into the headphones. Another obsessive hobby is spot on.
It's a Shanling T300 cd player.. get within 10 ft of it and the inner core pops up 6ft in the air, detonates, and wipes out your living room.



It's actually pretty obessive cause the cd player is already dampened. Actually people go through a lot of lengths to dampen stuff. Sony even makes a player where the laser sits still and it moves the entire cd back and forth. The whole unit weighs like 50 lbs, there's so much mass in there.
Plus it runs on tubes. I have a vacuum tube amp and the tube's are so microphonic, I can hear it loud and clear when I turn the volume knob on the thing. I had my laptop's fan facing the unit once and I heard the sound of the air blowing over the tubes.

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No!! I've been so good at not buying impulsively lately
Get the carbon bike... buy that amp... do it...
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It's a Shanling T300 cd player.. get within 10 ft of it and the inner core pops up 6ft in the air, detonates, and wipes out your living room.



It's actually pretty obessive cause the cd player is already dampened. Actually people go through a lot of lengths to dampen stuff. Sony even makes a player where the laser sits still and it moves the entire cd back and forth. The whole unit weighs like 50 lbs, there's so much mass in there.
Plus it runs on tubes. I have a vacuum tube amp and the tube's are so microphonic, I can hear it loud and clear when I turn the volume knob on the thing. I had my laptop's fan facing the unit once and I heard the sound of the air blowing over the tubes.
oooooooooooooooooooooooooo *drools* i want one
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I had one of the first damped CD players ever, a Pioneer unit that came out in the early 90's. The cool feature was the tray slid out an alumium platter like a turntable platter. The CD loaded on the platter label side down.
It took a full miniute to spin up that platter, though, and it was way too easy to get fingerprints all over the CDs, but it was next to impossible to make it skip.
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It's a Shanling T300 cd player.. get within 10 ft of it and the inner core pops up 6ft in the air, detonates, and wipes out your living room.



It's actually pretty obessive cause the cd player is already dampened. Actually people go through a lot of lengths to dampen stuff. Sony even makes a player where the laser sits still and it moves the entire cd back and forth. The whole unit weighs like 50 lbs, there's so much mass in there.
Plus it runs on tubes. I have a vacuum tube amp and the tube's are so microphonic, I can hear it loud and clear when I turn the volume knob on the thing. I had my laptop's fan facing the unit once and I heard the sound of the air blowing over the tubes.
Much better view, work of art, WOW!
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It's a Shanling T300 cd player.. get within 10 ft of it and the inner core pops up 6ft in the air, detonates, and wipes out your living room.

It's actually pretty obessive cause the cd player is already dampened. Actually people go through a lot of lengths to dampen stuff. Sony even makes a player where the laser sits still and it moves the entire cd back and forth. The whole unit weighs like 50 lbs, there's so much mass in there.
Plus it runs on tubes. I have a vacuum tube amp and the tube's are so microphonic, I can hear it loud and clear when I turn the volume knob on the thing. I had my laptop's fan facing the unit once and I heard the sound of the air blowing over the tubes.
So what's the difference that has this unit costing over $4k? What the specs on it that's so superior to anything else?
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I grew up in the house of an audiophile. My father was crazed. But back in the 50's and 60's, anything special usually had to be built by the phile themselves. So, our basement became electronics central. Schematics hanging on the walls, Ocilloscopes scoping, and resistors in our teeth. My father would build anything. Our first color TV, huge 4 ohm 16 inch speakers I still have hooked up, and his first computer. Too bad he died before the onslaught of the internet or the CD madness. He would have been in pig heaven.
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So what's the difference that has this unit costing over $4k? What the specs on it that's so superior to anything else?
The 1s are straighter and the 0s rounder than with a $2k player. Seriously I doubt it's anything objectively measurable when compared to other solidly built high quality players. High endists say you either hear the difference or you don't. If you don't, then more power to you, just go buy a cheaper player and invest the leftover in smoking carpet, for example.

Just to clarify: I very much believe I'm in the group that would not hear the difference. Not that I have been fortunate enough to get to really test it.

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Isn't the idea to reproduce the original waveforms as accurately as possible? With digital technology, shouldn't the data on the disc be as best as can be mastered? If the data's not on the disc, you're not gonna hear it right?

Then it's about the player extracting the info and reproducing the analog waveform. It appears we're really limited by the CD specifications of 44khz. This would mean that highest frequences that the human ear can pick up, around 20khz would be represented by square-waves! This would also mess up the harmonics of a 10khz note as well.

So it would appear we have a conflict of interest. We can convert the data into analog waveforms as closely as possible and end up with shrill high-end. Or we can do some signal-massaging and smoothing/interpolation to get a more enjoyable sound, albeit less accurate. Could this be where the high-end players differentiate themselves? Perhaps they have an interpolation algorithm that's more complex and yields more natural sounding output compared to teh low-end players?
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So what's the difference that has this unit costing over $4k? What the specs on it that's so superior to anything else?
Well you're thinking of normal CD's, which have limited range and bandwidth.
SACD's are sampled at 2800khz whereas cd's are done at 44.1khz, then you have the dynamic range which is 108 vs. 98.
There's a law of diminishing returns. The difference between a $1000 and a $2000 bike might just be 50%, but the difference between a $4000 bike and an $8000 bike might only be about 5%. Same usually applies for audio except it's exponentially diminishing. The difference between a $1000 system and a $18000 system might only be 5%, which is why for around $1500 or so you can get pretty much 99% the quality of a good system costing 5 figures.
It's kind of like, why get a ferrari when you can cheap out and get a corvette.
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