westermac
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Sometimes I feel like an audiophile, until I browse Audiogon. Then I just feel poor. Sep 25, 2018 at 8:48 AM

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    1. westermac
      westermac
      Sometimes I feel like an audiophile, until I browse Audiogon. Then I just feel poor.
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      2. westermac
        westermac
        True - it's free to identify as an audiophile; without friends or gear you'll just be a sad one. And yeah the industry is pretty screwed up. I don't know who Mark Levinson is, nor have I heard his gear, but I am inclined to disagree with his ideas about product valuation. If I saw one of his amps at a garage sale I'd totally pick it up though.
        Sep 25, 2018 at 10:39 AM
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      3. netforce
        netforce
        The high end side of things for audio gets real interesting especially when it comes to 2 channel. Sky is the limit, literally. I get two reactions to headphones from the 2 channel guys, surprise a headphone can cost so much or they wondering if there is an even more expensive headphone.
        Sep 25, 2018 at 11:56 AM
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        I try to separate audiophile, as a positive thing, from audiophool, and all the ridiculous stuff that goes with being one.

        Any lover of music and at-least-half-decent sound is an audiophile.
        Sep 25, 2018 at 1:14 PM
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    2. westermac
      westermac
      Somehow I ended up with more speakers than amps. It's OK though, my expectation bias is so advanced I don't really need amps anymore.
      1. bengo, Kolohe and Thad E Ginathom like this.
      2. bengo
        bengo
        Arguably one amp is enough, since you only have two ears...
        Sep 18, 2018
      3. westermac
        westermac
        This is true, though I haven't had much luck finding a good speaker selector at a decent price ($100-200 range would be fine, but all the high quality ones I'm finding are $300-500+, at which point I'd rather just buy another amp).
        Sep 18, 2018
    3. westermac
      westermac
      Accuracy is nice, but sometimes a warm, fuzzy midbass blanket is nicer.
      1. Deep Funk, rlow, Lyer25 and 2 others like this.
      2. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        Hell yes.
        Watcha listening to?
        Sep 17, 2018
      3. westermac
        westermac
        Iron & Wine (Beast Epic) on some JBL 4412A's which I went to a bit of trouble to position well, so the reproduction is actually pretty accurate here... the midbass blanket just lies in the recording ha.
        Sep 17, 2018
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    4. westermac
      westermac
      Gear never sounds better than when you're about to sell it. "Go on, get! Get out of here! And don't come back!" *throws stick*
      1. David De Lucena
        David De Lucena
        Prozac resolved this suffering for me...
        Sep 7, 2018
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    5. westermac
      westermac
      Work done, lights down, volume up, Peter Gabriel on. Ahhh.
      1. Merrick, Erikdayo, spwath and 8 others like this.
      2. natemact
        natemact
        gun in mouth..oh sorry I always get those two guys mixed up..
        Sep 6, 2018
      3. Wilson
        Wilson
        "Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. Sabrina, remove your dress."
        Sep 6, 2018
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    6. westermac
      westermac
      Thanks to some 3db pads on mids & tweeters I finally have my JBL 4412A's where I want them: https://bit.ly/2MMZNkW Now I just need a sub...
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    7. westermac
      westermac
      Speaker abuse is not ok. If you see someone abusing their speakers, please report them to your local speaker authority.
      1. Cspirou
      2. Riotvan
        Riotvan
        Some speakers like some people just have it coming...
        Aug 30, 2018
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      3. westermac
        westermac
        Reminds me of Sid from Toy Story. It's funny until ravaged speakers start rising from the dead to have their vengeance
        Aug 30, 2018
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    8. westermac
      westermac
      It is very difficult to rock out and also protect one's hearing :(
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      3. jowls
        jowls
        I wish the younger version of me had used earplugs. Tinnitus sucks balls.
        Aug 27, 2018
        elguapo, Erikdayo, Lyer25 and 4 others like this.
      4. Ringingears
        Ringingears
        It really does suck donkey balls. Mine is a single frequency due to shotguns in my youth. Only 3dB down from zero fortunately.
        Aug 27, 2018
      5. spwath
        spwath
        I keep the etymotics on my key chain. Good for loud parties too.
        Aug 27, 2018
        Wilson, Ringingears and Kunlun like this.
    9. westermac
      westermac
      Misaligned tweeter magnet: "You'll have to pry this voice coil from my cold, dead hands." *rrrrip* "AHAHAHA YOU FOOL!"
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    10. westermac
      westermac
      Was about ready to give up on some 12in JBL monitors, sounded like hot garbage. 20min with REW and they're magic. Placement is everything.
      1. rtaylor76 and A1Gear like this.
      2. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        What monitors?
        Aug 23, 2018
      3. westermac
        westermac
        4412A's. Got them right where I wanted them then noticed a bit of HF image smearing; one of the tweeter's magnets was misaligned and tore the voice coil when I opened it up, so now I'm short a tweeter till the replacement comes in. I'll be a long couple of days, they sounded great.
        Aug 23, 2018
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    11. westermac
      westermac
      Direct A/B comparisons are especially useful if you want both things to sound wrong
      1. DigMe, obsiCO, Jinxy245 and 2 others like this.
      2. m17xr2b
        m17xr2b
        Whenever I go from HD650 to HD800/K1K and back I have to readjust my brain for the sound signatures.
        Aug 20, 2018
    12. westermac
      westermac
      The HD600 at 21 years old is still more tonally balanced than 99% of headphones. Sennheiser, please teach everyone how to make headphones.
      1. Merrick, Jinxy245, jowls and 4 others like this.
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      3. westermac
        westermac
        I'd say the HD600 are lacking in bass emphasis, but not lacking in bass (unless used with the wrong amp). The right amp with a good power supply will wake their bass right up, both in impact and presence. I used to think their bass was pretty weaksauce until I heard them on the right amp (Mjo2 or MCTH+LPS). TBH there are times when I wouldn't mind a bit more bass quantity, but I'm happy with the control and slam.
        Aug 16, 2018
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      4. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        I've heard I was great bang for the buck at 21 years old too. Less feedback these days though. But faster spectral decay...
        Aug 16, 2018
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      5. jowls
        jowls
        A LOT of headphones have come and gone, but HD600 has been there since the beginning. I even gave my HD650 away once I heard 600 on the right amp.
        Aug 16, 2018
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    13. westermac
      westermac
      My daily rituals include browsing CL for speakers. Favorite misspellings include "spreakers", "skeakers" and my personal favorite "sprakers"
      1. elguapo, Vansen, rtaylor76 and 4 others like this.
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      3. FallingObjects
        FallingObjects
        Semi-related, but there's a website that indexes eBay listings with probable spelling mistakes for that specific reason.
        Aug 15, 2018
        rtaylor76, westermac and DigMe like this.
      4. Vansen
        Vansen
        Now if I only I could remember how I misspelled my bios password.
        Aug 15, 2018
        elguapo, rtaylor76 and BillOhio like this.
      5. spwath
        spwath
        One guy keeps listing a serge protector on my Craiglist.
        Aug 15, 2018
        fraggler and westermac like this.
    14. westermac
      westermac
      Bumped into an acoustic panel, which fell onto a lamp, which tumbled and gashed the front of the sub I was about to sell. FU, lamp.
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      2. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        I hate Rube Goldberg type accidents.
        Aug 14, 2018
      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        @rlow , your almost amp vs foot made me wince: the sharp corner of a NAD 3020 once landed right on my bare big toe. Casualty for the hot-needle trick, where an intern poked rather too enthusiastically; and the toenail was finally left behind in Zion NP. But AFAIK, the amp still works.
        Aug 14, 2018
      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        "I hate Rube Goldberg type accidents." @Jinxy245

        I hate that they leave me not knowing whether to laugh or cry
        Aug 15, 2018
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    15. westermac
      westermac
      As soon as I have that first sip of coffee I have to change my music's BPM to match my new heart BPM. (Morning Phase > Off The Wall)
      1. a44100Hz, Griffon and Biodegraded like this.
      2. Griffon
        Griffon
        Running in the 90s!
        Aug 13, 2018
    16. westermac
      westermac
      Drove to Michigan to get a pair of JBL L112 from my uncle. Just hooked them up to my Marantz HT receiver not expecting much, and HOLY BALLS
      1. Biodegraded and spwath like this.
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      3. westermac
        westermac
        Thanks! Will check it out.
        Aug 10, 2018
      4. E_Schaaf
        E_Schaaf
        What's the bass extension like on those? Always had a curiosity about old JBLs
        Aug 10, 2018
      5. westermac
        westermac
        Good, they sound bigger than they are but I think it's because they're currently on the floor (need to elevate them a bit). If I had to guess I'd say they start rolling off around 40Hz, but they definitely extend deeper than my 10in "sub". The impressive part is how clean and punchy they are. The 128H woofers in them are supposed to be some of JBL's best
        Aug 11, 2018
    17. westermac
      westermac
      I think the root of gear nervosa is a dissatisfied life. Gear is fun but can't fulfill you; find what does and the rest is just a bonus
      1. jam130, Merrick, Lenroot77 and 14 others like this.
      2. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        But... could the worry that it's vice-versa lead to nervosa of its own...? ;)
        Aug 6, 2018
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      3. westermac
        westermac
        Haha, perhaps... but I think there's far more to be gained concerning one's self with finding purpose than figuring out how to afford more and better stuff
        Aug 6, 2018
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      4. David De Lucena
        David De Lucena
        Very good explanation!! Really think it is correct. Another cause it’s lack of sex.
        Aug 6, 2018
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    18. westermac
      westermac
      Just put in a parts order for my first ever speaker recap... Unfortunately the caps are bipolar, just like my former best friend.
    19. westermac
      westermac
      Why do planar drivers sound so much less dynamic than moving coil drivers? Less excursion or displacement? Less rigid diaphragm material?
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      2. Priidik
        Priidik
        Extremely non-linear force curve?
        Aug 1, 2018
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      3. purr1n
        purr1n
        Would be curious if there is an indirect way to measure BL, suspension, damping, etc. of diaphragm at different excursion without laser inferometer.
        Aug 1, 2018
      4. Priidik
        Priidik
        I suppose at least the suspension stiffness needs to be assessed outside of optical and electrical means. Damping could be seen from transients. I will start taking hp engineering seriously when they show Klippel style analysis, lol.
        Aug 1, 2018
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    20. westermac
      westermac
      It's a shame hearing loss doesn't happen in reverse. I'd love to hear 3 screaming kids more softly and save my good hearing for retirement
      1. DigMe, Deep Funk, obsiCO and 10 others like this.
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Mar 27, 1988 (Age: 30)
    Location:
    Milly-wau-kay
    Occupation:
    Video Production
    Gear List:
    [HD600 / HD6XX / PM3] [MCTH+LPS / Magni 3] [Gumby]
    I love whisky, coffee, headphones, meat, songwriting, Sufjan Stevens, my wife and kids, and Jesus; in reverse order.

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