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About episiarch

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    High Roller
  • Birthday 02/01/1960


  • Biography
    I'm the same guy here that I am on that other forum.
  • Location
    Berkshire, UK
  • Interests
    This. Photography. Espresso. Daughter-raising. And computer-related stuff.
  • Occupation
    Computer-related stuff. "Technologist" is the shorthand I used when asked
  • Headphones
    ER-4S, K501, HD580, ESW9, PK1
  • Headphone Amps
    Gilmore Lite, Pico, Mini3
  • Sources
    DA10, iMod

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  1. My full impressions (and everybody else's) are over at that other place, but here are my short takeaways, in case anyone's interested. Mr Speakers Ether C is great. Different people rate it differently compared to HD800, Ether (open), etc., etc., but I didn't speak to anyone who wasn't impressed by it. Personally I could have spent all weekend listening on these (at the Schiit table with their multibit DACs and Mjolnir 2)Chord Hugo is a real winner. It's not just another semiportable DAC/amp (there's very different stuff going on inside), and the difference is really audible. There is a ta
  2. Another Steelcase Leap user here. I like it about as much as I've liked my various Aerons at offices, but it's a different experience so YMMV. I don't have experience to compare it to any of the other current ergonomic chairs.
  3. OStewart, I'll look for you there. (I'll be the guy in the profile picture, just with greyer hair and hiding behind headphones instead of a toddler in a strawberry hat.)
  4. I'll be there. Not bringing gear, as I don't have anything particularly distinctive.
  5. I have one of those original Apple watches. May need to lend it to the better half (an Apple employee) so she has something to wear on launch day.
  6. I now have one, for the "minimal rig to toss in the backpack with the laptop" use case. I am very pleased with the sound. I find it sweet, involving, detailed, with no particular tonal emphasis or gaps across the mids and highs. The low end feels fairly thin to me, and it really doesn't deliver slam. I don't mind this, but I imagine many of you might. My target phones for this are ER-4S and AGK K55x, and it drives both very satisfactorily, for my musical tastes (more cello or jazz than techno) It's pretty but I hate those sharp edges which are just begging to scratch the finish on a head
  7. Closed headphones that don't actually seal (I'm thinking Denons for example) are also good for this. "Whaddya mean the music's bothering you? They're CLOSED HEADPHONES. Ahhhh, you're just oversensitive."
  8. Thanks. It's really good to know that about the P5S2, and I'm grateful for the info on used P5S1s too. I might pick up one or the other during the next trip back to the US. (Yes, prices are actually lower in the US than the UK for this British-branded headphone.)
  9. $150 for the S1 is an awesome deal. Where are you finding that? I see "recertified" B&Ws on Amazon but I'm not finding a P5 at a price anywhere near $150.
  10. Ric, fair enough if you don't love the K550. I know it's not for everyone. I've auditioned the B&W P5 and P7 - the P5 more extensively, I think I had it for two or three days – and I really like them both. The P5 made everything sound good to me. It was as if every part of the music was emphasized, but not in a way that was annoying or fatiguing. I can't really give you a more specific tonal description than that; I just liked them a lot. They were also all-day comfortable, and isolated a whole lot more than I thought they would. I'd happily have bought a pair except I didn't hav
  11. Ric, FWIW my closed can for the office is the K550. - I like the sound a lot (but I'm an Etyhead so YMMdefinitelyV) - it's dependably non-leaky (unlike say a D2000). Isolation from outside noise is not super high – but it doesn't leak outward - I find it comfortable (again opinions vary), - it's not so expensive or rare that I'll be crushed if Something Happens and I need to replace it - its single-sided/non-stiff/non-microphonic cable works better for me in office use cases than dual or stiffer ones IMO it pairs beautifully with a Schiit Vali, so there's my nice little office st
  12. Nice photo, and nice colors. Which generation RX100 is it? Mine's a 1st generation one, and I really envy the viewfinder the III has. I do much worse composing on a rear screen.
  13. Works fine for me too. For lack of anything else to suggest: perhaps try going to Sound Preferences, uncheck "Show volume in menu bar" (speaker icon disappears), and then checking it again (speaker icon reappears). Then try alt-clicking the icon again. Probably won't help, but (probably) can't hurt...
  14. I really think it's going to be OK. When they first introduced Lightning, Apple was careful to describe it as a multi-protocol digital interface. I take that to mean that on the phone end, the interface chip can be software-driven to emulate things other than USB (and that what people call a "DRM chip" in Lightning cables is more importantly a handshake chip, that tells the phone "I'm a USB cable, so use that emulation mode"). So, if the interface doesn't have to act USB-like, and if Apple still wants to bundle cheap-to-build iBuds with phones and iPods (and sell other earwear too with
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