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  1. I said it's conformist, forgot to mention the gatekeepers and their mantras.
  2. Yes, you seem to be seriously interested. Head-Case is an unusually conform group with its own heroes, enemies and some common beliefs. Outsiders with a different opinion are regularily treated aggressively and often with contempt. They move away soon and conformity is maintained. Anyway, it is positive that uncensored information is possible on this site with critical discussion of designs and products. In a time of recession and hifi in decline, many vendors stick to headphones as a possible arena for profit or simply for survival. This market is exploding and much of it is sustandard, m
  3. I don't think conformity is less on Head-Case than Head-Fi.
  4. I understand that Tyll like any commercial reviewer must be considerate.
  5. He wrote contemporary music and that is much more than pop and rock for me. There are contemporary jazz and contemporary classical music with low and heavy bass content and sharp transients as well as alternative rock. This music is very demanding and unsatisfactory equipment trashes easily the sound of a complex contemporary music (if you know how it should sound and don't think it is a plethora of ugly dissonance). Taking Tylls review as a clear reservation for LL1 demand that you read it between the lines very much and interpret minor reservations as major. There is no amp that is perfect s
  6. With this elaborate description I am inclinded to believe you. Could that mean that Inner Fidelity also is a part in the hyping business? Or at least grossly understating weaknesses of the gear they review. The recent adoption of Guttenberg should support that view. Audiojunkie, it is not true that most contemporary music has no output under 80 Hz. Then we listen to extremely different kinds of music. Try it on speakers with a lower limit of 40 Hz and you can easily hear the bass compression. Classical rock works much better on such speakers.
  7. Besides the safety issues the subjective evaluations of this amp are confusingly different. According to MacedonianHero bass is sucked out below 80 Hz and I get a very similar impression from spritzers review. On the other hand the review on Inner Fidelity is positive although some minor problems are mentioned. "I'll recommend the big, warm sound of the Liquid Lightning to fans of contemporary music of all types. Hard driving bass lines will be delivered with ample thump, complex crunching guitars will come shining through with a little extra sparkle, but without harsh or confusing distort
  8. No, Jude said nothing about meeting capitalist scumfoxes in smokey rooms. It was a few years ago and it is sad that Head-Fi has deteriorated even more after that.
  9. You are right in that, they do what they want without explanation. I only refered to what I observed in the HF thread. Unsubstantiated information was deleted. A person who notice that could very well interpret it as support for moderators' view that there are persons who only want to discredit the vendor. If substantiated information is deleted it will decredit HF. For those who follow a thread I think that such things will cast some doubt over the credibility of HF. If you really want to spread the information on HF, it would be possible to put it on another site than Head Case and link
  10. A post just stating that the soldering job is bad is unconvincing. As a reader I don't know the writer and I don't know what knowledge that it is based on. Perhaps no knowledge at all and just intended to be insulting or starting a flame war? You can't expect that readers of HF also follow the threads at HC. It is not surprising that such posts are deleted. They only serve to support the belief that the truth is supressed at HF. However, I believe that valid criticism is censored at HF in a mislead ambition to serve the headphone community, the business and a naive optimism. Maybe there are ot
  11. I remember one post about soldering at HF and noticed that it was removed, not sure if it was yours. That post was not informative, it just was a statement about bad soldering without any evidence. It is understandable after reading this thread but was just mystifying in the HF context. What was the statement about soldering base on? The writer didn't seem to own the amp, where had he seen it? Or had hadn't he seen it at all and just "knew" that it must be bad because it was Cavalli? It is easy to remove such a post becuase it can be supposed to be only bad-mouthing. It would be much more dif
  12. Bass impact and kicking bass with a 727 amp - it seems the C32 is easier to drive than O2.
  13. Happy end, this amp finally found its best home!
  14. Good luck! I like the 404 except the upper midrange peak. A reduction is very welcome and maybe a halving would make them much more listenable, retaining the character but with less listening fatigue.
  15. I have some experience since I stopped smoking. The good thing is that smoke odor usually disappears by itself if the object is kept in circulating air. The smoke odor remains if the object is kept in a closed box. It takes some time, months or years, but it can be better than damaging sensitive materials by washing. If the surface can be cleaned by water and a mild detergent - do it. Wash things are washable, pads, textiles etc. Vinegar and other standard methods that often are recommended have been ineffective in my experience. Ozon should be effective but I don't know how go get it.
  16. Looking forwards to the next CD, holding my thumbs for the auction. The remaining tracks are here in two archives. It is probably not possible with a free download of all archives on the same day. RapidShare: Easy Filehosting RapidShare: Easy Filehosting
  17. spritzer is too busy with leather research for moment. The binaural recordings are very interesting as a demonstration of what is possible. They were released as a demo by Stax in Germany many years ago but are equally relevant for dynamic headphones. I am uploading the binaural tracks and they will be availabe for downlod in steps as zip archicves. First out is Track 1 and 2 that are demos with speach (German and English), sounds and noice. Remaining tracks are music (two downloads). Unfortunately the track titles were slighly messed up in the orginal up/download and some German charac
  18. Most headphones from the 1970s sound like crap by contemporary standards. What is astonishing is how sublime experiences one can have with crappy equipment, at least when being innocent.
  19. There are some good pictures of the port and the mod in a thread named something like "Stax 007 Mk 2 port mod". A bit down in the Headphone thread. Very useful to save for future needs.
  20. That was to empty the wallet before you went away with an even more expensive upgrade!
  21. Johnny, it is hard to say what went wrong in your case. From my experience I can see a number of possibilities. 1. Don't like the type of sound. O2 is severely lacking in that it does not add prat, slam, romantic lushness etc. It is the best headphone that I own but I was a little surprised that I was not addicted to it and wanted to listen to it all night. I listen mostly to my O2 but even the 404 is in some sense more fun and relaxing. 2. It took me two weeks to find the correct position. I knew about positioning but thought that pressure against the ear was adequate and bending the ar
  22. Is SRM-1 solid state? Then the comparison with 007t could be inadequate.
  23. O2 is extremely dependent on positioning and I had more difficulties than I expected so it took some time. It is not only turning the head cups to the correct angle - the pressure against head/ear is very important. Once I bent the arc too much, with too much pressure against the head, and sound deteriorated considerably. If it is too loose against the head then bass also becomes loose. This is with O2 Mk1 but I expect that positioning is equally important with Mk2. I assume that SRM-1 is similar to 007t in the aspect of insufficient bass control and punch.
  24. The main weakness with HE60 is the the bass quantity and this also gives it a bright character. It is very fast and detailed and the midrange and up is very smooth. I think that is the strong point of the headphone and the 404 feels coarse in comparison. The bass weakness is more or less important depending on music. Stax 404 has much stronger bass and and better balance between bass and treble. However, it has a upper midrange peak that can be disturbing and tiring but also can make rock sound more intense with more slam. HE60 has a superior midrange that is even and smooth. Both headphones h
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