Discussion in 'Tales from the Bully Pulpit' started by Joh, Sep 26, 2015.
Don't worry, and don't think of it as a painful obligation- but it's always nice when people start by saying "hi!". Welcome to SBAF, it's nice to see you, and it's appreciated when people take a moment to introduce themselves.
Du sprechen English besser dann ich spreche deutsch, so you are all good.
Welcome to SBAF!!
EDIT: Never mind.
I've been lurking around here for a while so off @barelyincollege 's suggestion, I decided to finally make a account here.
Nice to meet everyone. I started out in this hobby 4 years ago. Out of boredom I purchased a pair of M50 that was on sale on Amazon. I wasn't expecting much but I was completely blown away by what I was missing out compared to my earbuds. Ever since then, I've been hooked onto this hobby.
In my other life, I work as a data analyst and I am striving towards becoming a data scientist in the future. While I am not a expert yet, I would be happy to provide my inputs towards any questions regarding data manipulation/data extraction/ setting up databases, ETL flows or any career related topics.
Part of the reason why I enjoy SBAF is because topics are discussed critically and most people who are serious about this hobby have all gathered here. I do admit that I do not have any technical background on audio engineering or anything technical of sort. But I am eager to learn more on how to read graphs and understand how amps/dac work in conjunction with headphones.
What I can provide to this community is my subjective experience with a large selection of headphones/setups. Some of you might have known me on reddit as the guy who "switches gears every 2 weeks". Which is not too far from the truth. I'm constantly switching gears and trying out something new.
I'm not entirely confident at my knowledge of this hobby since all I have is my experiences with many different set ups. But I'm willing to learn more and hopefully contribute to the rest of the community.
Looking forward to enjoying my stay here and a future thanks to those who are patient enough to show me the ropes.
Welcome! I dig the name and avatar.
Seems a sudden influx of die Deutschen... welcome! Also, I agree with @spwath that your English pretty solid, don't worry it much.
Hey there. Lurked off/on randomly, and recently thinking about becoming a little more active in this hobby again. Previously the living situation along with my move to Asia put a many year hiatus on acquiring new gear.
Trying to read up / learn more about what's changed/new. Same username here and a few other audio related forums, though I'm mostly in lurk and read mode on all of htem.
New to SBAF but have lurked for quite some time. I'm a member of Head-Fi but really only hang out in a couple threads. I used to really like /r/headphones but its just pissing me off lately with people shitting on anything more than HD598's and O2/ODAC (Or similar,) and anything non blind tested, so I figured I would sign up here and see how it goes.
I've been into headphones for about 4-5 years. Started off with a pair of Grado SR325's. Enjoyed them for a good while, then bought PS-1000's. I traded my PS-1000's for a pair of good studio monitors, but I do miss them sometimes, they were unique. I've also owned..um... K812, HD800, LCD-3F, HE1000's (but I don't like to talk about them *shakes head* worst purchase ever)
I'm currently rocking out with the Abyss, LCD-4's, and HD800S, and Noble 3's for travelling. I tried the Utopias, and really enjoyed them but I do prefer the Abyss. My amps/DACS so far have been the ALO Audio National, Auralic Taurus MK2, Chord Mojo, and Wells Audio Milo, Resonessence Labs Concero HD and a Woo Audio WA8. I'm currently using an iFi Micro iCan SE fed by my Mojo, and have a Wells Audio Headtrip coming in a few weeks. I've seen mixed opinions on the Wells Audio stuff, but I've been really blown away by it, so...Headtrip it is. I'm going to have to recover from the Headtrip purchase for a while before buying a new DAC, but I'm really interested in the Aqua Acoustics models, so I'll likely end up with a La Voce or La Scala.
Here are some pics over the years
Thanks for reading, hope I don't fuck up too bad around these parts
Been lurking for months and months. Thought I'd finally get on and get an account spun up.
I'm not an audiophile, just an enthusiast of music and the stuff that makes it. I'm a computer systems engineer by trade, so I'm lucky enough to sit in my office all day jamming on headphones while I work.
Past and present gear include, in no particular order... LCD 2, ZMF Vibro, E-Mu Teak, HD650, HD700, DT770/990/1770, X2, K7xx, MDR-1A, Blue MoFi, 1MORE 3D, Sony XBA-A3, RHA T20i, etc. Awaiting the ZMF Atticus and Eikon.
Home - PC > Bifrost MB > Saga > to either Jotunheim or Feliks Elise > ZMF Vibro.
Work - PC > Meridian Explorer II > iFi iCan SE > Teak
Just a quick thanks to all the friends. Lots of good info here, and I appreciate your efforts.
We do blind tests here sometimes and are not against them. Just not very often because they take A LOT of work and are a PIA to set up. See one result here: http://www.superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?threads/dac-blind-test-modi2-vs-odac.582/
I'd like to see the Reddit or Hydrogen Audio crowd actually do blind tests instead of just talk about them or scream "placebophile" every other post. By doing blind tests, I mean to do them properly (not designed to confirm their expectations). Funny how science can go both ways.
I should note, with no wish to derail this thread, that proper double-blind testing is an inherently limited tool, and applicable only in some situations. For instance, while you can do double-blind testing for, say, aspirin pills (i.e. neither the patients nor the doctors know who gets the treatment and who gets the placebo), you cannot do DBT for a specific surgery procedure. You can only do randomized assignment in this case, but 'double-blind' it cannot be: you must have a doctor who performs the surgery, and they bloody well should know precisely what it is they're doing.
Same for audio. While you can do DBT for DACs and amps and formats (small, easy to hide things that don't require physical contact), you cannot easily (or at all) do DBT for headphones, earbuds or speakers. Might be you could contrive something akin to blind conditions for speakers, but you'd need Star Trek tech with a wall made of holograms that doesn't interfere with the soundwaves (or blindfolds, but then bye-bye validity), and even then it'd likely be a pain to set up even just two pairs of speakers both in optimal conditions/positioning within the same physical room... And there's no way in hell, these days at least, that you can double-blind test an HD650 from an Elac B6.
I'm up for Holodeck DBT testing for speakers and headphones.
At the risk of going off topic from the thread here;
Stats are slowly becoming my career path, and I'm doing more and more analysis and research as my program progresses since I'm starting to make a reputation as "the numbers guy" within my class. It's my opinion that double blinds are inherently an incorrect procedure to use for things that start to veer heavily into the realm of individual perspectives or preferences.
If a company is claiming that their cables are 100% better 100% of the time and not using them is a disservice towards audiophilism as a whole, then yeah that's a pretty easy test to do. Or even that their cables are marginally better than cheapo™ brand cables, you can see if there's a meaningful difference in preferences and draw a conclusion from that.
But even when they are okay to use, not many people know how to do them properly. And they're incredibly prone to false conclusions (due to missed elements, improper controls, etc), even when done by well-meaning and un-involved third parties.
And then there's stats that they generate.
You can get a bunch of fancy statistically significant numbers and be able to say "Hey, 65% of people prefer X product +/- 2% with 99% confidence!", and entirely miss the point that it's probably more relevant to dig into the reason WHY those 65% of people preferred X product, especially for things like headphones and speakers.
Numbers don't often lie. But they can very often be gathered from a poor source, and people can be really really bad at interpreting (or more often, overly generous at extrapolating) what the data are actually saying.
edit; As a final comment, it's probably better for you to just think of the agendas behind anything anybody writes about a product. Even unaffiliated, un-sponsored reviewers are probably making adsense money off readers or views on their videos, so it's not entirely beyond reason for them to do what they view as necessary to increase or maintain viewership.
Hello music friends!
Nice to be here
My name is lucena
I play the trumpet since 1990, but only in 2014 started to really dig in some audio gear.
Oh, nowadays I work in a mental hospital as a psychiatric medical doctor and would love to be taken away in a alien spaceship.
But only if they put some nice jazz into the speakers
So I used to post on Head-fi and the old forum as jazzerdave. I'd been off of forums for a while as work picked up and my time was constrained, but I've got a little more time for reading, typing, and most importantly listening lately, so I thought I'd work my way back into the forums.
I'm definitely not against blind testing, I hope it didn't come across that way as it is definitely a useful tool. I just got a bit miffed with people saying things like "Sighted listening is a complete waste of time" etc..Maybe it is a waste of time, I don't know, but it sure is fun. One or two members also like to shit on the methods of blind testing done here, don't know why. Just sorta seems like they are butthurt for the sake of being butthurt, rather than enjoying music themselves. I've even seen people say high end headphones are placebo vs the more budget friendly options. I'd like to think I take a pretty balanced approach to headphones and music by not being a complete objectivist dick, and having a pretty open mind.
Hi all. I've been lurking for about a month or so now and decided it was time to formally introduce myself. I've been a "music by way of headphones" lover since I was an adolescent and received my first Walkman cassette player knock-off with funky on-ear orange pads. I fell asleep every night listening to that unit and it took me through my first after school job as a janitor. (The work was no fun but the fact that I could listen to headphones and my choice of music while working was awesome).
For a while I detoured into home stereo equipment and home theater and I still reside there to some degree but not as much lately.
Having now passed 40 and being blessed with a little more disposable income I have come back around to headphones and related equipment as a hobby but also as a way to faithfully and accurately reproduce the music that I love. I'm very new to the higher end side of this hobby but am intensely curious and I think the journey of discovering new things is always worth the time and effort.
After much research I have recently acquired a Sony MA900 (and this forum was instrumental in helping me choose these, so thank you!) for gaming and general use, a Meze 99 Classic for fun and a Fostex HP-A4BL DAC/amp to connect to my PC and serve as a beginner all in one unit. I anticipate learning much from all of you here and look forward to the experience.
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