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My body is ready but my wallet sadly isn't.... :*(
The Ether C's are just beautiful to look at, Dan is a wizard and glad to see his product here at MD!
" My body is ready but my wallet sadly isn't.... :*( "
Not mocking you, but the way you worded it is HILARIOUS!
Anyway, my wallet is ready but my mind is not. It's $900. NINE HUNDRED DOLLARS...for headphones. It's $100 shy of $1000 for an UNNECESSARY LUXURY. I'm fighting so hard with my mind. This is so against my moral values and sound reasoning. It it a deal? In the grand scheme of things, especially its original price, TOTALLY YES! But still...almost a grand...for headphones that will sound a small percentage better than what I already own!
I feel your thought-patterns, it's definitely a big old nasty band aid to rip off.
I'm actually looking at some closed-backs now, as I need some isolation in my life, these would be ridiculously good for all intent and purposes.
What you got rocking at the moment @raansire7?
Yup. While I favor open backs, any stray sound from the outside masks their detail retrieval. Closed backs allow everything to be heard easier at the expense of aural depth and width.
Right now, I'm rocking the Shure SRH1840, Audio-Technica ATH-M70x, Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO/ DT 880 EDITION (600 ohm)/ T90 CHROME, Panasonic RP-HD10/RP-HTF600-S, Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee and Senal SMH-1200.
I know you didn't ask, but my overall favorite are the DT 880. To my ears, they have the most holographic sound and dig the deepest detail-wise. Everything sounds distinct in their own layer no matter how busy the tracks get. Their aural image is almost visual and extends way outside my ears and way in front of my face. The T90 have slightly more clarity everywhere and are brighter, but they sound smaller and borderline claustrophobic to me.
The ones I consider most fun for music enjoyment are the HD 58X. While they're not too wide-sounding, they have good depth, and their quick attack makes them snappy-sounding, especially on bass and kicks. They thump harder than the others while remaining clear. So satisfying!
What about you?
I had a crazy thought the other night, and that was to replace most my inventory with closed-backs. Would be a great collection of all-things-closed-back!
Funny you bring up the Beyer's, because I still haven't tasted from the Beyer tree yet! I've been wanting to grab a pair of DT770's for a reference closed back as I've gifted my HD380's to a bro-in-law. From all accounts (including yours) the signature is calling me to give them ago!
As for ATH-M70x, I'm about to acquire a pair of M50x's, a very polarizing can but I'm intrigued!
Others in my sights are, Audioquest NigthOwl, Pioneer Sem 5, Campfire Cascade. I already have the Denon D2000's so I'm not really interested in the Fostex TH series.
My taste in music is varied but most of my music requires the mid's to be present, I'm finding that during the day with kid's and a wife, open headphones just aren't cutting it, if I'm really trying to zone in to a song distractions externally can really kill the mood! One of these days, I'm gonna build me a sound room, just for Pupa! :D
As for Ether CX, these would keep me preoccupied for a long while! Don't think I'd sell them either!
(Now Playing: Dead can dance - Spiritchaser)
Stax 3100..for me it's the ultimate direct upgrade from dt880..even better than the 1990
How are the Cascades? I'm on their waiting list but I also own the Nightowls (and Fostex Ebonies). How would you compare them to the Nightowls?
Nice. The thing is that while I love music and headphones, I'm not super passionate about it as a hobby to justify spending more than $1000. It's more of a fling than a steady relationship. I'm in it mostly for the thrillseeking of finding good deals. I get a kick deaf-buying mid-fi headphones when the price comes down.
So yeah, I have a weird thing going on with this hobby. I've been fiddling with computer music production for 16 years, so I enjoy making sounds more than listening to music. That's where I splurge good...on synthesizers and various studio equipment. But when I listen to music, it's a big deal for me. I take it serious. I guess I'm just a crazy person.
Do you want to buy my cascades lol
Sorry mate, don't have the Cascades yet, will need to make a decision as one is up for sale in my parts.
Cascades and nightowls both have we wanting to own them!
I mostly look for second-hand stuff nowadays as I'm slightly more patient as I'm getting older. It really is a sweet spot sorta like the second-hand car market. A positive for throw-away societies we live in. :)
Crazy people are never boring people! :-P
700 with an additional cable terminated in 2.5mm. They are essentially brand new. Minimal use. I just don't have time with my ciems.
Ha-ha! True! That's nice of buying second-hand stuff. You save money while grabbing something nice. I understand the mentality and would do the same. But in my case, I need to buy brand new, because being the crazy person I am, I have a specific way of handling my headphones. I never treat them like they're mine. I always softly place them down, and I never manhandle them or touch them all over. I treat headphones like eggs, because I like them to look brand-new for the next owner. I keep their boxes in a closet. Instead of selling them, I tend to gift my headphones away if I buy a new one and God touches my heart and I feel bad about having one too many. The least used one goes no matter how much I like it.
Wiping them with a damp microfiber every once in a while is nice and brings joy, because any skin oil, dust or smudge is gone in the process. I also never blast music loudly through them. So yeah, it's why I buy brand new. I will never know how the previous owner treated their headphones. The possibilities are endless of what pre-owned headphones could say if they could talk. I'd rather pay more and feel assured that they didn't go through any funky business.
Hearing just how proud of an owner like yourself treats their equipment gives me confidence in buying second, obliviously buyer-beware, but with the magnitude of fellow hobbyist like yourself, I feel that little bit better when buying used audio gear site-unseen.
Can't say that with other hobby's say - Used video card market with all this mining going on. :D
I too, have gifted quite a few headphones away to loved ones (especially my wife! :D) and in a karmatic way, I've received really nice audio gear for very decent prices from others in this community.
Anyways, back on track. How about these Ether CX's? Anyone jumped on board yet?