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  1. pwjazz

    Ideas for Building a New Flat Plate Measurement Rig

    Good question, I haven't really paid much attention to them as I focus mostly on frequency response. When I get a chance I'll take a look.
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    Ideas for Building a New Flat Plate Measurement Rig

    You could try something like crinacle's approach: https://crinacle.com/graphs/headphones/ I personally use an in ear mic capsule mounted in some Symbio W hybrid tips and take measurements on my own head using my natural outer ear. I reference everything to my HD58X's measurements as a...
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    Objectivist friendly and wallet friendly IEM?

    I can recommend the QKZ VK4 on sound. I paid $16 for one and it's got a very natural timbre, solid bass, and a pleasant treble. I only got it yesterday so I can't comment on durability. It feels almost identical to a KZ ZST, which is to say light and cheap, but probably robust enough. Comfort is...
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    HD6XX bass

    A better and may help some, but only to a point. The HD6?? headphones are wonderful, but their bass distortion is not competitive with planar magnetic nor modern moving coil designs like the Focal Elex.
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    Expensive headphones that sound bad

    I do hope to try some ZMFs one day. Crinacle has started measuring headphones, including some ZMFs. He uses a non-standard rig (a frankenstein based on MiniDSP E.A.R.S.), so take the measurements with a grain of salt. Comparing his Eikon measurements with the HD650, I see a few notable...
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    Anyone else just not bothered by home theatre?

    The only time we get to watch movies are after the kids have gone to bed, so large sound is not a priority. 2.0 for the win.
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    Expensive headphones that sound bad

    This might be the first time I've seen someone call a ZMF headphone terrible. I've never actually heard one myself. Please do tell ...
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    Subjective descriptors for audible transparency (that aren't BS)

    It occurs to me that I contributed to us getting off topic, apologies to @Incursio ! The original question was how to describe the benefits of audible transparency using audiophile-friendly language. I already made a suggestion, curious to hear what more there are.
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    Subjective descriptors for audible transparency (that aren't BS)

    Love that site! It was very useful in figuring out how to archive my music collection and in what format to distribute it to my listening devices.
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    Subjective descriptors for audible transparency (that aren't BS)

    Gosh, I can't help myself, I must answer ... You could try building a hardware ABX tester and using the software that I wrote to control it if that'll make you feel better. I did this fairly early in my still young audiophile journey and the exercise quickly convinced me that differences...
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    Subjective descriptors for audible transparency (that aren't BS)

    It seems that you have made up your mind about me, so there's nothing else to discuss. I'm going to get back to listening, measuring and reading in an effort to better understand why I hear what I hear.
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    Subjective descriptors for audible transparency (that aren't BS)

    What I "believe" I hear varies greatly depending on time of day, mood, how I slept and ate, prior activities that day, etc. Not even remotely. Observation is a critical element of science, and for me is often the starting point of understanding. I'm able to enjoy a golden sunset without...
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    Subjective descriptors for audible transparency (that aren't BS)

    I don't. I'm interested in enjoying music. Measurements are only interesting in so far as they relate to what I hear when listening to music, so anything that scientifically correlates audio perception with technical measurements is gold to me.
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    Subjective descriptors for audible transparency (that aren't BS)

    Objectivists and subjectivist both sometimes miss the forest for the trees. 1. Transducers (speakers, headphones) matter a lot more than source gear, as long as that source gear doesn't have horrible distortion or a high noise floor with the given transducer, so I find little use in obsessing...
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    Upgrade from a 58X?

    Okay, I've posted a video about the HD58X curtain mod, I hope some of you find it useful or at least interesting.
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    Recommendation for Ear simulator kits for IEM measurement

    If you have access to a calibrated handheld SPL meter, you might be able to take measurements of nearfield speakers with both that and your mic and calibrate to that...
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    Your Favorite ~$100 Multi-Input DAC?

    I would vote Topping D10 if it were an option. Performance is plenty good and the display is a nice bonus, plus you can save a little money.
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    Objectivist friendly and wallet friendly IEM?

    The overall tonal balance looks extremely similar, especially in the critical midrange. Except for 12k and above, the treble differences are only a few dB, and measurements up in the high treble tend to be less precise because of differences in insertion depth, ear canal anatomy and ear tip...
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    Objectivist friendly and wallet friendly IEM?

    The IE40 measures really similarly to the Andromeda on a 2.5 ohm source.
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