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About red_ryder

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  • Birthday 06/13/1974

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  • Headphones
    DT-931(modded with Neutrik plug), DT-770 Pro
  • Headphone amplifiers
    Spark HA-1A
  • Sources
    Denon DCD-810, Philips Q50 dvdp
  • Other equipment
    Yamaha RV-995 receiver; Klotz GY107 + Neutrik Profi RCA
  • Team:
    Team Beyer

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  • Interests
    Classical, Jazz vocals, Acapella, New Age, pop oldies (60s to late 70s)<br><br>Fav Singers/bands : Elton John (oldies), Sting, Beatles, Eagles, Eric Clapton
  1. Hi all, The thin layer of foam covering the drivers of my trusty old HD600s finally ripped. My ears stick out and rub against the drivers, and it hurts without the foam lining. I'm reluctant to fork out $70+ USD for a set of replacement velour pads and foam. Anyone knows where I can get replacement for some DIY? thanks in advance!
  2. Hi, I've tried numerous brands of ear-buds in the last ten years, and they rarely last more than a year before I lose sound in one side. Brands I've tried - Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Crossroads, Audiotechnica, and most recently a pair of Sennheiser sports buds. They lasted barely 8 months. I really would like a rugged pair that can last 2 or more years, sound quality is not important as I mostly listen to audiobooks and podcasts. Comfort is number one criteria, followed by ruggedness. Any advice?
  3. Hi guys, I'm looking for either active noise canceling or true isolating earbuds. I've tried so-called isolating buds (like Sony EX71) but they don't work that well in noisy environments like on a plane or a hawker center. Here's my criteria - 1. Music reproduction not an issue - I listen to audiobooks and podcasts only. Which is why sound isolation is critical - every word counts. 2. Comfort and ease of wearing. Easy to put in and take out of my ears. 3. Size. Prefer not to have a large battery unit, but not a critical issue. 4. Price. Less than $150 if possible Any options in the market?
  4. Hi guys. I'm using my headphones for both music and dvds. Unfortunately the headamp only has 1 set of inputs. What is the most convenient way to switch between the cd and dvd player without sacrificing audio quality? 2nd question - my dvd player is connected via hdmi to the tv. Does it matter much (in terms of audio quality) for watching movies If I just plug the headphones (senn hd-600) to the tv headphone jack? I've watched dvds this way and they sounded perfectly ok. But last night I tried watching a movie on mio-TV and it sounded awful. Had to crank up the volume like crazy, no bass, and dialogue was very soft. Must be the poor quality of the source. thanks in advance!
  5. I bought an Icute headphone amplifier 2 months ago, and hardly used it (maybe only once a week). Last night upon plugging in my HD600s, I could only get sound from the right side. If I pull out the headphone jack halfway, I get sound from the left side. I'm disappointed with the product. The headphone jack should be designed to be very lasting as you will plug in and plug out very frequently! How could it fail so quickly?
  6. haha! The upgrade cycle never ends, does it? I like Headfi's motto - welcome to Headfi, sorry about your wallet. Cable is a low priority at the moment. I should probably change my source first, as I'm still using a Denon universal player, the 2910. I used to own the NAD C542 but sold it off to finance something else. Now regretting that decision and wish I had it back. I'm also feeling the itch to buy more CDs now. It was so awesome using the HD600 (and the Icute amp) for the first time. My first high-end headphones, and my first dedicated headamp. Was using my HT receiver (+ DT 931s) previously and they just cannot compare. I actually got off the sofa and started dancing in the living room (with the lights off!). Some old favourites brought tears to my eyes, and I fell in love with my music collection all over again
  7. Agree with all your points, the HD600 just simply sounds better than the DT990 and marginally better than the DT880. I bought the HD600 eventually.
  8. I joined in 2003, was active for a while then stopped in 2004/5 when I was busy with my second child and work. Only came back last month and started posting again. Seems like a lot of the old guys have disappeared? Ramiesh? Mackie? I bought my first set of Beyers from him, very friendly guy. Then I see some threads here and there about some controversy with Jaben, but I don't what the full story is. Anyone want to enlighten me or point me to where I can get the story?
  9. I'm looking for a specific classical recording, tried Gramaphone and Roxy Music but they don't have it. Any other shops in Singapore with a good selection of classical music CDs?
  10. My Beyer DT931s come with a 1/4" jack, so I connected it to an adapter before plugging into the Firestone Icute amp. There was a lot of static, and the sound was mono. But when using the exact same adapter on the Sennheiser HD-600, it sounded perfectly ok. Why is that so? Now I'm afraid to buy another 1/4" to 1/8" adapter in case the same thing happens again. Anyone has advice?
  11. Hi guys, I'm thinking of getting tube headphone amps, but read online about over-heating issue? My setup is not in an air-conditioned room, and I plan to put the amp inside a HT cabinet. I can't leave it out in the open otherwise my children will touch it and possibly break the tubes. So do you reckon I can leave the amp inside an enclosed space? What is the worse thing that could happen? I estimate that maximum I will use the amp for 3-4 hours at one go.
  12. I'm still new at this, so please don't flame me. Just wanted to share some feelings about both phones. I started out auditioning the Senn HD555, then DT770 and DT150. Finally tried out the DT880 and it was my favourite of the bunch. The music felt light and airy, very clear definition, smooth vocals, not overly bright. On a whim, I thought of comparing it with the HD600 since it was roughly the same price, and HD650 was not available for testing. The song used for testing was Diana Krall's Look of Love. Wow, a huge difference in character! Once I heard the HD600, I couldn't go back to DT880. To be fair, the vocals are a bit harsher on the senns, but the music just seems more alive and impactful. In comparison, the 880s felt boring. Especially when it came to the piano solo - on the hd600 each note felt distinct and the piano solo stood out. The first time I heard the song on the DT880 I didn't even notice the piano solo, it just felt like part of the background music. The notes kind of blended together. I wonder if anyone else feels this way? Tomorrow I need to bring more CDs to Jaben for testing, maybe some pop, rock and classical too.
  13. Are the grey Beyer earpads washable? I bought a DT931 from Mackie 4 yrs ago, and the grey color is now closer to brown. I'm thinking of just dumping the ear pads into the washing machine, but afraid of what might happen. Anyone tried washing their earpads before? The cans still sound great though, lusher and less harsh compared to when I first bought them. The weak point for me is the bass. Anyone still using DT931 in the forum here? I also just ordered a set of 2mth-old Audio Technica ATH-ANC7 noise cancelling phones from headfi at US$90 (shipped to my bro in the US). What a steal! Mostly for use when I travel, but I wonder how it will compare to the DT931 at home?
  14. Both the sponge on my beyer and philips headphones have torn off, and now the white driver is exposed. Also very uncomfortable to wear. If you look at the attached pic, I'm talking about the center portion. Any suggestions on where I can get replacements in Singapore?
  15. Not the wireless kind, but those that come with battery powered speaker units. You know, the type that sales promoters wear when doing demonstrations in shopping malls and markets? The speaker is clipped to the belt and the mic is hooked over the ear. Anyone knows where I can get something like this, and roughly how much will it cost? Below $50 can get?
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