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[#] Fri Apr 21 2006 10:26:52 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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I tend to think that the Phantom should've used the noose on Sarah Brightman.. Not a fan.

[#] Fri Apr 21 2006 10:36:27 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I liked her performance there... but then, the role was made for her.

[#] Sat May 06 2006 01:55:07 EDT from 2Dog @ Uncensored

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Saw the *docu-drama* Hysteria which recounts the story of Def Leppard.
Not good.
But not bad.


[#] Thu May 11 2006 13:44:48 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Has anyone purchased relatively high-end ear buds before?

I just bought a pair of super.fi LE ultimate ears earphones for listening to my iPod on the train. Out of curiosity, I tried them out while I was working.

Holy cow... it really deadened the ambient noise in my office, allowing me to really focus on just the music. And the music sounded pretty good. I noticed that I had to keep the volume much more quiet on the iPod than usual; if I had left the iPod at my normal volumn, I would have probably screamed like a little girl.

I had assumed when I purchased this that it used noise cancelling technology... but I see now that they use something much more basic; a very, very tight seal, and damned good speakers.

[#] Thu May 11 2006 14:01:00 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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careful fleeb. earbuds are already known to be much more hearing-damaging than regular 'phones. not sure whether the seal makes those worse or better than basic earbuds...

[#] Thu May 11 2006 14:10:00 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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Yea, when earbuds are used on stage for monitoring, a limiter is an absolute requirement because they are capable of such high output.

[#] Thu May 11 2006 14:39:42 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I'm definately intending to be careful with these.

I generally pay attention to my ears. When I get the feeling that I'm a little 'worn', I stop. I've practiced this with earbuds for a long while now.

Although, I suppose if I should lose my hearing, I've got a good leg up on speaking sign language.

[#] Fri May 12 2006 14:02:18 EDT from mosephine @ Uncensored

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fleeb, i believe i have those exact earbuds :) and i got them for my iPod for a similar reason (trying to listen to music on the train to work). i keep the volume much lower than with normal headphones and they suite me well. the only slightly irritating part for me is that i can't just take them off and shove them in my pocket - i actually have to put them back in their little pouch ;) i know, such a hardship.

[#] Fri May 12 2006 14:14:34 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Heh.. yes, you do need to treat them with a little more care, since they're spiffier.

I have noticed one other little annoying thing... I don't think it provides very good bass response. I can hear bass, but it's not very bright (if that makes sense to anyone). It's just sort of there... lacks presence.

I've also noticed that I, too, keep the volume much lower... and I don't mean just in terms of the volume setting on the iPod. Since it deadens the background noise so much, I can turn down the relative volume and still hear the music. I couldn't do that very well before; I had to raise the volume to a point that was loud enough to overpower the background noise.

[#] Fri May 12 2006 16:23:16 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I bought a set of noise cancelling headphones recently too, but they were full size cans rather than buds. Amazing how much the price has come down since they were first introduced. Buds are spiffy but they tend to fall out of your ears when you move around. :)

[#] Fri May 12 2006 16:26:06 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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**makes mental note to get a line-input jack installed in the base of my skull**


[#] Fri May 12 2006 16:33:39 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I think a line output would be more interesting. Then you could actually record the little voices inside your head.

[#] Fri May 12 2006 18:12:24 EDT from mosephine @ Uncensored

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my earbuds aren't noise-canceling persay... as fleeb said, they just form a tight seal that blocks excess ambient noise.

[#] Fri May 12 2006 18:18:10 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I think they make noise-cancelling versions of the same, though... but you have to spend about $100 more for them.

Ditto the bit about a line output jack for one's skull... man, if people could hear the music that goes through my mind sometimes...

[#] Fri May 12 2006 18:26:38 EDT from mosephine @ Uncensored

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oh, they definitely do... UltimateEars has a pair that's ~$900 that does all sorts of nifty things. actually, i must modify my statement - i don't actually have "earbuds", what i have are called "in ear monitors" ;)

[#] Fri May 12 2006 21:11:50 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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I think the output line would be bad from my head. As it is I worry about all the times things come out as my out loud voice. An additional output could be very embarassing.

[#] Mon May 15 2006 11:02:17 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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**makes mental note to get a line-input jack installed in the base of

my skull**

DOn't laugh, I know a guy who did this.

He had some problem when he was a kid and lost all hearing in his left ear, so they gave him this thing. I forget exactly what it is now, but basically it transmits the vibrations that the mic picks up mounted behind his ear and vibrates his skull. The idea being that his brain will eventually learn to tell the difference betweek what his good ear hears and what his skull feels in his good ear and he should get some amount of stereo sound back.
And it looks like a line in jack.
gross if you ask me.

[#] Mon May 15 2006 19:11:37 EDT from harry @ Uncensored

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I've done a little research on hearing aids, since my fiance' is hearing impaired and you're close. The jack is to send the signals from what is basically a tiny microphone inside to an electronic device inside the skull that stimulates the auditory nerves in the appropriate way to make him "hear" with an electronic ear or ears.

Fortunately for us, my Fiance' only needs a high-amp hearing aid of conventional design.


But she needs them for both ears, which doubles the cost.


[#] Wed May 24 2006 15:29:30 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Nothing sets my teeth on edge faster than listening to gregorian chant 'performed' with an even tempo, rather than letting the flow of the Latin text determine the rhythm.

[#] Wed May 24 2006 15:34:54 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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chant should not be performed, it should be chanted.

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