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yes, to some Grados sound too 'forward.' They can be fatiguing after listening for a while, especially when listening to mp3's which tend to sound 'tiny' compared to the uncompressed version.
I started to notice that quite a bit today, i just thought it was due to three days of use...
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Aura, how are you liking the C&C box? I have no doubt I'll be upgrading amps soon, and I'm looking at portables around that price range. Any opinions you'd care to share?
The C&C Box v2 actually isn't in production anymore - it was replaced with the C&C Box+, which to my knowledge is a slighty better version (virtually identical on the exterior, but with different sound adjustments, etc.).

I will admit that the primary reason I bought this amp was because it was in my budget at the time - I bought it at quite a discount from Soloz. Here's how I would rate it:

Appearance/Asthetics - 4/5. Simple, yet elegant. A paradox perhaps, but I like the design. Small footprint - it's exactly the same length and width as an iPod Mini.

Build Quality - 4/5. It's solid. The volume knob is slick and a little difficult to turn at times, but this is a minor gripe. The Green LED is simple and straight to the point.

Audio - 3.5/5. The three additional knobs on the back adjust vocals, lows/mids, and soundstage, respectively. The only one I use is soundstage, it works pretty well overall, but with genres such as rock it seems to only amplifiy the guitar lines in order to imitate a widened soundstage. The switch for low/mid adjustment is pretty much crap, I never have nor will use it in my lifetime. It makes the freq's sound all distorted and greatly out of proportion. I am content with both treble and bass - the treble is maybe a little weak compared to other amps but I'm still fine with it.

Basically, if you can find a C&C a bit below retail price, go for it. But in all honesty, I would recommend scouring Head-Fi for a Mini3 portable amp - I have seen Rockhopper and MisterX Mini3's go anywhere from $80 to a little over $100. This is a Do-It-Yourself amp that has an insane amount of value at used prices. Amps that are noticeably better than a Mini3 are likely to cost you well over $200.

Hope I could help, take care.
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MP3Fiesta.com kicks butt!

You all should check out this site.

You have to dig around and find your preferred artists that have 320kbs mp3's available, but if you do dig you'll find quite a bit available at high bit rates.

The prices are insanely low!

I just picked up the following albums, all at either 256 or 320kbs:

The Waterboys - This Is The Sea (Disc 1)
Waterboys - The Best of the Waterboys 1981-1990
Waterboys - This is the Sea
Nick Drake - Family Tree
Nick Drake - Way to Blue: An Introduction to Nick Drake
Soundgarden - Louder Than Love
Son Volt - A Retrospective: 1995-2000
Son Volt - Switchback
Son Volt - Wide Swing Tremolo
Midlake - Trials Of Van Occupanther
Midlake - Bamnan and Slivercork


...

The kicker?

Each full album cost me about $1.50 each!

10 full albums for about 11 dollars! ***!!?? Great deal.

Like I said, many of the MP3's there are 128kbs, which is just not acceptable, but if you dig around you'll find some select albums at high bit rates.

A great value considering the price. I put 20 dollars credit in and I've still got about 10 albums to download. 20 albums for 20 bucks is just stupid good.

Just a heads up.

www.mp3fiesta.com

    
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Damn. Do they take paypal? **** them if they don't, I'm not buying any.
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Damn. Do they take paypal? **** them if they don't, I'm not buying any.
No paypal. I was bugged too ... but I still took out a debit card just to download.

That's just way to good of a deal for 320kbs files.

I just finished downloading Sugartooth's debut (and only?) album.

I can't believe they had it on there!

Sugartooth was a HUGELY riffed out stoner rock band out of california in the late 90's. Their drummer was Joey Castillo, after he left playing for Glen Danzig (he now plays with Josh Homme and the Desert Sessions). I saw sugartooth many times here in Houston and also in Austin, Tx. Sick sick riffs. Here's the download page at MP3fiesta: http://www.mp3fiesta.com/sugartooth_album34972/

The samples suck ... but the 256kbs and above full mp3's sound spot on.
    
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Free Sounds that PWN
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I just found these free binaural downloads over at Headfi.org.

If you have a quality set of open headphones, these tracks will seriously freak you out. The three dimensional space created is just uncanny. Sort of made my throat itch ... my ears sort of tickle and really just made me look around my room a bit (listening through the Grado RS1's).

Great tracks.

1. Cerini - Holophonic - a crazy environmental bit with someone striking matches and walking around the microphone shaking the matchbox. Really eerie 3D imaging. I swear I smelled sulfur after the first strike.

2. Carta 3D - another 'holophonic' type recording with sounds of confetti or bits of paper flying around the listener.

3. Various MP3's at Sonic Studios - follow the link to hear quite a few decent ambient/environmental tracks. I especially like the "Time of Bells" tracks.

4. Milwaukee Symphony Goes Binaural - this article at Stereophile contains a really nice recording of the Milwaukee symphony. Here's a streaming version should you care to listen now:


...

Otherwise ... there's a lot more to be found at headfi.org. Here's the thread I pulled the above items from: Binaural at Headfi.org

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Yes, but does a line exist somewhere? What if someone claims that a pair of airplane headphones sounds better than the Sony MDR-R10?

I mean yes, there is a lot of subjectivity involved in audio -- but is there a line drawn somewhere?
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Well some say that there would be a line, but what if someone likes the sound from airplane headphones because their ears are damaged or for some other possible reason?
there is a line, there has to be. Without a line we would have to acknowledge that bose is good... I mean look at all the consumers who don't know any better... do they really know something that we don't? Without a line would we have to give way and say that bose is just as good as sennheiser or akg?
No, we don't have to admit that because there is a line and almost everyone who has heard a pair of real cans side by side with a pair of bose will agree that the bose suck.

Sound is subjective and each person will have a slightly different ideal, but each and every one of those ideals are built upon a foundation of what sounds good. For example a wide soundstage is just about universally considered to be good. Muddy bass is universally considered bad.

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The C&C Box v2 actually isn't in production anymore - it was replaced with the C&C Box+, which to my knowledge is a slighty better version (virtually identical on the exterior, but with different sound adjustments, etc.).

I will admit that the primary reason I bought this amp was because it was in my budget at the time - I bought it at quite a discount from Soloz. Here's how I would rate it:

Appearance/Asthetics - 4/5. Simple, yet elegant. A paradox perhaps, but I like the design. Small footprint - it's exactly the same length and width as an iPod Mini.

Build Quality - 4/5. It's solid. The volume knob is slick and a little difficult to turn at times, but this is a minor gripe. The Green LED is simple and straight to the point.

Audio - 3.5/5. The three additional knobs on the back adjust vocals, lows/mids, and soundstage, respectively. The only one I use is soundstage, it works pretty well overall, but with genres such as rock it seems to only amplifiy the guitar lines in order to imitate a widened soundstage. The switch for low/mid adjustment is pretty much crap, I never have nor will use it in my lifetime. It makes the freq's sound all distorted and greatly out of proportion. I am content with both treble and bass - the treble is maybe a little weak compared to other amps but I'm still fine with it.

Basically, if you can find a C&C a bit below retail price, go for it. But in all honesty, I would recommend scouring Head-Fi for a Mini3 portable amp - I have seen Rockhopper and MisterX Mini3's go anywhere from $80 to a little over $100. This is a Do-It-Yourself amp that has an insane amount of value at used prices. Amps that are noticeably better than a Mini3 are likely to cost you well over $200.

Hope I could help, take care.
For the money the C&C is a good amp. If you can spend a bit more than there are better alternatives such as the mini3.

The mini3 is a considerable step up from the c&c for just a little more, but the amp is larger, heavier and DIY, which some will not like. It also has less than half the battery life.

On the other hand, the c&c is one of the best portable amps I've found to make Senns sing with rock.
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Yes, but does a line exist somewhere? What if someone claims that a pair of airplane headphones sounds better than the Sony MDR-R10?

I mean yes, there is a lot of subjectivity involved in audio -- but is there a line drawn somewhere?
yep there is a line... but very flexible line..... someone actually prefer HD2xx over HD6xx.....
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yep there is a line... but very flexible line..... someone actually prefer HD2xx over HD6xx.....
yes, those are the same people who prefer closed cans to open cans... lol
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For the money the C&C is a good amp. If you can spend a bit more than there are better alternatives such as the mini3.

The mini3 is a considerable step up from the c&c for just a little more, but the amp is larger, heavier and DIY, which some will not like. It also has less than half the battery life.

On the other hand, the c&c is one of the best portable amps I've found to make Senns sing with rock.
I did list mostly negative aspects, didn't I? Don't get me wrong, the C&C has served me very well and really was a wise decision on my part to choose it as my first amp (and a wise decision by you to recommend it ).

I feel like I'm ready to move up now, so more often not that I listen to the amp while thinking critically, listening for any incompetancies that I wish were improved. This attitude, combined with reading threads in Head-Fi's amp section is starting to give me a bit of upgradititus.
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