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My living room is my music room, the place I go to enjoy the quiet, the alone, and the peacefulness.

For those curious

The headphones are (from left to right); SR-5, SR-X Mk2 and the SR-404. All three are from the Japanese Stax. The first two are rather old (1975 and 1972, respectively), the latter being rather new (1999).

I use the Gemini PT-2000II record player. Even though it’s actually for DJ-ing, I only use it for casual listening. Inside the closet I’ve got the ART DJPRE II Phono Preamplifier.

For amplification, I’m using the Stax SRM006t tube amplifier for headphones, and the Sony TA-N330ES power amplifier to power the apparently rather unknown Loth-X Ion 3 horn speakers.

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Over the past year I’ve acquired a few headphones, mostly because I’ve been closely following Stax sales and upgrading to a higher-end model as I found them. While I’ll sell the SR-X Mk2 (the middle one — it really doesn’t fit me well), I wanted to capture this moment, as it’s not too common to see a few like these together. Also, I had not yet shown the bamboo headphone stand I have recently found and purchased from a great little Etsy store (Thanks so much guys!).

For those curious

The headphones are (from left to right); SR-5, SR-X Mk2 and the SR-404. All three are from the Japanese Stax. The first two are rather old (1975 and 1972, respectively), the latter being rather new (1999).

omnia-ii-unbox-01And so, here we are. Three years in since the birth of Uncle Steve’s Jesus Phone, world’s most technologically advanced country (short of Japan, I guess) can now finally enjoy the wond’rous phone. After months of it’s coming soon now!, it kind of feels a bit too little too late for me, but I’m glad to see the phone here. At first I wasn’t sure how well it would go over here, but with over 60.000 iPhones pre-ordered in the first weekend, I’m guessing it’ll do just fine.

But I digress.

I was reading an article on Engadget, and was both amused and shocked by the responses people left on Samsung’s new amazing new Omnia II. I was fortunate enough to be able to gently stroke one myself, and must say that I wholeheartedly agree with what most people say. This thing is beyond horrible. Mostly because of that near-ancient Windows Mobile 6.5 it’s running on, but I can’t say I’m enjoying the not-all-that-touch-sensitive touchscreen, but perhaps I’m too spoiled with, you know, an actually working touch screen.

The screen itself is very crisp, I have to admit that. Apparently it boasts an AMOLED display, which might explain how awesome it looks. I think it would be a delight to watch HD(-ish) videos on that puppy.

Now, onto the juicy stuff, quotes from a few commenters on the aforementioned Engadget post;

I played with this at a local Bell store up here in Toronto and I was not impressed…the UI was neither intuitive nor responsive.

Honestly this thing is an experimentation in how many bad UI’s and and OS’s you can combine.

I feel bad for all the people waiting for this phone thinking it’s gonna be good.

The sad thing is that someone will buy this.

I would have trouble signing up for a 2 year contract for such ancient hardware, no matter how they tried to polish it by hiding the WM interface and giving it such a gorgeous looking screen.

resistive, slow response, real old technology nowdays. crappy. peroid.

Meh, would have been really nice… 2 years ago.

And also, on a more personal note to the guy making the Engadget hands-on review; How hard is it to control that freaking camera? Turn that auto-focus off next time, pretty please. Tanks.

So, how well will the iPhone do in Korea? Pretty well, I’d say. Competition is near non-existent right now, but I really do hope Samsung, LG, and even the Japanese brands that have been floating around here for ages will kick it up a notch (or six) and make some decent competition for the iPhone. It’ll take some drastic measures to get these people to change the way they think, though.

To wishful thinking!