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    Has anyone here ever experimented with headwear while listening? We had a go one evening when "dazed and confused". We found that donning a cricket umpire's hat there was an effect akin to 'surround sound', giving a sense of being at a live gig.

    We then tried a baseball cap worn backward, and this performed similarly, although I didn't stick with this for long as I became aware that I was looking like a right knob.

    Lastly we tried a bobble hat, which certainly calmed the higher frequencies somewhat, but did make the overall sound a bit 'woolly'.

    These were the only hats we had to hand, can anyone suggest others worth trying? As a cheap alternative to room treatments this could be worthwhile
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    how about a miners helmet, might make the backround even blacker
    Quote Originally Posted by Pigmy Pony View Post
    Has anyone here ever experimented with headwear while listening? We had a go one evening when "dazed and confused". We found that donning a cricket umpire's hat there was an effect akin to 'surround sound', giving a sense of being at a live gig.

    We then tried a baseball cap worn backward, and this performed similarly, although I didn't stick with this for long as I became aware that I was looking like a right knob.

    Lastly we tried a bobble hat, which certainly calmed the higher frequencies somewhat, but did make the overall sound a bit 'woolly'.

    These were the only hats we had to hand, can anyone suggest others worth trying? As a cheap alternative to room treatments this could be worthwhile
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    I find a full face biking helmet doesn't really help.
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    I recommend trying a tight fitting turban if your system sounds shite..

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    Cowboy hat - you'll get the urge for some Country. Or Western. Or the Village People.
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    Or a homburg when listening to Procul Harum.
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    I like wearing an eye-patch and a pirate's costume.

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    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

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    I like to wear an old-fashioned diving helmet filled with cotton wool when listening to anything by Genesis, or Mark Bolan.
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    Yes, I move to that when someone plays Steely Dan!

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW18.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyTD View Post
    how about a miners helmet, might make the backround even blacker
    I wonder what a purple helmet would evoke?

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW18.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


    Protect your HUMAN RIGHTS and REFUSE ANY *MANDATORY* VACCINE FOR COVID-19!

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