That is what I took from an iChat AV conversation with someone who has real golden ears - the sort that get used in a certain well known symphony, music conservatory and ultra-high end recording firm.
I have never tried these and am unlikely to as they are way to expensive for my purposes and ears - I do promise a thorough review if someone wants to give me a set though...
From my notes. You visit an audiologist to have impressions made of your ear canals. These and a check for about $550 go to Ultimate Ears for a set of EU5C earphones.
He notes fit is great (it should be) .. he has been using Etymotic Research ER-4S earphones with a small class A preamp (!) on his home system. He uses ER-4Ps on his iPod (interestingly enough this guy is very happy with AAC compression at 192 kbps).
The claim is these "aren't that much more expensive than ER-4Ss once you have custom impressions made and the sound quality is a bit better..."
I guess you pay your money and take your pick. I am completely happy with my much less expensive Etymptic ER-6 transducers. I suspect I would not be able to detect a sonic difference between them and EU5Cs.
Whew -- its good to know that those running the administration sense the desperation on the part of those fighting the "coalition" ... I guess they can see the light at the end of the tunnel. (the following are quotes that appeared in an email making its way around the net)
"We cannot afford to allow Iraq to revert to the remnants of the Baathist regime that now ranges throughout Iraq in their desperate bid for influence and power."
-- Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, May 22, New York Times
"I think they're desperate. I think they're becoming less and less organized. This is not guerrilla warfare. It is not close to guerrilla warfare, because it's not coordinated, it's not organized and it's not led."
-- Maj. Gen. Ray Odierno, Commander U.S. Army 4th Infantry, quoted June 19, Agence Press France
"[U.S. chief administrator in Iraq Paul Bremer] also said that though he wished that Saddam Hussein were in custody or dead, 'every evidence' suggested that he was not in charge of the well-orchestrated resistance and that the Iraqis attacking allied forces 'are a small group of desperatemen -- they do not pose a strategic threat to the Iraqi people or to the coalition.'"
-- New York Times, July 6
"I think as we make political progress here we'll see more violence, more desperation for a time, and it's the nature of the enemy that we're fighting. So we shouldn't underestimate how hard they might fight."
-- U.S. military commander for Iraq, Gen. John Abizaid, quoted in the Los Angeles Times, July 21
"And as we have more successes across the board, we should be prepared for more desperate attacks against our forces and the Iraqi people. But we will not be deterred."
-- White House spokesman Scott McClellan at press briefing
"'We see this more as a desperation move,' Gen. Odierno said. 'And I think in a way, it's backfiring, because we've found when they do this, it's causing more Iraqis to come in and give us information.'"
-- Sunday Mirror, July 27
"I think that what you're seeing is that the more progress we make, the more desperatethese terrorists become. The terrorist attack yesterday in Baghdad only reinforced the importance of what we are doing."
-- McClellan, Aug. 20 briefing
"President Bush was defiant today. He said: 'Every sign of progress in Iraq adds to thedesperation of the terrorists and the remnants of Saddam's brutal regime. The civilized world will not be intimidated, and these killers will not determine the future of Iraq.'"
-- New York Times, Aug. 20
"The more progress we make in Iraq, the more desperate the terrorists will become. Freedom is a threat to their way of life."
-- Bush, New York Times, Aug. 27
"Our military leaders have said that some of these attacks have become more sophisticated, but what you're really seeing is that the more progress we make, the moredesperate these killers become."
-- McClellan, Aug. 27 briefing.
"I'm not trying to put a gloss on a bad day, but this was a desperate reaction to the real signs of progress."
-- Anonymous senior Bush advisor, Time magazine, Sept. 1
"And that is why, five months after we liberated Iraq, a collection of killers isdesperately trying to undermine Iraq's progress and throw the country into chaos."
-- Bush's nationally televised speech, Sept. 7
"First, that Iraq is still a dangerous place. They also show, I think, the desperation -- thedesperation of the adversaries that we face. We're actively engaged in rooting out this threat with more and more Iraqis coming forward with information and a willingness to help us."
-- Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testifying before Congress, Sept. 9
"Enemies of freedom are making a desperate stand there and they must and will be defeated. The building of a new Iraq also provides opportunity for a different kind of Middle East."
-- National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Oct. 8 speech at Chicago Council of Foreign Relations
"We're fighting on many fronts and now Iraq is the central front. Saddam holdouts and foreign terrorists are trying desperately to undermine Iraq's progress and to throw that country into chaos."
-- Bush, speaking at Air National Guard base, Oct. 9
"It's the central front in the war on terrorism, and foreign terrorists and remnants of the former regime are desperate because they know we are making significant progress. We are achieving successes."
-- McClellan, Oct. 10 briefing
"A visibly disturbed Wolfowitz, who was whisked from the hotel, denounced the attack as 'the desperate acts of a dying regime of criminals' but could not guarantee that the Rashid Hotel could be fully protected against them."
-- Oct. 26, Agence Press France
"Even with the number and sophistication of the daily attacks accelerating, Mr. Bush's response to questions about how the United States should respond has become almost automatic: The United States is slowly winning hearts and minds, and making Saddam Hussein's loyalists 'more desperate' each day."
-- Oct. 27, New York Times
"I think the reason they are doing this is because they want to get as much attention as they can and they are becoming more and more desperate each day."
-- Maj. Gen. Odierno, Fox News Channel, Oct. 27
"Their desperate attacks on innocent civilians will not intimidate us or the brave Iraqis and Afghans who are joining in their own defense and who are moving toward self-government."
-- Bush's Oct. 28 press conference
"I believe there will be a time when they become more and more desperate, that the regime loyalists will look to go to foreign fighters and try to integrate with them, but we have not seen that so far."
A most amazing message from the folks who monitor geophysical activity - I have never seen an all latitudes warning
A severe geomagnetic storm is in progress on Oct. 30th. It began at
approximately 1700 UT when a coronal mass ejection (CME) struck our
planet's magnetic field--the second such impact in as many days. The CME
was hurled toward Earth yesterday by an X10-class explosion from giant
sunspot 486. Sky watchers at all latitudes should be alert for auroras
after local nightfall.
It seems researchers are Ohio University have been studying Pterosaur skulls using CT scans and have determined two species had massive portions of grey matter devoted to the flocculus. They postulate this was necessary to provide fine control in flight - Pterosaurs may have been wonderful flyers.
The Virginia Tech cluster of 1100 G5 computers may have broken 10 TFLOPs by the time I type this - one person on the project thinks they will end up somewhere between 11 and 12. For $5 million and change this happens to be one of the better deals out there.
So Cindy points this out ... it seems Srinidhi Varadarajan, lead on the cluster, had never used a Mac before. She also said the Dell bid on a similar cluster would have cost $9M and would have had lower performance.
Srinidhi's talk has been blogged in several places. Here is a good sample. The good news is much of this is being open sourced and they will be offering a cookbook for 64 machine clusters (and presumably above).
So it took 500 to 600 pizzas to cover the labor...
Converting traditional film images to a digital format can be labor intensive and expensive. Film scanners are much better suited to the task than flatbed scanners - Nikon has announced something with very desirable specifications - the Coolscan 9000 ED. Nearly 100 megapixels for 6x7 medium format film. This isn't close to the ultimate resolution of the film, but will offer impressive detail for most applications and 100 megapixel images are non-trivial to work with in Photoshop - tools like this will clearly push machines like the G5 Macintosh.
Apparently it will be out in North America early next year. There is no hint on price.