Waiting for FedEx to Open
And that was it.
With in-ear headphones, so much depends on getting a good fit. A bad fit can leave you with external soundsconversations, sirens, ringtones, whatevercreeping in and marring your music, can leave you with sloppy bass or truncated highs, can leave you sad and confused. It's not nice.
I pinched the earphones' gray soft flex sleeves and inserted them into my ears. As the foam expanded, all outside sounds slowly faded awayI had created a good and tight seal. When you get it right, you just know it. I had gotten it right. The world was nearly gone. People came in and out of view, silently and strangely, as if they weren't even real. Now, on the iMod, I selected "Shuffle." Fifth generation iMods require sending the output signal through the iPod's dock connector pins via an ALO Audio Dock Cable in conjunction with a headphone amp. I didn't have a headphone amp or the ALO cable with me, so I wasn't actually utilizing Vinnie Rossi's modifications, but all of my music files use Apple Lossless encoding and sound excellent. The music came and I was gone, too.
Here's what I heard:
Sufjan Stevens: "Casimir Pulaski Day"
Ray Charles: "Let's Go Get Stoned"
Trans Am: "Bad Cat"
Modest Mouse: "Dark Center of the Universe"
Henry Fiol: "No Hay Mal Que Por Bien No Venga"
Al Green: "Oh Me Oh My"
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan: "Deus Ibi Est"
Bob Dylan: "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again"
Richard Buckner: "Numbered"
The music was beautiful and lifelike and moving. Even with this small, modest system, I was enjoying a quality hi-fi experience. I've been thinking about this thread in the forum, asking myself, "What do I expect from my stereo?"
Whatever the answer may be, I really wouldn't ask for much more than what the Red Wine Audio iMod and Shure earphones offered: I was taken to another place, I forgot myself, the issue of time dissolved into a meaningless nothing, I was happy and calm and free.