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  1. Hard disagree. I moved to Edmonton Alberta (from Halifax NS) several years ago. It’s not a very nice place to live. I was struggling to find regular work as a Land Surveyor (working in the oil field). I had 2 pretty awful years barely making ends meet as an Assistant. I should have been promoted a year ago, but all the land surveying companies were downsizing to nothing. The work was hard and I was constantly insulted and treated like scum. Then I moved to Paris. Lots of work there. I got a job in a week. I am no longer treated like trash, the food is better and working in mild weather is a real treat. And it’s actually a nice city with lots to do. tl;dr Don’t go west. Move to Paris instead (if you work in construction).
  2. The first PC is a pretty darn good deal. I specced a similar PC with an RX 580 for 560 Euro. And that doesn't include Windows, a Wifi card, a keyboard and mouse, SD card reader... EDIT: The case doesn' seem to have any holes though! Well... just a few tiny holes on the side. I don't expect much from the cooling. But it looks nice. I'm so tired of aggressive vents, RGB, and side windows.
  3. LMAO! That's literally what I do for a living. But the equipment I use is very, very expensive. I measure points on the field all day long with a Trimble GPS. Then I plug the data into AutoCAD/Covadis and connect the dots to produce 3D maps. It sounds exciting that way, but it's extremely boring and repetitive. Funnily enough, this job (land surveying) is in extremely high demand in Paris.
  4. IMHO, just get the Bose Quiet Comfort QC 35. They're 250£ on Amazon right now. They're everything you're looking for except for RGB. And the M50x is pretty good, but not exceptionnal. So almost any headphone for £100 or more should sound equal or better.
  5. @zrmaxwell I looked up reviews of the E40 and they’re positive. Just keep in mind that the headphone community is obsessed with value. So if an IEM sounds good for a given price, the community will ignore all competitors with a similar performance at a higher price tag. I don’t think you’re taking much of a risk with the E40.
  6. Well, the HD 681 might just be fine if you’re only gaming. For music they’re awful. You’ll want to stuff the earpads with tissue to soften the highs. You’ll also want to stretch the headband over a stack of books overnight. It’s way too tight out of the box. But your mileage may vary.
  7. Once you go above $300, headphones start getting weirdly inconvenient. You start facing several frustrating problems: - Headphone DAC/AMP combo required. The world of headphones amps and DACs is confusing, expensive and full of snake oil. - Heavy. Some audiophile headphones like the Hifiman HE-400 are quite heavy. And that could put a strain on your neck while you game. It's just not comfortable. - Fragile. Most headphones are made out of plastic for a reason. Plastic is light and sturdy. - High expectations. When you spend a huge sum of money on headphones, you expect to be blown away. That's frequently not the case (especially with dynamic driver headphones). - Differences in sound between brands and models. You could end up disappointed with your purchase, due to a lack of bass or too much treble. This will probably start an "audiophile" journey where you'll purchase several headphones until you find the "right one". As someone said, you won't play better with $1500 headphones compared to $150 ones. I would prioritize comfort above everything else. Please go to an audio store and sample different headphones. Internet advice is just hype. Ultimately, you'll be using the headphones the most. So buy something you enjoy. You have to find out what that is.
  8. The thing is, people who enjoy the SE215 won't like most of the Chi-Fi IEMS. The tuning is completely different. The SE215 is built for maximum comfort with a moderate amount of highs and lows. A lot of Chi-Fi IEMs have aggressively boosted highs and lows for "maximum punch and detail", but that makes them more fatiguing. Personally, I think that there are way too many choices out there. And internet hype is very misleading. You'll basically hear "Just buy the Tin Audios". And if you don't like em', you're S.O.L. Because they're the best, don't ask why (nobody knows why). I just want to try everything (because the more I know, the less I trust internet reviews), but I don't have the money or time. And I also found my perfect IEM: the KEF M100. So to be clear, nobody on the internet can answer any question regarding the Audio Technica E40. They're not hype. Moreover, it's so difficult to compare the SE215 to anything because of their atypical sound. If @zrmaxwell needs any IEM purchasing advice, we can help.
  9. @checkinindza I had the Superlux HD 681 EVO as well. They're the polar opposite of the HD 681. It's as if the community backlash with the 681 was so high (due to the murderous treble), that Superlux completely obliterated the highs on the HD 681 EVO. You get a very relaxed sound, but also the sensation of having cotton balls stuffed in your ear holes. I don't mind the sound, but comfort is similar to the HD 681 where the earcups are annoyingly small and the clamping force of the headband is obnoxiously high. Furthermore, there are noticeable pressure points on top of the head and over the ears. I have no experience with the Stinger or the QPAD. They just seem like your run-of-the-mill closed back headphones. They'll just sound like headphones. Don't expect "amazing soundstage and detail". IMHO, none of these headphones will be incredible for gaming. Don't expect much for 30€. The Superlux HD 681 might have a small edge in "pure gaming performance" due to its highs which are boosted to infinity. You'll certainly get a better spatial feel and more detail than any of the competition with the HD681. There's no contest there. Comfort wise, you may as well wear a crown of thorns instead. But again, my personnal choice would be the AKG K72, purely for comfort reasons (they're very comfy for hours) and also because they sound enjoyable with music. But my priority is music & comfort > gaming.
  10. The Superlux HD 681 is the worst headphone ever made. The highs will make you deaf. If you read up on all forums, the idiots praising this headphone recommended stuffing toilet paper in the earpads because the highs were so murderous. Some guy even welded a resistor to the wire to kill off the highs. The headband is really tight in some areas and loose in others. So comfort is also horrifically bad. Maybe you can score an AKG K72 for 30€ on Amazon. They’re very comfortable and sound pretty good.
  11. I really hate to admit this, but the Beyerdynamic DT 880 is very comfortable and suitable for gaming. But they suck for music. Fight me.
  12. OMG! Wait till you graduate school and start working! Everything slows down a lot. You'll quickly find out that everyone including your bosses is clueless, despite how much they brag about their level experience.
  13. I miss my Polk Audio Soundbar 5000 so much. It was shockingly good for the measly $250 CAD I paid (at Visions). Going back to a small TV with the built-in speakers is torture. I just can't sit through a movie anymore. The atmosphere is all lost. But sadly I had to get rid of it in the move from Canada to Paris (couldn't find stable work in Canada, had to leave).