Hey Head-Fi, I've been lurking these forums for probably 10-20 total hours, and its only natural I make an account. I'm currently a senior in high school (As for college, I'm accepted to UT Austin and Texas A&M, and I am waiting on MIT, Caltech, Carnegie Mellon, Rice, and Stanford).
Brief history of my audio equipment and estimated file quality rates at the time:
7th grade - 9th grade: Sony MDR-J10, OEM earbuds, and 128kbps MP3s, used a Sony PSP, then an iPod nano 2G
10th-11th grade: iPod earbuds, JVC Marshmellows, and Skullcandy Ink'd buds, ~192kbps MP3s, iPod classic 80gb
Then I saw the light that is audiophiles and Head-Fi
- iGrados (Quarter modded)
- Turtle Beach X11s (Use them for PC gaming & some music)
- JVC Flats (Found mods on Head-Fi for them)
-Koss Plugs (Unmodded, will do kramer mods some day to them)
- iPod earbuds (And only in emergencies, god they sound so lifeless and flat)
-Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
-Some crazy Harmon Kardon setup my dad has downstairs. He has to tweak it EVERY TIME I watch a movie or play games!
- iPod nano 6G
- My gaming rig (Using onboard soundcard right now)
No amp though, not sure if I need one
I'll like all kinds of music except country, and I am currently into dubstep, drum n' bass, hip hop, r&b, rap (both new and old school), j-pop, j-rock, techno, IDM, and alternative. I've started using last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/mushrooshi
the iGrados, JVC Flats, and Plugs were purchased after I found Head-Fi. Putting on those iGrados, even without burn in, it was amazing. The soundstage was so large, and I could pick out a lot more instruments and sounds going on with the iGrados that were missing or muffled with the iPod earbuds.
Some headphones I'd (realistically) love to own soon:
Grado SR60/80, AKG K518, Koss Portapros, Audio Technica ES-7, Sennheiser HD212s, Klipsch Image S4... yea... those ones. I'd be thrilled to have GS-1000s or something crazy, but my ears are new to this whole 'audiophile' thing and I realistically can't drop the dollars for those, lol
I'm pretty satisfied with my speakers, though I think it could have some more 'oomph'
I'm not sure if I'm trained in being able to hear good sound yet... I love these iGrados but I don't know if its placebo effect
I argue with my 14 year old sister about how she loves her Sony Piiq Triqiis, although shes happy with them because, with her being a 14 year old girl, she needs to be 'fashionable' and stuff... although I love the retro look of the Grados :D
I am somewhat worried about if my ears aren't going to make the cut for audiophilia though. I mean... I am part of the hearing-loss bass-addicted silly generation, but I rarely have my headphones all the way up, and I was never into the 'turn-it-up-till-you-blow-out-the-earbuds' thing lots of kids at school are into. I do enjoy turning up the speakers high in my room though. My father's side also hasn't had the best run with hearing; although my dad's hearing is perfectly fine, two of my aunts have hearing aids, and they are only in their 40s. I'm not sure if I have tinnitus, because maybe once a week or so, if it is really quiet for too long, a sound that sounds almost like a whistle plays. I have to listen to something before it goes away. But its not painful or overwhelming.
While my life pursuit has been robotics and engineering, I've gotten started in music production. Its fun!
I also come from Overclock.net. For some reason, I have a feeling a lot of the guys on OCN would be here too.
Um... yea... thats it I think
Edited by Mushrooshi - 12/31/10 at 4:36am