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Head-Fi's most prolific collector/buyers.

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Head Fi has been around for over a decade and have seen hundreds of thousands of members post their experiences, questions, purchases, humor, sarcasm, etc. During that time, particular members caught up in the hobby had the resources and desire to go for the top end of the gear. They were/are the intrepid souls with the resources to paddle in the pool of exclusive components. Several also bought a lot of gear as a collector.

When I came here in 06, I was at first shocked, then startled at the height that some had gone in this pursuit. Over the years I've since come to the conclusion that budgets and resources are a relative thing and that judgment was a cardinal vice in this hobby. I realized that if it weren't for these members, our hobby would still be playing ear buds from an ipod and decent headphones would be a longing only a few could have afforded.

Today we owe our buffet of quality gear to their spirit and motivation and also to the DIYers with the inventiveness and drive to squeeze that last 1% out of our music. I'm grateful and humbled by the road this hobby has traveled and to the members that have driven it's advancements. At the top of that list is Jude for the countless hours put into developing this site and holding a group of audiophiles together. Gary Bettman has nothing on this man.

To the title, who sticks out to you as one of these champions of headphone audio? To me, Santa sticks in my mind. The gear shots from the headquarters of the Cayman Island Head Fier's executive committee were jawdropping. Another is the AKG master of ceremonies Fitz.
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Interesting thread, and great points. I think Skylab, though he does not keep all of the gear he auditions is a treasure trove of amplifier knowledge that has helped thousands, inevitably, and assessed and established the furthest boundaries of portable amplification. 

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Elephas would get my vote.. Pity we haven't seen him hanging around lately.
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N3rdling. HeadphoneAddict.

 

-Daniel

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Thread Starter 
The character of the vast majority of our members are impeccable. I've had tubes sent free for the trying (SACD Lover), equipment lent without expectation (9pintube), patience and tolerance from professionals and veteran hobbyists that have to deal with preconceptions, outlandish myths and any myriad of other excuses to explain things. I'm not a big forum surfer but this site has kept my interest and keeps me entertained with endless hours of fun, debate, curiosity, and most of all taken an ignorant hobbyist out of my little world of faux opinions and shown me how to get the most out of my passion.

Not mentioning all those who've contributed is done intentionally so that others can pitch in with their experiences. I'd also like to hear from our heroes and get a feel for what drives their efforts experiences and stories.
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Muppetface and HeadphoneAddict comes to mind immediately. 

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MuppetFace, ClieOS (seriously look at what he's done for the IEM listeners here), Project86 (he's influenced a couple of my buys).

 

Oh, and while he's just starting to work directly with this community, Alex Cavalli. He's loaned multiple people amps and headphones to listen to and try out. He's also done a lot for the DIY community. 


Edited by MorbidToaster - 10/18/12 at 10:51am
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kiertijai and n3rdling.

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claytonSF's amp collection
n3rdling's electrostat collection
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Originally Posted by Elysian View Post

kiertijai and n3rdling.

 

I think Kiertijai has more gears though n3rdling's collection is also very impressive.  I couldn't think of extreme highend gears & amps that Kiertijai does not own.  Wayne and Elephas's collections of gears are also very impressive.  Elephas has not been active lately though.  


Edited by purk - 10/18/12 at 11:38am
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I think Kiertijai has more gears though n3rdling's collection is also very impressive.  I couldn't think of extreme highend gears & amps that Kiertijai does not own.  Wayne and Elephas's collections of gears are also very impressive.  Elephas has not been active lately though.  

 

I have to give props to Kiertijai for his Headamp and Eddie Current collection.  He doesn't skimp when it comes to tubes, either.  I think he's one of the few guys on HF with genuine WE 300Bs.  He's also got a DIY T2.

 

n3rdling has not only an awesome stat collection, but he's been one of the best members of the community in sharing his collection and letting a lot of us listen to headphones and amps we normally would never have an opportunity to.

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I just like to mention Erwin "wink". He has a great collection of stats, dynamics and amps.
Brings all his gear to local meets and shares with the community. Three cheers for Erwin!
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Originally Posted by Elysian View Post

 

I have to give props to Kiertijai for his Headamp and Eddie Current collection.  He doesn't skimp when it comes to tubes, either.  I think he's one of the few guys on HF with genuine WE 300Bs.  He's also got a DIY T2.

 

n3rdling has not only an awesome stat collection, but he's been one of the best members of the community in sharing his collection and letting a lot of us listen to headphones and amps we normally would never have an opportunity to.

I think both are equally great at allowing others to audition their equipment.  I visited a TAF site (a Thai Audiophile Forum, a Thai Version of Headfi.com) and Kiertijai allowed everyone who attend the first Thai Headphones National Meet to try most if not all of his precious collection including the HE90, OII, OI, OII MK2, Qualia, R10, and L3000....and just about everything else.  When I visited Bangkok earlier this year, I also spent time with his HE90, OI, OII, and SR009 out of the DIY T2 amplifer.  Legendary stuffs really.  Members like them are what make this hobby great as well as hurting our wallet. wink_face.gif

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Tourlimane (sp) went into great detail on the physics of cables and conduction theory. I wish some of those threads were collected into sticky banks. If you could cut the arguments there was a goldmine of science.

But to the topic, there is a collector in the EU that even Wayne tipped his cap to. I don't remember their name but the HE-90 spread was like a manufacturing shot.
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here is a collector in the EU that even Wayne tipped his cap to. I don't remember their name but the HE-90 spread was like a manufacturing shot.

That would be wiktor.

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