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post #46 of 125

Current setup for LP rip:

 

Music Hall MMF-5 turntable with stock arm.

Audio Technica AT-150MLX

Outlaw RR2150 Stereo Receiver for Phono section

Asus Xonar STX soundcard in tower computer for ADC

SoundForge Pro 11 (recording software) @ 24 bit / 96 kHz

(There are some click / noise removal tools in SoundForge that I use for some things)

Soundforge allows me to re-draw the sound wave if things are extreme.

Otherwise I use ClickRepair and DeNoiseLF (Low Freq.) for some cleanup if necessary. Amazing programs. Cheap and outstanding.

post #47 of 125

[nemo@sharkbait:~]$ whois -fvna UmustBKidn

 

Ok, I was just trying to be cute. See what happens when I try Geek Humor? tongue.gif

 

Well, let's see. I'm a native Southern Californian, born and raised in LA county; I now spend my time commuting between The OC and San Diego. I've spent the last 30 years of my life working in the aerospace industry, primarily at two companies, and am quite proud to have survived it that long. I also spent 9-odd years teaching computer science part time in the evenings at one of the so cal universities. I have been divorced for 7 years as of this writing, and quite frankly enjoy the peace and serenity of being single, most of the time. I have two teenage kids, one an adult, one still in high school.

 

My life is busy most of the time, but I do find time to fill in the gaps with a couple hobbies. Up until recently, I played world of warcraft for some 6 years. The grind and the personalities of the players finally got to me. It became difficult for me to keep up with players who seemed to have unlimited time to play the game, not to mention having to depend on others in order for me to finish the game. It just became too much work, for really very little reward. I thought for a while it was going to be hard to quit (hah), but I haven't gone back. And I didn't even have to go to Wow Anonymous meetings. wink.gif

 

A couple months prior to my departure from WoW, I broke an old pair of Sony MDR NC-40's. They lasted 5-6 years of daily use at work, so I guess that was money well spent. But I decided I wanted something better to replace them. After looking around on Head-Fi and Amazon for a while, I bought a pair of ATH M40fs cans (mainly because I didn't want to spend over 50 bucks, and there were hundreds of glowing reviews on Amazon). They needed more oomph, so I tried one of those little Fiio E6 amps, and was horribly disappointed at that piece of junk. After realizing I made a horrid mistake, I decided to start digging in on Head-fi, and learn more before I wasted more money. And that's how I got started here.

 

So long story short, Head-Fi has become my new hobby. I have two setups, one for work, and one for my place in San Diego. I don't have one for my place in OC yet. My daughter has been having some serious health issues lately, so it's been more important to look after her than figure out how to spend more money. I read Head-Fi at least several times a week, participate in some of the budget-fi forums, have written a couple reviews, and one budget-fi comparison so far. I'd like to get to one of these meets sometime, but my weekend time is usually consumed with taking care of my kids (gotta love child custody). So we'll see... sooner or later I'll get to one of them.

 

Thanks for the invitation, I appreciate that.

post #48 of 125
I'm a refugee of the aerospace industry - I left in 2000, just slightly ahead of the next layoff that was undoubtedly going to get me - went into high tech, just in time for the dot com bubble to burst all over me... redface.gif

I probably should have stayed in aerospace!
post #49 of 125

Thanks for the invite Warren!

 

I was born and raised in Hollywood, spent my younger years hanging out at

the television studios on the set of Bonanza and others.

My grandfather worked as a lighting grip and taught me much about electronics.
I started DIY at age 10 - building lighting effects equipment for my psychedelic phase

while listening to "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"  and subsequently Jimmy Hendrix,

Ten Years After and Pink Floyd on an old wood cased Magnavox stereo system that had fold out speakers attached.
Back then I also tore apart old tube radio & TV sets and tried to repair them without too much luck.

At least I wasnt electrocuted while trying!
I got to be pretty good using the corner drug store's tube tester,

and if the broken radio only required tubes, I was able to "repair" them.

 

My headphone journey began in the early 1970's,
I had a Pioneer SE-255 with dual volume knobs.

They looked like I had a couple of eggshells plastered to the side of my head. LOL!
(see attached pic).
Spent hours listening to them connected to my Kenwood KR-1400 Receiver
which I still own today. Nothing fancy, but it sounded fine back then.

 

 

 

Fast forward to the present.
Been married for 27 years, have two lovely daughters, the oldest works in an upscale hair salon, the younger is in college.
I have worked in the past as a machinist, and as an engineer in the electronics components industry at Vishay.

Currently, I am employed as a facilities engineer at a hospital.

 

As of late, I wanted to rekindle my interest in audio.
Three years ago I found Head-Fi online and dug in.

Went through the regular dynamic phone progression, cheap Senns, AKG 702, modded Grados, Fostex planars.

Then I discovered Stax. I am obsessed with the stat sound to say the least!
Just wish that I had the dosh to afford the TOTL (SR-007 & 009). But I dont.

So I make the best of owning the mid-tier stuff, which sounds excellent to these old ears

To afford the requisite electrostatic amplifiers I have gone the DIY route.
After many trials and tribulations I built the first ever prototype KGSSHV amplifier

and am currently pursuing a Blue Hawaii build.
My take on casing these amps is a quirky one.

I eschew the fancy expensive boxes and build economical "themed" designs.
More on that later...

 

Again, thanks for asking me to join the SoCal Group, hope to meet y'all at the upcoming SD Meet!

post #50 of 125

Hi everyone.

 

Thanks for inviting me to the group!

 

Just a quick intro:

 

I am a San Diego based professional photographer: http://www.darinfong.com

I have been shooting wedding, portraits, events, commercial, etc. full time for the last 15 years.

 

My interest in high end audio came from my dad when I was growing up. He had everything from a SQ Quadrophonic setup and then graduated to the original Mark Levinson gear and Vandersteen speakers.

 

Once I was out of college (studying physics at UC Berkeley), I had enough money to buy my own gear. Eventually I ended up with a complete Cello stereo system which I bought from Mark Levinson in NYC for a LOT of money! I still have that stereo today. I also bought a Headroom portable amp and a pair of Etymotic ER4S's a long time ago too.

 

My interest in high end audio was rekindled when I heard about the Smyth Realiser about a year ago and that led me to Head-Fi. With 2 kids and not time to listen to my Cello system or time to set up a home theater system, the Smyth Realiser was perfect for my situation.

 

I now have the Realiser, Stax 407, Stax 323S amp, Heir Audio 8.A CIEM's and Heir Tzar 350s. (I have other stuff too like an iBasso D7, HRT Microstreamer, Koss Porta Pros, V-Moda M-80's, etc.)

 

I am getting more and more into the head-fi scene and I am also foraying into the headphone/audiophile business, but that stuff is still in the works. I can announce those things later...

 

Most importantly, since no one ever really wanted to step up to organize a meet locally, I decided that if I ever wanted to go to a meet, I would have to create one. So I did last year and organized the Coronado meet last year.

 

As you know, I am doing it again this year: http://www.head-fi.org/t/676945/2nd-annual-san-diego-head-fi-meet-saturday-november-2nd-2013

 

I look forward to meeting all of you there. But if you have any questions about the meet before then, just PM me.

 

-Darin

post #51 of 125

Hello, and thanks for adding me to the group.

 

I think you guys pretty much have met me so I don't want to go on too much about myself and waste people's time.  Look forward to the group discussions!  

 

Cheers,

Dan

post #52 of 125

Hey guys,

 

Really appreciate the invite. I've been on this site for a few years but my activity level has never been overly great, though I've been stopping by more in recent months.

 

As for the bio...well, I'm Canadian originally though I've lived in SoCal (OC and San Diego) for well over 20 years. Came out here for grad school, then worked for a number of years before going to law school at pretty much the most inopportune time. I do business and IP work for the most part, small practice, pretty low-key for the most part, though things go completely insane for a few days every couple of weeks.  Some interesting clients, that's for sure.

 

Married with no shorties, but I have had between 1 and 3 much-loved dogs in the house pretty much the whole time. 

 

As far as gear goes, I'm pretty much stuck - or rather, am reasonably content - residing in the mid-fi range. I love music, classical (Hadyn, good cello), electronic (dance, downtempo), rock, jazz and so forth, and I grew up with a lot of instruments and a good system in the living room, so I certainly appreciate accurate sound. That said, I went through a bad fire several years ago and I just see material objects a little differently I suppose...somewhat more disposable, at least. Not that insurance can't replace some of those items, but it's just a massive pita and I don't wish it on anyone. Still love purchasing new gear, but it pretty much needs to be portable, as I'm never really in one place for very long.

 

Definitely looking forward to meeting up at some point.

 

Cheers,

Allan

post #53 of 125

Hey guys I'm going to keep this short since it's late and I'm already enjoying music :]

My name's Arthur, I'm from the San Diego area born and raised.

My first interest in headphones began when I started playing online computer games like Counter-Strike back in 2001.  Spatial sound and location were necessary so I started buying gaming headsets.

Then came college and my interest in music grew. I saw DT880s for 30% off after Christmas and pulled the plug. Found Head-fi. The rest is history.

post #54 of 125
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Thanks sceleratus!  I've added it to the group sticky.  smile.gif

Yes!!! :] I'm a San Diegan too

post #55 of 125
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You know what I get to do tonight?  WORK!  biggrin.gif   frown.gif

That's what you get from attending every meet in the western USA. smily_headphones1.gif

 

Shhh, what happens at meets stays at meets.  :D

 

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a friend threw a set of Koss Pro 4A's on my head

 

also with Koss Pro 4A's

 

Just out of curiosity, have you ever gone back and gotten a Koss Pro 4A?

 

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Thanks for the invitation, I appreciate that.

 

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Thanks for the invite Warren!

 

It was my (and weirdfishes's) pleasure!  :smile:

 

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Smyth Realiser

 

Aha!  I knew you're name sounded familiar!  :D

 

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Hello, and thanks for adding me to the group.

 

I think you guys pretty much have met me so I don't want to go on too much about myself and waste people's time.  Look forward to the group discussions!  

 

Cheers,

Dan

 

You're always welcome Dan!  Good to have you!  :smile:

 

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Thanks sceleratus!  I've added it to the group sticky.  smile.gif

 

Yes!!! :] I'm a San Diegan too

 

You should totally go!  :smile:  I try to not pass up a meet if at all possible.  There's no better place to listen and learn in our hobby.

post #56 of 125
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Just out of curiosity, have you ever gone back and gotten a Koss Pro 4A?

 

 

Nope... I don't think I've even had them on my head since.

post #57 of 125
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Nope... I don't think I've even had them on my head since.

 



I actually have a pair I am thinking of having repaired. They have been pretty thoroughly abused.
post #58 of 125
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Nope... I don't think I've even had them on my head since.

 



I actually have a pair I am thinking of having repaired. They have been pretty thoroughly abused.

 

 

Hmmm.... you must really like them.

post #59 of 125

Well I loved them back in the day. But, technology has come so far since the last time I listen to them, I am afraid I will be extremely disappointed.

post #60 of 125

Hi, my name is David.  48 now. Live in San Dimas Ca. I've always been into music and audio gear.  

But as headphones go, it started with my first iPod (refrigerator white) and Etymotic ERP.  But it wasn't until I purchased a pair of used HD580 with RSA 71 that I first experienced my WOW moment.  I was in and have been in.  

Since than I've tried every headphone and gear I could afford.  Lots of hit and misses and some pleasant surprises.  

That pleasant surprise came from a pair of vintage Grado RS1.  Now that was some fun pair of headphones.  Sure musical bliss.  

 

It took me awhile but I came to realize what I liked: punchy midbass, forward mids and treble rolloff.  I preferred natural over neutral, colored over uncolored.  So that's where I'm at.  

And oh yeah, my recent WOW came not from a headphone, amp or dac but Amarra, a music software player.  It changed everything. I can't listen to music through iTunes now.  

 

Well that's it. Good to be here. 

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