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About Me:

Old Fart, one dead ear, no stereo! You won't hear me talking about soundstage! Tube aficionado.

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

whitewater kayaking, track days with sports car club, rebuilding vintage tube stuff

What I do for a living:

Market Modeling, statistical analysis

Headphone Inventory

Sennheiser HD580 modded to HD-600 + DIY cables
Grado SR60
BeyerDynamic BT880 (broken- only one ear works, but that's OK for me)
Audez'e LCD-2's
Latest acquisition: Massdrop Foxtex TH-X00

Headphone Amp Inventory

Mapletree Audio HD+ Super-II (EL84 output tubes, 12AX7 input tubes); modded power supply, caps
McIntosh MCD7007 (CD Player w. integrated HPA amp)
Welborne/Kimmel ST-70 all transformer coupled, used as HPA
Eico HF-81 has 32 ohm outputs, used as HPA
Pilot SA-232 used as HPA

Source Inventory

Lots of stuff. Primary digital source is Modwright Transporter (Tung-Sol Round Plate 6SN7 tubes + 5U4G rectifier). About 60% of source time is via LP's, have about 1500 LP's and appropriate VPI deck and Rhea phono stage through First Sounds Presence Mk.III preamp. Vintage McIntosh MC7007 CD player, Philips CD recorder, Musical Fidelity A5 CD player, plus various DAC's including Perpetual Tech P5 (modwright modded), Bel Canto 2.5 (on loan), Modwright Transporter as DAC, Benchmark DAC1 (selling).

Cable Inventory

Make my own, lots of experimenting

Power-Related Components

Toro lawnmower... what? Oh. DIY mostly + Welborne Labs Gatekeeper

Other Audio Equipment

4 systems in house:
* Bedroom (Eico HF-81, PSB speakers, Tandberg 3001A tuner);
* Living Room (Pilot SA360 amp, Mapletree Audio Ultra4 pre, McIntosh MCD7007 -also used as HPA, Squeezebox Duet; North Creek Eska speakers, Vandersteen 2Wq subs);
* Home Theater (Denon 4808, Vandersteen 3a + Vandie center/surrounds, not used for music);
* Music Room (twin Citation-II amps as monoblocks, First Sound pre, Modwright Transporter, VPI Scoutmaster, Aesthetix Rhea phono stage, Magneplanar 1.6qr speakers or Quad 2805 w. Sandersound Magtech amp, Mapletree Audio HD+ Super-II HPA)

Audio-Related Tweaks

My life is a tweak

Music Preferences

Mostly classical, + world music, some folk, blues, alt-country, adult alternative (whatever the hell that is)

Interests (non-headphone)

Whitewater kayaking, sports car racing, restoring vintage tube amplifiers (at least a dozen in various states of disrepair at any given time). Currently rebuilding a few Tektronix scopes from the mid-70's.

Gear-Fi (Favorite Non-Audio Gear & Gadgets)

mostly cars (Alfa's, Audi's, Porsche's, old Mercedes). Just bought a new 370Z which is fun, fun, fun!

DeadEars's Recent Activity

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Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 Review
DeadEars posted in this thread in Headphones (full-size) 9/21/16 at 5:34pm | 8931 replies | 760446 views
MAD Ear+ Purist HD thread.
DeadEars posted in this thread in Headphone Amps (full-size) 6/15/16 at 9:04am | 1314 replies | 111578 views
Audeze LCD-2 Impressions Thread
DeadEars posted in this thread in Headphones (full-size) 5/26/16 at 8:08pm | 9248 replies | 588335 views
DeadEars posted in this thread in Computer Audio 4/24/16 at 9:13am | 44 replies | 18069 views
Amp recommendations for Audeze LCD-2
DeadEars posted in this thread in Headphone Amps (full-size) 2/22/15 at 7:24pm | 8698 replies | 905661 views
AudioQuest NightHawk Headphone Unveiled Today
DeadEars posted in this thread in Headphones (full-size) 11/19/14 at 9:59am | 954 replies | 158337 views
Please help me with my survey (about storage)
DeadEars posted in this thread in Computer Audio 6/20/14 at 8:49pm | 254 replies | 11346 views
Philadelphia Are Meet 10/26 LeeSure Extravaganza
DeadEars posted in this thread in Head-Fi Meet Impressions, Trade Show... 10/28/13 at 12:02pm | 72 replies | 5983 views
PHILADELPHIA area meet October 26th, 2013
DeadEars posted in this thread in Local / Regional Head-Fi Meets, Parties,... 10/21/13 at 12:28pm | 239 replies | 8612 views


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