or Connect
Head-Fi.org › mikemercer's profile


"Mr Excitable"
Columnist/Reviewer: OccupyHifi.org, The Daily Swarm, The High Fidelity Report, Positive Feedback


Los Angeles, CA

Forum Post Count:


Join Date:


About Me:

Columnist, MusicBiz Vet, Audio Evangelist

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

Writing, music (hi-fi/listening & producing) mountain biking, reading, film and hangin' w/ my wifey

What I do for a living:

writer/Columnist, various MusicBiz work, Audio Evangelist, social media campaigns & brand-building

Headphone Inventory

Audeze EL-8 open-backs
Audeze EL-8 closed-backs
Audeze LCD-3 (OG)
Audeze LCD-3 w/ Fazor
Audeze LCD-2 w/ Fazor
Audeze LCD-X
Audeze LCD-XC
Audio-Technica AD900X
Audio-Technica ATH-50x
BeatsByDre Solo2s
B&O H6
Cardas Audio EM 5813 IEMs
Etymotic Hf-3
Grado SR-125i
Grado SR-225i
Grado SR-325i
JH Audio JH13 Pro Freqphase
JH Audio Roxannes
Master & Dynamic MH40s (Gun-Metal & black finish)
MrSpeakers Alpha Prime
MrSpeakers ETHER
MrSpeakers ETHER-C
MrSpeakers Mad Dog Pro
Monster DNA Pro
Monster DNA on-ears
Music Hall De-Be
PENDULUMIC Stance S1+ Bluetooth headphones
Perfect Sound dido (d901) w/ Nordost Heimdall headphone cable
Pioneer SE-A1000 (w/ @Warrenpchi Mod)
Polk Audio UntraFocus 8000s (powered noise-canceling)
RHA T10i (and lovin' em)
Sennheiser HD-800
Sennheiser HD 25-1 II's
Sennheiser HD490 w/ @Warrenpchi mod
Sennheiser Momentum on-ear (Ivory)
Sennheiser HD7 DJ
Sennheiser Urbanite
Sennheiser Urbanite XL Bluetooth
Stax (original) electrostatic cans
V-MODA Crossfade M-100s
V-MODA M-80s
Urban Ears (on-ears)

Headphone Amp Inventory

ADL X1 iDevice/USB DAC & headphone amp
ALO Pan Am tube Amp/DAC - Passport battery - Gateway power
ALO Island
ALO International
ALO International+ OPT Edition
ALO Studio Six
Apogee Groove
Audioengine D3
Audioquest Dragonfly ver1.2
Cavalli Audio Liquid Gold
CEntrance DACmini PX (integrated)
CEntrance DACport
CEntrance DACportHD
CEntrance HiFi-M8
CEntrance Mini-M8
E.A.R HP4 Tube Headphone Amp
Firestone Audio Fireeye Mini
Headroom Total Bithead
HRT microStreamer
HRT Headstreamer
iFi Micro iDSD
Light Harmonic Geek Out 1000 USB amp/DAC
Lehmann Audio Traveler
McIntosh D100 (headphone amp/digital pre-amp/DAC)
VINTAGE 1968 McIntosh MAC1900 receiver (my Grandpas) Fully-Discrete Headphone Amp Section
Music Hall DAC25.2 (tube DAC & headphone amp w/ Sovtek upgrade)
MYTEK Stereo192-DSD DAC (also headphone amp)
Ray Samuels The Intruder
Schiit Audio Vali
Stax original SRM-T1 tube amp for matching electrostatic cans (inherited from the late Harry Pearson)
Woo Audio WA7 Fireflies

Source Inventory

hmmm, lots:
Macbook Pro SSD running Amarra into Sonicweld 24/96 Diverter
iPad2 w/ CCK-USB output
iPod Classic
iPod Touch
iPhone 6
Astell&Kern AK380 DAP
Astell&Kern AK 240 DAP
Astell&Kern AK100 DAP
Astell&Kern AK120 DAP
+ Glove Audio A1 DAC/Amp by CEntrance
AppleTV w/ Nordost Purple Flare (feeding outboard DAC via optical)
Oppo BDP-105 universal disc player/USB DSD DAC
Questyle Audio QP1R DAP
Wadia iTransport (170)
Sonoma DSD station (project studio)
Luxman DZ-111 CD transport (office)
VPI Traveler turntable (2 - one original, one updated)
Unison Research Simply Phono (tube phonostage)
Luxman TX-99 turntable
Music Hall USB-1 turntable

Cable Inventory

ALO Audio Green cable for Audeze LCD3's (+ LOD, balanced, 18" adapters)
ALO Audio LOD cable
ALO Audio Green Line Hphone cables w/ adapter kit
Black Cat Cable analog interconnects
Black Cat Cable XV-Ultra Digital SPDIF
Cardas Clear cable for LCD3's
Cardas Clear for Sennheiser HD800's
Double Helix Cables Complement2
Double Helix Cables Complement4 dual-XLR
Double Helix Cables Complement4 SE (w/ 1/4")
Double Helix Cables Complement2 dual-XLR
Double Helix Cables Comp4 Extreme (my FAVE)
Double Helix Cables Molecule SE w/ Fusion (for HD800 + Audeze on-the-go)
Double Helix Cable Molecule Elite for Sennheiser Momentums
Double Helix Cables Molecule Elite for Sennheiser Urbanite
Double Helix Cables Molecule Elite for Beats Solo2s
Double Helix Cables Comp4 1/4 - 3.5mm for OPPO, MH40s, and DNA Pros)
Double Helix Cables Comp4 for Audeze
Locus Design CORE Digital COAX cable
Locus Design USB cables; Axis, Nucleus, and Polestar
Moon Audio Black Dragon V3 w/ adapter kit for Audeze
Moon Audio Silver Dragon V3 w/ Adapter kit for Audeze
Moon Audio Silver Dragon IEM (for JHAudio JH-13 Pros)
Moon Audio Silver Dragon V3 LOD (2)
Moon Audio Silver Dragon optical
Nordost Heimdall speaker cables & interconnects
Nordost Leif/White Lightning Spkr & RCA interconnects
Nordost Valhalla Digital COAX cable
Nordost Blue Heaven USB cable
Nordost Heimdall 2 USB cable
Nordost Heimdall 2 Audeze/Sennheiser HD800 headphone cables
Nordost Vishnu power cords
Nordost Purple Flare power cords
Nordost Magus power cords
Nordost Purple Flare w/ figure-8 (for AppleTV & Oppo BDP-95 Universal Player)
WyWires LTD SPD USB cable
WyWires prototype Audeze cables
WyWires prototype HD800 cable
WyWires FINAL production model headphone cable
Yorma Digital (SPDIF)

Power-Related Components

Classe Audio DR-9s in mono-block configuration (updated caps & power supplies)
vintage Cary SLA-70 Signature tube amp (stereo)
Wadia 151PowerDacMini
Hafler DH-220 (w/ 240 mod)
Marantz SR-225 (in bedroom)
Nordost THOR power distribution block
Nordost QB8 Power distribution block
Nordost Quantum Qx2
Nordost Quantum Qv2
Silver Circle Audio Juice Box One
Cryo-Parts Power Strips

Other Audio Equipment

E.A.R 868 tube pre-amp (my favorite piece of kit)
Zu Audio Omen Def speakers
CEntrance 2504 near-field speakers
Audioengine A5+
Audioengine A2
SONOS ZP-90 players & Zonebridge
System Audio SA2K speakers
Nola Thunderbolt IIIA subwoofer
Audioengine A5+ monitors (for decks in project studio)
Audioengine A2 monitors
Audioengine D2 24-bit wireless DAC
2 Technics 1200's w/ Shure White Label cartridges
Pioneer DJM-300 DJ mixer (ALL analog)
Acurus L-10 Line stage

Audio-Related Tweaks

Nordost QB8 Quantum power distributor. Nordost Quantum QX2, Nordost Sort Kones, various cones, pods, feet, spikes, bedini clarifier, Nordost ECO3 static stabilizer (or as Roy Gregory says: harmonizer) spray, l'Art duSon CD cleaning fluid, Analog Expert Ultimate Record Cleaning solution, Nordost SORT KONES (these things are INCREDIBLE), Eben Cold Ray points, Bright Star bases, Black Ravioli's resonance control devices

Music Preferences

oohh, love a TON of different music; if it moves me, it doesn't matter when, where, or how it was recorded or performed. but, examples of bands I dig: Burial, Mogwai, Portishead, Radiohead, James Blake, Eskmo, Blitzen Trapper, Iron & Wine, Grand Archives, Soapbox Army, Bat for Lashes, Ani DiFranco, Brian Eno, WAVVES, Jason Mraz, The Shins, The Morning After Girls, Depeche Mode, The Cure, The Hush Now, Ben Folds, Martin Sexton, Joy Division, Shiny Toy Guns, Bloc Party, Elbow, Machinedrum, Phonat, The Haxan Cloak, Beacon, tech-house, dubstep, techno, to name a few..

Interests (non-headphone)

covered this in hobbies I think: writing, reading, music, Djing/producing, mountain biking, film, hiking, traveling, sunsets/sunrises with my wifey! Rockin' open-back cans outside at night! Also just started training MMA w/ a good friend of mine who's an Iraq & Afghanistan veteran. It's a grand way to get rid of negative energy and have some FUN while doing so! Just started sparring and I think I'm HOOKED.

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

My Santa Cruz Superlight mountain bike w/ Avid mechanical disc brakes, Fox shocks, and mean tires. Love good hikers, like Solomons or Merrells (though many jumped on that bandwagon recently) - my Craftsman toolbag and drill set, LUV my new Macbook Pro retina/SSD, iPhone 4S, iPad2, and our Samsung LED-backlit 50" LCD 1080p TV (addicted to documentaries)

My John CooperWorks Limited Edition Mini Cooper!!!!

mikemercer's Recent Activity

(Uncheck the summary view to see ALL the gory details!) (Check the summary view to simplify the activity feed.)
2015 CanJam @ RMAF Impressions thread - (October 2-4, 2015)
mikemercer posted in this thread in Head-Fi Meet Impressions, Trade Show... 10/5/15 at 7:37pm | 193 replies | 25837 views
CanJam @ RMAF 2015, Oct. 2-4, 2015 -- The Exhibitors!
mikemercer posted in this thread in Local / Regional Head-Fi Meets, Parties,... 10/2/15 at 1:13am | 405 replies | 28131 views
updated their location 9/4/15 at 4:02am
    Pictures of Your Portable Rig (part XVI)
    mikemercer posted in this thread in Portable Source Gear 8/15/15 at 10:13am | 17729 replies | 2437265 views
    🌅 Official 2015 SF Head-Fi Meet Impressions Thread
    mikemercer posted in this thread in Head-Fi Meet Impressions, Trade Show... 7/19/15 at 9:27pm | 191 replies | 17965 views
    Sonic Satori - HRT Levels the Field with the MicroStreamer
    mikemercer posted in this thread in Dedicated Source Components 7/3/15 at 8:43pm | 1112 replies | 101093 views
    Beta testing the new Audeze Black-Box.
    mikemercer posted in this thread in Sponsor Announcements and Deals 7/3/15 at 8:13pm | 75 replies | 7742 views
    Audeze EL-8: The EL-8 is a must-hear at CES 2015
    mikemercer posted in this thread in Headphones (full-size) 5/5/15 at 5:26am | 5556 replies | 543377 views


    mikemercer’s Photos

    16 photos
    Latest upload: May 23, 2014
    16 photos
    Latest upload: Jul 28, 2014

    mikemercer’s Embedded Photos

    111 albumsView All Photos

    mikemercer's Lists

    1 List
    My List (needs to be updated) of headphone amps/USB DACs 3 Headphone Amps
    Last Updated 8/20/14

    Head-Fi.org › mikemercer's profile