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"Mr Excitable"
Columnist/Reviewer: Audio360.org, The Daily Swarm, Part-Time Audiophile, Positive Feedback, Enjoy The Music

Location:

Sonoma County, CA

Forum Post Count:

1188

Join Date:

9/22/09

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 expert & brand-building

Headphone Inventory

Audeze LCD-3
Audeze LCD-X
Audeze LCD-XC
Audio Technica AD900X
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
Mr. Speakers Alpha Dogs
Mr. Speakers Mad Dogs
Monster DNA Pro
Monster DNA on-ears
Perfect Sound dido (d901) w/ Nordost Heimdall headphone cable
Pioneer SE-A1000 (w/ @Warrenpchi Mod)
Sennheiser HD-800
Sennheiser HD 25-1 II's
Sennheiser HD490 w/ @Warrenpchi mod
Sennheiser Momentum on-ear (Ivory)
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 Rx MK3-B
ALO Studio Six
Audioengine D3
Audioquest Dragonfly
CEntrance DACmini PX (integrated)
CEntrance DACport
CEntrance HiFi-M8
E.A.R HP4 Tube Headphone Amp
Firestone Audio Fireeye Mini
Headroom Total Bithead
HRT microStreamer
HRT Headstreamer
Light Harmonic Geek Out 1000 USB amp/DAC
McIntosh D100 (headphone amp/digital pre-amp/DAC)
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

Source Inventory

hmmm, lots:
Macbook Pro SSD running Amarra into Sonicweld 24/96 Diverter
iPad2 w/ CCK-USB output
iPod Classic
iPod Tough
iPhone 4S
Astell & Kern AK100 DAP
Astell & Kern AK120 DAP
AppleTV w/ Nordost Purple Flare (feeding outboard DAC via optical)
Oppo BDP-105 universal disc player/USB DSD DAC
Oppo BDP-95 universal disc player (used as transport)
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 (for at-home use on HD800 + Audeze)
Double Helix Cables Complement prototype (w/ dual-XLR)
Double Helix Cables Molecule SE w/ Fusion (for HD800 + Audeze on-the-go)
Double Helix Cable for Sennheiser Momentum on-ears
Locus Design CORE Digital COAX cable
Locus Design USB cables; Axis, Nucleus, and Polestar
Moon Audio Silver Dragon V3 w/ Adapter kit
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 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, 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, house music, 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

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

my Santa Cruz Superlight 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!!!!

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