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Firmly on the couch.

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About Me:

Born unexpectedly.

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

Learning whatever I didn't know the day before.

What I do for a living:

Not screwing up too badly.

Headphone Inventory

Sennheiser HD-800
Beyerdynamic T1
AKG 712
AKG-702 (2nd time)
Hifiman HE-5LE (a great headphone)
Beyer DT880 600ohm
Beyer DT660

Sennheiser IE7

Owned and sold:
Sennheiser HD-650; HD-600
AKG 702 (1st one)
Denon D-5000

Headphone Amp Inventory

Speaker amps: Favorites for all headphones (used with balanced cables)
Threshold 400A
Hafler Trans-nova P1500 and P3000
Music Reference RM-200 (tubes).

HP amps:
La Figaro 339 (various tubes), a great, great amp with Beyers
Audio-gd C-2SA (upgraded volume pot and internal wiring)
Audio-gd NFB-11.32
Shanling PH-3000 (x2), an underestimated best-buy in preamps/amps
Darkvoice 3322 (a schiit-load of different tubes), beautiful sound and performance.

Source Inventory

1. Audiomecca Mephisto IIX transport & Enkianthus X MK. II DAC; Exemplar-Denon 2900 SACD; VPI TNT MK. V, JMW 12.5 arm, ZYX Airy-1000 cartridge (home rig).
2. MacBook Pro (USB); Audio-gd DI; Audio-gd NFB-3
3. MacBook Pro; M2Tech HiFace; TubeMagic D1 DAC
Audio-gd NFB-11.32

Cable Inventory

Ridge Street; Pure Note; Virtual Dynamics; Locus Design Group (USB x2)

Power-Related Components

Various. Cables are all massive, anaconda-like suckers. (Scares the crap out of visitors to my music room when they look down.) Presently working with county executives to erect my own, audio-dedicated power station.

Other Audio Equipment

An embarrassing (and totally unnecessary) amount.

Audio-Related Tweaks

False idols, incense burning, chanting, virgin sacrifices, whatever works.

Music Preferences

Almost exclusively: Classical, Jazz, and the great rock bands from the 60s, 70s & 80s all bring me a lot of joy.
Like Buddy Rich, I am allergic to most Country music, except some by Ray Charles, k.d. lang or Alabama.

Interests (non-headphone)

Dying as expected and not a second before.

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

My wife's chest!

Mambosenior's Recent Activity

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Sennheiser HD 600 Impressions Thread
Mambosenior posted in this thread in Headphones (full-size) 7/4/16 at 7:33pm | 15390 replies | 896604 views
The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread
Mambosenior posted in this thread in High-end Audio Forum 7/4/16 at 4:28pm | 23170 replies | 1213130 views
Sennheiser HD800S Unveiled!
Mambosenior posted in this thread in High-end Audio Forum 7/3/16 at 11:59am | 4943 replies | 603788 views
La Figaro 339
Mambosenior posted in this thread in Headphone Amps (full-size) 6/18/16 at 10:43pm | 3463 replies | 311828 views
HiFiMan HE-5LE $500.00
Mambosenior posted in this thread in Headphones for Sale / Trade 6/11/16 at 10:14pm | 7 replies | 837 views
Oppo PM-3 - Am I missing something?
Mambosenior posted in this thread in Introductions, Help and Recommendations 6/7/16 at 12:57pm | 12 replies | 518 views
passive preamps, can they work well?
Mambosenior posted in this thread in Cables, Power, Tweaks, Speakers,... 4/21/16 at 9:39am | 17 replies | 870 views
What is a passive preamp, exactly?
Mambosenior posted in this thread in Headphone Amps (full-size) 4/20/16 at 4:29pm | 9 replies | 335 views
Hifiman Edition X
Mambosenior posted in this thread in High-end Audio Forum 1/19/16 at 12:10am | 2103 replies | 159721 views
Vinyl vs. digital - a pilot study
Mambosenior posted in this thread in Sound Science 10/1/15 at 6:14pm | 83 replies | 1829 views


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