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The Lake District, UK

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About Me:

Music is my drug of choice. I need a large dose every day to keep me sane in this lovely crazy world

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

Listening to music
Playing keyboards (badly!)
Flying Power kites
Nature sound recording

Headphone Inventory

Audez'e LCD-2.rev.1
Sennheiser HD650 (SOLD)
Beyerdynamic DT770 Manufaktur (32ohm)
Beyerdynamic DT100 (Now home to spiders and an entire ecosystem!)
Sennheiser IE8 (with ACS custom sleeves)

Headphone Amp Inventory

CEntrance Hi Fi M8 (SOLD)
iBasso D10 (modded - see Tweaks below)
Temple Audio Bantam XC2 (My ever-faithful line of redundancy - for speakers and headphones - I can count on this to keep the music playing!)
Burson Audio HA160 (SOLD).
SPL Phonitor (SOLD)

Source Inventory

Portable; 5G 80GB iMod (Red Wine Audio modified iPod)
Edirol R-09 (mainly just used for Nature Sound Recording)
iPhone 5S

Home; Presonus Firebox
Wyred 4 Sound DAC-1(SOLD)
Aiwa AD WX929 twin tape recorder... Yep, a genuine analogue cassette tape deck!!!

Cable Inventory

Audio Sensibility 3m "Impact" cable for Audeze with Rodium 1/4" connector
Verastarr: 1m "Nemesis" pair of balanced cables with Neutrik XLR connectors (FOR SALE).
Toxic Cables: 8ft "Silver Poison", sheathed, single ended, for my Audez'e LCD-2 with 1/4inch TRS jack (SOLD)
Toxic Cables: 6ft "Silver Poison, unsheathed, balanced with twin ViaBlue 3-pin XLR's and matching ViaBlue XLR's to 1/4inch TRS single ended jack adapter (SOLD).
Locus Design: 1m "Essentia" USB A to B (SOLD)
Wireworld: (i) 2m "Starlight" USB A to B. (ii); 2m "Ultraviolet" USB A to mini-B. and (iii); 1m "Equinox 6" stereo mini-jack-to- twin-phono (RCA).
ALO: iMod LOD "V2 LUX-FEP 18awg OCC" Apple 30-pin dock connector to stereo mini-jack (SOLD).
Home Grown Audio 0.5m "Silver Lace" RCA to RCA pair.
AmpCity: "Fidelis" single ended silver headphone cable for Sennheiser HD6xx series (SOLD).
PlusSound: "Poetic" series headphone cable, is 4feet long and terminated with a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack, for my Sennheiser IE8.
Artisan Silver Cables: 30cm stereo-min-jack-to-mini-jack cable. (also a "Silver Hybrid" Power Cable, see below)

Power-Related Components

Isotek "Sirius"
Aqvox USB linear power supply.
Artisan Silver Cables: Silver Hybrid Power Cable 1.25m

Other Audio Equipment

Lounge: Martin logan "Aerius i" Electrostatic hybrid speakers with aluminium cone woofers
Musical Fidelity A5 Integrated amp (and DESPERATELY SEEKING A5 CD Player - anyone?)

And in my little home music studio:
Pro Audio PC running Cubase 7.6 and PreSonus Studio One 2, Native Instruments Komplete 9 Ultimate and a shed-load more software and samples!
CME "UF8" 88key hammer action MIDI keyboard;
Tapco S5 active monitors;
Novation SL61 MIDI controller keyboard;
Roland VS-100;
Access Virus TI2 Polar synthesizer;
Novation "X-Station 25";
Native Instruments "Kore 2" controller;
Rode NT3 and NT4 microphones;
...and a great many more cables - including a pair of 150 ft long balanced Hydrophone / mic cables with double rubber O-ring seals in the XLR connectors)!!

Audio-Related Tweaks

Tried all the possible permutations of opamps and buffers supplied with the iBasso D10. Settled on an AD8656 Opamp with dummy buffers - until I got in touch with HiFlight here on Head-Fi and bought his "Topkit" consisting of two TLE2141 single channel opamps (silver-soldered onto an iBasso adapter so they still fit into the single-chip socket and keep my iBasso warranty!) and a pair of EL8201 buffers; sounds amazing!

Music Preferences

Heavy Metal! Old school dance music and some Hard dance and D'n'B. I love Dubstep, but also some classical music, some rap / hip hop, but also stuff like ABBA (I'm a big ABBA fan!), The Who, and Bob Dylan and Vangelis. So, I like a bit of everything really. However, I'm not really interested in music I merely "like"; I must Love it! For me, music must be powerful - it must touch me and involve me. In modern terms, it must be "sick as ******". 20 years ago I used to say that music had to "grab me by the balls and give 'em a twist"!!!!

Interests (non-headphone)

Freediving; Stargazing; Cloud-watching and Cloud photography

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

Dive computer; Pulse Oximiter.

MusiCol's Recent Activity

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SOLD elsewhere. Sorry: Verastarr Nemesis
MusiCol posted in this thread in Cables, Speakers, Tweaks, Accessories For... 1/8/15 at 5:51pm | 3 replies | 252 views
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MusiCol posted in this thread in Cables, Speakers, Tweaks, Accessories For... 4/17/14 at 8:52am | 4 replies | 932 views
Sennheiser HD650 in original box with cable
MusiCol posted in this thread in Headphones for Sale / Trade 2/25/14 at 10:53am | 3 replies | 377 views
SOLD!: Locus Design Group "Essentia" USB cable
MusiCol posted in this thread in Cables, Speakers, Tweaks, Accessories For... 2/21/14 at 8:08am | 0 replies | 240 views
High End CIEM/IEM Thread!
MusiCol posted in this thread in High-end Audio Forum 11/19/13 at 11:54am | 755 replies | 58523 views


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