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The Lake District, UK

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About Me:

Music is my drug of choice. I need large doses every day!

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

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

What I do for a living:

Nothing - I have Inflammatory Arthritis + Fibromyalgia. But I have plans..

Headphone Inventory

Audez'e LCD-2.rev.1 (The Left channel has just failed. Grr!)
HiFiMan HE 560
Beyerdynamic DT770 Manufaktur (32ohm)
Sennheiser IE8 (with ACS Custom Silicon Sleeves)
Beyerdynamic DT100 (Old, much used, now left to rest in peace, and home to an entire ecosystem!)

Sennheiser HD650 (SOLD)

Headphone Amp Inventory

Resonessence Concero HP
CEntrance HiFi Skyn
iBasso D10 (modded - see Tweaks below)
Temple Audio Bantam XC2 (My last line of defense.. If all else fails I can count on this to keep the music playing!)
Burson Audio HA160 (SOLD).
SPL Phonitor (SOLD)
CEntrance Hi Fi M8 (SOLD)

Source Inventory

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

Roksan Caspian CD player.

PC (with-SotM tX USB PCIe) > Resonessence Concero HP.

Presonus Firebox. Now used solely for music recording / music making.

Aiwa AD WX929 twin tape recorder... Yep, a genuine analogue cassette tape deck!!!

Wyred 4 Sound DAC-1(SOLD)

Cable Inventory

Artisan Silver Cables Ultimate Silver Stream "Double Purity" Edition
Audio Sensibility 3m "Impact" cable for Audeze with Rodium 1/4" connector
PlusSound: "Poetic" series headphone cable, 4feet long, with 3.5mm mini-jack to Sennheiser IE8 connectors
Home Grown Audio 0.5m "Silver Lace" RCA..
Artisan Silver Cables: 0.3m stereo 3.5mm min-jack-to-mini-jack cable
Verastarr: 1m "Nemesis" pair of balanced cables with Neutrik XLR connectors (FOR SALE or TRADE).
Wireworld 2m "Starlight" USB A to B.
Wireworld 2m "Ultraviolet" USB A to mini-B
Wireworld 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).
AmpCity: "Fidelis" silver headphone cable for Sennheiser HD6xx series (SOLD).
Toxic Cables: 8ft "Silver Poison", sheathed, for 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).

Power-Related Components

2 x Isotek "Sirius" mains conditioners, both with 6 UK-type power outlets - 2 high power, 4 low power.
Aqvox USB linear power supply, currently powering my Resonessence Concero HP.
Artisan Silver Cables: Ultimate Silver Stream "Double Purity Edition" (2 x USB "A" to single USB "B") to get the linear USB power to my Resonessence Concero HP.
Artisan Silver Cables: Silver Hybrid Power Cable 1.25m, to my Roksan Caspian CD player.
Artisan Silver Cables: Silver Hybrid 2 Power cable, 1m, to my Musical Fidelity A5 Integrated Dual-Mono Amp.

Other Audio Equipment

Living room: Roksan Caspian CD player > Musical Fidelity A5 Integrated dual-mono amp > Martin logan "Aerius i" Electrostatic hybrid speakers.

And in my little home music studio:
Pro Audio PC running 64bit Win 7, with Cubase 8 Pro and PreSonus Studio One 3 Pro.
SotM tX PCIe USB card with ground lift switch and a socket for external linear power supply!
Native Instruments Komplete 10 Ultimate - and a shed-load of other software and sample librarys!
Novation ReMOTE 61 SL MIDI Controller Keyboard with Automap 4.x
Native Instruments Maschine Studio with Maschine 2.x software
CME "UF8" 88key hammer action MIDI keyboard;
Tapco S5 active monitors;
Roland VS-100;
Access Virus TI2 Polar synthesizer;
Novation "X-Station 25" synth;
Native Instruments "Kore 2" controller;
Rode NT3 and NT4 microphones;
...and numerous related cables - including a pair of fully waterproof 150 ft long balanced XLR Mic / Hydrophone cables!

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 heard from HiFlight here on Head-Fi and bought his "Topkit"; dual TLE2141 single channel opamps and EL8201 buffers (silver-soldered onto iBasso adapters so they fit into the single-chip sockets in the iBasso

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, MotoGP

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

Dive computer; Pulse Oximiter.

MusiCol's Recent Activity

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"Feel the music"
MusiCol posted in this thread in Music 5/21/16 at 7:32am | 5 replies | 117 views
Audeze LCD-2 driver failures
MusiCol posted in this thread in Headphones (full-size) 3/30/16 at 12:56pm | 30 replies | 3083 views
SOLD elsewhere. Sorry: Verastarr Nemesis
MusiCol posted in this thread in Cables, Speakers, Tweaks, Accessories For... 1/8/15 at 5:51pm | 3 replies | 394 views
Deleted due to incorrect information.
MusiCol posted in this thread in Cables, Speakers, Tweaks, Accessories For... 4/17/14 at 8:52am | 4 replies | 994 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 | 411 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 | 338 views


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