Head-Fi.org › Mad Dude's profile
Mad Dude's Community Profile
|Forum Post Count:
||3 weeks, 3 days ago
|Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
||Music, Literature, History, Movies, Photography & Technology in general.
|What I do for a living:
||in order of preference:
■ Denon/Lawton Audio LA7000 - Sounds as beautiful as it looks. Wonderful allrounder that works with absolutely everything. Best bass I've ever heard, including the LCD-2 (which is cleaner, but the LA7000 has more "bite").
■ Sennheiser HD600 (silver screens) - Possibly the best dynamic headphone out there. Very natural mids, punchy and natural sounding bass (doesn't extend too well, but still nice) and pleasant treble.
■ Philips Fidelio X1 - a very neat pair of headphones, great combination of sound quality, wearing comfort and build quality. Primarily for low-volume listening, as the bass tends to be overpowering and medium/high volumes.
■ Fostex T50RP (modded) - Does everything well. Primarily used for watching movies.
■ Beyerdynamic DT1350 - Portable & great isolation. Sounds good for a small on-ear phone.
■ Sennheiser IE80 - I don't like IEM's, but they're useful when travelling.
■ Koss ESP-950 - sound-wise, close to perfection. Needs to be treated like a raw egg, unfortunately.
■ Stax Lambda Signature SR-404 - Bass can be a bit boomy, but otherwise wonderfully smooth. Near-perfect midrange and treble (For instrumental music only, sounds unnatural with voices).
■ Audeze LCD-2 "Rev. 3" Bamboo - Technically great, but doesn't sound effortless enough. Heavy.
■ Beyerdynamic T1 (120Ω adaptor for use with SS amps) - One of my favourites, but a bit too treble-happy.
■ Sony MDR-Z1000 - Good, but unnatural midrange.
■ "Mad Dog" modded T50RP by mrspeakers - very clean sounding, very neutral, lacks some excitement.
■ Beyerdynamic DT250 (basically 80 Ohm version but with 250 Ohm drivers) - nice balanced sound and comfortable to wear. Excellent allrounder that also provides good isolation.
■ Phonak Audeo PFE 112 - One of the few IEMs I can tolerate (comfort-wise). Great value.
■ Hifiman HE-6 - Didn't like them very much. Possibly insufficient amping. Extremely uncomfortable.
■ Kenwood KH-K1000 (modded) - Very colored, but fun sometimes. Great soundstage, excellent for movies.
■ Audeze LCD-2 Rev. 1 - Regret having sold them, better than the Rev. 2
■ Philips L1 - Surprisingly good, but somewhat uneven sounding.
■ AKG K240 Sextett (LP) - Very fun sounding, but a bit muffled treble.
■ AKG K701 - Plastic enclosure, plastic sound.
■ Sennheiser HD800 - Too much treble in stock condition, but heavenly when equalized (-7db at 6.3 kHz, -4db from 8-12.5 kHz).
■ Sennheiser HD580 (black screens) - Sligthly less refined than the HD600, but more forward and just as enjoyable.
■ Denon AH-D7100 - see http://www.head-fi.org/products/d...
■ Westone UM3X - Where did the treble go?
■ Sony ZX700 - Nothing special.
■ Grado RS1 (Vintage "B") - Great, but painful to wear for more than five minutes.
■ Grado SR325is - Same as RS1 (but even less comfortable!)
■ Grado SR60 - Same as RS1 (but not as great sounding)
■ Sennheiser HD650 (silver screens) - Great, but not as balanced as the HD600.
■ Sennheiser HD600 (black screens) - Strongly regretted selling them, bought a new one.
■ Sennheiser HD595 - Good sound when amped properly, lacking when unamped.
|Headphone Amp Inventory
||■ Mapletree Ear+HD "Special Edition" s/n #250
■ ALO Audio the Continental V2
■ Koss E90
■ HeadAmp Pico Power (coming soon)
■ Mapletree Ear+HD Super II - Miss it, sold only due to heat problems.
■ Woo Audio WA6 - Very underwhelming. Not recommended.
■ Stax SRM-313
■ Meier Audio Corda Concerto - Neutral, drives everything.
■ Meier Audio Corda Headsix - alright, nothing special.
■ iBasso PB2
■ Decware CSP2+ - Sounds coloured, but in a very enjoyable way.
■ audio-gd ROC SA - extremely powerful, but sounded grainy.
■ Little Dot MKIII - Useless.
||■ Marantz CD-6004 - Does exactly what a CD player is supposed to do. A bit expensive.
■ LA Audio EQ231-G - 31-band analogue Equalizer. Essential in any audio system!
■ Squeezebox Touch - Possibly the worst software ever conveived. Otherwise a terriffic player.
■ Cowon J3 32+64GB - Excellent DAP, very strong battery.
■ Audiotrak Dr. DAC2 DX TE
■ Apple iPod Touch, 4th gen, 32GB. I don't particularly like Apple products, but the Touch works well as a streaming device (using iPeng).
■ Yamaha CD-640 - alright
■ Cowon iAudio X5L 30GB - One of the best DAP's.
■ iPod Classic 6G - I can't stand iTunes. Otherwise a good player.
■ Cowon S9 32GB - Excellent once you get rid of the stock UI.
■ Cambridge Audio DAC Magic - Lots of features, but sounds a bit weird.
■ iBasso DB2
■ Corda StageDAC - Great, especially the crossfeed feature.
■ Marantz CD63 MKII - Alright.
||Magic fairy dust covered, snake oil soaked cryo-treated bi-wired 99.99999% pure platinum cables.
|Other Audio Equipment
||■ Main speaker setup: Vienna Acoustic Haydn speakers, Harman/Kardon HK680 amp, Sony CD-990 CDP
■ Desktop speaker setup: DALI Zensor 1's (EQ'd), Yamaha R-840/CD-640)
||Classical (anything from Baroque to Modern); Rock, Jazz, Blues, Folk, Metal, Soul, Pop... Just about anything, really. Not a fan of electronic music though.
Favourites include, in no specific order:
Sonny Boy Williamson
Blind Willie McTell
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
New Model Army
Johann Sebastian Bach
|Gear-Fi (Favorite Non-Audio Gear & Gadgets)
||Multi-Purpose-"Workstation": HP Probook 6465b + Docking Station, Dell Ultrasharp 2412m
Mad Dude's Recent Activity
HeadAmp Pico Power: Pre-Order Thread
Mad Dude posted in this thread in Sponsor Announcements and Deals 5/1/13 at 12:37pm | 673 replies | 78405 views
Do you use an Equalizer?
Mad Dude posted in this thread in Headphones (full-size) 4/3/13 at 11:12am | 79 replies | 2467 views
Show us your Head-Fi station at it's current state. No old pictures please...
Mad Dude posted in this thread in Headphones (full-size) 3/30/13 at 8:07am | 13658 replies | 1599916 views
Balancing the Fidelio X1's
Mad Dude posted in this thread in DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Discussions 3/24/13 at 12:19pm | 9 replies | 233 views
[New] Philips Fidelio X1
Mad Dude posted in this thread in Headphones (full-size) 3/24/13 at 10:03am | 1314 replies | 133663 views
Pictures of Your Portable Rig (part XVI)
Mad Dude posted in this thread in Portable Source Gear 3/24/13 at 9:56am | 4251 replies | 525955 views
*SOLD* Toxic Cables custom HD800 cable (1.2m, OCC copper, 3.5mm plug) *new*
Mad Dude posted in this thread in Cables, Speakers, Tweaks, Accessories For... 3/22/13 at 9:29am | 1 replies | 155 views
Sennheiser HD 600 Appreciation Thread
Mad Dude posted in this thread in Headphones (full-size) 3/12/13 at 1:54pm | 3276 replies | 175555 views
Night Time Shots Of Our Tubes Glowing -- Post Them Here!!
Mad Dude posted in this thread in Headphone Amps (full-size) 3/2/13 at 4:20am | 835 replies | 147675 views
*SOLD* Sennheiser HD800 (s/n 172XX) *free shipping within Europe*
Mad Dude posted in this thread in Headphones for Sale / Trade 2/16/13 at 7:40am | 12 replies | 1026 views
Mad Dude’s Photos
5 albumsView All Photos
Latest upload: Mar 12, 2013
Latest upload: May 16, 2012
Latest upload: Jan 12, 2013
Latest upload: Apr 7, 2013
Latest upload: Sep 1, 2012
Mad Dude’s Embedded Photos
14 albumsView All Photos
Latest upload: Mar 24, 2013
Latest upload: Apr 3, 2013
Latest upload: Mar 24, 2013
Latest upload: Aug 20, 2012
Latest upload: Aug 30, 2012
Mad Dude's Forum Signature
Mad Dude's Lists