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||Davison, Michigan, formerly Skövde, Sweden & Lansing/East Lansing, Michigan
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||2010 Michigan State ME grad, studied at University of Skövde; now a pump engineer.
|Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
||Bicycling in all its forms (in particular MTB'ing and touring), photography, astronomy
|What I do for a living:
||Infinity Renaissance 90 speakers
Infinity Kappa 8 speakers (sold)
Infinity RS 5 (1982) speakers
Polk Monitor 7 speakers (out on loan)
Klipsch B-2 speakers
Sennheiser HD 600
Beyerdynamic DT 880 32 ohm
|Headphone Amp Inventory
||Carver C-11 preamp
Eico HF-12 integrated mono tube amp x2
Carver TFM-15CB amps x2
Adcom GFA-555 amp
iBasso PB1 Toucan
||DLNA media streaming: 3TB WD My Book Live NAS -> Nook Color -> Sony BDP-S580
Dual CS-505 turntable w/ Technics cartridge
Carver TX-11 tuner (one of the all-time best FM DX'ing tuners)
||Ha! Waste money on cables? 12 Ga speaker cables and coaxial interconnects, that's it. Need something better than Monoprice bananas though - they get loose over time.
||A decent surge protector. That's pretty much it. Me, spend money on a power cord? Ha!
|Other Audio Equipment
||Bach Stradivarius Bb/F trombone
||Isolation risers and ample bass trapping for the Ren 90s in the living room.
||Good rock. No hair bands, thanks. Much classic rock, new wave, '90s alternative, and a fair amount of electronic music - techno, house, big beat, trip hop, industrial, and more. No trance or pop country (i.e. Hank Williams and Johnny Cash are good, Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift are not).
Also; jazz, rockabilly, blues, zydeco, ska, a little bit of early rap and hip hop (e.g. Arrested Development, Africa Bambaata, Beastie Boys), reggae, classical (particularly Holst, Wagner, and Beethoven), a little bit of classic vocal pop
Some of my favorites are the Beatles, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Talking Heads, Bob Marley, Brazilian Girls, Sam Cooke, Björk, Orbital, Fatboy Slim, the White Stripes, Louis Prima, Nine Inch Nails, Bauhaus, Smashing Pumpkins, the Cranberries, Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine, Kraftwerk, Taj Mahal, Traffic, and more than I can really list here.
|Gear-Fi (Favorite Non-Audio Gear & Gadgets)
||Classic bikes, film cameras, and computers. I've got an IBM T221 DG3 monitor - the highest resolution monitor ever made (so far) at 3840x2400 (22.2" diagonal).
BlackbeardBen's Recent Activity
[Impression] FiiO X3 – High Fi, Low Price.
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Portable Source Gear 6/23/13 at 9:10pm | 629 replies | 167856 views
Peer groups, self selection, the breadth of the audiophile community
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Sound Science 6/9/13 at 11:01pm | 169 replies | 3841 views
Getting rid of ground loops: What is the best option?
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Sound Science 4/15/13 at 7:09pm | 37 replies | 6698 views
iPhone 5 sound quality
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Sound Science 2/3/13 at 5:40pm | 238 replies | 19946 views
What are the weaknesses of digital sound and why?
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Sound Science 1/27/13 at 11:09am | 29 replies | 959 views
Is basic as good as uber expensive
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Sound Science 1/25/13 at 4:38pm | 33 replies | 1268 views
Why Balanced Headphone Amps?
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Sound Science 1/24/13 at 9:45pm | 119 replies | 17498 views
Is it possible to improve the USB as a cable for audio purposes?
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Sound Science 1/24/13 at 9:40pm | 92 replies | 3109 views
Coth and metal grills affect sound quality?
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Sound Science 1/20/13 at 12:25pm | 9 replies | 2212 views
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