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BlackbeardBen

Location:

Davison, Michigan, formerly Skövde, Sweden & Lansing/East Lansing, Michigan

Forum Post Count:

1357

Join Date:

7/11/10

Last Online:

3 days, 22 hours ago

About Me:

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:

Pump engineer

Headphone Inventory

Current:
Sennheiser HD 600
Etymotic ER-4P
Fostex T50RP MkII (modded)

For Sale:
Alessandro MS-1i
Shure E2c

Sold:
AKG Q701 White
Fostex T20RP MkII
Beyerdynamic DT 880 32 ohm
Goldring DR-100

Broken:
Koss KSC-75

Speakers:
Infinity Renaissance 90
VMPS "Tallboy" Larger Subwoofer
Infinity Compositions Overture One x3
Infinity RS 5 (1982)
Klipsch B-2
Polk Monitor 7 (out on loan)
Infinity Kappa 8 (sold)

Headphone Amp Inventory

NuForce uDAC
iBasso PB1 Toucan

Speaker Amps:
Carver C-11 preamp
Eico HF-12 integrated mono tube amp x2
Carver TFM-15CB x2
Adcom GFA-555
Soundcraftsmen PM-860

Source Inventory

Behringer UCA-202
NuForce uDAC
HTC One M8
Sansa Clip+

Speaker Sources:
DLNA media streaming from HTC One M8 -> Sony BDP-S580 -> Yamaha RX-V2300
Dual CS-505 turntable w/ Technics cartridge
Carver TX-11 tuner

Cable Inventory

What, people spend 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.

Power-Related Components

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

Audio-Related Tweaks

Isolation risers and ample bass trapping for the Ren 90s in the stereo room.
UMIK-1 calibrated measurement microphone + REW

Music Preferences

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 Eurodance 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, watches, and computers.

Seiko fan in particular - my collection includes multiple Seiko divers and a thermocompensated quartz Grand Seiko.

I've got an IBM T221 DG3 monitor - the highest resolution monitor ever made (so far) at 3840x2400 (22.2" diagonal).

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How and why do members fall in love with second tier headphones?
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Sound Science 4/23/15 at 11:23pm | 482 replies | 10244 views
Testing audiophile claims and myths
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Sound Science 4/22/15 at 9:29am | 6523 replies | 414100 views
Skeptico Saloon: An Objectivist Joint
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Sound Science 4/15/15 at 11:34pm | 1670 replies | 47658 views
The straight dope on 24 bit recordings.
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Sound Science 4/14/15 at 7:21pm | 26 replies | 1081 views
Does ripping from Vinyl get better sound than ripping CDs to lossless?
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Sound Science 4/11/15 at 9:18am | 61 replies | 2027 views
SOLD: AKG Q701 White
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Headphones for Sale / Trade 2/22/15 at 7:45pm | 0 replies | 148 views
FS: Alessandro MS-1i MS1i
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Headphones for Sale / Trade 2/22/15 at 7:32pm | 0 replies | 187 views
SOLD: Fostex T20RP MkII LNIB
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Headphones for Sale / Trade 2/22/15 at 6:58pm | 0 replies | 102 views
FS: Shure E2c in Need of Recable
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Headphones for Sale / Trade 2/22/15 at 6:25pm | 0 replies | 143 views

 

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