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

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on 7/24/13

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

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
Alessandro MS-1i
Fostex T50RP
Shure E2C

Formerly owned:
Beyerdynamic DT 880 32 ohm
Goldring DR-100

Headphone Amp Inventory

Carver C-11 preamp
Eico HF-12 integrated mono tube amp x2
Carver TFM-15CB amps x2
Adcom GFA-555 amp

NuForce uDAC
iBasso PB1 Toucan

Source Inventory

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)
NuForce uDAC
Sansa Clip+

Cable Inventory

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.

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 living room.

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 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).

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[Impression] FiiO X3 – High Fi, Low Price.
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Portable Source Gear 6/23/13 at 9:10pm | 631 replies | 170707 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 | 3849 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 | 7063 views
iPhone 5 sound quality
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Sound Science 2/3/13 at 5:40pm | 238 replies | 20543 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 | 972 views
Is basic as good as uber expensive
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Sound Science 1/25/13 at 4:38pm | 33 replies | 1278 views
Why Balanced Headphone Amps?
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Sound Science 1/24/13 at 9:45pm | 119 replies | 18108 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 | 3150 views
Coth and metal grills affect sound quality?
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Sound Science 1/20/13 at 12:25pm | 9 replies | 2420 views
Album art game
BlackbeardBen posted in this thread in Music 1/12/13 at 8:03am | 2123 replies | 76593 views


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