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Saint Paul, MN

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About Me:

Addicted to music for over 55 years. Made the switch from speakers to headphones in 2010.

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

Cycling, skiing, photography.

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Headphone Inventory

Sennheiser HD 650, HD 555, Audio Technica AHD-A700, Sennheiser PX 100, JVC Flats, HiFiMan RE-400, Monoprice 8320

Headphone Amp Inventory

Purity Audio K.I.C.A.S.

Source Inventory

Logitech Media Server running on Windows 7 PC, Squeezebox Touch, Nexus 5

Cable Inventory

Custom 10 inch Vampire Wire interconnects (DAC to amp), ZY-005 cable for HD 650.

Other Audio Equipment

Used to have an audiophile setup built around Magnaplanar speakers but now just a consumer-grade living room system. After experience with headphones I find the living room system is only suitable for very casual, low volume listening.

Audio-Related Tweaks

-Tried the HD555 foam mod and did not like it. Caused harshness on female vocals. Undid it.
-Was surprised with the difference the ZY headphone cable made.

Music Preferences

Vocal standards, small combo jazz, big band jazz, chamber music, acoustic blues.

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

Nexus 5 Android phone, Samsung Series 3 Chromebook.

markbrauer's Recent Activity

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Advice needed for choosing closed headphones
markbrauer posted in this thread in Introductions, Help and Recommendations 3/2/15 at 7:51am | 13 replies | 100 views
DAC Bit rate Format Important?
markbrauer posted in this thread in Dedicated Source Components 1/26/15 at 5:53am | 15 replies | 437 views
Streaming service for Android / Squeezebox?
markbrauer posted in this thread in Music 1/24/14 at 3:20pm | 9 replies | 1177 views
Phiaton Giveaway Contest! All New Bridge MS 500 Headphones!
markbrauer posted in this thread in Sponsor Announcements and Deals 5/10/13 at 7:09am | 227 replies | 7947 views
Audio Technica ATH-A700 Headphones
reviewed by markbrauer 4/28/11 at 10:39pm
Raw (unedited) music, maybe even recorded directly to two track?
markbrauer posted in this thread in Music 1/14/11 at 5:46am | 22 replies | 860 views
added a new profile pic 1/6/11 at 9:19am
    HD555 foam mod video
    markbrauer posted in this thread in Headphones (full-size) 1/5/11 at 10:57am | 61 replies | 17217 views


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    Last Updated 4/4/11
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