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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

Burson Conductor SL 9018, Purity Audio K.I.C.A.S.

Source Inventory

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

Cable Inventory

ZY-005 cable for HD 650.

Other Audio Equipment

Previously had 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

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

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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Chromecast audio - can anyone comment on sound quality?
markbrauer posted in this thread in Computer Audio 10/10/15 at 6:57am | 18 replies | 1290 views
Advice needed for choosing closed headphones
markbrauer posted in this thread in Introductions, Help and Recommendations 3/2/15 at 7:51am | 13 replies | 152 views
DAC Bit rate Format Important?
markbrauer posted in this thread in Dedicated Source Components 1/26/15 at 5:53am | 15 replies | 714 views
Streaming service for Android / Squeezebox?
markbrauer posted in this thread in Music 1/24/14 at 3:20pm | 9 replies | 1472 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 | 8145 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 | 877 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 | 17669 views


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