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||Graduated from MSU Bozeman in Physics
Work as a Certified Surgical Laser Technician
|Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
||Golf, Hiking, Photography, Movies, Gaming, Music
|What I do for a living:
||I test, setup, and operate lasers in the surgical OR for the Pacific Northwest.
||* Marks an excellent and highly recommended headphone for general listening
Audeze LCD-2 Rev 1
*Audio Technica: ATH-M50
*AKG K712 Pro
Beyerdynamic DT990 ( 250 Ohm )
Bowers and Wilkins P5
Brainwavz M2 IEM
Etymotic Research ER6i
Grado Labs: SR-225i, RS-1i
*JH Audio JH 10 x3 Pro ( Custom IEM )
Maximo iMetal iM590
MEElectronics CX21 IEM
Monster TurbinePro Copper
Philips: SBC HP910,*Cityscape Downtown
Sennheiser: *HD-650, HD-555, EH-150, EH-250, EH-350
Headphones I am very familiar with:
HiFiMAN HE-300, HE-400, *HE-500
Amp: Headroom's Balanced Ultra Desktop Amp using balanced TRS to XLR cables
DAC: Grace Design m903 running in balanced mode
Source: Low compression mp3 ( 198 kbps or better ) via Foobar2000
Headphones: AKG K712 Pro, and JH Audio 10 x3 Pro
Next Step: Sennheiser HD800, WA6, and an RP1 Phono player, and a NAD PP 3 Preamp
Looking for sound quality improvement?
1.) Better source material ( well recorded music )
2.) Better headphone ( go from the Koss Porta Pro and end near the LCD-3 )
3.) Better DAC ( especially if you do computer listening )
4.) Better Amp ( some amps deliver less noise and a cleaner low end while extending the treble )
5.) Lastly let your brain filter have time to understand the new sound signature
Need a budget IEM? Look here:
VSonic GR02 Bass Edition
Xears Nature N3i
$65 ( $85 with Comply T-400 Foam Tips )
ViSang R03 / Brainwavz M2
Things I have learned:
There is no perfect headphone.
Asking "What is the best headphone for..." is subjective so expect many answers possibly disagreeing.
Using the words " noob" and " lurker" only make you look stupid.
Objective measurements tell at least half the story.
Price has little to do with performance.
In business...money is king.
Comparing headphones all day takes the fun out of listening to music.
For most of us headphone listening is more of a hobby so enjoy it!
Hey, what are those headphones in your avatar? Answer: Koss Nova Pro circa 1980.
|Headphone Amp Inventory
||Headroom Total BitHead ( Sold, outdated by current technology )
Headroom Ultra Desktop Amp / Dac ( Swapped for the BUDA )
Headroom Balanced Ultra Desktop Amp ( BUDA )
Grace Design m903 reference headphone amplifier / DAC ( running USB 2.0 )
||PBJ Kimber Cables ( RCA )
Seismic Audio XLR to TRS Patch Cables
|Other Audio Equipment
||EQUALIZER: JVC SEA-10, CLASS D AMPS: Pioneer SA-8100, TEAC_AG10D, SPEAKERS: Vintage Polk Audio 5A Monitors, Wharfdale Diamond 10.2 Bookshelf Speakers
||Denon Replacement Parts
||Ali Farka Toure, Ani DiFranco, Beck, Benni Chawes, Cake, Emiliana Torrini, Glenn Zervas, Karsh Kale, Patrica Barber, Slaid Cleaves, Yoshida Brothers
Jazz, Rock, Hip-Hop, Blues, Electronic, World, Classical
NA Blur's Recent Activity
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Volume Settings for DAC/Amp -> Amp?
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