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NA Blur

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About Me:

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.

Headphone Inventory

* Marks an excellent and highly recommended headphone for general listening

Audeze LCD-2 Rev 1
*Audio Technica: ATH-M50
*AKG K712 Pro
AKG Q701
Beyerdynamic DT990 ( 250 Ohm )
Bowers and Wilkins P5
*Brainwavz M1 IEM
Brainwavz M2 IEM
Brainwavz S5 IEM
*Denon: AH-D2000
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

Current Setup:
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 GR99

VSonic GR02 Bass Edition

VSonic VC02

Astrotec AM-90

$Brainwavz M1

Xears Nature N3i
Bass Heavy

$65 ( $85 with Comply T-400 Foam Tips )
ViSang R03 / Brainwavz M2

MEElectronics A151

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 )

Cable Inventory

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

Audio-Related Tweaks

Denon Replacement Parts


Music Preferences

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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AKG K712 Replacement
NA Blur posted in this thread in Introductions, Help and Recommendations 2/18/15 at 10:32am | 4 replies | 73 views
what should my first pair of open headphones be
NA Blur posted in this thread in Introductions, Help and Recommendations 2/11/15 at 7:44pm | 3 replies | 82 views
What Are You Listening To Right Now? -New thread, new rules. Please read them.
NA Blur posted in this thread in Music 2/8/15 at 10:45am | 59441 replies | 1845225 views
Headphone graphs and the purpose of the square wave.
NA Blur posted in this thread in Sound Science 1/28/15 at 3:56pm | 7 replies | 240 views
New Audio Technica flagships
NA Blur posted in this thread in Head-Fi Network & Industry News 1/22/15 at 5:02pm | 9 replies | 1057 views
How to adjust volume on Windows with Audio-gd NFB15 DAC?
NA Blur posted in this thread in Introductions, Help and Recommendations 1/16/15 at 3:26pm | 13 replies | 195 views
Ayre Acoustics "Codex" DAC/Headphone Amp
NA Blur posted in this thread in Headphone Amps (full-size) 1/15/15 at 9:53am | 8 replies | 833 views
Problem with a new cable
NA Blur posted in this thread in Cables, Power, Tweaks, Speakers,... 1/15/15 at 9:52am | 2 replies | 92 views


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