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Lake of Egypt, Illinois

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About Me:

My "audiophile" aspirations are limited by hearing loss, income, and common sense.

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

Precision adult air guns; riding bicycles on roads and trails; listening to music; reading.

What I do for a living:

Retired, but a "go-getter: my wife works full-time . . . and I go get her!

Headphone Inventory

Shure SRH1540, Shure SRH840, Shure SRH 550DJ, Sennheiser HD598, Sennheiser HD518, Sennheiser Urbanite, NAD Viso HP50, Sol Republic Tracks Air, Sony MDR-V6, Sony MDR-XD300, Phillips Fidelio S2, Etymotic ER4-PT, Etymotic HF5, Etymotic HF3 and too many inexpensive earbuds (for workouts and background music) to list.

Headphone Amp Inventory

Schiit Audio Magni 2 Uber & Moda 2 Uber stack; HeadRoom Micro; Fournier HTA-2; AudioQuest Dragonfly V2; Teac HA-P50; and NuForce iCan.

Source Inventory

For serious listening, I use a NAD C 516BEE cd player. For casual listening, i have a MacBook, a 64gb 5th generation iPod Touch, a 160gb iPod Classic, a 32gb iPad Mini 2 Retina, and a 64gb Samsung 10.1 tablet.

Cable Inventory

AudioQuest Evergreen and Schiit Audio PYST interconnects; Moon Audio and AudioMinor headphone cables.

Power-Related Components

None, aside from a stout APC surge protector.

Other Audio Equipment

I do my "open listening" via a set of Bose 901 speakers, a McIntosh MA6450 integrated amplifier, a Yamaha CDC665 compact disc player; and a Teac receiver. The system is connected via a set of custom cables produced for me 20 years ago by Hi Fi Fo Fum in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Music Preferences

I enjoy listening to all types of music, with the exception of those forms of modern jazz and experimental/noise artistry that lack a readily discernible rhythm and melody. My one musical "addiction" is the Allman Brothers Band. I'm also attracted to music where there are lots of layers and lots of background activity in a wide soundstage [such as Thompson Twins, Chemical Brothers, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, etc.] - and to simply staged solo violin and piano performances (by the likes of Joshua Bell and Maria Joao Pires, for example) - and to chamber music - and to electronic dance music - and to bluegrass - and to big band music (vintage and contempotary) - and to male and female vocalists who can make the great American songbook come alive - and to Broadway show tunes - and to country and "roots" music - and to, well, just about anything that makes my ears happy, involved, and excited.

Interests (non-headphone)

I enjoy reading about high-end home audio systems and, especially, the esoteric hypotheses and quasi-mystical "research" underlying some of them! Sorry, but I'm a statistician and a cynic, so I'm never impressed by claims that defy scientific logic and the fundamental requirements of acceptable experimental designs.

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OPPO HA-2 Portable Headphone Amplifier/DAC Discussion Thread
SmilinKev posted in this thread in Portable Headphone Amps 6/28/15 at 7:14pm | 1613 replies | 144420 views
Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up
SmilinKev posted in this thread in Jason Stoddard 5/30/15 at 8:35am | 6919 replies | 1422659 views
HD598s.. Magni2Uber vs Vali
SmilinKev posted in this thread in Portable Headphone Amps 2/26/15 at 6:21pm | 3 replies | 641 views
*Official Schiit Magni/Modi 2 ( Uber ) Thread*
SmilinKev posted in this thread in Headphone Amps (full-size) 2/23/15 at 2:00pm | 818 replies | 72186 views
What Are You Listening To Right Now? -New thread, new rules. Please read them.
SmilinKev posted in this thread in Music 4/9/12 at 9:17am | 61715 replies | 1921019 views
Review: Fournier HTA-1 hybrid tube amp.... excellent budget amp!
SmilinKev posted in this thread in Headphone Amps (full-size) 2/26/12 at 5:48pm | 55 replies | 21030 views
Are CDs still a worthy investment?
SmilinKev posted in this thread in Sound Science 2/26/12 at 11:45am | 76 replies | 4684 views
Some People Are Destined To Sing
SmilinKev posted in this thread in Head-Fi Network & Industry News 2/12/12 at 7:22am | 70 replies | 6181 views
Your Favorite Local Record Store
SmilinKev posted in this thread in Members' Lounge (General Discussion) 1/12/12 at 6:20pm | 20 replies | 1088 views
updated their location 1/7/12 at 5:58pm


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