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About Me:

Born in 1984, male

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

travel, gaming (go, euro games), science fiction, philosophy, food, art, nature

What I do for a living:

Ph.D. student in math

Headphone Inventory

In order of acquisition

Denon AH-D1001 (broken and well-loved)

Sennheiser PX100 (rarely used, got for travel but ended up travelling with the Denon, Sold March 2012)

Audio Technica AD-900 -- great soundstage, terrible (lack of) bass, to be sold soon

Sennheiser HD25 -- too tight, Sold April 2012

Fischer FA-003 -- To be sold soon, great all-rounder, but overshadowed by LCD2

Creative Aurvana Live -- Denon 1001 reincarnated, the king of comfort, and shiny too

Dec. 2012 -- Rarely if ever listen to these, but keep them around for the sake of nostalgia and to introduce head-fi newbies to good sound

Audio Technica ES10 -- Not the most balanced headphone, but lots of fun and great detail level. After I bought it, I listened to it almost exclusively for several days. But the bright highs are too distracting while studying. This is the headphone I sometimes choose for walking around the neighborhood or around the house.

Dec. 2012 -- I still enjoy these occasionally. If I'm in the right mood and with the right track, I occasionally prefer them to the LCD2s.

V Moda M80 -- More balanced and more comfortable to wear than ES10, much more forward vocals, but less detailed highs. This is the portable that I choose most of the time, and more or less the only portable I use while studying.

Dec. 2012: This is the headphone that I choose for portable use about 90% of the time.

Audeze LCD2 Rev 2, bamboo and leather-- Eargasmic. There's no such thing as a perfect headphone, but this is close enough for me. Purchased June 2012.

December 2012: They don't astound me quite like they did when I first purchased them, not because I think they're any less amazing, but because I've been thoroughly spoiled. I still adore them. I don't have any plans to upgrade anytime soon. If you're thinking about taking the plunge and it won't be a financial hardship for you -- then do it! Well worth the money. Unless you're a total treble-head -- then maybe get something else. If it would be a financial hardship for you to buy them, then first sell whatever overpriced amp you have (if you have one) and then buy them -- they sound amazing out of a Fiio E17.

Bose Quiet Comfort 15 -- purchased August 2012. I know it doesn't have great sound compared to say the M80s, but I need something with noise cancelling for working out in my noisy gym and for commuting on the subway and riding on airplanes. I can't stand the idea of wearing something inside my ear for an extended time, and the HD25 clamps too tightly for my comfort.

Dec. 2012: I stopped using these a month or so after I got them. The noise-cancelling technology produces high air pressure around the ears, which is physically uncomfortable for prolonged usage. Also, the noise-cancelling keeps me from being able to hear myself sing along, which helps to motivate me to work out harder. These days, I mostly read on my kindle while working out, rather than listening to music. If I do listen to music, I bring the M80s.

Thinking of buying the Z1000, but the graphs make it look like it has a limited frequency response -- the lowest and highest octave are barely present. That's surprising given its price and good reviews.
Z1000 thread
Generally interested in acquiring headphones that are comfortable, have short cords, and sound great without amplification. But I think I already have the best of those between the ES10 and the M80.

Headphone Amp Inventory

Soundmagic A10 -- broke after being dropped on the floor
Digizoid z0 -- rarely used
Fiio E17 -- powers the LCD2 Rev 2 just fine.

Trying to learn more about what's actually affected by an amp vs. what's marketing hype. I think a lot of it is marketing hype.
Check out Krav's post here.

I'm not a big fan of amps. They add an extra degree of hassle to the listening experience, thereby decreasing my overall enjoyment and making any gain in sound quality largely irrelevant since my goal is good sound for the sake of enjoyment, not good sound for the sake of good sound.

Source Inventory

Just an iPod nano (third generation), a sansa Fuze, and a computer with a basic sound card.

December 2012: I lost my iPod nano a few months ago. (Music was backed up elsewhere, so not a great loss.) I had more music that I wanted on it than I could fit on it, so I'm not replacing it with another of the same. I'm not thrilled with the Sansa fuze software (neither the sansa software nor Rockbox). I'm thinking of using my android smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S III) as a music player, but I prefer to have a dedicated music player so that I don't get distracted by other stuff on my phone stuff when I want to focus on music. So I'm thinking of maybe buying a Cowon player.

Based on Uncle Erik's comments in this post, I'm don't think that upgrading my digital player or DAC would make a big difference. http://www.head-fi.org/t/555690/w...

Cable Inventory

Thinking of buying a shorter cable for my LCD2 for enhanced convenience walking around the house.

Other Audio Equipment

Harmon Kardon Soundsticks II (speakers). Nice sound, and cool design. The adjustable bass is nice, but I wish they would mark what setting gives you a neutral bass. I'm too lazy to make it a high priority to figure that out, carefully so I just guess, but I'm probably way off.

Music Preferences

Lots of variety. Roughly speaking, stuff earlier in the list I listen to the most, but it really depends on my mood.

Electronic (Tangerine Dream, Infected Mushroom) and various instrumental (Evelyn Glennie, Myo Kyo), heavy metal (Sepultura, Manowar), , Progressive Rock (Really enjoying Pink Floyd recently), Classical (Beethoven, Chopin, Sibelius, Orf, Holst), alternative (Cake, The Offspring, Bloodhound gang), Hard rock, rock and roll oldies (my favorite genre before I got into hifi), jazz, folk, pop, bluegrass, dance, rap, country, . . .

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

Samsung Galaxy S III, kindle

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Is it possible to mod iPod nano 3rd gen for extra storage?
Norman314 posted in this thread in Portable Source Gear 9/24/12 at 12:50pm | 4 replies | 2445 views
Audio Techinca ATH-AD900
Norman314 posted in this thread in Headphones for Sale / Trade 8/20/12 at 1:55pm | 0 replies | 390 views
How far can EQ really go towards truly equalizing headphones?
Norman314 posted in this thread in Sound Science 6/24/12 at 1:11pm | 203 replies | 13517 views
Good headphones in the 100-200 dollar price range
Norman314 posted in this thread in Headphones (full-size) 6/24/12 at 2:39am | 4 replies | 2789 views
Audeze LCD-2 wood types
Norman314 posted in this thread in Headphones (full-size) 6/23/12 at 12:51am | 9 replies | 1101 views
Line out dock vs. headphone out
Norman314 posted in this thread in Sound Science 6/22/12 at 9:05pm | 38 replies | 35011 views
what makes some amp better than others?
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Closed: Wrong forum
Norman314 posted in this thread in Headphones for Sale / Trade 6/21/12 at 6:24pm | 1 replies | 189 views
Portable amps with features similar to E17 (digital control, EQ)
Norman314 posted in this thread in Headphone Amps (full-size) 6/19/12 at 7:41pm | 3 replies | 266 views


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