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||Two grown daughters, wife of 26 yrs who is getting this vintage thing
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||*HiFiMan HE-6 - open grill mod, Lohb's suspension headband pad, Audeze black leather pads, HiFiMan 26' silver coated copper cable terminated via XLR into speaker taps into my vintage Pioneer Spec 1 & 2 combo. August 18, 2014 - the date I found nirvana (no, not the band) - INCREDIBLE sound. So good I could not have imagined any headphone sounding this good. This headphone out of speaker taps is speaker-like.
*HiFiMan HE-400 - open grill mod, Lohb's suspension headband mod, Audeze Vegan pads. Out of speaker taps the sound is soooooooo close to my HE-6.
*Denon LA-7000 - Q French Silk cable installed by BTG Audio, Monkey Pod cups (a Southeast Asia tree species), Lawton damping mods & Stax 007 pads, outstanding sound with tight and deep bass.
*Denon MD-5000 - Lawton angle pads and Brazilian Teak cups from Lohb. Gorgeous headphone. Really love this headphone at work out of my Pioneer SA-8800 amp, fed by my Yoga2 via a NuForce uDac2.
*Denon MD-2000 - Bubinga cups from Lawton along with his angle pads.
*Phillips X1 - third go round will be the charm. Wanted a bassy open back for work and this fits the bill at $140 delivered.
*Ultrasone Performance 840 - my portable solution for yardwork and exercising hooked up to my iPod Touch/Cayin C5 in an armband with a custom 22" cable from Headphone Lounge. Best portable basshead combo I've yet tried.
*M-Audio Q-40 w/HM-5 extra deep pads - best pad combo on this headphone yet. Punches way over its cost.
*Pioneer Monitor II - came with the SX-1050. A weak sound but cool nonetheless.
*Pioneer SE-205 - another vintage pair from the '70's. Impressive sound.
Adidas/Sennheiser PMX 680 - best IEM I own - great for running.
Sold/traded/given away -
*Beats Studio 2.0 - Matte Black - for my portable solution after I found this open box from Amazon for $147.
*Bose AE-2 - nice but.....................
*Denon D600 - very close to the earlier Denon models - certainly very close in overall sound with great bass and comfort. Isolates better and the bass out of a vintage amp is epic.
*Fostex TH-600 - with Southeast Asia Cedar cups from Lohb, otherwise all stock. A clone of the D7000.
*Denon AH-A100 - 100th anniversary model - amazing how small and light these are! They remind me of the Bose AE2 I have from the pad to the size/weight but WITH bass. Great sound signature.
*Sennheiser HD-650 - love the tight clamp, comfort and very capable with bass. Out of my Pioneer SA-7500 I am pretty happy.
*Sony Z7 - traded for an almost new pair of Fostex TH-600.
*Denon AHM-M400 - disappointing - way too small pads and way too shallow. Shocked the fit sucked.
*Denon LA-2000 - my first Denon - Lawton mods throughout, Cocobolo Rosewood cups by Martin Custom Audio, D5K shortened cable and Lawton angle pads, great looking and sounding, also very close in sound to the D7000. The cups are gorgeous............and the sound is incredible. Kept the cups and sold the headphones with stock cups Lawton damped. Sold the Cocobolo cups separately.
*HE-4 - Focus pads, removed the grill and put an Inspired Laser Designs 80mm snap in grill in place. Great sounding headphones but not quite as much bass as the HE-400 so sold it.
*Logitech UE6000 - great little portable with wonderful bass. Gave to my daughter!
*JVC HP-DX1000 - another flagship in the stable - these are so under-appreciated here and very few owners. Let's see - incredible bass, comfort and looks. Got it all and isolates very well as another benefit. Had Q French Silk cable installed by Brian @ BTG Audio December 2014 which solved the one issue I had with these - a 10' fire hose of a cable.
*Ultrasone Performance 840 - best Ultrasone combo I've had - looks, comfort and a great sound signature. May be my portable/yardwork solution. Returned after 29 days to Amazon - just not that great and not worth keeping.
*HiFiMan HE-400 - I love this headphone. What nice planar bass..............I think I now know what guys mean by that term. Removed the grills and another big improvement. Bought a 4' cable set off Head Fi and it's a great setup for my family room main listening station. They actually thump..............
*Denon D7100 - I cannot understand the hate for this can. It sounds like a Denon can.............with great bass and better highs than I expected. A keeper and the more hours it has on it (came almost new) the better the bass has become. Sold to finance the new Sony MDR-Z7.
*Audio Technica WS55i - on ear which I do not like but bought them for my daughter who proceeded to buy some of those in-ear Beats. Kids. Great sound and bass out of this very underrated headphone.
*M-Audio HDH50 - very nice improvement in stock pads, comfort and dual entries. But sound..........not quite as good as Q40.
*JVC HAM-55X - decent comfort and sound but no way it will get any headtime.
*Ultrasone Pro900 w/Alpha pads - a truly amazing basshead phone - sounds great and Alpha pads top it off. Ultrasone's best headphone from those I have auditioned or owned (Edition 8, Sig Pro, Sig DJ). Traded for HE-400.
*Fostex TH900 - amazing can that was Lawton modded and sounded incredible. Just wanted to try more cans and will probably regret this.......actually not. Bought a D7100 and D5000 with $ left over.
*Sennheiser HD700 - loved them but sold to finance the HE-6.
*Phillips Fidelio X1 again.............second time. It just was getting zero head time and found a deal on a HD700 for $500 for my at home office open headphone.
*Beats Studio - first generation - thought they were better than my old V-Moda M100 but sold them to a buddy at work who loves Beats.
*Logitech UE6000 - got it for $80 brand new for use as my outdoor portable since I sold the M100. Sold as I'm still looking for the perfect portable and haven't found it yet.
*Sennheiser HD7 DJ - heavy bass, isolation, comfort, looks and what appears to be amazing build quality. Just was too bassy and not good enough overall sound so sent them back. And a 10' cable on a portable headphone? What?
*V-Moda M-100 Shadow w/ XL pads - sold my first one due to comfort issues but with the XL pads these are now my go to portable solution. Well done on the improvement but got bored with it so sold it, paid for my Beats AND a headphone recable on my D7000.
*Denon D5000 - loved almost as much as my D7000 but combined with selling the Edition 8 to buy a TH900.
*Ultrasone Edition 8 - great portable solution, comfort and isolation to rival anything. Sold to get TH900.
*Panasonic RP-HTF600 - same deal as the JVC's below, great sound for the price but got no head time.
*JVC SA-500 - great little bass monster but just no head time.
*Phillips Fidelio X1 - loved the sound, sold to help finance different gear. Was my first and only open headphone at the time.
*Darth Beyer V3XD - just too many headphones, had an opportunity to buy a D5000 with custom wood cups so off it went. Too boomy in the bass as well.
*V-Moda M-100 - fit issues, tired of waiting for XL pads. Ended up buying another when the XL pads came out.
*Skullcandy Aviators - decent, just would never get any headtime
*CAL - actually a very good portable solution that I liked a lot. No headtime either.
*XB700 - good sound, great bass but alas the other quality phones soon made me forget all about them.
*Skullcandy Crusher subwoofer - gave to my 15 year old nephew - made his day.
*JVC HARX-700 - low cost, low performance. Decent and that's about it.
*Audio Technica WS-99 - meh - don't get the hype - cheap feeling, bad stock pads, decent sound but not stellar.
*Ultrasone Signature Pro - fantastic sound - pad comfort lacking - traded for D7000 straight across - deal aka steal deal - best transaction ever.
*Sony XB500 - the original bass cannon - thought they were good at one time (before D2K, D600, Sig Pro, etc).
*V-Moda Crossfade - decent portable with good bass.
Portable amps sold -
*Digizoid ZO FS
*Headstage Arrow 3G - twice bought and sold
*Oppo PM-3 - nice little portable but a bit heavy for me and not enough thump.
*Oppo PM-2 - good headphone but nothing special to me (probably because I was comparing it to my HE-6.
*HiFiMan HE-560 - very good headphone, almost on par with my HE-6 but not quite. Comfort is good but not incredible to be honest. Then again, the HE-6 is comfortable to me.
*HiFiMan 400i - burned them in as per HFM's recommendation. Like the sound. A lot. Not as bassy as the HE-400 which I think is a negative. Very comfy and light but I never had a problem with the HFM fit before the remodel.
*Audeze LCD-XC - heaviest damn headphone I've ever used. For $1700 they sounded nowhere near as good as my D7000 or TH900. Maybe it's the Planar Bass but I don't get a thump like I crave. Check them off the list.........never.
*Dido 901B - great basshead phone with thump to spare. Pads not great, fit not great, just a good phone that doesn't quite measure up to say a D7000 on having ALL the boxes checked.
*Sennheiser HD700 - running it out of my vintage Spec system, they sound amazing with more than adequate bass. Very comfy, nice tight clamp, could easily see myself with a pair of these (and I did for a few months till sold to get HE-6).
*Fostex TH600 - outstanding headphone, the clone of my D7000 side by side. Out of vintage the bass is epic.
*Ultrasone Signature DJ - great portable basshead phone but I still like Denon's better for bass. Pad comfort lacking.
*Mr Speakers Alpha Dog - outstanding headphone, has all the bass I wanted. Loved it but likely won't be buying. Really the best fully isolating headphone I've tried.
|Headphone Amp Inventory
||Vintage systems -
*System 1 - the pinnacle - from 1978 - Pioneer Spec 1 pre-amp, Spec 2 amp (bench tested at 309WPC), TX9500 II tuner, SG-9500 Equalizer, fed by either a Pioneer PL-S50 turntable, Pioneer PDR609 CD player/recorder, iPhone5 via a NuForce iDo DAC (running EQ10, Equalizer or Pandora) or my Audioengine W3 wireless system with the volume controlled by a Chase RLC-1 remote! Waited my whole life to own a system like this.............it was worth the wait. Amazing is all I can say. Split time between the Cerwin Vega DX-3 speakers and headphones (usually the HE-6 out of speaker taps, tho the D7000's get their turn). HE-6 with open grills and Audeze leather pads are the most incredible headphone sound - more like speakers on your head!
*System 2 - family room - Pioneer SX-1050 receiver/amp - (120wpc - 1977) - pristine condition driving my Polk Audio M5JR's and 8" sub, fed by iPhone 4, Sony CD player or an Audioengine W3 wireless system into a NuForce iDo DAC with an AppleTV remote controlling it. Added a vintage Pioneer DT-550 timer mostly for the clock in the family room. What. A. Beast. Pristine shape and the walnut is immaculate. Now also running my 60" Samsung TV system through a FiiO D3 optical connection into the Pioneer. Sublime TV system with a sub.
*System 3 - garage music system - Pioneer SA-9900 (110 wpc - 1977) amp fed by an iPod in a Pyle remote dock or a HP Netbook playing Pandora or my iTunes collection, feeding a FiiO E10 DAC, all into Klipsch 3.2 speakers. Another beast.
*System 4 - family room main Head Fi station - Pioneer SA-7500 MKII integrated amp from (45 wpc - 1978) fed by iPhone4 ---> NuForce iDo DAC --->Kenwood vintage EQ --->Pioneer. Next to my recliner, within reach of all the controls. Archie Bunker audiophile setup.
*System 5 - home office - Kenwood KA-5700 integrated amp (40 wpc -1978) - fed by a HP G60 laptop or my work Yoga 2 on weekends ---> FiiO D5 DAC---> KA-5700---> Advent bookshelf speakers or headphones. It was my first vintage amp...........keeping it for nostalgia reasons as well as it is pristine with blue LED lighting.
*System 6 - work office system - Pioneer SA-8800 (80 wpc - 1980) - fed by a Lenovo Yoga 2 ---> NuForce uDAC2 ---> SA-8800 ---> either a killer Altec Lansing 2.1 system with sub or headphones (usually my MD5000 or MD2000).
*System 7 - garage TV system - Fisher CA-880 integrated amp - (100 wpc - 1981) - with my Yamaha RX670 serving as the preamp into a pair of Yamaha NS-4 speakers fed by a 32" LED flat screen.
*System 8 - living room - Hitachi SR-804 feeding a pair of Cerwin Vega L7 bookshelf speakers. Rated at 50wpc but when you "ask" for more it doubles to 100 wpc (a function of being a Class G design). This is about as pristine a vintage receiver as I've seen with the wood grain cabinet about perfect.
*System 9 - in the computer room upstairs - the only non-silver face based system. An Onkyo feeding a pair of Polk Audio RT35 bookshelf speakers and a 10" sub from my 40" LED TV. Sounds awfully good. Subs are awesome and not overrated.
*System 10 - Realistic STA-64B feeding a pair of Cerwin Vega L7's in my cardio room off the flat screen TV/Samsung DVD player. Wife love this!
*Speakers - Cerwin Vega DX-3, Klipsch KG 3.2, Polk Audio M5JR bookshelfs, Yamaha NS-4, Cerwin Vega L7 bookshelfs x4, Polk Audio RT35 bookshelfs.
Cayin C5 - best portable amp I've had - great basshead unit
Fiio - D5 DAC, E10 (used only as a DAC), E02i
NuForce iDo (x3)
C&C BK - backup portable amp
||Lenovo Yoga2 (amazing convertible laptop/tablet)
HP Netbook feeding my garage SA-9900 system via a NuForce uDAC 2
HP G60 Laptop feeding my KA-5700
iPhone 5 - feeding my Spec system via interface to my iDo DAC
iPhone 4 x2 - family room system - SX-1050 into an iDo DAC - as well as my main head-fi station SA-7500MKII
iPhone 3G x3 - one feeding my hot tub stereo, one feeding my BBQ station, one is a spare
iPod Touch 4th Gen 32gb as portable on arm system with BK amp
iPod Touch 3rd Gen 32gb used as a floater
iPod Classic 5th Gen 120gb in the truck
iPod Classic 3rd Gen 20gb in the garage feeding the SA-9900 monster system with Klipsch KG-4 speakers
5 other iPod Nanos of various vintages and storage for whatever.............
|Other Audio Equipment
||*Pioneer PL-S50 turntable feeding the Spec 1 preamp / Spec 2 amp system
*Yamaha Natural Sound CD player feeding the main Pioneer head fi station
*Pioneer PDR609 CD player/recorder feeding the Spec 1/2 rack system and recording off it!
*3 Chase RLC-1 remote controls for vintage (a preamp that is amazing) - one in family room and one on Spec system, third is a spare for now
*Sony CD player in the family room fed into the SX-1050 monster amp into my Polk Audio M5JR bookshelf speakers
*Audioengine W3 wireless music system with two receivers - one on the Spec system in music room and one in family room on the SX-1050. Makes listening to music easily controlled from my chair.
1200 watt truck stereo with 10" sub, Kenwood amps, Alpine CDE-149BT head unit. Bluetooth Pandora.........doesn't get much better than that! Oh, and it thumps.....
Favorite artists - Rush, Pink Floyd, Paul Hardcastle, Rick Braun
|Gear-Fi (Favorite Non-Audio Gear & Gadgets)
||Sunglasses - Oakley fan
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