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Cante Ista


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on 12/3/15

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

hanging with wife and daughter; outdoors activities; Aikido; music production and "bedroom DJ-ing"

What I do for a living:

Acquisitions and Sourcing Management

Headphone Inventory

- HD 800 with Toxic Silver Widow or Black Dragon 4pin XLR for DNA Stratus + Silver Dragon speaker to HP adapter for First Watt F3 ; ALO Salty Pepper 1/4 inch jack for DNA Sonett
- HE-6 with Reign 24.;
- HD 600 with Silver Dragon;
- AKG k702 with ALO SXC Cryo Cable;
- AKG k550 with Silver Dragon;
- Shure 846

Gone: DT1350 with Black Dragon (sold); T70 (sold); Bunch of other Sennherser and Shure IEMs that I lost or got broken from use; Sennhersier hd595 (given away)

Headphone Amp Inventory

Current:: First Watt F3; DNA Stratus; DNA Sonett w/ upgraded Supertube; RSA SR-71A; ALO Continental v2; HeadAmp Pico; GS-X mk2 (here!!!)

Past: SPL Phonitor;

Source Inventory

MacMini w/ Amarra; PS Audio Perfect Wave mk2; NAD m51 DACi; Cypher Labs Algorithm Solo; Onkyo ND-S1; iPod Classic 160 gb; Mac Book Pro; Onkyo C-S5VL Super Audio CD/CD Player

Past: PS Audio Digital Link 3; IMod 5.5 (dropped in the sink! :-( )

Cable Inventory

Reign 24; ALO Salty Pepper; Audioquest King Cobra RCA; Audioquest King Cobra XLR; Wire World Starlight USB; Cables To Go Optical SPDIF; Silver dragon; Black Dragon; Audioquest HDMI cinnamon; Audioquest optical; Audioquest Columbia RCA and XLR interconnects;

Power-Related Components

Pangea AC-9SE PC; VH Audio Flavor 4 PC; Black Sand Cable Violet ZII PC; APC H-type Power Conditioner; Monster HTS 1000 MK III Power Conditioner and PS Audio Power Port Premiere outlets for my main rig and my bed side rig.

Other Audio Equipment

Ableton Controller; Ableton Live Suite and Logic X; Onkyo TX SR-806, JBL surround sound speakers, sub and Polk RTI A5 - for music and movies (7.1 set up)

Music Preferences

Electronica (all IDM/EDM; but do not really like printer Dub-step, most new trance, and any electronic with singing especially vocal trance); Classical (mostly piano works, organ; some symphonies); Rock; Jazz; Hip hop

Interests (non-headphone)

Aikido; outdoors activities like hiking, climbing, running, swimming, cross training, etc.; Working with Ableton Live 9 mostly to come up with arrangements and Logic Pro X to master; I also love Pitbulls and Pitbull mixes -- they are such a misunderstood bread - "real man LOVE their Pitt-bulls!"

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

Samurai sword from Japan and Aikido weapons set.

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The HeadAmp GS-X and GS-X MK2 Thread
Cante Ista posted in this thread in High-end Audio Forum 7/18/14 at 2:48am | 5310 replies | 428443 views
DNA Sonett 2
Cante Ista posted in this thread in Headphone Amps (full-size) 6/27/14 at 12:56pm | 154 replies | 19064 views
= HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =
Cante Ista posted in this thread in Headphones (full-size) 6/27/14 at 11:50am | 17534 replies | 1161760 views
HD800 setup on a $2k budget?
Cante Ista posted in this thread in High-end Audio Forum 6/26/14 at 6:04pm | 15 replies | 1487 views
DNA Stratus 2A3 amplifier - first impressions
Cante Ista posted in this thread in High-end Audio Forum 6/7/14 at 6:26pm | 3204 replies | 260217 views
HifiMAN HE-6 Planar Magnetic Headphone
Cante Ista posted in this thread in High-end Audio Forum 5/27/14 at 11:41am | 19725 replies | 1126760 views
Cante Ista posted in this thread in High-end Audio Forum 5/14/14 at 3:39am | 1239 replies | 150711 views
Some OVERRATED High End Gear.
Cante Ista posted in this thread in High-end Audio Forum 5/11/14 at 4:08pm | 329 replies | 53794 views
Amps that can drive the HiFiMan HE-6 planar headphones
Cante Ista posted in this thread in High-end Audio Forum 5/9/14 at 4:24pm | 4936 replies | 382712 views
Welcome & Introduction for DC/VA/MD Head-Fiers
Cante Ista posted in this thread in DC/VA/MD Head-Fiers Group 4/26/14 at 5:51am | 97 replies | 2391 views


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