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The Fed


Long Beach, CA

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2 weeks, 3 days ago

About Me:

Typical Male

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

Raising my critters, my 54 Lincoln Capri, Mechanical watches, Ornamental typography, Audio DIY

What I do for a living:

Heavy Civil Construction Engineer - Bridges & Marine

Headphone Inventory

Audeze LCD2
Sennheiser HD800
VSonic GR-07
Fostex T-50RP Mk3

Headphone Amp Inventory

Stello HP100 Mk2
Luxman SQ-N100
Sansui AU-517 - Godzilla
ALO Audio - The National

Source Inventory

Custom Built Audio PC - 100% silent, no moving parts
ART Legato USB/SPDIF - Converter

Dutch Audio Classics
Philips DAC 960
Metrum Acoustics Octave Mk I

Disk Spinners:
Adcom GCD-575

Digital Transports:
iPad Air W/CCK
iPhone 5 W/CCK (deactivated for dedicated audio use)
3 ea iPod Nano (Gen1, Gen 3 and Gen 4)
1 ea iPod Shuffle (Gen1)

Cable Inventory

Forza Audioworks - Headphone cables (HD800, LCD2)
ViaBlue - Digital and Analog IC's
Cables 2 Go (Sonicwave) - Digital and Analog IC's

Power-Related Components

APC 15amp Rack Mount Filter
ACUPWR - 550 Watt Stepdown transformer

Other Audio Equipment

Sansui AU 9900 & AU 517 amps
Sony SS-G7 Speakers - main
Sony APM - 77 - Planar Magnetic speakers

Audio-Related Tweaks

I quit tweaking years ago.
But I do build a Gainclone or a First Watt Clone from time to time.

Music Preferences

Punk Rock: The Ramones, The Clash, Social Distortion, The Sex Pistols, Bad Religion, The Misfits, Minor Threat, Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, Jawbreaker, Face2Face, Operation Ivy, Alkaline Trio, Tiger Army, Hepcat, Dwarves, Rise Against, Crimshrine, Downfall, Against Me, Off With their Heads, Fugazi, The Stooges, US Bombs, The Bruisers, Old Firm Casuals, Transplants, Psycho White, Exploited, Fear, X, Black Flag, Germs, F Minus, Pennywise, Gorilla Biscuits, Agnostic Front, Voodoo Glowskulls, Circle Jerks, Descendents,

Rock: Tool, Metallica, QOTSA, Foo Fighters, Judas, Maiden, Van Halen, Rage Against the Machine.

50's and 60's Traditional Reggae: Spirit of 69 stuff like Toots and Maytals, Desmond Dekker, The Melodians, The Slickers, Jimmy Cliff, Old School Wailers (Wail'n'Soul session, JAD, Studio One era etc... When there was still some Calypso atmosphere in the tone.

Madchester, Britpop and English Alternative: BLUR, Stone Roses, Neds Atomic Dustbin, Wonder Stuff, The Cure, The Smiths, New Order, Happy Mondays, Depeche Mode, Echo and the Bunneymen, The Golden Silvers, Madness, Selecter, Amy Winehouse, The whole Jimmy Two Tone records thing, Lily Allen

Some electronic music: Gorrilaz, Dan Deacon, Daft Punk, Django Django, Muse, Free Dimensional, Radiohead, Diamond Rings, Crystal Method, Utah Saints, Fatboy Slim,

Alternative and Old School New Wave: Smashing Pumpkins, Black Keys,The Strokes,The Pixies, Pearl Jam, Sublime, Silversun Pickups, Beck, Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, The Breeders, Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Jane's Addiction, Weezer, Goldfinger, Dance Hall Crashers, Elvis Costello, Hepcat, Less Than Jake, Taking Back Sunday, Vampire Weekend, Lorde, Matisyahu, White Stripes, STP, The Cars, The Police, No Doubt, Green Day, .Against Me, Pulley, Kings of Leon (1st Album), The Hives, Killers, The Transplants, The Distillers, Moby, Bloodhound Gang, Thrice.

Old School & Classic Rock: Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, Chuck Berry, The Tielman Bros. Buddy Holly, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, The Yardbirds, Black Sabbath, John Prine, Billie Holiday, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Velvet Underground, The Doors.

Hip Hop (For white boys) Eminem, Schoolboy Q, Kanye, Beastie Boys, Macklemore, The Neptunes, Tribe Called Quest, KRS 1, Dela Soul, NWA, Too Short.

Best Ever: #1 Bob Dylan (Acoustic & Hwy 61), The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater, Led Zeppelin.

Interests (non-headphone)

Enjoying my kids while they are still little,
Working on, getting frustrated by and wasting endless amounts of time and money on my 54 Lincoln,
Mechanical watches and vintage movements.
The Pacific Ocean
Art: Aaron Horkey, David A Smith, Jeremy Geddes
Books: Kerouac, Burroughs, Miller, Bukowski, Vonnegut, Thompson, Rand, Pirsig, Dostoevsky, Updike, Huxley, Orwell. and some religious philosophy i.e. Kierkergardd and Kant but I prefer hedonistic and/ or dystopian themes. Oh and George R.R. Martin.... waiting for Winds of Winter.

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

1954 Lincoln Capri Coupe - Mild Custom
2005 S197 Mustang - Slowly customizing while trying to keep it running.
Mechanical Watches - Muhle Glashutte, H20, Stowa, Eberhard & Co, Micro Divers (Tempest, Armida, Crepas)

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All things Metrum Acoustics
The Fed posted in this thread in Dedicated Source Components 4/25/16 at 4:39pm | 51 replies | 2990 views
Metrum Acoustics Musette - Like New
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Massdrop AKG K812 Giveaway! - COMPLETE!
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The Fed posted in this thread in Dedicated Source Components 12/1/15 at 12:07am | 187 replies | 41335 views
Airist Audio Heron 5 Loaner Program (and Black Friday Sale!)
The Fed posted in this thread in Sponsor Announcements and Deals 11/20/15 at 12:46pm | 154 replies | 7988 views
WTB: Questyle CAS192 - Dac
The Fed posted in this thread in Source Components For Sale / Trade 11/10/15 at 10:06am | 0 replies | 55 views
iFi iDSD Micro - Dac/ Amp - Like New Condition
The Fed posted in this thread in Source Components For Sale / Trade 11/9/15 at 3:45pm | 0 replies | 69 views
FS: HP Envy 15 - Digital Front End with i7/ 8GB/ 1TB & JRiver
The Fed posted in this thread in Source Components For Sale / Trade 11/9/15 at 11:23am | 0 replies | 121 views
Audeze LCD-4
The Fed posted in this thread in High-end Audio Forum 10/8/15 at 5:25am | 3957 replies | 316475 views
FiiO X1 Ultraportable Hi-Res DAP
reviewed by The Fed 9/30/15 at 12:43pm


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Latest upload: Aug 20, 2013
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