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About Me:

Caustic bombastic furfag

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

Vintage headphones
Competitive Smash Bros.

What I do for a living:

Local gas station

Headphone Inventory


Own; In use:

--Pioneer Monitor 10-II (modified) (!!!)
--Sansui SS-100 (modified) (!!!)
--Sennheiser HD800 SuperDupont Resonator
--Sony DR-Z7 (!!!)

Own; in storage:

--BEYER DT48S 5 ohm (gift from DeepFunk)
--Fostex T50-II (DIY) (!!!)
--Hitachi HD-S9 Gathered Edge (!!!)
--KOSS K/6X Plus (First headphones)
--Sony MDR-605 (modded) (!)

Own; broken:

x-AKG K1000 (!!!) (project headphone)
x-Audatron SH-608R x2 (both scrapped for parts)
x-Audio-Technica ATH-M50 (old version) (pile of parts, but complete)
x-BEYER DT48A 5 ohm (currently in pieces, another gift from DeepFunk, project headphone)
x-KOSS K/6A (shattered to pieces and scattered across existence)
x-Pioneer Monitor 10 (missing earpads, cable, and screws)
x-Pioneer Monitor 10-II #2 (shorted cable) (scrapped for parts)
x-Sony DR-9 (scrapped for parts)
x-Sony DR-M5 (driver mismatch)
x-Sony DR-Z5 (driver mismatch)
x-Sony DR-Z6 x3 (clearly this headphone is cursed)



--AKG K240 Studio
--Audatron SH-608R
--Audez'e LCD-1 (!!!)
--Audio-Technica ATH-5/Signet TK22
--Audio-Technica ATH-6D (modded)
--Audio-Technica ATH-8/Signet TK33
--Apple EarPods
--Apple iBuds
--Bang & Olufsen U70 (modded) (bought for a friend)
--Beyerdynamic DT1350 x2 (one good, one *****)
--Dingoo A320 earbuds (lost)
--Echo TDS-16 (Smela version)
--Fostex T50RP (bought for friend)
--Fostex TH600 (christmas gift) (ew)
--HiFiMAN HE-6 (modified) (good)
--KOSS PortaPro (good)
--KOSS PRO/4AAA Series 2 (!!!) (modified) (good)
--Monoprice 8320 IEMs (lost)
--NAD RP18 Mylar (Fostex T50v1 OEM) (!!!)
--Numark HV-215v (ew)
--Philips N6330 (AKG K240 Sextett OEM) (NOS) (ew)
--Pioneer SE-6 (ew)
--"Pioneer SE-700RP", T50RP drivers in an SE-700 shell
--Pioneer SE-300
--Pioneer Monitor 10-II #3 (NOS) (traded)
--Sansui SS-20
--Sansui SS-35
--Sennheiser HD250 Linear II (headset version)
--Sony DR-S7 (ew)
--Sony DR-Z5 (!)
--Sony DR-Z6 (broke) (!)
--Sony DR-Z7 (NOS) (!!!)
--Sony MDR-CD280 (given away)
--Sony MDR-CD180 (given away)
--Sony MDR-D77 Eggo (!!!)
--Sony MDR-SA3000 (ew)
--Stanton Dynaphase Sixty
--STAX SR-X MKIII (bought for a friend for Christmas)
--Sterling TE-400
--Toshiba HR-810 (!!!) (mint w/ original case)
--Yamaha YH-1 (stock)
--Yamaha YHD-1 (stock)


Heard (all-inclusive ranked list) (last updated 4/29/15):

--Good ones--

?: Sennheiser HD800 (need to relisten)

1: Sansui SS-100
2: Sony DR-Z7
3: Pioneer Monitor 10-II (modded)
4: Audez'e LCD-1
5: Sony MDR-605 (modded)
6: NAD RP18 Mylar (Fostex T50v1 OEM) (with TH600 pads)
7: Sony MDR-D77
8: AKG Q701
9: Pioneer Monitor 10 (modded)
10: Sennheiser HD250 Linear II
11: Audio-Technica ATH-8/Signet TK33
12: Pioneer SE-500 (modded)
13: KOSS PortaPro
14: Audio-Technica ATH-6D (modded)
15: Audio-Technica ATH-5
16: Sony DR-Z6

--Not-so-good ones--

17: STAX SR-X MKIII (DISREGARD: defective energizer)
18: Phillips N6330 (AKG K240 Sextett OEM)
19: AKG K812
20: Fostex TH600
21: Sansui SS-35
22: BEYER DT48 S (5 ohm)
23: Echo TDS-16 Smela
24: Oppo PM-2
25: Sony MDR-CD1700
26: Yamaha YH-1 (stock)
27: Sony MDR-Z7
28: KOSS PRO/4AAA (modded)
29: Grado RS2i
30: KOSS PRO/DJ200
31: Pioneer HDJ2000
32: Pioneer SE-300 (modded)
33: Sennheiser HD600
35: Pioneer SE-6
36: Pioneer SE-300 (stock)
37: Sony DR-M5
38: V-MODA M-80
39: KOSS PRO/4AAA (stock)
40: KOSS Reference One
41: Audio Technica ATH-6D (stock)
42: Skullcandy Aviators
43: Sony MDR-X10
44: Klipsch Image ONE
45: Sony DR-Z5
46: Beyerdynamic DT1350
47: Pioneer SE-700
48: Sansui SS-20
49: Pioneer SE-500 (stock)
51: Monoprice 8320 IEMs
52: Sony MDR-CD280
53: Sony MDR-CD180
54: Sennheiser HD380 Pro
55: KOSS PRO/4AAA Plus
56: KOSS K/6x Plus
57: Sennheiser HD280 Pro
58: Apple Earpods
59: Beats Pro == Beats Mixr
61: Fostex T50RP (stock)
62: Skullcandy Hesh
63: AKG K240 Studio
64: Audatron SH-608R (modded)
65: Audio-Technica ATH-M50 (old version)
66: Numark HV-215v
67: Sony MDR-605 (stock)
68: Sony MDR-XB500
69: Sony MDR-SA3000
70: Skullcandy Fix
71: Skullcandy Skullcrushers
72: Apple iBuds
73: Audio-Technica ATH-6
74: All other models of Beats
75: Bang & Olufsen U70 (again, bought for a friend)
76: Audatron SH-608R (stock)
77: KOSS K/6A
78: Beats Tour


//--Source Equipment--//

Own; In use:

--LH Labs Geek Out 450


--Gustard H10
--JDS Labs Special Edition Objective 2 (rear power, ODAC, 1/4" TRS, upgraded PSU)
--Schiit Asgard v1 (ew)


Headphone Amp Inventory


--Gustard H10 High Current Amplifier (modified)


--Audio Technica ATH-80 energizer
--FiiO E7
--Objective2/ODAC combo (JDS Labs Special Edition + Upgraded PSU)
--Schitt Asgard v1


--Cavalli Liquid Crimson

Source Inventory


--FiiO D03k (not used)
--LH Labs Geek Out 450


--AudioQuest Dragonfly
--ODAC Rev. 1


--Schiit Yggdrasil

Cable Inventory

Grado Mini Adapter Cable (x2, one lost :< )

Other Audio Equipment

Speaker stuff:


--OG-5050 "Power Woofer" desktop speaker system. Decent sound, but not amazing.
--Panasonic SE-3510 Stereo Receiver. Has turntable and cassette deck.


--Pioneer JB-21
--Sansui AU-G99X

Audio-Related Tweaks

My Pioneer SE-500 has been converted from open to closed-back. Headband has been altered to allow circumaural pads.
-- Better imaging, better treble
-- Less distant sounstage
-- Better isolation
-- Extremely flat, speedy, deep, and enjoyable

My Audatron SH-608Rs have had damping and earpad modifications. The drivers were also lifted off the baffle and suspended away from the ear.
-- Opened up soundstage, made sound airy and light
-- Fixed boomy and peaky mids
-- Sound is no longer suffocating and oxygen-deprived
-- Still sounds bad :(

My KOSS Pro/4AAA has had damping modifications. I also cut holes in the earcups to make it open-backed, gave it new pads, completely rewired it and added 3.5mm detachable cables to each side.
--Removed an annoying echo that was interfering with the soundstage
--Evened out the frequency response
--Removed a slight bloom on the low end
--Possibly a slight increase in treble

Mass loaded the baffle of my Pioneer Monitor 10-II:
--Helped quell some frame resonations
--No significant sound signature alteration (<3)

Music Preferences

Virtually all genres. Classical, Jazz, Swing, Soul, Orchestral, EBM, EDM, Hip-Hop, Eurobeat, Hardstyle, Breakcore, Metal, Melodic Metal, Rock, Techno, Electronica, Ambient, Industrial, Dark Electro, Glitch Hop, Harsh, Psytrance, Darkwave, Video game, Dubstep...

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

Sony PSP-1001 w/ Extended life battery
Running 6.20 PRO-B10 CFW
Sony PSP-3001
Running 6.35 PRO-B5 CFW
HP 620LX PocketPC
OpenPandora Rebirth Edition
My desktop setup:

Intel Core i7 2600 Quad-Core @ 3.4GHz
ASUS P8H67-V Motherboard
MSi Cyclone GTX-550 Ti (OC edition)

Primarily used for emulating Wii games in 1080p

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