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Beyond music; playing, listening; I am a custom sword and knife maker.

What I do for a living:

Custom Swords, Knives and Sheaths

Headphone Inventory

Fostex TH-600

Philips Fidelio S1 and S2 - Reviews suggest that the S2 is only a marginal improvement over the S1 but to my ears it's a significant improvement. The S1 is much smaller and more distant and has a much leaner sound. The S2 sounds closer and richer but with more depth and clarity. This makes them seem larger in scale as well.

Grado SR-80i - for the drum kit , the piano, etc.
Grado SR-60i - for the computer

Previously owned (and why I sold them)

Stax SR-007mk1 and SRM-717 - audio nirvana - some day when finances are better I will have these again.

Stax SR-507 and SRM-007tA The amp was the nice part of this equation and made the 404LEs sing. I just don't really like the SR-507s I guess. With the upgrade to the O2mk1 I decided to try the SR-717 amp as it's a better pairing. The tubes are nice but suffer in the low end and the lower power means higher volume setting and some loss of dynamics. (this is for the O2s though, not the Lambdas)

Stax SR-404LE and SRM-006t - Very nice sound. More intimate presentation than the SR-507. A little closer to the older lambda models but with better extension. Still selling them but to recoup the cost of the 007

Beyerdynamic DT880 600ohm. - Well they couldn't last. The Stax haunted me. Amazing for the price but ultimately like a T1 through a light mist. Matched very nicely with the Bottlehead Crack with upgraded tubes.

Sennheiser HD800 with Black Dragon Cable (the sheer scale is amazing. Detail galore except in one narrow lower midrange band where detail suffered. I would chalk it up to amping but other phones sound much better in that band but trail in the dust everywhere else. But maybe a little too audiophile. There's a tendency to listen to sounds over music sometimes)

Sennheiser HD600 with Norse Audio Cable (good but the lower midrange killed it. smeared and indistinct)

Beyerdynamic T1 (balanced) (overall a very good headphone that is very susceptible to the amp driving it. Musically my favourite I think. Once you get over the initial wow of the HD800s, the T1 are more musically satisfying)

LCD2 Rev.1 (owned too early on and poorly amped to judge fairly but the soundstage was unnatural)

Stax SR-507 (nice from an audiophile point of view but not as engaging as the Lambdas)

Stax Lambda Signature (beautiful spacious midrange. buttery smooth yet detailed - a nice taste of what makes Stax special - These are probably the only phones I could imagine justifying having 2 set ups with this one specifically for baroque chamber music and female vocals)

Denon D5000 (pre 2012 model and not worth the extra over the D2000)

Denon D2000 (fun with good rumbling bass)

Symphones Magnum V3.5 (a little piercing in the treble and small scale but good sound)

AKG Q701 (loose in the bass but great mids to upper mids)
AKG K702.65 (Couldn't listen to them. Unnaturally forward mids and lacking clarity or coherence )

Shure SE535 (wonderful sound. But I would rather put the $300+ towards having one good set of on ear headphones than keep these)

Shure SE-315 - As much as I tried, (even adding a 75ohm inline resistor) I just couldn't enjoy these.

Hi-FiMan Re-Zero

Headphone Amp Inventory

Fostex HP-P1

Previously owned:



Stax SRM-006t

ALO The Continental V2

Bottlehead Crack with Speedball
- Philips Miniwatt 7316 SQ
- Tung-Sol 5998

RSA Protector
JDS Labs O2
Total Bithead

Source Inventory

Ipod Classsic 160G
Teac DS-H01 (now sold)

Cable Inventory

Chord Signature IC - sold but still the best I've owned

Power-Related Components

AudioMagic Stealth Mini - gone now that I'm portable... Definitely a big boost to any system.
Furutech power cord

SBranson's Recent Activity

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Fostex TH-600 - reduced to sell
SBranson posted in this thread in Headphones for Sale / Trade 2/15/14 at 11:18pm | 0 replies | 261 views
HP-P1 trying to charge my device and stops working.
SBranson posted in this thread in Portable Source Gear 2/6/14 at 10:00am | 0 replies | 71 views
Audio Magic Stealth Mini
SBranson posted in this thread in Cables, Speakers, Tweaks, Accessories For... 2/3/14 at 7:55pm | 0 replies | 114 views
Stax SR-007 Mk1
SBranson posted in this thread in Headphones for Sale / Trade 1/20/14 at 11:44pm | 5 replies | 524 views
Cypher Labs Algorhythm Solo (original version)
SBranson posted in this thread in Source Components For Sale / Trade 10/28/13 at 6:47pm | 0 replies | 251 views
The Stax Thread III
SBranson posted in this thread in High-end Audio Forum 9/15/13 at 1:46pm | 2072 replies | 94353 views
Two Walnut Headphone Stands
SBranson posted in this thread in Cables, Speakers, Tweaks, Accessories For... 9/6/13 at 11:03pm | 1 replies | 272 views
Do audiophiles "like" music?
SBranson posted in this thread in High-end Audio Forum 8/21/13 at 1:54pm | 344 replies | 12044 views
The Stax thread (New)
SBranson posted in this thread in High-end Audio Forum 8/15/13 at 8:11pm | 24764 replies | 1723753 views


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