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Currently buidling a rig from medium fi components upgrading when I can searching for higher ground

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

Music, dogs, yoga and Kayaking-(part time sea kayak instructor and I enjoy paddling white water).

What I do for a living:

Special Educator

Headphone Inventory

Grado RS1i
Grado 225i

Headphone Amp Inventory

Nuprime DACH
Little Dot 1+
Schiit Asgard 2

Source Inventory

Nuforce Icon desktop DAC, preamp and HP amp (USB and analog)
Onkyo 7030 dedicated CD player (Underrated inexpensive entry level CD player)
Rotel Integrated Amplifier with Wolfson WM8740 24 bit/192kHz DAC
Snynology NAS for digital music storage (lossless CD files played through Sonos)
Sonos Connect-Speaker System
Ipod 7th generation (miss my old 2nd gen which had better SQ)

Cable Inventory

Blue Jean Coax digital and RCA cables

Other Audio Equipment

Sjofn ("The Clue") Loud Speakers
Sonos wireless speakers in different listening zones-Playbar & Subwoofer for home theater and music, Play 5 and Sonos 5s, 3s, Playbar and Sub

Audio-Related Tweaks

Just looking for quality sound for every day music lovers. I enjoy finding good value in medium fi products that out perform their price points. I'm more focused on my speaker system currently.

Music Preferences

Metal and hard edged rock:
-Experimental, Drone and avant garde metal/punk/rock (Swans, Sigh, Sunn,Virgin Black, Stolen Babies, Thrones)
-Prog-extreme and otherwise (Opeth, Mars Volta, Steven Wilson, Mastodon, Enslaved, DEP)
-Stoner/doom/hard rock (Kyuss, Boris, Uffomamut, YOB, Electric Wizzard, HOF, Pentagram, Monster Magnet, Any band Wino is associated with, The Sword, Witchcraft, Dawnbringer, The Cult, MDB)
-Post Metal (Neurosis, Isis, Cult of Luna, Altar of Plagues)
-Thrash (Machine Head, the Haunted, Slayer, Overkill, Testament)
-Symphonic/proggy metal (Therion, The Gathering, Nightwish, Tristania)
-Classic Metal (Motorhead, Priest, Maiden)
-Proto Metal (Pentagam, Sabbath, Zeppelin, The Who, Cream)
-Early classic PM (Blind Guardian, Helloween, Gamma Ray, Iced Earth)
-Selective extreme metal:
-BM: I like the weird, ambient and dirty variety...some meat'n'potatoes sever the jugular style, atmospheric/melodic (Gorgoroth, Agalloch, Blut Aus Nord, WITR, Marduk, Ihsahn, Immortal, DSO, Altar of Plagues, Drudkh, Enslaved, Moonsorrow, Emperor)
- Old school style Swedishish DM, Black N' Roll, and Melodeth (Dark Tranquility, Entombed, Amom Amarth, At the Gates, Insomnium, Black Breath)
-Doom/death, funeral: (Loss, Evoken)
-Some brutalish DM for those days when I want to break hard objects....(Behemoth, Nile, Immolation) not so much tech deth

Other guitar oriented music:
-noise rock
-hardcore (Converge, Trap Them)

-alternative/ indie
-folk rock/singer songwriter (Dylan, Joe Henry, Tom Waits, Sting, Fiona Apple, Neko Case, Kurt Vile, Johnny Cash, Willy Nelson, Civil Wars, Monsters and Men, The Byrds)
-progressive & psychedelic (Steven Wilson, King Crimson, Jefferson Airplane,Yes, proggy jazz fusion-Mahavishnu Orchestra, After Forever, Weather Report)
-classic rock that doesn't suck (Floyd, Neil Young, Stones, Doors, Zeppelin, Sabbath, The Who, Steely Dan, The Beatles)


Jazz (classic modern jazz-40's-60's bop, post and hard bop, fusion, some avant-garde (some favorites are Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Thelonius Monk, Mingus, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, After Forever, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, Max Roach and Clifford Brown, Duke Ellington, Pat Matheny, Brad Mehdlau)

just a little Classical (those real famous dead baroque dudes that wrote all those famous symphonies; symphonic soundtracks-Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer, etc/)

Ambient and new age (Board of Canada, The Knife, John Hopkins, Darkside)

Interests (non-headphone)

WW kayaking!

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