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Headphone Inventory


Philips Fidelio X1 (Van Damme XKE Pro-Patch (TMC paracord sleeve) + Neutrik Rean 3.5mm gold jacks recabling)

Superlux HD-681 (Fran`s mkII hw filter + custom velour pads + Van Damme XKE Pro-Patch dual-entry recabling)

Superlux HD-662F (custom wood re-design/build, custom hw filter + custom velour pads + Van Damme XKE Pro-Patch dual-entry recabling)


Xiaomi Piston IEM ( v2.1 16Ω ) - littlebit V-shaped soundstage but still has good space, imaging and separation. Very good SQ/price/build quality/design value.

T-Peos Popular IEM ( sold ) - too V-shaped soundstage and bassy/boomy for my taste.

HAVI B3 Pro1 IEM ( sold ) - great soundstage, imaging and separation. Bass department weak and gave no "lifelike" emotion no matter what tips I used.

KZ EDSE (gave away) - couldn`t get proper fit and not wear over-ear, littlebit heavy, small diameter lets them move in ear, stuck too far out of ear. Otherwise great neutral and detailed sounding bang-for-a-buck IEM.

AWEI ES-Q5 wooden (red) (gave away) - small soundstage, poor separation, quite neutral sound.

KZ R35 18Ω (SG-mod) - for price/SQ very good value. With removed g.k stickers + Piston 2.1 tips - sounds very very similar to Piston v2.1. Has harsh highs sometimes without mod (small amount of foam inside nozzles).
Using it while working with machines. Good sound isolation.

KZ ANV - very balanced/neutral sounding, great micro-details in highs region. Might lack littlebit mids and warmth in vocals. Quite hard and fast hitting kicks. Some bass heavy music may lack bass "sustain" and "deepness" but it might come from slight lack of midbass.

KZ ATE - Initial impressions- very good! Soon to be "reviewed". Modding atm...

KZ GR ( sold ) - SQ is quite an disappointment (Black filters - too bassy/muddy, Red filters with hole - too thin sound without body/punch). Build quality is very good though and suits for exchange parts to other IEM`s (filters and cable).
Λ-shaped soundstage, should fit for those who like more intimate sound for oldschool rock for exaple.

KZ ED9 - Best KZ IEM to date imo. Best sound achieved when proper type & amount of foam is added to brass nozzles. Very good large soundstage and imaging. Well balanced and pleasant sound with great detail retrieval.
Atm my favourite budget-king IEM.

Headphone Amp Inventory

1) Aune T1 (re-capped with ELNA SilmicII)
2) iBasso DX50 @ mid-gain (re-capped with Panasonic FC)
3) ELE EL-D02 (TDA1308) (re-capped with ELNA SilmicII + Panasonic FR)

Source Inventory

1) Aune T1 DAC (SS BB-PCM1793 + Tube buffer)
2) iBasso DX50 (WM8740) (Sound Unlocked 1.3.3 FW @ FLAC-only / CPU default / IIR off)
3) ELE EL-D02 (SS BB-PCM2704) (re-capped with ELNA SilmicII + Panasonic FR)

Main tubes for Aune T1 DAC:

5x Siemens E88CC (GØ 1≠ 6A / GØ 1≠ 5L / EØ 1≠ 6A, grey plates, o-ring getter, gold pins)
Amperex 6GM8/ECC86 (⊿8J5, orange globe logo)
2x Ultron SQ PCC189/7ES8 (DJF V3B, Bharat India, gold label)
Amperex 6DJ8/ECC88 (GAC ⊿9F3, single support leg dimpled disc getter, orange globe logo)
Siemens PCC189 (IP1 B7C3, Blackburn)
2x Ultron PCC189/7ES8 (50402, white label)
Amperex 6DJ8 (GA8 ⊿0F3, A-frame, PQ orange shield logo)
5x Miniwatt-Dario ECC189 (|X1 ±2L4 .. , Chartres France, yellow "shield" logo)
Siemens PCC88/7DJ8 (≠2J)
2x Miniwatt-Dario PCC189 (IP9 ⊿9F1)
Mullard ECC88 (GAG ⊿5D2, newer shield logo)
2x JAN Sylvania 6922 (82219 EAD 7002, US, green label)
6H1N-EB (Voskhod, double wire supported "cup" getter)
6N23P (Reflector, V 72)
Pinnacle PCC85 (dark grey top glass, relabeled & uncoded, very very good!)
2x GE JAN 6BQ7A (green label, o-ring getter with glowing wire under it)
Tesla E88CC (37 white label, grey plate, O-ring getter, 101 U2 W4 crossed swords)
Tesla E88CC (32 yellow label, grey plate, O-ring getter, red tip glass, gold pins)

and lot of other good tubes... over 70 tubes ;)

Aune T1 upgrades:

Headphone amp board coupling capacitors > ELNA SilmicII 47uF 50V
Headphone amp board rail voltage capacitors > ELNA SilmicII 470uF 25V
Secondary power supply capacitors > ELNA SilmicII 470uF 25V
Main power supply capacitors > Panasonic FR 3300uF 25V
CMC gold plated OFC pins ceramic tube socket + CMC PCB socket adapter

iBasso DX50 upgrades:

HO capacitors - Panasonic FC 220uF 10V
LO capacitors - Panasonic FC 100uF 10V

Cable Inventory

Van Damme Pro Grade Classic XKE Pro-Patch

Other Audio Equipment

1) AKAI AA-V12DPL receiver/amp from 1996. Capacitor overhaul: Nichicon KG, Nichicon FW, Nichicon KA and lot of Panasonic FC`s. Result - very good SQ!
Was worth replacing cheap old Samwha capacitors ;)

2) cheap modified UON HT-3010 2.1 PC system

Music Preferences

The Mars Volta, TOOL, A Perfect Circle, Omar Rodríguez-López, Karnivool, Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Dead Letter Circus, Tesseract, Sanguine Hum, David Barrett Trio, Ampacity, Djam Karet, Disperse, Alt-J, Lunatic Soul, Fever Ray, Riverside, Nine Inch Nails, Animals as Leaders, Klone, Periphery, Closure in Moscow, Caligula`s Horse, Destiny Potato, Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, Katatonia, Deftones, Bloc Party, Radiohead, The Olivia Tremor Control, Indukti, Temple of Thieves, Mutemath, Sigur Ros, Monuments, Opus of A Machine, Estas Tonne, Puscifer, Silversun Pickups, Thank You Scientist, GoGo Penguin, Atoms for Peace, The Joy Formidable, Mushroomhead, Kaya Project, Depeche Mode, Massive Attack, Martin Grech, The Circulatory System, Crosses, Lamb, Curve, Ganesh Rao, Chris Isaak, Wye Oak, Wardruna, Evaline, Jericco, Yoav, Thom Yorke, Klaxons, M83, DubFX, Ez3kiel, Skyharbor, Eleven Tigers, Korn, Eskmo, Filter, Origami Sound, Finley Quaye, O. Children, Nick Drake, Pantha Du Prince, Rammstein, Caribou, Moderat, Metallica, Bonobo, Dream Theater, 65 days of static, Anathema, Aromabar, Bahamas, Audioslave, Bat for Lashes, Type O Negative, Burial, PJ Harvey, Apparat, Blood Command, Boards of Canada, Cinematic Orchestra, Effigy, Friendly Fires, Hooverphonic, Gonzales, How to Destroy Angles, Ital Tek, Arvo Pärt, TV on The Radio, Paolo Nutini, Glass Animals, Blood Red Shoes etc.

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

Accessories for iBasso DX50:
* 2x 64GB ADATA Premier mSDXC UHS-I CL10
* Mini Audio silicone cover (black)
* KINPS 3250mAh "gold" battery (Samsung S3 i9300)
* M3 Vikuiti DQCT130 screen protector

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