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bespoke tailor

Headphone Inventory

-roxanne (Truly beautiful sounding iem, they "darkened" the treble a little bit so that you can truly enjoy the musicality as a whole package in a recording. I can enjoy background music more with tons of details on them, and amazing head stage) -> This is the best sounding I have so far!!!
-ath esw11 ltd (My portable headphone for jazz, vocal, orchestra, acoustics, best with high quality source music and better amp. The longer you listen to them the more you appreciate them. pair it with a dac and tube amp, and you will get a very beautiful sound)
-FAD Pandora Hope vi (After heaven 2, i get addicted to the fad sounds. It is able to drive any music genre quite beautifully. These are my second best headphone I have after the roxanne. analytical yet musical))
-alessandro ms-1i (loving this headphone Simply amazing stuff!!!) update: after mod by Gamja labs and pair it with ak240, the ms1 mod simply is my best sounding portable headphone so far. the kick bass slam sound are amazingggg and so addictive, the high more natural than my pandora. they sound like a big speaker to me)
-grado sr60 (more bass slam and vocal more forward, thicker and louder but less refined than the ms-1i). modded by gamja now they are my third best.
-shure 215 le blue + estron iem cable = sound very nice and polite for long listening. Very deep and detail bass)
-fad heaven II (Best "budget" iem I have heard so far.. at least the mids, drive it with with a very good source and good amp you will surprise the sound from this 100 dollar iem)
-earsonic sm64 v.2 (my very portable setup with good quality sound overall, especially bass and cymbal sound,mid is good and very detail, though sounding is too dull / less lively for me) -> sold to a better home
-Marshall Major FX 50 aniv (This is a fun sounding headphone, good thick mid, boomy bass with good detail, good imaging too, sometimes stage become small, sound refinement than my standard ms-1i but less fun and less airy)
-Marshall Major white (this actually louder than my 50 fx, but much less refined than 50 fx)
-dt880 250 (Most comfy to wear from my other headphones. sound more natural than dt1350)
-dt1350 (High quality sounding but inaccurate vocal and acoustic sound makes it my least favorite headphone. Though it has very good bass depth and articulation on par with sm64, this mainly used on trance and dubstep music)
-xiaomi piston 2.0 (interesting subwoofer kind of bass and clear high, only good on vocal and jazz, lack of resolution detail and transparency, rock and dubstep/ electronics sound pretty bad on these, for $30 it is good though. They really tune the driver to the max potential. imo better save up and get a shure 215 or a heaven 2 for better quality of sound) Update: I did the foam removal mod on the xiaomi and the sound turn out to be better. I can enjoy listening to the piston 2.0 now. But still can not beat the smooth sound of the 215. imo.

Best musical setup for any music: - ak240 > m2m dhc > tur06 > roxanne + wooden base

next wishlist:
The Enigma - it goes to my first list
grado rs-1e

have heard them but not really suit my current set up:
vmoda m-100
heaven 6
fad pf ix
fad lab-1
535 ltd
govibe portatube+
portaphile 627 1st edition
sony pha1
theorem 720
chord hugo
dita truth
grado rs-1e
grado gs1000e
vmoda xs

Headphone Amp Inventory

-analog squared paper tur-06 (best portable amp i have ever heard to date)
-xduoo xp-1 (go for xd-1 with optical cable sound smoother with better separation imo)
-govibe vulcan+ (nice bass on tiesto headphone, able to shake your brain)
-Bengkel Macro (BMac) v4 mkII ( a local diy portable amplifier that sound amazing, this is my on the go portable amplifier)
-hippo box+ (simple set up to power up your dap)

Source Inventory

-ak240 (running fr 1.09) Best quality source. Just can not justify the 2000 dollar upgrade from the ak100 + tur06. Very good sounding on dsd file. (the transient, emotion and level of layers of instrument details are amazing, each instrument separation also feels very sharp). It plays all my song collection very3 good. It is able to drive headphones beautifully up to 300 ohm impedance, more than 300 you need to pair it with an amp.
-ak100 stock (running fw 2.3) + asp tur06. Love the dsd64 -> no detail loss, almost analog quality!! - broken and about to upgrade to rwak100-s soon
-Lumia 900 for video music player (love the nokia music application, they sound very good better separation, resolution and detail than my hippo biscuit but lack of power)
-hippo biscuit (my smallest wav player with decent sound quality and power to drive up to 250 ohm headphones).

Cable Inventory

dhc elite limited 8 wire (4 copper litz and 4 silver litz) mini interconnect -best interconnect I have so far. there are so much detail without getting smaller head stage.
venturecraft v7mg1l mini to mini interconnect (smooth vocal with all instrument details present, stage gets smaller more engaging) - broken :(
jaben copper+gold plated mini to mini interconnect (i love its dry vocal, less analytical, balance sounding) - sold
jaben pure copper mini to mini interconnect (very good to tame bright headphones)
jaben pure silver mini to mini interconnect (very good to bring up more details on the dark headphones)

Other Audio Equipment

nokia 360 x 2 (bluetooth speakers stereo set up for my tablet pc + foobar / audiogate application by KORG for dsd playback)

Music Preferences

vocal, modern jazz, pop, acoustics, rock

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