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spurxiii

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Sydney, Australia

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5/18/13

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About Me:

I'm Tom, an easy going dude born in Vietnam but grew up in Oz. I eat Vegemite on toast with butter.

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

My family, listening to music

What I do for a living:

Public servant - Railway Engineer

Headphone Inventory

It started I think when my uncle gave me a listen to his Panasonic portable tape player with a 5 band equalizer when I was about 7 years old. Since my childhood I have had various Sony Walkmans, AIWA tape players, Sony Discmans, Sony Mini disc players and never really upgrading the stock phones.

I've only recently got into upgrading the phones rather than the DAP and also very recently acquired my desktop setup.

In order of acquisition (recent first):

Creative Aurvana Live 2 - Wow for $100 these are the best value cans I've ever heard, very similar sound to my TH600s and 80-90% of the quality so very very good value. Quite comfortable also and portable.

JVC HA-SZ2000 (SOLD) - These are definately BASS CANONS, they shake your head like nothing else, its like having 18 inch subwoofers strapped to your head. Not my cup of tea so these have been sold.

Yamaha HPH200 - I like these alot, quite bassy for an open portable (yes its an open portable) - and I got it for $58 delivered so no complaints at all

Yamaha MT220 (SOLD) - A bit too neutral. I wanted some extra oomph.

Takstar PRO80 - These are great and a steal for about $60. Neutral sound, with that extra touch of warmth and kick to put a smile on my face

RE0: Got these again. They sound better than my memory. Its maybe because I'm using better sources than before. But my word, these are really spectacular and for $40, what a steal. (They broke, awaiting replacement)

TH600: Whoah! The bass...the bass

HD600: Enjoying them more and more each day. Such a natural sound. Balanced Audio Minor cable is on the way

Sony XBA3 (GIFTED) - Damn that is bassy for a BA. Great for EDM. Mate needed an IEM, I gave him these.

Mad Dogs 3.2 (Modified T50RP) (SOLD) - Sounds great, but the Takstars are more portable and very close in SQ enjoyment. These wIll be missed.

VSonic GR07 BE - These sound great. I've never thought I'd enjoy my music through these as much as I do

Hifiman HE500 - Used as my home setup. My reference sound. I've never heard any other mid-hi fi cans. I love this sound. Reminds me of he time I first heard stereo sound when I was 7 and got goosebumps.

Audio Technica AD700 - good airy and clean sound but lacks bass.
Great for gaming

UE900 - very good allrounder but mids slightly veiled and not bassy enough for me.

RE400 (SOLD) - Sold due to too many quality issues. Jack died twice, I sold my third pair off. I did enjoy these so much for Jazz music and acoustics but also since I've used DIY tips the bass has really come through on these and they are the best I've heard for some tracks including EDM.

Shure SE215 (now sold) - too bassy for me. V-type signature.

VSonic GR02 BE (GIFTED) - very v-type signature. sparkly, almost painful highs and good although slightly bloated bass. Good for a chuck around watch movies on my iphone type phone. Another mate needed one so I gave him these

UE700 (now broken) - I remember them being clean and clear sounding similar to the ADH700s. Also lacks bass. I miss these.

UE600 (now sold) - not bad sounding, lacks bass but also muddier than the UE700s, from memory a similar sound to the superfi 3s

HifiMan RE0 (now broken) - amazing clarity, openness, mids, lacks bass. At the time unbelievable for a dynamic. I miss them

UE Superfi 3s (now lost) - My first real good sounding phones, from memory clean and clear and sounded similar to my UE700s which is why I liked them so much at the time

Headphone Amp Inventory

Emotiva Mini-X - similar sounding to the TP60 with better bass depth but also less clarity in the mids and less extension in the highs

iBasso PB2 - These are awesome and sound better than the Audio Gds, and the're portable. I still can't believe how much detail can come though a portable setup.

Topping TP60 - So much detail retrieval from this. Currently using it to drive the HE500s and HD600s

Audio Gd NFB 15.32 - Using it as the amp for the TH600s and Mad Dogs and anything else unbalanced. Its the DAC for the Topping TP60 setup.

JDS C5 Portable (Now sold) - Not enough power to drive my mad dogs

Some cheap CMoy amp I go for $20 from ebay

Source Inventory

iBasso DX50

iPhone 4s x 2

Samsung GS4

PC via Foobar to the Audio Gd via USB

PC via Foobar to Creative X-Fi Extreme Audio Platinum

Cable Inventory

Some 50cm short interconnects from ebay

Speaker taps from BTG Audio

Balanced midnight cable from BTG

Balanced Audio Minor cable for my HD600s together with XLR to XLR mini, and XLR mini to TRS adapters

Other Audio Equipment

Home Theatre setup:

AVReceiver: Yamaha RX-V673

Fronts: B&W DM602S3 - TP60 driving the fronts as a poweramp

Centre: B&W DM60LCR

Rears: Some old Marantz speakers I bought for $10, the rubbers had deteriorated so I replaced those for $10

Subwoofer: Richter Thor MkIV

Music Preferences

Everything apart from country and classical

Interests (non-headphone)

I have a family of a wife and 3 young boys which consumes most of my time.

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Non-audiophile reactions to high-end headphones Part II
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