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richard51

Location:

canada

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209

Join Date:

7/21/13

Last Online:

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About Me:

I am a lover of music and books.

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

i search for the max quality sound for less than one thousand dollars for each piece of the chain

What I do for a living:

sell books

Headphone Inventory

Have:
Fostex th 7-b ( for the price, 60 dollars in canada, i think that this headphone is marvellous)

Hifiman he-400 ( famous reputation for the ratio quality/price) with the Ember, they are on par with the Stax basic system...Better for jazz

Stax Lambda Nova Basic (at a used price a bargain in money and sound) better for choral music...

Remark: the electrostatic Stax sound and planar Hifiman sound are too different to be compared, i like the two and cannot choose now...

Had:
Audiotechnica ath-m50 ( very good bass )

Headphone Amp Inventory

Have:
Ember project ( incredibly good and very versatile,very beautiful, with the 6ns7 sylvania tube incredibly better than with my 12 other tubes) surprisingly high ratio quality/price/flexibility...its pre/out drive also the Stax with more body or the Monsoon internal amps with more soundstage ...

Have:
Stax srm252s

Had:
Stax smr-xh (at used price a bargain capable to run many stax headphones)

Had:
Aune t1 tube dac/amp ( good synergy pairing with the ath m50 and the fostex, not with the He 400 for my ears)
Pa2v2 ( i dont use it now, but for the price interesting deal )
Bravo ocean tube amp ( good synergy with the He 400 and with the AKG 701)

Source Inventory

Have:
Beresford Bushmaster mkII with Ankaka Battery charger ( a pure marvel for the price)

Hifimediy asynchronus usb Sabre DAC ( 57 dollars and i am sure one of the best dac less than 200 hundred dollars, and an optic converter, all in one)
+ hifimediy usb isolator (that make in the chain an audible difference to my ears)

Had:
Aune t1 tube dac/amp. ( bad synergy with Hifiman He 400)

Cable Inventory

Morrow ma 1 interconnect rca cable ( quality/ price ratio extraordinary, and my most important discovery in audio) + Morrow Ma3 and this upgrade with the ma3 make a big difference...excellent King Valab optical toslink cable (great upgrade from cheap cable)

Other Audio Equipment

first speakers :
Monsoon MM 2000 4.1 active powered desktop speakers... astonishingly good i would have pay them 600 hundred dollars with joy... they sold 300 hundred in 2001... it cost me 80 dollars today... a steal.... incredibly acurate sound... ( very good mids, fantastic highs without any distortion at any volume and very accurate bass with a marvellous soundstage and imaging).... I am sure they are only surpassed by mini maggies in accuracy (1,500 dollars)... they are also planars....ridiculously high quality price/ratio...they surpassed my beloved Swan M10 easily ...not in the same ballgame...

Second speakers :
Swan m10 2.1 multimedia speakers ( quality/ price ratio impossible to exceed, it cost me one dollar on ebay and the retail price is around 125 dollars) the sound is very musical, and if you are on a tight budget dont kill yourself buy it....You will smile ...( i pair the Monsoon internal amp with the Ember pre-amp function and its make for the second time all the difference )

IMPORTANT NOTE : Sorbothane feet are miraculous product for vibrations...They produced more clear bass and image... Paramax pm8-av power conditioner made a difference also... bought it used for a cheap amount...made a great difference and protect your gear...

Music Preferences

classical, world and jazz...

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**Hifiman HE-400 Impressions and Discussion Thread**
richard51 posted in this thread in Headphones (full-size) 5/1/15 at 4:47pm | 20003 replies | 875905 views
Hifiman HE1000 Planar Dynamic Flagship
richard51 posted in this thread in High-end Audio Forum 4/27/15 at 5:39am | 3500 replies | 239434 views
HIFIME 9018D USB DAC
richard51 posted in this thread in Dedicated Source Components 4/22/15 at 5:30pm | 28 replies | 1310 views
Project Ember Tube Rolling
richard51 posted in this thread in Headphone Amps (full-size) 4/5/15 at 10:40am | 423 replies | 19564 views
CanJam Music Appreciation Contest
richard51 posted in this thread in Head-Direct Premier Sponsor Forum 4/2/15 at 5:22pm | 268 replies | 8063 views
Garage1217 Project Solstice
richard51 posted in this thread in Headphone Amps (full-size) 3/29/15 at 7:35pm | 78 replies | 2687 views
Project Ember Review
richard51 posted in this thread in Headphone Amps (full-size) 3/23/15 at 10:23pm | 470 replies | 42345 views
New from Garage1217, the solid-state Project Polaris!
richard51 posted in this thread in Headphone Amps (full-size) 3/15/15 at 2:08pm | 728 replies | 37430 views
Magnepan Mini Maggie Desktop Speaker System
richard51 posted in this thread in High-end Audio Forum 3/5/15 at 4:44pm | 75 replies | 11661 views

 

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