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Music Alchemist


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About Me:

Music is my life! I am interested in anything that can make it sound better.

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

MUSIC! And: video games, anime, photography, science, philosophy, mythology...

What I do for a living:

Music Alchemy

Headphone Inventory

Logitech Ultimate Ears 350
Sennheiser HD 590 Prestige
V-MODA Crossfade LP


Apple iPod Earphones
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x
Bose QuietComfort 15
Stellar Labs 35-5960
a dozen or so other models I don't recall

Headphone Amp Inventory

Schiit Magni 2 Uber



Source Inventory

Schiit Modi 2

external hard drive array
Buffalo DriveStation Quad 12 TB

laptop computers
Alienware M11x R2 (Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Intel
Core i7 1.2 GHz quad core, 8 GB RAM)
Sony VAIO VGN-S360P (Windows Vista Home Basic 32-bit, Intel
Pentium M 1.7 GHz, 512 MB RAM)

JPLAY 5.2.1 [trial]

Creative NOMAD Jukebox Zen Xtra 60 GB

some old stereos and portable CD players


Apple iPod classic 160 GB
Creative NOMAD Jukebox Zen

Cable Inventory

Belkin Mini-Stereo Audio Cable
FiiO L9
Monoprice RCA (pair, 1.5 ft)
Monoprice USB (A male to B male, 3 ft)
V-MODA Audio Only Cable (black, 79")


Apple 30-pin to USB Cable

Power-Related Components

Belkin surge protector
Duracell 15 Minute Charger
Duracell PreCharged Rechargeable AAA batteries (x2)

Other Audio Equipment

Diamond Audio Technology GEM2.0-USB

external CD-RW/DVD±RW drive
LG GP10NB20 Portable Super Multi Drive

headphone stand
Geekria FortuneCat EJJ-0001-01

some cable adapters

dBpoweramp Reference R14.4
Exact Audio Copy V1.0 beta 4
Fidelizer 6.4

music collection (including many rare collector's items)
1,500-2,000 CDs
~50 vinyl LPs and EPs
a few hundred digital albums
a few dozen DVDs that came with the CDs
a few cassette tapes

electric guitars
Epiphone Les Paul Classic with flame maple top
two others that are so rare, I don't even know their names

guitar pickups
Gibson 500T Super Ceramic Humbucker

guitar amp
Fender Frontman 25R

three or four electronic keyboards

a trombone


acoustic guitar
Gibson L-00 (from the 1920s or 1930s)

Bach Professional Bb/F Tenor Model 42B Stradivarius with F attachment

Audio-Related Tweaks

black LightDims over amp and DAC LEDs

current JPLAYmini settings:
Playing via: Kernel Streaming
Engine: Xtream
Audio PC: This computer
Bitstream: Native
Bitperfect Volume: OFF
Polarity: Normal
Buffer: DirectLink
Buffer 96 kHz: DirectLink
Buffer 192 kHz: DirectLink
Throttle: ON
Hibernate mode: OFF

Music Preferences

metal: melodic death, black, brutal death, metalcore, neo-thrash, thrash, groove, gothic, symphonic, industrial, progressive, doom, power, folk, nu, alternative

metal bands I like: http://www.head-fi.org/t/397407/l... (post 15221)

electronic: trance, techno, drum and bass, trip hop, electronica, industrial, dark electro, ambient, dance

...as well as orchestral, neoclassical darkwave, pop, rock, rap, jazz, R&B, folk, opera...basically everything except country and reggae.

I am slowly collecting every Final Fantasy soundtrack ever made.

Interests (non-headphone)

Listening to music, composing music, recording music, performing music, performing sick, twisted experiments *on* music, collecting music, selling music, teaching music, reading about music, talking about music, thinking about music...

...did I mention I like music?

My Anime List: http://myanimelist.net/animelist/...

Music Alchemist's Recent Activity

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You Know You're an Audiophile When.. Version 2!
Music Alchemist posted in this thread in Members' Lounge (General Discussion) Today at 6:41 am | 4117 replies | 84671 views
First Amp: Magni 2 for the HD600s?
Music Alchemist posted in this thread in Introductions, Help and Recommendations Yesterday at 4:16 pm | 6 replies | 63 views
M40x vs JVC S500 for home and some gym use?
Music Alchemist posted in this thread in Introductions, Help and Recommendations Yesterday at 2:27 pm | 27 replies | 176 views
Do I need a DAC?
Music Alchemist posted in this thread in Introductions, Help and Recommendations Yesterday at 2:07 pm | 5 replies | 86 views
Headphones for metal music - ultimate solution
Music Alchemist posted in this thread in Headphones (full-size) Yesterday at 1:18 pm | 446 replies | 38299 views
Bose QC25 on Schiit Asgard 2 - distortion
Music Alchemist posted in this thread in Introductions, Help and Recommendations Yesterday at 1:07 pm | 12 replies | 95 views
DAC Bit rate Format Important?
Music Alchemist posted in this thread in Dedicated Source Components Yesterday at 6:11 am | 7 replies | 163 views
Budget Headphone Amps?
Music Alchemist posted in this thread in Introductions, Help and Recommendations Yesterday at 4:30 am | 5 replies | 89 views
Question Regarding Cable for ATH-m50x
Music Alchemist posted in this thread in Introductions, Help and Recommendations 1/25/15 at 6:43pm | 5 replies | 46 views


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