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Music Alchemist

Pokémon trainer of headphones

Forum Post Count:

9603

Join Date:

12/17/13

About Me:

Musician. Composer. Gamer. Entrepreneur. Alchemist.
Full-time audiophile. Part-time basshead.

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

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

Headphone Inventory

STAX SR-30
Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 [incoming]
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x [on loan from reddog]

[used to own]

Apple iPod Earphones
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
beyerdynamic DT 880 Edition 600 Ω
Bose QuietComfort 15
Focal Spirit Professional (two pairs)
HIFIMAN HE400i
Logitech Ultimate Ears 350
MartinLogan Mikros 90
NVX XPT100
PENDULUMIC STANCE S1+
Philips SHP9500
Pioneer SE-300
Sennheiser HD 590 Prestige
Sennheiser HD 650
Sennheiser HD 700
Sennheiser MOMENTUM
Sony MDR-7506
Stellar Labs 35-5960
Ultrasone HFI 780
V-MODA Crossfade LP
Yamaha HPH-MT220
a dozen or so others I don't recall

[wish list for the impending future]

Audio-Technica ATH-AD2000
JVC HA-SZ2000
STAX SR-009
STAX SR-207

[wish list for the remote future]

Abyss AB-1266
AKG K7XX
AKG K812
AKG K1000
Audeze EL-8 Closed-Back
Audeze LCD-3F
Audeze LCD-X
Audeze LCD-Z
AudioQuest NightHawk
Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBL
Audio-Technica ATH-M70x
beyerdynamic DT 911
beyerdynamic DT 990 Edition 600 Ω
beyerdynamic T 1
ENIGMAcoustics Dharma D1000
Ferrari Scuderia P200
Final LAB I
Final Pandora SE
Final SONOROUS VIII
Final SONOROUS X
FitEar MH334
FitEar MH335DW
FitEar Private C435
Focal Spirit Classic
Fostex T50RP
Fostex TH-600
Fostex TH-900
Gibson Les Paul headphones
Grado PS1000e
Hidition New Tears 6-PRO
Hidition Viento-Reference
HIFIMAN HE-6
HIFIMAN HE1000
JH Layla
Kennerton Odin
Koss ESP950
Koss KSC75
Koss PortaPro
Logitech Ultimate Ears 18 Pro
Logitech Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors
Logitech Ultimate Ears Reference Monitors
McIntosh MHP1000
Monoprice 8323
MrSpeakers ETHER
NAD VISO HP50
Noble Kaiser 10 Prestige
OPPO PM-1
OPPO PM-3
Philips A5-PRO
Philips Fidelio X2
Pioneer SE-Master 1
PSB M4U 1
QUAD Musikwiedergabe Jecklin Float QA
Rooth LSX
Sennheiser HD 600
Sennheiser HD 630VB
Sennheiser HD 800
Sennheiser HE 60
Sennheiser Orpheus HE 90
Sennheiser Surrounder
Shure SRH840
Sony MDR-7520
Sony MDR-MA900
Sony MDR-R10
Sony MDR-Z7
Sony Qualia 010
Spiral Ear SE 5-way Ultimate
STAX 4070
STAX SR-002
STAX SR-003MK2
STAX SR-007
STAX SR-007MK2
STAX SR-507
STAX SR-Omega
STAX SR-Sigma
STAX SR-X/MK3
Superlux HD668B
TakeT H2+
Takstar PRO 80
Ultrasone Edition 5
Ultrasone Edition 8 Julia
Ultrasone Signature PRO
Unique Melody Mason
Unique Melody Platform Pure Six
V-MODA Crossfade M-100
Westone ES60

Headphone Amp Inventory

STAX SRD-4 [electret adapter]
Lepai LP-2020A+ [speaker amp]

[used to own]

FiiO FUJIYAMA-E06
Schiit Fulla
Schiit Magni 2 Uber

[wish list for the impending future]

JDS Labs The Element
STAX SRD-7 [electrostatic adapter]
STAX SRM-323S

[wish list for the remote future]

Cavalli Liquid Crimson
Cavalli Liquid Gold
DIY T2
Eddie Current Studio
Mjölnir KGSSHV Carbon
Schiit Ragnarok
Schiit Valhalla 2
STAX SRM-002
STAX SRM-T2
Trafomatic T2+

Source Inventory

external hard drive array
Buffalo DriveStation Quad 12 TB

laptop computer
Alienware M11x R2 (Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Intel
Core i7 1.2 GHz quad core, 8 GB RAM)

software
Equalizer APO with Peace GUI
Fidelizer 6.8
foobar2000
iTunes
JPLAY 6.1 [trial]
Sonarworks Reference 3 Headphone [trial]

some old stereos and portable CD players

[used to own]

DAC
Schiit Modi 2

DAPs
Apple iPod classic 160 GB
Creative NOMAD Jukebox Zen
Creative NOMAD Jukebox Zen Xtra 60 GB

[wish list for the impending future]

DAC
Schiit Yggdrasil

virtual surround sound audio processor
Smyth Realiser A8

[wish list for the remote future]

DACs
dCS Vivaldi (CD/SACD transport, DAC, upsampler & master clock)
Light Harmonic Sire
MSB SELECT DAC + Femto 33 Clock
Totaldac d1-twelve
TRINITY DAC

music servers
Astell&Kern AK500N
Laufer Teknik The Memory Player 64 Ultimate
LH Labs Geek Source
Light Harmonic Da Vinci Source
LUMIN S1
Musica Pristina A Cappella II
Musica Pristina Prodigy
Naim NDS
Totaldac d1-server

software
Fidelizer Pro
Highend-AudioPC AudiophileOptimizer
HQPlayer
JPLAY
JRiver Media Center
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
Out Of Your Head
Redline Monitor
Sonarworks Reference 3 Headphone

Cable Inventory

Belkin Mini-Stereo Audio Cable
FiiO L9
V-MODA Audio Only Cable (black, 79")

[used to own]

Apple 30-pin to USB Cable
Monoprice RCA (pair, 1.5 ft)
Monoprice USB (A male to B male, 3 ft)

[wish list for the remote future]

headphone cables
Cardas Clear
Double Helix Silver Spore
Double Helix Spore M
Effect Audio Duo CC Piccolino
Nordost Heimdall 2
Norne Arcane
Norne Solv X
Norne Zoetic
Siltech Duchess Crown
Stefan AudioArt Endorphin

IEM cables
Effect Audio CC Piccolino

XLR interconnects
Cardas Clear
Crystal Cable CrystalConnect Absolute Dream
Double Helix Spore
JPS Labs Super Aluminata
Nordost Odin 2
Siltech Empress Double Crown
Siltech Triple Crown
Stefan AudioArt Endorphin
Synergistic Research Galileo LE
TARA Labs The Grand Master Evolution

power cables
Crystal Cable CrystalPower Absolute Dream
JPS Labs Aluminata
Nordost Odin 2
Siltech Ruby Double Crown
Stefan AudioArt Endorphin
Synergistic Research Galileo LE
TARA Labs The Grand Master Evolution

USB cables
Crystal Cable Crystal USB Absolute Dream
Double Helix Metagenome3
JPS Labs Superconductor V
Siltech Golden Universal Crown
Stefan AudioArt Endorphin
Synergistic Research Galileo LE

Power-Related Components

Belkin surge protector

[wish list for the remote future]

power strip
Stefan AudioArt Endorphin

Other Audio Equipment

speakers
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

software
dBpoweramp Reference R14.4
Exact Audio Copy V1.0 beta 4

music collection (including many rare collector's items)
1,000+ CDs
~50 DVDs
~50 vinyl LPs and EPs
a few hundred digital albums
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

[used to own]

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

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

[wish list for the impending future]

ear pads
JVC HA-SZ2000: Brainwavz HM5 Thick Earpads, JVC HA-M55X pads, MrSpeakers Alpha Pads

speakers
Focal Alpha 50

[wish list for the remote future]

speakers
KEF LS50

vibration control
Mapleshade Vibration Control System
Nordost Sort Füt
Nordost Sort Kone TC
Stillpoints ESS Rack
Stillpoints Hard Hat
Stillpoints Ultra 5
Stillpoints Ultra Base
Stillpoints Ultra Mini
Stillpoints Ultra SS

Audio-Related Tweaks

JPLAYmini settings
Playing via: WASAPI
Engine: Xtream
Audio PC: This computer
Bitstream: Native
Bitperfect Volume: OFF
Polarity: Normal
DAC Link: ~85 Hz
PC Buffer: 1 second
XtreamSize: 500
Throttle: ON
Hibernate mode: OFF

Fidelizer settings
core system and resource scheduler optimizations
processor core resource assignment for multi-core
system/network process resource priority optimizations
launch audiophile player with Fidelizer optimizations
stop unnecessary services leaving only audio related ones
networking

[wish list for the remote future]

headphone modifications
Sennheiser HD 800: Stefan AudioArt Ultra-Modification

custom paint job
Sennheiser HD 800: ColorWare jet black

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, dubstep, nightcore

...as well as orchestral, neoclassical darkwave, pop, rock, rap, jazz, R&B, folk, opera...nearly everything.

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?

I have been in everything from orchestras to jazz bands to metal bands, and have done vocals practically my entire life, piano since ~1993, and trombone and guitar since ~1996.

I wanna hear the very best, like no one ever heard. To catch them is my real test, to review them is my cause. I will travel across Head-Fi, searching far and wide. Each headphone to understand the power that's inside. Gotta catch 'em all!

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

Note: Many of the items on my wish lists are out of sheer curiosity, and more importantly, because I would like to do all the proper objective and subjective tests with them that no one else has bothered to do.

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

Pentax K1000 manual SLR camera

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