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About Me:

I have a closed mind. I don't want my thoughts to leak out like sound does from open headphones.

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

Photography. Researching Audio Equipment. Home Theater. Walking the dogs with my wife.

What I do for a living:

IT guy for a National Lab

Headphone Inventory

MrSpeakers Ether-C
T1 (sn 25xx) - On loan to potential buyer
Audio Zenith PMx2
Koss ESP/950
SennGrado w/cups from 7keys
Fostex TH600 / Alpha Pads (Lawton tune-up mod applied)
Grado RS2e with Doggie Treats
Sennheiser HD800 with SuperDupont Resonator mod

Sony MDR-V6 (c.1992. Never use em, but they are sentimental :-)

BlueBuds X
Sennheiser IE80
VSonic AN16 (never use 'em, but one day this will be worth tens of dollars!)

Former or tried:
Traded: beyerdynamic DT1770 - sound a little warm/dark for me.
Traded: beyerdynamic T5p - I could not get a good seal, so no bass

Sold: Sennheiser HD700
Sold: beyerdynamic T90
Sold: AKG 550: poor seal, to big - sold
Sold: MDR-Z7: Uncomfortable headband after a while. Bass bloat. Too polite, but smooth and very comfortable pads
Sold: Dunu-1000: Just liked the IE80's better
Sold: HifiMan RE400: too warm for my taste
Sold: Shure SHR1540 - Pretty darn good, but not enough something for me. Poor headband
Sold: Grado SR225i - upgraded

Heard: Audeze EL-8 (closed). Bad microphonics. Tin can sound. - just heard
Heard: NAD VIsio 50: Comfortable, but small earcups. Balanced. Tight bass, not heavy. Not fun. Forward mids. Thin. Probably accurate. Maybe even a litle bright.
Heard: HiFiMan HE-400: Need a good amp. Very revealing. Beautiful bass, but not as extended as the DT-770.
Heard: Audeze LCD-3 (pre-fazor): need a good amp. Very nice! detail, extended bass. Extended highs. Smooth. Bass thump, but controlled. tight mids.
Heard: PM-1: Very good, clear, and balanced. Too expensive
Heard: PM-3: Didn't like at first, but after a few days my brain burned in. I ultimately felt they sounded odd with the lower treble and upper mid.
beyerdynamic DT990-pro-250 - upgraded

Headphone Amp Inventory

Sony UDA-1
BottleHead Crack - Mullard 12AU7 (Blackburn, Great Britain, code Gf1 84DX), RCA 6AS7G, black plate, top getter
ifi iCan Nano
Schiit Magni (work)
NuForce Icon 2 (guest room)

Source Inventory

iPhone and iPad

Sony UDA-1
Mimby on order

OS X 10.11, iTunes ALAC

Sold: Peachtree DAC-IT (shoulda kept it)
Sold: Corda DACCord (why are DACs "sources")
Sold: Chord Mojo
Sold: Liquid Carbon
Sold: Oppo HA-1

Cable Inventory

Lots of wires. Many home made cables.

Power-Related Components

UPS on the tv and stereo and computer.

Other Audio Equipment

Desk: NAD D3020 and MartinLogan LX16s
Family room: Yamaha Rx-A2050, Monitor Audio Gold GX100 fronts, Aerial CC3 center, NHT heights, Infinity sub, DefTech surrounds
Bedroom: DefTech SM350, Topping T20
Garage: NAD 7020, Bose 101
NuForce Icon 2 (backup)
Apple Express Modems all over the place for AirPlay

Audio-Related Tweaks

Pad Inventory beyond stock pads (Pad rolling!):
- Alpha Pads - on TH600
- EDT 250 Velour (MDRv6)
- Earzonk L Cushion (one pair of SennGrados)
- Grade L - (one pair of SennGrados)

iFi-Audio iTube Buffer

Music Preferences


Interests (non-headphone)

what? I don't understand the question.

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

Sony A77 dSLR

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ifI iCan Pro - Impressions & Discussion
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Looking at the Sony UDA1/S amp/dac
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Schiit Jotunheim Review / Preview - Head-Fi TV
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DIY Cable Questions and Comments Thread
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Crack;Bottlehead OTL
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Fostex TH600 Dynamic Headphones
Allanmarcus posted in this thread in Headphones (full-size) 10/14/16 at 6:58pm | 3304 replies | 281881 views
The Official Beyerdynamic T1 Impressions and Discussion Thread
Allanmarcus posted in this thread in High-end Audio Forum 10/14/16 at 3:14pm | 10424 replies | 641472 views
2016 CanJam RMAF Impressions - Denver
Allanmarcus posted in this thread in Head-Fi Meet Impressions, Trade Show... 10/14/16 at 3:13pm | 225 replies | 29173 views


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