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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

Focal Utopia
MrSpeakers Ether-C
T1 (sn 25xx)
Audio Zenith PMx2
Koss ESP/950
SennGrado w/cups from 7keys
Fostex TH900 MkII
Sennheiser HD800 with SuperDupont Resonator and SuperBAF mods
Sennheiser HD650 with all sorts of mods
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: Grado RS2e with Doggie Treats
Sold Fostex TH600 (Lawton tune-up mod applied)
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

Lake People G109-A
BottleHead Crack - Mullard 12AU7 (Blackburn, Great Britain, code Gf1 84DX), Catham 6080
ifi iCan Nano
Schiit Magn Uber 2 (work)

Sold: Corda Classic
Sold: Schiit Magn gen 1 (work)

Source Inventory

iPhone and iPad

Sony UDA-1
Black Bimby

OS X 10.11, iTunes ALAC

Sold: Mimby
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

NuForce Icon 2 and NHT zeros
NAD D3020 and DefTech SM350
Sony UDA-1 and MartinLogan LX16s

Family room: Yamaha Rx-A2050, Monitor Audio Gold GX100 fronts, Aerial CC3 center, NHT heights, Infinity sub, DefTech surrounds
Garage: NAD 7020, Bose 101 and 301
Apple Express Modems all over the place for AirPlay

Audio-Related Tweaks

Pad Inventory beyond stock pads (Pad rolling!):
- EDT 250 Velour (MDRv6)
- Grado L - (one pair of SennGrados)
- ZMF Cowhide
- Brainwavez Hybrid (flat)

iFi-Audio iTube Buffer

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Interests (non-headphone)

what? I don't understand the question.

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

Sony A77 dSLR

Allanmarcus's Recent Activity

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Allanmarcus posted in this thread in Members' Lounge (General Discussion) Yesterday at 12:46 pm | 23266 replies | 2708979 views
Lake People G109 / G103 thread
Allanmarcus posted in this thread in Headphone Amps (full-size) 1/18/17 at 10:29am | 542 replies | 110845 views
IC: Lake People G109A Limited Edition Headphone Amp
Allanmarcus posted in this thread in Amplification For Sale / Trade 1/17/17 at 5:12pm | 0 replies | 77 views
FS - Jaybird x2 with box and accessories
Allanmarcus posted in this thread in Headphones for Sale / Trade 1/16/17 at 11:58am | 1 replies | 101 views
KOSS ESP-950 Thread
Allanmarcus posted in this thread in High-end Audio Forum 1/16/17 at 12:52am | 2486 replies | 198800 views
WANTED: Schiit Gungnir aka Gumby OR Spring Holo Dac
Allanmarcus posted in this thread in Source Components For Sale / Trade 1/15/17 at 9:28am | 2 replies | 50 views
Stymax-Obravo HAMT-1 AMT Hybrid
Allanmarcus posted in this thread in Headphones (full-size) 1/13/17 at 2:29pm | 50 replies | 17012 views
Crack;Bottlehead OTL
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The Sennheiser HD 800: The First Listen, The First Review
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Audio Zenith PMx2 Impressions page
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