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antonyfirst

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Milan

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12/14/06

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About Me:

The stream of digits going down a digital connection have no chronological disorder

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

Humour, Music, Poetry, Psychology, Computer, Gadget, Reading, Writing, Travels.
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What I do for a living:

Developer-Analyst in IT Consulting

Headphone Inventory

Current:
Stax Lambda Nova Signature
Etymotic ER4 with Forza Audioworks recable @40 Ohm
Audiocats Babystax (on loan, thanks catscratch!)


I would be interested in trying: Stax 4070, Stax SR-009, Koss ESP950


Had:
Stax Omega 2 Mk1 (heard at least 7) -> 7xxxx S/N and 7xxxx have bigger chances to be much better. We found out that several 70xxx are too dark. We found out that SZ1xx and further are uninteresting to us.
Stax SR-X Mk3 Pro (2x) -> great midrange, lean midbass, but extremely rumbling and powerful deep bass; small soundstage, extremely discomfortable. Extremely source-dependant.
Stax Gamma Pro -> Princess of the loudness war
Stax 404/Spritzer modded -> I only remember it was sweaty
Stax SRS001 Mk2 with Audiocats-modded amp -> fantastic
Stax SR-003 -> lovely
AKG K1000 -> purest sounding earphone in the world.
Audio-Technica AD2000 -> live equalizer. Bass and treble are never out of place. Midrange can be, though.
Tamboti Thunderpants -> super aggressive midrange, small soundstage, smooth highs, fast, tight bass
LCD2 Rev1 -> unnatural, clinical, strong deep bass, empty midrange... sounds like it's making music for something else
LCD2 Rev2 -> in opposition to other people's impressions, the Rev2 I got was a darker than that Rev1. Great headphone if it retailed 200 Euro new.
Yamaha HP3 -> a bullet must have killed the midrange frequencies. Otherwise super tight/deep bass, super comfortable, very fast if properly damped
NAD RP18 -> darkish... sloppish, also
Sennheiser HD650 -> thick; thick and sibilant when badly amped; I wish to hear it in a proper, balanced setup
Sennheiser HD580 -> the bass goes its own way, constantly missing the timing of the music. Bloated. This is with CKKIII, regardless of the source and cables
Sennheiser HD250 Linear I -> hole in the midrange, fast, spikey treble
Sennheiser HD250 Linear II -> hole in the midrange, fast, more spikey treble, strong deep bass
Sennheiser HD800 (only loaned) -> super fast, hypertextured, wrinkled bass; distant, hollow midrange, spikey treble; huge soundstage
AKG K501 (repeatedly loaned) -> beautiful midrange, not very resolving, slightly sibilant, average soundstage and bass depth
Apuresound Etymotic ER4P/S -> fantastic but aggressive, not really "warm", the bass is as tight as a stone, in general a lean, aggressive, addictive sound without any hints of sibilance (the P), or with some hints of sibilance (the S).
Etymotic ER4P/S -> more linear midrange, but less emotionally addicting than the Apuresound version, easier to drive (the Apuresound P requires higher volume, go figure). The stock S is very sibilant
Etymotic HF-5 -> inferior to normal Etys, the bass reaches less deep; less refined across the notes; exceptional for home use with the Etymotic PtoS adapter, especially with a warm/darkish signal path behind
Westone 3 -> big sound, lovely low level details (echoes), the balance is weirdly u-shaped so that the midrange lacks some energy. Upper bass is full, treble is extended
Westone UM3X -> warm as a womb could be. With triflanges it can also sound airy, otherwise suffocating
JH13 -> transparent, neutral, small, polite midrange, transparent
Triple.fi 10 Pro -> big bass, big soundstage, overpowering bass, ghastly midrange, extended treble
HifiMan RE272, RE262, RE252, RE0 -> the RE272 and RE262 are very fine sounding, lifelike, if you can stand the comfort
Yuin OK1, OK2, OK3, PK1, PK2, G1 -> I will remember the PK1 as the one with a meaningful personality
Koss A250, KSC75
Grado SR60 (and I have heard RS1i, PS1000)
Shure SE530

Headphone Amp Inventory

Current:
KG Megatron (in progress...)
Hiraga LeMonstre 20w (in progress...)
Stax SRM-007t

Past:
Stax "KGSS-A" (Stax SRM-727A with Feedback mod and same output stage as KGSSHV - thanks, KG)
Stax SRM-717, Stax SRM-001 with SFC++ mods (by Audiocats, Vitq caps), Stax SRM-1 Mk2 Pro, SRM-Xh
AMB-Cavalli CKKIII
Burson HA-160DS
MisterX Mini^3 and less interesting portable amps.

Source Inventory

Subjective ranking that may change across time:

AMR DP-777
Museatex DA-44 Plus (Upgraded)
Metrum Hex
Museatex Bitstream Plus (Upgraded)
April Music Eximus DP-1
Yulong DA8
Metrum Octave Mk2
Audio-gd NFB-9.2
JKenny Ciùnas
Yulong D18, Assemblage DAC 2.7, Assemblage DAC 3.0
Mytek 192DSD
Halide DAC HD


Other stuff: Museatex Bitstream (stock is useless), Arcam Rpac (impressively decent), Yulong DAH1 (better than your average mp3 player), AMB Gamma 1 (not better than your average mp3 player), HiFiMan HM602 (too bulky to make sense), various portables, Imods. I loved the Kenwood HD20GA7 mp3 player, it started my Head-fi journey.

Would like to try: MSB Analogue, Phasure NOS

Cable Inventory

JPlay JCAT USB cable
Silverfi Samarkand XLR interconnects
Silverfi D3 digital coax cable
Di Marzio RCA interconnects

Paid, never received: RAL Paradise XLR interconnects (scam)

Other Audio Equipment

Mordaunt Short Performance 6 Ltd

Music Preferences

Rock:
Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, Tim Buckley, Robert Wyatt, Gong, Faust, Can, Amon Duul II, Red Crayola, The Velvet Underground, The United States of America, Jefferson Airplane, The Moody Blues, Silver Apples, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Roxy Music, Public Image Ltd, Traffic, Royal Trux, Television, Pere Ubu, Talking Heads, John Cale, Lou Reed, Nico, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder, Van Morrison, John Fahey, Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens, Roy Harper, Yes, Area, Van Der Graaf Generator, Henry Cow, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Cocteau Twins, Buggles, Jimi Hendrix, Pixies, Husker Du, Violent Femmes, Foetus, Mr. Bungle, Phish, Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley, Lydia Lunch, Franco Battiato, Mercury Rev, Red House Painters, Lycia, Morphine, Solex, Peter Gabriel, Steven Ridgway, Antibalas, Sonata Artica, Dream Theater

Jazz:
Charles Mingus, Carla Bley, Sun Ra, John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, Miles Davis, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, David Holland, Dexter Gordon, Eric Dolphy, Joni Mitchell, Alice Coltrane, Paroah Sanders, Zu, Paolo Conte

Classical:
Shostakovic, Mahler, Beethoven, Arvo Part, Philip Glass, Oistrakh, Kogan, Lutoslavski

Modern:
Penderecki, Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis

Avantgarde:
Moondog, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Steve Roach, Penguin Cafè Orchestra, Diamanda Galas

Trance/Psytrance/Goa:
Shpongle, Ott, Hallucinogen, Younger Brother, Juno Reactor, Shulman, Amethystium, Spectral, Maneesh De Moor

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

Motorola Photon Q
Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo Wii-U
PS Vita
iPhone 4S

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WTB: Stax SRE-750 Extension Cable 5.0m
antonyfirst posted in this thread in Cables, Speakers, Tweaks, Accessories For... 7/18/14 at 4:02am | 0 replies | 18 views
WANTED Smooth, fluid, relaxed DAC
antonyfirst posted in this thread in Source Components For Sale / Trade 7/17/14 at 3:53am | 7 replies | 457 views
FS: April Music Eximus DP-1
antonyfirst posted in this thread in Source Components For Sale / Trade 7/17/14 at 3:47am | 0 replies | 43 views
JKenny Audio Ciúnas DAC and Ciúnas SPDIF
antonyfirst posted in this thread in Dedicated Source Components 7/14/14 at 6:49am | 594 replies | 52914 views
sold
antonyfirst posted in this thread in Cables, Speakers, Tweaks, Accessories For... 6/18/14 at 9:32am | 0 replies | 105 views
FS: Stax HPS-2 Wooden Stand (price shipped)
antonyfirst posted in this thread in Cables, Speakers, Tweaks, Accessories For... 5/29/14 at 8:13am | 0 replies | 90 views
Abbingdon Music Research DP-777 Thread
antonyfirst posted in this thread in High-end Audio Forum 5/23/14 at 1:06am | 323 replies | 22623 views
closed
antonyfirst posted in this thread in Cables, Speakers, Tweaks, Accessories For... 5/23/14 at 1:04am | 0 replies | 113 views
WTB: Stax SR-001 Mk2 in-earspeakers only (no amp)
antonyfirst posted in this thread in Headphones for Sale / Trade 3/24/14 at 2:58am | 0 replies | 108 views
FS: Stax Lambda in poor condition
antonyfirst posted in this thread in Headphones for Sale / Trade 3/23/14 at 2:39am | 0 replies | 144 views

 

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