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zilch0md

Location:

Near Dallas, Texas

Forum Post Count:

2967

Join Date:

4/28/07

About Me:

Just another guy who enjoys listening...

What I do for a living:

Spend money I find under rocks

Headphone Inventory

Sennheiser HD280
(A sleeper - bang for the buck)

Sennheiser HD600
(Once recognized, yet no longer given the acclaim it still deserves. Considerable bang for the buck - especially balanced, on the TBI MG3)

Sennheiser HD650
(Surely, the offspring of an HD800 and LCD-2, the HD650 is perhaps the best compromise out there!)

Sennhesier HD800
(Too bright - with everything except the Schiit Vali!)

Beyerdyanmic DT1350 "Facelift"
(A comparison with the Sennheiser Amperior is forthcoming... Amperior wins!)

Sennheiser Amperior (Silver)
(Lower build quality than the Beyer DT1350, but more comfortable and amazing sound - a poor man's LCD-2!)

Audio Technica ATH-M50
(Best $100 headphone out there - but it only sounds like a $150.)

Shure E4g
(I'm not into IEMs, but these will do...)

AKG K550
(Sold - My head wasn't wide enough for a good seal.)

Audez'e LCD-2 rev.1
(Everything I want in a headphone. If only I could find a way to give it a 13-Watt, neutral and transparent signal.)

Philips CitiScape Downtown
(Gifted to 91-year-old friend who loves them!)

Shure SE530
(Sold - awesome IEM, but seldom used)

Beyerdyanmic DT1350
(Gifted to a friend - sounded great, but I've decided I don't like the discomfort of supra-aurals)

Beyerdynamic T1
(Sold - I had a love/hate relationship with the T1 due to not having the right amp - for my tastes, the T1 want's a tube amp, but I'm not willing to go there - I'm too obsessive to roll tubes!)

Headphone Amp Inventory

Meier Audio Corda Stepdance
(The ultimate portable amp, IMHO.)

iBasso PB2 Pelican with HiFlight TopKit
(Currently running Frugalphile's LME49990 x4 in L/R + dummy buffers. Portable power!)

CEntrance DACmini CX with 1-Ohm output impedance mod
(This thing does so much, so well. I will never sell it.)

Schiit Vali hybrid mini-amp
(This giant-killer is my favorite solution for the HD800!)

TBI Audio Millenia MG3 - with a TBI-made external 10:2 resistor network
(A ridiculously good 32W into 8-Ohm speaker Class BD speaker amp that I use with directly-attached 8-Ohm Def.Tech SM45 near-field monitors or with LCD2/HD600/HD800 via the TBI resistor box and appropriate cables)

Beresford Bushmaster MkII (TC-7533) DAC/amp
(Ridiculously good sound, runs on 12VDC, pulling only 60mA, and makes HD600/HD650 and even the LCD-2 sound their very best. This thing almost sounds like a Speedballed Bottlehead Crack (per a couple of friends), but it's solid state!)

Emotiva a-100 Mini-X
(Sold - 8 Watts per channel into 50-Ohms - but a little bright and a little harsh, even with LCD-2)

Burson Audio Soloist
(Sold - I liked it with the Beyer T1, but prefer the sound of the LCD-2 with DACmini CX - for real.)

CEntrance DACport
(Gifted - an awesome piece of gear but I didn' t really need it as much as a friend of mind did)

Source Inventory

Sansa Clip+
(8 GB + 32GB & 64 GB microSD cards)

Sony PCM-M10 - 96kHz/24-bit Linear PCM recorder/player
(My favorite portable source for three years and counting. Preferred over HiFiMan HM-801 and TASCAM DR-100.)

Toshiba Windows 7 laptop + Foobar 2000 + WASAPI plugin

CEntrance DACport LX
(Sold and bought again, after buying the DACmini CX. The LX is a must-have for traveling with a laptop!)

CEntrance DACmini CX with 1-Ohm output impedance mod
(The DAC section has just a tiny bit of "etch" in the treble - great with LCD-2 rev.1)

Resonessence Labs Concero w/Apple Remote
(Amazing - currently my favorite DAC!)

Beresford Bushmaster MkII (TC-7533) DAC/amp
(Ridiculously good sound, runs on 12VDC, pulling only 60mA, and makes HD600/HD650 sound their very best. This thing almost sounds like a Speedballed Bottlehead Crack, but it's solid state!)

Decware ZSTAGE Zen Triode Tube Gain Stage
(Sold - with JJ ECC82, PSVANE T Series Mark II 12AU7, NOS Radiotechnique 12AU7, NOS Siemens 12AU7, NOS Mullard 12AT7)

HiFiMan HM-801
(Returned on 30-day trial guarantee for a full refund. Here's why: http://tinyurl.com/mftmfvz )

TASCAM DR-100 MkII - 96kHz/24-bit Linear PCM recorder/player
(Returned after one day of ownership for a refund. Here's why: http://tinyurl.com/mx89gdk )

Stoner Acoustics UD100 ESS9018 USB DAC
(Sold - dry and lacks dynamics, but smoother treble than the Objective DAC)

JDS Labs Objective DAC
(Returned on trial guarantee with 15% restocking fee - intermittently "screechy")

iBasso DB2 Boomslang2 DAC
(Returned on trial guarantee - "lifeless" and too dark)

CEntrance DACport
(Gifted - an awesome piece of gear but I didn' t really need it as much as a friend of mind did)

Cable Inventory

AntiCables
(2x 2m speaker wires and 2x 0.5m RCA Level 1 interconnects - way out stuff that works very well)

Milian Acoustics SPOFC 6-inch interconnect with 1/8th-inch Switchcraft connectors

Toxic Cables Silver Poison UPOCC, 60-inch, naked, terminated for iBasso PB2 (balanced) and LCD-2

Toxic Cables Silver Poison UPOCC, 96-inch, naked, terminated for 4-Pin XLR and HD800

Cardas Grey (24AWG x4) with black Teflex sleeves, 54-inch, terminated with Neutrik 4-Pin XLR and HD600/650, plus matching Cardas adapter: Neutrik 4-pin female XLR-to-6.3mm Rt-Angle TRS

BTG-Audio 8-wire clear OFC adapter: Neutrik female 4-Pin XLR to Banana Plugs

4x Emotiva 0.5M RCA interconnects
(A great value!)

LaCie USB Dual Power Sharing Cable 131046
(The poor man's KingRex uArt Y USB cable for DACs with female USB Mini-B jacks, i.e. DACport LX, ODAC, etc. Cover the 4th pin of one USB A connector with a sliver of Scotch tape to supply only data from the PC and only power from an external 5V source.)

C2G (Cables To Go) 28108 USB Y-Cable
(The poor man's KingRex uArt Y USB cable for DACs with female USB Type B jacks, i.e. Concero. Cover the 4th pin of one USB A connector with a sliver of Scotch tape to supply only data from the PC and only power from an external 5V source.)

TeraDak USB Y-Cable
(Included with the TeraDak U9VA PSU, this cable is an excellent and affordable alternative to the exceedingly expensive KingRex uArt and uCraft Y USB cables for DACs with female USB Type B jacks, i.e. Concero. - allowing only data from the PC and only power from an external 5V source. No Scotch tape required!)

Emotiva XDRCA 0.5m 75-Ohm Coaxial (digital) interconnect
(It works!)

Power-Related Components

Furman AC-215A Power Conditioner

TeraDak U9VA Linear Low noise Power Supply (Adjustable 0.25 to 9.0V, 1Amp)

Energizer XP8000 8000mAh LiPo battery pack (5V, 9-12V, 19-21V, 3Amp)

XPAL Willy Cable WI15 and Powerstream adatper to supply Meier Stepdance with regulated 15VDC (max. permissible)

XPAL Willy Cable WI16 to supply iBasso PB2 with regulated 16VDC (max. permissible)

Venom 25C 6-cell 3600mAh 25.2V LiPO Battery for use with TBI Audio Millenia MG3 amp

Anker Astro3 10,000mAh LiPo battery pack
(5V, 9V, 12V - 2Amp)

Tripp-Lite PR-3UL 3Amp 13.8V DC linear regulated power supply
(Sold - a great power supply, no longer needed)

Other Audio Equipment

Definitive Technology SM45 monitors (for near-field use)

Audio-Related Tweaks

Using the Energizer XP8000 LiPo Pack to Supply Regulated 15V to the Meier Audio Stepdance, 2Stepdance, or Quickstep
http://tinyurl.com/k3yrrk6 and http://tinyurl.com/lwejmp7

Using the Energizer XP8000 LiPo Pack to Supply Regulated 16V to the iBasso PB2 Pelican amp
http://tinyurl.com/kvmjnj2

A 15V LiPo Battery Solution for the Meier Audio Stepdance, 2Stepdance, or QuickStep
http://tinyurl.com/l64z8kr

Selecting Resistors for Using Headphones With Speaker Amps
http://tinyurl.com/mkwm3to

An External 6-cell 25.2V LiPo Battery Solution for the TBI Audio Millenia MG3 Amp
http://tinyurl.com/kw5m8rm

Achieving 25.2VDC with AA Li-Ion Batteries Inside the TBI Audio Millenia MG3 Amp
http://tinyurl.com/mjkde4c

Schematic For Dual 9V Battery Pack Connection to the HiFiMan HM-801
http://tinyurl.com/p6ezhbt

A portable solution for 5.1 Watts per channel into 50-Ohm LCD-2
http://tinyurl.com/q3c4fvt

Clean, ample, 5VDC power USB-powered devices like the Resonessence Concero (vanilla, HD, or HP)
http://tinyurl.com/kuoq97g

The awesome and affordable Bushmaster MkII integrated DAC/amp > HD650 or LCD-2
http://tinyurl.com/llfeb3n and http://tinyurl.com/kf88k4y

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