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An Australian living in Fukuoka, Japan.

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YT: http://youtube.com/currawong
HF blog: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/list...

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

Aikido, computers, electronics, photography, science and spirituality.

What I do for a living:

I'm a teacher. My administrator role on Head-Fi is entirely unpaid.

Headphone Inventory

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Main Rigs •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

🔈 Mac with Audirvana Plus or Amarra or iPad (streaming) → iFi iUSB 3 (Oyaide d+ neo or adaptor) → Singxer F-1 XU208 → Schiit Audio Yggdrasil (ALO Reference 20) → ALO Studio Six
🔈 → → Audio-gd NFB1AMP → ADAM ARTist 3 speakers.
🔈 iPhone 6 → Mojo or AK380 → IEMs.
🔈 TV → Chord Hugo → Emotiva 4s.

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Current Headphones ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
(Review links in brackets.)

🔸MrSpeakers Ether Flow (loaner)
🔸HiFiMan HE1000
🔸Sennheiser HD-800 (modded and re-cabled) (http://www.head-fi.org/products/s...)
🔸Mr Speakers Ether (http://www.head-fi.org/products/m...)
🔸Audio Technica ESW9LTD (Unboxing: http://youtu.be/nzjYR-11OdM)
🔸Sony MDR-Z7 (http://www.head-fi.org/products/s...)
🔸Audeze LCD-X and XC (Loaner units)
🔸AKG/Massdrop K7XX
🔸Symphones Magnums VX (325is-based) (http://www.head-fi.org/products/s...)
🔸Symphones Magnums V4 (MS2i-based upgraded from a V2 with felt damping)
🔸VectorScan VSH5 (Audio Technica ATH-2)
🔸V-MODA M80 (http://www.head-fi.org/products/v...)
🔸V-MODA LP2 (for gaming)
🔸MB Quart QP400
🔸MB Quart QP55X (my original "high-end" headphones that got me into this mess back in the early 1990's)

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• IEMs ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

🔸JHAudio Layla universal (loaner/demo model)
🔸Ultimate Ears Reference Monitors
🔸DITA Audio The Answer Truth Edition (http://www.head-fi.org/products/d...)
🔸Jerry Harvey Roxanne Universal (pre-production demo unit) (http://www.head-fi.org/products/j...)
🔸Jerry Harvey JH-13 Freqphase (using this with a Norne cable)
🔸Sony XBA-30
🔸Sony XBA-3 (http://www.head-fi.org/products/s...)

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Owned or borrowed •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

🔹MrSpeakers Ether C (loaner)
🔹AKG K701 (ALO re-cabled)
🔹Audeze LCD-3 (http://www.head-fi.org/products/a...)
🔹Audeze LCD-2 (Rev. 2) (http://www.head-fi.org/products/a...)
🔹Audeze LCD-2 (Rev. 1)
🔹Audio Technica W1000Z (http://www.head-fi.org/products/a...)
🔹Audio Technica W3000ANV
🔹Audio Technica AD2000
🔹Audio Technica A1000X
🔹Audio Technica ESW10JPN
🔹Audio-Technica W11JPN, W10LTD, W10VGT, ESW10JPN, ES10, ESW9 and others.
🔹Denon D5000 (with the pre-Lawton Audio markl mods)
🔹Denon D2000, D7000
🔹FitEar FitEar
🔹FitEar Parterre
🔹Fit Ear TO GO! 334
🔹Head-Direct RE-ZERO
🔹Head-Direct HE5
🔹Oppo PM-1 (http://www.head-fi.org/products/o...)
🔹Sennheiser HD-600
🔹Shure SH-440, SH-840, SH-940
🔹Sony MDR-Z1000
🔹Sony Qualia 010
🔹Stax Omega I
🔹Stax SR-009 (http://www.head-fi.org/products/s...)
🔹Stax SR007A "Omega II"
🔹Stax SR007 "Omega II"
🔹Stax SR-404LE
🔹Stax Lambda Nova Signature
🔹Stax SR-5NB Gold
🔹Tralucent 1plus2 (with silver and Uber cables)
🔹Ultimate Ears Triple-fi.10
🔹Ultimate Ears Super-fi.3 Studio
🔹Ultrasone Edition 8 (http://www.head-fi.org/products/u...)
🔹Ultrasone Edition 9

Headphone Amp Inventory

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Headphone Amps & DAC/amps ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

🔸ALO Audio Studio Six (http://www.head-fi.org/products/a...)
(Tubes: Sylvania "Fat Boy" 6SN7, Brimar 6V6GT, Mullard CV1833, Mullard metal base 5AR4)
🔸Chord Mojo (http://www.head-fi.org/products/c...)
🔸Chord Hugo (http://www.head-fi.org/products/c...)
🔸Audio-gd NFB1AMP (review unit)
🔸Audio-gd NFB-10ES2 (review unit) (http://www.head-fi.org/products/a...)
🔸Schiit Valhalla (review unit) (http://www.head-fi.org/products/s...)

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Portable •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

🔸ALO Audio Rx (2015 IEM version, review unit)
🔸Calyx M (review unit) (http://www.head-fi.org/products/c...)
🔸Headamp Pico Power (http://www.head-fi.org/products/h...)
🔸Sound Potion Monolith (review unit)
🔸O2 (DIY)

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Owned or borrowed •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

🔹Headamp Pico Slim (http://www.head-fi.org/products/h...)
🔹Centrance HiFi-M8 (http://www.head-fi.org/products/c...)
🔹Astel&Kern AK240 (http://www.head-fi.org/products/a...)
🔹Aurender Flow (http://parttimeaudiophile.com/201...)
🔹Bakoon HPA-01 (http://www.head-fi.org/products/b...)
🔹Oppo HA-1 (http://www.head-fi.org/products/o...)
🔹ALO Audio PanAm (full kit + extra tubes) (http://www.head-fi.org/products/a...)
🔹Audio-gd Fun
🔹Audio-gd NFB-11
🔹Audio-gd Sparrow
🔹Audio-gd Phoenix (http://www.head-fi.org/products/a...)
🔹Audio-gd C2C
🔹Audio-gd Compass
🔹Audiovalve RKV Mark II with Impedenzer
🔹Cavalli Stacker II
🔹Fostex HP-P1 (http://www.head-fi.org/products/f...)
🔹Furutech ADL Esprit (http://www.head-fi.org/products/f...)
🔹Headroom Portable Desktop
🔹iRiver AK100 (modded)
🔹Leckerton UHA-6II (http://www.head-fi.org/products/l...)
🔹Luxman P-1
🔹Luxman P-1u (http://www.head-fi.org/products/l...)
🔹Luxman SQ-N100
🔹Luxman D-321 (long before Head-fi)
🔹Oppo HA-1
🔹Parasound Zamp
🔹Stax T1S
🔹Triad Audio L3 (http://www.head-fi.org/products/t...)
🔹Woo Audio WA7 (with EH Gold pin tubes) (http://www.head-fi.org/products/w...)
🔹Yamamoto HA-02

Source Inventory

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• DACs ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

🔸Schiit Audio Yggdrasil
🔸Chord Hugo (http://www.head-fi.org/products/c...)
🔸Chord Mojo (http://www.head-fi.org/products/c...)
🔸Audio-gd NOS-1704

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Transports •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

🔸Audiophilleo 1 with Pure Power (http://www.head-fi.org/products/a...)
🔸Audio-gd Digital Interface V3
🔸Onkyo DV-SP502 SACD player
🔸iPad Mini Retina
🔸iPhone 6+
🔸iPod Classic 160GB
🔸MacBook Pro 2011
🔸MacBook Air

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Previous •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

🔹Astel&Kern AK240
🔹Audio-gd Master 7 (http://www.head-fi.org/products/a...)
🔹Anedio D2 (http://www.head-fi.org/products/a...)
🔹Audio-gd Reference 7.1
🔹Audio-gd Reference 3
🔹Audio-gd Reference 1 (v5 DSP)
🔹Apogee Duet 2 USB
🔹Audioquest Dragonfly (http://www.head-fi.org/products/a...)
🔹Calyx DAC 24/192 (http://www.head-fi.org/products/c...)
🔹Cambridge Audio Azur 840c (http://www.head-fi.org/products/c...)
🔹Fostex HP-P1
🔹iBasso DX100 (http://www.head-fi.org/products/i...)
🔹iRiver AK100 (Mezzo modded)
🔹Lavry DA10
🔹Luxman D-121 CDP (Long before Head-Fi)
🔹Metric Halo ULN-2
🔹Metrum Octave (http://www.head-fi.org/products/m...)
🔹Northstar M192 MKI
🔹Parasound DAC 1600 HD (Excellent if you only spin CDs)
🔹Resonessence Invicta (http://www.head-fi.org/products/r...)
🔹Zero DAC/amp (modified)
🔹Thorens TD-125 Long Base with SME M2 (IIRC - http://vinylnirvana.com/legend-th...)

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Tried at various places ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

🔹Marantz Project D-1
🔹Assemblage DAC 3.0
🔹Nakamichi Dragon DAC
🔹Benchmark DAC 1 (original, pre-USB version)
🔹Yamaha S1000 SACD Player
🔹Esoteric D05 DAC
🔹Esoteric K-01 SACD player

Cable Inventory

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Headphone cables •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

🔸Kimber Cable for HD800
🔸Moon Audio Silver Dragon and Black Dragon (various)
🔸Norne Audio Vanquish (HD-800) & Vorpal (UERM/JH-13)
🔸WyWires (HD-800 and Audeze)
🔸ALO Audio Reference 16 (HD-800 and Audeze)
🔸UERM balanced for AK balanced

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Interconnects •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

(NB: I bought most heavily discounted, traded or s/h way below retail. I'm only mostly crazy, not completely crazy.)

🔸Moon Audio Silver Dragon.
🔸ALO Audio Reference 20 RCA (Part of a package with the Studio Six).
🔸Van Den Hul The Mountain 3T XLR.
🔸Van Den Hul The Orchid XLR and RCA.
🔸Van Den Hul The Gold Hybrid RCA.
🔸Van Den Hul The Thunderline XLR.
🔸Van Den Hul The First Ultimate Metal Screen RCA.
🔸Norse Audio Skuld XLR.
🔸Various DIY cables.

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Digital •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

🔸Harmonic Technology Magic Digital Two
🔸Van Den Hul The Professional Digital with Oyaide BNC plugs
🔸Van Den Hul The Optocoupler (mini to Toslink)
🔸Van Den Hul The Thunderline (AES/EBU)
🔸Synergistic Research optical cable
🔸SysConcept 1300 strand Toslink to optical cables.
🔸Sony optical cable
🔸Canare RCA and BNC cables.
🔸DIY Moon Audio 75 Ohm BNC cables.
🔸Oyaide d+ Neo USB
🔸Lavricables Lightning to microUSB with CCK.

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Power ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

🔸Audio-gd power cables re-terminated with AET plugs.
🔸DIY Oyaide + CryoMax III power cables.
🔸DIY Oyaide + Van Den Hul Mainstream power cables.
🔸Oyaide PA-23

Power-Related Components

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Power filters •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

🔸PS Audio Power Plant Premier
🔸Audio-gd Power Filter
🔸Silver Circle Audio Juice Box Jr

Other Audio Equipment

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Speakers •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

🔸Adam ARTist 3 active monitors
🔸Emotiva Airmotiv 4 active monitors

Audio-Related Tweaks

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Tweaks •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

🔸iFi iUSB 3.0
🔸XMOS XU208 F1 USB to S/PDIF bridge
🔸Schiit Wyrd
🔸Aurorasound USB BusPower-Pro
🔸Vaunix USB lab-grade hub
🔸Emilai USB noise filter ES-OT4
🔸Herbies Tube Dampers
🔸Herbies cable dampers (experimentally)
🔸Herbies Tenderfeet and speaker dots

Music Preferences

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Music ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola, Paco DeLucia: Friday Night in San Francisco
Bill Evans: Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Cannonball Adderley: Radio Nights
John Coltrane: Crescent
Miles Davis: Kind of Blue

Anouar Brahem
Cowboy Junkies
Crowded House
The Cruel Sea
Dave Brubeck
Dire Straits
The Doors
dZihan & Kamien
Ella Fitzgerald
Fleet Foxes
Chopin (Horowitz, Ashkenazy, Argerich)
Gotan Project
Harry Manx
Isaac Hayes
Jack Johnson
Jean-Pierre Mas
Jeff Buckley
Jex Saarelaht Trio
Jimi Hendrix
John Butler Trio
John Lee Hooker
John McLaughlin
Jon McCleery
Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
Kate Bush
Keishi Matsumoto
KT Tunstall
Led Zeppelin
and more.

Interests (non-headphone)

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Other interests ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Gnosticism (actually knowing, not just believing) and practical, no BS spirituality, including Aikido.
Encouraging the use of science to increase one's understanding of one's self, the world and universe instead of as a means to railroad beliefs and put down others.

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

••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Cameras •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

🔸Fujifilm X-T1 (18-55mm kit)
🔸Nikon D750
🔸(Nikon D800 previously)
🔸Sony RX100 MK2
🔸Sony RX10

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Lenses ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

- Nikon -
Nikon 50mm
Tamron 24-70mm f2:8
Sigma 35mm f1.4
Sigma 50-500mm
AF Nikon 35mm 1:2D
AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f1:4 G ED
AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm 1:2.8 G ED (borrowed from Anakchan)

- Fujifilm -
XF 18-55mm 1:2.8-4

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Other ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Nikon SB700 flash
Sony Flash

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