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An Australian living in Fukuoka, Japan.

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About Me:

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

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

Computers, photography, science and spirituality.

What I do for a living:

Making Head-Fi a nice place to be, IT, fixing screw-ups and terrorising Japanese kids with English.

Headphone Inventory

Main rigs:
1. MacBook Air or iMac → Audiophilleo 1 + Pure Power → Chord Hugo → ALO Studio Six or ADAM ARTist 3 speakers.

2. AK240 → IEMs.

Current Headphones:
Audeze LCD-X and XC (Loaner units)
Sennheiser HD-800 (damped and re-cabled)
Symphones Magnums VX (325is-based)
Symphones Magnums V4 (MS2i-based upgraded from a V2 with felt damping)
VectorScan VSH5 (Audio Technica ATH-2)
MB Quart QP 400
MB Quart QP55X (my original "high-end" headphones that got me into this mess back in the early 1990's)

UERM (with AK240 balanced cable)
FitEar Parterre
DITA Audio The Answer Truth Edition (pre-production sample)
Jerry Harvey Roxanne (universal, Team Tokyo's loaner unit)
Jerry Harvey JH-13 Freqphase
Sony XBA-30

Previously owned (or borrowed) headphones:
Oppo PM-1
Tralucent 1plus2 (with silver and Uber cables, loaner unit)
Audeze LCD-3
Stax SR-009
Stax SR007A "Omega II"
Stax SR007 "Omega II"
Head-Direct RE-ZERO
Fit Ear TO GO! 334 (borrowed)
Audio Technica W3000ANV
Audio Technica AD-2000
Audeze LCD-2 (Rev. 2)
Audeze LCD-2 (Rev. 1)
Sennheiser HD-800
Sennheiser HD-600
Stax SR-404LE
Stax Lambda Nova Signature
Stax SR-5NB Gold
Ultrasone Edition 8
Ultrasone Edition 9
Head-Direct HE5
Ultimate Ears Triple-fi.10
Ultimate Ears Super-fi.3 Studio
Audio Technica A1000X
Audio Technica ESW10JPN
Denon D5000 (with the pre-Lawton Audio markl mods)
AKG K701 (ALO re-cabled)

Tried: (more briefly experienced)
Audio-Technica W1000X, A2000X, W11JPN, W10LTD, W10VGT, ESW10JPN, ES10, ESW9 and others.
Denon D2000, D7000
Stax Omega I
Shure SH-440, SH-840, SH-940
Sony MDR-Z1000
Sony Qualia 010
Many IEMs at Yodobashi and Bic Camera stores.

Headphone Amp Inventory

Current headphone amps:
ALO Audio Studio Six (Tubes: GE red base (black plates), French 6K6, Military CV1833, Mullard metal base 5AR4)
Audio-gd NFB-10SE (review unit)

Chord Hugo
Astel&Kern AK240
Headamp Pico Power
Headamp Pico Slim
Sound Potion Monolith (review unit)
O2 (DIY)

Woo Audio WA7 (with EH Gold pin tubes)
Audio-gd Phoenix
iRiver AK100 (modded)
Stax T1S
Fostex HP-P1
Leckerton UHA-6II
Cavalli Stacker II
Triad Audio L3
Headroom Portable Desktop
Audiovalve RKV Mark II with Impedenzer
Audio-gd C2C
Audio-gd Compass
Parasound Zamp
Luxman P-1
Luxman D-321 (long before Head-fi)

Borrowed, tried or was in for review:
Oppo HA-1
ALO Audio PanAm (full kit + extra tubes)
Luxman P-1
Luxman P-1u
Luxman SQ-N100
Yamamoto HA-02
Audio-gd Fun
Audio-gd NFB-11
Audio-gd Sparrow

Source Inventory

Chord Hugo
Audio-gd Master 7
Audio-gd NOS-1704
Astel&Kern AK240

Audiophilleo 1 with Pure Power
Audio-gd Digital Interface V3
Onkyo DV-SP502 SACD player
iPad Mini Retina
iPad 2
iPhone 5
iPod Classic 160GB
MacBook Pro 2011
MacBook Air

DACs and transports gone:
Audioquest Dragonfly
iRiver AK100 (Mezzo modded)
Anedio D2
Metric Halo ULN-2
Resonessence Invicta (borrowed)
Fostex HP-P1
iBasso DX100
Calyx DAC 24/192
Parasound DAC 1600 HD (Excellent if you only spin CDs)
Audio-gd Reference 7.1
Audio-gd Reference 3
Apogee Duet 2 USB
Metrum Octave (One of the best DAC bargains available if you like a natural sound)
Audio-gd Reference 1 (v5 DSP)
Cambridge Audio Azur 840c
Northstar M192 MKI
Lavry DA10
Zero DAC/amp (modified)
Luxman D-121 CDP (Long before Head-Fi)

DACs and sources 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:
Norne Audio Vanquish (HD-800) & Vorpal (UERM/JH-13)
WyWires (HD-800 and Audeze)
ALO Audio Reference 16 (HD-800 and Audeze)
Furutech ADL iHP-35 (HD-800)
UERM balanced for AK240

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 cables:
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
Sony optical cable
Canare RCA and BNC cables.
DIY Moon Audio 75 Ohm BNC cables.
Oyaide d+ Neo USB

Power cables:
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

Speaker equipment:
Adam ARTist 3 active monitors
Emotiva Airmotiv 4 active monitors
Paradigm Titans

Audio-Related Tweaks

Vaunix USB lab-grade hub (for better power to USB devices)
Aurorasound USB BusPower-Pro (sample)
Herbies Tube Dampers
Herbies cable dampers (experimentally)
Herbies Tenderfeet and speaker dots

Music Preferences

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 and practical, no BS spirituality (don't get me started).
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)

Other gear:
iPhone 5
iPad Mini Retina

Camera rig:
Nikon D800
Flash: SB700
Tamron 24-70mm f2:8
Sigma 35mm f1.4
Sigma 50-500mm "Bigma"
AF Nikon 35mm 1:2D
AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f1:4 G ED
Some of my photos are taken with a borrowed AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm 1:2.8 G ED (thanks Anakchan!)
Sony RX100 MK2
Sony RX10

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