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CurrawongAdministrator

Location:

An Australian living in Fukuoka, Japan.

Forum Post Count:

13621

Join Date:

1/4/08

About Me:

http://currawong.me
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.

Headphone Inventory

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

MacBook Air or iMac with Audirvana Plus or Amarra →
1. → Emilai USB noise filter ES-OT4 with Aurorasound Bus Power Pro → Chord Hugo → ALO Studio Six or ADAM ARTist 3 speakers.
2. → Audiophilleo 1/Pure Power → Audio-gd NOS1704 (up-sampled with iZotope) → ALO Studio Six

3. AK240 → UERMs with balanced Norne cable.

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

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)
Sennheiser HD-800 (modded and re-cabled) (http://www.head-fi.org/products/s...)
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
MB Quart QP400
MB Quart QP55X (my original "high-end" headphones that got me into this mess back in the early 1990's)

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

UERM (with AK240 balanced cable)
FitEar FitEar
FitEar Parterre
DITA Audio The Answer Truth Edition (pre-production sample) (http://www.head-fi.org/products/d...)
Jerry Harvey Roxanne (universal, loaner unit) (http://www.head-fi.org/products/j...)
Jerry Harvey JH-13 Freqphase
Sony XBA-30
Sony XBA-3 (http://www.head-fi.org/products/s...)

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

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 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
Fit Ear TO GO! 334
Head-Direct RE-ZERO
Head-Direct HE5
JVC HA-FXZ200
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
Thunderpants
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: GE red base w/black plates, French 6K6, Military CV1833, Mullard metal base 5AR4)
Chord Hugo
Aurender Flow
Bakoon HPA-01
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 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Centrance HiFi-M8 (http://www.head-fi.org/products/c...)
Astel&Kern AK240 (http://www.head-fi.org/products/a...)
Calyx M (loaner unit) (http://www.head-fi.org/products/c...)
Headamp Pico Power (http://www.head-fi.org/products/h...)
Headamp Pico Slim (http://www.head-fi.org/products/h...)
Sound Potion Monolith (review unit)
O2 (DIY)

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

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 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Chord Hugo
Audio-gd Master 7 (http://www.head-fi.org/products/a...)
Audio-gd NOS-1704
Astel&Kern AK240

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 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 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

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)

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

ODAC
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 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

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 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

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 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Vaunix USB lab-grade hub (for better power to USB devices)
Aurorasound USB BusPower-Pro (sample)
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

AC/DC
Anouar Brahem
Bush
Cowboy Junkies
Crowded House
The Cruel Sea
Dave Brubeck
Dire Straits
The Doors
dZihan & Kamien
Elbow
Ella Fitzgerald
Fleet Foxes
Chopin (Horowitz, Ashkenazy, Argerich)
George
Gotan Project
Harry Manx
Hooverphonic
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
Justice
Kate Bush
Keishi Matsumoto
Kelshy
Korn
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 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Nikon D750
(Nikon D800 previously)
Sony RX100 MK2
Sony RX10

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

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
AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm 1:2.8 G ED (borrowed from Anakchan)

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

Nikon SB700 flash
Sony Flash

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