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Location:

An Australian living in Fukuoka, Japan.

Forum Post Count:

13996

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.

What I do for a living:

Reviewer, reporter for Head-Fi, Part Time Audiophile, Headphone.guru and Positive Feedback Online.

Headphone Inventory

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

❖ Mac with Audirvana Plus or Amarra (Oyaide d+ neo)→ Schiit Wyrd (ALO Green USB)→ Chord Hugo (ALO Reference 20)→ ALO Studio Six or ADAM ARTist 3 speakers.
❖ AK240 → IEMs.
❖ Mac Mini → Audiophilleo 1 → Audio-gd NOS1704 → Audio-gd NFB-1AMP → Emotiva 4s.

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

❖ HiFiMan HE1000
❖ 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)
❖ Sennheiser HD-800 (modded and re-cabled) (http://www.head-fi.org/products/s...)
❖ 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)
❖ Ultimate Ears Reference Monitors
❖ FitEar FitEar
❖ 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
❖ 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
❖ FitEar Parterre
❖ 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/black plate 5692 or Tung Sol 6SN7GT, Brimar 6V6GT, Mullard CV1833, Mullard metal base 5AR4)
❖ Chord Hugo
❖ Audio-gd NFB1AMP
❖ 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, loaner)
❖ 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 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

❖ 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 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

❖ Chord Hugo
❖ 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 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

❖ 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 ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

❖ 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
❖ Schiit Wyrd
❖ 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 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

❖ 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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Last Updated 11/19/13
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