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At the Pearl of the Orient

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on 10/13/12

About Me:

I love life, my family and grateful for everything else I'm blessed with.

Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):

Photography, Audiophilia and most importantly my family life.

What I do for a living:

Civil Works Constructor/Engineer, currently running the family's construction firm.

Headphone Inventory

> Audez'e LCD-2 "Lord of all Cans, the Dominus" (s/n 5597856), balanced termination
> Alessandro-Grado Labs MS-Pro "The Messiah" with liberators and double stacked Grado bowl pads inside modded CDRK pads
> Denon AH-A100 (100th Anniversary Edition) (s/n 0095901910)
> Grado HF-2 (s/n 229) (sold)
> Victor-JVC FX-500 with Shure Olives (decored)
> CrossRoads Woody One with Comply T400
> Aiaiai Tracks (with custom wooden buttons)
> Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9 (sold)

Headphone Amp Inventory

> TTVJ Millett Hybrid Valved Portable HeadAmp (Golden Ears Mod)
> Ferds Audio Mini³ Headphone Amp (High Gain-High Performance Version)
> AMB Labs Mini³ Headphone Amp (High Gain-High Performance Version)
> Meier StepDance Portable HeadAmp w/ Energizer XP8000 Portable Power Pack
> C&C XO2 Portable HeadAmp (High Output Voltage Edition)
> iBasso PB1 Toucan Fully-Balanced Portable HeadAmp (sold)
> Consonance Cyber-30 2A3 Single Ended Triode Pure Class A Integrated HeadAmp (sold)
> FiiO E7, E5 & E3 Portable HeadAmps

Source Inventory

> MacBook Pro15 via NuForce uDAC D/A Converter
> 160GB Rockboxed DIY iMod 5.5 gen w/ low profile silver-cabled LOD (HDD upgraded) (all FLAC & ALAC files)
> 160GB Rockboxed iPod 5.5 gen (modded slim version) (all FLAC & ALAC files)
> 160GB iPod Classic (all ALAC files) w/ NuForce High Performance LOD
> 20GB iRiver H120 Rockboxed
> Crosley Revolution Portable Turntable
> Oracle Delphi MkIV (modded) Turntable w/ ClearAudio Unify tonearm & Virtuoso "Wood" cartridge
> Audio-Technica AT-LP60USB Turntable
> Audio-Technica AT-727 Portable Turntable
> Shanling SCD-T200 SACD/CD valved output player. (w/ 2 pairs of Westrex 396A or Raytheon/GE/Sylvania/Los Gatos 5670)

Cable Inventory

> Van den Hul "Revelation" (5 awg)
> Mundorf "Zendo" gold-silver cables (18 awg headphone cable, mini-mini & RCA-mini)
> Canare StarQuad "Diablo's Blood" (17awg) headphone cable, terminated to balanced connection
> Cardas StarQuad (20 awg) copper cables
> DIY silver (30 awg) cables and magnet wires braided in Teflon sleeves
> DIY silver/copper power cords

Power-Related Components

> Hewlett-Packard 5KVA isolation transformer
> Z-Line power conditioner

Other Audio Equipment

> Sonus Faber Guarneri Homage (6 ohms, 87 dB, s/n 1014)
> Sonus Faber Gravis subwoofer (1 10" forward firing driver and 2 10" passive radiators, 300watts)
> Audio Note (M7) preamp kit (linestage: 2x Telefunken ECC802S; depending on my listening mood, I often tuberoll to other 12AU7 equivalents such as Tung-Sol 5814A/RCA "cleartops" 12AU7/Telefunken "smooth plates" ECC82/Telefunken ECC802S/Amperex "orange globe" 12AU7/JAN-Philips 12AU7/Sylvania 5814A/RCA
5963 "black plates"/GE 6189 "5 stars"/Trigon ECC82 or
Mullard 4003 "box plates"; Mullard-Bendix 5852/6X5GT
> TS Audio KB300 Single-Ended Triode monoblocks (w/ a pair of Sophia "mesh plates" TJ-300B power tubes or VAIC 32B 300B "blue-bottle", Tung-Sol 6SL7 or RCA 5691 as input-driver tubes; Mullard CV378/Raytheon 5R4/RCA 5U4/JAN Sylvania 5U4GT rectifiers; 8 Wpc)

Audio-Related Tweaks

> Wooden Grado "Liberators"
> Headphone pads: Bowl pads, Jumbo, Comfies, Senn 414, CDR-King pads (modded)
> Crocodile/Lambskin headbands
> Hal-o tube dampers, aluminum cone feet, sorbothane feet, marble slabs, 2" thick New Zealand Pine platforms, DIY bass trap, bookshelves as diffusors, cloth partitions as sonic absorbers etc. etc.

Music Preferences

Everything from Bossa to New Wave, Astrud to Vivaldi, Sinatra to Santana, so on and so forth.

Interests (non-headphone)

FIA Formula 1, I attend the actual venue races whenever my wallet allows me.

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

I collect FIA F1 memorabilias, gears, as well as 1/18th scale F1 models.

My current photo gear:
> Canon 5D MkII (primary body), Canon 300D (back-up), Canon G7 (compact back-up), Canon Elan 7e (film)
> Tokina 12mm-24mm f/4.0
> Canon 17mm-40mm f/4.0 L
> Canon 24mm-105mm f/4.0 L IS
> Canon 100mm-400mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS
> Canon 50mm f/1.8 MkII
> Canon 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro
> Canon 1.4x MkII L Teleconverter
> Kenko 3.0x Teleconverter
> Canon 550EX ETTL Flash
> Canon 580EX ETTL II Flash

My ultra compact video gear:
> Sony HDR-TG1 High Def video camera

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The BEST-LOOKING Headphones
Racio posted in this thread in Headphones (full-size) 2/2/11 at 8:42am | 1317 replies | 357259 views
Merry Christmas and Happy new year!
Racio posted in this thread in FiiO 12/25/10 at 8:03pm | 13 replies | 930 views
Pics of Headphones... Rules: ONE PIC. NO WORDS!
Racio posted in this thread in Headphones (full-size) 12/10/10 at 4:21am | 6260 replies | 1228846 views
Racio posted in this thread in Gear-Fi: Non-Audio Gear and Gadgets 11/17/10 at 10:37am | 583 replies | 71575 views
Audeze LCD-2 Orthos
Racio posted in this thread in High-end Audio Forum 10/18/10 at 9:09pm | 18458 replies | 1456355 views
Racio posted in this thread in Headphones (full-size) 9/7/10 at 11:24am | 5002 replies | 718701 views
Most overrated headphones?
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