Lohb
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Lohb

Headphoneus Supremus, Male

  • About

    Gender:
    Male
    Interests:
    Producing headphone wood cups/leather accessories in my spare time.
    Headphone Inventory:
    Love to find underdog audio equipment good for electronic music that punches above its weight/price class.

    Signature I'm seeking -

    solid slice of micro-detail
    rich/slightly darker tonality
    controlled textured bottomless full & tight low-end
    lush/liquid balanced mids
    smooth marathon listening session non-fatiguing treble.
    A balance of musicality and technical ability.

    Equipment with 'muscle and finesse' basically.


    WTB 2017

    1) SOEKRIS 1101 Portable R-2R DAC

    2) Elemental Watson Class-A Valve/Mosfet Hybrid Headphone Amplifier



    OWN

    (CANS)

    ****AUDEZE LCD 2.1 - The deepest darkest chocolate with a dash of coffee & cream. Simply the best (for me).

    ****FOSTEX T20-RP Mk2 - Exotic wood DIY custom modification.
    Tuning style - bass enhanced from stock tuning, mids neither forward or back with HM5 pads, treble spike (10-11Khz or so) tamed a bit

    ****DENON D2k - torn down/disassembled.

    (IEMs)

    ****SONY XBA-N3 HYBRID IEMs

    OWNED

    ****SOLD*** MODIFIED HiFiMAN HE-400

    ****SOLD*** MODIFIED NAD VISO HP-50
    Headphone Amp Inventory:
    ***OWN*** iBasso PB2.
    Transportable, but 5 watts desktop class amp.
    PLUS LPS 16 volt battery-powered clean linear discharge power solution.

    ***SOLD*** CAYIN C5 - excellent budget level portable amp.
    Organic, wide 3D presentation, paired excellently with my modded T20RP's.

    ***SOLD*** LIGHT HARMONIC GO1000 - transparent and dynamic, but lacking soul.Too cold and analytic.
    Source Inventory:
    OWN

    1) ASUS ZENFONE 2 Laser 6" + UAPP

    2) MACBOOK AIR (Internal Cirrus Logic 4208-CRZ DAC/amp)
    with
    Audirvana Plus 2.x.x


    3) HRT microStreamer (segmented current source TI PCM 1793 chip).

    4) iFi iPurifier 2 - like what is doing.
    Blacker background/tighter timing/better imaging/resolution and 3D layering.

    5) TROND aptX 4.2 receiver - stellar for $20 !

    OWNED

    6) CHORD MOJO - nice to try while I owned it. HRT microStreamer comes pretty close in SQ, like 95% close (last 5% is resolution/3D placement. Internal power I view separately from the DAC itself). Battery life short for the MOJO price.

    7) ***TRADED*** BERESFORD BUSHMASTER MKII DAC/AMP - amazing little DAC/amp.Treble slightly ragged with some mastering.

    8) AQ Jitterbug - did not work well with my audio chain ultimately. Bright/brittle metallic edginess was added to upper end.
    Cable Inventory:
    "Cable cautious" rather than "all out cable improvements believer".
    I buy high quality DIY parts built for close to standard cable prices.

    CRYO UP-OCC LITZ or CRYO UP-OCC cables
    ANTI-CABLES 0.2M RCA-RCA
    DIY 3-line 24AWG UP-OCC USB Cable (Data LINE-Only Modification)
    TERADAK USB Data+Power Y-Merger Cable
    PSA TYPE 6 LITZ INTERCONNECT with CRYO'd 3.5's
    8-line balanced Sterling Silver IEM cable
    HCKexin OCC IEM cables x2
    Power-Related Components:
    1) Macbook Air mains isolation.

    2) ENERGIZER XPAL 8000mAh portable battery + XPAL 16-volt AC LPS for iBasso PB2 amp.

    3) Power strip with built-in noise suppression.

    4) (WTB) 16-volt DC desktop LPS for iBasso PB2 + better/more caps for it.
    Gear-Fi:
    My custom front/rear suspension mountain bike converted for single-speed city road thrashing.

    Signature

    MBA → A+ → FLAC → 5V USB LPS + a Y-split data line / iPurifier 2 → Custom r-2r DAC → LPS Modified Balanced Amp
    → Hybrid IEMs / Woodie Planars / Woodie Dynamics
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