mikemercer
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mikemercer

Headphoneus Supremus, Male, from Los Angeles (back to NYC soon)

Great to be back on Head-fi! Thanks to my fellow Head-fiers who sent messages of support & kind words. I love this community. May 31, 2017

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    Gender:
    Male
    Home Page:
    http://positive-feedback.com/
    Location:
    Los Angeles (back to NYC soon)
    Occupation:
    freelance writer, consultant
    Interests:
    writing, MUSIC, high-fidelity, hiking, reading, being a "docu-Junkie"!
    DJing, film, traveling, sunsets/sunrises!
    Headphone Inventory:
    Audeze EL-8 open-backs
    Audeze EL-8 closed-backs
    Audeze Titanium EL-8 + CIPHER integrated Amp/DAC/DSP Lightning Cable
    Audeze LCD-3 (OG)
    Audeze LCD-3 w/ Fazor
    Audeze LCD-2 w/ Fazor
    Audeze LCD-X
    Audeze LCD-XC
    Audeze SINE
    Audio-Technica AD900X
    B&O H6
    Echobox Finder X1
    Echobox Nomad
    E-MU
    Grado SR-325i
    JH Audio JH13 Pro Freqphase
    JH Audio Roxannes
    Meze Headphones 99Classics
    MrSpeakers Alpha Prime
    MrSpeakers ETHER
    MrSpeakers ETHER-C
    MrSpeakers Mad Dog Pro
    Monster DNA Pro
    Monster DNA on-ears
    Polk Audio UntraFocus 8000s (powered noise-canceling)
    RHA T10i
    Sennheiser HD-800
    Sennheiser HD490 w/ @Warrenpchi mod
    Sennheiser Momentum on-ear (Ivory)
    Sennheiser HD7 DJ
    Stax (original) electrostatic cans
    Headphone Amp Inventory:
    ADL X1 iDevice/USB DAC & headphone amp
    ALO Island
    ALO International
    ALO International+ OPT Edition
    ALO Rx MK3-B
    ALO Studio Six
    Audeze DECKARD
    Audioengine D3
    Cavalli Audio Liquid Gold
    Cavalli Audio Portable (prototype)
    CEntrance DACmini integrated
    CEntrance DACportHD
    CEntrance HiFi-M8
    CEntrance Mini-M8
    E.A.R HP4 Tube Headphone Amp
    Headroom Total Bithead
    HRT microStreamer
    HRT Headstreamer
    HRT iDSP
    iFi Micro iDSD
    JDS Labs The Element
    Lehmann Audio Traveler
    VINTAGE 1968 McIntosh MAC1900 receiver (my Grandpas) Fully-Discrete Headphone Amp Section
    Ray Samuels The Intruder
    Schiit Audio Vali
    Schiit Audio Jotunheim
    Stax original SRM-T1 tube amp for matching electrostatic cans (inherited from the Harry Pearson)
    Woo Audio WA7 Fireflies + Tube Power-Supply
    Source Inventory:
    Macbook Pro SSD running Amarra 4, Amarra for TIDAL
    Astell&Kern AK380 DAP
    Astell&Kern AK 240
    Astell&Kern AK120
    + Glove Audio A1 DAC/Amp by CEntrance

    AppleTV w/ Nordost Purple Flare (feeding outboard DAC via optical)
    Luxman TX-99 turntable
    Sonicweld 24/96 Diverter
    VPI Traveler turntable w/ Sonicweld DampClamp & Gingko Audio Cloud9T
    Cable Inventory:
    ALO Audio Green cable for Audeze LCD3's (+ LOD, balanced, 18" adapters)
    ALO Audio LOD cable
    ALO Audio Green Line Hphone cables w/ adapter kit
    Black Cat Cable analog interconnects
    Black Cat Cable XV-Ultra Digital SPDIF
    Cardas Clear cable for LCD3's
    Cardas Clear for Sennheiser HD800's
    Double Helix Cables Complement2
    Double Helix Cables Complement4 dual-XLR
    Double Helix Cables Complement4 SE (w/ 1/4")
    Double Helix Cables Complement2 dual-XLR
    Double Helix Cables Comp4 Extreme (my FAVE)
    Double Helix Cables Molecule SE w/ Fusion (for HD800 + Audeze on-the-go)
    Double Helix Cable Molecule Elite for Sennheiser Momentums
    Double Helix Cables Molecule Elite for Sennheiser Urbanite
    Double Helix Cables Molecule Elite for Beats Solo2s
    Double Helix Cables Comp4 1/4 - 3.5mm for OPPO, MH40s, and DNA Pros)
    Double Helix Cables Comp4 for Audeze
    Locus Design CORE Digital COAX cable
    Locus Design USB cables; Axis, Nucleus, and Polestar
    Moon Audio Black Dragon V3 w/ adapter kit for Audeze
    Moon Audio Silver Dragon V3 w/ Adapter kit for Audeze
    Moon Audio Silver Dragon IEM (for JHAudio JH-13 Pros)
    Moon Audio Silver Dragon V3 LOD (2)
    Moon Audio Silver Dragon optical
    Nordost Heimdall speaker cables & interconnects
    Nordost Leif/White Lightning Spkr & RCA interconnects
    Nordost Valhalla Digital COAX cable
    Nordost Blue Heaven USB cable
    Nordost Heimdall 2 USB cable
    Nordost Heimdall 2 Audeze/Sennheiser HD800 headphone cables
    Nordost Vishnu power cords
    Nordost Purple Flare power cords
    Nordost Magus power cords
    Nordost Purple Flare w/ figure-8 (for AppleTV & Oppo BDP-95 Universal Player)
    WyWires LTD SPD USB cable
    WyWires prototype Audeze cables
    WyWires prototype HD800 cable
    WyWires FINAL production model headphone cable
    Yorma Digital (SPDIF)
    Power-Related Components:
    Nordost QB8 Power distribution block
    Nordost Quantum Qx2
    Nordost Quantum Qv2
    Silver Circle Audio Juice Box One
    Cryo-Parts Power Strips
    Other Audio Equipment:
    Zu Audio Omen Def speakers
    My grandfathers vintage McIntosh MAC1700 (AMAZING discrete headphone amp section

    2 Technics 1200's w/Pioneer DJM-300 DJ mixer (ALL analog)
    Audio-Related Tweaks:
    Nordost Quantum power distribution Nordost Quantum QX2, various pods, feet, spikes, bedini clarifier, Nordost ECO3 static stabilizer (or as Roy Gregory says: harmonizer) spray, l'Art duSon fluid, Analog Expert Ultimate Record Cleaning solution, Nordost SORT KONES (these things are INCREDIBLE), Bright Star bases, Black Ravioli resonance control devices & stand (prototype)
    Music Preferences:
    Love TONS of music; if it moves me, it doesn't matter when, where, or how it was recorded or performed. But, examples of artists I love: Burial, Mogwai, Portishead, Radiohead, James Blake, Eskmo, Blitzen Trapper, Aphex Twin, Shlohmo, Was, The LOX, Gangstarr, Biggie, A Tribe Called Quest, Nosaj Thing, Iron & Wine, Grand Archives, Soapbox Army, Bat for Lashes, Ani DiFranco, Brian Eno, WAVVES, Jason Mraz, The Shins, The Morning After Girls, Depeche Mode, The Cure, The Hush Now, Ben Folds, Martin Sexton, Joy Division, Shiny Toy Guns, Bloc Party, Elbow, Machinedrum, Phonat, Beacon, Adele, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Mumford & Sons

    tech-house, dubstep, techno, to name a few..
    Gear-Fi:
    Love good hikers: Solomons or Merrells - my Craftsman toolbag + drill set, LUV my Macbook Pro/SSD/Amarra 4 rig,
    Addicted to documentaries

    My John CooperWorks Limited Edition Mini Cooper (and her name is SKY)!
    writer, musicBiz vet, audio evangelist

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    CEntrance DACportable + Sennheiser HD7 via DHC
    [a]pendics.shuffle in 24-bit FLAC
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