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Dec 14, 2006
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Software Quality Assurance for Medical Devices

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Headphoneus Supremus, Male

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    Software Quality Assurance for Medical Devices
    Humour, Music, Poetry, Psychology, Reading, Writing, Travels, Cinema, Videogames.
    Headphone Inventory:
    Hifiman HE1000 v2
    Hifiman Edition X v2
    Stax SR-007
    Meze 99 Classics
    Dunu DN-2002

    Koss ESP950 (arrived broken. Sent back. Never refunded. I have been SCAMMED by headfi'er BoogieWoogie)

    I would be interested in trying: Stax 4070

    Had (or tried):
    Stax SR-007 Mk1 (heard at least 8) -> Most special oyster in the headphone world. Unfortunately, several variations due to quality control issues. At their best, they have unparalled layering, clarity, exceptional deep bass and don't sound dark. 7xxxx S/N have bigger chances to be much better than other production lots. The right midrange presence is the most difficult thing to achieve with source/amp matching, even with the best specimen.
    Stax SR-009: You put a great, analogue sounding source with the SR-009 and the sound is magical. You put a great, analogue sounding source behind the SR-007, and someone will tell you that your amp is the problem, and/or your source is not enough.
    Stax SR-X Mk3 Pro (2x) -> great midrange, lean midbass, but extremely rumbling and powerful deep bass; small soundstage, extremely discomfortable. Easy to be made strident. Extremely source-dependant.
    Stax Gamma Pro -> Princess of the loudness war
    Stax 404/Spritzer modded -> I only remember it was sweaty
    Stax SRS001 Mk2 with Audiocats-modded amp -> fantastic mods for an otherwise poor amp
    Stax SR-003 -> miniature sized SR-009. Looses in bass depth, soundstage, overall detail, while has an edge in intimacy and overall smoothness.
    Stax SR-003 Mk2 (and SR-002) -> how to destroy your roots for a "brighter" future
    Koss ESP950 -> transistor radio made famous
    AKG K1000 -> purest sounding earphone in the world.
    Audio-Technica AD2000 -> live equalizer. Bass and treble are never out of place. Midrange can be, though.
    Tamboti Thunderpants -> super aggressive midrange, small soundstage, smooth highs, fast, tight bass
    LCD2 Rev1 -> unnatural, clinical, strong deep bass, empty midrange... sounds like it's making music for a different species
    LCD2 Rev2 -> in opposition to other people's impressions, the Rev2 I got was a darker than that Rev1. Great headphone if it retailed 200 Euro new.
    Yamaha HP3 -> a bullet must have killed the midrange frequencies. Otherwise super tight/deep bass, super comfortable, very fast if properly damped
    NAD RP18 -> darkish... sloppish, also
    Sennheiser HD650 -> thick; thick and sibilant when badly amped; I wish to hear it in a proper, balanced setup
    Sennheiser HD580 -> the bass goes its own way, constantly missing the timing of the music. Bloated. This is with CKKIII, regardless of the source and cables
    Sennheiser HD250 Linear I -> hole in the midrange, fast, spikey treble
    Sennheiser HD250 Linear II -> hole in the midrange, fast, more spikey treble, strong deep bass
    Sennheiser HD800 (only loaned) -> super fast, hypertextured, wrinkled bass; distant, hollow midrange, spikey treble; huge soundstage
    AKG K501 (repeatedly loaned) -> beautiful midrange, not very resolving, slightly sibilant, average soundstage and bass depth
    Apuresound Etymotic ER4P/S -> fantastic but aggressive, not really "warm", the bass is as tight as a stone, in general a lean, aggressive, addictive sound without any hints of sibilance (the P), or with some hints of sibilance (the S).
    Etymotic ER4P/S -> more linear midrange, but less emotionally addicting than the Apuresound version, easier to drive (the Apuresound P requires higher volume, go figure). The stock S is very sibilant
    Etymotic HF-5 -> inferior to normal Etys, the bass reaches less deep; less refined across the notes; exceptional for home use with the Etymotic PtoS adapter, especially with a warm/darkish signal path behind
    Westone 3 -> big sound, lovely low level details (echoes), the balance is weirdly u-shaped so that the midrange lacks some energy. Upper bass is full, treble is extended
    Westone UM3X -> warm as a womb could be. With triflanges it can also sound airy, otherwise suffocating
    JH13 -> transparent, neutral, small, polite midrange, transparent. Not a good idea for your regular DAP
    Triple.fi 10 Pro -> big bass, big soundstage, overpowering bass, ghastly midrange, extended treble
    HifiMan RE272, RE262, RE252, RE0 -> the RE272 and RE262 are very fine sounding, lifelike, if you can stand the discomfort
    Yuin OK1, OK2, OK3, PK1, PK2, G1 -> I will remember the PK1 as the one with a meaningful personality. The others are just cold.
    Koss A250, KSC75
    Grado SR60 (and I have heard RS1i, PS1000)
    Shure SE530
    Headphone Amp Inventory:
    MacIntosh MHA100 (on loan)
    Stax SRM-727A with KGSSHV mods
    KG Megatron (in progress...)

    Stax SRM-717, Stax SRM-001 with SFC++ mods (by Audiocats, Vitq caps), Stax SRM-1 Mk2 Pro, SRM-Xh
    AMB-Cavalli CKKIII
    Burson HA-160DS
    MisterX Mini^3 and less interesting portable amps.
    Source Inventory:
    Subjective ranking that may change across time:

    Lector Digicode S192
    AMR DP-777
    Metrum Hex
    Weiliang Dual AKM4399 DAC with Museatex modifications
    Museatex Bitstream Plus (Upgraded)
    Museatex DA-44 Plus (Upgraded)
    April Music Eximus DP-1
    Yulong DA8II
    Yulong DA8
    Assemblage DAC 2.7, DAC 3.0
    Metrum Octave Mk2
    Audio Note DAC2.0
    Antelope Zodiac Gold + Voltikus
    Yulong D18
    Audio-gd NFB-9.2
    Halide DAC HD
    JKenny Ciùnas
    Yulong D200
    Mytek 192DSD

    Other stuff: Museatex Bitstream (stock is useless), Arcam Rpac (impressively decent), Yulong DAH1 (better than your average mp3 player), AMB Gamma 1 (not better than your average mp3 player), HiFiMan HM602 (too bulky to make sense, but analog sounding!!), various portables, Imods. I loved the Kenwood HD20GA7 mp3 player, it started my Head-fi journey.

    Would like to try: Phasure NOS, TotalDAC
    Cable Inventory:
    Di Marzio interconnects
    Other Audio Equipment:
    Mordaunt Short Performance 6 Ltd speakers
    Luxman L-58A integrated amplifier

    Neumann KH-120A: lovely monitors, balanced, detailed, but still not smooth enough
    Adam A5x: silly, blurry, bassy, unacceptable lack of imaging. Overpriced.
    Music Preferences:
    Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, Tim Buckley, Robert Wyatt, Gong, Faust, Can, Amon Duul II, Neu, Uludag, Red Crayola, The Velvet Underground, The United States of America, Jefferson Airplane, The Moody Blues, Silver Apples, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Roxy Music, Public Image Ltd, Traffic, Royal Trux, Television, Pere Ubu, Talking Heads, John Cale, Lou Reed, Nico, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder, Van Morrison, John Fahey, Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens, Roy Harper, Yes, Area, Van Der Graaf Generator, Henry Cow, Art Bears, This Heat, Camberwell Now, Thinking Plague, Sonic Youth, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Cocteau Twins, Buggles, Jimi Hendrix, Pixies, Husker Du, Violent Femmes, Foetus, Mr. Bungle, Phish, Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley, Lydia Lunch, Franco Battiato, Mercury Rev, Red House Painters, Lycia, Morphine, Solex, Peter Gabriel, Steven Ridgway, XTC

    Charles Mingus, Carla Bley, Sun Ra, John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, Miles Davis, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, David Holland, Dexter Gordon, Eric Dolphy, Alice Coltrane, Paroah Sanders, Zu, Paolo Conte

    Shostakovic, Mahler, Beethoven, Lutoslavski

    Penderecki, Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis

    Louis Andriessen, Moondog, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Steve Roach, Penguin Cafè Orchestra, Diamanda Galas, Arvo Part, Philip Glass, Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatman, Bang On A Can

    Shpongle, Ott, Hallucinogen, Younger Brother, Juno Reactor, Shulman, Amethystium
    Lenovo X280
    Blackberry Keyone
    Nintendo Switch
    PS4 Pro
    PS Vita
    Nintendo 3DS
    The stream of digits going down a digital connection have no chronological disorder



    Cool, I dreamt that I was listening to a music cd in black and white!! Then I realized I was only amplifying the 010010111001
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