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As little as possible.

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    In at the deep end.
    As little as possible.
    I'm a hardcore minimalist: only 'real' hifi; no PC audio, EQs or MP3!
    Non-headphone? Well, that'll be loudspeakers, amplifiers and source components.
    Headphone Inventory:
    Audeze LCD2 F (micro-suede pads)
    Audeze LCD2.2 (Leather-rosewood)
    Ultrasone HFI-650 (for movies etc.)
    Denon AH-D2000
    Previous: Hifiman HE400, Beyerdynamic DT531, 1980's Koss on-ear phones
    Headphone Amp Inventory:
    Zerozone ksa5 (KG Krell klone)
    FX-Audio DAC-X6
    HLLY RMK-5 (Beyer A1 clone)
    Previous - Gustard H10
    Source Inventory:
    QLS QA-550 SD card transport: Modified/upgraded and powered from bespoke DAC.

    Cambridge Audio DAC 3: Original Stan Curtis model (with 4 x TDA1541 S1 R-2R chips); heavily modified, including additional transformers and power supply for transport; I²S connection from transport; jitter reduction, 7220 oversampling filter chip bypass; upgraded clocks, caps and other components; plus a tube output stage.
    Cable Inventory:
    Transport to DAC: Bespoke handmade silver/copper I²S/power.
    DAC--Amp: Missing Link 'Alaqia'
    Shielded RFI reducing mains cables for both DAC/Transport and amp.
    Power-Related Components:
    Other Audio Equipment:
    Many, but I'm looking for some phones that can deliver the realistic bass tune (obviously NOT the power) that my kit transmission line speakers reproduce.

    I may have the word 'bass' in my screen name, but I don't consider myself a 'bass-head'; Sure, it's possible/probably that I enjoy and place more importance on the bass than many around here. But, I still just want it to be in proportion with the rest of the audio spectrum.

    Here lies the problem: to me, most speakers, and all 'phones (that I've tried, so far), just don't portray the weight and body of the instrument, performer and the music as a whole; the sound doesn't have the bass fundamentals that I hear in real life.
    Hence my search (digging) for equipment that reproduces the bass, properly. And when I find it, I really 'dig' it!
    Audio-Related Tweaks:
    Eh? I dunno. But my advice: do your research, before you spend your money. And above all, don't believe the hype!
    Music Preferences:
    Anything (except jazz), but mainly electronic, rock and pop .
    I'm not 'all about that bass'; I'm looking for bass that's as realistic as the rest of the music!


    Source: Modified QLS QA550 SD card transport feeding a Cambridge Audio (Stan Curtis) DAC 3
    Amp: ZeroZone KSA5 (KG Krell klone), HLLY RMK5 (Beyer A1 clone), FX-Audio DAC-X6; prev: Gustard H10
    'phones: Audeze LCD2f (Bamboo/suede), LCD2.2 (Rosewood/leather); prev. Hifiman HE400, Denon AH-D2000
    You don't have to 'show off' your rig in your signature, but it's helpful if you list your components....somewhere!
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