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Member of the Trade: Wood Audio Accessories & Modifications, Male, from Estonia

Found my sound-bliss! ;P Mar 22, 2018

  • About

    Designer, Teacher, Woodwork, Melomaniac.
    Headphone Inventory:
    Sound signature preference:
    Neutral sided, slightly warm, slight U or L-shaped FR, out-of-headstage imaging, slightly distant vocals presentation (not recessed in mids), large open airy soundstage, great frontal depth and layering, great decay/reverb (not enhanced), overall even micro-details in FR, no mid-bass elevation.
    NB! I`m quite sensitive to highs (especially around 6.2-7.5kHz).

    Full-size over-ear headphones:
    Fidelio X1 + custom low impedance cable
    Superlux HD-681r (custom angled pads + custom cable) + HW amplitude corrector

    Current favorite IEMs:
    iBasso IT01 (open-back/open nozzle/wood mod + S size HS-930i ultra-wide-bore tips)
    KZ ZS5v1 (open back mod + low impedance cable)
    KZ ZSN cyan (wide-bore silicone tips, removed nozzle grills) + ZSN copper cable


    For future:
    iBasso IT01s
    Moondrop Kanas Pro
    Anew U1
    BGVP DM6
    Whizzer Kylin
    Toneking T4
    Toneking BL1

    For modding:
    QCY QM05
    Artiste DC1

    Have & keepers:
    KZ ES4 (open nozzle + wide bore tips)
    KZ ATE 2nd & 5th gen (FF-mod)
    Magaosi BK50 (shell mod + cable change, wide bore tips)
    Venture Electronics Asura 2.0
    KZ ZST colorful (BA mod + Auvio S wide bore tips)
    Senfer 4in1 (JVC Spiral dot tips + high impedance cable)
    YinJw "IE800" wooden v1 (custom shells, using for noisy work)

    Drawer-gear (obsolete for my ears&taste&gear):
    KZ ANV v2 (wood shell mod) (missing some bass area)
    VE Monk (original) NUN-mod (needs some re-tuning)
    KZ ED10 (cable change) (too bright in highs and too much bass)
    Xiaomi Piston 2 (original) (too strong V-shape and bright in highs)
    KZ ATR v1 (prefer ATE 5th gen for more fuller/dynamical/natural sound)
    KZ EDR2 (wood shell mod) (slightly too intimate & inside headstage presentation)
    Source Inventory:
    iBasso DX5X:
    Firmware: Sound Unlocked 1.3.3 (FLAC only/ IIR off / CPU default)
    Hardware upgrades:
    HO decoupling cap - Panasonic POSCAP # 10TPE220MIL (7343 case)
    DAC differential amp decoupling cap - Panasonic POSCAP # 6TPE100MI (7343 case)
    DAC analog power supply decoupling caps - Panasonic POSCAP # 6TPE100MI (7343 case)
    HO coupling capacitors - 4x Panasonic FC 220uF 10V # EEUFC1A221S
    LO capacitors - 2x Panasonic FC 100uF 10V # EEUFC1A101S
    HO opamps - 2x ADA4897-1ARZ (80mA per channel!)
    LO differential opamp - ADA4841-2YRZ (30mA output)
    Specs: <0.5 Ohm output impedance | Gain output L/M/H >= 1,2/1,7/3,1V
    Mods post: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/ibasso-dx50-mods.720776/page-20#post-12652071
    Aune T1 (hardware modified):
    Main power supply capacitors - Panasonic FR
    Secondary power supply capacitors - ELNA SilmicII (black/gold)
    Headphone amplifier coupling capacitors - ELNA SilmicII (black/gold)
    Headphone amplifier rail voltage capacitors - ELNA SilmicII (black/gold)
    Headphone amplifier board opamp upgrade - AD8599ARZ
    CMC gold plated OFC pins ceramic socket
    Main tube - Siemens/Halske E88CC goldpin
    USB data cable cable +5V power rail disabled
    Software - ASIO4ALL
    QNGEE X2
    Audio-Related Tweaks:
    Workshop gallery (modifications, re-builds, woodwork etc.): https://www.head-fi.org/f/gallery/album/workshop.871146/
    Music Preferences:
    Twelve Foot Ninja, Seven Impale, The Mars Volta, TOOL, A Perfect Circle, Omar Rodríguez-López, Karnivool, Opeth, Eidola, Steven Wilson, Lucid Planet, Porcupine Tree, Gazpacho, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Puscifer, Dead Letter Circus, Tesseract, Sanguine Hum, Kingcrow, Frontstreet, David Barrett Trio, Ampacity, Djam Karet, Cosmograf, Sons of Apollo, Nemrud, Disperse, Alt-J, Lunatic Soul, Devin Townsend, ELP, Glass Hammer, IT, Leprous, Lifesigns, Long Distance Calling, Perfect Beings, Resistor, Fever Ray, Riverside, Nine Inch Nails, The Pineapple Thief, Animals as Leaders, The Dear Hunter, Klone, Periphery, Closure in Moscow, Caligula`s Horse, The Sea Within, Destiny Potato, Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, Katatonia, Tiger Moth Tales, Deftones, Bloc Party, Radiohead, The Olivia Tremor Control, Indukti, Temple of Thieves, Mutemath, Sigur Ros, Monuments, Opus of A Machine, Beardfish, Estas Tonne, Silversun Pickups, Thank You Scientist, 10 Years, Leprous, Failure, GoGo Penguin, Eivind Aarset, Atoms for Peace, Between buried and Me, Sunset in The 12th House, Uneven structure, The Joy Formidable, Mushroomhead, Heilung, Kaya Project, Depeche Mode, Massive Attack, Martin Grech, The Circulatory System, Crosses, Lamb, Curve, Ganesh Rao, Chris Isaak, Wye Oak, Wardruna, Evaline, Jericco, Yoav, Thom Yorke, Klaxons, M83, DubFX, Ez3kiel, Skyharbor, Eleven Tigers, Korn, Eskmo, Filter, Finley Quaye, O. Children, Nick Drake, Pantha Du Prince, Rammstein, Caribou, Moderat, Metallica, Bonobo, Dream Theater, 65 days of static, Anathema, Bahamas, Audioslave, Bat for Lashes, Type O Negative, Burial, PJ Harvey, Apparat, Blood Command, Boards of Canada, Cinematic Orchestra, Effigy, Friendly Fires, Hooverphonic, How to Destroy Angles, Ital Tek, Arvo Pärt, TV on The Radio, Paolo Nutini, Glass Animals, Blood Red Shoes etc.


    Desk: PC >> ASIO >> Aune T1 DAC/Amp (hardware modified) >> Siemens E88CC goldpin >> Fidelio X1 (custom cable)
    Portable: iBasso DX5X (hardware modified, SU 1.3.3 FW) >> iBasso IT01 (wood-mod + nozzle mod + NTP3RC jack + ultra-wide-bore tips).
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