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Coming up: Hugo 2, Audio-gd R2R 7, Audiovalve Solaris, HiFiMan Susvara, RE2000, RE800. Jul 7, 2017

  • About

    Home Page:
    Fukuoka, Japan
    Teacher, reviewer
    Aikido, Aiki, computers, electronics, photography, science, Gnosticism (actually knowing, not just believing) and practical, no BS spirituality.
    Encouraging the use of science to increase one's understanding of one's self, the world and universe instead of as a means to railroad beliefs and put down others.
    Headphone Inventory:
    ▶︎ Main Rigs

    Mac with Audirvana Plus → iFi iUSB 3.0 + custom PSU → WaveIO → (DAC) → ALO Studio Six, or Audio-gd Master 9 and ADAM ARTist 3 speakers.
    iPhone 6 or FiiO X7 → Chord Mojo or Hugo 2 → IEMs.
    TV or iPad + Schiit Wyrd → Chord Hugo → Emotiva 4 speakers.

    ▶︎ Current Headphones

    HiFiMan Susvara (on loan)
    MrSpeakers Ether Flow
    HiFiMan HE1000 V2
    Sennheiser HD-800 (modded and re-cabled)
    Audio Technica ESW9LTD (Unboxing:
    Sony MDR-Z7
    Audeze LCD-X and XC (very first drivers, review units)
    AKG/Massdrop K7XX
    Symphones Magnum VX
    Symphones Magnum MS2i-based (V7 drivers)
    Symphones Magnum V7 with 3D printed cups
    VectorScan VSH5 (Audio Technica ATH-2)
    V-MODA M80
    V-MODA LP2
    MB Quart QP400
    MB Quart QP55X (my original "high-end" headphones that got me into this mess back in the early 1990's)

    ▶︎ IEMs
    JHAudio Roxanne V2 (in for review)
    Campfire Audio Vega (review sample)
    Campfire Audio Andromeda (review sample)
    Meze 11 Neo (sample)
    Shozy Zero (sample)
    Ultimate Ears Reference Remastered (sample)
    JHAudio Layla universal (sample)
    Ultimate Ears Reference Monitors (sample)
    DITA Audio The Answer Truth Edition (sample)
    Jerry Harvey Roxanne Universal (pre-production demo unit)
    Jerry Harvey JH-13 Freqphase (using this with a Norne cable)
    Sony XBA-30
    Sony XBA-3

    ▶︎ Owned or Borrowed

    HiFiMan HE-1000 V1
    HiFiMan HE-X V2 (Review unit)
    Focal Utopia
    Sony MDR-Z1R
    Mr Speakers Ether
    MrSpeakers Ether C
    AKG K701 (ALO re-cabled)
    Audeze LCD-3
    Audeze LCD-2 (Rev. 2)
    Audeze LCD-2 (Rev. 1)
    Audio Technica W1000Z
    Audio Technica W3000ANV
    Audio Technica AD2000
    Audio Technica A1000X
    Audio Technica ESW10JPN
    Audio-Technica W11JPN, W10LTD, W10VGT, ESW10JPN, ES10, ESW9 and others.
    Denon D5000 (with the pre-Lawton Audio markl mods)
    Denon D2000, D7000
    FitEar FitEar
    FitEar Parterre
    Fit Ear TO GO! 334
    Head-Direct RE-ZERO
    Head-Direct HE5
    JVC HA-FXZ200
    Oppo PM-1
    Sennheiser HD-600
    Shure SH-440, SH-840, SH-940
    Sony MDR-Z1000
    Sony Qualia 010
    Stax Omega I
    Stax SR-009
    Stax SR007A "Omega II"
    Stax SR007 "Omega II"
    Stax SR-404LE
    Stax Lambda Nova Signature
    Stax SR-5NB Gold
    Tralucent 1plus2 (with silver and Uber cables)
    Ultimate Ears Triple-fi.10
    Ultimate Ears Super-fi.3 Studio
    Ultrasone Edition 8
    Ultrasone Edition 9
    Headphone Amp Inventory:
    ▶︎ Headphone Amps

    Audiovalve Solaris (in for review)
    Audio-gd Master 9
    ALO Audio Studio Six
    (Tubes: Sylvania "Fat Boy" 6SN7, Phillips 6V6GT, Mullard CV1833, Mullard metal base 5AR4)
    Audio-gd NFB1AMP (review unit)
    Audio-gd NFB-10ES2 (review unit, out on loan)
    Schiit Valhalla (review unit)
    APEX Audio Sangaku (Review unit for Japan)

    ▶︎ Portable

    ALO Audio Continental V5 (review unit)
    ALO Audio Rx (2015 IEM version, review unit)
    Headamp Pico Power
    Sound Potion Monolith (review unit)
    O2 (DIY)

    ▶︎ Owned or Borrowed

    Soundaware M1 & M1 Pro
    Woo Audio WA8
    Headamp Pico Slim
    Centrance HiFi-M8
    Astel&Kern AK240
    Aurender Flow
    Bakoon HPA-01
    Oppo HA-1
    ALO Audio PanAm (full kit + extra tubes)
    Audio-gd Fun
    Audio-gd NFB-11
    Audio-gd Sparrow
    Audio-gd Phoenix
    Audio-gd C2C
    Audio-gd Compass
    Audiovalve RKV Mark II with Impedenzer
    Cavalli Stacker II
    Fostex HP-P1
    Furutech ADL Esprit
    Headroom Portable Desktop
    iRiver AK100 (modded)
    Leckerton UHA-6II
    Luxman P-1
    Luxman P-1u
    Luxman SQ-N100
    Luxman D-321 (long before Head-fi)
    Oppo HA-1
    Parasound Zamp
    Stax T1S
    Triad Audio L3
    Woo Audio WA7 (with EH Gold pin tubes)
    Yamamoto HA-02
    Source Inventory:
    ▶︎ DACs

    Chord Hugo 2
    Audio-gd R2R 7
    Schiit Audio Yggdrasil
    Chord Hugo
    Chord Mojo

    ▶︎ DAPs

    Astell & Kern AK380 (Demo unit)
    FiiO X7 (Review unit)
    Calyx M (review unit, out on loan)
    Soundaware M1 Analog
    FiiO X5 II
    Lotoo PAW5000

    ▶︎ Transports

    Audio-gd DI-V8
    iPad Mini Retina
    iPhone 6+
    iPod Classic 160GB
    Mac Mini
    MacBook Pro 2011
    MacBook Air

    ▶︎ Previous Digital Components

    Audiophilleo 1 with Pure Power
    Astel&Kern AK240
    Audio-gd Master 7
    Audio-gd NOS-1704
    Anedio D2
    Audio-gd Reference 7.1
    Audio-gd Reference 3
    Audio-gd Reference 1 (v5 DSP)
    Apogee Duet 2 USB
    Audioquest Dragonfly
    Calyx DAC 24/192
    Cambridge Audio Azur 840c
    Fostex HP-P1
    iBasso DX100
    iRiver AK100 (Mezzo modded)
    Lavry DA10
    Luxman D-121 CDP (Long before Head-Fi)
    Metric Halo ULN-2
    Metrum Octave
    Northstar M192 MKI
    Onkyo DV-SP502 SACD player
    Parasound DAC 1600 HD
    Resonessence Invicta
    Soundaware D100PRO
    Zero DAC/amp (modified)
    Thorens TD-125 Long Base with SME M2

    ▶︎ Borrowed and Tried

    TheBit OPUS #3
    Marantz Project D-1
    Assemblage DAC 3.0
    Nakamichi Dragon DAC
    Benchmark DAC 1 (original, pre-USB version)
    Yamaha S1000 SACD Player
    Esoteric D05 DAC
    Esoteric K-01 SACD player
    Cable Inventory:
    ▶︎ Headphone Cables

    Kimber Cable for HD800
    Moon Audio Silver Dragon and Black Dragon (various)
    Norne Audio Vanquish (HD-800) & Vorpal (UERM/JH-13)
    WyWires (HD-800 and Audeze)
    ALO Audio Reference 16 (HD-800 and Audeze)
    UERM balanced for AK balanced

    ▶︎ Interconnects

    (NB: I bought most heavily discounted, traded or s/h way below retail. I'm only mostly crazy, not completely crazy.)

    Moon Audio Silver Dragon RCA.
    ALO Audio Reference 20 RCA (Part of a package with the Studio Six).
    Van Den Hul The Mountain 3T XLR.
    Van Den Hul The Orchid XLR and RCA.
    Van Den Hul The Gold Hybrid RCA.
    Van Den Hul The Thunderline XLR.
    Van Den Hul The First Ultimate Metal Screen RCA.
    Norse Audio Skuld XLR.
    Various DIY cables.

    ▶︎ Digital Cables

    Harmonic Technology Magic Digital Two
    Van Den Hul The Professional Digital with Oyaide BNC plugs
    Van Den Hul The Optocoupler (mini to Toslink)
    Van Den Hul The Thunderline (AES/EBU)
    Synergistic Research optical cable
    SysConcept 1300 strand Toslink to optical cables.
    Sony optical cable
    Canare RCA and BNC cables.
    DIY Moon Audio 75 Ohm BNC cables.
    Oyaide d+ Neo USB
    Lavricables Lightning to microUSB with CCK.

    ▶︎ Power Cables

    Audio-gd power cables re-terminated with AET plugs.
    DIY Oyaide + CryoMax III power cables.
    DIY Oyaide + Van Den Hul Mainstream power cables.
    Oyaide PA-23
    Power-Related Components:
    ▶︎ Power Filters

    PS Audio Power Plant Premier
    Audio-gd Power Filter
    Silver Circle Audio Juice Box Jr
    Other Audio Equipment:
    ▶︎ Speakers

    Adam ARTist 3 active monitors
    Emotiva Airmotiv 4 active monitors
    Audio-Related Tweaks:
    ⚔ Tweaks

    iFi iUSB 3.0 + custom linear PSU
    XMOS XU208 F1 USB to S/PDIF bridge
    WaveIO USB to S/PDIF bridge
    Schiit Wyrd
    Aurorasound USB BusPower-Pro
    Vaunix USB lab-grade hub
    Emilai USB noise filter ES-OT4
    Herbies Tube Dampers
    Herbies cable dampers (experimentally - at least they keep the cables from rolling off the desk when not plugged in.)
    Herbies Tenderfeet and speaker dots
    Music Preferences:
    ♪ Music

    Too varied to list.
    ▶︎ Cameras

    Fujifilm X-T1 (18-55mm kit)
    Nikon D750
    (Nikon D800 previously)
    Sony RX100 MK2
    Sony RX10

    ▶︎ Lenses

    - Nikon -
    Nikon 50mm
    Tamron 24-70mm f2:8
    Sigma 35mm f1.4
    AF Nikon 35mm 1:2D
    AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f1:4 G ED
    AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm 1:2.8 G ED (borrowed from Anakchan)

    - Fujifilm -
    XF 18-55mm 1:2.8-4

    ▶︎ Other

    Nikon SB900 flash
    Sony Flash
    Main site: Headphone and Earphone Reviews
    HF blog: Currawong
    Discord: Amos#1952
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