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Headphoneus Supremus, Male

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  • About

    – Video games (retro, rhythm, computer)
    – Music (listening > playing; would like to compose)
    I take moderate interest in doing and knowing:
    – Healthy living, perfect posture, Asian squatting for defecation
    – Autodidactiscism, freeganism, paleolithic lifestyle
    – Targeted bed exercises, intermittent fasting
    – Embodying my passions and principles
    Headphone Inventory:
    (*pads = ear adapter
    *comfy, bowl, bagel = Grado S, L, G cushions/pads, respectively
    *IEM = in-ear monitor
    *FR = frequency response
    *HD414 pads = Sennheiser HD414 pads
    *PX100 pads = Sennheiser PX100 pads
    *HP 1000 = Grado HP 1000
    *# = serial number
    *supra = supra-aural
    *OEM = original executive manufacturer)

    In chronological order:
    – "Brand/Company" ± "SERIES" "MODEL-xxx" ± "(details --an edition, a special color, etc.-- if any)"; ± "status/sold/broke/repaired/condition"; ± "mod"; "type" if different than full sized circumaural; "review and miscellaneous notes"

    (Summer 2002, for my 13th birthday I spend my only and first 300 dollars on a Sony Walkman mini-disk player. I was already serious about how I wanted to listen to my music, an activity that I started doing at age 11)

    – 2x Sony MDR-E808; 1 "broken" (loss of one channel); earbud; both pairs given with a Sony mini-disc player

    – JVC HA-E53; clip-on; they are real "clip onto", unlike the Koss KSC75 which doesn't clip. Super comfortable and light, more than the KSC75.

    (Summer 2006)

    – Sony MDR-EX81LP; returned; hook IEM; hook was too small/tight for my ear and it would constantly pull the headphone out of my ear

    – Sennheiser CX 300 (Foster 382326); IEM

    – Creative EP-630 (Foster 382326); lost; IEM; very much the same OEM IEM as CX 300, included with my laptop

    – Sennheiser CX 500 G4ME (Foster 382326 derived); IEM; like CX 300 but with more bass

    – Razer Carcharias; gaming headset; great value and comfort

    (Enter, September 2011)

    – Koss KSC75; headband (a must,; ear hook type

    – Grado RS1 (#1049); sold, APS V3 recabled; supra

    – Grado SR325i (#1789); supra

    – Direct Sound EX-29 (white special edition); hearing protection

    – Fostex T50RP; semi-open; cups dampened with

    – Blox M2C; earbud

    – Razer Pro|Tone m250 (Foster 388404); clip-on; very bad, no bass, strident highs, painful whenever you raise up the volume, weird timbre

    – Yurbuds Ironman Endure (white); hook earbud with silicon "enhancers"; bad, looks like an Apple earbud Chinese clone and probably is, with enhancers on the sound becomes ultra bad, so muffled you can't even hear the cymbals or understand the words anymore, and fit is problematic, though ear hook fits nicely and holds well. Sound, fit and comfort are all better without the enhancers, which are a gimmick

    – Grado SR100-0-r (SR100 with red lettering and HP 1000 drivers in it, Grado Signature Laboratory Standard Audio Cable); supra; impressively alike a fully blown HP 1000 (98% so)

    – Grado SR200 (pink transitional drivers, factory mismatched drivers according to seller [one has unpainted silver and one as black painted magnet plate]); supra; severe deficiency in bass, glassy highs, driver mismatch doesn't actually sound like it

    – Grado SR325-b (SR325 with black cups); sold; typical Grado semi-vintage sound, harsh with bowls

    – Grado HP2i ("i" for improved by Joseph Grado, dual Joseph Grado Signature Ultra-Wide Bandwidth Reference Cable); supra; Joseph Grado's perfect reference, refinements > HP 1000 > SR325-0 ~ SR100-0

    – KODA^2 MK II (T50RP mod, "König's Ortho Dynamic Acrylic Headphones" by Lokesen); closed; deep bass, congested sound, can't do piano, incomplete project

    – Grado HP1 (Joseph Grado Signature Ultra-Wide Bandwidth Reference Cable, reterminated to four pins XLR Neutrik X-HD plug); supra; no perceivable difference in sound compared to stock HP2. Don't listen to it out of phase (set your polarity switches to "++" or "--")

    -- Grado SR325-0-g (SR325 with black cups, gold lettering and HP 1000 drivers); supra; 98.2-98.3% of a HP 1000

    – Grado RS-1 (Pre-Super Vintage, with a bold "A" marked on the inside of the cups and a 8 conductors cable); supra; it makes me think super vintage RS-1 are overrated. Mine is lacking in details, grainy, and has slightly glassy highs. I suggest you get a Alessandro Music Series Pro-i instead

    – Fostex Kotori 201 (>Creative Aurvana Live!>Denon-1000/1001; Foster 443741); non-isolating closed back; not as much clarity as a open headphone (a bit closed/“claustrophobic” sounding), doesn't gain much if anything from amplification, very comfortable and light, completely customizable color scheme:

    – Symphones Audio Magnum ("an improvement over the v4" drivers [to quote Rhydon; don't know if they are v5], with [?]v2-2.5 inner chambers [#017], silver-black-silver metal parts color, chrome SR325is cups, Grado leather headband, with DIY 8 conductors clear Teflon tubed bare silver wire cable (double litz braided, nylon multifilament before the Y split); supra; superior to my Grado SR325i in every way, drivers are matched more closely than all of Grado's, comfort is never an issue for me no matter the weight

    – TDK MT-300; IEM; amazing for 5 bucks, a must for walking next to car, main driver to shut up the outside world; dead for now, crappy strain relief, re-jacking required.

    – Phrodi POD-500; IEM; mindblowing for 20 bucks; MT-300's outlasting successor, with a sensible engineering elbowed strain relief.


    Buying list (headphones, DACs, Amps and other parts):
    – Joseph Grado Signature Products HP P/S-1 Regulated Dual Power Supply
    Headphone Amp Inventory:
    Headphone amplifiers and digital to analog converters (DACs)

    In chronological order:
    – Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Notebook DAC
    – ADL (Alpha Design Lab, Furutech) GT40 DAC and/or amp
    – Joseph Grado HPA-1 amp
    – Joseph Grado HPA-2 amp
    – Phasemation EPA-007

    – Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi HD (2011) (I haven't even opened its box; got the following item instead -->)
    – E-mu 0204 USB (2011) (no driverless functionality, limited to USB power, I wanted a 0404)
    – FiiO D3 DAC (2012) (sounded very bad even when compared to just my laptop's headphone jack, couldn't playback higher than 48 kHz when advertised 192 kHz / 24-bit; cheap price, cheap sound)
    Source Inventory:
    Audio storage that can play music

    In chronological order:
    – Panasonic Stereo Radio Cassette Player Panasonic RQ-SW33V
    – Sony Net MD Walkman MZ-N505S
    – Creative Zen Vision:M (30GB)
    – Dell Inspiron 1720 (160+320GB) + 1externalTB
    – Modchipped Xbox (250GB)
    – Samsung Galaxy S (16+64[microSD]GB)
    Cable Inventory:
    In chronological order:
    – Sennheiser 8 to 3.5 mm adapter (ad 092595 part)
    – Copartner A to B USB
    – Moon Audio Black Dragon 2 feet long adapter; Neutrik XX four pins XLR jack to Oyaide 3.5 mm plug
    – Joseph Grado Signature Ultra-Wide Bandwidth Reference Cable; RCA interconnects, 2 meters
    – Custom made Tasker C128 OFC Microphone Cable with Radioshack gold plugs; TRS extension cable
    Power-Related Components:
    – AKE 54 mm USB 3.0 active ExpressCard
    – (Want to buy:) Joseph Grado Signature Product Regulated Dual Power Supply, PS-H/P-1
    Other Audio Equipment:
    Chronological order:
    – JVC MX-K6 Compact Stereo System
    – Creative Labs GigaWorks T20w series II 2.0 computer speakers
    – Razer Mako 2.1 bi-amplified Multimedia Speaker System
    – Tokyoflash Kisai Escape C Bluetooth headset

    Other other audio equipment:
    – Yamaha ERG121C2 electric guitar
    Audio-Related Tweaks:
    In chronological order:
    – Silenced Topre Realforce 87U keyboard
    – 2x Noiseless JSCO gaming mouse
    – Wireless (full lossless audio data bandwidth) desktop computer speakers set up: (GigaWorks T20w + Sound Blaster X-Fi Notebook)
    – Nanuk 930 headphone-rig carrying case
    – 120 Ohms adding impedance adapter, to lower the hiss noise with sensitive headphones on my HPA-1&2 (
    – 2x Wool snap-on headband ( comfort for my Grados
    – 2x pairs of limba wooden Grado cups finished with boiled linseed oil and a coat of wax-free shellac, made by thelostMIDrange
    – thelostMIDrange's “Garcia Memorial” wooden Grado cups
    Music Preferences:
    In no particular order, these happen to be recurring genres in my 2516 tracks/517 artists "master list". I do have more and newer music that I need to listen to and sort, but I'm not counting in their genres for now. I'm constantly expending my master list but not the other way around; all of these "certified" songs are guaranteed to get my appreciation every time I listen to them, it's a lifelong best-of collection.

    In order of relative abundance, life importance and frequency of listening combined:
    – Video game chip tunes (music from the 8 and 16-bit video game consoles era)
    – Metal: progressive, instrumental, synth, industrial, death melodic, epic, power, technical, alternative, nu, neo-classical, experimental, symphonic, speed, rapcore, groove, sludge, thrash
    – Touhou music
    – Rock: progressive
    – Doujin video game music
    – Punk: pop, skate, ska, hardcore
    – Rock: instrumental, melodic, pop, fusion
    – Nostalgic animated kid's TV show generic tunes
    – few, but just as loved and important: Pop, Classical, J-Pop, K-Pop
    – fewer: Techno: J-Core, Electro
    – fewest (but still as important): Modern video game and movie OSTs
    In chronological order:
    – Osiris D3 Skate shoes
    – Emulation and hacks (of old consoles and arcade video games)
    – Trikke T12
    – Mechanical keyboards
    25 year-old male that has the hearing of a 50 years old because of loud music


    Dell Inspiron 1720 -> ADL GT40 -> Phasemation Joseph Grado Signature Product HPA-1/ -2 -> HP1HP2i; Grado RS-1-A, SR325i/ -325-0-g/ -200/ -100-0-r; Symphones Magnum v4.5
    Fostex Kotori 201, T50RP mods(2+
    ['-0' = HP 1000; '-g' = gold; '-r' = red; '-A' = Pre-Vintage S]​
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