JDFlood
I have always been fascinated and pursued astronomy / science. I added philosophy and music / audio in high school. When I became a working scientist I quickly learned that the practical use of science is to understand it's current limits and beyond that common sense needs to be your guide. In the case of high end audio listening to components / systems and making judgements from these data was the effective way to assemble a great sounding system.

In science you can directly observe and analyze only a very few variables before the system is too complex to be understood, fully described, and used to predict outcome… in effect the system is chaotic. At this point different tools need to be used. I loved being a scientist, pulling apart, looking at their constituent parts to find meaning. But I realized that none of this helped understand complex objects and systems… consider a great painting like one of Monet's. It was the sum of the parts that gives it it's meaning. Not the individual details of the painting. So, reductionism does not unlock the meaning of the painting. Nor do people or humanity. So, I decided to go back to school and study the most complex systems: humans. My masters degree focused on strategic planning and finance so that I could study organizations and people in the highest levels of organizations. So for thirty five years I worked with executive teams and organizations, implementing global information systems while reengineering the organizations. This allowed me interactions with people of all walks of life from all over the world while leading fundamental change to their lives and work. I worked with complex, cutting edge software and constantly had to make judgements on what was marketing hype and what was real, implementable and useful.

As I developed these experiences and skills, I increasingly had money to slowly evaluate audio components and assemble an ever better audio systems. I spent many hundreds of hours comparing cables and interconnects as well as reading and auditioning different systems and components. My travel allowed me to visit locations with the highest end systems available to audition. This allowed me to understand what was possible and what I wanted. So as I neared retirement I changed out most of my system for what I really wanted. While not a cost no object system, it is extremely good sounding for it's cost. I have followed a similar path on a headphone system which I completed not long after retirement. I am now able to spend most of my time enjoying my over 2,000 pristine vinyl album collection and nearly infinite on-line available music as well as study the stars and philosophy full time.
Location
Vancouver, WA
Interests
Astronomy, literature, philosophy, cognitive development / psychology, bicycling, music.
Headphone Inventory
Focal Utopia, Sennheiser HD800s, Beyerdynamic T1, Audeze LCD 2, Ultrasone Edition 8...
Headphone Amp Inventory
Woo WA5-LE with Takatsuki 300b, Woo WA6 SE, Vioelectric HPA 250, Schiit Mjoilnir, Headroom Desktop
Source Inventory
Aurender WE20se, Aurender N100, A&K SP1000, iPad Pro,
Ayre QB-9 2020 DAC, Schiit Gungnir multibit
Cable Inventory
Transparent Gen 5
Other Audio Equipment
Sim Moon 650 D DAC / Transport with 820S power Supply, Audio Research REF 5SE, Audio Research REF 3 Phono stage, Pass 350 Amp, Linn LP12 / Koetsu Rosewood Signature, Sonus Faber Amati Traditional Speakers, Nirvana interconnects, Transparent speaker cables.
Audio-Related Tweaks
Still Points, Diamond Racing carbon fiber platforms, cable risers
Gender
Male
Occupation
Senior Director IT: Retired

Signature

Focal Utopia, Sennheiser 800s, Beyerdynamic T1, Audez LCD 2, Ultrasonde Edition 8, Aurender N100 streamer, Woo WA5-LE with Takasuki 300b tubes, Ayre QB-9 2020 DAC. Main system: Aurender W20se streamer, ARC 9CD / DAC, ARC REF 6se Preamp, ARC REF 3 Phonostage, Linn LP12 TT, Koetsu Rosewood Signatue Cartridg, ARC REF 160s amp, Sonus Faber Amati Traditional Speakers
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