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100+ Head-Fier, from Seattle, WA, U.S.A.

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    Seattle, WA, U.S.A.
    People, reading, writing, science, cinema, music, hi-fi, DIY projects, building and overclocking computers, cooking, calisthenics, jumping rope, hiking, basketball, pool, video games, Bananagrams, hypermiling, staring at watch movements, coffee, on and on...
    Headphone Inventory:
    • AKG K501 ver 1 (w/ K712 pads)
    • AKG K500 ver 3
    • AKG K240 Sextett MP (w/ Brainwavz angled hybrid pads & Mogami re-cable)
    • AKG K240 Monitor (w/ Brainwavz pads)
    • AKG K180
    • Shure SE215
    • Shure SRH145

    WISH LIST: AKG K140, Philips N6330, Fostex Dekoni Blue, Fostex TH-X00, HIFIMAN HE-560, Austrian Audio Hi-X55, Grado RS2e, Sennheiser HD 800 S, LB-acoustics Mysphere 3.2
    Headphone Amp Inventory:
    • Bottlehead Crack
    - Speedball upgrade
    - Valab 23-step attenuator
    - Mogami W2549 input cable
    - Connex gold RCA jacks
    - preamp circuit (3.5mm out)
    - Audyn Q4 68uF 400V output caps
    - Audyn Q4 68uF 400V last PS cap
    - Jantzen Superior Z-cap 0.68uF 800V last PS bypass
    - Nippon Chemi-Con KMH 470uF 250V PS caps
    - ClarityCap PX 4.7uF 250V PS bypasses
    - Triad C-7X PS choke
    - Cree Schottky diodes
    - Output tubes: 6AS7G RCA black-plates, 6080 Sylvania Gold Brand, 7236 Tung-Sol
    - Input tubes: 6F8G [via adapter] RCA smoked-glass, Raytheon flat-plates, Raytheon T-plates; 6SN7GT [via adapter] RCA smoked-glass, Ken-Rad staggered-plates, Tung-Sol RP, National Union black-glass, Sylvania flat-plates; 12BH7 Tung-Sol oval-plates, RCA flat-plates, Hytron oval-plates; 12AU7 Mullard [date code: K61], Brimar grey-plates, Chelmer grey-plates, RCA black-plates, Sylvania black-plates
    • Massdrop O2 by NwAvGuy
    - Triad 16VAC 1A wall adapter
    • cMoy in Altoids tin
    - dual mono AD825AR opamps
    Source Inventory:
    • JVC QL-A5 w/ Grado F-1+ & Schiit Mani
    • AudioQuest DragonFly 1.0
    • iPhone 6s
    Cable Inventory:
    • various DIY ICs using Belden/Mogami/Canare cables and Neutrik/Rean/Canare connectors
    • Blue Jeans Cable 6' MSA-1 3.5mm-to-3.5mm

    That's it really, those two options above. I don't hear revelations in dressed-up pseudoscience cables; I basically just appreciate well-constructed cables that are serviceable, and companies that are honest about what their product does and actually respect what science means and is. For that, I'm proud that Blue Jeans Cable is local to me here in the PNW. Also, I love supporting Redco Audio--they're also a smaller company based in Stratford, Connecticut that offers affordable, quality bulk cables and connectors (Belden, Canare, Mogami, Rean, Neutrik, et al.) for the DIYer. They'll also custom-make the cables you need if DIY's not your thing. Two great options that are relatively affordable, durable, and completely serviceable.
    Power-Related Components:
    hospital-grade 14AWG power cord & Tripp Lite ISOBAR4ULTRA

    Other Audio Equipment:
    Speaker set-up: Micromega MyAmp -> Monitor Audio BR1 & Energy ESW-CS8 sub

    Misc: AKG D900 vintage shotgun mic, Ibanez 1GA30 acoustic guitar, JVC SP-VSDT6 (hyper aramid neo olefin oblique-cone speakers in trapezoid enclosures)

    PC stereo set-up for my mom: $10 USB noise filter in 'Altoids Smalls' tin -> M-Audio Micro DAC -> Blue Jeans Cable MSA-1 -> SMSL SA-36A Pro -> JVC SP-VSDT8 (hyper aramid fiber oblique-cone speakers)

    Guest room set-up: aux cable -> Elekit TU-H80 -> JVC FS-SD990 (hyper aramid fiber oblique-cone speakers)
    Audio-Related Tweaks:
    Music Preferences:
    Sinatra's Songs for Swingin' Lovers & Watertown, Ray Charles' and Betty Carter's rendition of 'Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye', John Lennon's 'Imagine' @ the 2012 Olympics (London Children's Choir), 'Waka Waka' by Shakira, Radiohead, Biggie Smalls, ODB, Joni Mitchell's Blue, The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, The Beatles' Revolver (2009 remaster, mono), Chuck Berry's live performances, The Flaming Lips' Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Beethoven's 9th conducted by Furtwängler in Berlin (1942), Chopin, Shostakovich, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, The Smiths, Johnny Cash Live at Folsom Prison, Diana Krall's The Look of Love, Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, Zedd, Post Malone, Sia, Nirvana Unplugged in NY, Kathleen Edwards' cover of Nirvana's 'All Apologies' @ Bush Hall in London, and so much more...
    iPhone 6s, Orient Symphony II mechanical watch, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, vintage c-mount lenses (Kern, Elgeet, Bell & Howell, Lytar, Angenieux, et al.), Glidecam XR-2000 steadicam, Intel CPUs and SSDs, Noctua NH-U12A cpu cooler, IBM Model M keyboard, Zowie EC1 mouse, vintage Swingline stapler


    PC -> AudioQuest DragonFly 1.0 -> DIY Canare RCA IC -> fully-modded Bottlehead Crack + Speedball -> AKG K240 Sextett MP

    "To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness."
    - Bertrand Russell
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