writer, musicBiz vet, audio evangelist
New York
writing, MUSIC, high-fidelity, hiking, reading, being a "docu-Junkie"!
DJing, film, traveling, sunsets/sunrises!
Headphone Inventory
Audeze EL-8 open-backs
Audeze EL-8 closed-backs
Audeze Titanium EL-8 + CIPHER integrated Amp/DAC/DSP Lightning Cable
Audeze LCD-3 (OG)
Audeze LCD-3 w/ Fazor
Audeze LCD-2 w/ Fazor
Audeze LCD-X
Audeze LCD-XC
Audeze SINE
Audio-Technica AD900X
B&O H6
Echobox Finder X1
Echobox Nomad
JH Audio JH13 Pro Freqphase
JH Audio Roxannes
MrSpeakers Alpha Prime
MrSpeakers ETHER
MrSpeakers ETHER-C
MrSpeakers Mad Dog Pro
Monster DNA Pro
Polk Audio UntraFocus 8000s (powered noise-canceling)
RHA T10i
Sennheiser HD-800
Sennheiser HD490 w/ @Warrenpchi mod
Sennheiser Momentum on-ear (Ivory)
Sennheiser HD7 DJ
Headphone Amp Inventory
ADL X1 iDevice/USB DAC & headphone amp
ALO Island
ALO International+ OPT Edition
ALO Studio Six
CEntrance DACmini integrated
CEntrance DACportHD
CEntrance HiFi-M8
CEntrance Mini-M8
E.A.R HP4 Tube Headphone Amp
Headroom Total Bithead
HRT Headstreamer
iFi Micro iDSD
JDS Labs The Element
Lehmann Audio Traveler
VINTAGE 1968 McIntosh MAC1900 receiver (my Grandpas) Fully-Discrete Headphone Amp Section
Ray Samuels The Intruder
Schiit Audio Jotunheim
Woo Audio WA7 Fireflies + Tube Power-Supply
Source Inventory
Macbook Pro SSD running Amarra 4
Astell&Kern AK380 DAP
Astell&Kern AK 240

AppleTV w/ Nordost Purple Flare (feeding outboard DAC via optical)
Sonicweld 24/96 Diverter
VPI Traveler turntable w/ Sonicweld DampClamp & Gingko Audio Cloud9T
Cable Inventory
ALO Audio Green cable for Audeze LCD3's (+ LOD, balanced, 18" adapters)
ALO Audio LOD cable
ALO Audio Green Line Hphone cables w/ adapter kit
Black Cat Cable analog interconnects
Black Cat Cable XV-Ultra Digital SPDIF
Cardas Clear cable for LCD3's
Cardas Clear for Sennheiser HD800's
Double Helix Cables Complement2
Double Helix Cables Complement4 dual-XLR
Double Helix Cables Complement4 SE (w/ 1/4")
Double Helix Cables Complement2 dual-XLR
Double Helix Cables Comp4 Extreme (my FAVE)
Double Helix Cables Molecule SE w/ Fusion (for HD800 + Audeze on-the-go)
Double Helix Cable Molecule Elite for Sennheiser Momentums
Double Helix Cables Molecule Elite for Sennheiser Urbanite
Double Helix Cables Molecule Elite for Beats Solo2s
Double Helix Cables Comp4 1/4 - 3.5mm for OPPO, MH40s, and DNA Pros)
Double Helix Cables Comp4 for Audeze
Locus Design CORE Digital COAX cable
Locus Design USB cables; Axis, Nucleus, and Polestar
Moon Audio Black Dragon V3 w/ adapter kit for Audeze
Moon Audio Silver Dragon V3 w/ Adapter kit for Audeze
Moon Audio Silver Dragon IEM (for JHAudio JH-13 Pros)
Moon Audio Silver Dragon V3 LOD (2)
Moon Audio Silver Dragon optical
Nordost Vishnu power cord
Nordost Purple Flare power cord
Nordost Magus power cords
Nordost Purple Flare w/ figure-8 (for AppleTV & Oppo BDP-95 Universal Player)
WyWires LTD SPD USB cable
WyWires prototype Audeze cables
WyWires prototype HD800 cable
WyWires FINAL production model headphone cable
Yorma Digital (SPDIF)
Power-Related Components
Nordost QB8 Power distribution block
Nordost Quantum Qx2
Nordost Quantum Qv2
Cryo-Parts Power Strips
Other Audio Equipment
My grandfathers vintage McIntosh MAC1700 (AMAZING discrete headphone amp section

2 Technics 1200's w/Pioneer DJM-300 DJ mixer (ALL analog)
Audio-Related Tweaks
Nordost Quantum power distribution Nordost Quantum QX2, various pods, feet, spikes, bedini clarifier, Nordost ECO3 static stabilizer (or as Roy Gregory says: harmonizer) spray, l'Art duSon fluid, Analog Expert Ultimate Record Cleaning solution, Nordost SORT KONES (these things are INCREDIBLE), Bright Star bases, Black Ravioli resonance control devices & stand (prototype)
Music Preferences
Love TONS of music; if it moves me, it doesn't matter when, where, or how it was recorded or performed. But, examples of artists I love: Burial, Mogwai, Portishead, Radiohead, James Blake, Eskmo, Blitzen Trapper, Aphex Twin, Shlohmo, Was, The LOX, Gangstarr, Biggie, A Tribe Called Quest, Nosaj Thing, Iron & Wine, Grand Archives, Soapbox Army, Bat for Lashes, Ani DiFranco, Brian Eno, WAVVES, Jason Mraz, The Shins, The Morning After Girls, Depeche Mode, The Cure, The Hush Now, Ben Folds, Martin Sexton, Joy Division, Shiny Toy Guns, Bloc Party, Elbow, Machinedrum, Phonat, Beacon, Adele, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Mumford & Sons

tech-house, dubstep, techno, to name a few..
Love good hikers: Solomons or Merrells - my Craftsman toolbag + drill set, LUV my Macbook Pro/SSD/Amarra 4 rig,
Addicted to documentaries

My John CooperWorks Limited Edition Mini Cooper (and her name is SKY)!
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Michael Mercer
Ultimate Headphone Guide/TAS