Freelance medical writing; occasional satire/humor
Music & audio equipment for desktop & headphone listening (what did you expect?); power-walking; woodworking; collecting wristwatches. I'm an "in remission" audiophile...all the big stuff (tube amps, preamp, TT, speakers the size of small refrigerators, etc) is in storage. Oh, well. I relocated my obssession to the desktop; digital audio has been a very pleasant surprise...I'd listened to CDs since the mid-'80s with no great affection, but my appreciation for digital audio from the hard drive has grown & grown--particularly w/the arrival of multi-bit digital (Audio GD NOS-19), which sounds rather amazing.
ZMF Eikon (padauk); Jupiter Audio Research's J-Mod (extensive mod of Sennheiser HD650); Audeze LCD-3, pre-fazor (w/LCD-2C headband + extended slider kit); Audeze LCD-2.1 pre-fazor ("the unicorn"); ZMF Ori (ormosia henryi); Fidelio X2s; Marantz MPH-2s; Akai Professional 50X (heavily modified by @Slater); Yenona Adapter-Free DJ Headphones; and the humble yet excellent Koss Porta Pro for walking.
(sold the cocobolo Atticus, TH-X00 mahogany, AKG K553, JVC HA-SZ1000-E, Status Audio CB-1, E-Mu Teak, Sony MDR Z7, Onkyo A800)
Takstar HD 6000 F.S. here
Headphone Amp Inventory:
Violectric V281; Woo WA3 OTL tube amp; Audio GD SA-31SE; Cavalli Liquid Carbon v2; Lake People G109-A; Matrix M Stage HPA-1, including 2 X OPA827AID opamps on BrownDog adapter (easily the best of 3 opamps I've tried); FiiO E10K
-- ZMF "OFC" upgrade cable X 2/3M
-- Forza AudioWorks HCP Noir HP cable (balanced + SE "pigtail")
-- Oyaide DB-DR 510 coax cable
-- multiple SE headphone cables from Ghent Audio
-- Signal Cable Analog Two interconnects (multiple lengths)
-- Audioquest "Black Mamba" interconnect (2M)
-- Transparent Audio "The Link" interconnect (2M)
-- + high-end interconnects from 30 years ago (mainly Straightwire)
-- 4-5 Signal Cable "Video Reference" power cables
-- Audio Art Power 1 Classic power cable (1.5M)
-- USB cables are Belkin Gold & Ghent Audio
-- Mogami XLR-to-XLR cable
-- Audioquest Type IV speaker cables
Audio Art Power I Classic power cable; 4-5 Signal "Video Reference" power cables; Pangea C7 cable. The entire desktop audio system (along w/1 of the 2 office computers) runs off an APC uninterruptible power system (battery back-up). The house is backed up by a propane-fueled 20kW standby generator.
(I remain vulnerable to nuclear strike, asteroid hits & zombie apocalypse)
Other Audio Equipment:
ATC SCM12 Pro passive monitors (used/spectacular); Wyred4Sound ST-500 amplifier; ZenPro modded Yamaha HS7's (in storage); Swan M200 MIII (in storage); SVS SB1000 sub; Marchand XM-66 stereo crossover; Musical Fidelity V-LINK192; USB Regen; Aphex 124A unbalanced-to-balanced converter.
(old/sold: Goldpoint SA2-47 passive volume control & iFi Micro iTube)
Classical (from 12th century to yesterday), jazz, gypsy/manouche guitar, R&B/blues, world music, AfroPop, reggae, the American songbook/singers; bleeding-edge percussion.
Video (2 plasma displays--both excellent, one spectacular); woodworking equipment, including the terrifying giant air-compressor + 1.25"-2.5" 15 gauge pneumatic nail gun, so I can go full EQUALIZER on the doomed miscreants who break into my crib; big lawn tractor; snowblowers. I could go on (it's sad).
I was dropped on my head as an infant--and again later, as an adult. Clearly it had an effect...