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High School English Language Arts Teacher

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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Occupation:
    High School English Language Arts Teacher
    Headphone Inventory:
    The ratings below are relative values and do not take price into consideration, only sound. Even one star means that I like the headphone or earphone a little bit, and the more stars the more I like it.

    *Running balanced.

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    ▶︎ HEADPHONES
    ┗━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━━┛
    ★★★★☆ Audeze EL-8C Titanium*
    ★★★★★ Audeze LCD-2F 2016*
    ★★★★★ Audeze LCD-X 2017*
    ★★★★☆ AudioQuest NightOwl Carbon*
    ★★★☆☆ Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 80 Ohm
    ★★★★☆ Fostex E-MU Teak*
    ★★★★☆ HiFiMan HE400i v2 (ZMF Ori Lambskin)*
    ★★★★★ HiFiMan HE560 v2 (Dekoni Sheepskin)*
    ★★★★★ MrSpeakers ÆON C*
    ★★☆☆☆ Philips SHP9500S
    ★★★★★ ZMF Atticus Camphor*
    ★★★★★ ZMF Auteur Teak*

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    ▶︎ IEMS
    ┗━━━━━━━━┛
    ★★★★☆ Brainwavz B400 w/ Candy Cane (RHA DDs)*
    ★★★★★ Dunu DK-3001 w/ NiceHCK cable (Symbio W)*
    ★★☆☆☆ Geek Wold GK3 (Spiral Dots)
    ★★★☆☆ Hisenior B5+ w/ Penon CS819 (Spiral Dots)*
    ★★★★☆ iBasso IT01 (Spiral Dots)
    ★☆☆☆☆ KZ ATR (KZ Starlines)
    ★★☆☆☆ KZ ZS5 (Auvios)
    ★★★★☆ Macaw GT600s Gold w/ Yinyoo 8 Core (Spiral Dots)*
    ★★★★☆ MEE Pinnacle P1 w/ LZ 8 Core (Spiral Dots)*
    ------------- NiceHCK Fukubukuro 2018 [on order]
    ★★★☆☆ NuForce HEM6 (SpinFits)
    ★★★★★ Shure SE846 White w/ Yinyoo 16 Core (SpinFits)*
    ★★★☆☆ Sony MDR-XB90EX (RHA DDs)
    ★★★★☆ TFZ King Pro w/ Yinyoo 8 Core (Spiral Dots)*
    ★★★☆☆ TFZ Queen (Auvios)
    ★★★☆☆ TFZ Series 5S (Auvios)
    ★★★☆☆ Tin Audio T2 w/ ToneKing cable (TFZ whites)
    ★★★★☆ Toneking Nine Tail Blue/Red w/ Yinyoo 8 Core (Spiral Dots)*
    ★★☆☆☆ Trinity Hyperion (Sony Isolations)
    ★★★★☆ Trinity Phantom Master (Spiral Dots)
    ★★★☆☆ TRN V80 (Auvios)

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    ▶︎ EARBUDS
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    -------------- FAAEAL Snow Lotus 1.0+
    ★★☆☆☆ Moondrop Nameless (full foam)
    ★★☆☆☆ NiceHCK DIY EMX500 (full foam)
    ★☆☆☆☆ NiceHCK EB200 (full foam)
    ★☆☆☆☆ VE Monk Plus (VE full foam)

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    ▶︎ AUDITIONED
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    ★★☆☆☆ AKG K7XX
    ★★☆☆☆ Audeze iSine 20
    ★★★★☆ Audeze SINE C [SOLD]
    ★☆☆☆☆ Audio-Technica ATH-M30x
    ★★☆☆☆ Audio-Technica MSR7
    ★★★☆☆ Beyerdynamic DT 990 Premium 600 ohm
    ★★★★★ Campfire Audio Andromeda
    ★★★★☆ Campfire Audio Cascade
    ★★★★☆ Focal Elear
    ★★★★★ Focal Utopia
    ★★★★☆ Fostex TH-X00 Mahogany
    ★★★☆☆ Fostex TH-X00 Purpleheart
    ★★★★★ Fostex TH-900 mk2
    ★★☆☆☆ Fostex T20RP mk3
    ★★☆☆☆ Fostex T40RP mk3
    ★★☆☆☆ Fostex T50RP mk3
    ★★★★★ HiFiMan HE1000 v2
    ★★★★☆ JH Audio Layla
    ★★★★☆ JH Audio Roxanne
    ☆☆☆☆☆ JVC HA-FXC51-B
    ★★★★★ Koss ESP-950
    ★★★★☆ MrSpeakers Ether C
    ★★★★★ MrSpeakers Voce
    ★★★☆☆ Oppo PM-3 [SOLD]
    ★★☆☆☆ Philips Armin van Buurren
    ★★★☆☆ Philips Fidelio X1/28
    ★★★☆☆ Philips Fidelio X2/27 [SOLD]
    ★★★☆☆ Sennheiser HD 600
    ★★★★☆ Sennheiser HD 650
    ★★★★☆ Sennheiser HD 6XX
    ★★★★★ Sennheiser HD 800 (Super DuPont mod)
    ★★☆☆☆ Sony MDR-1A
    ★★★★★ Stax SR-007
    ★★★★★ Stax SR-009
    ★★☆☆☆ Trinity Vyrus 2
    Headphone Amp Inventory:
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    ▶︎ PORTABLE
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    ▶︎ iBasso D14 Bushmaster DAC/amp [SOLD]
    ▶︎ iBasso P5
    ▶︎ iFi Micro iDSD Black Label DAC/amp

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    ▶︎ DESKTOP
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    ▶︎ iBasso P5 + PS
    ▶︎ iFi Micro iDSD Black Label DAC/amp
    ▶︎ Violectric HPA v90
    ▶︎ Audio-gd NFB-28.38 DAC/amp
    Source Inventory:
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    ▶︎ SOURCES
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    ▶︎ Onkyo DP-X1 DAP
    ▶︎ iFi Micro iDSD Black Label DAC/amp
    ▶︎ Audio-gd NFB-28.38 DAC/amp
    Cable Inventory:
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    ▶︎ HEADPHONE CABLES
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    ▶︎ Amplifier Surgery OF AgCu (XLR/2x mini-XLR)
    ▶︎ Dyson Audio OF Cu (XLR/2x TS 2.5mm)
    ▶︎ MrSpeakers DUMMER OF Cu (XLR/2x MrS. plugs)
    ▶︎ Periapt Pro OF Cu (XLR/2x TRS 2.5mm)
    ▶︎ Philips X2 OF Cu (2x 3.5mm TRS)
    ▶︎ Ursine Audio OF Cu (XLR/2x EL-8 plugs)
    ▶︎ Venus Audio OF Cu (XLR/2x mono 2.5mm)
    ▶︎ V-Moda cable Cu (2x TRS 3.5mm)
    ▶︎ ZMF Atmos Cu (XLR/2x mini-XLR)
    ▶︎ ZMF OFC (XLR/2x mini-XLR)

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    ▶︎ IEM CABLES
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    ▶︎ LZ 8 Core Cryo OF Cu (TRRS 2.5mm/2x MMCX)
    ▶︎ NiceHCK 8 Core OF Cu (TRRS 2.5mm/2x MMCX)
    ▶︎ Penon CS819 OCC AgCu (TRRS 2.5mm/2x MMCX)
    ▶︎ Yinyoo 8 Core OF AgCu (TRRS 2.5mm/2x MMCX) x2
    ▶︎ Yinyoo 8 Core OF AgCu (TRRS 2.5mm/2x 2Pin)
    ▶︎ Yinyoo 16 Core OF AgCu (TRRS 2.5mm/2x MMCX)

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    ▶︎ INTERCONNECTS
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    ▶︎ Audeze adapter Cu (6.3mm to 3.5mm)
    ▶︎ Fiio BL35 OCC Cu (3.5mm male to 2.5mm female)
    ▶︎ Fiio L16 OCC AgCu (3.5mm to 3.5mm)
    ▶︎ Grado adapter Cu (6.3mm to 3.5mm)
    ▶︎ Impact Audio adapter OF Cu (XLR to 6.3mm)
    ▶︎ Pangea Audio SE USB (A to B)
    Power-Related Components:
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    ▶︎ POWER
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    ▶︎ Furman PST-8 SMP EVS LiFT Power Conditioner
    ▶︎ Furman SS-6B Surge Protector Strip x2
    ▶︎ Pangea Audio AC 14SE MKII Power Cord
    Other Audio Equipment:
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    ▶︎ HEADPHONE STANDS
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    ▶︎ SilverStone EBA01B (Black Aluminum) x4
    Audio-Related Tweaks:
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    ▶︎ EARTIPS
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    ▶︎ Auvio silicone s/m/l
    ▶︎ Brainwavz silicone s/m/l
    ▶︎ Comply Foams narrow s/m/l
    ▶︎ Comply Foams wide s/m/l
    ▶︎ DUNU Grays s/m/l
    ▶︎ DUNU Whites s/m/l
    ▶︎ iBasso black silicone s/m/l
    ▶︎ iBasso gray silicone xs/s/m/l, flat m/l
    ▶︎ iBasso foam m/l
    ▶︎ JVC Spiral Dots m/ml
    ▶︎ KZ silicone s/m/l
    ▶︎ KZ Turbo red silicone s/m/l
    ▶︎ KZ Starline s/m/l
    ▶︎ MandarinEs Symbio Wide m/l
    ▶︎ MEE Audio silicone s/m/l
    ▶︎ MEE Audio silicone double/wide double/triple flange
    ▶︎ NuForce silicone s/m/l
    ▶︎ RHA Dual Density silicone m/l
    ▶︎ Shure Olives s/m/l
    ▶︎ Shure Yellow Foams
    ▶︎ Shure Grays s/m/l and triple flanges
    ▶︎ Sony Hybrid silicone xs/s/m/ml/l
    ▶︎ Sony Isolation Tips s/m/l
    ▶︎ SpinFit CP100 xs/s/m/l
    ▶︎ SpinFit CP800 m
    ▶︎ TFZ black silicone s/m/l
    ▶︎ TFZ white silicone narrow s/m/l
    ▶︎ TFZ white silicone wide s/m/l
    ▶︎ Trinity Audio silicone s/m/l/double flange
    ▶︎ Ultimate Ears silicone s/m/l
    ▶︎ Ultimate Ears foam m
    ▶︎ Westone STAR silicone xs/s/m/l/xl

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    ▶︎ EARPADS
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    ▶︎ Dekoni TH900 Sheepskin
    ▶︎ HiFiMan Focus Hybrids
    ▶︎ ZMF Auteur Perforated Lambskin
    ▶︎ ZMF Eikon Perforated Lambskin
    ▶︎ ZMF Ori Lambskin x2
    Music Preferences:
    https://rateyourmusic.com/~phthora
    Sonic Preferences:
    • I enjoy many different types of sound signature, but most prefer a signature closely approaching the Harman Target Response Curve.
    • I prefer "planar bass" for its fast decay, great texture, and linearity, especially in the very low sub-bass.
    • I generally prefer an accentuation in the sub-bass much more than a mid-bass hump and I find a lack of bass extension problematic.
    • I am sensitive to peaks and resonances in the 1.0 to 2.2k region, and I do not like more than moderately forward vocals.
    • I am more tolerant than average to peaks and resonances in the 7-8k region. I notice sibilance, but even moderate sibilance does not bother me.
    • I enjoy extended prominent treble, as well as polite treble, as long as there are no sharp peaks or resonances.
    • I generally prefer clarity, resolution, and driver speed over musicality and liquidity, though I still prefer a smooth FR.
    • Soundstage width is a low priority for me. I find imaging and separation much more important.
    • Currently, what I consider closest-to-neutral is the MrSpeakers AEON Closed without tuning pads.

    Signature

    Currently getting most of my listening time...
    Audio-gd 28.38 ---> ZMF Auteur
    iFi Micro iDSD Black Label ---> ZMF Atticus
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