ZMF Ori (purpleheart)
Modhouse Argon Mk3 w/ ZMF Lambskin pads
Audeze LCD-4 (ebony)
LFF Code-6 (FocusPad-A)
Sennheiser HD 6XX
Sennheiser HD 598 Cs
Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro 250 Ohm
Fostex T50RP MK3
Audio Technica ATH-W1000Z
Audio Technica ATH-A900X w/ HiFiMan velour pads
Monoprice Retro Over-Ear
Superlux HD 681 EVO
Kingston HyperX Cloud II
I have also auditioned the following:
- Sennheiser Orpheus HE-1
- Sennheiser HD 800 S
- Sennheiser HD 800
- Focal Utopia
- HiFiMan HE1000
- HiFiMan HE-6 (stock)
- HiFiMan HE-500
- HiFiMan HE-400i
- Audeze LCD-3F
- Audeze LCD-X
- Audeze LCD-XC
- Audeze LCD-2F
- Audeze EL-8 open and closed
- JPS Labs Abyss AB-1266
Headphone Amp Inventory:
Mjolnir Audio KGSSHV Carbon
Mjolnir Audio Pure BiPolar
KGSS (China clone but upgraded by spritzer/Birgir)
Antique Sound Lab MG Head DT w/ GE 5751-WA Black Plate
Schiit Lyr 3 w/ Raytheon VT-231 6SN7GT, National Union 6SN7GT Black Glass, Ken-Rad JAN CKR 6SN7GT VT-231, Sylvania Zenith 6SN7GTB Chrome Dome, Sylvania Bad Boy JAN CHS 6SN7WGT
Schiit Lyr 2 w/ 2x Siemens A-Frame E88CC/6922
Garage1217 Project Ember II
Stax SRD-4 + Lepai LP-2020A+
Maverick Audio Tubemagic D1 w/ 2x LT1364
Chord Hugo 2
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD
Monoprice 5" Powered Studio Monitors
Behringer KM750 Power Amp
Melodeath, Gothic Metal, Progressive Metal, Rock, Rap, Classical
Displays (TVs and monitors), computer hardware
Some audio related beliefs of mine:
Electrostatic master race, electrostatic > planar magnetic > dynamic (high end Stax makes everything else sound veiled and fake).
Brain burn-in > burn-in.
Fostex TH-900 = Beats on steroids.
ZMF planars sound like improved, more natural Audezes.
I am a believer in Chord DACs, particularly the Hugo 2 and presumably the Hugo TT 2 and DAVE. They sound the most natural and transparent to me, I think Chord has the leading solution in DAC technology today.
At least 95% of headphone amps are poorly designed crap, do your research
Top 10 Favorite Headphones:
Stax SR-007A (though with the bass port mod I'd probably move this up to #2, but never did this mod)
Entertainment Surround System: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD -> Yamaha RX-V579 -> SVS SB1000 12" Sealed Subwoofer, Ascend Acoustics CBM-170 SE, Fluance XL7C, Fluance AVBP2 Headphone System: Chord Hugo 2 -> Kimber Kable Hero Interconnects -> Mjolnir Audio KGSSHV Carbon + Stax SR-009 Stax is where the headphone journey ends. You owe it to yourself to try an SR-007 and SR-009/SR-009S with a KGSSHV Carbon/Grounded Grid or better, a Chord Hugo 2 or Hugo TT 2 or DAVE, and excellent analog interconnects.
Sold all of my non-electrostatic headphone gear because Stax is just too good...