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Headphoneus Supremus, Male, from New York City

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    Home Page:
    New York City
    Headphone Inventory:
    Stax SR-009

    Stax SR-007A
    Stax SR-30
    ZMF Ori (purpleheart)
    ZMF Blackwood
    Modhouse Argon Mk3 w/ ZMF Lambskin pads
    Audeze LCD-4 (ebony)
    LFF Code-6 (FocusPad-A)
    HiFiMan HE-560
    Sennheiser HD 6XX
    Sennheiser HD 598 Cs
    AKG K7xx
    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
    Monoprice 8324
    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
    Source Inventory:
    Chord Hugo 2
    Yamaha RX-V579
    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD

    Denafrips Venus
    Chord Mojo
    Bel Canto DAC 3
    John Kenny Ciúnas DAC
    Maverick Audio Tubemagic D1 w/ 2x LT1364
    Pink Faun High End Audio Bridge (RCA Coaxial & BNC) powered by 5vdc Lithium battery pack
    Singxer SU-1
    Breeze DU-U8 level 3
    Gustard U12
    Cable Inventory:
    Kimber Kable Hero Interconnects (Ultraplate Black)
    Kimber Kable OPT-1 Optical Cable
    Pangea Audio AC 14SE MKII Signature Power Cables
    Power-Related Components:
    Furman M-8X2 Power Conditioners
    Other Audio Equipment:
    Ascend Acoustics CBM-170SE (front channels)
    Fluance XL7C (center channel)
    Fluance AVBP2 (surround channels)
    SVS SB1000 12" Subwoofer

    Fluance SX6
    Monoprice 5" Powered Studio Monitors
    Behringer KM750 Power Amp
    Music Preferences:
    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:
    1. Stax SR-009
    2. Stax SR-007Mk1
    3. Stax SR-007A (though with the bass port mod I'd probably move this up to #2, but never did this mod)
    4. ZMF Ori
    5. HiFiMan HE1000
    6. Focal Utopia
    7. LFF Code-6
    8. HiFiMan HE-6
    9. ZMF Blackwood
    10. HiFiMan Sundara


    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...
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