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  1. Hotep303

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    Hey all,

    Audiophile and Charleston, SC native living in Raleigh, NC currently. My hobby has grown since high school with the Bose IE gen 1 headphones. Joining here to hopefully get some advice on a future DAC/AMP setup. Currently have RME ADI2 DAC and find the amp to be the one shortcoming. It powers my HD650's and andros well enough, but I would like something better.

    Hopefully my experience with various IEM's and over-ears will be of some value here. Cheers!
     
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    Hi :)

    My name is Marco. I live in Milan, Italy. I'm an audio-enthusiast and my main interest is in IEMs. I like both modding cheaper models (following the guide lines of the expert members here) and, from time to time, purchasing more expensive models. I've found a lot of valuable informations on this forum. Thanks to all who contributed. Cheers
     
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    Hi!

    My name is Phil, I am in Phoenix, AZ and have been into the hobby on and off for 15+ years (now I need to stop adding up how much I've spent on audio gear in over a decade - scary thought!).

    Why am I here? Well I've been doing the unregistered lurker thing for a few weeks and this seems like a pretty laid back place to talk about cool stuff, so here I am.

    Gear-wise I am currently using an RME ADI DAC2 to a heavily modded/maxxed out Singlepower MPX3 with Grado GH2/Sennheiser HD6XX and have a modest speaker rig (Parasound Halo A23 + Dynaudio Focus 260).

    Hoping to prod your collective brains to find a suitable OTL toob preamp/headphone amp that will rival (and hopefully best) the MPX3, as I haven't been keeping up in the last 5 years or so and don't know what's worth looking into anymore.

    I did just buy a Bottlehead Crack + speedball kit, mostly for the fun of building my own amp, but I really need something with preamp outputs so I can use it in the speaker rig also.

    Looking forward to exchanging opinions and knowledge!
     
  7. Luke Stewart-Short

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    Luke from London, Sen ie80 were my intro to audiophile experiences then I had the k3003 which I was led to believe were one of the best in the world (don't think I found the to be true) Currently I got some powered Klipsch The Sixes at home with a Topping D50 as we don't have room for non powered speakers looking to add a NuDento AptHD to the mix there. On the go I have owned Mojo, HA-2se and RWAK120 all sold now. The Mojo was my second introduction to what could be but the connection failed; I had 2 replaced in one year and sold it before I had other problems, the HA-2 was brilliant but got fed up with reverse charging after the umpteenth cable. The LG V30 was my first intro to high res audio with.out external DAC, I got rid of my DT1350 and K3003 and bought an EX1000 from Japan but despite my efforts of wanting to be streamline I am going to buy a portable amp as I can tell it would benefit, the clarity is brilliant from the EXK but I don't get this world spinning shift that occurs when I hear audio played at a higher level, the sound stage is great though so I'll see how they go with an amp. The goal for next year is the Andromeda but this year the budget is tight for audio so its the home setup and the mobile setup (may go balanced with the EXK as I have heard its a nice improvement but I am on the fence as all these costs add up to an Andromeda which from what I have heard would not need an amp) Glad I finally got onto this site! If anyone has EXK recommendations hit me up
     
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    Hello friends!

    I am here to learn more about audio technology and share my love for music with others.

    My professional background is engineering (not audio-related thiough) so I always seatch for the logical explanations why things are the way they are, what causes them and what are their consequences.

    I have been a member of our music school orchestra which was one of best in Europe in between 1997 and 2002, regularly winning top prizes on international competitions and festivals. Yes, I am very vain! I am also very thankful for the experience because it has brought me closer to my music. Not because the studio albums we made are really my personal reference for evaluating everything, but because I feel like this experience has enriched my life and brought me closer to understanding the emotional connection that can sometimes be so deep that you just want to "stay in the moment" forever.

    I like classical, be it a philharmonic orchestra or a string quartet, jazz, rock and progressive metal and everything in between, electronic and new age music. Mostly everything. Music is never a secondary thing for me and if work allows for it, I prefer to spend an hour or two just by listening to a CD or something a friend had sent me.

    I am certain there are many smart and interesting people on Super Best Audio Friends and I hope to meet all of you!

    LB

    P.S. all of you Isaac Asimov fans will no doubt know who Elijah "Lije" Baley is!
     
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    Hi everyone!

    I'm here to look up measurements of audio gear (the objective) and to learn how they affect the perceived response of the sound (the subjective). Although my degree is totally not audio related, my current job in the DC/AC industry (power station) has spurred my interest in all things audio equipment, from frequency response/sine waves to circuits/cables.

    My newfound hobby started in 2017 with my purchase of the HD6XX & HE4XX. I focused my attention mainly on headphones and then IEMs. I am now looking forward to learning more about sources and amplifiers, particularly tube amplifiers.

    My musical preferences are varied. My preferences are for vocals but ever since getting better audio gear, I have been listening to a lot of Jazz. Prior to picking up the hobby, I listen to music mainly through speakers hence I would say my preferred frequency response is the diffuse field target.

    I hope to learn from the members here on SBAF. See you around!
     
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    Hello all!

    I'm an audiophile across the board that loves getting the highest musical fidelity from just about any source from music such as classical to poorly recorded black metal to movies and video games. Genre preferences are metal, classical, rock, and electronic though I do enjoy celtic from time to time. Been in this hobby for about 3 years now and am constantly learning new things from the members of this board. Hoping to reach the TOTL setups of several members of this forum.
     
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    Hi audio friends,

    I have been a budget audiophile all my life. Started with a Nakamichi TA1A receiver and a Luxman turntable when I was about 11. Started making mix tape for myself and friends around 13 on a Luxman tape deck. Then, got into CDs when I got a Sony D25 when I was about 15.

    I started working at an audio boutique in Santa Monica when I was about 19. I was dismayed that the focus moved away from 2-channel and into HT and home automation. But, that was where the money was. With my employee discount, I got a Nakamichi PA5AII, CA7AII, KEF103/4 and NAD 502. Most of these were store consignments.

    After quiting my job and focusing on school full time, I either sold or storaged all my audio gear.... that is until I found audiogon around 2001. I was an avid participant there and learned a lot and made some local audiophile friends. I was also happy to find a viable and reliable 2nd hand audio component market in audiogon. This allowed me to rotate a bunch of components through my system.

    I was able to test many of the components I was curious about. Those I could never afford when new. Those that I learned about in audiophile magazines. Those that I salivated. Those that I later learned to mostly be over rated. I tested out many of the big brands from audio research to meridian. And, through it all, I started honing in on what I like to listen to. I started to favor certain methodologies over others.

    Two audio components that probably influenced me the most. 1, 47 labs gaincard. When I added this amp to my system, my approach to audio totally changed to minimaistic. My system sounded better when removing thick powercords and thick signal wires, removing power filters and decrapifiers. I started experimenting building my own minimalist cables and ended up using 47's own OTA cables throughout the system including powercords. 2, I took a semester at Fullerton College to learn piano. They stuck a pair of Altec A5 VOTTs on the wall and powered it with some $15 vintage receiver that I can't recall the brand. It was the single best sounding experience I've had. I think it helped that the room was completely acoustically treated. But, I found the sound signature I was looking for. I recently learned this sound signature is called "californian".

    Right now, I prefer low wattage tubes, vintage high efficiency horns, NOS dacs, dedicated computer music servers, carbon in powercords and thin, annealed silver signal cables with no shielding. Since 2003, my audiophile status has been on and off due to life getting in the way. I recently regained my vigor to advance my system so started researching and rebuilding it. So, this is how I found this forum and purpose for joining it.

    Currently, my audio system consists of:

    PC: NCASE enclosure, ASUS DC powered MB (w/ rcore linear psu from china), i3-8100, Samsung 860 MSATA, Matrix XHigh USB card (w/ ifi ipower).
    Source: Metrum Amethyst. AudioSector USB. Cuinas USB DAC. Matrix XSPDIF. Oyaide AS808R. Mapleshade Clearlink.
    AMP: Fisher X100. Grundig mVac. LTA MZ2 w/ LPS. MP 301 MK3.
    Speakers: Altec 601C in an enclosure slightly smaller than factory spec. Velodyne ULD15.
    Cables: ClearDay speaker and interconnects. Huffman SZ and Oyaide Tunami PC.
    Headphones: Senn HD58X. JVC HAFXT90.

    My audition with list.
    Border Patrol DAC
    Phy, FAL, Voxativ, Rullit, Tannoy 15" or Altec 804 driver based speakers. I live in Irvine where all the houses are small unless you have a million dollars to burn. So, I live with the smallest Altec duplex driver based speakers now. One day... I'd like to get the real 15" duplex drivers after I get a "real" house.
    Tonian, Beauhorn, Klipsch Cornwall, and Ocellia/Musical Affairs speakers. Oh and speakers on Kendrick's YT page.
    Vintage amps with tube rectification, something better than Fisher or Dynaco but not as expensive as Marantz. I wish to be able to rebuild these one day.

    A bit more about myself. I have a business background particularly finance and marketing and deal mostly with business intelligence and reporting. I enjoy photography and road cycling. And, through my own audio journey and work experience, I learned that I don't get along with people with EE degrees. But, I hope to earn an EE degree by the time I am retired. So, I have the ability to build/rebuild my own amps and speaker crossovers during my retirement (about 20-30 yrs later).
     
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    Hi,

    I am pretty new to putting much thought into audio and really just here to read and learn. Most reviews, to me, were a baffling array of descriptive jargon, with some reading here at least I am starting to get my head around it.

    Currently at the very low end with a secondhand Aune T1 SE that came with a Gold Lion tube and a pair of HE4XX.
     
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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm new to the forum and wanted to introduce myself as a "MOT"? Speakers specifically.

    Some of the forum members I met at Axpona suggested I join here. Thanks for having me.
     
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    Hi all,
    I want to introduce myself here. Not sure if I am an audiophile or on the way to become an audiophile. But I did find listening to music is kind of relaxing and it make me curious how the DAC and Amp reproduce and influence the sound. I have been spent about a year on this hobby. Being an ok DIYer, I have built O2, Aikido Octal and Beta22, it actually really exciting to have hand on something "real." (My day job is software engineer...)
    Also, had a chance to own a Zana Deux Super for a while, it's just so good, very regret to let it go. Because of this, I found a lot of related discussion happened in this forum. Still learning, hopefully one day I can contribute something to this place.
     
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    welcome fellow software engineer =)

    if you don't mind me asking why did you end up getting rid of the zana deux super?
     
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    Few reasons: 1. It's hot. 2. It's really hot. 3. Want to learn some DIY so need to clean some space out. 4. I might live in the fear that I would break the tube one day. Otherwise, that amp is fantastic and I am so regret to let it go
     
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    Hey everyone! I've been lurking for a while and find all your opinions very helpful and interesting. I might not be overly active, but hopefully I can be helpful here and there!

    Wanted to take the time to introduce myself since I'm building a new rig and was hoping for some DAC advice/ I'd like to stick around for a while!
     
  19. Tsiklon

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    Hi folks,

    I’ve been lurking for a while here - thought it about time to perhaps reach out for comment and to comment on things now.

    I’ve got far too many headphones and I think it’s maybe close to time to talk about them - what I like and what I don’t like, purely from a opinionated idiot’s perspective.

    I’m based in London and have a preference for over ear headphones with slightly dark of normal signatures.
     
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    Welcome! you and I have both been lurking on the site and I too decided to sign up today as I will be posting YouTube reviews in the near future in both English and Spanish for a lot of the younger people entering into the hobby. I have also been on a headphone journey and basically decided to settle down to four or five sets so that I can switch out to the coloration that I like for a given genre. Do you have any favorites?
     

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