My rig and headphones
Better men would admit to having a problem …
I ADMIT TO NOTHING !!!
The most current incarnation of my main rig (I have many others)…
I’ve had a real obsession with the iSine 20 this past year…
This btw, is one of my portable Windows 10 Roon Bridge, a Kangaroo micro PC and battery pack. The other one uses a Asus PC stick (I’ll look for a pic) …
And earlier incarnation of my main rig … with just my pride & joy McIntosh MHA-100, Perreaux TS-2 & TC-2 and source was one of the venerable Arcam DV-139 or Classe DVD-1 … before the NAD M51, tascam monitor, Aphex buffers, Rane HC-6S, and Woo Audio WA-22. It was a simpler time.
You want a number to “headphonistas anonymous”?
You’re actually in worse shape than i am!
Do I see a pair of MrSpeakers ETHER C Flow cans?
I love them.
Unfortunately one of the cups detached from the frame. I haven’t reaffixed them so haven’t used them for a long time. Really reluctant to glue or epoxy them on; wish Dan came up with a twist-on mechanism to affix them.
Could you use two sided tape? Aeon vid below.
I’m embarrased to say I didn’t think of it! Haha. Thanx.
Ya, as long as it makes a solid airtight seal meaning I leave no gaps in the tape, it could work. Much thanx for the thought. (I only have the thick style double sided tape; will need to get the thin stuff)
Probably a higher end carpet tape, or special double sided tape. Make a template and cut it to fit. There is a double sided tape that has a weave like packaging tape. Kind of messy to work with, but is definitely sticky stuff. Good luck.
That would be a lot of waste. I’d never allow myself to do that. lol. Would have to find a way with thin strips.
I need to see a picture of you wearing this. Because I can’t get this out of my head everytime this headphone comes up. [Very big lol!]
Looks like some kind of boxing contraption.
You win this thread
They were always a contentious design
The Mr. Speakers Voce are some nice electrostats, and they are not so cumbersome.
So with the NYC CanJam headphone show coming up this weekend I figured now is good time to jump into this discussion. I’m amazed by all the different headphone setups out there and thrilled to see that my love of the Beyerdynamic “house sound” (for lack of a better term) is shared by so many others.
My headphone journey began sometime in the late 1990s or early 2000s when I was commuting to NYC and needed decent headphones to make the commute bearable. In the early 2000s along came iPods and portable headphone amps. Then came desktop headphone amps and more serious headphones. My journey continues, as you will see below.
On to the photos, in no particular order:
Laptop - clockwise from pair not on stand/holder
AKG K495 noise cancelling (NC) on ear, portable
Philips Fidelio L2 over ear, portable
HiFi Elite Super 66 NC, Bluetooth, over ear, portable
House of Marley Legend, NC over ear, portable
A-Audio Legacy NC, over ear, portable - one of favorites for portable use
Fostex TH500RP planar, over ear
Acoustic Research AR-H1 planar over ear, open back, semi-portable i.e. can be powered directly from a smart phone
Amplication - Headroom Desktop Amp with DAC, fed by a Chromecast Audio with digital output
Computer Room - From bottom
Ultrasone Proline 250 open back, over ear
Sennheiser HD800 open back, over ear
Mitchell & Johnson MJ2 (hybrid electrostatic) closed back, over ear, portable
Ultrasone Pro 900 closed back, over ear, semi-portable
Amplication - Headroom Desktop Amp with DAC (Max) fed by Squeezebox Touch digital output
Bedroom - left to right
Beyerdynamic DT880 over ear, open back
AKG N90 over ear, closed back, semi-portable - these headphones are amazingly good and for some reason are flying below the audiophile radar.
AKG K701 over ear (first pair of “serious cans”), open back
Sennheiser HD650 over ear, open back
Ultrasone Proline 750 over ear, closed back
Beyerdynamic T1 (1st generation) over ear, open back
Amplication - Pro-Ject Pre-Box S2 Digital
BlueAnt Embrace on-ear, portable
Weststone in ear monitors
M&O MOOH-BE00BT over ear, portable (on order from Massdrop)
Amplication - Oppo SE-1
Jumping Jehoshaphat you should open “Ralph’s Headphone Experience”…
You have obviously never been to a Hi-Fi meet since by their standards I would be considered a casual headphone enthusiast.
I fall short a “true” headphone enthusiast in several important areas:
No electrostatic headphones, which often require a full electrical substation to power them
No tube based headphone amps - a true black mark on my soul and a pox on my house
No IEMs with custom fit ear pieces
Not one pair of headphones costing more than my car
But all joking aside, many of my portable headphones were purchased at deep discounts over the years as so many manufacturers were determined to try an get a piece of the $200 to $300 portable headphone market that Beats and Bose together own about 90% of. Since none of these competing headphones never made a dent in the Bests/Bose death grip on the market, they were, and often still are, available at close out prices. Nothing wrong with these headphones, in fact many of them are quite good, but since they not Beats or Bose people just don’t buy them. Not too good for the manufacturers but great for bargain hunters like me.
My wife think I’m mad because I have hd650 and a pair of closed B&Os !