Ben_McGuire

Ben_McGuire

**Musical Preferences:
• Synthwave
• Female Vocal Dub-step
• Vocal Trance
• Chill-house
• Progressive Rock
• Indie Rock
• Hip-hop
• Classics
• Classical
• and Sea Shanties
• I’m open to anything that comes together in a way I like, but they tend to fall into the above categories.

**Listening setting:
I do love speakers and big sound, but I haven’t had the space for them for a while now, so I rock a couple headphone systems.

Headphones:
• HiFiMAN - HE-6 (4-screw model)
• Pioneer - SE Master1
• McIntosh - MHP1000 #2
• JVC - DX1000 (completely disassembled, awaiting transplant to new frame)

Sold:
• Shure - SRH-840
• Monster - Turbine
• Audio Technica - ATH-W1000X
• Sennheiser - HD 25-1 ii
• Audeze - LCD-2 Rev.2
• V-Moda - M100
• McIntosh - MHP1000 (#1 stolen by delivery staff)
• HiFiMAN - HE1000 v1
• Oppo - PM-3 (stolen by burglar)

Speakers:
• Emotiva Pro - Stealth 8 (patiently waiting for their next chance to shine. These are beautiful sounding speakers)

Headphone Amps:
• Cavalli Audio - Liquid Gold (LAu)
• Xindak - A600 '09 version (60W Class A speaker amp. Great allrounder for headphones)
• First Watt - F1J (10W Class A, Current Mode speaker amp specifically for the HE-6)

Preamps:
• Bent Audio - Tap-X AVC (currently under construction)

Sold:
• DNA - Sonett (single ended)
– Valvo(Mullard) 5AR4 (1960’s)
– Reflector 6H30P-DR (2009)
– Sovtek 6N1P (1979)
• Audio-gd - Phoenix gen-1 (in pre-amp mode. Fantastic pre-amp)

Source Chain:
• RoonCore NUC7i7DNHE server (everything upsampled to DSD512)
-> Cisco 2960 Switch
-> Custom built NAS
-> Cisco 2960 Switch
-> Fidelizer Nimitra Streamer + Nikola LPS
-> Curious Cables Regen Link USB cable (0.2m)
-> UpTone Audio ISO Regen + LPS-1
-> Phasure Lush USB cable
-> T+A DAC 8 DSD playing DSD512
-> All controlled by an iPad Pro

Control Point:
• Apple iPad Pro 2018 12.9" (completely changed my engagement factor. The whole experience is better than anything I’ve ever tried, whether through Roon on the 12.9" iPad or consuming media and webpages about the artists, pictures, venues, equipment, etc.)

RoonCore:
• Custom NUC7i7DNHE based server in an Akasa Plato X7D case running Roon ROCK

NAS:
• Custom server-grade build using an old Xeon. Purpose built and only serves up music files.

Streamer:
• Fidelizer Nimitra Streamer + Nikola LPS (my DAC can only accept DSD512 via a Windows PC, so this is the one for me)
• Mivera Audio Superstream

DAC:
• T+A - DAC 8 DSD

Sold DACs:
• Lite - DAC 83
• PS Audio - PerfectWave DAC Mkii