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jude's Head-Fi System
Last Update: April 13, 2002 at 22:20:04 IP Address: 24.208.252.52
Amplifier: HeadRoom Max Headphone Amplifier (2001 version)

DIY portable headphone amplifier (cmoy/Apheared/Hansen-type) built by a friend (JMT)

DIY portable headphone amplifier (cmoy/Apheared/Hansen-type) built by a friend (JMT), using an Altoids tin as the case

HeadRoom Total AirHead portable headphone amplifier

Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): None, though the HeadRoom Max could be used as a two-input preamp if necessary.
Speakers: Sennheiser HD-600 headphones (for home)

Sennheiser HD-600 headphones (for office)

Etymotic ER-4S earphones (for use portably and at the home and office)

Sony MDR-7506 headphones (for home)

Sony MDR-V6 headphones (for office)

Sources:
CD Player/DAC: Sony ES SCD-C333ES SACD/CD player (for home)

Denon DCM-370 CD/HDCD player (for office)

Radio Shack CD-3904 portable CD player when portability is called for

Other Accessories/Room/Misc.:
Speaker Cables/Interconnects: Cardas Neutral Reference interconnects (currently reviewing -- and so considering -- cables by Cardas, Acoustic Zen, Tara Labs, and Stealth).

Acoustic Zen Tsunami power cord between BPT balanced power isolator and HeadRoom Max headphone amplifier (currently reviewing -- and so considering -- powercords by Cardas, Acoustic Zen, Tara Labs, and Stealth).

Custom interconnect for portable rig made by Markertek, using Canare L-4E6S Star Quad cable and Canare F-12 connectors

Other (Power Conditioner, Racks etc.): BPT (Balanced Power Technologies) customized BP-3 dual balanced power isolator

Brick Wall PW8R15AUD series mode surge filter / power conditioner

Tweaks: The BP-3 was the single most effective tweak-type thing I've added to my rig, not only lowering the noise floor (best tested with something like Etymotic earphones), but giving greater three-dimensionality to the imaging

The Brick Wall has done a great job of eliminating sump pump and refrigerator power line line noise from my home headphone hi-fi rig (in addition to providing a better noise floor and what is likely the best available surge suppression)

Music Preferences and Comments:
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Jazz

70's rock (Steely Dan, Little Feat, others)

Good 80's rock (Jane's Addiction, others)

Bluegrass

Classical

Soundtracks

System Goals/Comments: 99.99% of my hi-fi listening is through headphones.
System Strengths: Extracts an insane amount of detail from the source material

Deep, accurate bass reproduction

Overall smooth sound

Extremely accurate across the whole spectrum

Can be listened to at any volume level without disturbing others

System Weaknesses: Can't easily be shared (it's a headphone system)
Video/HT System: None
URL Link: http://www.head-fi.org

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