Systems by hYdrociTy
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Headphone Fun, a Two-channel Audio System by hYdrociTy
About the size of my head!
I like dacs- they give me the option of using my computer as transport or a portable cd player with optical out, or a desktop cd player, etc... I also use this system as reference listening station when I practice singing while traveling with my macbook for recording and an m-audio audiophile firewire as transport.
ATB, Beatles, Beirut, Björk, BT, Buckethead, Chicane, Coldplay, Coltrane, Depeche Mode, Diana Krall, Duke Ellington, Eric Clapton, Elliott Smith, Erika, Feist, Ferry Corsten, George Russell, Goo Goo Dolls, Jay Chou, Jenny Lewis, Julia Fischer, Kelly Sweet, Ken Hirai, Lisa Loeb, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Namie Amuro, Nigel Kennedy, Heather Nova, Jem, Hendrix, Hiromi, Karajan, Mirah, Nan Quan Mama, Paul van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold, Pink Floyd, Queen, The Microphones, U2, Utada Hikaru, Weezer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Hotel room & my head acoustics.
I move my hair out of the way of the headphone.
I model my system for a balance of everything. There is extension on all ends, a spacious soundscape, and wide dynamic range. Those are the key. Dynamic range and soudstage are the most important things I value personally- but I have to have my system represent all aspects of sound equally, and then raise the bar on all of them a bit. The system doesn't excel in any one field, and it is not supposed to because I listen to the music as both reference and enjoyment. It is hifi enough for my personal use as well as balanced enough to monitor the music when I am performing. The best description I can give in simple terms is a reference monitoring system built with hifi components for a touch of the natural.
Digital lossless on hard drives, taiyo yuden CDRs, HI-MD
(>'-')>Ltd. We Hug To Please
Audio Alchemy DDE v3.0, Sony SCD-XA5400ES, MDS-JA20ES, Entech Number Cruncher 203.2, Sony MZ-RH1, iPod Touch 1G
Technics SL-1200, Grado Reference, Azur 640P
Transports: M-Audio Audiophile Firewire (recording) | Audio Alchemy DDS-Pro (transport)
Audio Alchemy DTI v2.0, DTI Pro32
Headphone Amps: VanTOTL(6SN7GTB, 6AS7G, 6AX5GT), Balanced Gilmore Dynamic, Little Dot II+ (Mullard M8161, Russian 4P1L), Beta22(stepped attn)
Cardas Sennheiser headphone cable, Mogami Neglex for K501
Mogami Neglex terminated with Neutrik Profi DIY cables, Blue Jeans digital
Sennheiser HD580 and HD650, AKG K501 and K1000, Audio Technica W10VTG and ESW9, Westone ES2
hotel room desk :\
Furman PM-8 SERIES II
Tuning and Tweaks
Blue Tack inside HD580 frame and bails for vibration dampening, Herbies HAL-O tube dampers
Blue Baby Bottle/Audio-Technica AT8022 -> PreSonus ADL600 -> Apogee Rosetta 200 Macbook Pro(Adobe Audition)
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