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My collection so far
« on: January 30, 2017, 10:45:58 PM »
I cleaned up the study on the weekend and took some pics of my headphone collection.  Which made me think I should start a thread in the spirit of Craig’s posts a year or so ago (https://www.avforums.co.za/index.php/topic,49887.0.html).  If I had the original intention to publish the pics I would taken a bit more care with them, but here goes …

Starting from left to right …

One of the smallest components doing the toughest job of them all … the petite Topping TP4 is about the size of a 250g block of butter.  Which is quite apt, as this little Class T amp makes the power-hungry AKG K1000’s sound rich and creamy.



Next to diminutive David, the HoBo (names in honour of it’s creators Wim Bowman and Alan Hobkirk) cuts an imposing but gentle Golliath figure.  Despite it’s 30kg heft it treats all kind of music with empathy and insight.



Next up, the heart of my system as it has been for over a year now … the delectable Wadia 121 (still begging for a PSU upgrade to unleash what greatness hides inside the square box) and original SPL Phonitor 2730 … the one with the 50’s sports car dash.  Haven’t heard every amp out there but this is to my ears the best solid state headphone amp out there and probably my most-loved piece of hardware.  A very neutral tone with incredible resolution, transparency and attack.  And seminal industrial to die for ...just look at those VU meters ...



The Squeezebox Touch is a recent addition to my music listening experience.  I use it as a transport, fed by a dedicated old laptop running LMS off a NAS-stored collection.  The signal is passed by SPDIF RCA to the Wadia 121 for practical reasons (USB is reserved for JRiver running on my other laptop).



While the SB Touch is in easy reach where I listen, my 7” Samsung Galaxy Tab does Squeezebox controller duty courtesy of free Squeezer app, as does my Galaxy phone.



The music database resides on a 6TB Seagate NAS and is shared between LMS and Jriver … the latter which I prefer for library management, tagging, and serious listening.  Here are Audeze LCD2 (Rev 2, pre-fazor) and Sennheiser HD650 draped over the JRiver screen.  Wasn’t planned like that but these two incidentally share a common, dark and slightly withdrawn personality.  And both can make great organic music when partnered appropriately. 



Another reason I still use JRiver is the ease with which VST plugins are installed.  This screenshot is of the incredible Sonarworks headphone calibration software.



HD600 and HD800, flanking the true King, the AKG K1000.  I have had pleasing results driving the K1k with the Schiit Lyr, but since that amp has now gone to Ron G I alternate between the Topping and HoBo when listening to these.  The HD800 gets substantially more head-time than the others.  I's not sure why ... but it's the set I most often grab for a listen.



AKG K1000 up close.



If I had to choose a theme for my collection I suppose it would be “former flagships” … here three generations of Sennheiser flagships frame the K1000.



My travel set … Fiio X3 DAP and Sennheiser Momentums.  The Fiio is incredibly versatile and great value for money.  The Momentums are sadly beat by the recently departed NAD HP50’s, but it improved on the NAD’s styling and perceived longevity.



Not shown… Nuprime uDSD DAC/amp, Perreaux SXH2 amp, Audio Technica ATH-M40x and a couple of low key headies.  Items that have come and gone include the mentioned Schiit Lyr, Millet Max hybrid headphone amp, Audeze Deckard DAC/amp, Benchmark DAC-1, Samson SR850, Grado SR60i, Beyer Dynamic DT990, NAD HP-50, and a pair each of HD600 (first love) and HD650 (seductress) subsequently replaced by more of the same.

And now a couple of general shots …













« Last Edit: January 30, 2017, 10:56:32 PM by Scubadude »
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Re: My collection so far
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2017, 04:48:46 AM »
Thanks for the tour Mr Scubadude.

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Re: My collection so far
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2017, 06:40:34 AM »
Why stand on a silent platform?
Fight the war...

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Re: My collection so far
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2017, 07:42:50 AM »
and i thought i was crazy  :envy:

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Re: My collection so far
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2017, 07:51:48 AM »
and i thought i was crazy  :envy:

I think this condition should be certifiable :groovy:

Thanks guys  :thumbs:

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Re: My collection so far
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2017, 07:55:04 AM »
Shoowee, makes me feel like a rank amateur.  LCD3, HD800, Westone IEM and a Joty.  At some point wither the LCD3 or the HD800 have to go.  Will only make that decision when I've been forced to cans only listening and lived with them for a few months.
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Re: My collection so far
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2017, 07:59:13 AM »
The combination of the HD800 and the HoBo was quite something when i listened to it, as was the Phonitor and LCD2. Made it very easy to show how important the correct partnering is with audio. Headphones just make it quick to highlight the differences.

The Class T amps have quite a way with midrange, and punch way above their cost and size. They work especially well (i've found) with speakers of decent efficiency, 93db and up

One day when i'm big  ;D
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Re: My collection so far
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2017, 08:20:17 AM »
Shoowee, makes me feel like a rank amateur.  LCD3, HD800, Westone IEM and a Joty.  At some point wither the LCD3 or the HD800 have to go.  Will only make that decision when I've been forced to cans only listening and lived with them for a few months.
i can give the LCD3's a good home

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Re: My collection so far
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2017, 08:31:18 AM »
the best combo i have heard to date is any amp on the soekris.
it is truly an incredible piece of kit. the detail is ridiculous.
buy one board, one USB and PSU


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Re: My collection so far
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2017, 09:00:38 AM »
Absolutely amazing.

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Re: My collection so far
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2017, 10:03:55 AM »
The combination of the HD800 and the HoBo was quite something when i listened to it, as was the Phonitor and LCD2. Made it very easy to show how important the correct partnering is with audio. Headphones just make it quick to highlight the differences.

The Class T amps have quite a way with midrange, and punch way above their cost and size. They work especially well (i've found) with speakers of decent efficiency, 93db and up

One day when i'm big  ;D

Kean you're so right about system matching.  Nice to have options to play around with as the mood and music takes you.  The HoBo/HD800 and Phonitor/HD800 are great examples of synergy that just works ... but for ultimate listening pleasure I choose Phonitor/HD800 (mildly EQd, either parametric or Sonarworks calibration) or HoBo/K1000.  The Class T amp does wonders with the K1000 and certainly beats the HoBo in terms of accuracy and detail, but not in heart and soul.
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« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2017, 10:06:13 AM »
LCD3, HD800, Westone IEM and a Joty.

Not bad for a headphone agnostic, RJ  :sh1tstirrer:
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Re: My collection so far
« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2017, 10:18:16 AM »
Amazing collection, well done!

This thread makes me feel less like a hoarder :)

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« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2017, 10:23:37 AM »
Amazing collection, well done!

This thread makes me feel less like a hoarder :)

no chance, we know what you got stashed away

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Re: My collection so far
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2017, 10:27:13 AM »
Not bad for a headphone agnostic, RJ  :sh1tstirrer:
I'm going to live in a shoebox for a while...circumstances dictate.
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