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Audio System
Music Server Operating System:
Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
Preferred Digital Interface(s):
USB
Digital to Analog Converter(s):
Oppo HA-1
Preamplifier:
Oppo HA-1
Interconnects:
Moon Audio Blue Dragon USB
Power Cables:
Cullen Cables Crossover Series
Headphones:
Beyerdynamic T1 with Moon Audio Black Dragon cable
Headphone Amplifier(s):
Oppo HA-1
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The Great State

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Audirvana Plus on 27" iMac --> Moon Audio Blue Dragon USB --> Oppo HA-1 w/ Cullen Cables Crossover Series power cable--> Beyerdynamic T1 with Moon Audio Black Dragon balanced cable

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Audio System
Music Server Operating System:
Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
Preferred Digital Interface(s):
USB
Digital to Analog Converter(s):
Oppo HA-1
Preamplifier:
Oppo HA-1
Interconnects:
Moon Audio Blue Dragon USB
Power Cables:
Cullen Cables Crossover Series
Headphones:
Beyerdynamic T1 with Moon Audio Black Dragon cable
Headphone Amplifier(s):
Oppo HA-1
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My Top Albums of 2013

by Jsmith on 01-06-2014 at 04:10 PM
Last year I did a “My Top Albums of 2012” blog and thought I would do another one for 2013. Picking the top albums of 2013 was interesting when comparing to the prior year. In 2012 picking the top albums was easy given the three albums I picked were heads and shoulders above the rest in my mind. In 2013 there were many great albums, but it didn't have the same sort of standouts that 2012 had. This made my job a bit more difficult. I resorted to an Excel spreadsheet with a ranking system to

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Head-Fi Anyone?

by Jsmith on 02-11-2013 at 10:15 PM
As mentioned in my last post I needed to reduce the size of my hi-fi to make my home office into, well an office. After careful consideration I decided to go with a head-fi setup. Trying to demo gear turned out to be much harder than I anticipated. At least where I live there are not a lot of places that carry high-end headphone setups. A lot of time was spent online researching options and trying to narrow down my choices. I was fortunate to find nice people that were willing to help me.

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The Transformation Begins

by Jsmith on 02-04-2013 at 04:59 PM
It is a sad day in the household. All of this time my listening room had been shared with my office. Due to a job change for both me and my better half, it needs to become more of an office. This means I need to downsize my Hi-Fi. The good news is there will still be Hi-Fi, just a smaller version. Good things can come in small packages, at least that is what I keep telling myself.

This also means I start the unfortunately process of selling off my current system so I can afford

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My Top Albums of 2012

by Jsmith on 01-07-2013 at 03:12 PM
In the recent issue of Metal Hammer they reviewed many of the staffers top album picks for 2012. This prompted me to look back at my collection come up with my own list. In Metal Hammer they choose to do a top 20 but I am going to limit mine to top three.

The Devin Townsend Project - Epicloud
Devin Townsend has been around for years making music with various bands, and Epicloud represents his 15th album. Epicloud builds upon the framework that started in other Devin Townsend

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An Unexpected and Pleasant Surprise

by Jsmith on 11-29-2012 at 03:00 PM
I recently made a change to my audio setup and was running through tracks to see if there was an appreciable difference. My process is to go through the same set of tracks that I use to audition and test everything. After this, I continued to select different tracks to continue to look for differences. Eventually I came to a track that I had not listened to in some time.

This track is Never Give All The Heart by the Chieftains off the Tears of Stone album. Anyone familiar with

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