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Audio System
Music Server(s):
MacBook Pro/Amarra w/ SSD Drive + Sonicweld Diverter (used as server)
Music Server Operating System:
Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
Preferred Digital Interface(s):
USB, AES/EBU (Single Wire), AES/EBU (Dual Wire), S/PDIF Coaxial (RCA), S/PDIF Coaxial (BNC), S/PDIF TosLink, Ethernet (UPnP/DLNA), Wireless
Digital to Analog Converter(s):
dCs Deluis, MYTEK Stereo-192 DSD DAC, McIntosh D100, Audioquest Dragonfly, HRT microStreamer, Headstreamer, Music Streamer II & II+, ALO Pan Am (tube) + Passport Battery power-supply, Music Hall 25.2 tube DAC/head-amp, CEntrance DACmini PX, DACport, StyleAudio CARAT-TOPAZ DAC/head-amp, Audioengine D2 24-bit Wireless DAC, Audioengine D1 DAC/head-amp,
Digital to Digital Converter:
Sonicweld Diverter 24/96
Preamplifier:
E.A.R 868 tube pre-amp (w/ phonostage)
Amplifier(s):
Classe DR-9, VTL 100's, Hafler 240, CEntrance DACmini Integrated (PX)
Loudspeakers:
Zu Audio Omen Defs, System Audio SA2Ks, Nola Thunderbolt IIIA subwoofer, CEntrance 2504 near-field
Interconnects:
Nordost Heimdall (analog)
Nordost White Lightning (analog)
Nordost Blue Heaven (USB & SPDIF)
Kubala-Sosna Emotion
Black Cat Cable Morpheus (analog)
Black Cat XV-1 (SPDIF)
Yorma SPDIF
WyWires LITE SPD USB cable
Locus Design Nucleus USB
Locus Design Axis USB
Loudspeaker Cables:
Nordost Heimdall
Kubala-Sosna Emotion
Nordost White Lightning (Leif series)
MIT Matrix 12
CEntrance (for my Audiophile Desktop System)
Power Cables:
Nordost Vishnu
Nordost Brahma
Nordost Valhalla
Kubala-Sosna Emotion
Silver Circle Audio
Locus Design
Monster (YES) Powerline for my LED-backlit LCD 1080p TV
Remote Control(s):
mainly my iPad2
iPod Touch
Remote Control Apps:
Remote X (Peepleware)
Apple Remote
Universal Remote
Miscellaneous:
Nordost Quantum Qx2, Qx4 + QB8 power products
Silver Circle Audio Juicebox One
Nordost SORT KONES
Eben Cold Ray iso-points
Black Ravioli Sticky Pads
Dream System:
Nola Grand Reference loudspeaker system
ASR battery-powered monoblock amps
E.A.R pre-amp
ALL Nordost Valhalla cabling
E.A.R DiscMaster Magnetic Drive Turntable
Playback Designs (CD/SACD)
Burmester DAC
Meridian Sooloos (as interface w/ Burmester
DAC)
ALL gear on Arcici racks
Headphones:
Audeze LCD-3 (OG)
Audeze LCD-3 w/ Fazor
Audeze LCD-2 w/ Fazor
Audeze LCD-X
Audeze LCD-XC
Audio Technica AD900X
BeatsByDre Solo2s
B&O H6
Cardas Audio EM 5813 IEMs
Etymotic Hf-3
Grado SR-125i
Grado SR-225i
Grado SR-325i
JH Audio JH13 Pro Freqphase
JH Audio Roxannes
Mr. Speakers Alpha Dogs
Mr. Speakers Mad Dogs
Mr. Speakers Mad Dog Pro*
Monster DNA Pro
Monster DNA on-ears
Perfect Sound dido (d901) w/ Nordost Heimdall headphone cable
Pioneer SE-A1000 (w/ @Warrenpchi Mod)
RHA T10i (and lovin' em)
Sennheiser HD-800
Sennheiser HD 25-1 II's
Sennheiser HD490 w/ @Warrenpchi mod
Sennheiser Momentum on-ear (Ivory)
Sennheiser HD7 DJ
Sennheiser Urbanite
V-MODA Crossfade M-100s
V-MODA M-80s
Urban Ears (on-ears)
Headphone Amplifier(s):
ADL X1 iDevice/USB DAC & headphone amp
ALO Pan Am tube Amp/DAC - Passport battery - Gateway power
ALO Island
ALO International
ALO Rx MK3-B
ALO Studio Six
Audioengine D3
Audioquest Dragonfly ver1.2
Cavalli Audio Liquid Gold
CEntrance DACmini PX (integrated)
CEntrance DACport
CEntrance HiFi-M8
E.A.R HP4 Tube Headphone Amp
Firestone Audio Fireeye Mini
Headroom Total Bithead
HRT microStreamer
HRT Headstreamer
Light Harmonic Geek Out 1000 USB amp/DAC
McIntosh D100 (headphone amp/digital pre-amp/DAC)
Music Hall DAC25.2 (tube DAC & headphone amp w/ Sovtek upgrade)
MYTEK Stereo192-DSD DAC (also headphone amp)
Ray Samuels The Intruder
Schiit Audio Vali
Portable Player(s):
Astell&Kern AK100
Astell&Kern AK120
Astell&Kern AK240
Glove Audio A1 DAC/Amp for AK120 by CEntrance
iPod Touch
iPad2
iPhone 4S
iPod Classic
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Location:
Northern CA
Occupation:
columnist/reviewer, audio evangelist

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Audio System
Music Server(s):
MacBook Pro/Amarra w/ SSD Drive + Sonicweld Diverter (used as server)
Music Server Operating System:
Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
Preferred Digital Interface(s):
USB, AES/EBU (Single Wire), AES/EBU (Dual Wire), S/PDIF Coaxial (RCA), S/PDIF Coaxial (BNC), S/PDIF TosLink, Ethernet (UPnP/DLNA), Wireless
Digital to Analog Converter(s):
dCs Deluis, MYTEK Stereo-192 DSD DAC, McIntosh D100, Audioquest Dragonfly, HRT microStreamer, Headstreamer, Music Streamer II & II+, ALO Pan Am (tube) + Passport Battery power-supply, Music Hall 25.2 tube DAC/head-amp, CEntrance DACmini PX, DACport, StyleAudio CARAT-TOPAZ DAC/head-amp, Audioengine D2 24-bit Wireless DAC, Audioengine D1 DAC/head-amp,
Digital to Digital Converter:
Sonicweld Diverter 24/96
Preamplifier:
E.A.R 868 tube pre-amp (w/ phonostage)
Amplifier(s):
Classe DR-9, VTL 100's, Hafler 240, CEntrance DACmini Integrated (PX)
Loudspeakers:
Zu Audio Omen Defs, System Audio SA2Ks, Nola Thunderbolt IIIA subwoofer, CEntrance 2504 near-field
Interconnects:
Nordost Heimdall (analog)
Nordost White Lightning (analog)
Nordost Blue Heaven (USB & SPDIF)
Kubala-Sosna Emotion
Black Cat Cable Morpheus (analog)
Black Cat XV-1 (SPDIF)
Yorma SPDIF
WyWires LITE SPD USB cable
Locus Design Nucleus USB
Locus Design Axis USB
Loudspeaker Cables:
Nordost Heimdall
Kubala-Sosna Emotion
Nordost White Lightning (Leif series)
MIT Matrix 12
CEntrance (for my Audiophile Desktop System)
Power Cables:
Nordost Vishnu
Nordost Brahma
Nordost Valhalla
Kubala-Sosna Emotion
Silver Circle Audio
Locus Design
Monster (YES) Powerline for my LED-backlit LCD 1080p TV
Remote Control(s):
mainly my iPad2
iPod Touch
Remote Control Apps:
Remote X (Peepleware)
Apple Remote
Universal Remote
Miscellaneous:
Nordost Quantum Qx2, Qx4 + QB8 power products
Silver Circle Audio Juicebox One
Nordost SORT KONES
Eben Cold Ray iso-points
Black Ravioli Sticky Pads
Dream System:
Nola Grand Reference loudspeaker system
ASR battery-powered monoblock amps
E.A.R pre-amp
ALL Nordost Valhalla cabling
E.A.R DiscMaster Magnetic Drive Turntable
Playback Designs (CD/SACD)
Burmester DAC
Meridian Sooloos (as interface w/ Burmester
DAC)
ALL gear on Arcici racks
Headphones:
Audeze LCD-3 (OG)
Audeze LCD-3 w/ Fazor
Audeze LCD-2 w/ Fazor
Audeze LCD-X
Audeze LCD-XC
Audio Technica AD900X
BeatsByDre Solo2s
B&O H6
Cardas Audio EM 5813 IEMs
Etymotic Hf-3
Grado SR-125i
Grado SR-225i
Grado SR-325i
JH Audio JH13 Pro Freqphase
JH Audio Roxannes
Mr. Speakers Alpha Dogs
Mr. Speakers Mad Dogs
Mr. Speakers Mad Dog Pro*
Monster DNA Pro
Monster DNA on-ears
Perfect Sound dido (d901) w/ Nordost Heimdall headphone cable
Pioneer SE-A1000 (w/ @Warrenpchi Mod)
RHA T10i (and lovin' em)
Sennheiser HD-800
Sennheiser HD 25-1 II's
Sennheiser HD490 w/ @Warrenpchi mod
Sennheiser Momentum on-ear (Ivory)
Sennheiser HD7 DJ
Sennheiser Urbanite
V-MODA Crossfade M-100s
V-MODA M-80s
Urban Ears (on-ears)
Headphone Amplifier(s):
ADL X1 iDevice/USB DAC & headphone amp
ALO Pan Am tube Amp/DAC - Passport battery - Gateway power
ALO Island
ALO International
ALO Rx MK3-B
ALO Studio Six
Audioengine D3
Audioquest Dragonfly ver1.2
Cavalli Audio Liquid Gold
CEntrance DACmini PX (integrated)
CEntrance DACport
CEntrance HiFi-M8
E.A.R HP4 Tube Headphone Amp
Firestone Audio Fireeye Mini
Headroom Total Bithead
HRT microStreamer
HRT Headstreamer
Light Harmonic Geek Out 1000 USB amp/DAC
McIntosh D100 (headphone amp/digital pre-amp/DAC)
Music Hall DAC25.2 (tube DAC & headphone amp w/ Sovtek upgrade)
MYTEK Stereo192-DSD DAC (also headphone amp)
Ray Samuels The Intruder
Schiit Audio Vali
Portable Player(s):
Astell&Kern AK100
Astell&Kern AK120
Astell&Kern AK240
Glove Audio A1 DAC/Amp for AK120 by CEntrance
iPod Touch
iPad2
iPhone 4S
iPod Classic
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