Big Sound 2015 Brian (NA Blur)
Brian used to live in Bozeman and we've spent some time together before. He used to work with a very good friend of mine, but we met because of HeadRoom and headphones, as I recall. He even helped me do some blind testing for burn-in and AKG K701s.
He went through the whole rigamaroll just like every one else didhe is, however, and engineering/physics dude by trade, and broke the record for note taking quantity, easily surpassing Bob Katz...and that's no easy task.
He did really well in the first blind test pitting the Bakoon, Moon, and Teton with the Sennheiser HD 800s. It's wildly swinging impedance response interacted strongly with the amps making it easy on the Bakoon, and tougher but doable between the Moon and Teton. Once we switched to the flat impedance response of the HE-1000 it was a totally different story. Here's where it gets tough. After a few too many misses we packed it up.
(Man, I've got a lot to say about how blind blind testing is.)
He went on to survey the field with zeal; determined to add his considered input to the qualities of all these top-of-the-line headphones and their harmonious pairings with the amps. His favorite headphones were the:
- Sennheiser HD 800
- Mr. Speakers Ether
- Audeze LCD-3
Brian has committed to writing more extensively in a Participant Reportand given the copious notes he took it's bound to be interestingbut you'll get a very good idea of where he's at in the video.
Good seeing you again, Brian!
AURALiC Vega DAC ($3499)
Simaudio MOON Neo 430 HA ($4300 w/DAC).
HeadAmp GS-X Mk2 ($2800)
Schiit Ragnarok ($1699) and Yggdrasil ($2299)
Burson Audio Conductor Virtuoso ($1495 w/PCM1793; $1995 w/ESS1908)
Woo Audio WA-234 ($15,900)
Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC, Voltikus Power Supply, and 10M Rubidium Atomic Clock. ($13,045)
Apex High Fi Audio (TTVJ) Teton ($5000)
Eddie Current Black Widow ($1248)
Violectric V281 ($2299)
Bakoon HPA-21 ($2995) current output headphone amplifier.
KGSSSRE (Kevin Gilmore Solid State Special Reviewer's Edition E-Stat Amp ($Unobtanium)
Sennheiser HD 800 ($1599)
Audeze LCD-3 ($1945) and LCD-X ($1699)
JPS Labs Abyss AB-1266 ($5495)
Stax SR-009 ($4450) and SR-007 ($2350)
HIFIMAN HE-1000 ($3000)
Mr. Speakers Ether ($1499)
Enigmacoustics Dharma (~$1200)
Audio Zenith PMx2 ($1398)
Headphone stands by Klutz Designs