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Old 12-03-2015, 02:52 PM   #1
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Is there any audiophiles on here?

Hey folks I was wondering if there are any audiophiles on here besides me. With the 986 stored away for the winter I tend to listen to my system more often. I just picked up my first pair of midfi headphones. They are the Hifiman HE400s model. They sound pretty awesome, but I read on a forum about some cheap mods to make them sound even better. Kinda like the car, I can't ever leave well enough alone.
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Old 12-03-2015, 03:27 PM   #2
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sorry, my ears are shot from 15 years of Rock and Roll touring
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Well Jay that will do it
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Yep! I've been obsessed with audio since I was 15 years old...
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yes I am and have passed it down to my 14 year old son who wants a cassette player for his vintage stereo that I bought for myself but gave to him! He wants a 944 for his first car
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Yep! I've been obsessed with audio since I was 15 years old...
Yeah that's about when I started. It has taken me almost 30 years to build a system I really love. Too bad owning the Boxster cuts into the audio budget so much lol
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yes I am and have passed it down to my 14 year old son who wants a cassette player for his vintage stereo that I bought for myself but gave to him! He wants a 944 for his first car
sounds just like my kid who is now 17. A few years ago he did not want a iPod for xmas, but a walkman
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sounds just like my kid who is now 17. A few years ago he did not want a iPod for xmas, but a walkman
I respect a kid that likes to keep it old school.
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Put a very nice system in the boxster - focal speakers, JL amp and sub, alpine head unit. The stock system is hardly worth listening to if you can even hear it. This upgrade is a very satisfying upgrade.

I use IEM's rather than headphones, but have heard great things about those 'phones...
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Put a very nice system in the boxster - focal speakers, JL amp and sub, alpine head unit. The stock system is hardly worth listening to if you can even hear it. This upgrade is a very satisfying upgrade.

I use IEM's rather than headphones, but have heard great things about those 'phones...
I'd like to see pictures of this (build log?), if you would be so kind as to share.
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Happy to :-)

Here are a few picts of the install. Nothing to see for the speakers, as they are behind the stock enclosures.

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Amp and Cross overs installed:




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I can get you part numbers if you like...
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Happy to :-)

Here are a few picts of the install. Nothing to see for the speakers, as they are behind the stock enclosures.
I can get you part numbers if you like...
Thanks, I've got some ideas in my head for the amp, but I didn't realize that JL was so small. It might be a good option for me.

My frunk currently stands as such:


Stuffed inside my stock amp is my signal processor that will handle all my crossover and equalizer needs.




As far as this thread goes... I can't concede that I am an audiophile by the stereotypical definition. I don't de-static vinyl records before playing them on a $10,000 turntable, pay $500 for a meter of interconnect or lift my speaker wires off the ground with maple posts.

I do however very much enjoy music and building home and car audio systems.
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Thanks, I've got some ideas in my head for the amp, but I didn't realize that JL was so small. It might be a good option for me.

>> it's the JL digital line, hence why so small with so much power. so far so good!

Stuffed inside my stock amp is my signal processor that will handle all my crossover and equalizer needs.

>> Nice look!

As far as this thread goes... I can't concede that I am an audiophile by the stereotypical definition. I don't de-static vinyl records before playing them on a $10,000 turntable, pay $500 for a meter of interconnect or lift my speaker wires off the ground with maple posts.

I do however very much enjoy music and building home and car audio systems.
Yeah...i'm sorta that guy :-)

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Notice I didn't say anything derogatory!
My home speakers are on spikes, and ceramic tiles - I just didn't pay [a lot] for them.
The wire for them is 10g industrial panel wiring, techflexed and shrink (shrunk?) wrapped by me.

I like experimenting with cheaper stuff, and occasionally spending too much. My car stereo history is long, but in my last car I made partial tweeter arrays that mounted to the windshield. Three 28mm soft domes on each side was amazing to listen to.
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Yeah...i'm sorta that guy :-)

Hey I have the same cable elevators!! But I do not have a turntable like that!! Whoa that thing looks sweet!!
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Here are a few pics of my system.







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Nice! Always good to meet another tube guy..

and, we have the same cable stands! :-)
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My home system:
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My home system:
Conrad Johnson PV 5 Preamp
Conrad Johnson MV 75-A Amp
Linn Sondeck Turntable
Shanling T-200 Tube CD Player
Thiel CS 3.5 Speakers
Pioneer M-25 Solid State Amp (back up)

Yes I love the sound of Tubes!
Oh! I used to have 3.5's in Gloss Black! Loved those speakers...still kicking myself for selling them. Good stuff, like the CJ tubes - bet it all sounds great!!
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