I am a long time audio enthusiast, but make no claim to be an audiophile, thus the title of the site which my wife (swmbo) helped coin. She says I am just an old fool for buying all this stuff and she is usually right.
I got the bug early. While still in junior high school, I saved money to buy my first stereo set. Unlike other kids of that era, I wasn’t interested in a boombox, I wanted a true hi-fi system. I bought a Sansui tuner, Dynaco St70 amp, a Denon turntable, and a set of second hand infinity speakers. From that day forward a disproportionate amount of my income went into upgrades and records. Components have come and gone, but the desire has remained.
As I have grown older and times have changed, I have gone from speakers the size of a phone booth and mono-block amps you could cook dinner on, to headphones that offer amazing sound without the space, cost, and damage to swmbo’s sanity caused by my earlier setups. Children (amongst other things) have made certain that funds for hobbies are always limited, so I try and find things that provide the best bang for the buck. Having spent (and quite frankly wasted) a good bit of money on items related to audio, I decided to put some of my misadventures, and some of the better choices on this site to help others who might be following the same path.
My current systems include:
|Home||Den||Dell Precision 7740||RME ADI-2 FS BL|
Burson Swing w SparkOS Op-amps
|Xduoo Ta-30, Ta-26|
Burson Fun w SparkOS Op-amps
Beyerdynamics T5, T1. DT990
|Study||Dell T410 with SB ZxR||Schiit Bifrost MB||Schiit Asgard2|
|bedroom||Bluetooth Phone/Tablet||Xduoo XQ50Pro||Dynaco ST-70||JBL Venue Monitors|
|Work||Dell Precision 7740||Audio GD NFB 11.28||Campfire Cascades|
|On the go||A&K Kann Alpha|
Cayin N3 Pro
Xduoo XD-05 bal
iFi Xcan / XDSD
Fir Audio 5x5
Empire Ears Bravado