CanJam SoCal 2015 Member Table CrocCap
Sean (CrocCap) is relatively new to the world of headphones having joined Head-Fi just over a year ago, but the gear he brought is anything but new. It's not that he's a vintage gear collecter per se, this just happened to be the gear that his family had in their home.
The front end of the system was a Concept 2QD turntable (sorry, forgot to get a pic) that was gently playing a Led Zeppelin album on repeat. The tonearm return was in perfect working order. I asked Sean if he had worked on it and he said there was no need, it had been playing records for decades in his family's home flawlessly.
Phono stage and pre-amp duties were performed by a Sherwood S7910 solid-state receiver. I did a double-take, I've got a receiver very much like this at my motorcycle shop downtown.
Sean had two vintage tube amps set up for headphone amp duties. The Sherwood S5000II (above) and the very similar Sherwood S5500II (below) were wired into some DIY boxes within which Sean had padded down the roughly 32 Watt drive to something more appropriate for headphones.
Speaking of headphones, Sean had some HiFiMAN HE-500 the he's modified and done a pad replacement with HM5 ear cushions, a pair of Beyerdynamic T1 on which he has performed the felt ring damping mod, and a Fostex TH-900 that he hasn't found a need to mod yet. (Give him time, I bet he won't be able to resist much longer.)
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