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Reviewer's Bio

Dave Hanson
Senior Editor of Personal Audio

 

  Oddly enough, my audiophile journey started in a navy blue 1987 GMC Safari minivan. I don't remember the exact date, but I do remember the moment sometime in the summer of 1994. I was listening to Stevie Ray Vaughn's soulful rendition of "Little Wing" from The Sky is Crying, and I decided right then and there I was going to learn how to play guitar.

About 7 to 8 years later, now in my early 20's, I started honing my production chops mixing demos and then records, and I continued this journey into audio in a professional capacity, producing hundreds of commercials and online videos.

The story of how I got into the personal audio side of things is really one of epic failure. I was working at an ad agency in Milwaukee, WI at the time. Our audio/video workload had been steadily increasing and it was becoming more and more impractical for me to do all of my editing and mixing on monitors in an office environment. I had to give my coworkers a break from the monitors and do some of the work in headphones. I know my little Sennheiser PXC 250 noise-canceling headphones weren't going to cut it. I tried Beats and Bose, but surely there had to be something better out there for cheaper. I mean $300? That's a lot of money. So I started Googling. 

Big mistake.

So many conflicting opinions. So little consensus. I had to start trying things for myself. First it was the Audio Technica ATH-M50, then the Sennheiser HD598, the Beyerdynamic DT880, followed closely by the DT990, Sennheiser HD650, AKG K701, HiFiMAN HE400, HE500, Sennheiser HD800....

Yeah, so I blew up that $300 budget pretty quickly. I mean really, could that have backfired on me more? But I have no regrets.

When I started going to Chicago area headphone meets, my eyes opened even wider. At my first meet, I heard the HiFiMAN HE6 and HE560, Fostex TH900, MrSpeakers Ether, and Stax Lambdas and I don't think I was ever the same. As I got more experience under my belt, I think my background in pro audio made it easier for me to understand and articulate what I was hearing.

In 2015, I went to my first Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, and after posting my impressions on Head-fi.org, Steven R. Rochlin reached out to me and asked if I'd like to write some reviews for Enjoy the Music.com, and I've been doing it ever since!

So here we are three years later and now I'm the Senior Editor for Personal Audio. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read my reviews and show reports over the past three years. We're going to continue to work to give you the best, most in-depth and honest personal audio reviews on the web. We're a growing team and we've got lots of exciting things on the way!

 

Cheers!
Dave

 

 

Headphones
Abyss Headphones AB-1266
AKG K240 Sextett 
AKG K701
Acoustic Research AR-H1
Audeze Mobius
Denon AH-D2000 (modified)
Grado SR225i
Grado SR80i
HIFIMAN HE400
HiFiMAN HE500
MrSpeakers AEON Flow Open
1MORE Triple Driver Over Ear
Sennheiser HD800
Sennheiser HD600
Sennheiser PXC250-II
Stax SR-Lambda Earspeaker
ZMF Atticus
ZMF Auteur
ZMF Ori

 

In-Ear Monitors
Campfire Andromeda
Campfire Vega
FiiO FH5
1MORE Quad Driver In-Ear
1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear
Periodic Audio Beryllium
Periodic Audio Magnesium
Periodic Audio Titanium
Westone W60

 

Amplification
Glenn OTL Headphone Amplifier
HeadAmp Gilmore Lite Mk2
Massdrop Cavalli Tube Hybrid
Schiit Vali
Stax SRM-1/MK-2 Earspeaker Driver
Wells Audio Milo Headphone Amplifier

 

DACs And Sources
Acoustic Research M2 DAP
Audio-GD DAC-19 DSP
Chord Hugo 2
Chord Mojo
FiiO X5 Gen III DAP
iFi Micro iDSD Black Label
iPhone 6
JPS Labs Objective DAC
Schiit Yggdrasil

 

Analog And Digital Cables
AudioQuest Big Sur RCA-3.5mm Interconnect
Cardas FatPipe HD600 Cable
DanaCable TruStream USB Cable
DanaCable Onyx Interconnects
DanaCable Lazuli Reference AB
DanaCable Lazuli Reference Adapter
DanaCable Lazuli SH
DanaCable Lazuli AD
DHC Macromolecule HD800 Balanced Cable
Norne Draug 2 HiFiMAN Balanced Cable
Moon Audio Blue Dragon Sennheiser HD600 Cable
Moon Audio Silver Dragon HIFIMAN Balanced Cable
Moon Audio Silver Dragon MMCX IEM Cable
Wireworld Equinox 7 Interconnects
Wireworld Starlight 7 USB
Wireworld Starlight 7 Coaxial Cable
ZMF 2K Headphone Cable
ZMF Michanikos Headphone Cable

 

Power Cables And Conditioning
PS Audio Duet Power Conditioner
Furman PST-8D Power Conditioner
Wireworld Electra 7 Power Cables
Pangea AC9-II Power Cable
Pangea AC-14 Power Cable
Schiit Wyrd USB Decrapifier
Yarbo Flatwire Power Cable

 

Digital
Amarra 4 Luxe
Audirvana
Roon
Tidal HiFi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
 

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