My name is Dan Gheorghe. I used to be a Software Engineer. Now I help run a Product Dev Center.
I am also a Phd. student and a teaching assistant at Politehnica University of Bucharest . (drop out now :)) )
My mission is to make people appreciate and understand this hobby better.
I want to share the joy that this hobby brought me, highlight the strong points of good headphones and related audio gear and why they should give them a chance!
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This blog will be about my journey into one of my dearest hobbies. Few years ago I became a headphone & related gear enthusiast.
Everything started when I bought my first pair of headphones, the Sennheiser HD595, because they did not have the HD555 in stock and I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
I love listening to music, discovering different nuances and presentations from different headphones and related gear that make you rediscover your music every time, also like discussing all of the above with my audiophile friends, reading reviews and other opinions on different related gear and contribute to the community.
Something I learned about this hobby, these years, is that it can get very subjective. Every person may perceive the sound from a headphone/dac/amp/etc in a different way. This is why it is very important to listen for yourself before buying something.
You can also find the story on headfi.
The first posts contain the story of how I got into this hobby.
- The Hobby: An Unexpected Journey
- The Hobby: The Desolation of my wallet
- The Hobby: There and Back Again
- The Fellowship of the Broken Wallets
- The Fellowship of the Broken wallets part II
- The two Titans: Sennheiser HD800 & Audeze LCD2
- The Return of The King: Audeze LCD-2
- Burson Conductor: Ambush of The Wallet
- The end of wallet: AKG K550, Creative Aurvana Live and FIIO E17
- InToxicated Mind: Headphones, USB & Power Cables and Conditioning
- Wrath of the Titans: Audeze LCD2 vs LCD3 & Burson Conductor vs M2Tech Vaughan
- From Hobby to Obsession and back to Hobby
- The ambush of the combos: AudioQuest Dragonfly vs FIIO E17 & Dragonfly with Burson Soloist, Dragonfly vs Conductors’ DAC
- The Ambush Continues: AKG K550 vs Sennheiser Momentum
- The Audiophile USB Cable Surprise: Wireworld Starlight Red vs Chord USB Silver Plus
- The Titans are Back: Sennheiser HD800 vs Audeze LCD2 & Burson Conductor
- A Nice Surprise: Focal Spirit One
- Martin Logan ElectroMotion ESL & Piega Premium 5.2
- Audiophile Power Cables Shootout
- Focal Spirit One vs Sennheiser Amperior
- Audeze LCD2 aftermarket cable: Toxic Silver Widow
- Sennheiser IE800, Sennheiser IE80, AudioTehnica ATH CKS 90 & Martin Logan Mikros 70 comparison
- The Amazing Sennheiser IE800
- The Spectacular Sennheiser HD800
- A Wonderful trip down memory lane
- Focal Spirit One Headphone Contest
- The Little Black Box: Arcam rPac
- The King of Musicality: Audeze LCD3
- Audiobyte Hydra: High-End USB Interface
- Naim DAC-V1 Review
- Bakoon HPA-21
- The Sexy Martin Logan Mikros 90
- The Extinct Denon D7000
- MSB Analog Dac – Review
- New Burson 1793 DAC PCB Review
- Power Inspired AG500 Power Regenerator Review
- Creek OBH-21 Review
- Simaudio Moon Evolution 650D – Review
- FiiO E12 Mont Blanc – Review
- FiiO X3 – Review
- Martin Logan Electromotion ESL – Review
- Chord Signature USB – Review
- Indiana Line Nota 250, Nota 550 – Review – More than meets the wallet
- Audeze LCD-X Review
- Audeze LCD-X vs Sennheiser HD800
- Audiophile and Proud
- Noisy USB Problem
- Toxic Cables Budget Silver
- Focal Spirit Classic & Spirit Professional – Review
- Simaudio Moon 300D V2
- Headphones and related gear buying guide
- What are DACS and their importance
- Why do I need a headphone amplifier ?
- Creek OBH-21 MK2 – Review
- Decware Taboo MK3 – Review
- Creative Aurvana Live 2 – Review
- Chord Hugo – Review
- Chordette Qute Ex Dac – Review
- FiiO X5 – Review
- Rockna – Wavedream DAC – Review
- Audiophilleo 1 with PurePower – Review
- Asus Xonar Essence STU – Review
- 1/8 Million Dollar Stereo Sound System
- Asus Xonar Essence One Muses Edition – Review
- Asus Xonar Essence III – Review
- Audiobyte Black Dragon – Review
- The most important part of any sound system: your ears and brain. Hearing explained
- Once upon a time in Romania
- Hearing Safety and Noise Induced Hearing Loss
- Aftermarket Cables for Sennheiser HD800
- Focal Spirit One S – Review
- Audio-gd Master 9 – Review
- NAD VISO HP50 – Review
- AKG 545 – Review
- SOtM sHP-100 DAC /Headphone Amplifier – Review
- SOtM sMS-100 Network Streamer – Review
- Pinna Zigmahornet Speakers – Review
- Sony MDR-1R – Review
- HRT microStreamer – Review
- Arcam FMJ D33 DAC – Review
- FiiO X1 – Review
- Forza Hybrid Series Twin USB Cable – Review
- Simaudio Moon Neo 380D DSD DAC – Review
- Audio-gd Precision 2 – Review
- HiFiMAN HE-560 – Review
- iFi iDSD Micro – Review
- FiiO E12A – Review
- Fostex TH-900 – Review
- Shure 535 LTD – Review
- Simaudio Moon 430HA Headphone Amplifier – Review
- Let’s help a friend in need
- Piega Premium 3 Speakers – Review
With great interest, I have just discovered your homepage. One quick question: Have you ever considered to try Hifiman headphones?
Of course I have, from what I’ve read they make very good headphones. However, there is no distributor here in Romania, and I never had the chance to listen to their headphones, yet. I hope to hear some of them soon.
Hello Dan I am interested in a Romanian manufactured dac that very little information is available, no reviews , no user owner blog .nothing .
It is a Nicolae Jitariu design , AudioByte Hydra Vox dac with headphone input , separate power supply FOGA based , 1 bit dac, smart and very adjustable. Very interesting design with attention payed to headphone input quality.
My searches over the Net for a owner review or professional review have revealed nothing .
The Rockna / AudioByte dealers here in North America have nothing listed in the product line for the Hydra Vox.
“It would be great if Mr. Jitariu lent a Hydra Vox to you for a full review” !
And finally I would like to extend my heart felt condolences to you and your family for the lost of your father .
I actually know Nucu. He’s been working for a while on this DAC. He mentioned that he might have one for review soon.
By the way, I don’t know what you are referring with the condolences. If it is copy pasted from another message maybe?
I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme.
Did you design this website yourself or did you hire someone
to do it for you? Plz answer back as I’m looking to
construct my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from.
thanks a lot
Please use the contact form and I will explain on the email.
Dear Dan: Respect your opinions and Education, by your review of HD-800 to Audeze-3 and 4 I found flawed, no not flawed but at personal bias! I’m old school, cut my teeth with tubed amps in the 70’s! My point: Audeze gives digital old vinyl sound! HD-800 provides in your face clarity and the worse warmth of all high end! HD bass is laughable!
HD-800 fans usually have jazz or classic tastes! Heavy metal on HD will assault your ear drums! I own both headphones mentioned! If you want an extra pair of 800’s, pay the shipping and I’ll give you a pair no charge! I never listen to them! John Stoker
I liked both headphones for what they do best, HD800 and LCD-4, but in the end for me, LCD-4 was the clear winner.
However, I still appreciate HD800 for what it does best. While the bass on HD800 is not as good as LCD-4 and that’s very clear, I like it for the speed and impact. Infected mushroom for example is very engaging on HD800. However there are some songs where they just cannot compete with LCD-4 .