Audio Enthusiasts – Hasafraker – US Marine.

I found Hasafraker on Tumblr because we both enjoy DIY electronics, he has a really cool tumblr you should checkout if possible.
Vinyl lovers should also give him a visit 🙂 just saying!

1. Would you like to tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m kind of just a regular guy, I live in Ohio, I’ve lived all over the US. I was born and raised on the west coast starting in Southern California. I’m a US Marine. I love to ride motorcycles, I currently own two, a BMW K1200RS and a Ducati Monster 696. I’ve been in love with electronics since I was a kid. The first thing I ever built was a strobe light, it was really cool, my parents hated it lol.

2. What music do you enjoy and why?
My first love is jazz or smooth female vocals. I love old big band stuff too, lots of classic jazz and blues. I love old classic rock, I have recently rediscovered classic rock. Music is food for your soul, I really believe that without music the world would be a very sad place.

3. Why are you enthusiastic about audio?
I have been a bit of an audio nut my entire life I just didn’t realize it till I was in my 20’s. Music is like an old friend, it always has time for me, is always there to comfort me, doesn’t ask any more than for me to just listen. I learned a long time ago to LISTEN to the music don’t just HEAR it. There is a difference! I love recordings that are done really well, that if you have a very detailed setup and a quiet listening environment, you can hear little details like fingers sliding on strings, Louis Armstrong clearing his voice between sets, Dave Brubeck laughing about something in the studio with Paul Desmond, I love hearing these little details buried in the recording, it’s like sharing that moment with them, being the proverbial fly on the wall.

4. What audio gear do you use?
Lots of my gear is tube based. All of my tube gear was hand built by me. If I had to pick a favorite single piece of gear that I’m particularly fond of it would be my Bottlehead Crack OTL Headphone amp with Speedball upgrade, add to that my Sennheizer HD600’s and so long as your source is clean… it’s quite amazing. My main system is Vinyl, a sweet little turn table from the guys at U-Turn Audio, I got it as a late Christmas gift from my wife just in time for my birthday hehe. An AT440MLA has groove duty, it’s a wonderful basic table which I feed to my Bottlehead Reduction Phono Preamp, to my Decware ZSP1 Preamp, which feeds my Nelson Pass Class A Amp Camp Amps (dual monos) which are pretty amazing in their own right. The final bit are the speakers that I finished this year, a kit from Parts Express, the TriTrix MTM TL floor standing speakers. I love them. There is a great deal of satisfaction in listening to a system that I built almost completely by hand.

5. What would be your perfect audio gear setup?
Hmm honestly I don’t know if such a thing exists, I’m pretty sure in Audio, the perfect system would be our Unicorn LOL a mythical creature with magic powers able to reproduce sound exactly as it was meant to be heard. However…  I wouldn’t mind having like some old school Klipsch horns and a nice power amp, maybe tube maybe solid state, no haters here. I think it would definitely have to be a vinyl system, or maybe a nice reel to reel.

6. What is your favorite format for audio and why?
Hmm this is a fun one, I may get blasted lol. I LOVE my vinyl, I also LOVE ripping my vinyl to mp3 so I can have it at work. I think each format has merit. Vinyl for me just sounds …right, I don’t want to make any fantastic claims here, it just sounds the best to my ears

7. Would you like to share some photos of your audio gear?
I would love to. I have attached some pictures of various bits that I’ve made over the years.

Interview conducted 22/06/2014

The concept behind Audio Enthusiasts was inspired from the amazing My Linux Rig.
If you want to get interviewed drop me a line here or via Twitter.

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