Cheers, and welcome to my blog!
My name is Rafael Lino and I was born in the early ’80s in a beautiful European country called Portugal.
I work as a security officer, an honorable job that pays the bills and helps me raise my kids. During the past decade my life changed a bit, I met the future mother of my children, started living in Lisbon, found a new job and became a parent. With all
those changes one thing remained with me, my unwavering love for music, the anchor of my life.
The headphone enthusiast
Since I remember I always had a love affair with High-Fidelity, but being born in a middle-class family with some financial problems during the 80’s Portuguese economic crisis made it clear that if I wanted any kind of gear I would need to buy it with my own money.
Yes, I regret spending my money on overpriced gear especially after all the hard work I had to endure during my Summer vacations in the ’90s. Even so, I don’t regret buying my Sony MZ-R35 Mini-Disc Walkman, because it was an amazing machine that gave me hundreds of hours of music pleasure.
In fact in the middle of 2018, I started collecting Mini-Disc portable recorders for my gear collection.
I enjoy portable audiophile gear with a special focus on the low/mid budget line.
Due to my past experiences, I refuse to buy overpriced gear. I think it’s possible to have an amazing sound on the cheap, something one could only dream during the ’80s and ’90s.
My favorite headphones tend to very detailed on the treble with balanced mids and controlled deep bass. I hate veiled headphones, so please keep that in mind when reading any opinion I write around here.
My hearing is fine for now, but please keep in mind I’m almost 40 years old and I’m probably not as sensitive to higher frequencies as my younger self.
I originally started my blog on the Tumblr platform but in 2013 with the acquisition by Yahoo I felt the service was derailing, so I jumped to a paid one on WordPress.com.
After the move, my blog had a lot of shared posts from other Tumblr blogs but with time and a lot of patience, I finally purged most of that content, mostly because it looked awful with the WordPress formatting. I also deleted a lot of personal stuff along with those shared posts because it didn’t make any sense in the WordPress timeline.
Thru the years I wrote many blogs, most were dedicated to one subject and in Portuguese, with this one, I broke those rules and tried to write in English about various things I really enjoy (Ok, mostly Hi-Fi). It’s by far my oldest project online and was named after my job title “Journeyman” and the fact I have way too much tool boxes laying around.
Feel free to hang around, please note that sometimes due to my family or work schedules I might not write for long periods of time, but the blog is not abandoned and I still keep an eye on comments, likes, and subscriptions.
If by chance this blog doesn’t get updated for more than a year without warning, expect the worst. Yes, it’s depressing but I know some bloggers who kicked the bucket and their blogs still stay online like bottles in the ocean.
I’m mostly self–taught in English, after leaving school I became a pen-pal because I wanted to know more about the world, as a result, I had to improve a great deal my basic written English and I’m still learning to this day.
I understand Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French. The two last ones I can read and understand when spoken but I can’t write or speak.
I use public transports for everything, so I save a ton of money that I can use to buy gear and other nerdy stuff.
Sometimes I paint my own T-Shirts and jackets. I also love patches, pins, and stickers.
I’m a Sony and Beyerdynamic fanboy but will point the finger if they mess something up.
In 2018 I made a memorial to HeadWize and the work of the late Mr. Chu Moy, you can visit it at headwizememorial.wordpress.com. The main propose of the memorial is to honor the work and vision of Mr. Chu Moy by protecting his legacy as long as possible.