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[DIY] Custom Listening Station v1 (pics inside)

Jose Hidalgo

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Hi guys,

Here are some pics of our DIY Custom Listening Station v1, aka CLS (for clearer sound obviously, because CLS, pun intended :facepalm: )

As some of you know, it's based on :
  • 1 Windows 10 laptop as source
  • 2 USB DACs (Topping E30)
  • 2 Headphone Amplifiers (Topping L30)
  • A collection of 5 headphones, 3 of which are currently and individually EQed when being used
  • An old wooden Ikea table
If you want to know how everything works, feel free to take a look at this topic. ;)

CLS v2 is already planned for next year :
  • First we will order some custom-made cables that will be easier to handle and to store, so they won't be hanging anymore :facepalm: ,
  • Then the red semi-transparent curtain will be replaced by a couple of hinged glass doors,
  • Finally, the old Ikea table will be replaced by a custom-made multi-purpose table that I'm currently 3D-designing (more on that later).

Now on to the good stuff :

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1. The four Topping boxes received from AOSHIDA-HiFi Audio Store (via AliExpress) :

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2. Unboxing of the L30, with its proper EU adapter that I specifically requested :

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3. Test assembly of the first stack (E30 + L30) :

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4. The hidden part of the table with all the cabling :

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5. Close-up of the multiple socket with all 4 power connections (2 E30 + 2 L30) :

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6. Integration of the Topping stacks INTO the table : left stack...

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7. ... and right stack :

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8. Outside view of the right stack :

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9. General view of the table from the right side (the left side is of course symmetrical) :

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10. The Custom Headphone Shelf - Front view :

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11. Side view :

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(from left to right : Sony MDR-CD1000 (25 y.o.) / Audioquest Nighthawk Carbon / Hifiman Sundara with Revised Earpads / Sennheiser HD600 / OneOdio Studio Pro 50)

12. Some headphone close-up shots : Sony...

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... Nighthawk...

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... Sundara...

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... HD600... (for the record we are one of the very few lucky people to have a restyled HD600 with the good old hinged Sennheiser case that isn't sold anymore :p Courtesy of Sennheiser France, kudos to them !)

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... and OneOdio :

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I hope you like it ! We certainly do. :D

This is of course a work in progress. More pics to follow upon further enhancements. ;)
 
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Awesome, a perfect work in progress.

I have a romanticized image of a dim neon lit music listening booth. Just my imagination.
The laughing emoji, sadly, it must be noted once again is sadly missing so take this one instead :facepalm:

Love this idea of embedded listening station.

Red stitching on One Odio is very chique.
Nice living room, lots of space and room for development, like a studio
Pic #4 is that a little friendly doggo in the right corner of the picture?
- Or it could be my imagination and it is a dangerously high stiletto. o_O

Very excited to see the development/ results of CLS V2.0!

Goodluck!
 
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Thanks buddy :) I'll post more pictures in the future, hopefully with better lighting and composition. For now I just wanted to share our success in making v1 work despite all the hurdles. :D

We are both amateur dancers, so our living room has space and a wooden floor for us to practice. It was one of the pre-requisites when I was looking for this place.

Pic 4 : the flurry white thing is tinsel. We don't have animals (yet !). The black thing below is indeed a stiletto. ;)
 
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Oh dude that's so cool, I had written also "lots of room to move around" but I deleted that cause I thought it sounded weird haha.

We are both amateur dancers,
The black thing below is indeed a stiletto.
Sounds like I had you sussed out! No laughing emoji so: :facepalm:
 
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I'm happy to announce that we've officially moved to v1.5 : hinged glass doors, plus a new headphone : the Meze 99 Classics Walnut/Gold, just because they're pretty :D (plus because they're closed, so we will need them when we can resume living normally and travelling). Sadly the 25 y.o. Sony MDR-CD1000 has been trashed : it was too old and had sound glitches.

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Future improvements :
  • Inside lighting by a dimmable RGB LED strip
  • Custom-made cables (we've officially requested them, but the guy in charge may take some time)
  • Finally, the old Ikea table will be replaced by a custom-made multi-purpose table that I'm still 3D-designing. We're not in a hurry for that part, because it will be a really heavy piece of furniture (more than 100 kg), so maybe we will move first to a new location. In other words, it could take several years, so don't expect it anytime soon. But here's a 3D drawing to give you an idea. ;)
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I'm happy to announce that we've officially moved to v1.5 : hinged glass doors, plus a new headphone : the Meze 99 Classics Walnut/Gold, just because they're pretty :D (plus because they're closed, so we will need them when we can resume living normally and travelling). Sadly the 25 y.o. Sony MDR-CD1000 has been trashed : it was too old and had sound glitches.

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Future improvements :
  • Inside lighting by a dimmable RGB LED strip
  • Custom-made cables (we've officially requested them, but the guy in charge may take some time)
  • Finally, the old Ikea table will be replaced by a custom-made multi-purpose table that I'm still 3D-designing. We're not in a hurry for that part, because it will be a really heavy piece of furniture (more than 100 kg), so maybe we will move first to a new location. In other words, it could take several years, so don't expect it anytime soon. But here's a 3D drawing to give you an idea. ;)
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Well done. I like the glas windows, and, of course, the phones... (Vous semblez être le seul sur ASR qui connait de la poussière, on en a beaucoup ici, à Berlin, aussi. Pas possible de laisser les casques sans protection pour plus qu'un jour. Et d'ailleurs: "Longtemps je me suis casqué de bonne heure.")
 
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