I listen in several places, which I might later memorialize with pictures once they’re less of a mess:
Home Office and Roaming
I have a standing desk at which I do most of my work, and I also tend to roam about the house a lot and like to take my headphones with me when I do. My “work breaks” often consistent of chores like washing dishes, picking up after the kids, etc., which I find less tedious when accompanied by some good music. For this reason, I typically keep my headphones (right now the HD58X) connected to my LG V20 during the day.
My desk does hold a Magni 3 fed by Roon via a Chromecast or Raspberry Pi with Hifiberry, which I can use if I want something more powerful, but other than for writing reviews I basically never use the Magni 3 with headphones. At this point it’s just a glorified volume control for my LSR305 monitors.
My home office also contains an Ikea POÄNG armchair in which I take breaks from standing. A small side table next to the chair provides a place to rest my LG V20 while I sit, as well as a Garage 1217 Ember II when I’m inclined that way. I can feed the Ember from Roon via another Raspberry Pi with Hifiberry. I used to enjoy the ember with the DT 1990, but now that I’m down to the LCD2C and HD58X I basically never use it anymore. I’ll probably keep it around for future headphones/headphone tests, but it might end up in my cabinet only to appear on-demand.
In the evenings, I like to listen in my bedroom, where I keep another POÄNG chair next to my bedside table, on which reside a Topping NX4 strapped to a Raspberry Pi as well as an LCD2C in a custom display case that my wife gifted me. I used to feed the NX4 from Roon to drive my LCD2C for some smooth and mellow evening listening. Lately, I’m actually finding that I really love the sound of LG V20 -> Topping NX4 -> HD58X, so my current evening setup is the same as my roaming setup with the NX4 inserted into the chain as amplifier.
When I get to my coworking space (which is rarer than I’d like), I simply grab my Revonext QT2’s and drive those from my iPhone SE. Using the Equalizer App I’m able to EQ these naturally bright IEMs to something more to my liking, and the iPhone SE drives them well enough.
In case anyone wonders why my house has been overrun by POÄNG armchairs, it’s because I find them supremely comfortable. They cradle my body in a way that avoids pressure points and almost gives me the impression of floating in mid air, great for listening without distraction! The sitting position also allows me to comfortably accommodate my laptop, which makes it well suited to my office. They’re dirt cheap and unlike typical American armchairs take up very little space, and their mid-century modern aesthetic suits my own sensibilities.