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Comparisons of LCD-2 Rev. 1 and Rev. 2

With the death of the massive LCD-2 thread, I thought maybe a wiki was a little more appropriate: So I’ve had an evening with both my LCD-2 revisions and here are a few thoughts... Ergonomics/Aesthetics Upon first glance it is very easy to dismiss these two as “identical twins”, but upon closer inspection there are a few subtle differences. First off, the wood on the Rev. 2 is a lighter shade than my older LCD-2s (purchased last September) and the finish of the wood is a little more “polished” and professional in appearance on the newer version. However, I think I... read more

Quick Set Up Guide For Mac Os X And Itunes

If you've just bought a Mac but don't know how to get started, here is a very quick guide to essential settings for ripping CDs and changing the system audio output.   Setting up iTunes for CD ripping:   Open up iTunes. Go into the Preferences (in the iTunes menu). In the Import Settings you want to select either Apple Lossless Encoder or AIFF (the former has smaller file sizes but no loss of music data) and, most importantly, check the box for error correction.     Connecting your DAC:   As for connecting your DAC, you can use USB if available or... read more

Foobar2000 Appearance Customization Skins Themes Configs

Disclaimer: Since there is already a (very helpful) wiki about setting up Foobar "Foobar2000 A Guide To Set Up" This is intented to be a guide to tweak appearance only.   Planned to cover the Default User Interface and Columns User interface with the most popular configurations out there.     1. Introduction Foobar2000, One of the most versatile music players for windows, Highly regarded for its excel sound quality and its customizable user interface. You can download it here and it is free. ...... writers block.....       2. Default User... read more

Best Video Game Soundtracks

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time   Vampire Bloodlines   Doom 3   Quake   Diablo II   Castlevania   Metal Gear Solid 4   Sonic The Hedgehog 2   The Neverhood and Skullmonkeys games - These are quite easily the best soundtracks ever.  I have both games.         Support the artist and buy Imaginarium: songs from the neverhood (includes both soundtracks from neverhood, skullmonkeys as well as boombots)  from   http://www.danielamos.com/store/index.html   Street Fighter... read more

Stax Lambda Primer For Electrostat Newbies

  • by vrln

Introduction:   This article is an attempt at writing a small guide for getting into the world of Stax electrostatic headphones. I personally just bought my first Stax system and I´ve never been this impressed by any gear so far during my headphone hobby. The world of Stax headphones can look a bit scary: confusing codenames for products, not many reviews out there and limited availability. I was completely confused when I first got interested in electrostatic headphones and did a lot of reading all over the internet. Personally I feel Stax gear is not really... read more

Paypal Friend Or Foe

    PayPal erupted on the scene many years ago as a new way to get paid for purchasing goods on the internet. It was a revolutionary idea whose time had come. It was a service that many of us had wished that we had especially when we were selling goods on the internet. We would have to wait for personal check to clear and also for the money orders to arrive. It would slow our buying and selling process down by waiting and buyers backing out and the insecurity of when you bought something you paid for with a money order or a personal check always wondering if the... read more

High Res Music Download Sites

HighResAudio http://www.highresaudio.com/   2L- the Nordic Sound http://www.2l.no/   AIX Records http://aixrecords.com/   Blue Coast Records http://bluecoastrecords.com/   Bowers and Wilkins - Society of Sound http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/Society_of_Sound/Society_of_Sound/Music   Cantaloupe Music http://www.cantaloupemusic.com/   Chesky Records http://chesky.com/   Gimell Records (96k/24bit, 48k/24bit, 44.1k/16bit of the The Tallis Scholars) http://www.gimell.com/   HDTracks https://www.hdtracks.com/   High Res... read more

Impedance Matching

  Quote: Originally Posted by mamba315    Now, my question would be whether it is common practice for manufacturers to include a buffer on headphone amps before the gain section.  Is it always done, or is it sometimes done and sometimes not?  Could this be why some amps receive wildly different reviews, or is "synergy" and "taste" still the most likely culprit?     This is an interesting question, but requires a little thought about the nature of impedence and AC signals.   Unfortunately, it's not quite as simple as just adding a... read more

Ibasso Balanced Portable System

Developing a portable listening system that has the ability to provide balanced and single ended audio to headphones.  The purpose for this setup is to have a system that "approaches" desktop performance and provides a learning playground.   Using a portable DAC that has balanced output to a portable amplifier that has both balanced and singled ended inputs and outputs.  I am starting out with the iBasso system and will expand this as new equipment is purchased.  The first iteration with be with the stock PB2 and DB1 using iBasso cable between the units.  Sources will... read more

Hi End Cables

Audio Cables are quite an interesting topic. Their performance is based on the following:    1.) Physical build stress handling capability, ever wonder why cheap cables introduce noise when they are twisted and turned?   Mainly because the fibers inside them are constantly coming in and out of contact which changes the inductive reactantance in them to make the cable suddenly shift its characteristics and introduce noise due to the change. Good cables do not have this problem as they are more sturdy and have the outer coating to be more flexible and not allow... read more

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