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iBasso DX100 FAQ

As there are so many repeat questions in the DX100 thread, yet the thread is growing at an amazing rate, burying the answers, this F.A.Q. on the DX100 has been created.     Firmware:   The latest firmware is available from iBasso.com here  v1.4.2 (ZIP compressed file).   Previous firmware here -- v1.3.7 (ZIP compressed file). Alternatively, since iBasso.com tends to be down from time to time, member dhobsd keeps a directory containing all release versions here (TX, US). You can also find v.1.2.7 from member Sorensiim, (compressed zip here, uncompressed image file here,... read more

Comparisons of the LCD-3 and the LCD-2 Rev. 2

I've spent the better part of two nights going back and forth between these two headphones. Just my personal thoughts made from the notes that I took...two cents as they say....likely worth that.   As a bit of a backdrop, here are my thoughts on the differences between the R1 and R2 LCD-2s:   http://www.head-fi.org/a/comparisons-of-lcd-2-rev-1-and-rev-2     Ergonomics/Aesthetics Both headphones look like they’re part of the same family with some distinctions (kinda like the Baldwin brothers I guess). I prefer the darker wood colour of the LCD-2s, but... read more

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

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