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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

Cowon J3 Info

Hello Algelopsaro!   Your observation is very relevant and, in a sense, correct. Here I make some observations: 1 - Strength and weight of sound - I do not know your PC, but it is quite natural that the sound from your PC (even an onboard sound card) has more weight and life than the Cowon J3, because of his higher output power . On the other hand, you lose a large part of the definition that J3 is capable of delivering; 2 - Brainwavz M1 - This is an amazing headphone, that costs very little, however, is greatly enhanced by a high output power, which is... read more

Glossary Of Terms

This is a work in progress. Please help us by fixing any glaring errors and writing useful and easy to understand definitions.   ACSS - An acronym for  "Audio-gd Current Signal System" which is a variation on the CAST (Current Audio Signal Transmission) circuit design developed by electronics manufacturer Krell and other similar concepts.  It is a means of coupling individual gain stages (either within a component or between two ACSS-connected components), which minimizes the audible effects of interconnect cables and potential impedance mismatches, as well as the need... read more

Hip Hop

    A Beginners Guide to Hip Hop       Historical breakdown of hip hop (Roots of Hip Hop, Old School Hip Hop, Golden Age Hip Hop, and New School Hip Hop)   The Roots of Hip Hop (B Boy / B Girl era involving true MCing and DJing which was highly influenced by graffiti).  Started in the early 70's with block parties located in New York City. Quote: Rap music emerged from block parties after ultra-competitive DJs isolated percussion breaks, those being the favorites among dancers, and MCs began speaking over the beats. -... read more

Headphone Impedance

  What is Headphone Impedance?   Headphone Impedance is the electrical characteristic of the headphone voice coil and magnetic field coupling of the voice coil & magnet inside the headphone. Impedance is an electrical unit which expresses the combined Resistance, Inductance and Capacitance of the headphone's voice coil. In terms of matching to an amplifier, the headphone impedance is the "Load Impedance". An amplifier drives a headphone with voltage, the current drawn by the headphone is proportional to the headphone's impedance.  As a rule of thumb, the... read more

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