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A Mere Mortals Guide To Why Bose Headphones Suck

Audio newbies are often surprised to find that Bose products are not well-thought-of by more experienced audio experts. Bose's highly competent marketing and high prices lead many average consumers to believe that their products are high-quality. Friction can develop between people who've always heard that Bose products are great, and people who have explained many times what's wrong with them. In-depth enthusiasts who would start a wiki with a title like this see a need to differentiate themselves as enthusiasts. Despite falling for basically the same marketing... read more

Bioeq Rockbox

    BioEQ for Rockbox is a fascinating EQ setup designed with the iRiver H140 originally in mind. The files have been given to me, FLACvest, by HiFlight. I first heard of this EQ from Dr. Xin Xin’s Cool Talk massage boards back in the day when Head-Fi was new and I was trying to figure out what the heck an operational amplifier was. I have since adapted BioEQ to sound good on the Sansa Fuze; I suspect it will do wonders for iPods and other devices.      The key feature of BioEQ is the design of the low shelf; peak filters 1, 2, and 3; high shelf filters, their Q... read more

Information Sonic Differences Between Dt770 Dt990

  Hi All,   This is Zombie_X chiming in here. I have started this large information thread to help those who want a beyerdynamic headphone, but do not know what they sound like and or trying to pick one to suit their set-up. Since I have heard all of the models from 32Ohm-600Ohm's in their current production line, I thought I'd make this thread.   I thought for once and for all I would do something about the abundance of threads regarding sonic differences between all the DT770, DT880, and DT990 models at all impedances. This thread will be the most... read more

Headphones I Own In Order Of Preference

      This is a review of the 20 best headphones I currently own with some added stuff at the end.  I made the choice to review both full-size and IEMs in this comparative review.  I was originally going to make this just a wiki, but as I put more and more effort into it I started to want to share it in the forum.   Very briefly I want to clarify a few things: My home rig is the MSB Platinum DAC iii and the amps I use are the TTVJ Millett 307a as well as the Larocca PRII MKii.  I've had the fortune of also auditioning most of these headphones on the Apex... read more

How To Create Your Own Board By Photo Etching

Fred_Fred asked to see the method I use to make my boards. Here is the technique I use to make them:   First, you need a few basic supplies.     Transparency film Positive resist copper clad board Positive developer solution Exposure light (I built my own)   Not shown: Laser or inkjet printer (pick transparency film compatible with your printer) Plastic trays to develop and etch in One or two pieces of glass of plastic sheet (I use two sheets of glass I cut from an old window)   I also have a couple of optional items that make my life... read more

Shure Se Series Models Naming

SExy0. x=Model Class y=Number of drivers   EX: Shure SE420, x=4, y=2, Thus, the headphone is in the 4th model class, and contains two drivers.   [Original Poster] In My Honest Opinion: 210 is like E3 310 is like E4 420 is like E5 530 is like E500 read more

What Makes An Audiophile

I thought this was incredibly well said, so I'm putting it here: Quote: Originally Posted by PANGES  In my opinion, an audiophile is anyone who can appreciate sound quality. Isn't that really why we're here in the first place? To find headphones that have the particular sound quality that best suits our tastes?   By definition, the word audiophile: audio refers to sound and phile refers to love or being passionate for. So if you're an audiophile, you should just love sound or appreciate good sound quality.    I personally don't... read more

Reference Recordings

  • by LFF

Also see thread - http://www.head-fi.org/t/108584/the-best-audiophile-tracks-to-test-equipment   This is going to be a list of reference recordings that we can all use to demo not only our headphones, but any part of our systems - speakers, amps, etc.   STARTING OFF: --------------------------------------------------------   Pink Floyd - The Wall 2 CD's Housed in Fat Box Catalog Numbers (all have same mastering): CDCBS 88485 (CBS Austria DADC-A) C2K 36183 (Columbia 1985 US/Japan 2-3 Denon) C2K 36183 (Columbia 1986 US 4-5 DADC) CDCBS 88485 (CBS... read more

Impedance Resistance

I posted this in another thread, and I notice that there are quite a few people asking about it so I thought it might warrant a thread of it's own. I wrote all of this fairly quickly, and I'm not sure I understand all of the concepts perfectly. I know there are quite a few other people here who probably understand this beter than me, so correct me if I state anything incorrectly. I found pretty much all the other info I read on the subject to be accurate, but sometimes misleading. Here is my explaination of why resistors help sound quality, and why lower impedance... read more

A Quick Guide To Lossless Versus Lossy Music Files

Lossless: Lossless means that, digitally, regardless of the format the file is stored in, there is no loss of data. The raw digital music file format types in common use are AIFF and WAV. The most common compressed digital music file format types are FLAC and ALAC.   FLAC and ALAC compress the file, much like Zip compresses a regular file, but more efficiently for audio information.   FLAC has different levels of compression, trading off file size for the amount of processing power required to compress and decompress the... read more

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