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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

Jvc Ha Fx34 Marshmallow Kramer Mod

Here you go!! Compared to a stock phone, this mod makes them brighter and increases upper mids and treble, so its no longer overwhelmed by the bass. If you already find the FX33 too bright or harsh, you may not like this mod. If you find the FX33 muddy, bass-bloated or congested this might be a mod for you. Readers should also note that this mod is not-reversible. First you have to pull off the foam tips. Just gently pull them off with your fingers. They slide off with a little tugging. Once the foam tips are off, grasp the gray rubber tube with some pliers and pull... read more

Beyerdynamic Dt48

In the following days I will be describing their various sounds, model differences, & ohms throughout the ages that even some research papers were written about them.  Models include The DT48A SN108 from 1951 The DT48S NAGRA from the mid 50's The DT48S NAGRA from 1968 The DT48E from the 1970's The DT48A from the 1970's or 80's (suspected) The DT48E from the 1980's The DT48E from 1991 The DT48A from 2005 The DT48E from 2008 read more

Markl Denon Ah D5000 Mods

---------------------------11/09 UPDATE------------------------- Please note: I no longer recommend stuffing of the ear cups with Fiberloft and have not for some time (stuffing pads is still strongly recommended). If you are intent on trying it, please be prepared to remove it when you discover the effect is not always positive in all areas. About This Mod This mod is the result of a painstaking (and painful!) process I started some time ago, trying to get the stock Denon AH-D5000 headphone to sound right. I have gone through 4 separate D5000s, and dozens of... read more

Frequency Response Of Headphones

Let's talk about speakers to begin with, their optimal frequency response is supposed to be a flat line from 20 to 20000 Hz. It means if fed by an input signal composed of varying frequencies at the same level (voltage), they will measure the same volume on a dB meter. It has nothing to do with the frequency distribution of the music itself, but merely ensures that the frequency distribution (tonal balance) of the music will not be changed by the speaker. If the music is bass heavy, the speaker will reproduce a bass heavy sound, if it has a lot of treble, they will... read more

Buying Guide Headphones By Price Range

Use in combination with: A Hopefully Helpful Headphone Buying Guide for Newbies By Boomana     AMP # 0 - amp useless, or worse 1 - amp unnecessary 2 - amp recommended 3 - amp needed 4 - amp included   PREFIX !!! - specific version(s) have problems DC - discontinued XE - fakes are common CO - must be Custom Ordered from manufacturer DJ - good for DJ work: Good seal, rotating cups, stands up to abuse   Format: PREFIX - AMP # - Full Name (version) [price range in USD]: notes Under $20 IEM 1, 2 - Kanen KM-92 Wooden IEM... read more

Ultrasone Owner S Guide The Missing Manual

Originally by DexDexter. The Missing Manual: A User’s Guide to Ultrasone With apologies to David Pogue and inspiration courtesy of Mr. Terry Britton, I have assembled some of the knowledge that I have acquired through my own personal experience with Ultrasone headphones into a one-stop post covering different aspects potentially of interest to fellow users. With many products in this day and age, truly usable “real world” instructions provided by the manufacturer can be difficult to come by, and Ultrasone is certainly no exception. For a range of products that... read more

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