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Headphone Buying Guide

((This post will constantly be in a work in progress, the headphone world is constantly changing with new competitors and my goal is to keep this up to date with as much detail as possible. This will be no easy goal and I'm asking your help to correct any information, or add any as needed! A PM will yield best results when looking to change anything here.)) Before reading this thread I want everyone to realize that sound is subjective. Something that one person may find to be a great headphone may in-fact sound terrible to the next person. We all experience sound... 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

Basic Guide To In Ear Canalphones

[Disclaimer]This guide may contain error(s) and is only meant to provide general / basic information for new in-ear-canalphones users. Some information within this guide has been copied or modified from the Etymotic, Shure, Headwize, Headroom and Wikipedia websites. Not all are referenced within the article, but links to the original pages have all been listed at the end (reference section). The credit and thanks goes to the original writer/companies for providing the information online and  for free. Thanks. This guide is also hosted at: InEarMatters.net. If you... 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

A Hopefully Helpful Headphone Buying Guide For Newbies By Boomana

[ The following is an original work by boomana, posted on 4/12/09 ]   I’ve thought of writing a thread like this for at least a year, but since I’m home with a cold, and nothing better to do, I thought I’d start it out. It’s meant to provide basic pointers for newbies who might be a little overwhelmed, as many of us were when we first found this site. I tried to think of all the threads I’ve seen and what might be helpful in general terms. You can agree with me on things or not, and that’s fine. These are just my thoughts. Please forgive the typos I’m sure are... read more

Foobar2000 A Guide To Set Up

.... Foobar2000 is a media player very popular in the world of Head-fi for good reason. If you’re reading this it is assumed you know more or less what it is. This is meant as a guide to get a functioning and reasonably good looking foobar up and running with minimal fuss. I don’t pretend to know half of what foobar is capable of but I was prompted to look for an up-to-date guide, and I couldn’t find one. The online resource for foobar2000 is at Hydrogen Audio. Any specific problems have probably already been answered there.   This guide is far from finished,... 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

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

Describing Sound A Glossary

The following list is a compilation of terms commonly used by Audio buffs to describe sound and sound equipment. Credit goes to fordgtlover for creating the original list which can be found here. These are not terms or definitions based on any individual's point-of-view.but rather information that is already available in the public domain. As such, the virtue or accuracy of any of this information can not be guaranteed It serves only to help and inform. I'm sure that this list is not exhaustive, but it is a pretty good starting point. Audio Glossary Audio... read more

List of lossless and high-res music (FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, DSD, DXD etc.) download sites

People regularly ask about where to buy CD quality or hi-res downloads (legitimately!) so here is a list of sites I know of. Please post a comment if there are any I've missed. Note that they must have music available in a lossless or high-res format available.   Format guide: CD Quality = 16 bit, 44.1 kHz PCM. Hi-res = Any of 24 bit; 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 or 192 kHz PCM. DSD = Direct Stream Digital ie: SACD-type files that requires special playback software that can convert the files to PCM on playback or a DAC that can receive the DSD data unchanged. DXD =... read more

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