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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

mp3tag setup guide

How to use mp3tag to edit and properly tag your music files (Particularly FLAC and mp3 files).       Using mp3 tag to properly clean and edit your tags for both DX100 and Hisound Products (keep in mind this can apply to many other DAPs in general):   The directions below are in large part dealing with the Hisound products but you can use them as well to get your DX100 to properly show tags and music in general. I do not recommend having more than 1 type of tag embedded into the file. I do use ID3V2 though on mp3 files on the DX100 where I want the album art... read more

AKG K1000 - A collection of information and links

This is a compendium of K1000 knowledge that was sitting unused in the catacombs of head-fi.  It was originally posted by krmathis and I thought I'd ressurect it here for everyone's benefit.   Original thread here.  Main posts follow:   Here you find information, links to reviews, impressions, recommendations, and more for the AKG K1000 headphone. I have been missing a central place for all this, so I decided to create one. Hope you find it useful.  Thanks to 'Richter Di' for his 'Everything about the K-1000 (K1000)' thread, which got me thinking about... read more

Anatomy Of An Earphone

Strain Relief: Molded rubber or other flexible material where the cable connects to the earpiece. Housing: The 'chassis' of the earphone; Where the driver is located along with crossovers and tuning ports (if any.) Filter: Sometimes replaceable (ex. Etymotic earphones); Prevents earwax and other debris from entering the housing and affecting the driver. Nozzle: Neck or tube-like portion on the end of the housing. Rubber, foam, or silicon flanges are attached here. Cable: Typically cloth-sheathed or rubber, connects the 3.5mm jack to the... read more

Rs1 Version Guide

  INTRODUCTION: There's a lot of discussion about the RS1 and its variants lately. I thought it might be nice to have a new reference thread on this topic, with lots of pictures. I don't know the exact year that the RS1 was created, but the first review I've found is the famous Wes Phillips article from 1996. This seems to point to a beginning for the phone in 1995, and the earliest sale date on record (as listed below) is 1995.  Stereophile Review: Stereophile: Grado Reference Series One Headphones Now, the headphone in that review is definitely pretty... read more

Explanation Of Amp Pre Amp Headphone Amp

Quote: Originally Posted by Br777 also why are people calling it a pre-amp and what is the difference between an amp and a pre-amp Hello Br777, pcf already answered this, but I'll put it in different words. The amplifier is the device that drives the speakers. Its only role is to amplify a small (line-level) audio signal to create a powerful signal that can push speakers in and out. A pre-amplifier is a device that preceeds the amplifier. The pre-amplifier determines what the amplifier is amplifying.... 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

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

The ClieOS's List

This is my list of IEM ranking, originated from my Concise Multi-IEM Comparison that has been discontinued and now stands as a simplified independent list that will continued to receive update. Scroll up and down for ranking, left and right for sound signature. Note: This is only a personal assessment and far from be-all-ends-all of a guide. It should be seen as as starting point of your own research, rather than an easy workaround that could cost you more down the road. The fact is, there is no simple way to fully evaluate an IEM and certainly no universal consensus... read more

STAX SR-007 (Omega II) ... A Review After 4 Years Of Ownership - darth nut's epic review.

[This review was originally posted in 2003 on Head-Fi. Darth nut is a psychoacoustician and his review is considered to be the most epic headphone review ever written. While the detail he goes into psycho acoustics and "headstage" are too overwhelming for most people I believe his write-up would deserve a place in Head-Fi's Hall of Fame, if we had one. I've re-formatted it so it fits in the forum better. -- Currawong.]     STAX SR-007 (OMEGA II) … A REVIEW AFTER 4 YEARS OF OWNERSHIP  A madman is one who ‘hears voices in his head’.  Headphone-user: ‘you... read more

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