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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

Syncing music and making playlists work with the Astell & Kern AK100 and a Mac

  I figured out how to create playlists on my Mac and put them on the AK100. It's a bit of a PITA but it works.   First, I use Markspace Android Sync to copy the iTunes playlists and music I want to my micro SD card. I first set that up to tell it the types of files that can be played, as the default doesn't include m4a, and others. This re-creates the playlists in a folder/directory named Markspace/Playlists on the SD card and puts the music in Markspace/Music.  I open up those playlists in BBEdit and change the paths from "../Music" to "/mnt/SD0/Music" (Note!... 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

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

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

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

List of major HiFiMan HE1000 reviews, impressions and videos.

Miceblue's Unboxing Hifiguy528's unboxing:   negura, followup and followup II against speakers Sennheiser HD-800s [modded] HiFiMan HE-6s [modded] Audeze LCD-3F [modded]   money4me247 HiFiMan HE-560 Audeze LCD-X AKG K7xx, K553 Pro Audeze EL-8 (closed) MrSpeakers Alpha Prime Oppo PM-3   chowmein83 HiFiMan HE-400i and Sennheiser HD700   Cotnijoe HiFiMan HE560   Kayandjohn, followup and followup II Sennheiser HD 800 Grado PS1000 With 5 amps: CEntrance HiFi M8 Sennheiser HDVD 800 Joseph Grado HPA-1 HiFiMan EF5, EF6.   daltonlanny Compared... 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

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

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