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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

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

Syncing music and making playlists work with the Astell & Kern AK100 or AK120 and a Mac.

I figured out how to create playlists on my Mac and put them on the original AK100. It's a bit of a PITA but it works.   October 30, 2015 update: New method NOTE: This has issues with what happens when files are dragged into the terminal and needs a bit of tweaking to work properly.   1. Export playlists of music that you want on your AK100 or AK120 from iTunes. Select a playlist and go to File > Library > Export Playlist... for each file and put them in a single folder (directory) with no other files. This is important.  2. Create a folder (directory) where you... read more

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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

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  advertise@head-fi.org   Brand advocates are created through support of Head-Fi's niche communities. Head-Fi's communities are where enthusiasts gather to discuss brands and products. Supporting brands are appreciated by these communities. Many of these members will naturally become your biggest fans. Fans of your brand influence others within the community and everywhere else: on and... read more

Flawless Album Suggestions

Well, I think it is safe to say anyone reading this article is an Audiophile, Audiophile wannabe or somewhere between the two. I also think that the threads on this website are a great resource for any grade of audiophile to mine for new and excellent music to discover. One of the threads I found to be interesting and very helpful is the Flawless Album Suggestion thread. What is a "Flawless Album"? Well here is the definition as laid out in post 1 of the thread   "The criteria is simple: Original albums only, no live album, no greatest hits album, no Classical album... 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

The Audiophile Scene in a Third World Country - FUN READ

This will be a cathartic experience on my part since I haven’t written for a while after leaving The Huffington Post.   A little background, I live in NYC but was brought up in Bangladesh (used as a representative third world country among many others). Those who have not heard of the place – open up a world map (do they still have those – or has Google Maps killed it already?) – and look to the right side of India. I sort of proudly say to all that I am Bangladeshi even though “officially” I’m from Wisconsin. But this article (or whatever you want to call it) is about... 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

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