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post #76 of 84
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Jahn -

Pioneer PL-530
Audio Technica Lab 12S

Also, I have set up a dual stereo configuration, so that I can switch back and for using the Main/Remote buttons on the reciever. The sub is hooked up through the Pre Out on the reciever. I think I'll probably just leave it like this for now, and possibly upgrade my speakers further in the future (or mayble I'll just buy the towers anyways).

I did re-rip about half a dozen of my favorite CD's at 256 kbps AAC and A/B'ed them with the 128 kbps versions and couldn't hear a difference. I also tried 128 kbps vs. CD's (through my Panasonic HTIB reciever) and couldn't really hear any of a difference there either. I guess for my ears I don't really see highly compressed music as enough of a reason to just give up, and not get other audio equipment. Maybe someday if I get a good enough setup that I can actually hear the downfalls of lossy compression then I'll upgrade my source, but right now it's not a concern.
post #77 of 84
I think you owe yourself a vacation with your friends instead, cause you don't understand "crap in crap out".
post #78 of 84
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I honestly don't hear ANY difference at all when using 128 kbps vs. 256 kbps or even CD's.

What am I supposed to be hearing from my compressed music? Tons of artifacts? Background static? Hiss? Or just 'not as full and lively sound"?

If it's the last one, I guess I just don't notice. If it's the other ones I don't know how I'm missing such obvious flaws.
post #79 of 84
I think the reason why you A/B'd 128kbps with a CD and still didn't find a significant difference in SQ was the fact that you were using a laptop with stock sound card and an ipod w/pocketdock. Ipod w/pocketdock is decent, but still can be improved. The next purchase I make is either going to be a good firewire/usb soundcard or a dedicated cd player. I'm in college and know how funds are limited at times for many of us, so I suggest that you stick with what you've got right now. My philosophy is to stay mid-fi in college and work hard for that good paying job, then make financial investments that yield interest, and get into hi end audio when im in my early to late 30's and straight out splurge on that dream audio system. Then again, you shouldn't gamble on stocks and mutual funds like me .
post #80 of 84
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Well, I did the A/B test vs. the CD with my Panasonic reciever, but I don't have any high end source, so I guess that might be my problem. I'm not really interested in getting a dedicated source right now, so I think I may just stick with what I have until I get more moeny (after college). I do have some money in stocks, but I doubt I'll have any of it left after paying for college and hopefully putting a down payment on a house.
post #81 of 84
Seeing how your parents are nice enough to give you vintage high end audio gear, I think it's time to ask mom and dad for help paying a mortgage for a home when the time comes. Seriously though, keep your investments where they are or reinvest in something else. When you get a full time job, use that money to pay for your down payment on a home. If you sell off your stocks and mutual funds and decide you want to invest again at a future time, you'll have to pay brokerage commission fees all over again.
post #82 of 84
You know, that turntable isn't half bad. Get yourself a new cartridge on the turntable (like one of the entry-level Grado ones!) and start listening to vinyl! That turntable will pair REALLY nicely with your beautiful receiver there.
post #83 of 84
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Originally Posted by Aman
You know, that turntable isn't half bad. Get yourself a new cartridge on the turntable (like one of the entry-level Grado ones!) and start listening to vinyl! That turntable will pair REALLY nicely with your beautiful receiver there.
I agree! Get a fresh cart, put a record on that has a track that is the same on your ipod, and compare the two. I think you'll be a happy guy when you hear the difference.
post #84 of 84

 

Brian eno found this cool way to get surround- like effects without a surround receiver. I use it and it fools people all the time.

(Most folks don't care if they can't pinpoint the exact spacial location of a falling raindropsmily_headphones1.gif)

 

Definitely worth trying with a pair of small thrift store speakers. It's very spacey and trippy, and simple to set up.

 

 

Check it:

 

http://music.hyperreal.org/artists/brian_eno/onland-txt.html

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