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post #16 of 47
I feel your pain - literally! I found the higher up the food-chain I go equipment-wise, the worse it gets - as the ability of the equipment to resolve the detail in digital source gets better and better, it sounds less and less 'nice'. Specifically regarding DACs, it doesn't seem to matter what manufacturers / reviewers say about how 'natural' sounding, or 'refined' or 'not harsh' DAC x, y or z is - it's all comparative, and they are wrong. It's a bit like saying that Killimanjaro is sooo much better ( lower ) than Everest. It's still freeeking high! If you know what I mean.

Anyway, digital isn't going away, so I'm determined to configure my rig to counter the effects. So far - FLAC into NOS DAC into hybrid tube amp and AKG K340's / HD 600's on the other end. Copper-core interconnects everywhere. Definately better than it was, although some recordings are still unlistenable - although thats as much to do with terrible mastering as anything else.
post #17 of 47
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Originally Posted by Arjisme View Post
Does this mean you do not use your headphones with your turntable?
I do use my headphones when using the turntable as well. My head never hurts when running analog.
post #18 of 47
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Originally Posted by Sgt-Pluck View Post
I feel your pain - literally! I found the higher up the food-chain I go equipment-wise, the worse it gets - as the ability of the equipment to resolve the detail in digital source gets better and better, it sounds less and less 'nice'. Specifically regarding DACs, it doesn't seem to matter what manufacturers / reviewers say about how 'natural' sounding, or 'refined' or 'not harsh' DAC x, y or z is - it's all comparative, and they are wrong. It's a bit like saying that Killimanjaro is sooo much better ( lower ) than Everest. It's still freeeking high! If you know what I mean.
A profound comment here that's not commonly seen around here. I think I definitely agree with you. I haven't started having headaches, but my interest in further detail is not there. I just wish for optimum balance and tonality.
post #19 of 47
I also was getting mild headaches when listening with headphones for 30+ minutes - especially as the music got more detailed or had a more separated/panned mix. I added a passive crossfeed ckt and now that's no longer a problem.
post #20 of 47
Get a valve amp or go back to turntable.
post #21 of 47
That is strange... better go and see a doctor, it might not be something related to digital and you said you never had it before...
post #22 of 47
you're getting headaches because there's something wrong with your brain, nothing to do with digital, go and see a doctor you may have brain cancer or be dehydrated.
post #23 of 47
Computer audio is a noisy, jitter filled medium. Try something like a highface usb or JET/firewire interface and you may be happier as they have very good clocking. Of course you often also need to get a better DAC to go along with it. I always found cheap digital hard to work with.
post #24 of 47
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Originally Posted by goodvibes View Post
Computer audio is a noisy, jitter filled medium...
Troll alert!
post #25 of 47
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Originally Posted by goodvibes View Post
Computer audio is a noisy, jitter filled medium.
especially on the Musiland 02US w/ its cheapo OP275 opamps and nasty SMPS that's completely polluting the inside of its case...oops, did I just say that
post #26 of 47
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Troll alert!
Because we don't agree? Different side of the same coin. I was recommending ways to make his computer perform better, not dump it. If you ever heard good 24/96 recordings, you'd understand that 16 bit is limited in any form. Doesn't mean it's not a viable source or that analog TTs aren't all over the place too but welcome the good digital and don't just settle. Bit perfect is the call of those that need reassuring.
post #27 of 47
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Originally Posted by HyperDuel View Post
My head hurts when listening to anything digital ... Any idea what should I do?
The quality is too high for you. You can reduce the quality by re-encoding at 128 kbps or less. You should probably also introduce some pops and clicks (and a little background hiss) using a vinyl effects audio filter available in programs like Audacity. That should fix ya right up.
post #28 of 47
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Originally Posted by HyperDuel View Post
I'm so damn drunk when I type every post.
I just noticed the above in your signature. Does the problem worsen depending how drunk or sober you are? The alcohol could be throwing your circadian rhythms off so that they are no longer in sync with the digital clock on your audio source.
post #29 of 47
crossfeed could also help, because crosstalk is bad on analog gear and WAY higher in digital audio.

Crossfeed - Wikipedia
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Removing the source of pain and headaches which are felt by a small fraction of listeners.
this VST plugin is great: VNoPhones
post #30 of 47
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Originally Posted by goodvibes View Post
Because we don't agree? Different side of the same coin. I was recommending ways to make his computer perform better, not dump it. If you ever heard good 24/96 recordings, you'd understand that 16 bit is limited in any form. Doesn't mean it's not a viable source or that analog TTs aren't all over the place too but welcome the good digital and don't just settle. Bit perfect is the call of those that need reassuring.
Are you saying that you can't play 24/96 recordings using a computer? I do so with my Mac here. They're flac files from HDTracks.com.
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