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There's a bitperfect iphone app? I have an android, so I'm pretty ignorant here, but I figured you'd need to at a minimum jailbreak to get that kind of customizability.

I think it only works for computer based Apple.  (iMac, Macbook..)

 

Here is the link.

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bitperfect/id455545700?mt=12


Ohhh, Sorry, PC user, I didn't realize there were apps for Macs now. My bad, thanks for the info. I have heard of that before, it's supposed to work incredibly well.

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For MacOSX the choice of audio software is rather large :
- Audirvana (works in bitperfect, integrates in itunes and allows to add FLAC to an itunes playlists),
- Amarra (completely over priced),
- Decibel (needs some further improvement : last time I tried it the audio signal experienced some cuts now and then whatever the USB plug/cable I was using)
- Bitperfect (I haven't tried this one, available only in the app store)

A review on 6moons : http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/players/1.html
post #5688 of 17461
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Originally Posted by dgilz View Post

For MacOSX the choice of audio software is rather large :
- Audirvana (works in bitperfect, integrates in itunes and allows to add FLAC to an itunes playlists),
- Amarra (completely over priced),
- Decibel (needs some further improvement : last time I tried it the audio signal experienced some cuts now and then whatever the USB plug/cable I was using)
- Bitperfect (I haven't tried this one, available only in the app store)

A review on 6moons : http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/players/1.html


I've heard that the soundcard in Macs is pretty good, far better than most in PCs, with a bit less jitter. Regardless, in my experience, a cheap DAC (UD100, if you want to DIY, a skeletonDAC or grubDAC, all under $50, or even the Behringer UCA 202 or 222, which are ~$25) can really make things sound better. The use of numerous linear regulators eliminates the noise inherent in pc power supplies. Just a tip, and really, the most substantial upgrade I've made to my system yet (aside from Magnumifying my cans); source and transducer upgrades always seem to make the greatest difference.


Edited by scootsit - 11/18/12 at 8:26pm
post #5689 of 17461
awd - that RS-1 pic is gorgeous! So is the stand.

CD audio will be 16/44.1 - so I'd set output to 16/44.1 unless you also need to support DVD or videogame audio (not that the computer won't resample for that). smily_headphones1.gif
post #5690 of 17461
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So guys, the day has come. I officially miss my Grados, and kind of regret getting rid of them. The only thing that still gets to me is their comfort, which is why I haven't picked up another pair yet. I love my HE-300s for that, but I miss that forward sound that makes Rock oh-so tasty biggrin.gif. I think I will end up getting another pair at some point, but for now I don't have the money. 

post #5691 of 17461
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Originally Posted by dgilz View Post

For MacOSX the choice of audio software is rather large :
- Audirvana (works in bitperfect, integrates in itunes and allows to add FLAC to an itunes playlists),
- Amarra (completely over priced),
- Decibel (needs some further improvement : last time I tried it the audio signal experienced some cuts now and then whatever the USB plug/cable I was using)
- Bitperfect (I haven't tried this one, available only in the app store)
A review on 6moons : http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/players/1.html

 

I use XLD as an encoder for my mac to create ALAC files. Works like a charm. 

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/23430/x-lossless-decoder

 

The only downside is that XLD is less forgiving with cds that have scratches/wear and tear on them. iTunes doesn't have that problem but I believe you do get a better, more accurate rip with XLD. 

 

Also for you mac users, try adjusting your mini settings in Applications>Utilities>Audio MIDI Setup. You can change the Audio output for headphones or speakers or anything connected to the audio out from 44.1hz to 96hz. Also from 16 to 24 bit. Give this a try to see what you guys think. As with everything else related to audio, YMMV.

 

In terms of grados, I own the 225i and couldn't be happier. I also own the 80i but they don't get that much use. Did the tape mod on both and it does help just enough to add a small but noticeable leap in bass for my taste. I also own the ATH PRO500. The older version, not the MK series out now. I know most people gravitate towards the PRO 700's but the 500's aren't that bad. 

 

One day I'd like to get the higher end models like the PS500 but it's just not in the budget right now.


Edited by gee money - 11/19/12 at 10:23am
post #5692 of 17461
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Originally Posted by Vikingatheart View Post

So guys, the day has come. I officially miss my Grados, and kind of regret getting rid of them. The only thing that still gets to me is their comfort, which is why I haven't picked up another pair yet. I love my HE-300s for that, but I miss that forward sound that makes Rock oh-so tasty biggrin.gif. I think I will end up getting another pair at some point, but for now I don't have the money. 

Toll ya'.

 

Actually, I didn't tell you.

 

This is a pre-welcome back.smile.gif

post #5693 of 17461
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Originally Posted by scootsit View Post


I've heard that the soundcard in Macs is pretty good, far better than most in PCs, with a bit less jitter. Regardless, in my experience, a cheap DAC (UD100, if you want to DIY, a skeletonDAC or grubDAC, all under $50, or even the Behringer UCA 202 or 222, which are ~$25) can really make things sound better. The use of numerous linear regulators eliminates the noise inherent in pc power supplies. Just a tip, and really, the most substantial upgrade I've made to my system yet (aside from Magnumifying my cans); source and transducer upgrades always seem to make the greatest difference.


True, I find the iMac sounds better , specially using the preamp/equalizer built into the iTunes.
Then a good DAC/Amp fine tune it better.
post #5694 of 17461
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post

awd - that RS-1 pic is gorgeous! So is the stand.
CD audio will be 16/44.1 - so I'd set output to 16/44.1 unless you also need to support DVD or videogame audio (not that the computer won't resample for that). smily_headphones1.gif


Thanks! wink.gif I am still waiting for the Glass toslink cable and I will compare the two. (USB vs optical)
post #5695 of 17461
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Originally Posted by gee money View Post

I use XLD as an encoder for my mac to create ALAC files. Works like a charm. 

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/23430/x-lossless-decoder

The only downside is that XLD is less forgiving with cds that have scratches/wear and tear on them. iTunes doesn't have that problem but I believe you do get a better, more accurate rip with XLD. 

Also for you mac users, try adjusting your mini settings in Applications>Utilities>Audio MIDI Setup. You can change the Audio output for headphones or speakers or anything connected to the audio out from 44.1hz to 96hz. Also from 16 to 24 bit. Give this a try to see what you guys think. As with everything else related to audio, YMMV.

In terms of grados, I own the 225i and couldn't be happier. I also own the 80i but they don't get that much use. Did the tape mod on both and it does help just enough to add a small but noticeable leap in bass for my taste. I also own the ATH PRO500. The older version, not the MK series out now. I know most people gravitate towards the PRO 700's but the 500's aren't that bad. 

One day I'd like to get the higher end models like the PS500 but it's just not in the budget right now.


Thanks for the tip. i will check the midi setting tonight. wink.gif. The PS500s is the jack of all music Genre... biggrin.gif
Edited by Awgd8 - 11/19/12 at 1:01pm
post #5696 of 17461
People with grado ps 500 listen to their music collection :more than look for other headphones, am I right.
smily_headphones1.gif
post #5697 of 17461
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People with grado ps 500 listen to their music collection :more than look for other headphones, am I right.
smily_headphones1.gif

 

Well, I can certainly say I listen to my music with the PS500s more than I have ever listened to music before! 

post #5698 of 17461

I finally got and setup the Toslink " SonicWave Glass"  cable and I can only say, it is clear as a transparent glass....  biggrin.gif

 

But, it takes  Superman`s hearing ability to hear a big difference between the USB and Optical connection.  So far the cymbal is a lot clearer and more pronounced... 

post #5699 of 17461
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Well, I can certainly say I listen to my music with the PS500s more than I have ever listened to music before! 

 

Me too! I have no interest in looking for other headphones.

post #5700 of 17461
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Originally Posted by Mkvy View Post

People with grado ps 500 listen to their music collection :more than look for other headphones, am I right.
smily_headphones1.gif

I did not know there are other headphones out there?   biggrin.gif    Seriously,  for home use,  the PS500s is enough.  It can handle almost all Genre of music.  

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