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post #6541 of 18094
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

 

After going up the amp chain I don't think I'd ever buy a higher end tube amp and definitely will stick with SS. There's a few really really good reasons. 


u could go through the middle...get a opamp based amp instead of SS or OTL tube... biggrin.gif

post #6542 of 18094
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post

this is a bit oftopic..but..i try it anyway..as i know on this thread there is lots of experience among u guys...so i have faith in u wink.gif

 

guys i need ur help....just made a super download of a vinylrip of the LP 'JAZZ' from Queen...its bitrate is 5185bps!

 

outrageous how that sounds.never knew a rip could be this high quality..

 

..but now my question..its one big flac file of 2GB..some songs on it i really dislike...so do u guys know of a program which can cut up one big FLAC file into smaller pieces/tracks..so i can only keep the good ones?...thanks!!
 

Hasn't it got a .cue file with it? That divide the file up in tracks when played through programs as foobar, but probs not your hm602.

 

Lol, I just realized both my main amps are tube amps, and I dig it! Now, off to turn off the lights so I can enjoy the glow... The thing with tubes is, that if done properly, you can get this special dynamic sound with an ultra deep-ish and velvety sound stage. Haven't experienced that with SS.


Edited by davidsh - 7/25/13 at 6:06pm
post #6543 of 18094
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Hasn't it got a .cue file with it? That divide the file up in tracks when played through programs as foobar, but probs not your hm602.

 

Lol, I just realized both my main amps are tube amps, and I dig it! Now, off to turn off the lights so I can enjoy the glow... The thing with tubes is, that if done properly, you can get this special dynamic sound with an ultra deep-ish and velvety sound stage. Haven't experienced that with SS.

Alternatively he could do the grunt work and write a cue file in notepad specifically for excising tracks in Foobar.

 

Although I bet there are audio file cutter programs on the internet somewhere that saves the middle step.

post #6544 of 18094

really liking my HE-500 after my DAC upgrade. they really opened up. the bass is still kinda dry at times, but its more extended and clean sounding now. anyways never realized how musical these headphone are, they didn't sound this good before. 


Edited by Dubstep Girl - 7/25/13 at 6:20pm
post #6545 of 18094
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Hasn't it got a .cue file with it? That divide the file up in tracks when played through programs as foobar, but probs not your hm602.

 

Lol, I just realized both my main amps are tube amps, and I dig it! Now, off to turn off the lights so I can enjoy the glow... The thing with tubes is, that if done properly, you can get this special dynamic sound with an ultra deep-ish and velvety sound stage. Haven't experienced that with SS.


nope...no cue file read on my prehistorical built hm602 tongue_smile.gif

about tube amps...ur sooooo right bout the special sound..but its also the magic it gives to ur eyes...that glowing of the 4 tubes (especially the HUGE 5998's) gives a warm touch to ur state of mind...i also always listen to it in the dark...and sometimes even put my sleeping mask on my eyes if i cant get the room dark enough... feels sooooo good....so ying and yang...so in balance...so relaxed... and when I switch all off...i sit down listening to the ticking of the BIG tubes cooling down after a long listening session...just like u hear when u push ur car to the limits at night and then stop...and let the turbo cool down a bit and then switch off..and then u hear the same kind of ticking from ur engine block..telling u she did her best for u.... makes me feel good...soooo good...just like my tubey buddy does every night..working hard to make me smile...oops am rambling now... wink.gif

 

so no one can help me with the cutting thingie? i just want to cut the best parts out so the space it takes on my SD is less also...its not just choosing the good tracks...i want to get rid of that waste of space on my SD of 32GB in my hm602... anyone?

post #6546 of 18094
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

really liking my HE-500 after my DAC upgrade. they really opened up. the bass is still kinda dry at times, but its more extended and clean sounding now. anyways never realized how musical these headphone are, they didn't sound this good before. 


try a 8strands balanced cable for ur he500!...doing that myself blew my mind with my rig...never thought it could give such a boost in soundquality...and i still cant find any answer why it is like that! confused.gif  it cant be placebo effect...its as if my amp found a few extra watts somewhere...as by now some of my regular visiting friends who listened to my rig with the new cable say the music sound different compared then when i had same cable but in single ended version and 4strands...so i think we have mass delusion in my house...must be the cooking of my wife... biggrin.gif


Edited by hifimanrookie - 7/25/13 at 6:27pm
post #6547 of 18094
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Still can't really figure out exactly what you want, IcedTea? Are you just ready to settle for less, or you don't like the HE-500? My advice is to take it slow and consider different options as offers pop up (that be used or new) until you feel like you have struck gold. There are many options out there that you probably don't even know anything about s of now... Try get yourself a cheap, yet special treat wink.gif

Oh, don't get me wrong, I love the He-500. I'm just trying to find the fine line of diminishing returns for me. I have a lot of money invested into this hobby so I'm just trying to shift some money around where I can. 

 

I've been seeing myself using my desktop speakers a lot more than my headphones, which is making me think about downgrading to a mid-fi can and maybe some better speakers. 

 

I've tried the HD650 and while they were super smooth and lush, I think might have been a bit too lush for me. The sub bass is a bit lacking to me, and I got them last year at a better price than they're going for used now :/ So I'm not sure how it'll be. 

 

I'm going to give the AKG 702 65th anniversary a try. But at the same time a part of me just wants to keep the He-500 lol 

 

They really do sound fantastic. (And I have yet to uber my Bifrost/tube roll as well) 

post #6548 of 18094
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Originally Posted by IcedTea View Post

Oh, don't get me wrong, I love the He-500. I'm just trying to find the fine line of diminishing returns for me. I have a lot of money invested into this hobby so I'm just trying to shift some money around where I can. 

 

I've been seeing myself using my desktop speakers a lot more than my headphones, which is making me think about downgrading to a mid-fi can and maybe some better speakers. 

 

I've tried the HD650 and while they were super smooth and lush, I think might have been a bit too lush for me. The sub bass is a bit lacking to me, and I got them last year at a better price than they're going for used now :/ So I'm not sure how it'll be. 

 

I'm going to give the AKG 702 65th anniversary a try. But at the same time a part of me just wants to keep the He-500 lol 

 

They really do sound fantastic. (And I have yet to uber my Bifrost/tube roll as well) 

Maybe HE400 + Jergpads? The sound signature of this combination seriously reminds me of HE500s on velour pads, just a bit leaner still (but still a lot more lush than other HE400 pad configs).

post #6549 of 18094
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post


try a 8strands balanced cable for ur he500!...doing that myself blew my mind with my rig...never thought it could give such a boost in soundquality...and i still cant find any answer why it is like that! confused.gif  it cant be placebo effect...its as if my amp found a few extra watts somewhere...as by now some of my regular visiting friends who listened to my rig with the new cable say the music sound different compared then when i had same cable but in single ended version and 4strands...so i think we have mass delusion in my house...must be the cooking of my wife... biggrin.gif

 

Omg, now we all know why you love your 337 and your cable so much.  It's the wife's cooking.  biggrin.gif

post #6550 of 18094
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Originally Posted by IcedTea View Post

Oh, don't get me wrong, I love the He-500. I'm just trying to find the fine line of diminishing returns for me. I have a lot of money invested into this hobby so I'm just trying to shift some money around where I can. 

 

I've been seeing myself using my desktop speakers a lot more than my headphones, which is making me think about downgrading to a mid-fi can and maybe some better speakers

 

I've tried the HD650 and while they were super smooth and lush, I think might have been a bit too lush for me. The sub bass is a bit lacking to me, and I got them last year at a better price than they're going for used now :/ So I'm not sure how it'll be. 

 

I'm going to give the AKG 702 65th anniversary a try. But at the same time a part of me just wants to keep the He-500 lol 

 

They really do sound fantastic. (And I have yet to uber my Bifrost/tube roll as well) 

 

1.  With HE500, I think you already one of the best perf/price HPs.  As a matter of fact, He500 was considered higher than mid-fi when it first came out and was sold for about the same as HE6.  Any step beyond the HE500 will result in hitting the diminishing point of return "hard", IMO. 

2.  With the money save from downgrading from HE500 and your current system, I doubt you will have enough $ to get some really good speakers without puttin in more.  Maybe some small audio engine or alikes in the same category.  I've been through home theater before hitting this hobby.

3.  Come listen to my Q701 on the Emotiva.  

 

Hope I addressed the 3 bolded pointed in your post.  If you want to go to the meet next month, we can carpool.  I'll drive.

post #6551 of 18094
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post

this is a bit oftopic..but..i try it anyway..as i know on this thread there is lots of experience among u guys...so i have faith in u wink.gif

 

guys i need ur help....just made a super download of a vinylrip of the LP 'JAZZ' from Queen...its bitrate is 5185bps!

 

outrageous how that sounds.never knew a rip could be this high quality..

 

..but now my question..its one big flac file of 2GB..some songs on it i really dislike...so do u guys know of a program which can cut up one big FLAC file into smaller pieces/tracks..so i can only keep the good ones?...thanks!!
 

google search "Flac cutter", I found a few listings for programs that do exactly what you are looking for.

Have not tried any of them so user beware.

 

I also found reference to someone converting the flac to a wav and then using a cue sheet and EAC wav splitter function...blink.gif


Edited by bearFNF - 7/25/13 at 8:06pm
post #6552 of 18094
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post

this is a bit oftopic..but..i try it anyway..as i know on this thread there is lots of experience among u guys...so i have faith in u wink.gif

 

guys i need ur help....just made a super download of a vinylrip of the LP 'JAZZ' from Queen...its bitrate is 5185bps!

 

outrageous how that sounds.never knew a rip could be this high quality..

 

..but now my question..its one big flac file of 2GB..some songs on it i really dislike...so do u guys know of a program which can cut up one big FLAC file into smaller pieces/tracks..so i can only keep the good ones?...thanks!!
 

 

If you don't have a cue file associated with it but know what the song tracks are and in order. One relatively long way to do it is: 

 

1) Download Audacity to look at large flac file

2) Using your mouse and arrows on your keyboard mark beginning and end of songs with labels (I think you right click and add labels or it is a drop down from the menu bar). Look for the troughs in the response to note the end of the song as it fades to silence. You can play the track as well. I can help you with this if you want. 

3) Export the labels in the form of a text file or just copy all labels at once

4) Then use this link to convert Audacity labels to .cue format - here (copy what is output) 

5) Open up notepad and paste here

6) Now you have to manually enter Artist details up top, filename of the large flac file to point to, track names...etc.  

7) Save that file as 'filename.cue'

8) Make sure it's in same folder as flac file

9) Open with foobar. Should see individual tracks.

10) Rip whichever tracks you like by selecting and say convert to individual tracks.

 

Do flac files perhaps come with a cue file embedded? If so try dragging the flac file and dropping into foobar and see if individual tracks show up already. 

 

 

EDIT: feel free to continue this via PM


Edited by nk77 - 7/25/13 at 8:12pm
post #6553 of 18094
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

 

After going up the amp chain I don't think I'd ever buy a higher end tube amp and definitely will stick with SS. There's a few really really good reasons. 

 

I have only had good experience with McIntosh tube amps so far. Besides that SS amps for me is the way to go for speakers. Highly transparent SS amp and SS DAC with some banging speakers. Tubes make it a bit slow for me. I like the quick factor of SS. Although I listen to a lot of electronic music, so maybe that's why.

post #6554 of 18094
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post

1.  With HE500, I think you already one of the best perf/price HPs.  As a matter of fact, He500 was considered higher than mid-fi when it first came out and was sold for about the same as HE6.  Any step beyond the HE500 will result in hitting the diminishing point of return "hard", IMO. 
2.  With the money save from downgrading from HE500 and your current system, I doubt you will have enough $ to get some really good speakers without puttin in more.  Maybe some small audio engine or alikes in the same category.  I've been through home theater before hitting this hobby.
3.  Come listen to my Q701 on the Emotiva.  

Hope I addressed the 3 bolded pointed in your post.  If you want to go to the meet next month, we can carpool.  I'll drive.

You're right, Imma just keep my he-500s then lol

I'll save up for some speakers later on.

How many days are you planning to go to the meet?
post #6555 of 18094

IcedTea, if you want to go speakers, and powered. Maybe take a look at some Mackie's. HR624 and HR824. They could fit the bill very well, better than Audioengines for sure.

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