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Huh, doesn't look too great in 100x100

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Taken From The Audio Journal Of A DigitalFreak

The Rants And Ravings Of A Music Nut

 

Sound Byte: The HiSound Studio V Player

 

Tomorrow, barring Canada Post getting stupid on me, I should finally have my new HiSound Studio V music player. I'm really looking forward to playing around with this new music player. Off the top of my head the first plan of action is to pair it off with my Westone 4 and jPhonic K2 sp IEM's. I'm also keeping my fingers crossed the new player will pair well with my Bayerdynamic DT1350, Sony MDR EX 600, and my yet to be shipped V-MODA M-100.


I've been slowly getting everything ready for this new player since tracking has showed it entering Canada. I've run out and grabbed a new 32 GB Micro SD Card and I've three quarters filled it with re encoded FLAC files. As an added precautionary step I've stripped all the unnecessary tagging from my new FLAC files in an attempt at insuring fluidity and a quick clean file load once the player begins to propagate the files from the SD Card. Even though it was unnecessary I even did a complete FAT32 reformat of the new SD Card and after loading my files navigated around insuring everything played when clicked on. Even before the player shipped I decided to order in a couple of impedance adapters (15 and 30 ohm) due to complaints of hissing with certain gear from some users. I'm hoping the 15 ohm adapter will provide enough of a load resistance to kill off Hisszilla and if not I'm hoping the 30 ohm will get the job done without negatively impacting the sound. Yeah I know I'm paranoid but hey better safe then sorry.

If this player works out I'll start looking into investing in a few 64 GB Micro SD Cards and get busy re encoding all my ALAC music files into FLAC. Some other extras to look into if all goes well, maybe get a nice multi Micro SD carry case and maybe even look into a nice protective case for the player and it's accessories. I'll probably also be looking into some extra longer better built cabling for charging etc. I'll also need a second external HDD for my laptop to store away all my FLAC files. Considering my music collection is huge and my current external 250 GB HDD is already over three quarters full of ALAC it's a necessity that's unavoidable. As an added expense, considering my laptop only has so many USB ports I'll also need to get a USB 2 hub.

This is the first time I've stepped out of the Apple iPod walled garden since the early 90's when I was a Sony Diskman fanatic. I'm keeping my fingers crossed I didn't make the wrong decision in choosing to purchase this player. The three biggest concerns on my mind right now is gear synergy, UI fluidity, and Hisszilla throwing an unstoppable hissy fit. Fingers crossed my fellow boppers, fingers and toes crossed all goes well.
 

 


Edited by DigitalFreak - 9/30/12 at 9:08pm
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Oh man, I wish I had known you were in the market for one of those so I could have sold you mine.  I got it for $200 during that Xmas sale and never used it much; I just find iPod + iDAC more convenient despite the bulk. 

 

Pro tip: I forget what it's called now, but there's an ambiguous acronym in the menu.  Don't activate it!  It just maxes out your volume to make its headphone out function as a better lineout or something.  I almost blew my eardrums out making this mistake. 

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Oh man, I wish I had known you were in the market for one of those so I could have sold you mine.  I got it for $200 during that Xmas sale and never used it much; I just find iPod + iDAC more convenient despite the bulk. 

 

Pro tip: I forget what it's called now, but there's an ambiguous acronym in the menu.  Don't activate it!  It just maxes out your volume to make its headphone out function as a better lineout or something.  I almost blew my eardrums out making this mistake. 


Yeah thanks, I heard about that from lee who unfortunately gave himself a heart attack in bed one night when he was clicking around and decided to see what that acronym did.

I got the player for 250 plus shipping with the understanding I would have to write an honest unbiased review. Hisound threw up a thread a few weeks ago in an attempt to try and get reviews and feedback on what needs fixing. I figured if the player didn't work out it shouldn't be to hard to sell off for almost new for 220 or 230 on the FS forums. I really want this player to work out though so hopefully I wont be throwing up a FS post in the near future.

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Tell them you did the same thing Lee did and maybe they'll realize what an awful feature that is (if they haven't removed it already).

 

Also, even if you can't get IEM's to work right (I never tried any with it), it should be good for your DT1350's and M100's.  It was fine with every fullsize I tried it with (even though I thought the Hifiman players had better synergy with my Ed. 8).

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This Obob avatar fad is hilarious! Where did y'all get the idea?

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Originally Posted by driver 8 View Post

Huh, doesn't look too great in 100x100

 

Looks great to me!  biggrin.gif

 

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This Obob avatar fad is hilarious! Where did y'all get the idea?

 

LOL, um that would be my bad... redface.gif  We were throwing around some ideas in the Explain your avatar thread as we searched for ideas starting with "o" (because of October you see).  I kinda just threw it out there, and it stuck.  I'm actually having a ball with it so far.  Super funny!  I can't wait until obobs starts getting into some arguments about Bose or what not.  It's gonna look like he's got all kinds of back-up!

 

Come join in the fun (see my sig)!  smile.gif

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Happy B-day!
You're still younger than me though, by almost 3 months. wink.gif

You are all young pups to me...
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In other news, surgery on the video iPod is a tentative success: New battery and 120 gb solid-state drive.

 

The present irony is that the iPod has more free space than there is room on the computer to back it up. So for the time being it's going to have to be capped at around 45gb until I finish setting up the new household network RAID.

 

So far I'm pleasantly surprised by the speed with which it can copy data -- looking like it'll take roughly 40 minutes to copy 32 GB -- previously that would have taken well over an hour. And this isn't a particularly high-spec SSD. It's obvious now that the mechanical hard drive in the iPod Video was a significant drag on the system overall.

 

I plan to try Rockbox again, but not until I've used the new hardware with the default iPod system for a few while to shake everything out. Otherwise debugging will get really tricky.

 

I got a clear faceplate along with the new battery, to replace the current scratched-up one and because, hey, who wouldn't want to see a lot of bare circuitry? It didn't fit properly and I didn't feel like doing the surgery necessary to convince it to, so the faceplate will go back in its safety baggie for a future attempt.


Glad to know your baby made it through!

Right now I have a new battery, Boxwave crystal screen cover, and oem headphone jack set aside until I can get an SSD. I think I'd like to go for one around 250gb's now. It's not that I feel like I need to have all lossless, but I can't actually fit my entire collection in 320kb mp3 on 73gb's and don't feel like going through the motions to convert to 200kb-vbr ogg vorbis --my next choice. Sticking lossless on is just easier.

 

Edit: In my dreams...definitely not dropping $450 on a hard drive. How much did your 128gb cost you?


Edited by Sylverant - 9/30/12 at 10:05pm
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This Obob avatar fad is hilarious! Where did y'all get the idea?

 

It all comes back to Warren....but it's pretty amusing, I think.biggrin.gif

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It all comes back to Warren....but it's pretty amusing, I think.biggrin.gif

 

LOL, you have to admit, oatmeal would NOT have been this much fun... wink.gif

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On my search for a new laptop, I keep coming across the Clevo laptops I've mentioned earlier. So, I've looked them up, and they are seemingly of a pretty good build quality and apparently they have better cooling than most laptops have. Furthermore, some of the Clevo laptops are able to have even GTX 680M in SLi. That's just .. ridiculous .. seeing as a single GTX 680M can handle the absolute majority of games, even at Ultra details and 1080p. So, as a result, I've read more and more reviews about a certain particular model, namely Clevo P370. It is the same computer as Sager NP 9370. It's not as attractive as the Macbook Pro with Retina, but I do find myself liking the looks of it more than usual gaming laptops a.k.a. flying saucers with flashing lights.

 

 

As far as hardware specs go in a laptop, this is the top of the heap. The particular one I have looked at is about $1000 more expensive than for example a Samsung Series 7 Gamer, or a few hundred dollars more than a MSI GT70-0NE. Incidentally, it costs about precisely as much as a Macbook Pro with Retina display. Now, even though the display on the Clevo isn't as good as the Retina screen, it is no slouch: AUO B173HW01 V4, 1920x1080, 90% NTSC - 90% color gamut is *very* good. It's no IPS though from my understanding.

 

The particular one I've kind of custom built on their online configurator:

 

 

1 x AUO B173HW01 V4, 1920x1080, 90% NTSC
1 x I7 3720QM | 2,6-3,6 GHz 6 MB, 45 W
1 x 32 GB DDR3 1600 MHz (4x8 GB)
1 x 2 x Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M 4 GB GDDR5 SLI
1 x Intel 520 Series 240 GB SSD
1 x 2TB Western Digital Scorpio Green 7200rpm 2,5"
1 x Blu-ray combo
1 x Intel Centrino Ultimate 6300 - endast trådlöst (kampanjpris) 270,00  kr
1 x Arctic MX-4 100,00  kr

 

All this would be for exactly the same price as a Macbook with Retina, save for a few dollars (I think the Clevo is actually a few dollars cheaper, but they're pretty much the same price) - except that I get a 2 year warranty with the Clevo, whereas I would have to buy Apple Care for the same kind of warranty.

 

Now, most of you are probably wondering why the heck I'm comparing a monster gaming PC to a MBPr, and one of you know already, but it's because I was planning on getting myself one of them.

 

I don't know about you, but since I'm already kind of stuck to the Microsoft platform by having already started my .NET project (and also, the company looking to hire me are .NET based) - I think the choice would be pretty simple. As for the monstrous amount of RAM, yeah it's overkill, but I do sometimes use virtualization and with that amount of RAM I would be able to virtualize Windows Server for my projects and still have plenty left for RAM cache and/or RAM disk.


That looks absolutely incredible, as much as the price itself. Talk about spec's on a laptop though, you should be fine for a while.

My Fujitsu UH900 on the other hand, despite serving me well for these past 2 years, is finally starting to go.

 

It's strange; its integrated GPU can still handle a good deal of 720p content and any 1080p youtube rip, but Internet Explorer and Chrome seem slow in comparison to when it was new. Overall all, the response time just seems fairly bad.

 

I remember when I had this baby hooked up to my monitor with mouse/keyboard, and couldn't tell the difference between my desktop in regards to file folder navigating, internet browsing, and watching dvd quality video, in both H264 and AVI. It could even play Sonic Adventure 2004 on medium settings!
I also used to be able to browse headfi without issues, but now the attempt isn't worth it -its much too choppy. I'm thinking my little baby burned itself out; as the inside body below the battery has some brown burn marks.

I'll try restoring it and starting fresh in case the SSD is the issue, but I'm definitely thinking about an Ultrabook now.

The Gigabyte U2442 is looking real attractive to me right now:

http://www.dynamism.com/top-notebooks/gigabyte-u2442.shtml

It's arguably better spec'd than my brother's Dell XPS 15" 935sLV in a 14" form factor for $400 less, and if I go for the i5 version for $1099, I get a computer that's just as competent for gaming in comparison to the 935sLV for $600 less.

Had I known about this laptop, I would have bought the i7 version and never built a new desktop ><


Edited by Sylverant - 10/1/12 at 12:00am
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Originally Posted by ardgedee View Post

In other news, surgery on the video iPod is a tentative success: New battery and 120 gb solid-state drive.

 

The present irony is that the iPod has more free space than there is room on the computer to back it up. So for the time being it's going to have to be capped at around 45gb until I finish setting up the new household network RAID.

 

So far I'm pleasantly surprised by the speed with which it can copy data -- looking like it'll take roughly 40 minutes to copy 32 GB -- previously that would have taken well over an hour. And this isn't a particularly high-spec SSD. It's obvious now that the mechanical hard drive in the iPod Video was a significant drag on the system overall.

 

I plan to try Rockbox again, but not until I've used the new hardware with the default iPod system for a few while to shake everything out. Otherwise debugging will get really tricky.

 

I got a clear faceplate along with the new battery, to replace the current scratched-up one and because, hey, who wouldn't want to see a lot of bare circuitry? It didn't fit properly and I didn't feel like doing the surgery necessary to convince it to, so the faceplate will go back in its safety baggie for a future attempt.

Congrats on successful iPod surgery.  I also have a video iPod (5th gen) that I put a 240 GB hard drive and double length battery in.  I've been ripping all of my DVDs to store on it.  I haven't Rockboxed it, because its main purpose for me is video; I have an iRiver that's my Rockboxed music player.  I used to stay in hotels a lot because of work travel, and would hook the video iPod to the TV in my hotel room.  I'm still slightly amazed that something so small can hold so much data.

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That looks absolutely incredible, as much as the price itself. Talk about spec's on a laptop though, you should be fine for a while.

My Fujitsu UH900 on the other hand, despite serving me well for these past 2 years, is finally starting to go.

 

It's strange; its integrated GPU can still handle a good deal of 720p content and any 1080p youtube rip, but Internet Explorer and Chrome seem slow in comparison to when it was new. Overall all, the response time just seems fairly bad.

 

I remember when I had this baby hooked up to my monitor with mouse/keyboard, and couldn't tell the difference between my desktop in regards to file folder navigating, internet browsing, and watching dvd quality video, in both H264 and AVI. It could even play Sonic Adventure 2004 on medium settings!
I also used to be able to browse headfi without issues, but now the attempt isn't worth it -its much too choppy. I'm thinking my little baby burned itself out; as the inside body below the battery has some brown burn marks.

I'll try restoring it and starting fresh in case the SSD is the issue, but I'm definitely thinking about an Ultrabook now.

The Gigabyte U2442 is looking real attractive to me right now:

http://www.dynamism.com/top-notebooks/gigabyte-u2442.shtml

It's arguably better spec'd than my brother's Dell XPS 15" 935sLV in a 14" form factor for $400 less, and if I go for the i5 version for $1099, I get a computer that's just as competent for gaming in comparison to the 935sLV for $600 less.

Had I known about this laptop, I would have bought the i7 version and never built a new desktop ><

I want power, but I'm not as crazy about playing with my technology as others are; usability and portability are also fairly important.

 

If the SSD has slowed down because of lack of trim space, only a secure erase will bring it back.  So you'll need to do that before the restore.

 

(If you want a full technical explanation of SSD degradation and trim, search for "SSD Anthology" on Anandtech.)

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Cobbled up something just for the fun on it, and because the head fits perfectly-ish.
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