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post #466 of 4535
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Originally Posted by Tus-Chan View Post

Remind me again why WASAPI is important to use on Windows 7? I thought WASAPI solved an issue that was only present on Windows XP.

It's not important at all. It focuses on only your media player and the sounds that emit from it, I.E giving you a distractionless experience as you won't hear notifications from Facebook, Skype or anything else, just Foobar2k.

 

Also, I find that WASAPI slight clears up the music and everything sounds less congested. The only time I use DS is when I'm Skyping someone, I'm playing games, watching YouTube videos or listening to live recordings.

post #467 of 4535
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Originally Posted by semaj8james View Post

It's not important at all. It focuses on only your media player and the sounds that emit from it, I.E giving you a distractionless experience as you won't hear notifications from Facebook, Skype or anything else, just Foobar2k.

 

Also, I find that WASAPI slight clears up the music and everything sounds less congested. The only time I use DS is when I'm Skyping someone, I'm playing games, watching YouTube videos or listening to live recordings.


I'm told that it is to avoid jitter? not sure, don't quote me on that. blink.gif.


Edited by joebobbilly - 6/7/13 at 10:58pm
post #468 of 4535
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Originally Posted by Tus-Chan View Post

I have a great vinyl rip of Adele's 21 and I don't really get where all the hate is coming from. I thought it was pretty good, minus some blatantly fake reverb and a lack of clarity in complicated passages.

No hate, just disappointed with the mastering/recording quality that's all. If you got a great vinyl rip then that's great. I think I should get myself the vinyl rip and not the CD rip instead.

post #469 of 4535

No hate, just disappointed with the mastering/recording quality that's all. If you got a great vinyl rip then that's great. I think I should get myself the vinyl rip and not the CD rip instead.

 

Perhaps I shouldn't have worded it so strongly, but the album is frequently cited as a poorly mastered album on Head-Fi and it was always a head scratcher to me as to why. It's not the best I've heard by any means, but is it a Death Magnetic? No.

post #470 of 4535
Since we are discussing masters, what do you guys think of "Le Noise"? I seem to like it, but then again I like ethereal beats of any sort. Lots of haters for this album, but that might be because its such a departure from his other work.
post #471 of 4535
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Originally Posted by NightFlight View Post

Since we are discussing masters, what do you guys think of "Le Noise"? I seem to like it, but then again I like ethereal beats of any sort. Lots of haters for this album, but that might be because its such a departure from his other work.

It wasn't really for me; I haven't been enthused by much of his later work at all to be honest.

post #472 of 4535
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Originally Posted by sloomingbla View Post

U guys know my post with my grandmother who loved my hfi 580's? Well shes buying a pair of ad-700's biggrin.gif

Welcome to head-fi grandma and sorry for your pension/retirement B-)
post #473 of 4535

Why do you have such big headphones, and what's that thing they're plugged into?

post #474 of 4535
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Originally Posted by penmarker View Post

No hate, just disappointed with the mastering/recording quality that's all. If you got a great vinyl rip then that's great. I think I should get myself the vinyl rip and not the CD rip instead.

 

both CD/Vinyl sounded pretty similar, though the vinyl was a bit better, i just kept the CD. 

 

the mastering/recording isn't great, but its not bad imo. just a bit of compression and other small issues, but at least the dynamics are ok. 

post #475 of 4535
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Originally Posted by Tus-Chan View Post

Remind me again why WASAPI is important to use on Windows 7? I thought WASAPI solved an issue that was only present on Windows XP.

It ensures bit perfect output of the audio stream. Really only useful for audio production. In most other cases, it's just an inconvenience that means having to close down your media player if you want to do anything else that needs audio output.

I suppose if you're doing a lot of multitasking, it could prevent the skipping that sometimes happens when the computer is working especially hard. But if that's happening, your computer is probably underpowered, anyway.
 

post #476 of 4535

Friend of mine just tried my new K702 Annies with a few tracks from Masterpiece Theatre by Marianas Trench. His words were "Woah! It's like listening to a totally different song! They sound so much better than my gaming headset!" eek.gif

Afterwards, I could see the look of "consideration" on his face when I told him there are many good sounding headphones out there that can be had even with a modest budget of $150-200. We may have a new convert yet my friends beerchug.gif

post #477 of 4535
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Originally Posted by ssrock64 View Post

It wasn't really for me; I haven't been enthused by much of his later work at all to be honest.

Right, I like it for the opposite reason. Don't much care for his earlier work.
post #478 of 4535

Buddy of mine listened to my F111s and was very very impressed. Completely understands my audio obsession now. I was surprised actually, I didn't expect the F111s to be very impressive to a non-audiophile on a first listen. He does enjoy music a lot, so I should give him more credit.

 

Anyway, now he's looking for ~$100 IEMs. I think I might've spoiled him; I let him try my HF3s and he really was not as impressed.

post #479 of 4535

Hifiman RE-400?

post #480 of 4535
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Hifiman RE-400?


Just got a pair. Not sure if I'm happy with them. Good, but missing impressive highs and lows. Good separation and soundstage. Good for the money, but ... meh.
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