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post #226 of 232
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Originally Posted by NeilPeart View Post
 

I started this journey long ago. :atsmile: I completed the Bronze and Silver sections during a lunch break; there were some tough spots but nothing too frustrating.  The rig I used was pretty bare bones:

 

Foobar>M-Audio Transit at 24/44.1kHz>PIMETA w/OPA627 op-amps>ATH-M50

 

When I got to the Gold section I could not get through the frequency band section - the mid-high frequency cuts were particularly challenging.  I took a long break from the madness.

 

A few months later I fired up my home-office rig and gave it another shot: Benchmark DAC1-USB and Denon D7000s – what a difference.  There were still some struggles that made me want to try my Oppo BDP-105/Mjolnir/HD800 rig at times, but I got through it.

 

Overall I would say there is a point where as long as the equipment is sufficiently resolving, the rest is just patience and training (and hearing health).  There were times where I would be so close to passing the frequency test, but then I would miss 4 in a row and have to start at the beginning. One valuable thing I learned is that frequency cuts were usually more subtle than boosts and harder to detect.  That is something I had heard from pro engineers for EQing, but not something I’d experienced myself.  This was a fun exercise and something I would recommend to audio-nerds, music-lovers and musicians alike.

 

Well, you can say that again, and really an inspiration for those who're struggling! Well put!

 

I know exactly what it feels like to miss 4 in a row, especially when there's just one remaining. Frustrating just doesn't cover it...:mad:

 

Anyway, congrats, and welcome to the club! :bigsmile_face: 

post #227 of 232

It's all about your ears.

I completed the test with a pair of Koss Porta Pro through my laptop.

It would have been easier with my equipment at home though :D

post #228 of 232

Completed it in about 90 minutes. :)

 

I got my first one wrong somewhere in the silver section, and I think I only got about 8 wrong overall. (Mostly in the frequency bands section, though I found that much easier when I closed my eyes)

 

Used Fidelio X1's out of a Xonar Essence STX. 

post #229 of 232
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Originally Posted by acme15 View Post
 

Completed it in about 90 minutes. :)

 

I got my first one wrong somewhere in the silver section, and I think I only got about 8 wrong overall. (Mostly in the frequency bands section, though I found that much easier when I closed my eyes)

 

Used Fidelio X1's out of a Xonar Essence STX. 

Congrats! I would guess your first wrong came at the "MP3 Artefacts" challenge? It drove me crazy before I had enough training with it.

post #230 of 232

congrats on doing it in one go. to me that's the challenge right there, not that kiddy stuff about golden hears ^_^.

I got bored soooo fast, and not being able to pass the easy stuff to go fight the final boss right away totally bummed me out. I don't even remember if I finished the bronze part, that was months ago, and I never found the motivation to go back in since(when I have the link bookmarked and see it all the time).

I guess I'm a special lazy breed of puppy. still, doing that for 90mn is a serious willpower demonstration in my book. so congrat for that:biggrin:.

post #231 of 232
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Originally Posted by castleofargh View Post
 

congrats on doing it in one go. to me that's the challenge right there, not that kiddy stuff about golden hears ^_^.

I got bored soooo fast, and not being able to pass the easy stuff to go fight the final boss right away totally bummed me out. I don't even remember if I finished the bronze part, that was months ago, and I never found the motivation to go back in since(when I have the link bookmarked and see it all the time).

I guess I'm a special lazy breed of puppy. still, doing that for 90mn is a serious willpower demonstration in my book. so congrat for that:biggrin:.

 

So basically you got frustrated for not being able to pass the easy stuff, yet you want to do the hard stuff? :confused:

:tongue_smile:

post #232 of 232
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Originally Posted by castleofargh View Post
 

congrats on doing it in one go. to me that's the challenge right there, not that kiddy stuff about golden hears ^_^.

I got bored soooo fast, and not being able to pass the easy stuff to go fight the final boss right away totally bummed me out. I don't even remember if I finished the bronze part, that was months ago, and I never found the motivation to go back in since(when I have the link bookmarked and see it all the time).

I guess I'm a special lazy breed of puppy. still, doing that for 90mn is a serious willpower demonstration in my book. so congrat for that:biggrin:.

 

So basically you got frustrated for not being able to pass the easy stuff, yet you want to do the hard stuff? :confused:

:tongue_smile:


that's one way to misread my post yup.

I have no doubt that the higher levels were more interesting/challenging, but the beginning felt like it was trying to check if I was a deaf bot or a very very old human. doing a few uber hard "I added +15DB somewhere, will you be able to notice it?", I got massively bored super fast. I tried to launch the higher level, saw I had to unlock it by doing all the super boring stuff first. and I just went "F it" (that's how I usually deal with boring stuff I'm not paid to do).

so I wasn't ironic, I really wished I could have given a try at higher lvls, and I really am impressed by someone with enough motivation to go through it all in one go.

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