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  1. A Hopefully Helpful Headphone Buying Guide For Newbies By Boomana

    [ The following is an original work by boomana, posted on 4/12/09 ]   I’ve thought of writing a thread like this for at least a year, but since I’m home with a cold, and nothing better to do, I thought I’d start it out. It’s meant to provide basic pointers for newbies who might be a little overwhelmed, as many of us were when we first found this site. I tried to think of all the threads I’ve seen and what might be helpful in general terms. You can agree with me on things or not, and...
  2. A Mere Mortals Guide To Why Bose Headphones Suck

    Audio newbies are often surprised to find that Bose products are not well-thought-of by more experienced audio experts. Bose's highly competent marketing and high prices lead many average consumers to believe that their products are high-quality. Friction can develop between people who've always heard that Bose products are great, and people who have explained many times what's wrong with them. In-depth enthusiasts who would start a wiki with a title like this see a need to...
  3. A Quick Guide To Lossless Versus Lossy Music Files

    Lossless: Lossless means that, digitally, regardless of the format the file is stored in, there is no loss of data. The raw digital music file format types in common use are AIFF and WAV. The most common compressed digital music file format types are FLAC and ALAC.   FLAC and ALAC compress the file, much like Zip compresses a regular file, but more efficiently for audio information.   FLAC has different levels of compression, trading off file size for the amount of processing power...
  4. About Us

    Head-Fi.org is the web's headquarters for discussing (and reading about) high-end personal audio and headphones. Whether you're looking to find new earphones or earbuds to completely transform your iPod (or other MP3 player), or for a full-blown multi-thousand dollar desktop headphone rig, Head-Fi is where to go.
  5. Adding Rod Locks To Grado Headphones

    Adding Rod Locks to Grado Headphones   You will need: 2 one-half inch (black or silver) hex cap screws with 10/24 thread (Lowes, Home Depot)           10/24 thread tap           5/32” drill bit   Removing the Rod blocks (the black plastic thingies marked “L” & “R”) Mark the headphone cups “left” and “right” and remove them from the rod blocks.   Holding the Head Band near the rod block, rock the rod block front-to-back and then twist side-to-side. Some come off easy...
  6. Adjusting bias on Stax tube amplifiers

    This is is an instruction on how to adjust bias on Stax SRM-006t/SRM-006tII/SRM-006tA/SRM-007t/SRM-007tII amplifiers and more   Some threads [URL]http://www.head-fi.org/t/48655/tuberolling-srm-007t[/URL] [URL]http://www.head-fi.org/t/682332/using-nos-tubes-with-stax-tube-headphone-amps[/URL] [URL]http://www.head-fi.org/t/361361/replacement-valves-tubes-for-stax-srm-006tii[/URL] [URL]http://www.head-fi.org/t/415385/tube-change-biasing-a-stax-006t-ii[/URL]     Changing Tubes in a STAX Tube Headphone Amplifier Originally posted...
  7. AKG K1000 - A collection of information and links

    This is a compendium of K1000 knowledge that was sitting unused in the catacombs of head-fi.  It was originally posted by krmathis and I thought I'd ressurect it here for everyone's benefit.   Original thread here.  Main posts follow:   Here you find information, links to reviews, impressions, recommendations, and more for the AKG K1000 headphone. I have been missing a central place for all this, so I decided to create one. Hope you find it useful.  Thanks to 'Richter Di' for his...
  8. All about iPod Touch 6G as digital transport

    July 2015 Apple's latest iPod Touch 6G as digital transport   Apps (local music)     $0 FLAC Player+ [URL]https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flac-player+/id577346786?mt=8[/URL]     $0 McIntosh AP1 Audio Player [URL]https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mcintosh-ap1-audio-player/id411263894?mt=8[/URL]     $0 VOX Player [URL]https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vox-player/id916215494?mt=8[/URL]     $0.99 APE Player Pro - Loseless Music Player...
  9. An Interview With John Grado

    [ The following is an original John Grado's interview done by Zanth, posted on 7/29/05 ]   Well folks I just had one heck of a time chatting with John Grado of Grado Labs (like that needed to be mentioned ) I rang him at just after 9 am today and we talked for a little over three hours! I was pretty nervous in the beginning but John was so laid back and forthcoming that I soon settled into a comfortable state and it felt like talking to a friend rather than me "interviewing" a...
  10. Anatomy Of An Earphone

    Strain Relief: Molded rubber or other flexible material where the cable connects to the earpiece. Housing: The 'chassis' of the earphone; Where the driver is located along with crossovers and tuning ports (if any.) Filter: Sometimes replaceable (ex. Etymotic earphones); Prevents earwax and other debris from entering the housing and affecting the driver. Nozzle: Neck or tube-like portion on the end of the housing. Rubber, foam, or silicon flanges are attached here. Cable: Typically...
  11. Audio Connections between components -- Digital and Analogue

    I regularly encounter people who don’t know whether a connection between two components is analogue or digital, let alone the differences between them, so I thought I’d write up a quick guide.      Click on the picture for a larger version.   A connection is either analogue or digital, not both. Different analogue connections can be connected with an adaptor cable, but different digital connections cannot. You cannot use a cable to connect a digital socket to an analogue input. That...
  12. Basic Guide To In Ear Canalphones

    [Disclaimer]This guide may contain error(s) and is only meant to provide general / basic information for new in-ear-canalphones users. Some information within this guide has been copied or modified from the Etymotic, Shure, Headwize, Headroom and Wikipedia websites. Not all are referenced within the article, but links to the original pages have all been listed at the end (reference section). The credit and thanks goes to the original writer/companies for providing the information online and ...
  13. Bb Code Editor Faq

    Welcome to the BB code editor FAQ. What is the BB code editor? Why is it different? Why should I choose the BB code editor? What does it offer that the Rich format editor doesn't? How do I choose which editor I want to use? Can I create a post in the BB code editor, then edit it in the Rich format editor? Can I create a post in the Rich format editor and then edit it later in the BB code editor? What about my old posts before we had this option. Can I edit those with the BB code editor? I...
  14. Best Video Game Soundtracks

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time   Vampire Bloodlines   Doom 3   Quake   Diablo II   Castlevania   Metal Gear Solid 4   Sonic The Hedgehog 2   The Neverhood and Skullmonkeys games - These are quite easily the best soundtracks ever.  I have both games.         Support the artist and buy Imaginarium: songs from the neverhood (includes both soundtracks from neverhood, skullmonkeys as well as boombots)  from  ...
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