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  1. How To Open Your Grado Headphones

    Introduction There are several reasons why you might need to open up your Grados. Maybe someone pulled on the cable too hard and something came loose inside, and now it needs to be re-soldered. Maybe you want to totally replace the cable with a longer/shorter/more-spendy cable. Or maybe you are interested in modifying your headphones to unleash even more Grado sonic goodness. This is the first step.   Further additions to this article are welcome.   (The content below was originally...
  2. Quick Set Up Guide For Mac Os X And Itunes

    If you've just bought a Mac but don't know how to get started, here is a very quick guide to essential settings for ripping CDs and changing the system audio output.   Setting up iTunes for CD ripping:   Open up iTunes. Go into the Preferences (in the iTunes menu). In the Import Settings you want to select either Apple Lossless Encoder or AIFF (the former has smaller file sizes but no loss of music data) and, most importantly, check the box for error correction.    ...
  3. Foobar2000 Appearance Customization Skins Themes Configs

    Disclaimer: Since there is already a (very helpful) wiki about setting up Foobar "Foobar2000 A Guide To Set Up" This is intented to be a guide to tweak appearance only.   Planned to cover the Default User Interface and Columns User interface with the most popular configurations out there.     1. Introduction Foobar2000, One of the most versatile music players for windows, Highly regarded for its excel sound quality and its customizable user interface. You can download it here and...
  4. 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  ...
  5. Stax Lambda Primer For Electrostat Newbies

    Introduction:   This article is an attempt at writing a small guide for getting into the world of Stax electrostatic headphones. I personally just bought my first Stax system and I´ve never been this impressed by any gear so far during my headphone hobby. The world of Stax headphones can look a bit scary: confusing codenames for products, not many reviews out there and limited availability. I was completely confused when I first got interested in electrostatic headphones and did a lot of...
  6. Paypal Friend Or Foe

        PayPal erupted on the scene many years ago as a new way to get paid for purchasing goods on the internet. It was a revolutionary idea whose time had come. It was a service that many of us had wished that we had especially when we were selling goods on the internet. We would have to wait for personal check to clear and also for the money orders to arrive. It would slow our buying and selling process down by waiting and buyers backing out and the insecurity of when you bought something...
  7. High Res Music Download Sites

    HighResAudio [URL]http://www.highresaudio.com/[/URL]   2L- the Nordic Sound [URL]http://www.2l.no/[/URL]   AIX Records [URL]http://aixrecords.com/[/URL]   Blue Coast Records [URL]http://bluecoastrecords.com/[/URL]   Bowers and Wilkins - Society of Sound [URL]http://www.bowers-wilkins.com/Society_of_Sound/Society_of_Sound/Music[/URL]   Cantaloupe Music [URL]http://www.cantaloupemusic.com/[/URL]   Chesky Records [URL]http://chesky.com/[/URL]   Gimell Records (96k/24bit, 48k/24bit, 44.1k/16bit of the The Tallis Scholars) [URL]http://www.gimell.com/[/URL]  ...
  8. Diy Lod Full Step By Step Do It Yourself Guide With Pictures

    Originally contributed by Parrots, thanks!   I remember when i first started making my own line out docks, even though there are some instruction here how to do it, I thought it could be a little clearer. I had to make a fellow head fi'er a LOD I promised him awhile ago at no charge so decided I would take some pictures and post a short guide here. What you need: Soldering iron Solder (with added flux) I find mundorf silver/gold to be the best. Wire (your choice) 3.5mm Jack plug...
  9. Grado Headphone Response Adjustment

    Welcome to the Grado Headphone Response Adjustement(s) wiki   As the need for a higher fidelity audio experience continues the headphone truly becomes a compact, somewhat inexpensive, and very portable solution. One such type of headphone is made by Grado Labs [URL]http://gradolabs.com/[/URL] . Over the years a need was seen for a single source of knowledge for various issues be it positive or negative regarding such headphones. This is where the knowledge can come together with an ebb and flow...
  10. Diy Beginners Guide

      To help any new DIY'ers this Wiki is a compilation of the answers from many threads in an attempt to compile a comprehensive list of suggestions and links for anyone starting out in DIY.   Table of Contents Getting Started Minimum Set of Tools Additional Tools Parts and Supplies   Getting Started   A wonderful source of information can be found at one of our members website [URL]http://www.tangentsoft.net[/URL]. In particular reading and understanding the information provided at...
  11. How To Create A Link To A Refererce Inside A Document

    What you are reading is how to add an "anchor" to a post or wiki. There appears to be support in the "Link" tool for linking to an anchor but I couldn't find an easy way to insert an anchor into the document. A workaround for now is to insert an anchor using the "source" editor. The HTML anchor tag requires two fields. The first field is an identifier (id="user_unique_anchor_name") and the second field ("My text label") is a label describing the reference. The format of an identifier...
  12. Impedance Matching

      Quote:   Now, my question would be whether it is common practice for manufacturers to include a buffer on headphone amps before the gain section.  Is it always done, or is it sometimes done and sometimes not?  Could this be why some amps receive wildly different reviews, or is "synergy" and "taste" still the most likely culprit?     This is an interesting question, but requires a little thought about the nature of impedence and AC signals.   Unfortunately, it's not...
  13. Ibasso Balanced Portable System

    Developing a portable listening system that has the ability to provide balanced and single ended audio to headphones.  The purpose for this setup is to have a system that "approaches" desktop performance and provides a learning playground.   Using a portable DAC that has balanced output to a portable amplifier that has both balanced and singled ended inputs and outputs.  I am starting out with the iBasso system and will expand this as new equipment is purchased.  The first iteration with be...
  14. Followers And Following

    What is Following?Following is like subscribing to another member; you'll receive alerts of their activity in public areas. How do I follow another member?To follow a member, visit their profile page and click the "Follow" link to the right of their avatar. You will be able to "Unfollow" someone in the same place. When will I be alerted?When following another member, you'll be notified about many of the same things that appear in their activity feed: replying to threads, writing...
  15. Hi End Cables

    Audio Cables are quite an interesting topic. Their performance is based on the following:    1.) Physical build stress handling capability, ever wonder why cheap cables introduce noise when they are twisted and turned?   Mainly because the fibers inside them are constantly coming in and out of contact which changes the inductive reactantance in them to make the cable suddenly shift its characteristics and introduce noise due to the change. Good cables do not have this problem as...
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