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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. Cowon J3 Info

    Hello Algelopsaro!   Your observation is very relevant and, in a sense, correct. Here I make some observations: 1 - Strength and weight of sound - I do not know your PC, but it is quite natural that the sound from your PC (even an onboard sound card) has more weight and life than the Cowon J3, because of his higher output power . On the other hand, you lose a large part of the definition that J3 is capable of delivering; 2 - Brainwavz M1 - This is an amazing headphone, that...
  4. Glossary Of Terms

    This is a work in progress. Please help us by fixing any glaring errors and writing useful and easy to understand definitions.   ACSS - An acronym for  "Audio-gd Current Signal System" which is a variation on the CAST (Current Audio Signal Transmission) circuit design developed by electronics manufacturer Krell and other similar concepts.  It is a means of coupling individual gain stages (either within a component or between two ACSS-connected components), which minimizes the audible...
  5. Hip Hop

        A Beginners Guide to Hip Hop       Historical breakdown of hip hop (Roots of Hip Hop, Old School Hip Hop, Golden Age Hip Hop, and New School Hip Hop)   The Roots of Hip Hop (B Boy / B Girl era involving true MCing and DJing which was highly influenced by graffiti).  Started in the early 70's with block parties located in New York City. Quote: Rap music emerged from block parties after ultra-competitive DJs isolated percussion breaks, those being the favorites...
  6. Headphone Impedance

      What is Headphone Impedance?   Headphone Impedance is the electrical characteristic of the headphone voice coil and magnetic field coupling of the voice coil & magnet inside the headphone. Impedance is an electrical unit which expresses the combined Resistance, Inductance and Capacitance of the headphone's voice coil. In terms of matching to an amplifier, the headphone impedance is the "Load Impedance". An amplifier drives a headphone with voltage, the current drawn by the...
  7. Moderation Faq

    "Men are disturbed not by the things which happen, but by their opinions about the things" --Epictitus AD 55-135 The staff, just like members, wish to enjoy participating on the forums in a civil manner and do their best to ensure that they, as well as everyone else are able to do so. The main thing we always ask of people is to keep the quality of what they contribute high and don't get sucked into the temptation to make unhelpful and unpleasant posts. Honestly, there is nothing more...
  8. Foobar2000 A Guide To Set Up

    .... Foobar2000 is a media player very popular in the world of Head-fi for good reason. If you’re reading this it is assumed you know more or less what it is. This is meant as a guide to get a functioning and reasonably good looking foobar up and running with minimal fuss. I don’t pretend to know half of what foobar is capable of but I was prompted to look for an up-to-date guide, and I couldn’t find one. The online resource for foobar2000 is at Hydrogen Audio. Any specific problems have...
  9. List Of Diy Headphone Amps

    I just had a thought: we need a list of current do-it-yourself headphone amplifiers. So here it is. I'll be updating when someone alerts me to new amps or amps that I have missed. Now, since there is a very large amount of circuit designs available, I'll only be listing available kits and PCB (if you want a circuit design only, you should check headwize).   And what do you know? I just found a brand new design that came up yesterday (31/01/2011)!   Available as a kit (and sometimes...
  10. How To Clean The Filters

    If it is metal mesh, no tool is going to clean it up. However, there is still one way: Get some pharmacy grade peroxide solution (H2O2 in 3% or 5% solution), pour a little bit in a small container and dip only the metal mesh part of the nozzle in. Let the metal mesh submerges for 3~5 minutes and allow the magic to happen. Dips the metal mesh into water to rinse, then dry it up with tissue (you might need to repeat the whole process several times before all the wax is cleaned). Be sure that...
  11. 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...
  12. Diy How To Make A Switchcraft Mini Plug Super Short

    Quote: I have always liked the switchcraft jacks but never used them as they are just too long, I need to make a low profile LOD for an amp I have coming and just did not want to use those neutrik right angle jack as they just look ugly to me so I decided to do something about my right angle switchcrafts by shortening them and here are a couple I done next to the full sized jack. I will post picture of the LOD once I have made it. EDIT: Started to make the low profile LOD but i cut...
  13. Diy Piccolino Cable Soldering Demo

    I think this is a little off topic for some but here is a picture a a LOD I just finished making, this is made of Piccolino wire which is made of a silver/ gold Alloy and is said to be the best sounding portable wire you can get and I and many totally agree having actually used it and listened to it. Here is my DIY Piccolino cable for my customs, I did actually buy it originally as a ready made cable but did not like the 3.5mm jack used and the connectors were also too big so I cut...
  14. Diy Headphone Stand Thread

    For those looking for inspiration or just interested in Headphone related DIY projects you'll find interesting ideas here.   [URL]http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f6/diy-headphone-stand-thread-249671/[/URL] 
  15. 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...
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