Articles from Currawong

  1. Chord Mojo FAQ

    I'm creating this to answer all the repeat questions in the main Mojo threads.   Power   Q. My Mojo gets noticeably warm while charging and playing music. Is this OK? Yes. The Mojo uses 1.7W of power, so it will get comfortably warm during use, and has thermal cut-outs that prevent it overheating, even if charged at the same time. Mojo actually has three independant thermal cut outs a special high temperature battery and very sophisticated charging circuitry . Picking up on an...
  2. List of major HiFiMan HE1000 reviews, impressions and videos.

    Miceblue's Unboxing Hifiguy528's unboxing:   negura, followup and followup II against speakers Sennheiser HD-800s [modded] HiFiMan HE-6s [modded] Audeze LCD-3F [modded]   money4me247 HiFiMan HE-560 Audeze LCD-X AKG K7xx, K553 Pro Audeze EL-8 (closed) MrSpeakers Alpha Prime Oppo PM-3   chowmein83 HiFiMan HE-400i and Sennheiser HD700   Cotnijoe HiFiMan HE560   Kayandjohn, followup and followup II Sennheiser HD 800 Grado PS1000 With 5 amps: CEntrance HiFi M8...
  3. 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...
  4. Syncing music and making playlists work with the Astell & Kern AK100 or AK120 and a Mac.

    I figured out how to create playlists on my Mac and put them on the original AK100. It's a bit of a PITA but it works.   October 30, 2015 update: New method NOTE: This has issues with what happens when files are dragged into the terminal and needs a bit of tweaking to work properly.   1. Export playlists of music that you want on your AK100 or AK120 from iTunes. Select a playlist and go to File > Library > Export Playlist... for each file and put them in a single folder (directory) with...
  5. Mac OS X Music Players - alternatives to iTunes

    There seems to have been an explosion lately in "audiophile" music players for Mac OS X lately. Though iTunes wiped out the need for competition when it was introduced, it has become a huge, multimedia and store program, leaving many people wanting something simpler.  For a while, that was Play and one or two others, but then Amarra came on the scene. Offering higher-quality playback, it has become famous among audiophiles, alongside its biggest competitor, Pure Vinyl (and now Pure Music). ...
  6. STAX SR-007 (Omega II) ... A Review After 4 Years Of Ownership - darth nut's epic review.

    [This review was originally posted in 2003 on Head-Fi. Darth nut is a psychoacoustician and his review is considered to be the most epic headphone review ever written. While the detail he goes into psycho acoustics and "headstage" are too overwhelming for most people I believe his write-up would deserve a place in Head-Fi's Hall of Fame, if we had one. I've re-formatted it so it fits in the forum better. -- Currawong.]     STAX SR-007 (OMEGA II) … A REVIEW AFTER 4 YEARS OF OWNERSHIP ...
  7. List of lossless and high-res music (FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, DSD, DXD etc.) download sites

    People regularly ask about where to buy CD quality or hi-res downloads (legitimately!) so here is a list of sites I know of. Please post a comment if there are any I've missed. Note that they must have music available in a lossless or high-res format available. Format guide: CD Quality = 16 bit, 44.1 kHz PCM. Hi-res = Any of 24 bit; 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 or 192 kHz PCM. DSD = Direct Stream Digital ie: SACD-type files that requires special playback software that can convert the files...
  8. iBasso DX100 FAQ

    As there are so many repeat questions in the DX100 thread, yet the thread is growing at an amazing rate, burying the answers, this F.A.Q. on the DX100 has been created.     Firmware:   The latest firmware is available from iBasso.com here  v1.4.2 (ZIP compressed file).   Previous firmware here -- v1.3.7 (ZIP compressed file). Alternatively, since iBasso.com tends to be down from time to time, member dhobsd keeps a directory containing all release versions here (TX, US). You...
  9. 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.    ...
  10. 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]  ...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
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