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  1. Ferbose

    Zoom U-44: all-in-one solution for computer audio and surprisingly sweet sound

    After purchasing Zoom U-44 for 6 months, I can't believe I am writing a review to describe how good it sounds. Here is why I highly recommend it for computer audiophiles. (1) Unbeatable functionality, a swiss-army-knife for all audio needs Computer audio interface: 96/24, USB, 4-in-4-out...
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    Hifiman HE-560 vs LCD-3 vs HD800 vs K812 -- quick impressions

    Having heard some old-time goodies like Sennheiser HE-90, Stax Omega II and Sony R10, and owning 5 pairs of AKG K1000 currently, I have not been particularly impressed with the previous generation of flagship headphones (HD650, K702, DT880, some woody Audio Technicas) for playing classical and...
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    First Look: Minute EL34 SE Headphone Amplifier from SAC Thailand

      This is a first peek at a new single-ended tube headphone amp from SAC Thailand.   The Minute EL34 headamp is a brand-new model not yet advertised on the manufacturer's website and I am the first owner in the US. It is so amazing that I feel compelled to let everyone know about it...
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    Where do yoiu get a functional tube tester?

    As my tube box gets more full, I am starting to ponder on getting a tube tester. Emission type to check tube integrity may be sufficient, but a trans-conductance tester may be even better. However, when I search on the internet, it is hard to find commercial vendors of functional tube...
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    The World's Largest Church Organ is in Los Angeles

    Who would have thought, the world's largest church organ in LA? Yes, the First Congregation Church in downtown LA has the world's largest church organ. I just went to listen to it today and it sounds absolutely amazing. The rich harmonics coming from its many pipes (>20,000 in total) is next...
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    I need Irish Fiddle Music Recommendations

    Having not played the violin since teenage, I decided to pick it up again. Yeah, I got so carried away by how great violin sounds on my K1000 system that I can't resist wanting to play the violin myself. I bought "Mel Bay's Complete Irish Fiddle Player" to teach myself Irish fiddling and I...
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    What an impressive headphone store in Taiwan!

    I am back in Taiwan for vacation and strolled into the largest headphone dealer in Taiwan, only one block from my high school. Their website is impressive (http://www.hifi.com.tw/adm_root/index.php), but I must say I am pleasantly surprised by the actual store. First thing I see: a wall of...
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    My idea about how SACD could be saved...

    Let's face it, SACD may not be dead, but it has hardly any momentum to grow. There is so little incentive to go the extra mile for hi-rez, and so much more hassle. I just came across an idea that might make SACD a bit more appealing to audiophiles, and I wonder what you guys think. I...
  9. Ferbose

    Micro-Meet: When HE90 Met K1000

    On July 23, Foo_me and I had a two-person get-together at my place, so I can get a taste of his spanking new toys: HE-90 (Orpheus) headphone and ES-1 amp. It is really kind of Foo_me to drive around with his gears admist the inferno heat (it hit 110 F in Pasadena ) We tried to set up an A/B...
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    [Review] KSC-75 vs PX100

    Koss KSC-75 and Sennheiser PX-100 are two of the most recommended budget headphones around here. There has been a lot of debate about which one sounds better. Now that I own both of them, I will put in my two cents. This review, btw, will mark my 1,500th post. Thanks to head-fi, in the last two...
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    What kind of tubes are compatible with 12AU7?

    I have a Cayin HA-1A and which uses 12AX7, 12AU7 and two EL84. I want to try more options at the 12AU7 position. I heard that 12BH7 is compatible with 12AU7, but Google search gave me conflicting answers: some say the pinout is different, but som esay it will work. I need some help here...
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    Help Needed: inexpensive speakers with bandwidth to 50 kHz?

    My friend is conducting research on insects' perception of ultrasonic signals. She needs a speaker that has a flat frequency response up to 50 kHz. Is anyone familiar with fairly inexpensive speakers (<$500) with such bandwidth?
  13. Ferbose

    The truth about "Hospital Grade" power cords

    When audiophile power cords are being advertised, the term "hospital grade plug" is often mentioned. Hospitals have lots of sensitive and big electronic equipment that can't afford to fail. So it makes sense to use good power cords in hospitals, right? But that got me thinking: what kind of...
  14. Ferbose

    Need flamenco music recommendations

    I saw Carlota Santana's flamenco company performing at our school. It was truly a jaw-dropping, eye-opening and heart-racing experience. The dancers were exploding with love and passion. I really like the music as well, a simple accompaniment of one singer and one guitarist. Where should I...
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    I did a scientific test on a power conditioner--IT WORKS!!!

    I have briefly written about this before, when I reviewed Furman Power Factor Pro, but I guess not many people saw it. Since the experience is truly interesting, I want to share it with more people. In my lab there is a scientific instrument amplfier, costing about $4000. It was state of...
  16. Ferbose

    Dynaco QD-1 (Dynaquad) Appreciation Thread

    At one point, after dropping thousands of dollars into my audio system, I would have never expected that a $20 gadget could transform my conception of hi-end audio. But a $20 little box I bought on Ebay actually took my speaker and headphone systems to a higher level, and forced me to think...
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    Review: PreSonus Central Station (DAC, Preamp, Headphone Amp)

    With a component this good, there is no need to beat around the bush. PreSonus central station is simply an amazing deal. It can serve as a no-compromise preamp, a first-rate headphone amp and a quality digital source. At $500, it is utterly impossible to ignore. Strangely enough, it has...
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    Please post links for purchasing binaural recordings

    I am seriously looking into buying binaural recordings. But they seem to be difficult to find. I would like to see people posting commercial links to binaural CDs you can readily buy, so that people interested in binaural CDs can acquire them more easily. Let me start by providing one...
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    Oustanding Chinese Headphone Amp: Cayin (Spark) HA-1A [Review]

    [Edit 2006.06.21] In 2006 Cayin HA-1A is now advertised by Acoustic Sounds in the US, and Stereophile gave it a glowing review in June, 2006. After discussing with other head-fi owners of this amp and some more experimentation, I have decided revise my review quite a bit. Here is a...
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    A nice explaination of Benchmark DAC1's jitter rejection

    I chanced upon this link on the internet: http://www.helios.nl/productinfo/ben...1_sos_2005.pdf It is a nice review of DAC1 from the recording engineer perspective. The reviewer thinks DAC1 can compete with professional DACs costing much more--no surprise here The reviewer obviously has...
  21. Ferbose

    So-Cal K3000/Qualia/K1000 Mini Meet – 9.10.05

    This mini-meet is basically just Foo_Me (Min) and I, at my apartment. Min brought his K3000 (now repaired), Qualia 010, Benchmark DAC1, Rudistor RP33 head-amp. My gears used during the meet were AKG K1000, K501, Grado SR225, Cayin HA-1A head-amp, Jolida JD301 integrated amp, Sonic Impact T-amp...
  22. Ferbose

    Exciting New Record Label (Classical): Alpha Productions

    After buying around 500 Cds, I should not longer feel too excited about any new discs. But I have to priase the couple of CDs I got today, from Alpha Productions. ArkivMusic has a sale on Alpha Production CDs: http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/...4&page_size=75 I ordered two of them...
  23. Ferbose

    Four-way integrated amp shootout: T-amp vs tube amps up to $1k

    Lately I happened to have four budget (<$1000), low powered (<30W) integrated amplifiers at hand, and had the chance to compare them while driving my speakers and K1000. It was quite an educational experience. Here are the four amps being compared: Sonic Impact 5066 class T amplifier (~$30)...
  24. Ferbose

    Amazing Deal--Athena AS-B1 for $99 a pair!

    Athena's Audition series speakers have been updated to series 2, but everything looks the same to me. The discontinued AS-B1 is now on sale at Audio Advisor for $99 PER PAIR! http://www.audioadvisor.com/store/pr...ers%20-%20Pair And we are taliking about speakers that won Soudstage's...
  25. Ferbose

    An amazing recording of Tchaikovsky's music

    Tchaikovsky, a giant of music romanticism. What best represents his towering achievement? Piano concerto #1, Violin concerto, Symphonies #4, 5, 6 or ballets such as Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, or his opera Eugene Onegin, or his orchetsral showpieces like 1812 or Romeo and...
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