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  1. mojo

    Good USB or PCIe soundcards for bit perfect optical and ideally line out

    The Musiland 03 looks ideal. Bit perfect, USB, switches bit rate automatically when WSAPI exclusive mode is used.
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    Noise cancelling headphones that are comfortable with a pillow

    I have a couple of pairs of noise cancelling headphones (both Audio Technica) and find they don't work very well when I try to lie back in my seat with an inflatable pillow. One ear always ends up too near the pillow for them and they come off.   I'm not a huge fan of in-ear monitors in terms...
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    Sennheiser HD800 Appreciation Thread

    Thanks for the tips guys, sounds like a different amp is required. At the moment I have a HA5000 and Kasuga KA-10SH (tube) that I primarily use and they both work well with my 495s. It's so hard to buy 'phones like the HD800s because of this requirement and being unsure if you will need to...
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    Sennheiser HD800 Appreciation Thread

    I have been looking at getting some HD650s and kept seeing the 800s, so decided to give them a listen. I have to say I was not that impressed. The amp was a Black Cube Linear and I tried various 70s rock and some jazz tracks. They were damn good, don't get me wrong, but worth four times as much...
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    Kasuga KA-10SH tube amp kit finished

    Okay, some initial thoughts on the sound after a few hours listening. The amp has around 90 hours burn-in on it. Source is FLAC files played in Foobar with bit-perfect optical out via an Onkyo PCI 200 series card into a C.E.C. DA53 DAC. The DAC is set to x1 oversampling (i.e. none), soft digital...
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    Kasuga KA-10SH tube amp kit finished

    Yes it is output transformer coupled. I am going to give it some serious listening this evening and tomorrow now that it has as reasonable amount of burn-in on it. I had a listen to the demo one in the shop though and thought it was pretty good, so I have high hopes.
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    Kasuga KA-10SH tube amp kit finished

    Here is the schematic and translation of the text accompanying it.     I will be going back to Kasuga next month and am thinking about getting another tube amp kit, and maybe the upgrade Alps volume pot for this one.
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    Best type of solder for audio quality

    Quote: The problem I have with that sort of thing is that there is no way to compare before and after directly since you have to send the speakers off to be modified. With cables although I have not got around to double blind testing I have used one type for left and another for right...
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    Best type of solder for audio quality

    Well I am quite sceptical about cables generally speaking. There is a difference between the cheap ones and reasonable quality ones, but not between good £10 cables and £500 cables. My suspicion is that a combination of poor soldering and low grade plugs is what ruins the cheap ones. The quality...
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    Best type of solder for audio quality

    I have been experimenting with different kinds of solder for use in audio. My experiments have all been on cables but presumably it affects PCBs as well.   I mostly use 60/40 leaded solder. IMHO all the lead-free stuff is crap, takes too much heat to flow properly and make a really good join...
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    Ear hair removal for improved sound quality

    The next step - an ear spa!   http://www.instructables.com/id/EAR-SPA/   I know many of you jest, but I'm serious about this. Your ear canal is the last step of the way.
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    Ear hair removal for improved sound quality

    Quote: Originally Posted by Head Injury I had my eardrums surgically removed and glued to my headphone pads. Gets rid of all the resonance from the outer ear. Unfortunately that isn't the part which actually picks up the sound and transmits it to your brain
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    Ear hair removal for improved sound quality

    Quote: Originally Posted by John2e I remember reading in Stereophile how glasses could affect your listening experience as sound would be reflecting off them. I stopped reading that year Well actually I started wearing them a few years ago and at first it made no difference with...
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    Ear hair removal for improved sound quality

    What surprises me most is that no-one has brought this up before. Considering how much time and money people spend on their equipment a £10 hair trimmer seems like a very worthwhile investment. After all your ears are arguably the most important part of your system. Cotton buds are good for...
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    Ear hair removal for improved sound quality

    I recently bought a Philips ear and nose hair trimmer. I don't have much ear hair (I'm only 30 and mainly got it for nose and eyebrows) but I have noticed some sonic improvement after using it. Highs sound a bit more "effortless" and airy. The mids are where the biggest improvements where...
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    Is there evidence that more expensive = better?

    Put it this way. I'll sell you a £9999 USB cable. It's just a normal one from the £1 shop but I encased it in a bit of garden hose and some cool looking mesh wrap. Clearly it must be better because it costs more. Or not.
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    Post pics of your builds....

    Quote: Originally Posted by vixr I built a PPAS (in the hammond case) Nice work. I like those connectors you have on the interconnect. Mind sharing what they are?
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    Post pics of your builds....

    Wow, for the first time this month I viewed this thread and it didn't scroll off the right side of the screen! Clearly we need more massive photos posted. Time to get a new laptop I think :-)
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    The LCDuino-1 I/O processor

    Quote: Originally Posted by linuxworks some people may want to have a 'ready to use' usb port on the back of their amps and systems. in that case, you can buy a small board that does what the magic cable does: Quote: 4x20 uses the same pinout as the 2x16 ones do. the only...
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    The LCDuino-1 I/O processor

    Me again. I am working on a project to create a universal joystick controller for video games. What does this have to do with this project, I hear you ask. Well, I have been thinking a lot about options for expansion. For example, you are going to target a 16x2 character LCD with direct...
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    LEDs inside audio jacks?

    Sure, it's a gimmick. ASUS did a motherboard with LED lighting "so you can work on it in the dark"... Aside from colour coding I think you could do something nice with the plastic around the socket. Usually it's black but you could either use transparent plastic or just make a ring of...
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