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    Sennheiser HD 700: It's now official!

    After year and year of rumors, it is now confirmed.   Official Press Release:       Quote:   I am somewhat disappointed that there's no ring driver, the price is unknown as of now. It seems though, like the HD 800, that they paid a great deal of attention to resonances and...
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    Headphones Amplifiers: 0-ohm output impedance and misleading specifications

    I just came across two interesting articles via by John Siau, the designer at Benchmark Audio   - Do Specifications Lie? Do Our Ears Lie? Where does the Truth Lie? An Examination of Headphone Amplifier Performance Specifications Interesting article, aims at showing how measurements can be...
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    Fostex HP-A8 DAC/Amp and other Fostex gear

    HP-A8 32-bit DAC Headphone Amplifier 
Model HP-A8 is a Fostex’s flagship DAC Headphone Amplifier offering finely built analog and digital circuitry designs as well as epoch-making DSD file reproduction function.     •High quality 32-bit DAC (AK4399) and all discrete analog circuitry...
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    Test your vocabulary

    I wondered how head-fiers would fare in the following test: http://testyourvocab.com/   Quote:   And before anyone rambles on the non representativeness of a non random population, the people who designed the test are perfectly aware of this.
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    HRT HeadStreamer USB DAC/AMP

    Some useless verbiage: The HRT HeadStreamer is the latest product in the growing line of single mission high performance USB DAC from HRT. The new HeadStreamer is the ideal product for those who listens to music through a computer via headphones and would like to significantly improve the...
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    The Greatest Tweak for audio quality ever!!!

    Get a haircut!!! :D Seriously, each end every time I start thinking about how my setup could be improved by getting new gear (which happens every month or so (maybe every 2 months)0, I get a haircut and suddenly everything sounds better, no more veil, no more smearing, everything is suddenly...
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    Short and sweet: Genesis vs. Pink Floyd

    Actually this poll has 2 sub questions, so please tick two answers:   The first question is about global preference, considering the entirety* of their work , who do you feel has brought the most to your listening pleasure? then, if you had to select your preferred album for each band, To...
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    Photo enthusiasts: Raw or JPEG?

    Personally, I used to shoot JPEG, and switched to Raw later. The poll mostly applies to owners of cameras with a reasonable sensor size (equal to or bigger than the 4/3 sensor in Olympus DSLRs, I guess)   To me, the analogy with audio would be:   Raw: mixed nut unmastered recording...
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    Musicbee, best music manager/player?

    I just came across Musicbee and was absolutely stunned, I immediately thought that it was what Songbirg tried to be but failed at being. So why it is good, just check the features.   Unbuggy library management?               Check Even with 10000+ files?                            Check...
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    Building a scientifc glossary of audiophile terms

    I've been on Head-Fi for quite a long time, though not nearly as active as some members or for nearly as long as the Wise people (since there are a women here, even if they are fewer in number) and it occurred to me that matching measures to impressions has been rarely done, at least on a large...
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    Testing your gear in a scientific way

    It's called Audio DiffMaker, available at http://www.libinst.com/Audio DiffMaker.htm   Basically, it allows you to compare 2 audio files easily, time alignment, volume matching... is done automatically. The process is called nulling, determining the difference between two audio signals via...
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    Devialet D-Premier, holy Christ, what an impressive amp.

    Color me impressed, this is probable the first time I've been impressed the by the specs alone of an amplifier, the Devialet D-Premier.   MAXIMUM POWER: 2x240W SPEAKER IMPEDANCE RANGE: 8 TO 2 ohm D/A CONVERTER T.I. PCM 1792 THD+N AT FULL POWER: 0.001% IMD SMTPE: 0.001% SNR: 130 dB...
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    JH13/16 for classical or jazz?

    I'm sorry if this has already been answered on the main JH thread but I really don't feel like perusing through the hundreds of pages already written.   How many amongst the JH1X fan use their IEM for classical or jazz, are they as good with those types of music as rock or metal?   Are...
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    Reading reviews with a bag of salt?

    As audiophiles, or at least people interested in audio equipment, each of us have attempted to objectively judge gear. It is inevitable that we managed to find our own conclusion about what works and what does not. For example, some of us found out that expansive cables can bring tremendous...
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    Blu-ray hardware question

    In the DVD era, there was a difference between the players since they did the digital to analog conversion, more expensive players often had a better image quality. But now I wonder if there is a difference between blu-ray players except for the supported standards. That is to say, if the...
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    HD hardware question

    In the DVD era, there was a difference between the players since they did the digital to analog conversion, more expensive players often had a better image quality. But now I wonder if there is a difference between blu-ray players except for the supported standards. That is to say, if the...
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    New Product: CEntrance DACport 24/96 USB Headphone Amp

    Exactly what the title said, I was looking for information on the Empirical Audio gear and Bel Canto gear when I noticed they were using CEntrance code to implement their 24/96 compatibility. So I decided to check their webste and noticed they planned to launch a product themselves, I thought...
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