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  1. joe_cool

    Dolby headphone convincing?

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    Looking to increase my PC's sound

    It would be better if you could tell us about your source, like PC or laptop. Then describe the audio hardware. The KRK headphones you described have a sensitivity of 95 db which seems low. Maybe you just need more power.  
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    Direct USB input DAC products

    I have a Sony Blu-ray player which has USB input and analog stereo output.  
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    24bit vs 16bit, the myth exploded!

    Quote: and...... How about a review or some opinions? (I'm a big fan of Norah Jones. I have the SACD of her first album and look forward to more.)
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    Bit Perfect Audio from Linux

    If you want "everything" to work bit-perfect with Linux ALSA you can re-define the default device in ".asoundrc" (note this is a hidden ALSA control file in your home directory).   For Via Envy24 and other cards that require S32_LE data:   pcm.!default {     type plug     slave.pcm...
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    DAC for K1000s

    Quote: Xonar STX is pretty good already. Improvements will likely depend on synergy and personal preference. You could spend $500 on an external DAC and not get much. Maybe a Lavry or Benchmark DAC?  
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    Is Linux "Bit Perfect", and how do you play audio there

    Quote:   The home page uses the spelling "DeaDBeeF" but that's not important. I've been using it since version 0.5.0 and recently 0.5.2 is released. This is a great player that allows direct hardware output through ALSA so mixer problems are easy to...
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    Review: NwAvGuy's O2 DIY Amplifier

    Quote: I actually liked this response!
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    Review: NwAvGuy's O2 DIY Amplifier

    Quote: My comment led to a helpful correction on your part. And I I didn't insult your choice of undergarments. Please conduct yourself with civility.  
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    24bit vs 16bit, the myth exploded!

    Quote:   This is a misrepresentation of the differences in bit-depth as it relates to digital audio. The extra bits are not equally spread over the visible wave-form, they are centered around the zero-crossing area and are therefore practically invisible as well as inaudible. This sort of...
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    USB DAC + headphone amp + digital out

    Quote: I'm afraid it's more complicated than "lost packets", some USB ports only work at full-speed (12mbps) and others at hi-speed (480mbps). Another problem is shared interrupts; if a particular USB port shares an interrupt with other devices (my USB ports use IRQs 16,18,19 and 23) the...
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    Asus Essence One Headphone Amp/DAC (CeBIT 2011)

    Maybe your wireless network adapter drivers, they are known to cause problems with latency?
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    Looking for a decent DAC for a good price

    The MobilePre requires a driver and may not work with Mac and/or Linux. But if you need a microphone preamp then it may be a good choice.
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    Looking for a decent DAC for a good price

    But what do you have now? I guess you have a PC but what, and what sound "card"? Your link points to M-Audio MobilePre USB so what's a MKII model?
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    Using CD or DVD or Blu Ray rom as player to output on motherboard

    You have been tricked. Try this:
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    Recently bought a Fiio E10...needs EQing?

    Sorry, you have the wrong headphones. Grados have many qualities, but bass (maybe you mean "base", ha ha ha) is not one of them. Also your spelling is not positively impressive.   Please don't ban me I'm just being honest. Commercialism is one foot into hell.    
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    Static from Essence STX?

    Quote: What the hell is "static"?   1: exerting force by reason of weight alone without motion 2: of or relating to bodies at rest or forces in equilibrium 3: showing little change <a static population> 4a : characterized by a lack of movement, animation, or...
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    How to improve setup?

    Quote: If you have an interest is gaming, there is a conflict with requirements for music playback. Maybe you should consider 2 sound cards, one for gaming and one for music. Creative cards are *mostly inferior for music.  
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    Lossless in Ubuntu (Question)

    If you want audiophile results in Ubuntu (Linux) then you need to know about ALSA. Pick a music player that will play directly to ALSA. Avoid OSS, Pulse, Gstreamer, Jack and all that stuff if you just want to play music. Then you can control ALSA with a simple configuration file (.asoundrc) in...
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    A quick question about sound cards

    In my experience, sound cards based on the VIA Envy chips (ICE 1712 and 1724) are well-supported by Alsa.
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    Do you all get distortion listening to this?

    The only clipping I see is on right channel around 32.6 seconds. Using Audacity 1.3.12 on Ubuntu.
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    Where do you buy your music?

    Quote: I get a lot of music CDs from the local library. When I find one I really like I often buy a copy to support the artist. Ummm... maybe I should just send a dollar to the composer and artist and cut out the middlemen.  
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    Where do you buy your music?

    Quote: Yep, I agree with that.  
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    Am I Experiencing Jitter? Dr.Dac2 DX and Onkyo ND-S1

    Your post is very detailed but not very coherent.   "when I connect the Dac to my PC via USB, and using Foobar and WASAPI the music sounds perfect"   How are you listening to the music in this setup, are you using the HD-600 via the DR DAC2 headphone amp?   How are you connecting the...