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  1. JaZZ

    X5 II / X3 II: digital coaxial output and DSD

    I tried to download an up-to-date X5 II user manual from the official link on FiiiO's website. Unfortunately it doesn't work. An older user manual I found on the net sais nothing about DSD playback via an external DAC. But since there's a DoP setting for the coaxial output, it should work with...
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    Digital Audio Player with mechanical controls?

    The sound quality of my iAudio 7 is great for my demands, especially thanks to its built-in semi-parametric equalizer allowing for an almost ideal compensation of the common sonic-balance issues of portable earphones. Its 16 GB flash memory is halfways large enough for the best tunes from my MP3...
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    Sennheiser HD 900... (?) Rumors

    Just snapped up from the German HiFi Forum (translated): Quote: I had a brief listen to the HD 800 at my hi-fi dealer. I can't make a judgement, because the listening impression was much too short. But I was told along the way by the dealer that he's got some info from Sennheiser that...
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    Sennheiser HD 238 Precision -- first impressions

    Bought it yesterday -- for CHF 99.–. Initially the wearing comfort was a bit ambivalent -- comfortable for a short period and less so after a few minutes --, but meanwhile, with reduced clamping force, it's quite easy on the ears and doesn't hurt anymore. Fit and hold are good. Is this...
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    Some more frequency-response graphs

    I will add a few more frequency-response graphs published some time ago in the German magazine «Stereoplay» (1/07). As expressed in several post, they match my own sonic impressions better than the HeadRoom graphs (which show a uniform «distortion» throughout the product palette)...
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    Answers from «Stereoplay» to my cable-sound questions

    . Here's the answer I got from Dalibor Beric, editor «Test und Technik» at Stereoplay, one of the three main hi-fi magazines in Germany: We audition cables in blind tests, although not the mentioned DBTs. So the corresponding cables are unknown to the test persons, but we always listen...
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    Need new flash player to replace my iFP-899...

    . ...whose USB connector has just died. It should have 1-4 GB storage capacity, true shuffle play and a graphic or parametric 4- or 5-band equalizer. Of course one of the main criteria is good sound quality of the headphone out, also no or little bass drop-off at low impedances. I've...
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    K 701 cable mod

    I've done it! Cut the K 701's cable down to 1.25 m. It has paid off sonically, more so than I hoped for. The treble sparkle I was missing when comparing it to the HD 650 is finally there and makes for an overall increase of smoothness, also smoothing the previously slightly inhomogeneous...
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    RazorLame + LAME 3.97 (beta 1): error message

    ... After replacing the LAME.exe 3.96 in the RazorLame folder against version 3.97 (beta), I get the following error message after encoding: Quote: Command: F:\Programme\RazorLame\Lame.exe --preset extreme "H:\Wave\Eigenkompositionen\Voekt - Arethusa.wav" "H:\Temp.Wave\Voekt -...
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    Echoes from the Future -- Meier Audio goes High-End

    . I had a few fascinating days with Jan's DAC prototype -- in the not so unfamiliar function as guinea pig for his new gear. There were a few teething problems in the form of stray pick-up interferences -- which Jan himself considers fixed in his own copy --, but when it comes to the sound, I'm...
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    Anybody else bothered by AdLinks on Head-Fi?

    Just discovered today: Certain keywords in posts, such as Preamp, Sony, Sennheiser, Cable, Audio, Speakers, etc., now are underlined by both a solid and an interrupted line and linked to a sort of bubble advertisement appearing as soon as you point your mouse pointer on it. I'm very much...
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    Senn plug surgery

    . The idea of still having a piece of stock cable in my homegrown magnet-wire HD-650 cable has always bothered me. Then came the day the cable broke on said strategic soldering point -- time to consider a better solution. I sliced the plastic plugs to free the rear end of the contact pins...
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    Interconnect brighter than Zu Gede?

    My (great sounding) new source is slightly on the dark side -- not an ideal match with my HD 650. While the Zu Gede (is it actually considered bright?) created an ideal sonic balance with the DAC2, I'm now looking for a brighter sounding (silver?) cable to complement my new player. Swapping from...
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    Vinyl demystified

    . The following is a (rudimentary) translation from German of the editorial in the current STEREO issue. Copy better than original? How to endear oneself to hi-fi fans? Quite simply by praising the vinyl record and its sonic superiority. This has become something like an audiophile...
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    Which format is closest to the master: vinyl, CD, DVD-A, or SACD?

    What do you think? Supposed a well-recorded analog master tape with good bandwidth is used -- which of the following formats will come closest in sound: vinyl, redbook CD, DVD-audio or SACD? Provided that state-of-the-art equipment is used for cutting/pressing (vinyl) and A/D conversion as...
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    Ten days with the RudiStor RP5cav

    . Kurt has offered me to leave his RP5cav with me during his holidays. How could I say no! This is the most expensive amp for dynamic headphones I've heard so far, and the most impressive and beautiful sounding one. The first time I heard it I knew: never my HD 650 has sounded so good before...
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    Comparative REVIEW: Corda HA-2 MkII / Earmax Pro / Talisman T-3H

    . The Earmax Pro is the oldest of my three amps. Currently the tubes in it are the following: Jan Philips 12AT7WC in the input and 2x Telefunken E88CC in the output stage; all tubes are equipped with homemade (polypropylene) damper rings. The Corda HA-2 has been upgraded to MkII level by Jan...
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    iHP-120 and Windows 98 SE?

    For Windows 98 SE the iHP needs the iRiver Manager to transfer files... that's what the manual sais. But it sais nothing about it if the iHP will show as a drive in the Explorer anyway -- and if an upload of music files to the computer is possible. I'm unsure because the iRiver Manager doesn't...
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    The perfect HD player... how does your wish list look like?

    It's rather clear: THE perfect player isn't on the market yet. For many the iRiver iHP-120 comes closest, others have had hopes in the Rio Karma which maybe are still alive, and others are happy with the cute little iPod despite its meager features and its short battery life. What features...
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    The perfect HD player... how does your wish list look like?

    It's rather clear: THE perfect player isn't on the market yet. For many the iRiver iHP-120 comes closest, others have had hopes in the Rio Karma which maybe are still alive, and others are happy with the cute little iPod despite its meager features and its short battery life. What features...
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    Denon DVD 5900 coming soon

    Product presentation at Audioworld. Specs (PDF) Is this the reason for Tuberoller's delay with the high-rez player shootout?
  22. JaZZ

    Individual software-based crossfeed!

    You may already have been in the same situation: you'd like to add some old recordings to your portable MP3 player. The recording quality is good enough, but one thing you can't stand listening through headphones is their stereo balance: a bass which only comes from the left channel can cause...
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    Speculation about upsampling

    According to some skeptics, upsampling is just a marketing hype and in fact does nothing. At least with the Philips DVD 963SA it's clearly audible that it does something. To my ears upsampling makes the sound richer and increases the sense of space. It seems to be more focussed and less...
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    Turn the amp (EMP) off for tuberolling?

    I'm used to turn my EMP off and wait at least 30 seconds before removing any tubes and replacing them. This seems to be reasonable. But is it really necessary to turn the amp off? I'm worrying each time about shortening the tubes' lifetime by doing this (at least of the one[s] remaining). Is...
  25. JaZZ

    Bought the Philips DVD963SA on Friday

    I bought my DVD963SA on Friday. DVD via TV is completely new to me, and so is SACD more or less. The picture is very sharp, and the colors are brilliant and natural – both sharpness and color tone can be adjusted to the individual liking. A have no complaints about the picture at all, it seems...
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