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  1. marone

    What is the rational behind FLAC rips from vinyl ?

    Can't hear the difference between 16/44 red book and hi-res? That is a very obvious difference. The issue is more subtle and far more complicated than 16/44 is flawed. Basically anything that is put into ANY digital processor or mixer, gets degraded. I have FLAC rips that are straight from a...
  2. marone

    What is the rational behind FLAC rips from vinyl ?

    I am listening to FLAC vinyl rips as I write this. The treble is more realistic and accurate, there is no jitter it is called wow and fluter - and this is minimal because the system is high end, and anti-skating and other adjustments were performed to maximise sonic quality. There are few pops...
  3. marone

    What is the rational behind FLAC rips from vinyl ?

    FLAC rips of vinyl sound better than the CD or CD rip. CD measured a specific set a qualities and improved upon those. CD did NOT measure many other sonic qualities. Tonal completeness, soundstage, instrument body, instrument accuracy, vocal accuracy, 3-dimensionality of the instrument...
  4. marone

    For 6AS7G tube rollers here .....

    Check out the DIY sites that build amps, speakers and such. Many things could have happened. An educated guess is that a capacitor went bad somewhere, this caused a resistor to fail, and your phones were exposed to high unregulated levels of A/C or dc for a few milliseconds as the tube...
  5. marone

    The Hardest hitting Headphones are.. ( "The EXTREME BASS Club")

    No, HBB some have different sound goals than you who like bass do. I don't like your guys basshead cans and remixes at all, but I understand what you prefer and can point you in the direction of what it is that you like. I guarantee you would hate my home rig, no bass, open baffle, single...
  6. marone

    The Hardest hitting Headphones are.. ( "The EXTREME BASS Club")

    What you prefer, and this is science, is a constant ~50hZ tone rattling away with upper harmonics to 70hZ and lower down to 10. it is almost like the keyed-tone generators used for 1970's Sensurround audio tracks on film. This is just a lower frequency version of the 150hZ lower mid range...
  7. marone

    The Hardest hitting Headphones are.. ( "The EXTREME BASS Club")

    @HBB Have you tried using the accelerometer that is now part of all smartphones, and some app, to measure the vibrations? Placing the cups face up and clamped to a rig, with the phone laying where the paper would be, might give you repeatable data. This would give you some values that could be...
  8. marone

    Found my Westones 4 in the washer last night. Recommendations on an upgrade/alternative needed!

    Put them in a bag of rice, set it in the sun, do that for 3 days. At this point cannot hurt but should have been done before they were plugged in, electricity and water not being best pals. You might get a stroke of luck. Can't hurt...
  9. marone

    Q701 impressions thread

    Something sounds like it is snapping at that point. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2X-kjgZXu4#t=16
  10. marone

    Q701 impressions thread

    You have a non-mainstream interpretation of ""pressing and wiggling"". Others in this thread noticed this as well. The problem is you. You think you are not being violent with the Q701's, and you are. Not much to be done. Your position is not rational, and you think that pulling on the cord...
  11. marone

    Mercator 6J1 - Very Inexpensive Chinese 2 X 6J1 Tube Pre-amp, Head-fi Amp. Consensus is that this is NOT an LD Clone

    Can't help you there, but I rolled the stock Chinese (16cents each) 6J1 to some EF95's ($12 ea) and the tonality jumped up a huge notch. Have not done a detailed comparison but first impressions are very favourable. More body, harmonic completeness, tonal realism, 3-D to vocals, better treble...
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    Mercator 6J1 - Very Inexpensive Chinese 2 X 6J1 Tube Pre-amp, Head-fi Amp. Consensus is that this is NOT an LD Clone

    @bb sorry about the delay, I do not often ego-search. The link to the shoppe that sells these, the guy who makes them in ChongQing, is this: http://shop64451545.taobao.com/search.htm?spm=2013.1.0.0.gMOnJu&search=y The item I purchased is this...
  13. marone

    Sennheiser HD 600 Impressions Thread

    PX100 are supposedly excellent portables and I am curious what you think as you have the 650's and others.
  14. marone

    Ultrasone Pro 900 Impressions Thread

    Wait just a second. Get some alligator clip leads, clip onto both leads from the driver and see if it is a driver issue or the wire in the cord. Touch 2 bare wires to the driver and listen for sound. Get a voltmeter and test the leads to the plug for connectivity. This could be as simple as...
  15. marone

    Have TakStar Pro80 and Looking for the Next Step Up...Got Bored

    Well it seems as though its time to go midfi. I was enjoying trying out the lower end cans. Pro80 vs this list which one?: I am biased against the AKB and Beyer as I owned those years ago and liked them, but want try new lines that did not exist in the 80's. Shure SRH840 Sound Magic HP200 AKG...
  16. marone

    Dr. Dre -- I'm Losing Billions to Fake Beats from China

    Poorly and in ill health, that's how.
  17. marone

    Dr. Dre -- I'm Losing Billions to Fake Beats from China

    Dre is a rapper and sampler and thus a massive hypocrite. He made money sampling (copying or stealing) other's music back before laws made this difficult or illegal and now he whinges when someone does it to him. But I cannot agree with this: So if you cannot afford something you are...
  18. marone

    Have TakStar Pro80 and Looking for the Next Step Up...Got Bored

    Not to derail, but what you think of as ""Mongolian"" food or ""Chinese"" food is anything but. Chinese food is far far better in China and what you eat are dishes created by various businessmen. None of it is served here, except for the rice and in the south of China the dim sum is slightly...
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    Have TakStar Pro80 and Looking for the Next Step Up...Got Bored

    I own half a dozen small DAC using their optical output as reclockers that have a USB input and multiple outputs, including fibre and analog audio and SPDIF and USB, to then feed another DAC upstream. I am using this set up right now. The reclocker DAC has a chip that the second DAC does not...
  20. marone

    Have TakStar Pro80 and Looking for the Next Step Up...Got Bored

    Yeah, this is my huge spreadsheet Ctrl-V into the post of any can that I read or heard about that seemed promising. Took 18 months to compile. Chain is PC>USB>DAC>Fibre>DAC Amp I use a variety of mid-fil tube and DAC gear; headphone amp is a 10 watt 6PN1 x 2, 6P15 x 2 amp. Many cans but most...
  21. marone

    Have TakStar Pro80 and Looking for the Next Step Up...Got Bored

    Exhibiting tremendous restraint and not just leaping to a pair of 800's, I have slowly moved up the value / SQ chain with 20 pairs of cans. What would be the next good step up from the Pro80's? Closed or Open is fine. I listen to rock, jazz, current Asian pop, classical, prog, kraut, very...
  22. marone

    great bargain isolation discovery

    Yep - used as facing for small bookshelf speakers they make a good front and tweeter surround. Tend to laminate, though. The nylon separates from the foam.
  23. marone

    great bargain isolation discovery

    I buy cheap flip flops and choose for spongy heels. I cut them up and use them as neoprene footers.
  24. marone

    whats so good about beats headphones?

    I wrote a withering review of a friend's pair. What they do right: Haptics and engineering and design are excellent and unique. They have a 3-D articulated armature that clamps those big cups directly on to YOUR head at optimum angle. This adjusts a custom fit to each listener. Nice. They are...
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