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  1. PleasantSounds

    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    If my experience counts, you're on the right track. I have the Metrum Menuet and to me it's a fantastic match for the V281. I have tried a couple of Chord models as well as the Yggy and ended up preferring the Menuet. The latest Metrum generation may be a further improvement over that, but I...
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    What's your foobar2000 setup?

    and while we're at it: I mada a small update:
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    What's your foobar2000 setup?

    Not sure where I got it from -probably from the author's page when it was stil operational. Have been using it for ages. This link points to the same version.
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    The foobar2000 help thread. Got problems or questions? Ask here!

    So the seekbar doesn't cut it for you? You can click on any point on the track timeline and it takes the playback there. There are also enhanced versions of the seekbar which display the track's waveform and control the play position through the mouse wheel - check the Waveform minibar (mod) if...
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    The foobar2000 help thread. Got problems or questions? Ask here!

    One hint for all those who have just installed the foo_jesus component: if you want your playlists backed up (and I stringly recommend that), then go to Preferences->Advanced->Autosave & Autobackup and make sure that your playlists folder name is CORRECTLY listed in the Files and directories to...
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    The foobar2000 help thread. Got problems or questions? Ask here!

    Other users though have been using the foo_jesus component which backs up all the relevant files and maintains a configurable number of backup copies, all neatly zipped for minimum footprint....
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    The foobar2000 help thread. Got problems or questions? Ask here!

    I don't think you will be able to use equalizer or any other DSP with the DSD sources. They only work with PCM.
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    The foobar2000 help thread. Got problems or questions? Ask here!

    I think this component may help you.
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    The foobar2000 help thread. Got problems or questions? Ask here!

    There is a pretty good Android remote app if you happen to use this platform: check the foobar2000 controller. You'll get much more than start/stop.
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    The foobar2000 help thread. Got problems or questions? Ask here!

    It would help knowing what player and what exactly you're trying to achieve and why. Foobar can act as an UPnP/DLNA server (and renderer) - if that would work for you then google foobar upnp and you should get on the right path quickly.
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    The DSP Rolling & How-To Thread

    Note that resamplers can be used not only to increase sampling rate but also to lower it. I have some 24/192 and 24/96 albums which perform equally well at 24/48, so to reduce the storage footprint on my server and the network bandwidth my working copies are usually either 16/44.1 or 24/48. In...
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    The DSP Rolling & How-To Thread

    It's been a while indeed - I don't even remember if we have mentioned resamplers at all? I don't see any in the 1st post... I recently stumbled across a really great one: Resampler-V. It deploys two of the best resampling algorithms: SoX and SSRC, and provides visual representation of the...
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    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    You should consider re-terminating the TH-X00 with an XLR plug. Makes a massive difference!
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    [Interest Check] Melbourne meet?

    You can try stereo.net.au - lots of audio gear changes hands there. But it is also an audio community and you have to be a member to sell stuff.
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    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    Having heard both quite extensively (before settling for the V281), I would not consider this move as an upgrade. These amps have very similar presentation, and the only thing separating them is a bit more smoothness in V281. If I had both Taurus and Vega, I wouldn't be tempted at all by the V281.
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    Metrum Acoustics Menuet DAC

    Menuet appears to be discontinued, and at the moment there's no direct replacement in the Metrum line-up. This could mean better prices from the vendors who still have stock, but it may also be harder to find. It's a fantastic DAC and I'm sure you'll enjoy it!
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    The foobar2000 help thread. Got problems or questions? Ask here!

    At least I'm not alone :beerchug:
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    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    Not all balanced headphones have the 4-pin XLR connector: some have 2x 3-pin XLR, some also 2x TRS. The V281 can be reconfigured through internal jumper to use the two TRS sockets to output balanced signal. This just adds to the flexibility.
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    The foobar2000 help thread. Got problems or questions? Ask here!

    Google the Tascam Hi Res Editor. It's free and handles DSF/DFF files.
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    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    If it happened to me, I would thoroughly examine the headphone cable that was plugged in at the time. Don't look at the input overload i.e. Hugo, but the output. Most likely you had an intermittent short there.
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    Violectric HPA V281 - Vorsprung durch Balanced

    One more option you may have (if you don't do that already) is lower the volume at your source. It won't affect the resolution if your DAC is receiving 24-bit signal. Generally most of the digital material is mastered too hot anyway and many DACs don't cope with this too well. The result may be...
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    What is better -ALPHADOGS OR BEYERDYNAMIC T5P ?

    The opposite perspective: I'm unfamiliar with the Alpha Dogs, but still own and love the T5p (albeit mine are modded). They are easy to drive: even straight off a mobile phone they will sound very close to their full potential. The sound is very dynamic and detailed, but their tonality is not...
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    FLAC vs CD quality difference

    Decoding FLAC, MP3 or any other format to pure PCM stream is the main function of the players. Leaving aside things like DSD and MQA, DACs can handle only PCM and don’t care what container format has been used. Results of lossless decompression should be identical with the original data...
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    Attack on Help and Recommendations Board

    These attacks seem to be coming always from a handful of accounts. If new accounts were limited to 1 post a day it would be much less of an impact. 
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