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  1. MirandaX

    Received my Ack! Industries dAck! (put it on your list!!)

    Interesting comments, Sean. I've been thinking of building a similar type of DAC myself for some time (based on Andreas' Ciuffoli's design, with upsampling mods). There's definitely something smoother about designs that don't have an active analog filter. Digital filterless designs I'm not as...
  2. MirandaX

    Help me get my Senn on

    Yeah, the Senn 580 are $160 at Amazon, so if you shop around online or in the For Sale forum you should be able to find them for even cheaper. Or post an ad in the For Sale forum with your maximum price (maybe $120-130) -- someone will jump on it.
  3. MirandaX

    MP3 vs. OGG

    Quote: Originally posted by master83 But is it necessary to encode OGG files at 500 kbits? No, definitely not. If you're going up to 500 kbits/sec, you might as well use a lossless format (most average around 500 kbits/sec).
  4. MirandaX

    Interconnect cables?

    Also worth considering if you're going with Canare cable is Canare GS-6. It's their cable specifically designed for interconnects (as opposed to star quad, which was designed for microphone cable, but is still excellent as an interconnect).
  5. MirandaX

    Various bits of good advice!

    The chickens always come home to roost (so don't burn bridges, etc.).
  6. MirandaX

    USB audio ... resamples to 48 kHz?

    For what it's worth, I've found that kernel streaming doesn't always bypass Kmixer, but it does on some configurations. So much of all this is in the specific driver/OS combination that it's hard to comment. Would it be possible for you to borrow a friend's receiver for an evening? Hate to...
  7. MirandaX

    USB audio ... resamples to 48 kHz?

    Quote: Originally posted by asdfeproiu9 Does this mean it resamples? I thought that when it outputs optically, it would just leave the signal alone ... Yeah, that's what you'd think. The reality, at least in my experience, is somewhat more complicated. With the M-Audio Sonica...
  8. MirandaX

    New Sarah McLachlan

    Quote: Originally posted by aerius Copy protection? What copy protection? I just used EAC to make a perfect copy of the audio tracks and I don't hear anything weird going on. No pops, no skips, no beeps, everything works and sounds fine. It ain't copy protected as far as I can tell...
  9. MirandaX

    Why express sorrow over the wallet?

    pbirkett, don't you miss the bass when listening with your Mission M51s? (Their -3dB point is 58 Hz.) IMHO, I've found that if you insist on good bass performance, speakers start to get a lot more expensive very quickly. The cheapest semi-decent subwoofers I've found start at $350 and most...
  10. MirandaX

    Foobar v Winamp

    Quote: Originally posted by fewtch The noise shaping (if it's predictive) will be correct for whatever signal is fed to the DAC... period. That's right, it is the correct noise shaping for "whatever signal is fed to the DAC." Problem is, if that signal is some junk perversion of the...
  11. MirandaX

    Foobar v Winamp

    Quote: Originally posted by blueice Hi I just switched from winamp to foobar. There seems to be quite a lot of options, but I dont know that much about the computer settings. I just know that my sound card outputs 16 bits. So should I stick to 16 bit fixpoint output? Yes...
  12. MirandaX

    Foobar v Winamp

    Quote: Originally posted by fewtch Errm... not sure you understand the nature of digital here. There's no such thing as "bad" bits -- a bit is either on (1) or off (0). Whatever is fed to a DAC will get noise-shaped/dithered, including any "corrupted" bits (which would consist of noise...
  13. MirandaX

    Foobar v Winamp

    Quote: Originally posted by fewtch The noise floor of CD (the full 16 bits) is 96dB, and it's very rare that much of that dynamic range is even used. I guess if you're concerned about losing that 5dB of signal down there it's worth it... provided you listen to your equipment at...
  14. MirandaX

    Foobar v Winamp

    Quote: Originally posted by pbirkett No. Most of "sound quality differences" people "hear" are placebo effect (at least with real music), as actual differences in produced sound data are below their noise floor (1 or 2 last bits in 16bit samples). I use Foobar myself. That said, the...
  15. MirandaX

    Thinking of switching. . .

    One thing worth mentioning is that the MG Head + Etymotic combo is much faster sounding than the MG Head + Sennheiser combo.
  16. MirandaX

    Thinking of switching. . .

    If you're going to college, you should definitely get Etys. When you're trying to study in a noisy library, or work in a noisy lab, or deal with an annoying roommate or neighbor, there's nothing better than putting on a pair of Etys and feeling the world disappear. They reduce your stress level...
  17. MirandaX

    m-audio question

    If you're just using the optical output of the Sonica, it won't make a difference provided that you're using either Windows 2000 or Windows XP with the version 1.2.05 drivers. The newer 1.2.20 drivers on Windows XP do not produce a perfect digital bitstream; this is a driver bug.
  18. MirandaX

    Question about DAC, USB PC Sound, Optical Out

    Absolutely! In fact, I encourage you to perform this test for yourself. (I used to believe that all digital outputs were basically the same until I actually tried this personally.)
  19. MirandaX


    Quote: Originally posted by Wmcmanus Are we sure that the "FreeSystems"/Grado phone shown in the advertisement posted by sTaTIx is the same sets of cans that Sugano-san has been referring to as the Grado PS-1 Pro? I doubt it. The Freesystems phones are model FS-1 (see their...
  20. MirandaX

    Beyer DT 250-80 questions

    I've compared the DT-250/250 and AKG K271S with a variety of amps. I prefer the DT-250/250 for the types of music I listen to, but really they're both neck-and-neck. The K271S is the much more refined can, no question about it. Better detail, microdynamics, and slightly better soundstage...
  21. MirandaX

    Beyer DT 250-80 questions

    Quote: Originally posted by Tyson I have the 250/250's hooked up to a PPA, and it is a wonderful match. Much better than the maxed out Meta 42 a friend has. I also highly recommend the Stereo-link 1200 external usb DAC if you are using a computer as a source, IMO it compares very well to...
  22. MirandaX

    usb DAC

    Don't let where a device plugs into a computer confuse you -- the Stereo-Link 1200 and similar devices like the Sonica are technically sound cards. They just plug into a USB port instead of a PCI slot inside of the computer. In terms of what they do, USB sound devices and internal sound cards...
  23. MirandaX

    PC as a source - The $55 M-audio Sonica upgrade

    Quote: Originally posted by asdfeproiu9 Just to confirm - if I'm using the optical out for a USB audio 'solution', they should all sound the same, right? What do you guys think about the Sharp AD-USB1? (Info can be found here) Edit: sorry for the thread-jack! The Sharp AD-USB1...
  24. MirandaX

    PC as a source - The $55 M-audio Sonica upgrade

    Be careful -- not all optical outs are identical. While the Sonica can output a 44.1kHz stream, it isn't always bit-perfect due to the KMixer resampling issue in Windows. (None of this is an issue if you use Macs.) Using the latest Sonica drivers, I only get a bit-perfect digital output on...
  25. MirandaX

    does anyone else prefer KSC-35 to Grado 225?

    Quote: Originally posted by donovansmith I don't have the KSC-35, but every other Koss "titanium" driver headphone I have I dislike a bit now. There is no question that my SR225 obliterates the KSC-50 and the KTX-Pro1, the Koss's are sloppy and dark sounding in comparison. Just to...