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    What Component (To You) Has The Biggest Impact On The Sound Of A System?

    Answer 1: The part that's sub-standard. Answer 2: Assuming everything is reasonably adequate for its purpose, my big #1 is not the gear, but the music you're playing on it. Explanation 1: Say you have awesome cans, amp, and source, but for the cable you're using a 200' run of 32AWG wire and...
  2. Cor

    Decibels, distortion, amplifiers and golden ears

    Quote: Originally Posted by TheVinylRipper This is a graph of the frequency response of my AT440MLa phono cartridge playing a 300 Hz tone from my quite expensive test record which I bought specifically for this purpose. Note the broadness of the response. Note also that the THD is...
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    looking for MP3 player for working out....

    I think it's pretty difficult to damage a HD player's drive unless you drop it, and even then most of them seem pretty sturdy. However, while running you will need to either carry a HD player in your hand or buy a suitable strap/case for it. HD players generally only access their drives...
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    Canal phones VS Cans..noob qns

    I haven't heard the E2's, but I have listened to both RS60's and Shure E3's on the same source. The RS60's had a lot more low-end bass, but the treble/mid-range felt a bit recessed by comparison, although that might have been the bass's fault. If you're a bass-head I'd say the grado's would be a...
  5. Cor

    Apple trying to patent the GUI on MP3 players

    Basically this is the same thing as if someone invented a new kind of personal transport and then somebody completely different came along and patented the idea of sticking a steering wheel on it. It's pure greedy exploitation of a flawed patent system.
  6. Cor

    Amping D-211 headphone out . . .

    One other thing you should note is that the D-211's headphone jack outputs a pretty strong signal. A very strong signal actually. I don't have the balls to even try plugging my Shure's into it because I know it would be deafening at minimum volume. You might need an attenuation circuit of some...
  7. Cor

    Do you think an expensive pair of headphones can sound better than speakers?

    Quote: The thing is this -- most music was recorded with speaker playback in mind. It isn't that either speakers or headphones are intrinsically better, but that (non-binaural) stereo itself was designed around the concept of speakers, as is multichannel surround. Just my 2c... When...
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    Do you think an expensive pair of headphones can sound better than speakers?

    Quote: Nice post Cor, very interesting. Do you mind if I ask how much that stereo system cost? Enough. Quote: THX certification doesn't mean much in terms of audio quality. My opinion of movie theatres is pretty low. Every one I've been in has a general flat, honky...
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    Do you think an expensive pair of headphones can sound better than speakers?

    There are at least 3 different audio stores near where I live that have $20K+ speakers set up in quality demo rooms with proper acoustic treatments. I don't know of a single place I can go where I can try out headphones worth more than $500. Perhaps my experience is unusual, but I suspect it...
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    SACD vs. DVD-A

    Quote: An Interpolator is used to oversample to higher frequencies and longer word lengths. The word you are looking for is a differentiator, and you can differentiate any sigma-delta word to a PCM word. If you look at a DS PCM chain from analogue to analogue it looks like this...
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    SACD vs. DVD-A

    DSD, or Direct Stream Digital, is an interesting concept. It's really just a special case implementation of a delta-sigma ADC/DAC, the same as those that have been serving as PCM ADC/DAC surrogates in the vast majority of recording and playback systems since the early 90's. True PCM...
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    New iPod game out

    This does bring up an interesting point though... I honestly wonder why Apple refuses to release an SDK for the iPod. I know a lot of people just want tunes to go in their pocket, but there are all sorts of handy tools and games that people would happily code and give away for free if they only...
  13. Cor

    Lets chat about our earwax...

    The site Bangpod linked to mentioned that olive oil will dissolve ear-wax and can be used so long as its clean. (No left-overs from the fryer eh?) I'd be curious to hear from anyone who's tried that... If it works that'd probably be the cheapest way to go, plus your ears would smell like Italian...
  14. Cor

    WMA is ze best!

    That guy did have one very valid point. iTunes implementation of DRM is going to cause major headaches down the road for anyone who switches to a different brand of player and isn't willing to hack through iTunes DRM. Let's face the facts, the iPod may be on top for now, but who knows what the...
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    Service Manuals

    Well, I'm probably just talking to myself, but here it is anyways. The relevant page from the D-211 Service Manual: (If you were after more than the pots for adjusting tracking, focus, etc. then I'm sorry. This is all I needed so it's all I got.) I couldn't find this anywhere online...
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    Service Manuals

    Have you had any luck with this yet? I'm after a D-211 service manual myself and haven't had any myself so far. (Thanks for the links Zidric... Good stuff there. Just no D-211 manuals that I could see. )
  17. Cor

    RME or M-Audio vs Digital out with ext DAC

    Hmm... Come to think of it I use Kernel Streaming and not ASIO... Maybe the Revo drivers still do have an issue with ASIO. It doesn't really matter though, since you can accomplish the same thing via another route.
  18. Cor

    What's a good "bang for your buck" headphone amp?

    The M-Audio Revo is supposed to be quite a good music card. Better than the Audigy's for sure, although probably not as good as one of the RME Digi's. (There is a rather large price difference there though...) In spite of what Creative may claim, pretty much all Creative cards resample...
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    Extreme Cold Damage?

    Actually, this is something I found to be unusual about the stock iPod buds. They stiffen up at much milder temperatures than any other head-phone I've ever used. They're like 12-gauge solid-core copper wire at 0 degrees celsius! I have a pair of equally crappy Sony earbuds that don't do that...
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