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    The Nameless Guide To PC Gaming Audio (with binaural headphone surround sound)

    Wow, this looks great. I'm a little weary of messing up my OS though...has anyone here tried it?
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    Sonarworks Headphone Calibration software

    I put the it to entirely dry for troubleshooting reasons--definitely should've noted that I had, as it's all the more confusing that the delay occurs when there should be no effect. I'll try seeing if it occurs with a stereo signal when I'm home. Thanks!
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    Sonarworks Headphone Calibration software

    I don't think SW is working properly for me...either it's malfunctioning, I have the settings misconfigured, or this is simply a poor product. Basically, when enabled, the VST produces a "delay effect"--not latency, but an echo-like delay effect as one might use as a DSP (very short, maybe 50...
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    iFi iPurifier 2 - Reviews, Impressions and Discussion Thread

    Dropping in to say I just tried out the iDefender, and the results were surprisingly pleasing--much better than the Jitterbug. I went ahead and replaced the Jitterbug with the iDefender and put the Jitterbug in the adjacent USB port (haven't tested out the difference between no JBug in adjacent...
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    iFi iPurifier 2 - Reviews, Impressions and Discussion Thread

    The last I saw, an iFi representative here recommended putting the iP2 before the iUSB (assuming you meant that not DAC) only if your DAC draws any power from USB. iFi also definitively stayed that the iP2 would serve no purpose used in conjunction with the iUSB3.0
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    Out Of Your Head - new virtual surround simulator

    Awesome! Let me know if you could use a beta tester for resolving Asus Essence (One) issues. Uninstalling Razer Surround did not resolve the problems with distortion or "bad output device" errors; rather it eliminates the workaround of selecting the Razer Surround device for output, so I...
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    Out Of Your Head - new virtual surround simulator

    The gaming preset is indeed the best option OOYH has for that--all others add "room sound/effects" and speaker positioning isn't ideal for placing sounds. The big thing though is latency--with the other presets the delay before sounds play is unbearably noticeable. That said, the second best...
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    What's the best USB audio cable for the money?

    I picked up the Pangea Audio 24 ga solid silver 0.5 Meter cable for $40, and I too found it preferable to the ~$100 iFi Mercury. I found it a little softer and more detailed; a subtle but distinctly more enjoyable upgrade. I've also tried Audioquest Evergreens, which both the Mercury and...
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    Synergistic Research Atmosphere headphone cables

    The price tag is probably going to crush my spirits :(
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    Isolation feet for DAC and/or amp: real deal?

    I've just become aware of isolation feet being used with DAC's and amps to improve SQ...and I must say I'm skeptical--I can't say I understand how a component vibrating would disrupt how well it functions. I fully get why they'd be helpful with a turn table, but a DAC? Would a "top of the line"...
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    What to upgrade next?

    Hello all, I'd like a little advice...I'm looking to improve my setup, but I'm not entirely sure what component to look into upgrading next. Here's the whole shabang, any feedback would be much appreciated :) Power: Furman P-8 Pro Series II Linear Power Conditioner + PS Audio Noise Harvester...
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    UpTone Audio USB REGEN

    Yes, and as expected, I much prefered having the Regen after the iPurifier2. I'll also note I get *slightly* better results with an iFi iUSB + Gemini feeding the iPurifier2. Maybe the purifier performs better when given cleaner power, as the Regen does with a superior PSU? Not worth the money...
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    Thoughts on SotM products?

    Yeah, of all the products on that page the USB hub certainly looks the most likely to deliver results. I'm eying the "cheap" fan filters, though...anyone have thoughts on how likely those might be to make an audible improvement?
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    UpTone Audio USB REGEN

    Just wanted to check back in and say: the iPurifier2 definitely stacks nicely when fed into the Regen. I still don't understand why, but adding the iPurifier2 to the chain makes the sound richer and increases depth. Maybe I'm just nuts, but I've done enough listening to say that conclusively for...
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    UpTone Audio USB REGEN

    Not to press anyone to throw caution to the wind, but this quote is taken directly from the official Uptone Regen page: "use a nice linear if you want—in the range of 6-9V/1.5A is fine; or even 12V if you are certain that your DAC is not deriving much power from USB bus" My DAC is indeed...
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    UpTone Audio USB REGEN

    *after* the Regen, he said. I'm considering putting the iPurifier2 *before* the Regen
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    What's the best USB audio cable for the money?

    Wow, I'm surprised to hear that! What's your setup?
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    Thoughts on SotM products?

    Ah, gotcha. Well I think you're doing it right, then :) I use all this USB stuff due to limitations and deficiencies with optical, but I don't think the discrepancy between the two would be discernible with gear much lower of a grade than my own. Ahhh the obsessive and wallet-murdering...
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    Thoughts on SotM products?

    My main DAC only draws power from the handshake, so I don't use a Wyrd or USB power cleaner/source device like the iUSB for my most sensitive setup. Here's my current chain for that: Power source for PC + DAC + amp + PSU's: Furman P-8 Pro Series II Linear Power Conditioner + PS Audio Noise...
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    Thoughts on SotM products?

    I have one, but "upgraded" to an Uptone Regen I have one, but upgraded to an Uptone Regen with an SBooster and iPower + iPurifier2 :) I think theSotM products do something different, though...though my understanding of what is limited. I think they clean the signal that's being sent to the...
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    Thoughts on SotM products?

    This company has a number of products advertising various forms of power cleaning and jitter reduction for your PC, but I'm confused as to how (or how plausible it is) they'd really help...intriguing though; I'd be interested in any opinions, especially the more reasonably priced items towards...
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    iFi iUSB 3.0 > Uptone Regen = Degeneration or Regeneration?

    See this thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/762967/uptone-audio-usb-regen/795#post_12373650
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    APC surge protector "killed" my Stax amp

    I was quite skeptical to begin with, but I'm a convert to power cleaning. Switching from a standard power strip to a Furman P-8 Pro Series II Linear Power Conditioner 20 AMP with a PS Audio Noise Harvester (and quality power cables) provided a lower noise floor and superior specialization.
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