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    So what was exactly wrong with Patrick82?

    It seems that the general attitude to him is to politely regard him as a bit of a village fool. Why? On the broad spectrum of things he slots very neatly into the psychoacoustic phenomenon surrounding the entire audiophile business of cables, power conditions, and another not electronically...
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    Don't bend your wires, don't touch them at all!

    Cold working copper to 1% strain reduces conductivity by a factor of 100.
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    Perhaps someone has posted this? "Metallica, Enter the Sandman: Smooth Jazz"   Don't need hi-fi to enjoy this, amazingly, surprisingly catchy.
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    Improve your PCIE sound card with ....
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    I've been thinking of ordering a MS headphone to supplement my closed one. Upon doing a sample checkout, I discovered that the site inserted a 'online 25% off' coupon code. However, the total still remained the same. Is there really a 25% off, or is it applied, or is it a dead code?
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    A Glorious Dawn - Carl Sagan

    YouTube - Carl Sagan - 'A Glorious Dawn' ft Stephen Hawking (Cosmos Remixed) Heheh.
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    AKG 271 vs DT250 250

    I'm searching for a closed pair of headphones to complement my SR80's and I came down to these. My budget hovers around ~$200 US. I'll be using this when the house gets noisy, especially as my computer is close to the kitchen. I want to use it for games and music, so I want; - Isolation...
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    Are headphones bad for your hearing .. no matter what?

    I am extremely sensitive to noises, so I tend to listen with my headphones on the very low end of the volume spectrum. However, even so, I will experience bouts of ringing when I go to bed. Loud, high pitched ringing. This problem does not manifest itself with speakers. Is there something...
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    Need help selecting budget desktop amp

    I've recently come into some free money (yay scholarships!), and while most of it will go towards my tuition, I will have a bit of leftover feel-good money. The amount ends up being about $100-200. I am looking for amps that will do a good job with my Grado and with other headphones that I...
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    Brief impressions of Total Bithead / Help with amp selection

    System: Total Bithead -> PA2V2 -> Grado SR80 I purchased this as an upgrade to my onboard sound. What follows is not A/B, but rather just 'absolute' impressions. For many of the tracks, I was surprised to hear that they were a bit veiled. It's hard to describe it this way, so the best way...
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    Soundstage and Visual Cues / Illusions

    So, inspired by a thread in Sound Science where the OP stated he took a walk in the frozen cold with his headphones, I was enticed to do the same. First off, I'm not sure if my Grados will stand up to it. I noticed immediately the cables got stiff and the plastic felt more brittle. Well, oh...
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    Onboard SNR

    I've been dying to find out an explanation, so here goes. It's my understanding that external DAC's or even internal sound cards will be better (by how much, I don't know) than onboard sound. This is due to removal from the motherboard circuitry as well as other factors like having their own...
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    Directional bias in songs

    Once I've started to use headphones, I noticed that a lot of music's deep / high notes tend to be biased on the right ear - it's fatiguing and can be painful sometimes. My audio set up is in my signature. Is this a fault with the hardware, or source, or my ear? For reference, I notice this is a...
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    Beginner's audio/complete dissection of Grado SR80s

    [Pretty much my first time using a point and click. Nikon D50, low light setting, flash manually forced back down or left up. Results - surprisingly good, but nasty sometimes.] Hi! Long time lurker. Recently I put together a decent PC that served my uses and so stalled off the upgraditis...