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  1. Seidhepriest

    Is it worth using nice wire for the ground channel?

    Short answer: yes. Explanation: the ground channel carries the return signal. So the sooner electricity gets flushed from the drivers, the sooner it arrives there. Ground wires have to be at least the same quality as signal wires, if not better. This also applies to studio wiring by the way: as...
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    Flawless albums

    Godflesh - "Pure", "Songs of Love and Hate", "Messiah" Final - "2", "Solaris", "The First Millionth of A Second" Jan Garbarek - "In Praise of Dreams", "Song for Everyone" Black Sabbath - "Sabotage", "Heaven & Hell". Carcass - "Heartwork" Ketil Bjornstad - "Floating" Loop - "A Gilded...
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    Anyone interested in the subgenre of Shoegaze?

    One word: Jesu. Even got the "Duchess/Veiled" vinyl EP of theirs (it was sold out in two hours or so).   My (very heavily modded) ATH-M40 work fine off pretty much any amp with that (also Godflesh and pretty much anything else related, like Final and Solaris BC). Now of course they're...
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    Official Free FLAC File Music Sharing Thread

    Well, this is a little side effect of a project of mine. The project itself is a GM/GS drumkit sampler, Solar Battery.   As you may guess, a MIDI drumkit requires a lot of testing to make sure it works with standard MIDI files. So here comes an entire album mixed with the new drumkit, as a...
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    Reply to review by 'seidhepriest' on item 'Audio Technica ATH-M40FS Precision StudioPhones'

    That's what they were like here, too, for the first week. Utterly cold and no contrast whatsoever. Later on, they had music played through with an adapted EQ for a night non-stop, and they improved. Burn-in with the right EQ makes all the difference. Now they're pretty much straight in frequency...
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    Reply to review by 'seidhepriest' on item 'AKG K 270 Studio'

    Wonder why the K-271, supposedly an incremental upgrade, have gotten to sound thinner, more melancholic, and lost the bass?
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    Please Recommend an AD8397 Pocket Amp Schematic

    The K-240 Monitor work fine with a stationary amp, even off a mixer's (or monitor speakers') headphone socket. A CMoy amp doesn't have the same amount of current available, and hence it doesn't even make the headphones cut external noise off as well with the same kind of music. It just can't...
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    Please Recommend an AD8397 Pocket Amp Schematic

    What's needed is two designs really: one a simple battery-driven amp; the other, a headphone amp stage for a USB DAC based on AK4556, with step-up USB power. Both using AD8397. The pocket amp is more of a curio for the sake of it, the amp stage is a bit more serious and will be based on a PCB...
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    Please Recommend an AD8397 Pocket Amp Schematic

    5.5 V. AKD4201 overdrives into stutter off an 8.4V rechargeable battery. Realistic operating current for 600-ohm headphones is roughly 6-12V.
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    Please Recommend an AD8397 Pocket Amp Schematic

    So the CMoy layout might work, but it will need something like a short protection circuit?
  11. Seidhepriest

    Please Recommend an AD8397 Pocket Amp Schematic

    Hello, what's a good, cheap amp design that uses the AD8397 as its core op-amp?
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    Review by 'Seidhepriest' on item 'AKG Acoustics K-240 Semi Open Studio Headphones'

    AKG K-240 Studio are at least the 4th (really 5th or 6th?) iteration of K-240 design, which started with the K-240 Sextett in the 1970s, themselves a circumaural version of supra K-140. The basic idea behind the "Sextett" design is that the main diaphragm drives six passive radiators, which...
  13. Seidhepriest

    Equal Loudness EQ Calibration Tones for Foobar2000 & Winamp

    Also check out the site's Files section, new stuff might be appearing there from time to time.
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    Equal Loudness EQ Calibration Tones for Foobar2000 & Winamp

    This is something concocted for tuning speakers and headphones for accurate playback. This is similar to the New South Wales' University page. But set up to match Foobar2000 & Winamp (+SuperEQ from Naoki Shibata) EQ bands.   Ideally this post would be stickied.   There're two versions...
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    Denon DJ DN-HP500

    Interested in selling the -500? For more modding torture with photos, of course.
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    Denon DJ DN-HP500

    Try the felt on pads without sewing or supergluing first. It might have an impact on sound.
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    Denon DJ DN-HP500

    Well a cheap but "difficult" fix is just coating the existing pads with some kind of thin felt...
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    Denon DJ DN-HP500

    The issue with Foster (the OEM for Denon, Yamaha, etc.) nowadays is quality control. Ever since they moved production to China it's been unsteady. Having modded two sets of AH-D310, the frequency response was measured with tones. And, guess what? Two sets bought from the same merchant had...
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    Review by 'Seidhepriest' on item 'AKG GHS1 '

    AKG GHS-1 have rather strangely made it here. As a gift.   They look like this:       And they're - wait for this - a gaming headset built around the K-81 core. There's no mistake whatsoever, the square apertures in the driver grille and the typical K-81 "bass, low midrange...
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    Seriously modded (re-cabled) ATH-M50 and cable discussion (split from leaving portable hi-fi thread)

    Nobody says it has to be uber-expensive cable, but if you look at an optical terminator and it's murky, cheap plastic, then obviously there's an issue.
  21. Seidhepriest

    Seriously modded (re-cabled) ATH-M50 and cable discussion (split from leaving portable hi-fi thread)

    Quote:   We use K-240 Studio and K-271 Studio for vocals. They have some benefits over Senn gear, like increasing contrast between notes, so musicians can actually play better in K-240, say. Also pretty good spatial definition.   You cannot just measure current conductivity. What...
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    Seriously modded (re-cabled) ATH-M50 and cable discussion (split from leaving portable hi-fi thread)

    Quote:   Instead of mocking honest people, do the experiment yourself. Get two sets of Audio-Technica ATH-M50. Should set you back something like $340 or more, but hey, you insist on blind denial. That costs. Then get the following: AWG 26, 30, 32 silver-plated copper twisted...
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    Seriously modded (re-cabled) ATH-M50 and cable discussion (split from leaving portable hi-fi thread)

    SIGH. See this?       These are very seriously modded ATH-M50. With a simple fruity Touch player, G4 or G1, they challenge my monitor speaker setup on balanced wiring. Of course a fruity player is still a fruity player, running at lame 44/16. Of course it's still a lot duller than any...
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    Denon AH-D210

    They're superior to the new AH-P372, heavily modded. Blu-tack+recable and they're getting up there with the modded AH-D310. Slightly coarser, not as ambiental, being supra, but modded they have The Tone for guitar music. Which is a bit uncommon for newer Denon models (AH-D1001/Creative Aurvana...
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    Denon AH-D210

    Mmm this is curious, they really are closer to AH-D310 and they resolve vocals a lot better than AH-P372.
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