There has been a lot of discussion about different types of volume controls. For comparison purposes of one case I chose to use Mytek Stereo192-DSD DAC which has three different volume control modes; analog, digital and bypass. Signal routing is implemented using relays. DAC chip is ESS Sabre ES9016S in stereo mode (4 DACs in parallel per channel). ESS Sabre has 32-bit volume control and internal DSP pipeline so it has 8 bits more resolution than allowed by 24-bit external input. It also has higher
Originally Posted by Blizzard
Paul McGowan of PS Audio recently posted this on his blog:
He starts off with:
"The Uptone Regen, highly recommended for any DAC"
But then he says:
"I still think Bridge II outperforms even the best I have heard through USB"
"USB is perhaps the worst of any of the formats – optical the
This blog post sums up the influence of jitter in the recording-storage-playback chain in three simple but sound statements. [Some additional insights and reasoning are given in brackets.]
Note: Statement two rules out systematic differences in the playback of bit identical files due to differences in noise stored along with the information (e.g. through varying strengths of the physical representations of 1s and 0s) when playing from RAM.
1) Jitter during analog to
Originally Posted by wgscott
I let iTunes organize my music library. (In the "advanced" preference window, you can choose to let iTunes do this, or you can choose to do it manually. Manual seems too much like work, but I hate that I cannot customize how iTunes organizes things).
iTunes serves many functions, much to many people's annoyance. It is a bloated monstrosity, and gets more annoying and controlling and arbitrary by the year. But like any disfunctional relationship,
Originally Posted by dalethorn
Here's my review of the Nighthawk, and this time in a nicely-formatted pasteup. I cover the solidly good points as well as any objections I found in other reviews.
Audioquest Nighthawk Stereo Headphone – Audiophile Review
Well done Dale! I agree with you that these are very special headphones. I look forward to your extension to this with comparisons in fair detail with other excellent headphones.
I tried them almost all, JRiver remains the best.
The following settings help to hide some of the more annoying "features":
Uncheck Apple Music (if you don't want to use the streaming service) and iCloud Music Library (unless you use it). (iTunes Preferences > General)
After about 20 years of snide comments and sneering dismissal, I dragged the wifey to see the remains of the Dead last Sunday (last week, in Santa Clara, CA). As they were tuning up, she asked me if it had started. I replied that it was about to, and it would be rather unambiguous. They kicked in about 20 minutes behind schedule with "Feel Like a Stranger" and about 79,999 of the approximately 80,000 in attendance of the 50th anniversary of the band that never had a hit were instantly
Originally Posted by mkrzych
After Keith Jarrett remasters release of vinyl pearls in high resolution download and its extraordinary sound quality I thought that maybe we could try to persuade ECM Records to reissue some of the stunning albums they have, not only those initially released on vinyl, but also others which could potentially improves if Jan or other experienced mastering engineer put its hand on it driven by Manfred's approval.
My choices are:
1. Kenny Wheeler- The Widow In The
It is too long, unwieldy and looks ugly. That's my DIY USB cable.
After Alex and John posted about the enhancements of their Regen Amber device, I wanted to try modifying my USB cable by adding some small resistance to the ground.
In the meantime, the cable was lying unused since the time I tested a USB 3.0 cable to connect the computer to the DAC (Mac to iFi iDSD Nano). The original idea came from a couple of commercial designs, namely the LightHarmonic USB cable with
My DSD Template
Like you I’ve made the leap to deal with a technology oft maligned but which consistently sounds the best to my ears. It is a big investment in time and money to achieve full advantage of DSD in your system so buyer be ware. In a years time we may see shift to 32 bit music at which point PCM may reign supreme again, however, the file size vs quality leads me to say DSD will be relevant long into the future.
I though it might be
Modern PCM sigma-delta converters produce much lower error signals than1-bit sigma-delta DSD converters. The errors in the DSD system are due to the1-bit quantization that occurs in 1-bit sigma-delta DSD converters. Multi-bit PCMsigma-delta converters can be fully dithered and do not suffer from this un-dithered truncation. Plus, every added bit reduces the noise signal by 6 dB. A 4-bit sigma-delta converter is 24 dB quieter than a 1-bit sigma-delta DSD converter. Right from the start, 1-bit DSD
Updated 05-22-2015 at 06:08 PM by John Siau
Danny will you be demoing Roon at the THE Show in Newport? If so what room?[/QUOTE]
I second. Let the SQ folks do SQ and the UI/Library folks do that part.
USB and Other Digital Cables Round Up as of 8/30/2015
* Indicates an update since the previous posting.
When it’s time to buy USB or other digital cables, what’s the first thing to do? Well, you’re likely to turn to the audiophile mags and Internet sources for reviews and opinions. Info is out there but scattered about, so here is a round up that doesn’t pretend to be comprehensive to assist you.
This round up is divided into a USB Cables section and
Updated 09-20-2015 at 11:42 AM by Phil C
Originally Posted by damien78
Just released 2.0.11 that brings bug fixes & UI improvements:
Add warning about still running background tasks when application is quittingBetter detection of Bluetooth devices to automatically deactivate Direct Mode for themAdd iFi DSD DACs, and DidiT High-End DAC212 to native DSD DACs white listVarious User Interface improvements (pause release upon double click on track, Cmd F shortcut for Find/Search text, ...)Bug fixes:
Fix manual playlist reordering