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  1. The absolute sound idea is still relevant to audiophiles


    Where did this 'absolute sound' thing come from ?

    First off, I did not invent this stuff. My original understanding of the absolute sound comes from Harry Pearson and early issues of his magazine 'The Absolute Sound' As best as I can tell, he invented the concept, and the methodology of applying it to equipment and recording reviews.

    The Absolute Sound was, and is:
    the name of a magazine
    an audacious claim;
    the name of the reference
  2. Review of 30 years old CD player - - are the antique CD-players still best?

    Quote Originally Posted by mkrzych View Post
    Amazing article and conclusion for always running forward technology advances - but not always in the right directions I think :-/

    Philips CD 304 and 304 MkII - are the antique CD-players still best?
  3. A bit of a break

    by , 03-04-2015 at 03:08 PM (The Ill-Tempered Audiophool)
    I think I am need of a bit of a break from here.

    I enjoy a good heated discussion as much as anyone, but being repeatedly stalked in "cyber-space," having my photograph ripped off my employer's website and posted here without my permission, and being accused (falsely) of making "racist" comments against Australians (with not one shred of evidence ever offered), makes me realize my non-anonymous presence here could potentially harm my job, my personal and professional ...
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  4. Mark Knopfler - Tracker - A Film By Henrik Hansen

    Quote Originally Posted by The Computer Audiophile View Post
    Can't wait for Mark's new album in March. According to this neat little video he used tape for the entire project rather than record digitally.

  5. Network Resource Requirements/Testing & Observations of Streamed Music Files Located On A NAS Device


    This blog post will be a work in progress as time and motivation allow but in this first go round I wanted to start off by talking about the bandwidth requirements (As Observed) from a networking perspective while streaming several different flavors of music files found in your average Audiophiles music library.

    To date, I have not yet seen anyone post this sort of information on the web showing the actual "flow" patterns and behavior of the various ...
  6. 1 or 2 partitions?

    I have to try listening myself and hear what happens.
  7. 1 or 2 partitions?

    I have to try listening myself and hear what happens.
  8. Squarewaves from DACs

    Based on request here, I made some more square wave scope measurements using a high resolution scope for comparison with earlier measurements of DSC1.

    Here are 7 kHz square wave results for the DSC1.




    Here are 7 kHz square wave results for the iFi iDSD Micro. ...
  9. Apple TV as a poor-man's Sonos system

    by , 12-27-2014 at 05:35 PM (The Ill-Tempered Audiophool)
    There are (at least) three ways one can use an Apple TV to play music:

    (1) Airplay streaming from a computer, iPod, iPhone, etc. This works in pretty much the same way as airplay to an Airport Express, or some airplay-enabled speakers like the Zeppelin Air. The streaming is done close to real-time, with a player application (like iTunes, or the player software on an iPhone) controlling it. (Recent versions of OS X with the right hardware can do this from the operating system level, ...
  10. An absolute beginner's guide to seting up computer audio on Apple OS X, Part II

    by , 12-21-2014 at 03:07 PM (The Ill-Tempered Audiophool)
    Quote Originally Posted by Ajax View Post
    Hi Bill,

    Well done on your blog, which I thought was concise and easy to follow. I've recently completed an iTunes instruction guide for friends and have included a couple of items below that you may or may not think are worth including in your blog. It would be nice if we could have all this in one place so please feel free to cut and paste as you see fit.


    Many Laptops (and some older desktops)
  11. Absolute beginner's guide to using Apple's OS X for computer audio, the easy way

    by , 12-18-2014 at 03:25 PM (The Ill-Tempered Audiophool)


    There is a lot of mythology surrounding computer audio. This is too bad, because it is very simple to do. Take a look around any community college campus; almost every student is using computer audio without any fanfare, either directly via their iPhone (or iPod), via their computer, or via some sort of streaming service to an iPhone or computer. They don't really have to do anything in terms of preparation.

    Updated 12-19-2014 at 12:16 PM by wgscott

    Personal Blogs , computer , tweaks
  12. Recommendation < $1000 DAC - very good recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by trappy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Boris75 View Post
    +1. I previously used a Hegel HD10 and was very pleased with it, so much that I kept it rather than selling it when I upgraded to a Benchmark DAC2. It has been in a box since then, as I wait for an opportunity to set up a second system where I would use it.
    Hegel makes great products in general, and they're a little under-appreciated outside of Europe. The HD11 is very good but its successor the HD12 is fantastic and a fantastic value, albeit at $1400 + tax a little more than your
  13. Changing sample rate from 192/24 to 96/24

    Quote Originally Posted by bdiament View Post
    Hi zebb,

    Most (but not all) of the sample rate conversion algorithms I've listened to tend to brighten and harden the sound, anywhere from just a little bit to quite appreciably. The most transparent sample rate conversion I've yet heard is marketed by iZotope (Alexey Lukin's "64-bit SRC"). It can be had for a reasonable price in Audiofile Engineering's wonderful batch processor Sample Manager.

    Might be worth trying a demo to see what you think.
  14. Lossless Streaming Services

    Large Music Libraries vs Streaming Services

    A lot of us “Computer Audiophiles” have amassed huge libraries of music, either from our legacy CD library or from online vendors, such as HDTracks or some mixture of the two. So much music that it’s sobering to think we may not ever get a chance to listen to it all.

    This reminds me of one of my favourite writers, Colin Wilson who wrote a book about his own favourite books, called ‘The Books in My Life’’. He’d amassed a large ...
  15. Audirvana + 2.0

    I have been a problem hearing some song cutting when only I play songs with sample rate above 96k (96k is ok).
    I'm using A+ 2.0.4 with M2tech Young DAC 384k , MacBook Pro 13inch Early 2011, 8GB, SSD drive, external Thunderbolt drive, and USB Hi-Speed Bus exclusive to feed DAC, and settings is:
    Hog Mode, Interger mode, no upsampling , 32bit
    I realize when a limit A+ to 24bit for playing above 96k the problem dissapier but I supposed the Interger Mode too, because INT flag turn ...

    Updated 11-02-2014 at 01:05 PM by mgaluzzi

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