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  1. Audioquest Nighthawk Stereo Headphone review

    Quote Originally Posted by dalethorn View Post
    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 Ė 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.

    Leo
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  2. JRiver Feature Requests

    I tried them almost all, JRiver remains the best.
    What else!
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  3. How to tame iTunes 12.2

    by , 07-10-2015 at 01:24 AM (The Ill-Tempered Audiophool)
    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)






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  4. My wife finds my Wall of Sound entirely inadequate and un-involving

    by , 07-06-2015 at 01:24 PM (The Ill-Tempered Audiophool)
    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 ...
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  5. Postulate to ECM Records - for high resolution reissues

    Quote Originally Posted by mkrzych View Post
    Hello,
    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
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  6. Reviving my DIY USB cable and finding Wow! again

    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 ...
    Tags: diy, usb cable, wow!
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  7. Template for DSD Surround and Stereo Playback

    My DSD Template

    Hello,

    Like you Iíve 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 ...
    Tags: dsd, hdmi, stereo, surround
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  8. Losses in 1-bit DSD vs multi-bit PCM

    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 05:08 PM by John Siau (typo)

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  9. Official Roon User Impressions Thread

    [QUOTE=magicknow;426971][QUOTE=dannyroonlabs

    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.
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  10. USB and Other Digital Cables Round Up as of 5/15/2015

    USB and Other Digital Cables Round Up as of 5/15/2015

    * Indicates the cable is an update since the previous posting.

    When itís time to buy USB or other digital cables, whatís the first thing to do? Well, youíre 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 doesnít pretend to be comprehensive to assist you.

    This round up is divided into a USB Cables ...

    Updated 06-19-2015 at 09:24 AM by Phil C

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  11. Audirvana new 2.0.11 version - quite major step up to the right direction!

    Quote Originally Posted by damien78 View Post
    Just released 2.0.11 that brings bug fixes & UI improvements:

    • Add warning about still running background tasks when application is quitting
    • Better detection of Bluetooth devices to automatically deactivate Direct Mode for them
    • Add iFi DSD DACs, and DidiT High-End DAC212 to native DSD DACs white list
    • Various User Interface improvements (pause release upon double click on track, Cmd F shortcut for Find/Search text, ...)
    • Bug fixes:
      • Fix manual playlist reordering
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  12. Lyn Stanley Poitions download - files will be recreated.

    Quote Originally Posted by mkrzych View Post
    Hello guys,
    First I'd like to thank you very much for Cookie and Lyn to care of me and additional work they did to resolve the issue and explain to me what happened. They service to customers is EXTRAORDINARY!

    Here is a part of Cookie's respond:

    "We are creating all new files after testing numerous converters. We have now chosen the one that most closely reflects the original mastered sound with regard to our ears and the meters. We have incorporated
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  13. The absolute sound idea is still relevant to audiophiles

    All,

    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
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  14. 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?
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  15. 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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