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  1. Open Hardware 1-bit multi-level DAC

    In response to endless DSD arguments here at CA I promised to publish an open hardware design of 1-bit multi-level DAC without magical black boxes. No DAC chips. No camel-back DSD ultrasonic noise bumps either, even with 7th order modulators. Multi-level, but still 1-bit. How is that possible? Well, it's not a secret and I wanted to put it out in an open way. A DAC that is not trying to play dual-role between it's PCM-to-SDM and DSD.

    Moving most of the DSP things to software, having ...
  2. Controlling Audirvana in Stand-Alone Mode with iTunes and

    by , 03-07-2014 at 11:51 AM (The Ill-Tempered Audiophool)
    I had been using Audirvana in iTunes-integrated mode since it became available, but have now returned to using it in stand-alone mode because the integrated mode is incompatible with Dirac room-correction software.

    In the time that I have been using Audirvana in integrated mode, the plug-in that I hacked together (with considerable help from Bob Stern) stopped working; it is incompatible with the latest iTunes and/or OS, and I haven't been able to fix it.

    I found a ...

    Updated 03-07-2014 at 12:43 PM by wgscott

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  3. Nice explanation of DAC chips and their behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by Jud View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by k6davis View Post
    Your point is correct Jed, but it doesn't apply to the original poster's question.

    If I understand correctly, he is considering purchasing a DAC that accepts a maximum of 16-44 because he'll only be listening to 16-44 content.

    My advice was that a more modern, HD DAC would provide better conversion of 16-44 content, and yes, I agree that the software upsampling in the server is usually superior to upsampling in the DAC.
    Quote Originally Posted by wakibaki View Post
    Yes, Paul, but as I refrained
  4. The loudness war

    As a mastering engineer i always been careful about loudness in mastering.
    Here you can find my article about the loudness war :

    i hope you like it!

    Francesco Donadel Donadel

    Editor in chief at HDPhonic
  5. My System

    Hello there

    It been a while since my last blog, thought I would tell you how I came about the system I am running today.

    Back in November 2012 I went to a Headphone meet up in Cambridgeshire England. While there a raffle was held, and I decided to take part as it was for a good cause. If memory serves me right it was for a Cambridgeshire hard of hearing charity.

    Any way, I was delighted when my ticket got pulled out first. I had a pick off a load off ...
  6. Remote Control Part V: EventScripts and its companion free iOS app

    by , 02-09-2014 at 09:28 AM (The Ill-Tempered Audiophool)
    I just got an application called EventScripts and its companion free iOS app. It has quite a bit of functionality. The two I instantly made use of are (1) the trigger function, so it can execute an Applescript or shell script in response to an event (eg: starting playback in iTunes), and (2) the iOS remote functionality, which gives you a simple interface to run any Applescript or shell script remotely, eg:


    There is a lot more to this, ...

    Updated 03-07-2014 at 10:02 AM by wgscott

  7. Best advertising for a digital music service; and how WiMP became my streaming service of choice

    Advertising is everywhere and to truly grab potential customers attention, business have to be creative. At the end of 2013 I came across what, in my mind, has to be the best advertising I've seen for a digital music service. Obviously this is a highly subjective opinion, but I've decided to share this with you all the same.

    First, a little background about the company. WiMP is a Norwegian music streaming service similar to Spotify and Rdio. It is available in Norway, Sweden, Denmark ...
  8. Recommendation for Bach orchestral works

  9. Nad d-7050

    Does anyone have any first-hand experience w/ the NAD D-7050? Looks like a great way to add a quality DAC and amplification at a reasonable price, but would like to hear what others think, alternatives, etc.
  10. An introduction to my system

    What better way to start off a new blog on Computer Audiophile than to do a quick rundown of the equipment I use to enjoy music. This post will therefore give you a quick introduction to my setup. I apologize in advance if I missed any spelling mistakes. Its not easy being dyslectic.

    Having finished my bachelors degree not long ago I decided to swallow my pride and move back in with my parents. House prices in Norway are high, and wages as a kinder garden teacher with a bachelors degree ...

    Updated 02-06-2014 at 12:32 PM by alehel (Grammatical corrections)

  11. My system

    Sources: Linn Klimax DS, Oppo BDP-103, Pioneer Elite Kuro PRO-151FD
    Preamp: Linn Klimax Kontrol
    Surround Processor: Classe SSP-800
    Applification: Linn Klimax Solo (2), Parasound A51
    Speakers: Vivid B1 (2), Vivid C1, B&W CDS3 (2), B&W M-1 (2), JL Audio f112 (2)
    Server/Storage: eSilentPC server, Synology ds412+
    Tweaks: GISO DS, Symposium Ultra amp stands
    Cables: Transparent Reference
    Software: JRiver 19, BubbleDS, dBPoweramp ...

    Updated 03-15-2014 at 01:54 PM by ChrisG

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  12. How to backup your music library

    Hi everyone !

    New blog post on about how to your music library :

    Comment sauvegarder sa musique (French) -->

    English (With Google translate) :

    Hope you like it !
  13. Audiophile help on a mac mini

    Quote Originally Posted by mayhem13 View Post
    There's really only one way to do what you suggest and that's to feed the TV with your HDMI out of your Mac mini and the TV in turn will send a digital signal to the sound bar via the optical connection. This way, in effect the TV becomes your source switch.

    There's no value in adding an external DAC to your current setup. Relax, sit back and enjoy some very convenient Flac streaming! I'm a streaming maniac with now every room having audio available......even the master bath with a
  14. bitrot: A shell script to detect changes in the audio component of ALAC files

    by , 01-22-2014 at 09:05 PM (The Ill-Tempered Audiophool)
    One of the best things about FLAC is that it contains an internal checksum, so you can see if the audio portion of the file has been changed (i.e., corrupted in some way, or has suffered "bit rot"). You can change the tags embedded in the file all you want, and it won't alter this checksum. The only thing that will cause it to change is damage to the audio content of the file.

    Wouldn't it be nice if ALAC had the same feature? It turns out the Apple OS X command-line utility ...

    Updated 01-27-2014 at 12:20 PM by wgscott

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  15. Album of the Evening - Hyperion recordings suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by mkrzych View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Musicophile View Post
    Sorry to everybody else for the OT:

    Guidof posted this recently, with Isserlis again and it is on my to buy list:
    Beethoven: Cello Sonatas - CDA67981/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) - Hyperion Records - MP3 and Lossless downloads
    There's a free download track that sounds really good.

    Isserlis another time with Bach: one of my favorite versions of the Cello Suites:

    Bach: Cello Suites - CDA67541/2 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) - Hyperion Records - MP3 and Lossless downloads
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