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  1. iFi iDSD Micro measurements

    Here are my standard set of measurements, this time with iFi iDSD Micro.




    First sweep 0 - 22.05 kHz. Source is 44.1 kHz 32-bit PCM file.

    Filter "Bitperfect" (NOS):
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    Filter "Standard":
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    Filter "Minimum(phase)":
    idsdmicro-sweep-wide-mp.png

    Upsampled to 768/24 PCM in HQPlayer:
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  2. Audirvana + 2.0 broken library after upgrade to iTunes 12.0.1

    Quote Originally Posted by mkrzych View Post
    Hello,
    After I did upgrade to the iTunes latest one - 12.0.1, A+ 2.02 messed up my whole library and smart playlists! I didn't have iTunes library synchronized, but I have some folders from the iTunes catalogue added the the selective syncing. A+ messed everything and when I clicked remove all iTunes playlists it's been busy for 1h and left all the things from iTunes - like audiobooks, everything even after clicking that remove iTunes playlist button. Man, what the f….. :-(
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  3. Puddletag on OS X

    by , 10-16-2014 at 12:33 PM (The Ill-Tempered Audiophool)
    Puddletag was developed for Linux, but it is easily ported to OS X. I made a fink package that enables you to install it automatically. If you have fink installed, simply issue the command

    Code:
    fink selfupdate
    fink -y install puddletag
    and Bob's your uncle.

    If you don't have fink installed, you can get a copy of mine, which will put everything in /sw, and an AppleScript launcher app I made in /Applications/Puddletag.app

    To do that, ...
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  4. More DSC1 measurement results

    As requested by Superdad, here are sweep results for a 0 - 768 kHz sweep (source is 1536/32 PCM).

    DSD128:
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    DSD256:
    ws-dsd256.png

    DSD512:
    ws-dsd512.png

    Note that corner frequency of the analog filter formed by the conversion stage moves up as the sampling rate is increased, while the Sallen-Key filter has static corner frequency.



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  5. Preliminary measurement results for the DSC1 DAC

    I finally used couple of days to do small fixes for the first unit I put together and got first decent measurement results.

    Results are still considered preliminary, because the DAC was measured without any shielding case, plain boards and transformers on a table, connected with open unshielded wire hassle...

    I performed my usual set of measurements.




    First was 0 - 22.05 kHz linear frequency sweep (44.1 kHz 32-bit PCM source file) with ...
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  6. Audirvana + 2.0

    Quote Originally Posted by mkrzych View Post
    Why when I quit and open A+ 2.0 it needs to scan the whole library again and again and it takes few minutes where the CPU is busted on over 100%? It is quite annoying, so I think scanning process need a real treatment and improvements.

    BTW, I have noticed on my DAC that after stoping playing in the A+, after few minutes time to time the LED on my DAC indicating the LOCK starts quickly blinking and I can hear cracking in my speakers. Then it stops and happening again. When I resume
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  7. New album from Marcin Wasilewski Trio

    Quote Originally Posted by mkrzych View Post
    Spark Of Life - Joakim Milder, Marcin Wasilewski Trio. Recommended!

    Spark Of Life | HDtracks - The World's Greatest-Sounding Music Downloads
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    Audacity shots - original high resolution recording with perfect graphs. Sounds superb and might be 2014 release.

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  8. Need integrated Amp recommendations for Monitor Audio RX-6's

    Quote Originally Posted by mayhem13 View Post
    Ok........so when we hear something, we hear the direct radiation of the speaker elements and the reflected radiation at different points in physical distance and of course, time. We also hear resonances created by physical items in the room in what is known as the modal region. So what finally arrives at our ears is a three dimensional recreation of the original signal created by the speakers and the room.....yes?

    So if an amplifier should be designed to be uncolored or neutral to
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  9. To DSD or not to DSD?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris75 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by spdif-usb View Post
    According to Barry Diament, the quality of the original recording in terms of mike setup, etc. can fully be had from PCM done properly at 4x rates (24/176.4 or 24/192), i.e. he has testified that it is audibly indistinguishable from the live feed in his studio. Also according to him, IIRC the same cannot be said about DSD, and, based on my own, personal experience, I have to perfectly agree with him.

    That being said, one of the most plausible explanations as to why this is so IMO
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  10. Help! Berkeley RS vs. Devialet!

    Yes, this is an odd query. I just bought the RS, which has not arrived yet. Very excited about it. Then sought a new amplifier for my Rockport Aviors. I was thinking Boulder, Ayre, D'Agostino.... then stumbled on Devialet. Wow! To those of you with high-end traditional systems who have heard the innovative French-made Devialet (which includes a seemingly basic/inexpensive dac), is it REALLY worth selling my RS before opening the box? Thanks all!
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  11. Marantz DSD DAC - official

    Quote Originally Posted by mkrzych View Post
    Finally it's official:

    Marantz UK | HD-DAC1
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  12. Clue about speaker cables - sort of

    Quote Originally Posted by mkrzych View Post
    I was searching Internet in hope that "the truth is out there" and found very interesting and honest post from one of the Harbeth designers here: Cables for your Harbeths (general, not specific Harbeth models) - Page 5

    Definitively worth to read and it may quite stop the discussion about fancy cabling and money spent for audio "bijoux" ;-)

    Of course we can say that it was 2006 and technology changed since there etc., but the clue is indeed "out
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  13. Remote Control Part VII: Logitech's Harmony Smart Control physical remote, keyboard, and iOS app

    by , 08-06-2014 at 01:09 PM (The Ill-Tempered Audiophool)
    I'm playing with a new remote control setup, the Logitech Harmony Smart Control system.

    I initially purchased the system with the physical remote:



    It lists for $130, but Logitech periodically drops the price to $99, so it is worth holding out (as I did) until the next time it goes on sale.

    You can also buy it with an integrated keyboard/scrollpad instead:

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    Updated 08-08-2014 at 07:19 PM by wgscott

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  14. Audirvana 2.0 coming soon…

    Quote Originally Posted by damien78 View Post
    This is a long journey to get a full featured library manager with all the innovative features to make the navigation in your music library really convenient, efficient, and fast.


    The devil is in the details to release a stable fully functional release, not an alpha version, especially as this is going to be a paid upgrade.
    But I agree, perfection is an endless quest, tuning features can always go on, but the release must happen.


    So Audirvana
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  15. USB And Other Cables Round Up

    Quote Originally Posted by Phil C View Post
    USB and Other Digital Cables Round Up

    When it’s time to buy a USB or other digital cable, 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 from some recent sources to assist you.

    This round up is divided into USB cables and other digital cables sections.

    A convenient source
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