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  1. Loudspeaker Cables

    After looking around online for some new speaker cables and not finding the “right” cable at a price I was happy with, I decided it was time for a project. It’s been a while since I went the DIY cable route so I needed to research a bit and find good sources for the materials. The last item arrived this past Thursday just in time for my free weekend.

    .999 Pure Silver

    This project seemed a perfect time to kill 2 birds with 1 stone (so to speak) and build some solid silver ...

    Updated Today at 08:05 AM by Melvin

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  2. MQA is Vaporware

    Quote Originally Posted by crenca View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mansr View Post
    If you think this seems far-fetched, look no further than to HD video. To produce a Blu-ray player, you must agree to limit the picture to DVD resolution if the display connection doesn't have HDCP encryption. MQA could become the music industry's equivalent of HDCP.
    {just riffing off of your post mansr}

    This is why MQA = DRM in it's current form (which I put at 1.1 - 1.0 being the original hardware only version). You can not produce a hardware or software decoder TODAY without agreeing
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  3. Which DAC best to use as preamp under $200 (new or used)

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbob View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by zackthedog View Post
    I have one and it's not bad at all, but the iFi nano is a lot punchier and solid-sounding, IMO.

    Thanks for the tip, I think Audiophile on the Cheap needs to audition one....that's only $30 more than the Schiit Modi2-- which one beautiful DAC compared to a Dragonfly v1.2.
  4. Computer Audiophile on the Cheap

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbob View Post
    The High Fidelity Cable MC-0.5 power conditioner, plugged into the extension strip with my amp and computer has made the greatest improvement of all the additions and tweaks. At $299 is make Music become more Magical.
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  5. Computer Audiophile on the Cheap

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbob View Post
    Since that writing, a few changes ('upgrades') have been made. I purchased a solid state drive, and when I did the clean install, I chose the tried and true 14.04 LTS distribution of Ubuntu Linux. And my old Yamaha RX-350 Natural Sound receiver is the amplifier, with it's 'cd-direct' circuit, is a cleaner sound and more power than the h/k 330i. I found the 16.04 distro resulted in numerous crashes due to system errors. Since I installed 14.04--not one single system error. Very stable and powerful
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  6. Computer Audiophile on the Cheap

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbob View Post
    I have a very limited budget, but I consider myself to be an audiophile (My definition of an 'audiophile' is simply--There is a sweet spot, and I know where it is).

    I started with a Dragonfly v 1.2, which was defective. But, as a result of that experience, I learned more about the workings on my computer, and eventually Audioquest replaced the DF. Then I heard about the Schiit Modi 2 external DAC which would give me the full 192 on my Linux machine. It arrived yesterday, one day early,
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  7. MC-0.5 is a "must have" accesory to any system

    The MC-0.5

    Stereotimes' most wanted component, The MC-0.5 is a magnetic conduction device. Covered under the connecter is a series of patented products. This unique device simply plugs into the wall to apply magnetic conduction to incoming electricity. The MC-0.5, once plugged into an extra outlet, delivers a dramatically cleaner, clearer music signal with better dynamics, realism and musicality. It is both more detailed as well as more relaxed-sounding at the same time. ...

    Updated 01-13-2017 at 05:08 PM by bigbob

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  8. A New Direction

    After many years pairing high-powered amps with low-efficiency loudspeakers I finally decided to dip a toe into the opposite world of low-powered amps paired with high efficiency single-driver loudspeakers.

    Cost was always somewhat prohibitive for me and is why, for the most part, I shied away. Enter Chi-Fi. Initially I think many of us audiophiles balked at the spate of cheap (and cheaply made) electronics coming out of China. After all, how could anything so inexpensive be remotely ...

    Updated Today at 08:14 AM by Melvin

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  9. Room treatment suppliers

    Hi All- I'm looking into some room treatment options and have found a few suppliers, Auralex and Vicoustic, that seem like good options. Attractive and quality are important for this project. Any ideas?! Thanks.
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  10. Luxman DA-06

    Quote Originally Posted by maheshkc View Post
    Selling Luxman da-06 230V European
    It was bought in march 2015 from Acoustic Gallary Paris
    it was a demo unit
    For paypal please add 4%, price is 3200euro,
    I replaced 7 fuses inside with SR20 fuses. which cost 350euros.
    Any questions are welcome.
    Thx
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  11. Building a new server for multichannel processing

    I wanted to build a server that is capable of running multichannel pipeline matrix processing (including convolution) and upsampling to the 8-channel exaSound e28 DAC at DSD256.

    One challenge was finding a nice CPU for the task. When the new Broadwell-E generation of CPUs became available the choice became easier. Either 8-core i7 6900K with 3.2 GHz base frequency, or 10-core i7 6950X with 3.0 GHz base frequency. I ended up selecting the 6950X because then there's a core per channel ...
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  12. Smart Playlists: I just found out they rule

    I do most of my music listening on my phone in the car. That's where I have the most free time to pay attention to music. It's great when I have an opportunity to sit down and listen to an album all the way through on the HIFI but generally speaking, I'm jamming in the car.


    I used to have an iPod but got rid of it when I got my android as it has expandable storage and is customizable and I can do all my things with one computer (that can call people). So I went looking for the ...
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  13. SOtM sMS-200

    Quote Originally Posted by MayfromSOtM View Post
    Greetings,

    My name is May and I’m working for SOtM as a marketing manager. It’s so pleasure to introduce myself here officially and great chance to announce the sMS-200 availability through this chance.

    Some may already have known our sMS-200 but some may not know about this brilliant mini network player, so here I briefly introduce what sMs-200 is, It features
    - Excellent modern design.
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  14. My Gears ^^

  15. Genre tagging is philosophy

    I just spent the past weekend re-tagging the genres on all my music. My music tagging system has gone through several variations over the years and something in my brain hasn't let me stick with one system for too long for one reason or another.


    When I originally started tagging music I would put bands into what seems like the most appropriate genres. So I had genres like Hard Rock, Symphonic Power Metal, AOR, Funk, Film Noir Jazz, etc. Keep in mind I also used genres as my top ...
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