i decided to try something new, primarily for mental health reasons.
If someone posts something idiotic, inflammatory, and stupid (in my objective opinion), instead of pointing this out and mocking them in my usual cheerful and engaging manner, I am adding them to my ignore list.
So, if you post something like "Apple computers are overpriced junk used by computer illiterates", please know that it isn't that I am agreeing
You probably need this:
(Click the image for Amazon.com link).
I had a reasonably minor but audible hum in my subwoofer, and I noticed it went away when I detached the cable from my TV. The TV power was turned off, as was my receiver. (Not just standby, but off). Nevertheless, there was a ground loop from the cable to my TV to my connecting HDMI cable to my receiver to my
Updated 05-17-2012 at 04:28 AM by wgscott
Although I have never been called an "objectivist" before posting here, I guess my outlook is more sympathetic to that camp, given that I think it is unlikely the human ear can distinguish unmeasurable differences, and that claims to the contrary require compelling evidence to be taken seriously.
Given some of the stuff I have read recently, I am beginning to wonder whether those with "objectivist" sympathies, i.e., the "flat-earthers," the "close-minded"
Updated 05-17-2012 at 12:10 PM by The Computer Audiophile
(No changes made. Just testing.)
Well, my old standby woofer had a good run for it, but finally gave up the ghost. The "listening room" sure seems empty now. However, I have ordered two new ones from the same lineage. They are being custom-produced, so there is a bit of a wait, but I am sure it will be appreciated in the long run. I can't say I am looking forward to the breaking-in period, but hopefully that will be short. It will be the first time I have two at once, and am looking forward to the new experience.
I was poking around the USB cable thread and saw reference to this, so I went a hunting, and found the following claim:
By applying a two million volt signal to a cable at a specific pulse modulation, and ultra high frequency for an exact duration of time, we transform the entire cable at a molecular level through a phenomenon called Quantum Tunneling. This process is performed on all TESLA Series cables, from Galileo Basik Strings and Au 79 and Magnetic Tricon to Apex, and can be
I decided to put this someplace other than my sig line.
Source: 2010 Mac mini
Digital interconnect: glass toslink or Halide Bridge
DAC, pre-Amp, (Amp): Peachtree Nova
Amp: Class D Audio 254 X 2
Updated 07-07-2012 at 07:03 PM by wgscott
Work in progress: Shell scripts to turn off a bunch of services --
I'm just shy of two years into this hobby. The new year is often a time of reflection and assessment. So here we go:
Good: I've benefitted from an enormous amount of helpful advice and generosity from folks here, have been introduced to new music, DIY projects, and new ways of looking at things. Listing names seems slightly tacky, and toxic if I manage to forget someone. That should not in any way detract from my sense of gratitude.
Bad: I find myself repeatedly
More slightly off-topic stuff.
Like many Mac mini owners, my audio server is also a video server. My attention span is better suited to a CD than a two-hour movie, so I seldom sit still long enough to watch movies on TV. But others in the family like to, occasionally. So I have Front Row on the mini, and then I have an ATV2 as well. The mini seems to prefer its HDMI hose to connect directly to the TV, whereas the HDMI from ATV2 goes to my AVR (Marantz NR 1402, which, for a $350
I felt like starting a thread on remotes (rather than a blog topic) would be off-topic, but most folks here are presumably users of remote control devices, and probably have a lot of experience.
Edit: I did not see Chris's review of RedEye here until now.
I feel like my remote-control system is adequate, but sub-optimal. It is good enough for me, but the rest of the family doesn't really appreciate my approach very much: Incompetent, often incontinent, psychotic dwarves
Updated 07-21-2012 at 06:54 PM by wgscott
When I first started out, which was about April of 2010, I bought a year subscription to the B&W Society of Sound, for about $60. After letting it lapse between April 2011 and now, I just renewed it yesterday.
In addition to two selected albums per month, you can download a bunch of stuff from their back catalogue.
The recordings are for the most part 24-bit, 48 kHz recordings. The technical quality has been quite uniformly good, even if the sampling frequency
Once again, I find myself burned by purchasing high res music that ... clearly isn't.
This time it is two Neil Young DVDs, and it isn't the first time this month.
These are from Le Noise and from Chrome Dreams II, both DVDs, each of which purports to be a 24-bit, 96 kHz recording.
I bought them from Amazon.com. The Le Noise DVD is an "amazon exclusive".
So I contributed customer images:
This deserves a Nobel Prize for Literature.
One of the first things I learned when I first visited this site about a year and a half ago was the following:
iTunes (on OS 10.6.X at the time) will only play a track bit-perfectly if Audio MIDI Setup's sample frequency matches that of the track in iTunes. Otherwise it (or core audio?) up/down samples. I was told that in order to play a 96kHz track without resampling directly after playing a 44.1 kHz track, it was not enough simply to reset Audio MIDI Setup, but one had to first