• Welcome To Computer Audiophile Academy



    Welcome to the Academy

    Since day one here at Computer Audiophile there has been a focus on sharing information between those in the know and those who want to know. As more data accumulates on the site those seeking information tend to get more confused. Readers often find a forum topic that discusses what they want to know, but the information is not written for a learning audience or may twist and turn for ten to twenty pages without answering the original question. There's no problem with this type of discussion but it's hard for newbies to benefit. Let's face it, we are all newbies on some topics and need better explanations or instructions once in a while. Over the last few months I've received many emails and read countless forum comments with similar requests asking for basic diagrams, term definitions, format recommendations, interface information, NAS configuration, and on and on ... These requests have been extremely helpful in identifying specifically what most readers want to know. Thus the Computer Audiophile Academy was created to address the common and critical needs of the CA readers.


    The Curriculum

    Based on the most common questions and topics or based on information deemed noteworthy for computer audiophiles, I will create new articles. I will provide the first answer or instructions within each article based on my knowledge, experience, and conversations with industry associates. Recognizing that we all benefit from the collective knowledge of those around us, each article will be wide open for followup questions, constructive criticism, and most importantly answers provided by the millions of readers around the globe. These collective responses will allow each article to contain the most accurate and up to date information. What separates this from a standard forum and a Wiki is the ability to control the article topics and list the most helpful answers first so newbies don't have to waste hours hoping to find an answer. For example, an article discussing the the recommended MediaMonkey settings with screenshots and instructions will be updated as soon as a reader provides additional information that helps improve the original content of the article. This benefits those seeking a consolidated answer and provides others wishing to read more the option to roll their sleeves up and keep reading.


    Open for Education

    The Computer Audiophile Academy is now open for education. New articles will be written frequently and I promises a few neat surprises along the way. Plus no tests or homework, just great music and great sound quality.




    Note: If the whole concept is still a little fuzzy in your head it's likely that my explanation could have been better. No worries, the concept is very clear in my mind and will be much easier to understand as we get rolling. We'll start with a simple one.
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. Melvin's Avatar
      Melvin -
      the format sounds terrific. I'm looking forward to the series as well.
    1. Opusover21's Avatar
      Opusover21 -
      Exellent stuff!...though I dont envy the task ahead!! Are you going to publish a list of topics (contents page if you like) and populate these with the detail as and when you can?
    1. shenzi's Avatar
      shenzi -
      shouldn't the blackboard read:<br />
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      1 + 1 = 10
    1. The Computer Audiophile's Avatar
      The Computer Audiophile -
      I actually thought about writing something funny on the board, but ran out of time.
    1. El Duderino's Avatar
      El Duderino -
      Hey Chris,<br />
      <br />
      I am new to computer audio and I have to tell you this sounds like exactly what I need. I hope you have plenty of patience......<br />
      I am particularly interested in what can be achieved on a limited budget - I'm sure I'm not the only one out here with a wife, kids, mortgage etc. <br />
      <br />
      Thanks!!<br />
      <br />
      <br />
    1. confitesprit's Avatar
      confitesprit -
      As a certified newbie to the concept of quality sound coming from computer based audio, even though I've been ripping and streaming my music using my home computer for a couple of years now, I am very much looking forward to this series. Thank you for this opportunity to learn! One of the best sites on the net, in my humble opinon, and I am most appreciative.
    1. znorter's Avatar
      znorter -
      lu CA
    1. sleepysurf's Avatar
      sleepysurf -
      Great idea!! Looking forward to reading/learning. <br />
      <br />
      BTW, having just d/l Kent Poons free hi-res sample tracks (very impressive, even downsampled to 24/48 to play on my Squeezebox), I'd really like to hear your opinion about fidelity of 24/48, 24/96, and 24/192 vs. SACD and vinyl.
    1. gizzfreak's Avatar
      gizzfreak -
      Wonderful ideas.. am looking forward for your work
    1. joeljoel1947's Avatar
      joeljoel1947 -
      the greatest idea ever!! Thanks so much for taking the time out to tackle such a beast!! You are the man!!!!!!
    1. Erik333333's Avatar
      Erik333333 -
      Hey El Duderino,<br />
      <br />
      I know what limited budget can bring to in terms of musical fun. Hang in there: Forums are sooo rich as references, and this one is taking the lead with «source» computers (whiche almost everyone happened to have these days). <br />
      <br />
      What computer do you use?<br />
      <br />
    1. El Duderino's Avatar
      El Duderino -
      At the moment I have an Acer Aspire 1690 Laptop with an external 1TB hard drive. I'm thinking about getting into an iMac at some point, or possibly try my hand at a custom build. It hardly seems worth it these days with PC's getting so cheap/high spec. I might end up with a dedicated machine just for Audio, but until then the Acer will have to do.<br />
      <br />
      I just got my Audioengine 5 speakers - still running them in at the mo, but they sound really nice already. I also found something of a deal online at London Drugs (a store up here in Canada that is not bad for mid level home theater and computer stuff). It is a Toshiba USB hub/DAC. It is apparently a re badged Creative product. Here is an excerpt from the "Red Flag Deals" forum: "(it contains) a Creative CA0187 DSP for the sound (same chip as in the Creative Live! External). There's also a SigmalTel STAC9460 multi-channel 24-bit DAC (claimed 107db SNR)". So I bought one for $30! But it is only temporary - I am planning on getting a Devilsound USB DAC soon.<br />
      <br />
      It's a long road to Audio-Nirvana, but a lot of the fun is in getting there from here and trying stuff out. I'm hanging in there!!<br />
      <br />
      Cheers -
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      matt_james58 -
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      sleepy -
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