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Nursery hifi

by david.parker83 on 07-04-2013 at 05:19 PM
I haven't posted in awhile due to being a new father. But couldn't resist sharing my budget, wife-approved setup for my little two month old. It includes a Tivoli Audio Model One (150$), iPod (used 150$), and dock (used 10$). I mostly leave the local classical music station going (no commercials), but occasionally pump through some Pandora or mp3. At night, I put on some pink noise for her.

Hey...she can look back and know that dad made an effort to start her young! Not a bad

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Mastered for iTunes Part 2

by david.parker83 on 09-03-2012 at 08:25 PM
Since the db levels of the MFIT and ALAC versions are different (MFIT is a tad softer), they need to be matched up for listening comparisons...dang it, this was supposed to be easy. So far there is little to report...the only differences being because of the db level, and now those differences are gone.

One of the benefits of MFIT is the ability to check for clipping, which can be a problem when converting to AAC straight from the CD master. I used iTunes to generate my own 256kbps

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Updated 09-03-2012 at 11:32 PM by david.parker83


Mastered for iTunes Part 1

by david.parker83 on 09-02-2012 at 02:17 AM
The image below shows a comparison between the MFIT (Mastered for iTunes) and ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Compression) versions of John Mayer's "Queen of California." This is track 1 from his latest album, Born and Raised. MFIT is on top, ALAC is on bottom.

What do you see? To me, the MFIT version is mastered at a slightly lower volume. I can't see any visual evidence that the dynamic range compression is different: since the loudest and softest parts both appear louder

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Blog has a growing FLAC collection

by david.parker83 on 01-31-2012 at 06:26 PM

From their customer service rep:

"...we plan to add more FLAC content going forward, but currently we only have a few other FLAC releases in our stores. Please visit our dedicated FLAC page for further information and to view our FLAC releases."

Kurt Rosenwinkle's Reflections, lossless download

by david.parker83 on 01-19-2012 at 08:02 AM
The February edition of Stereophile includes a review of this album, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that Rosenwinkel's website sells digital copies in Apple Lossless format.

Updated 08-25-2012 at 04:21 PM by david.parker83 (Linkify)