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  1. WHAT IS THE TRUE EXPERIMENTAL TWEAK THREAD ALL ABOUT? I have always wanted a thread where any subject is possible. No experiment is too crazy to add here. No idea is too bold to reveal. Take it away! Enlight your thoughts and share your ideas how to improve SQ and how not to. Anyone can encurage and educate you but no one should let you down, deminage you or simply move you to another thread. Everyone is welcome as long as they accepts a different way of thinking! TOPIC DIGEST With a little help of @austinpop I have realised that this thread is all over the place. Even if this is one of the fundamental ideas behind this thread, it could be a good idea to sum-up the things that have proven to be beneficial to SQ in this thread. I will keep it plain & simple. Remember that these are essentially my own findings in my own setup with Tidal FLAC and Tidal MQA as source. As always YMMV! LAN 1. Cat 6a U/UTP 500Mhz ethernet cables sounds better than Cat5, Cat5E, Cat6 & Cat7+ in my setup. Ghent Audio Cat 6a ET02 with JSSG shielding and Metz plugs rules them all. 2. Network switch improve SQ with input on port 1 and output on the last port. Possible explanation is QoS and also that the ports are in different magnetic boxes inside the switch. 3. Using a AQVOX switch with better clock improves SQ compared to a D-Link DSG-105 network switch. 4. A wireless adapter/wireless bridge/router in client mode into a network switch sounds better than battery powered FMCs and hardwired LAN. 5. Router vastly improves SQ with a floating LPS and even more if the floating PSU is connected to a DC blocker trap filter. IME a router upgrade could be beneficial to SQ. 6. Galvanic isolation/DC blocker in the signal path pre the router improves SQ. 7. Wireless adapter vastly improves connected to a floating IT. 8. RJ45 socket enhancers seems to be more efficient on port 4 & 5. Don't ask me why! GND 1. Grounding a metal chassi network switch to a tourmaline grounding box greatly improves SQ. 2. Different tourmaline grounding boxes improves the sound signature in different ways. 3. Grounding the DC negative terminal of the floating SMPS works great. In my setup it sounds best connected to a grounding box instead of to the power strip safety ground receptacle. Just be aware of possible leakage loops between various network devices. A big thanks @JohnSwenson for this tip. USB 1. Covering the outer USB barrels with electrical tape improves SQ slightly with unshielded USB cables. Capasitive coupling between metal barrel and pins? 2. Uptone Audio´s USPCB improves SQ. 3. ATL Hi-Fi´s 8 conductor USB cable with dual unconnected shields (5v+GND & Data- & Data+) with JSSG loop improved SQ compared to other longer (<50cm) USB cables that I´ve tried. DC 1. Network switch sounds best with dual floating PSUs or battery power (but very important to disconnect the battery charger while listening to music). Dual floating PSU is slightly better than battery power, but battery power is slightly better than single floating PSU. 2. Powering several devices with a single floating SMPS sounds better than powering the very same devices with several battery supplies. Also, powering several devices with a single battery supply sounds better than using multiple identical battery supplies. Self-inflicted noise? 3. Canare 4S6 starquad does improve SQ where ever applied. Canare 4S6 with JSSG seems to be even more effective. Thanks to@JohnSwenson! 4. Grounding the DC negative output of a floating SMPS improves SQ. Grounding the chassi/case decrease SQ. Be aware of shared ground paths since this could potensially decrease SQ. 5. Dual LT3045 ultra-low noise voltage regulators in series with 1v drop-down close to the powered device improves SQ quite dramaticly. AC 1. A DC blocker trap filter pre a safety isolation transformer improves SQ even though it is dead silent (no hum). DC blockers trap filter pre a floating PSU into a router vastly improves SQ. DC stress reliever? 2. SQ improves when battery chargers is connected to a separate powerstrip connected directly to the AC wall outlet, bypassing the isolation transformer completely. 3. A safety isolation transformer with floating secondary improves SQ more than a Ultra Isolation transformer. A balanced isolation transformer with floating center-tap rules them all! 4. Daisy chained floating grounds (dual floating grounds) sounds better than a single floating ground. In my setup floating SMPS's improve SQ connected to a floating IT, even surpassing battery supplies. Thanks for the suggestion @lmitche! 5. AC mains starquad power cables greatly improves SQ. 6. AC mains voltage regulators improves SQ on the signal chain. Even cheaper versions are effective. Not as effective on high power devices such as active speakers and amp due to a still unknown reason.
  2. Audio Blind Testing

    First, I wish everyone a Happy New Year. Not sure if this has been covered here before but just came a cross this article on audio blind testing with a link to the original archives with lots of samples and information. https://headfonics.com/2018/01/seven-keystones-accurate-audio-blind-testing/
  3. Memorable Music Movies.

    For me music comes first but I'm also a movie fan. And a music movie is a territory where the two in one way or another come together. I quite often search IMDB and RottenTomatoes for the stuff I haven't seen yet. Hope this thread can be some inspiration for CA members who are interested in the genre. There are so many great music movies and it's really difficult to choose one or two as the absolutely best so I'll start with titles that simply first come to mind: Milos Forman's 'Amadeus' surely needs no introduction: Not a music movie per se but a classic Godfrey Reggio's documentary in which Philip Glass'music compliments the picture in such an organic way that it's difficult not to mention it: Spike Lee's 'Mo' Better Blues', starring Denzel Washington, soundtrack - Branford Marsalis Quartet ft. Terence Blanchard.
  4. I am concerned that Apple's pushing of Apple music in the HomePod presentation is a sign of worse days ahead for people who store music files locally. Politically speaking, the best way to lobby against this trend at Apple might be to speak on behalf of people with cabins or rural homes that have power but no internet. Or on behalf of the African, Latin American and other cultures whose music from the past 90 years is only sparsely catalogued by Apple Music. Why can't Apple (or someone) come up with a play-only head unit that will run iTunes, iPod style, from (a clone of) an external drive containing the user's library and music files, and be able to control devices like the HomePod via Bluetooth, Lightning or USB 3.1 or C—but using a bare-bones play-only version of iTunes, not iOS Music. The iOS Music app seems hobbled in so many ways, presumably to force people into using web-dependent Apple Music. Anyone with rare, exotic or out-of-fashion music is stuck with Apple Music's boneheaded track and artwork mis-identifications.
  5. Drugs

    Unlike many here, I was too young to participate in the hippy generation. However, what followed seemed like a main-stream co-optation of the recreational drug culture by the music industry. Music from groups like Pink Floyd and the Grateful Dead seemed almost designed for recreational hallucinogenic drug users. It occurred to me recently that audiophiles who care enough about sound to worry one way or another about what their cables and electronics sound like in micro-detail might have pretty strong opinions, either negative or positive, about mixing music and drugs. I also recognize the reason this is not discussed on a public forum. So I thought an anonymous poll might be amusing...
  6. hi may i ask you 2 questions? 1) what program do you use to encode music? i use mostly flac or mp3 , recenty i tried opus and it's amazing i'm a new apple user , and i haven't a great encoder and ripper , mostly i use an old windows laptop (eac or foobar + lame v3 (it's brand new release ) or flac 2)and may i ask you about what dvd burner could i buy? i 'm looking for accurate audio rip and without copy protection in the firmware , in short able to rip every cd in my nation , I can have only 1 copy of my original cd or dvd or blue raw i buy cd mostly and some time vinyl about the dvd ,it could be even internal device used for desktop , i have used in the past an old plextor (for desktop ) "now dear" with an adaptor seeing i had a laptop thanks best regards
  7. I believe no explanation is necessary. I'm in particular curious about your favorite 'rare' live albums (I'm pretty sure I don't know them all) but please post your full list including studio ones. In chronological (issue date) order: 1. Are You Experienced. 2. Electric Ladyland. 3. Live at Berkeley.
  8. Rock Energy at Its Best!

    I think the title of this thread is self-explanatory. Let me start with these three songs: From the fantastic 1970 Royal Albert Hall concert. From the 'Black' Album. [video=youtube;CD-E-LDc384] I once damaged my foot tapping to the thythm while watching this DVD BTW I used to say that for me after Rage Against the Machine (meaning after circa 2000) not much happened in rock. I'd love somebody to prove me wrong.. Let's have fun!!!
  9. Just read this article on Digital Audio Review shared by Srajen Ebaen of 6moons. Very interesting to say the least. http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2017/07/kih-46-mqas-missing-link/ Best. Mev
  10. A quite different blog post to my regular music reviews, with a scientific perspective: https://musicophilesblog.com/2017/09/23/why-music-gives-me-goose-bumps/
  11. Hey guys! Does anyone of you already tried the windows software of Audials called music-zoom ?? Found this website yesterday while searching the web for new artist, it says that this a freeware and you can search for arists and find new artist from the same genre and listen to their tracks from youtube, soundcloud and so on... Sounds quite interesting, anyone tried it yet? Cheers!
  12. Samples for hip-hop

    Hello everyone!I need a new samples!Can you help me?Last time i was downloading samples from this site-https://www.lucidsamples.com/22-hip-hop-samples-packs Recommend me a new site!PLS!
  13. Hello Friends, I am new here and sorry if I post anything wrong or if I am not clear. I am from India and my brother is coming from USA on November 15th. I know he is coming before the best sale Few days back I was in showroom and I heard yamaha yht 196 sound and I was really impressed. I can hear small details in a movie and I was about to buy it but I thought it is costly and is entry level HTIB. It was around $390 and I think I can get a very good HTIB from USA. Can someone recommend a good HTIB and AV Receiver? Mainly for Music / Movies / Games. If the shipping weight is too much then I will get only AVR and purchase a good speaker set from India locally. Also I need 2-3 budget level set. Right now I am not clear how much should I spend on this. But overall I would like it under $500 and maybe if you can help me with Level 1: <$300 Level 2: <$400 Level 3: <$500 Would be really helpful Another thing I need it as international specified power input. In India it is 220V-240V and should be compatible with this. And also if you can tell me what will be the best time to purchase this? I think there would be sale on labour day. And any other good sale after this? Thank You
  14. Dave's Picks 23

    Very pumped for this: Eugene 1-22-78 http://www.dead.net/store/special-edition-shops/almanac/daves-picks-volume-23
  15. Music I Love

    11,000 Virgins: Chants for the Feast of St. Ursula was both my introduction to the works of Hildegard von Bingen, as well as to Anonymous 4. What an introduction it was! The recording surrounds pieces written for the Feast of St. Ursula, who, according to legend, was massacred by the Huns together with her 11,000 virgin handmaidens. While Hildegard von Bingen wrote only 7 of the 18 pieces, the imprint is clear. Having the four voices of Anonymous 4 then sing the pieces is amazing. Chants sung by ladies are very different from those sung by men, since they have a more ethereal quality. Anonymous 4 does well by letting the melodies waft into the soundscape. Link to the Album on amazon.com
  16. Music I Love

    This was probably one of Kate Bush's most mainstream offerings, and yet, Hounds Of Love is far from that. For the second half of the album is titled, The Ninth Wave, and is a conceptual masterpiece. Yes, everyone knows the stunning Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God), and even the other singles on the album. However, it is The Ninth Wave that really shines, with glimpses of ice-skating gone wrong, to vignettes of the Salem witch-hunts. Yes, they are not the most immediate, but you can slowly delve into the many layers in the work. Link to the Album on amazon.com
  17. Music I Love

    I was rather curious about Latin American baroque music, and how it would be different. So I leapt at the opportunity to buy a copy of Fire Burning In Snow by Ex Cathedra, conducted by Jeffrey Skidmore. It mainly features the works of Juan de Araujo, although it is interspersed with verses of Hanacpachap Cussincuinin, which lends a different flavour. Juan de Araujo's compositions truly shine in polyphonic glory: the vesper psalm Dixit Dominus is set for triple choir and in eleven parts! Indeed it is quite a steal for £5.00 for FLAC, and just £2.50 for the CD, or £10.50 for the SACD. Link to the Album at Hyperion Records
  18. Music I Love

    I remember watching the music video of Sister Drum/阿姐鼓 back in 1996. The landscapes were stunning, and captured all the air of mysticism of Tibet. The music was haunting and beautiful. Ethereal! Through the years, Sister Drum is still amongst the tracks I use when I want to audition a new audio set-up. Even if you do not understand Mandarin and what is being sung, you owe it to yourself to at least listen to it once. Sister Drum on amazon.com
  19. Music I Love

    I still remember the first time I heard this recording. I was strolling into the branch of Tower Records in 1990, and walked into the Classical Music section, and they were playing this disc. I was totally enthralled by the recording, and this started by journey with early music. Originally released under the Hyperion label, the price has now been reduced under the budget Helios label. Link to the Album at Hyperion Records
  20. New headset/phones

    Hi guys I want to get some New headphones / Headsets for gaming. Focus should be competitive gaming(cs) and for non competitive (destiny 2)games. I cannot decide What i should get: First: sennheiser gsp 350 ( included surround 7.1 dongle and a Small usb soundcard. Second: sennheiser gsp 300 ( Same headset gsp350, but no usb soundcard) Maybe a creative omni usb soundcard 5.1 or a asus xonar u7?? ( Dont want a intern soundcard) Third : hyperx cloud 2 ,including usb soundcard ( cheapest of all 3 Options) PS: sry for the Bad english ( maybe)
  21. https://tidal.com/album/74836663 Exciting new music based on the writings of Fernando Pessoa heteronym "Alexander Search".
  22. Absence Makes the Ears Grow Fonder

    I just got back from a long(ish) sea voyage. Los Angles to Hawaii and back. Very enjoyable. When I got home, I turned on the music system. I was struck by how good the music sounded. I am guessing that a break from my normal listening habits gave my ears a rest. If you find yourself not enjoying your music as much as you know you should. Take a break
  23. Apple Music Playlists

    Hi, Does anybody know how songs in playlists within iOS Music App are sorted? It seems to be "date added" with the newest on top... Is there a way to change or have impact on this? Regards
  24. Ever wondered who's the guy responsible for this cover photo and how it was created? The answer is - German photographer Martin Klimas. He is known for his work surrounding high speed photography to capture moments otherwise invisible to the human eye. His project, Sonic Sculptures, enables the viewer to visualize the impact of sound as streams of colorful paint are thrown upward by sound waves from a speaker. After splashing paint on stretched canvas suspended over a speaker, Klimas turns the music up to full volume. As the vibrations from the speaker to throw the paint upwards, the resulting intricate patterns are captured in his high-speed photographs. While each individual photograph is quite interesting, the project becomes truly fascinating when the photographs are compared and the differences in pattern between songs are revealed. Some examples: "Pharaoh's Dance" Miles Davis "On the Run" Pink Floyd "Run Run Run" The Velvet Underground and Nico "Ride of the Valkyries" Richard Wagner "Sex Machine" James Brown "Carmina Burana" Carl Orff "Ascension" John Coltrane In his other project 'Soundworks' Klimas transforms the waves of sound, curious to discover what music would look like if visually manifest again. Assisted by several musicians, Sound Explosions was created partially through short original musical sequences using synthesizers. The work is a series of diptychs allowing the viewer to see the wires, cables, and dials that create these colorful symphonies : (the guy must like audio cables ) You can listen to the musical sequences used in the work as well as a behind the scenes video on Kilmas’ Vimeo channel. As a person interested both in visual art and music I find his work quite intriguing. What do you think, guys? Martin Klimas' site: http://www.martin-klimas.de/en/index.html
  25. I let iTunes organize my music library. (In the "advanced" preference window, you can choose to let iTunes do this, or you can choose to do it manually. Manual seems too much like work, but I hate that I cannot customize how iTunes organizes things). iTunes serves many functions, much to many people's annoyance. It is a bloated monstrosity, and gets more annoying and controlling and arbitrary by the year. But like any disfunctional relationship, one clings to hope like a gerbil on greased teflon, at least until something demonstratively superior comes along. The functions that iTunes provides, in decreasing order of importance to me, are the following: 1. A music file-system organizer. 2. A database management system. 3. A music player. 4. A movie player. 5. A shameless consumerism interface. 6. An iOS management system. 7. A music streamer. 8. A radio player. The list doubtless goes on. I try to use it mainly for the first two functions. As a database manager, it does pretty well. Certainly, there are quibbles about its limitations for classical music, but they haven't been deal-breakers for me. As a music file-system organizer, iTunes (if you don't disable this feature) will import all of your music into ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes\ Media/Music/<level_1_subdirectory>/<level_2_subdirectory> Although you can customize the first part of this path to put the files on an external drive (or elsewhere), the penultimate and final directories are determined by iTunes. The <level_2_subdirectory> takes the name of the individual album. In most cases, this makes sense. It is the <level_1_subdirectory> that brings me to tears, especially in the case of classical music. With non-classical music, things work fairly smoothly. For example, you might import an album entitled "Workingman's Dead" by the band called "Grateful Dead." In this case, all of the music files get placed in the following directory: ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes\ Media/Music/Grateful\ Dead/Workingman\'s\ Dead A complication might arise if I have two versions of this, perhaps the original version, and then say the 24 bit, 96kHz remaster. If I do nothing, both sets of files might wind up in the same directory. This is easily avoided if you manually change the album name to (for example) reflect the remastered content. For many consumers, this system works fine, and there is no need to worry about anything. In addition, if you wanted to find or copy your Grateful Dead collection of 52 different albums, they should all be in that same directory, each one in one of 52 subdirectories. Who could possibly object? The problem begins to arise when one discovers half of the music is in a different directory, perhaps called "The Grateful Dead". Again, this is easily fixed by editing the "Artist" entry metadata tag, removing the word "The". Kind of tedious, but not that bad. But what happens when you get one of those albums that has several different artists? Now files start to get spread all over the place. Despite having used iTunes for probably 15 years, I never picked up on how exactly the file structure is created, until I looked more closely at it yesterday. I experienced what drunks call a moment of clarity: The penultimate directory, i.e., <level_1_subdirectory>, takes on the name provided in the "Artist" metadata tag, UNLESS the rather obscurely named "Album Artist" metadata tag is also provided, in which case "Album Artist" takes precedent. In the case of classical music, the "Artist" metadata field is notoriously ill-defined. Often it makes reference to the Conductor (if any), the orchestra or quartet or whatever ensemble, perhaps the star piano player, or perhaps key figures in the Trilateral Commission. Even worse, it might be the Conductor's last name only, her or his first and last name, or initials, or who knows what else. You can wind up with 10 different directories all corresponding to Claudio Abbado, and they might have half a dozen different composer's stuff within their subdirectories, which might in turn be unhelpfully named "Symphony No. 6". In terms of a file-system hierarchy, this is a total mess. I would like all my Grateful Dead albums to be in unique subdirectories under one directory called "Grateful Dead." I don't want to have to use a relational database to find the contents of my music library. I should be able to navigate it just like any other rationally-organized filesystem. When examining my classical music library the other day, I realized that the "Album Artist" metadata tag seems to be underused. In most cases it was simply blank. In many others, it contained at least a subset of the information already in the "Artist" tag. Maybe if instead of calling this tag "Album Artist", iTunes had called it "Insert your choice for the name of <level_1_subdirectory> in here:", the solution would have been more obvious. I decided then to re-organize my classical music library, simply by copying the name of the Composer (which I dutifully included in the Composer metadata tag when first importing my music) into the "Album Artist" metadata tag field. In the case of Composers who are proportionately over-represented in my library, like Beethoven, I filled in the field with "Beethoven: Abbado" or "Beethoven: Haitink", and if I possess multiple cycles, I further differentiated this in the album titles themselves. At least now, all of the Beethoven stuff is grouped together when the filesystem hierarchy is alphabetized. An example is shown in the attached screen-shot: [ATTACH=CONFIG]20904[/ATTACH] Please add comments here