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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. The power of music

    Not much to say... "Anis puffed on his pipe. He seemed to be somewhere else as well. He seemed to forget that we were there. He looked out the window and he had a look on his face of a person watching a beautiful sunset. He sat there, puffing on his broken pipe and staring out the window as the music floated over the ruins of his house and the city outside... After six years of war, the Syrians want life. They just want to let the music play." https://www.npr.org/2017/03/18/520580144/living-among-the-ruins-in-aleppo-a-man-keeps-playing-his-songs Mohammed Mohiedin Anis, or Abu Omar, 70, smokes his pipe as he sits in his destroyed bedroom listening to music on his vinyl player, gramophone, in Aleppo's formerly rebel-held al-Shaar neighbourhood. Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images There's also a video: http://videos.elmundo.es/v/0_8huhvfoh-la-resistencia-en-alepo-de-mohamed-anis
  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. If you like solo Fingerstyle guitar music, then this album is one to consider picking up. And this album sounds superb!!!!! Great mastering work here.... Those who are familiar with guitars will know the names Tony Russo & Al Petteway. "Solo Acoustic Fingerstyle guitar tunes played on Fine Handcrafted Guitars from the Collections of Tony Russo and Al Petteway. This is a kind of greatest hits album featuring many newly recorded favorites along with some brand new tunes." Here is where to pick this one up (no downloads though): http://www.alandamy.com/store/index.php?pid=103
  5. 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/
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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!!!
  11. 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
  12. 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/
  13. 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!
  14. 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!
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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)
  23. https://tidal.com/album/74836663 Exciting new music based on the writings of Fernando Pessoa heteronym "Alexander Search".
  24. 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
  25. 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