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How to tame iTunes 12.2

The following settings help to hide some of the more annoying "features":   Uncheck Apple Music (if you don't want to use the streaming service) and iCloud Music Library (unless you use it). (iTunes Preferences > General)             Disable iTunes Store and internet radio (iTunes Preferences > Parental Control). If you leave the iTunes Store enabled, you might want to turn off the automatically fetch album art in the Store preferences. You can still fetch it manually with a

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wgscott

My wife finds my Wall of Sound entirely inadequate and un-involving

After about 20 years of snide comments and sneering dismissal, I dragged the wifey to see the remains of the Dead last Sunday (last week, in Santa Clara, CA). As they were tuning up, she asked me if it had started. I replied that it was about to, and it would be rather unambiguous. They kicked in about 20 minutes behind schedule with "Feel Like a Stranger" and about 79,999 of the approximately 80,000 in attendance of the 50th anniversary of the band that never had a hit were instantly on their

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wgscott

Reviving my DIY USB cable and finding Wow! again

It is too long, unwieldy and looks ugly. That's my DIY USB cable.   After Alex and John posted about the enhancements of their Regen Amber device, I wanted to try modifying my USB cable by adding some small resistance to the ground.   In the meantime, the cable was lying unused since the time I tested a USB 3.0 cable to connect the computer to the DAC (Mac to iFi iDSD Nano). The original idea came from a couple of commercial designs, namely the LightHarmonic USB cable with separated power an

YashN

YashN

Template for DSD Surround and Stereo Playback

My DSD Template   Hello,   Like you I’ve made the leap to deal with a technology oft maligned but which consistently sounds the best to my ears. It is a big investment in time and money to achieve full advantage of DSD in your system so buyer be ware. In a years time we may see shift to 32 bit music at which point PCM may reign supreme again, however, the file size vs quality leads me to say DSD will be relevant long into the future.   I though it might be valuable to some of you to share

arw

arw

Losses in 1-bit DSD vs multi-bit PCM

Modern PCM sigma-delta converters produce much lower error signals than1-bit sigma-delta DSD converters. The errors in the DSD system are due to the1-bit quantization that occurs in 1-bit sigma-delta DSD converters. Multi-bit PCMsigma-delta converters can be fully dithered and do not suffer from this un-dithered truncation. Plus, every added bit reduces the noise signal by 6 dB. A 4-bit sigma-delta converter is 24 dB quieter than a 1-bit sigma-delta DSD converter. Right from the start, 1-bit DSD

John Siau

John Siau

USB and Other Digital Cables Round Up as of 2/5/2016

USB and Other Digital Cables Round Up as of 2/5/2016   * Indicates an update since the previous posting.   When it’s time to buy USB or other digital cables, what’s the first thing to do? Well, you’re likely to turn to the audiophile mags and Internet sources for reviews and opinions. Info is out there but scattered about, so here is a round up that doesn’t pretend to be comprehensive to assist you. This is what I wished I had when I was in the market for cables to assist in narrowing dow

Phil C

Phil C

The absolute sound idea is still relevant to audiophiles

All,   Where did this 'absolute sound' thing come from ? First off, I did not invent this stuff. My original understanding of the absolute sound comes from Harry Pearson and early issues of his magazine 'The Absolute Sound' As best as I can tell, he invented the concept, and the methodology of applying it to equipment and recording reviews.   The Absolute Sound was, and is: the name of a magazine an audacious claim; the name of the reference sound source for grading audio equipment

Daudio

Daudio

A bit of a break

I think I am need of a bit of a break from here.   I enjoy a good heated discussion as much as anyone, but being repeatedly stalked in "cyber-space," having my photograph ripped off my employer's website and posted here without my permission, and being accused (falsely) of making "racist" comments against Australians (with not one shred of evidence ever offered), makes me realize my non-anonymous presence here could potentially harm my job, my personal and professional reputation, and may invi

wgscott

wgscott

Network Resource Requirements/Testing & Observations of Streamed Music Files Located On A NAS Device

Hello,   This blog post will be a work in progress as time and motivation allow but in this first go round I wanted to start off by talking about the bandwidth requirements (As Observed) from a networking perspective while streaming several different flavors of music files found in your average Audiophiles music library.   To date, I have not yet seen anyone post this sort of information on the web showing the actual "flow" patterns and behavior of the various streamed files under test. Unde

cjf

cjf

Squarewaves from DACs

Based on request here, I made some more square wave scope measurements using a high resolution scope for comparison with earlier measurements of DSC1.     Here are 7 kHz square wave results for the DSC1.   DSD128:       DSD256:       DSD512:         Here are 7 kHz square wave results for the iFi iDSD Micro.   PCM 352.8k:       PCM 705.6k:  

Miska

Miska

Apple TV as a poor-man's Sonos system

There are (at least) three ways one can use an Apple TV to play music:   (1) Airplay streaming from a computer, iPod, iPhone, etc. This works in pretty much the same way as airplay to an Airport Express, or some airplay-enabled speakers like the Zeppelin Air. The streaming is done close to real-time, with a player application (like iTunes, or the player software on an iPhone) controlling it. (Recent versions of OS X with the right hardware can do this from the operating system level, both

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wgscott

Absolute beginner's guide to using Apple's OS X for computer audio, the easy way

<p><a href="/monthly_2014_12/58cd9bc8d7baf_ScreenShot2014-12-18at2_04_23PM.png.02fba4ecfe8c901197fc96352c848cbf.png" class="ipsAttachLink ipsAttachLink_image"><img data-fileid="28310" src="/monthly_2014_12/58cd9bc8d7baf_ScreenShot2014-12-18at2_04_23PM.png.02fba4ecfe8c901197fc96352c848cbf.png" class="ipsImage ipsImage_thumbnailed" alt=""></a></p>   Before you Start ...   Take a look at the well-hidden Computer Audiophile Academy: Basics  

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