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New DAC-Pre Antelope Zodiac

I was fortunate to run into the Antelope Zodiac at CES 2012, and this unit sounds several orders of magnitude better than the Benchmark DAC1 Pre, but competes with it in price. I've now had both units in my system for careful listening. The Zodiac is so articulate and sweet sounding that I'm finally able to retire my beloved but failing Melos Maestro Preamp, and improve upon it. That is no small compliment! I have always loved a tube somewhere in my system for the most natural sound possible

MusicEars

MusicEars

 

Etta James, RIP

Legendary blues singer Etta James has passed on. Read more here:   http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/21/arts/music/etta-james-singer-dies-at-73.html   Particularly remembered for her terrific "At Last", one of my personal favorites was "I'd Rather Go Blind".   Here are YouTube links for some of these performances:   [video=youtube_share;ADDigK8LwyE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADDigK8LwyE   [video=youtube_share;goz07feA54Y]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goz07feA54Y   [video=youtube

curmudgeon

curmudgeon

 

My Journey

I've been a keen audiophile for over thirty years, though, in that era, the word audiophile was not used. In many ways a much simpler world where all amplifiers sounded the same, turntables rumbled and wowed, unless you had lots of money to spend, tapes came on reels, and valve amplifiers were available in the local junk shop for a few pounds...   In my impoverished teenage years I built amplifiers, speakers and turntables from kits and from articles in the press, and had many hours of pleasu

jemhayward

jemhayward

 

About Maintaning Computer

Having a software pc repair is typical, Either you can get it through your local repair shop and let you be his or her regular customer and later on get a discount or some freebies. There are also ways like searching the net for answer for your specific problem and as we all know, The net is a one stop resource for everything and there are DYI or Do it yourself as we all know it kind of way to let alone fix the problem. But we also know that there are certain pc issues that not all can fix, only

allisonbhill

allisonbhill

 

“No way am I going to have a computer in my living room!”

This blog chronicles my journey from Luddite to computer audiophile and I hope it will be useful to others considering taking up computer audio. As you are deciding whether to read my lengthy thesis, know that I am using a USB solution and am also using the PC to play DVD-videos (i.e., sonic quality is my top priority but not my only priority).   The Beginning I didn’t understand computer audio for several years. I usually enjoy reading Art Dudley but I glossed over his reviews of the Wavelen

beetlemania

beetlemania

 

Cambridge Audio BT100 - a few specs

There doesn't appear to be much information available on the BT100 blu-tooth device, so I asked them for more details. See below for CA's response:   ------------------- The maximum audio resolution supported by the BT100 is 16/48.   The apt-X protocol used is the standard apt-x bluetooth.   However, your music will still be upsampled to 24/384 via the BT100.

david.parker83

david.parker83

 

Finding the Listening Position

As mentioned in my last blog I've begun the process of optimizing my current 2-ch rig which is computer based. Step 1 was to determine the best listening position in my room:   I rolled up the area rug and moved as much out of the room as I could. I'd be using a Behringer DEQ2496 for it's RTA (Real Time Analyzer) functionality along with their ECM8000 measurement microphone and a cheap (but adjustable) mic stand.   I'd be playing test tones from the Rives Audio Test CD2 which is still avai

wgb113

wgb113

 

format for the long term use

I am planning to rip most of my CD collection. I am using Mac powerbooks now streaming to Devialet (need to use itunes at least presently). I assume that I need to devote a computer solely for audio soon but I am also thinking to set up a 2nd system. I am excluding anything Microsoft OS but I am tempted by a Linux system. I consider ripping not an enjoyable enterprise - so I want to do it only once and I want to avoid to have to convert from one codec to another one in the future. I made a few

monteverdi

monteverdi

 

Audioengine D1 versus DacMagic

Intro I already own three products (A2, A5+, and S8) from Audioengine, so when a visit to their website revealed a new DAC for 169$, it was pretty much a click now and figure out what do with it later situation. Actually, I have a perfectly legit use for it since my office computer's headphone output is buzzy and harsh.   So how exactly is Audioengine delivering for such a low price? In the past, reviewers were confounded by their quality workmanship, which made use of custom parts. Did th

david.parker83

david.parker83

 

A new audiophile in the midst

Since I've been popping into the forums lately, thought I'd quickly introduce myself. By the way, the member blogs are very cool. I couldn't help myself the other day by posting one (and then this one); but, in the long run, doubt I'll have much to contribute other than the occasional interesting article.   Studying computer information systems in school led me to my current job as a consultant for a small tax software company. What got me into the audiophile hobby wasn't an interest in tec

david.parker83

david.parker83

 

My Journey - the beginning.

So, I've never blogged before but wanted to give it a go to document my experiences in pursuit of putting together a solid, computer-based HiFi system...here goes.   I guess I'll just start by stating up front that I don't claim to be an expert, that I am still learning, and that I this is probably the most comfortable audio website I've ever been a member of.   My blog is primarily going to focus on trying to figure out my room as that's where I'm at right now. I'm happy with my sound for

wgb113

wgb113

 

Taking stock: The Good, The Bad and the Bogus

I'm just shy of two years into this hobby. The new year is often a time of reflection and assessment. So here we go:   Good: I've benefitted from an enormous amount of helpful advice and generosity from folks here, have been introduced to new music, DIY projects, and new ways of looking at things. Listing names seems slightly tacky, and toxic if I manage to forget someone. That should not in any way detract from my sense of gratitude.   Bad: I find myself repeatedly sucked into the same

wgscott

wgscott

 

Rethinking the Computer Enclosure

Some people regard the appearance of a "computer" in an audio system setting as inappropriate and ugly. My wife does. I don't end up seeming to care that much, particularly as I am frequently swapping the things around, but I can surely appreciate the fine touch of someone like Jeffrey Stephenson. See some of his stunning work in wood at http://slipperyskip.com.  

curmudgeon

curmudgeon

 

Player software matters

In some threads, the "bits are bits" claim crops up with music server software. After all, why should a 695$ piece of software sound better than iTunes if both can be bit perfect?   Found this paper, and wanted to share in case some haven't seen it.   http://www.amr-audio.co.uk/large_image/MAC%20OSX%20audio%20players%20&%20Integer%20Mode.pdf   Other papers here: http://www.amr-audio.co.uk/html/dp777_tech-papers.html

david.parker83

david.parker83

 

I should have done this a while ago, but here it is...

Perhaps I should contribute and write a blog that no one will read...   Anyway, I am continuing to slowly rip my CDs using RubyRipper in Ubuntu Linux 11.04 after finding that they do, for some unexplained reason, sound better than the rips done with iTunes. I do have some theories as to why that is, one being that Linux and MPD like FLAC a lot more than any other file type, and the other being that RubyRipper takes a lot more care to get an accurate rip than iTunes does. However, I transcode

AudioDoctor

AudioDoctor

 

Listening to the Ocean

Sometimes, to combat my tinnitus, I just listen to white noise for background. I have found an intriguing substitute with LIDO (Listening to the Deep Ocean environment). LIDO is a website that presents realtime and archived seafloor acoustic observations around the globe in a scientific effort to evaluate bioacoustic factors and identify geo-hazards that affect marine life and the ocean environment. And you can listen in "low quality" or "high quality"!   Check out the site: http://listento

curmudgeon

curmudgeon

 

Three Players and a Shout Out

Over the last two days I've been comparing three players: Puremusic, Audirvana, and Fidelia. All are the versions available for download. I have to say that when I was reading threads in the forums I was puzzled that so many people had multiple players. I couldn't think of any good reason why. Well after a few days I now have a pretty good idea why – they sound different. Very different. All have some strengths and depending on the listeners taste and associated equipment, could appeal to

LBob

LBob

 

Lioness ...

This was my Album of the Evening last night.   http://www.amazon.com/Lioness-Hidden-Treasures-Amy-Winehouse/dp/B0061JPYX2/   Guess this one is a bit controversial (was it a posthumous exploitative cash grab or the real deal treasure trove?). For me, as a big Amy fan, I knew I had to have it -- and it came to me as a Christmas gift -- but I'm still digesting the thing in terms of both music-ness and sonic pleasures. My Foobar2000's Dynamic Range Meter shows only one track at DR 10, with the

curmudgeon

curmudgeon

 

Music Players

Two helpful denizens of this site (Justin and Barrow) suggested a number of music players I should try now that I've got the basic set up working. I wanted to try BitPerfect but I have a problem with the Apple Store (I forgot my user name and password) so I decided to take a look at PureMusic. The download went smoothly which is always a plus and it came up just fine. Pushed play and... nothing. Oops. So per Justin I read the manual. Ahhh. Have to set the output in PureMusic. OK, click c

LBob

LBob

 

Pretty Much Peachy

So the Peachtree DACiT arrived yesterday morning. After taking it in from the cold (couple of hours on the porch in bracing 28 degree Nebraska morning weather) and letting it get to room temperature I plugged the little guy in. Lights came on. Always a good sign. Plugged in the USB cable (nicely idiot proof!), selected the DAC from the system menu, called up iTunes and pushed play. Darned if tunes didn't come out. This is the kind of set up I like!!   First up was the Duncan & Brady (

LBob

LBob

 

Now It Begins

So I have been playing around with the idea of computer audio since my second bookshelf is now nearly full of CDs. It seems like a great idea, as it would solve the space problem, make it much easier to manage the collection, and at least potentially give me equal or (hopefully superior) sonics. The last objective is the deal breaker. I won't compromise on that. The system now consists of an Esoteric SA-10 (intro level) CD player, Ayre K5xe preamp, Bryston 4BSST amp, and Wilson Sophia v1 spea

LBob

LBob

 

AV interfaces: XBMC, Plex, Front Row and all that

More slightly off-topic stuff.   Like many Mac mini owners, my audio server is also a video server. My attention span is better suited to a CD than a two-hour movie, so I seldom sit still long enough to watch movies on TV. But others in the family like to, occasionally. So I have Front Row on the mini, and then I have an ATV2 as well. The mini seems to prefer its HDMI hose to connect directly to the TV, whereas the HDMI from ATV2 goes to my AVR (Marantz NR 1402, which, for a $350 receiver,

wgscott

wgscott

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