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Another Computer Audiophile story in progress

Well,, I have been lurking on this site for a while and thought that I, like others here, would share my story of the path to whole home audio.   I have a passion for the tech toys that are available and have started to put together a ongoing project to have computer based audio files available in all rooms that have a speaker setup of some kind (even if that means currently through a TV) and would like to hear what others may think as I walk on down this fun journey.   Current setup is 5 ro

donaldj68

donaldj68

 

Criteria to eval SQ of high res masters

As an ex recording/mixing engineer/producer, http://www.thepikes.com/bio here are a few thoughts with respect to evaluating high resolution masters for sound quality.   Unfortunately, for most recordings, especially multi-track, there are many, many steps/paths from the mic to the final master we listen to. Most folks I think would be surprised to see the workflow. But that is another post.   The criteria I use to eval music sound quality is:   1) Musical performance 1st. Ultimately, if

mitchco

mitchco

 

Up Periscope

I am well into phase 2 of my planned conversion into computer audio. I seriously doubt if I could have done it without this site. Course I doubt that I would have even tried without CA. Really an invaluable asset.   I have been off line for months now for a very simple reason. Until about 3 weeks ago I used my MacBook Air as a server and to rip new cps into iTunes. I had a choice of blogging or listening. That was a no brainer! I just enjoyed the heck out of my new system. But it also

LBob

LBob

 

Internet sources on acoustics / digital room correction

Just wanted to share various sources around on the net on the subject of acoustics and digital room equalization / correction (Digital Room-EQ ) that I have run into so far....   Disclaimers: • I am sure I touched only a small percentage of what is around, so please feel free to comment & add as you see fit. • I have not checked, read, verified or tested (let alone used) everything. Don’t shoot the messenger. • I have no interest other than share info...   --------------- Papers / ba

Lowlands

Lowlands

 

New stereo woofers on order

Well, my old standby woofer had a good run for it, but finally gave up the ghost. The "listening room" sure seems empty now. However, I have ordered two new ones from the same lineage. They are being custom-produced, so there is a bit of a wait, but I am sure it will be appreciated in the long run. I can't say I am looking forward to the breaking-in period, but hopefully that will be short. It will be the first time I have two at once, and am looking forward to the new experience.

wgscott

wgscott

 

Here's To Carrie

Catching up during my convalescence means reading a backlog of news, watching some TV I never get around to, taking on the ever-expanding wish list of book reads, and a lot more.   Just last night I noticed that a Peabody Award has recently been issued to Portlandia. In case you don’t know, Portlandia is a spot-on comedy sketch series, now in (or maybe concluding) its second season, spoofing some aspects of modern culture and that of Portland, Oregon in particular (with a notable guest list,

curmudgeon

curmudgeon

 

The Wrecking Crew

A hospital stay for heart surgery can have its bright side.   Initially delighted to learn that wi-fi would be available, I was to be deflated upon learning that the same IT restrictions for hospital employees would also apply to inpatients. That meant that sites like Facebook, YouTube, Netflix, Pandora, Spotify, MOG, etc. would be blocked, leaving me and my MacBook with little more than email and a few sites that might relate to my usual work. So I turned to my stack of long-overdue reading

curmudgeon

curmudgeon

 

Nad M51

I would need help since I am getting all kind of different advices. I have an iMac in the basement ( about 60' of cable length from my HiFi units) I would like to know what is the best and cheapest way to connect my iMac to a Nad M51 Direct Digital Dac. I would like to be able to play 24 bits/44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, and maybe 176.4, and 192 KHz.   Thank you.

CDal

CDal

 

berkeley audio design alpha usb

why does one need to buy this item if one uses an hp xp media center pc harddrive as storage for cd's ripped to flac by media monkey then transferred to/via "digital out" to "coaxial digital in" on a yahmaha rx-v2500 avr that has 192-kHz/24-bit burr brown dacs? isnt this redundancy and over kill? the music isnt being played by the pc's sound card it bypasses the sound card and goes to avr correct? is the sound going tobe $1000+ better? please clarify this for me am i missing something? thanks bo

bobbmd

bobbmd

 

Speaker to Room Calibration Walkthrough

While visiting a friend in The Big Smoke recently, I had an opportunity to assist in tuning a set of DIY speakers to his critical listening environment. This is a walkthrough of what we did, how it sounded, and lessons learned. I tried to present this in a step by step format so if desired, by following the same steps, you could obtain similar results. Here is pic of my friend’s rig:     Let’s inventory the gear. The DIY satellite speakers are enclosed in a designed (using Thiel Small pa

mitchco

mitchco

 

sooloos media core 200

how does one "load" 600+ into this system? i ripped these 600+ cds onto my pc harddrive 4+years ago using windows media center and player(windows media lossless codex) and onto mediamonkey(in flac) both my pc and my maxtor one touch external backup hard drive failed!! i have no desire or patience to do do that again,EVER! so, if i purchase this sooloos system-media core 200 who do i get to rip and load the cds on the harddrive and how much does that cost? thanks bobbmd/[email protected]

bobbmd

bobbmd

 

Room EQ Wizard

Long time, no blogging! We've been busy here with a new pup and I've been struggling in what spare time I have had in getting REW to work with my iMac.   After reading up on REW over at HomeTheaterShack I decided it'd be best to purchase an external soundcard to carry out the measurements. I decided to go with a unit that also had a mic preamp in it for use with my Behringer ECM8000. I decided on the Tascam US-144mkII because I didn't want to spend a ton of money and on top of being well re

wgb113

wgb113

 

Article for starters, please!

I'm new into computer audiophile and almost new to everything music wireless. I have several HD (USB & DLNA) and an M-Audio Audiophile Pro, which I connect to a micro Hi-Fi Stereo though Aux (RCA), I'm looking to move forward to a new level. Where can I find an article with equipment recommendations and installation guides?   I'm thinking about getting an Internet Radio (Cocktail Audio X10) with 2TB of HD, what do you think? What speakers should be decent for this? Thanks to all, Jeanne

Jeannette

Jeannette

 

Velocity of Propagation at Audio Frequencies

Starting Point   A commonly stated "scientific" reason for alledged audible differences between (speaker) cables is the fact that electrical signals travel at different speeds for different frequencies.   Background The characteristics of a cable are often simplified to its impedance (Z), its capicatance ©, and its inductance (L) where Z = sqrt(L/C). This is a simplification of the more complete formula Z = sqrt((R+j*2*pi*f*L)/(G+j*2*pi*f*C)) where R is the resistance and G the conductance.

ringenesherre

ringenesherre

 

Best cd player for computer?

Am new here. Have been building a system with an Asus computer using J River media player into an Asus Xonar ST sound card. This feeds with an optical cable a Marantz sr7005 driving Klipsh speakers with a 7.1 configuration.   My question is the weak point of my system may be the on board cd player that came with the computer. The system sounds great now (play largely classical and jazz) but I syspect an better cd playerthan the one that came with the computer may improve performance?

sjoc2000

sjoc2000

 

WASAPI or ASIO?

Hello Computer Audiophile, sorry if my english is bad guys. Well here's the problem I'm facing right now, both my PC and Sony Vaoi laptop are Realtek HD Sound Card, my laptop have this HDMI port, sometimes I use the HDMI as a DAC, well it seems that I can't afford any DAC at the moment, well my HDMI audio device only output up to 16/48 only, doesn't reach to 24/192 as any HDMI said that it can output to 24/192 that far. Well, back to the problem, I'm using JRiver Media Center 17, foobar2000, Aim

muhammadnuman90

muhammadnuman90

 

Listening test results

Here are the results of the listening test. Unfortunately I only got 6 submissions before I decided to stop collecting entries, so it is not really a statistically relevant sample, and I would not draw any profound conclusions from the results.   As has been pointed out, anyone handy with a program such as Audacity could have cheated by looking at the spectrum plots, and just looking at file sizes would already have provided a lot of guidance. Fortunately the results seem to indicate that the

Julf

Julf

 

Listening test - bits and kiloherz

As some posters have doubted the benefit of resolutions and sample rates higher than 16 bit and 44.1 kHz, I set up a listening test.   Robert von Bahr of BIS has very kindly arranged for the permission to use a track from BIS-SACD-1949, "endBeginning" by New York Polyphony (available from eClassical).   I made available 8 versions of the track "Lamentationes Jeremiae - IV. Mem.". In addition to the original 24/96 track, there are versions that have been first downsampled and/or truncated to

Julf

Julf

 

16/44 vs 24/192 Experiment

Updated with more info on Audio DiffMaker, plus ABX listening tests.   Lots of discussion around this article: 24/192 Music Downloads...and why they make no sense http://people.xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html   I decided to run a science experiment using Audio DiffMaker to compare 16/44 to 24/192 format of the same master from Soundkeeper Recordings: http://soundkeeperrecordings.com/format.htm   I have used Audio DiffMaker before to compare FLAC vs WAV and comparing two bit-perfec

mitchco

mitchco

 

Musical Fidelity M1DAC: Coax vs USB

I just purchased a Musical Fidelity M1Dac and I’m very impressed with the sound quality. When I use my Pioneer Elite CD player through the M1’s coax input, the sonics are just right. When I use the USB input, the sound is about 90% of the CD. There is just a little less detail and some loss in dynamics. My question is, how can I bring the level of the USB to the level of my CD player? I asked the guy who sold me the DAC and he said that the implementation of the USB was just like the MF V

runrob1258

runrob1258

 

My digital disquisition

I've been an audiophile for about 22 years, give or take. I've worked my way up to a wonderful system. It's a bit long in the tooth, the amp and preamp being 15 years old. My analog front end is 10 years old and amazing. My digital front end is decidedly lacking, so I've been dipping my toes into this and I find Computer Audiophile an amazing resource. I also have a small office set up which is proving to be quite lovely in it's own right, although nowhere near the experience of my analog system

plakey

plakey

 

Gear

Source   2 Ghz Core 2 Duo Mac Mini (Mac OS X Snow Leopard) (5 GB RAM) SSD boot drive G-Drive External Drive (Firewire 800) iTunes Library Audirvana Plus BitPerfect Software - Apple Lossless, MP3, AAC (Baroque, classical, jazz)   Remote Control iPad 2 with Apple Remote VNC   DAC Bel Canto DAC 3   Cables Halide Bridge Acoustic Zen Wow! XLR (Balanced) Acoustic Zen Satori Shotgun (speakers) Shuntaya Power (amp)   Amp Classé CA-2300   Speakers B&W 703 (biwired)

biberfan

biberfan

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