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7digital.com has a growing FLAC collection

[/url] http://www.7digital.com/find-music/7digital-recommends/flac     From their customer service rep:   "...we plan to add more FLAC content going forward, but currently we only have a few other FLAC releases in our stores. Please visit our dedicated FLAC page for further information and to view our FLAC releases."

david.parker83

david.parker83

 

software vs hardware

I have a long history with audio (40 years) and a long history with computers (20 years) but the two are separate. The convenience of having my 3000 CDs available from a screen or a remote and also acess to high resolution music offerings has me thinking maybe I should... I don't want to spend a lot of money to start and basically there seems to be two methods of optimizing getting the audio from the computer to the audio system. One is to use software like jriver, foobar, jplay or some other t

bstcyr

bstcyr

 

How Many Bits in Infinity?

Seek and preserve maximum source information when transferring analog audio to digital formats. Don’t let anyone tell you that it doesn’t matter, that your albums are not in pristine condition, that your equipment isn’t good enough, or you are not a trained listener.   http://bit.ly/xm3g5C

InAurem_a2d

InAurem_a2d

 

Locating the Speakers

So I've finally gotten around to locating the speakers and came up with some interesting results:   1) All locations had their deepest nulls at 100Hz, ranging from -7dB to -24dB.   2) All locations had their highest peak at 125Hz, ranging from +4dB to +8dB.   3) Secondary nulls were consistently at 160Hz and followed by secondary peaks at 200Hz.   The location that I've settled on for now is 35* off axis and puts the tweeters 40" from the back of my chair and 37" from each other. They'r

wgb113

wgb113

 

Old Ideas

The Guardian is now streaming Leonard Cohen's forthcoming album, entitled Old Ideas:   http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2012/jan/23/leonard-cohen-old-ideas-stream?intcmp=239   As a long-time Cohen fan, I will almost certainly be springing for the properly-rippable CD release when it arrives in a few days, but this preview stream may be useful and entertaining in the meantime.  

curmudgeon

curmudgeon

 

MAC to DAC via Toslink Glass Cable

Anyone connecting between a MAC and a DAC via optical?   Seems like a good way to remove any USB cable effects (if there are any, lets not debate that here please).   I'm interested in how this works, good, bad indifferent.   If there are any caveats, like file resolution limitations, etc.   What the limitations on cable length are, and or any other things like this.   Where's a good source for buying such a cable in decent lengths.   If you want to get very specific, I have a MBP mi

Rob McCance

Rob McCance

 

What is the tone quality of your audiophile system?

Using the chart below, what subjective terms would you use to describe the tone quality (a.k.a. tone color or tone balance or timbre http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timbre) of your sound system at the listening position?         This chart, used by permission from Bob Katz, Mastering Engineer extraordinaire, http://www.digido.com/ shows the subjective terms we use to describe excess or deficiency of the various frequency ranges.   As an aside, there is an important underlying concept here

mitchco

mitchco

 

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

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