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DAC -- Digital to Analog Convertor

The DAC is the heart of a file-based or streaming digital audio system.       Storing music or video for that matter in a digital format has some significant advantages.   The physical space needed is trivial to non-existent as a problem.  There are a lot fewer issues with long term storage such as moisture problems, print-through on magnetic tape and many more.  Digital also makes the effort of copying and transferring content almost zero.  File-based storage of music brings up issues

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The NAS (Network Attached Storage)

The NAS (Network Attached Storage) is a type of computer that, in general, has a single function.  It contains some form of data storage devices such as disk drives or SSD devices.  The primary purpose of a NAS is to make the information stored on the drives available to other computers on the network through file sharing.  Ordinarily, the user interface is via a web browser.     Over time the operating system and applications on NAS computers have gotten more powerful. Companies such

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bobfa

Subjective / Objective , Philosophy of Science

I just made an account here. First post. I'm a 26 year old musician/producer/mixer. I started taking interest in audiophile questions about two years ago, stemming from a quest for dead-accurate monitoring. I've been all over the audio internet, and I've heard a good deal of systems in person. Audiophile and pro, analog and digital, cheap and expensive. It's funny how the audiophile world and the pro world don't really like to mix, even when they're taking interest in the same questions.  

Tatl

Tatl

NICKY HOPKINS

Nicky Hopkins (1944-1994) was one of the best keyboard artists of the classic rock era.   He passed at only 50 years of age, much too early.  He worked with the Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Who and many other groups.   Listen to Sympathy for the Devil on the Beggars Banquet album and you will know what I mean.   Maybe the best rock piano track ever.   Thanks Nick.

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The Songs Remain the Same (Only Better)

The Songs Remain the Same Only Better (previously published at blog.talkofthemountain.com)   Over the last couple of years I converted my compact disc collection to digital files. This allows me to enjoy the music in whatever venue I happen to occupy: car, living room, basement lair (aka the "country bunker"), MARC commuter train, interplanetary shuttle or molecular transport. No need to lug the discs and player with me and through the magic of miniaturization I simply plug a Audio

Chip Gallo

Chip Gallo

KIETH RIEF

Relf was 33 when he died from electrocution, in the basement of his home, while playing his improperly earthed (electrically grounded) guitar. Relf had dealt with several health issues throughout his life, including emphysema and asthma, which may have contributed to his inability to survive the electric shock.   If you have ever heard the Yardbirds version of (H. Wolf's) "Smokestack Lightning" Kieth did the harmonica solo.  Maybe the best harmonic solo ever.     Thanks Mr. R

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Good reading material

People have asked how I go about sorting out systems - and find my answers very unsatisfactory. Well, I have come across a book which very nicely addresses some of the key areas where I find a lot of the issues arise - and gives a lot of suggestions of very, Gasp!!, technical gear that can be used to chase these things down. It's a very practical book, minimum high falutin', equations for equations sake guff - what I find especially endearing is that there are a lot of cheap and cheerful tricks

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fas42

Now Playing...

So...I see 20th Anniversary Edition; and I'm like "no way, is I Should Coco...20 years old"! ?   It's not; the 20th Anniversary Edition...came out 3 years ago, lol.  

1s&0s

1s&0s

Some looks at Munich 2018 clips

First YouTube videos of the High End show over there have gone up, courtesy of B HiEnd, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCve-Zui5Z5AaHruHv9MylJQ/videos. Closed sound on some, and when one of them tries for the Big Sound it can't pull it off, the drumming fails rather badly,     It's getting close to projecting the atmosphere of this intro, but can't reach high enough ...   This was probably the pick of the bunch,    

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fas42

William Gibson "Winter Market"

If you don't know William Gibson, you should.  Neuromancer?  Anyone? William Gibson's fiction often is set in the near future.  Unfortunately, some of his plot elements, in some form, come to pass. There is a collection of his early short stories entitled "During Chrome" highly recommended. One of the short stories is titled "Winter Market".   Without a spoiler, the story involves the future of entertainment AR, VR and more. Winter Market also has a short riff on th

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