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At $129, this device is a MUST HAVE addition to any "Computer Audiophile on the Cheap*" home stereo system.

The best way I can describe it goes something like this.   I read about 24/96 recordings, and noticed that they were huge compared to FLAC files, freely traded on the Internet from repositories at bt.etree.org.   I saw an ad for the Dragonfly by Audioquest, version 1.2, and it was much better than the original version, and it cost $150. In my world, $150 is an amount that would take four months of saving a little each month. That is what is called a "Dream".   Then I noticed that a

bigbob

bigbob

 

MC-0.5 and Vintage harman/kardon hk330i create Magic with "Pictures..."

REQUIEM FOR AN RX-350   For years, my Yamaha RX-350 has served faithfully. Tonight, after years of abuse and wear and tear, the right channel amplification stage finally went to Chip Heaven...   So the harman/kardon hk330i is back on-line, providing the amplification for my system. We will see how long the "vintage" capacitors like playing at full power, 24/7/365.   These vintage electronics were well built, as competitive manufacturers put money into 2 ch. Stereo.   Then CDs came alo

bigbob

bigbob

 

Loudspeaker Cables

After looking around online for some new speaker cables and not finding the “right” cable at a price I was happy with, I decided it was time for a project. It’s been a while since I went the DIY cable route so I needed to research a bit and find good sources for the materials. The last item arrived this past Thursday just in time for my free weekend.   .999 Pure Silver   This project seemed a perfect time to kill 2 birds with 1 stone (so to speak) and build some solid silver speaker cables.

Melvin

Melvin

 

MC-0.5 is a "must have" accesory to any system

The MC-0.5   Stereotimes' most wanted component, The MC-0.5 is a magnetic conduction device. Covered under the connecter is a series of patented products. This unique device simply plugs into the wall to apply magnetic conduction to incoming electricity. The MC-0.5, once plugged into an extra outlet, delivers a dramatically cleaner, clearer music signal with better dynamics, realism and musicality. It is both more detailed as well as more relaxed-sounding at the same time. Altho

bigbob

bigbob

 

A New Direction

After many years pairing high-powered amps with low-efficiency loudspeakers I finally decided to dip a toe into the opposite world of low-powered amps and high-efficiency single-driver loudspeakers.   Cost was always somewhat prohibitive for me and is why, for the most part, I shied away. Enter Chi-Fi. Initially I think many of us audiophiles balked at the spate of cheap (and cheaply made) electronics coming out of China. After all, how could anything so inexpensive be remotely “hifi”?   AP

Melvin

Melvin

 

Room treatment suppliers

Hi All- I'm looking into some room treatment options and have found a few suppliers, Auralex and Vicoustic, that seem like good options. Attractive and quality are important for this project. Any ideas?! Thanks.

markwb

markwb

 

Building a new server for multichannel processing

I wanted to build a server that is capable of running multichannel pipeline matrix processing (including convolution) and upsampling to the 8-channel exaSound e28 DAC at DSD256.   One challenge was finding a nice CPU for the task. When the new Broadwell-E generation of CPUs became available the choice became easier. Either 8-core i7 6900K with 3.2 GHz base frequency, or 10-core i7 6950X with 3.0 GHz base frequency. I ended up selecting the 6950X because then there's a core per channel

Miska

Miska

 

Smart Playlists: I just found out they rule

I do most of my music listening on my phone in the car. That's where I have the most free time to pay attention to music. It's great when I have an opportunity to sit down and listen to an album all the way through on the HIFI but generally speaking, I'm jamming in the car.     I used to have an iPod but got rid of it when I got my android as it has expandable storage and is customizable and I can do all my things with one computer (that can call people). So I went looking for the best music

whoozwah

whoozwah

 

Genre tagging is philosophy

I just spent the past weekend re-tagging the genres on all my music. My music tagging system has gone through several variations over the years and something in my brain hasn't let me stick with one system for too long for one reason or another.     When I originally started tagging music I would put bands into what seems like the most appropriate genres. So I had genres like Hard Rock, Symphonic Power Metal, AOR, Funk, Film Noir Jazz, etc. Keep in mind I also used genres as my top level dire

whoozwah

whoozwah

 

Audirvana Plus 2.5.1 with PCM->DSD Conversion

Thanks,So my conclusion is that better not to apply any filtering ( now I have Audirvana so on ) but yesterday 2.5.0.9 beta probe with the DSD filter on and does not convince me the result. I think my MacBook Air with 4GB of memory is not enough, the CPU load is very high and stopped working twice

Kugel

Kugel

 

Build and Lift

This is our purpose. We are here to build and lift each other. If the world comes to us, it's because they need us. They need what we have. And what we have is knowledge and experience. We can use these to build and lift the world. Can you imagine it?     What if the audiophile community decided that the "prime directive" so to speak was to build and lift up people around us by educating them about how to make the music they love sound better to them for a price they can afford. What if we l

whoozwah

whoozwah

 

Mytek new dac Brooklyn.

It is Kamsma not Kamstra ;-)   There is new verwoon of the manual 1.3   To be able to manipulate the filter settings of PCM one must first disable MQA otherwise the default of minimum phase remains on.

RJ Kamsma

RJ Kamsma

 

How To Explore Computer Audiophilia.

This was actually a reply to a forum thread, but I thought it should have its own blog entry. These are a list of things to try to explore for better sound within the context of computer audiophilia and documents some findings along my journey. 1. Studying and researching computer audiophilia with the following viewpoints:     a. There must be a way to make digital sound at least as good as analogue     b. Just as we used to do with Hi-Fi analogue systems, we should optimise the digital p

YashN

YashN

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