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Nursery hifi

I haven't posted in awhile due to being a new father. But couldn't resist sharing my budget, wife-approved setup for my little two month old. It includes a Tivoli Audio Model One (150$), iPod (used 150$), and dock (used 10$). I mostly leave the local classical music station going (no commercials), but occasionally pump through some Pandora or mp3. At night, I put on some pink noise for her.   Hey...she can look back and know that dad made an effort to start her young! Not a bad little bud

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david.parker83

Mastered for iTunes Part 2

Since the db levels of the MFIT and ALAC versions are different (MFIT is a tad softer), they need to be matched up for listening comparisons...dang it, this was supposed to be easy. So far there is little to report...the only differences being because of the db level, and now those differences are gone.   One of the benefits of MFIT is the ability to check for clipping, which can be a problem when converting to AAC straight from the CD master. I used iTunes to generate my own 256kbps AAC ver

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david.parker83

Mastered for iTunes Part 1

The image below shows a comparison between the MFIT (Mastered for iTunes) and ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Compression) versions of John Mayer's "Queen of California." This is track 1 from his latest album, Born and Raised. MFIT is on top, ALAC is on bottom.   What do you see? To me, the MFIT version is mastered at a slightly lower volume. I can't see any visual evidence that the dynamic range compression is different: since the loudest and softest parts both appear louder on the ALAC versio

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david.parker83

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."

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Kurt Rosenwinkle's Reflections, lossless download

The February edition of Stereophile includes a review of this album, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that Rosenwinkel's website sells digital copies in Apple Lossless format.   http://www.wommusic.com/shop/categories.php?category=Digital-Downloads/Apple-Lossless

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david.parker83

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.

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david.parker83

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

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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

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david.parker83

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

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