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  1. 20 hours ago, Nikhil said:



    This was a special read for me.  I started reading it yesterday where in the first part of the article I got to learn the fascinating back story of Bill Withers.  You are absolutely right that very little is out there on the man.  That stayed in my mind all day as I sat down earlier this evening for the rest of the article with the music playing in the background.  I suddenly caught on to the fact that you were writing about the album song by song.  I found myself listening intently to each song looking for the cues from your article.  What a fantastic way to listen to an album.


    Thank you very much for an extraordinary insight into the life and music of Bill Withers.  This has easily been one of the best reads for me on AS for a long time.







    Thank you, @Nikhil. Kind feedback like this is what makes me keep writing. I always hope my TBVOs give people joy by bringing them closer to the music. 

  2. 3 hours ago, ArthurOtt said:

    PCs and crApple Mac Minis are not audio devices and they were not designed to be audio components. Buy a purpose-built streamer/bridge and get all of that noise and jitter out of your system. If you use a good streamer/bridge you don't need other devises and additional cables in your signal path that are trying to clean up the garbage you're dumping into your digital signal path from your PC/MAC. What's the point of upgrading your DAC if you're using a shit source?

    I’d recommend checking this post out:


  3. 9 minutes ago, pkane2001 said:

    This may be a good start, as a summary:











    I followed the ASR attempt to establish agreed upon thresholds for a while, and it seems like it petered out. My sense of why that happened is that we can mean “audibility threshold” in two different senses: what humans physiologically can detect and what research has established listeners hear in audio reproduction. For example, the audibility threshold of distortion was stricter in the initial ASR threshold attempt than in Archimago’s recent experiment. So, over at ASR there seemed to be a mix of physiology, AES-type research, and random assertions used to support the “lenient” and “strict” thresholds. 

    Some of the results, such as a “strict” linearity of 120 seemed far beyond realistic audibility IMHO. At the same time, I kind of think IMD is more audible than that ASR post suggested. However, it definitely seems like there’s a lack of good research on some topics.

    Then, of course, we’d get into issues of age and hearing and trainer versus untrained listeners.


    Ultimately, this uncertainty and complexity is why I think a lot of people default to the “moar is better” approach. But I think a “these DACs all clear the bar of flat FR, linearity to 90 dBfs etc., so I’m going to listen to them and see if I notice any differences and which I like better” is more advisable. 

  4. Hello Everyone,


    I have a new TBVO that should be posted soon on Bill Withers's Still Bill. When Withers died, I'd been working on several TBVOs. (At any given time, I have at least three or four in progress, since I typically have to hit the pause button at some point in each TBVO when I discover that I need another CD, should to get in touch with a mastering engineer, etc.) Since I don't have a strong preference on which one to proceed with next, I thought I'd put it up to a vote.


    I also wanted to create a spreadsheet where you can nominate an album (or second, third, etc. someone else's nomination) for a future TBVO. I've included a column where you can indicate if you know that the album in question has three or more unique masterings. It's okay if you don't know. But if you know for a fact that it doesn't, then it probably isn't a good candidate for a TBVO, even if it's a classic album. 


    Obviously, since I have to have enough interest in the album to listen to it dozens and dozens of times, not to mention the recording research, I reserve the right to avoid albums based on my tastes. (No Duran Duran albums need apply.) Nonetheless, it would be helpful to gauge interest in various albums.


    I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!



  5. On 6/21/2020 at 8:01 PM, maelob said:

    I just pulled the trigger on the Verite open to compliment my Sony Z1R and Aeon2C. can't wait 


    On 6/28/2020 at 8:38 AM, saidentary said:



    Your review is absolutely magnificent, and one of the very best I've read--ever.  Just brilliant.  I followed your links and found each of them relevant and helpful in contextualizing your comments.  I'm just about to pull the trigger on ordering a closed back Verite from ZMF, something I normally wouldn't do without first carefully listening in person.  But after reading your review and so much other praise online, I'll probably do just that.  Thanks for all the time and effort you put into this.


    My own closed pair just arrived today, and I have an open on order. These are going to be a regular headphone for my TBVO columns. I'm actually listening to the closed as I write this, and I just heard a little vocal part on (what else?) Van Morrison's "Flamingos Fly" from Philosopher's Stone. Y'all know how much I've listened to that album! So to hear little parts and inflections I hadn't noticed by this point is something special. 

  6. Hi @Tone Deaf, here's the link I was thinking of, in case it's not easily findable in my review.


    There are a few others' measurements with different pads earlier in the thread, which show slightly larger differences of around 5dB in the sub bass. That strikes me as about the high end of real-world difference between pads, and I suspect even some of that is due to how different materials will or won't provide a good seal on measurement equipment.


    I saw some pad comparisons on another site that showed 10+ dB differences between Verite pads extending from the sub bass all the way into the mids, and to me that's clearly a measurement artifact, rather than how it will really sound.


    The Verite are great because they sound great with the stock pads, and if you find little things about them you'd like to improve, you can tweak the sound to your liking with different pads (including the alternative set you get with every pair!). But they're not suddenly going to turn into awful sounding headphones if you pick the wrong pads. 

  7. 1 hour ago, ArthurOtt said:

    You lost me when you said you're using a crApple Mac Mini as a source. I you don't have a proper, purpose-built network bridge/streamer you shouldn't be reviewing DACs or file-based audio at all. 

    I didn’t specify this in my review, but all of my DACs are plugged into a CalDigit TS3+ thunderbolt interface, which is in turn hooked up to my Mac Mini. However, I don’t think it impacts sound so much as stability, and I’m puzzled as to what you think is necessary for a DAC to work properly. I can assure you than many albums today are recorded with modest audio interfaces plugged directly into a Mac, many of the DAC measurements one finds online are done via analyzers attached directly to a Mac or PC, and many of the DAC reviews in places like Stereophile are carried out with the DAC hooked up to a Mac or PC via USB. Most DACs today should have sufficient jitter rejection that a dedicated source isn’t necessary, since that’s not most people’s use case. Moreover, I have several well-measuring USB to SPDIF converters on hand, including a Schiit Eitr and Matrix X-SPDIF2, which I try to see if the sound through them into the DAC is superior to the sound through the DAC’s own USB input. 

  8. 1 minute ago, RunHomeSlow said:


    why not putting all that info in comment field and add that field in the window...


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    Haha. That might be a better choice, but I've been doing it this way for too long to rename all of my files. 


    More seriously, putting the year in the brackets title causes the releases to order by release date when ordering by title. In most cases, I can also see which edition I'm about to play from the main library pane without clicking through to the comments. 

  9. 40 minutes ago, AudioDoctor said:

    I don't know about the iOS app, but on Mac you can adjust the width of the columns by dragging them with the mouse from the edges. Move the mouse around near the title of the column and you'll see it change, click and drag until its the size you want.


    For example.

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    It doesn't appear that there's an album title option for those columns, unfortunately. Here's the issue I'm running into:


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    For albums that I have lots of specific release info after the title, the title is getting cut off. The problem is even worse when I have the metadata pane open, too. This wasn't a problem in 3.2 because the full title was displayed in the bottom pane, along with the tracklist. Now it seems like the only want to see a full album title is to hover over the image of the album in the bottom pane, which is far from ideal.

  10. Has anyone run into the issue of long album titles being truncated in 3.5? Is there any way around this (text wrapping, font size, etc.)? I have a lot of year/edition/mastering info in brackets after albums.

  11. On 5/5/2020 at 5:15 PM, charlesphoto said:

    For a little extra incentive:


    Eddie, Boston, 9/2/18. Photo by yours truly (Charles Peterson). Jumping on a conference call in an hour about a new PJ print run with 1XRUN and my buddy Lance Mercer - more details to follow. This one was from the last time but still available from me. 





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    Hey Charles, very cool to see you on this site. As a huge PJ fan throughout middle and high school, Place/Date is a book I’ve pored over on many, many occasions. 

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