Why is it unicorn and not unihorn? Jun 16, 2020
Got a few senior requests for a temp. You get until the 5th off so you can enjoy the holiday.
Why is it unicorn and not unihorn?
Latin: cornu = horn (there's always one smartarse :P)
In the most ancient mythologies it is actually a solitary cob of corn on the head.
SW51+ owners: should I 1) get 50 NOS 6ZH51P - 6J51P (stock) tubes for $70 bucks or 2) 2 matched pairs of Tungsram EF184/6EJ7 for $75?
I have amperex and mullard tubes, as well. I'd take the amp over the mullards, but the rest of the chain matters (Pi2AES > Modi 3 > SW51+ > HD6XX (stock) / Elex). The (Blackburn) Mullards I have are bright-ish (seems there's some variance with this tube as there may be diff versions). Tungsram reminds me of the stock tube, but better.
@FlySweep - before I order, can you confirm that these are the ones you got?
yep.. looks identical to mine. Let 'em marinate for a while when you get 'em. I love the build quality in tungsram tubes too.. rugged af.
Is this correct in terms of SQ import? Recording > transducer > amp > DAC > source > file resolution (44/16 and up) > cables > lunar phase
The source material is king. Everything down from there just needs to inflict the least damage to it. The speaker and room make the sound radiation system and should be always viewed as a whole, unless in very specific cases.
I was actually thinking more of headphones but wanted to be inclusive and cool and use @purr1n's preferred lingo. Headphones are transducers too, no?
Headphones are wildly inaccurate.
Old MacDonald in the Style of Beethoven - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWL3SNQAQyE
Philosophic musing: Do we enjoy absolute sound quality or only changes in sound quality?
Interesting...I'd ask to define the term "absolute". I do think that the changes make the quality more apparent as the brain does adjust to the level of "quality" it's been listening to so we appreciate certain jumps in quality more.
What I mean is that after about a month of listening to new gear, we stop listening to SQ and just listen to music. We only listen to SQ again after gear changes, or when forced to compare with past gear. Or at least that's the case with me. This suggests that outside those comparison periods, our enjoyment of music remains the same regardless of SQ (except a major SQ downgrade that forces us to compare for longer).
So if I understand you, you're referring to the evaluation "period " as opposed to hen we settle in & enjoy. I think I do enjoy the listening to SQ to an extent but yes it is different than when everything is dialed in the way I want. I personally wouldn't say my enjoyment stays the same given other variables, but I get your point and agree.
Something is exciting you. New Campfires? ;)
Whoa that was weird. I wanted to post a period, because I had posted a link which might be construed as political and wanted to replace it.
Any tips on eliminating USB crackles that are only heard with one particular source (Shanling Q1)?
Well, if you've tried all your own suggestions, and it's still not working...
Wonder if reloading firmware could possibly help. @Bina?
@DigMe Not sure if that would have any effect.
We have been going over this with StuffJones over emails for a few days. At this time it's hard to say if it's some issue on side of Q1 or just something on the PC side, as it was tested on only one computer.
We are working with our US dealer on some way how to fix it for him.
AZLA SednaEarfit tips > all others with Solaris (JVC, Symbio, stock, random others).
Best HOLE SIZE!
Best THICHNESS OF SILICON!
Does a USB drive get heavier as you store more files on it? (More importantly, does it sound different?) https://tinyurl.com/srcltqf
It depends. Heavy Metal files can be balanced out by Light Easy Listening files.
Surely compressed music weighs more than music with a high dynamic range? One only has to look at the wave form.
Bifrost 2, Wasapi & Foobar: should you use 16 or 24 bit?
Would assume 24... what I use with my Gungnir Multibit and seems to work well.
16 bit audio signal can be delivered losslessly in a 24 bit container, so go for the higher number.
To the point exactly. That makes sense.
'Windows audio device graph isolation" is consistently using 20-25% of my CPU, keeping the fan buzzing. Internet no help. Any ideas to fix?
@famish99 - what about 16 (w or w/o dither) vs 24 bit?
I use 24 bit, but I've never tried testing both of them side by side and I've long moved on from foobar as my choice of player.
Use push mode. 24 bit is fine. You don't really need dither. Only use that dither setting if playing back a 24-bit file and selecting 16-bit.
For us music lovers fortunate enough to still be able to work, now's a good time to pick up some albums: https://tinyurl.com/sbnq78n
Any suggestions on an affordable (<$400) portable USB Amp/DAC or DAP with USB DAC that pairs well with the Solaris?
Fiio X5 3rd Gen but only if you root it and get that custom kernel from HF. Still doesn't fix the Second MicroSD card slot issue.
I'm not looking for features, just the best SQ/dollar with the Solaris in a compact reliable package.
Fiio X5 3rd Gen or a cheaper used Sony.
Preferring the CA Solaris w/ the Pixel 3A over the Sony ZX300. Better tonal balance. No rough upper mids. Have I lost it?
I’m assuming OI affects the BA drivers in the Solaris and not the DD driver. Maybe it’s shelving the upper mid or treble to where you like it? I don’t think I’d describe Sony sound as rough from memory
Given that the Pixel XL has about 4.8 ohm OI, and I don't think Google has really put that much thought into audio since then, maybe the 3A is somewhere in that ballpark? I do prefer Solaris out of higher output impedance devices as well. My AK120 has 3.5 ohm OI, for instance.
Not weird at all. To me, ZX300 tends to make the upper-mid a bit hotter and the bass a tad leaner compared to stuff from Hiby or WM1A or even an iPhone. It's something I've noticed with both Andros and FDX1, a bit worse with the former. For something that has tube-like organic lows, its upper-mid and treble is quite solid-state-like.
So... One point each, so far...
Count Count would be proud.
He would probably enjoy a result of 3-4-5 more --- and not because of the clear winners and losers!
Man, that Shakira sure can... sing.
I am 20. I can't believe she is 43
Just checked it out after seeing this post. I was pleasantly surprised by the excerpt from Kashmir about 2 mins in.
And yes Shakira is impossibly beautiful, that's been the case for a while now :))
Shakira has been a hottie since before @spwath was born... and @Stuff Jones, I guess I updated my 'status' from your profile page on accident. No idea why or even how I did that :/
Whatever happened to @gbeast? One of my favorite posters going back to HF days, but haven't seen him around in forever.
@gbeast is local to me and a friend IRL. I believe his interests and priorities shifted and there just isn’t the time to devote to audio. Last I heard he still has an Auteur and Aeolus sans any amp or DAC. I told him they would also be excellent decorations on a wall. I miss his passion towards audio but I believe his passion is being used to help others in new ways now.
I never met him but ended up with his Af, #9.
The last time I saw him he was riding off into the sunset, a smile on his face.
Why aren't there any IEMs that use two DDs (for bass & mids) and one BA driver for treble? Plays to the tonal strength of each transducer.
@Kunlan. Didn't the old TDK IEMs also have two DDs? They were pretty good for the money back in the day as I recall.
I'd love to see an IEM with a CA DD for bass, an Aurisonic Rocket micro dynamic driver for mids (best IEM mids I've heard) and an Andro BA implementation for up top. Use the two DDs for 80-90 percent of the FD. Just use the BA for that last bit of extension and avoid most timbre/coherence issues.
Rockets are badass and a true HD650 IEM correlate IMO. Shame they stopped making them and the cable is so microphonic... I love mine - moreso than the FDX1
@E_Schaaf - selling them (due to lack of extension) is my biggest audiophile regret to date. Selling my Martin Logan Mikros 90s is second.
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