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Is there a small device to deal with usb audio pops and crackles? Oct 23, 2020 at 4:00 PM

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    1. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Is there a small device to deal with usb audio pops and crackles?
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      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Glad to be of service. In fact, absolutely delighted that my suggestion might be even roughly right!

        Now you come to mention it, I recall wifi drivers being mentioned as a regular trouble causer way back then.

        This is one of those things that should have ceased to be a problem years ago, But hey, PCs and windows! Do run one of the DPC Latency checker tools, if they still make them for W10
        Oct 25, 2020 at 12:17 PM
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      4. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        I used LatencyMon. It finds potential Wifi issues and throttling might be to blame. I was told to disable wifi and switch my power setting on my laptop to best performance to avoid throttling.

        The pops kind of come and go, but overall they've been reduced. It's all pretty mysterious to me.
        Oct 26, 2020 at 8:41 AM
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      5. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        It's fairly mysterious to me too, because even though I worked in IT, as a systems manager, I never studied computer science, and have only basic ideas of function at that level. I just know that audio is considered lower priority than video and some other stuff and sometimes lower priority processes just get told to wait. The wait can be long enough to cause drop outs.
        Oct 26, 2020 at 3:51 PM
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    2. zerodeefex
      zerodeefex
      Got a few senior requests for a temp. You get until the 5th off so you can enjoy the holiday.
    3. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Why is it unicorn and not unihorn?
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      2. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Latin: cornu = horn (there's always one smartarse :P)
        Jun 16, 2020
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        In the most ancient mythologies it is actually a solitary cob of corn on the head.
        Jun 16, 2020
    4. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      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?
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      3. FlySweep
        FlySweep
        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.
        Jun 11, 2020
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        Stuff Jones
        Jun 11, 2020
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      5. FlySweep
        FlySweep
        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.
        Jun 11, 2020
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    5. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Is this correct in terms of SQ import? Recording > transducer > amp > DAC > source > file resolution (44/16 and up) > cables > lunar phase
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      3. Hrodulf
        Hrodulf
        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.
        May 31, 2020
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      4. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        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?
        May 31, 2020
      5. Psalmanazar
        Psalmanazar
        Headphones are wildly inaccurate.
        May 31, 2020
    6. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
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    7. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Philosophic musing: Do we enjoy absolute sound quality or only changes in sound quality?
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      2. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        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.
        May 17, 2020
      3. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        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).
        May 17, 2020
      4. Jinxy245
        Jinxy245
        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.
        May 17, 2020
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      1. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Something is exciting you. New Campfires? ;)
        May 15, 2020
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      2. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        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.
        May 17, 2020
    9. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Any tips on eliminating USB crackles that are only heard with one particular source (Shanling Q1)?
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      2. JK47
        JK47
        Well, if you've tried all your own suggestions, and it's still not working...
        Apr 12, 2020
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      3. DigMe
        DigMe
        Wonder if reloading firmware could possibly help. @Bina?
        Apr 12, 2020
      4. Bina
        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.
        Apr 13, 2020
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    10. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      AZLA SednaEarfit tips > all others with Solaris (JVC, Symbio, stock, random others).
      1. jexby
        jexby
        Best HOLE SIZE!
        Best THICHNESS OF SILICON!
        Apr 7, 2020
    11. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
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      2. atomicbob
        atomicbob
        It depends. Heavy Metal files can be balanced out by Light Easy Listening files.
        Mar 27, 2020
      3. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        Surely compressed music weighs more than music with a high dynamic range? One only has to look at the wave form.
        Mar 27, 2020
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    12. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Bifrost 2, Wasapi & Foobar: should you use 16 or 24 bit?
      1. e.schell
        e.schell
        Would assume 24... what I use with my Gungnir Multibit and seems to work well.
        Mar 25, 2020
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      2. Collusion
        Collusion
        16 bit audio signal can be delivered losslessly in a 24 bit container, so go for the higher number.
        Mar 25, 2020
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      2. Syzygy
        Syzygy
        !
        Mar 24, 2020
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      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        To the point exactly. That makes sense.
        Mar 25, 2020
    14. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      'Windows audio device graph isolation" is consistently using 20-25% of my CPU, keeping the fan buzzing. Internet no help. Any ideas to fix?
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      2. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        @famish99 - what about 16 (w or w/o dither) vs 24 bit?
        Mar 24, 2020
      3. famish99
        famish99
        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.
        Mar 24, 2020
      4. rtaylor76
        rtaylor76
        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.
        Mar 25, 2020
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      Stuff Jones
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    16. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Any suggestions on an affordable (<$400) portable USB Amp/DAC or DAP with USB DAC that pairs well with the Solaris?
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      3. YMO
        YMO
        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.
        Feb 27, 2020
      4. Stuff Jones
        Stuff Jones
        I'm not looking for features, just the best SQ/dollar with the Solaris in a compact reliable package.
        Feb 27, 2020
      5. YMO
        YMO
        Fiio X5 3rd Gen or a cheaper used Sony.
        Feb 27, 2020
    17. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Preferring the CA Solaris w/ the Pixel 3A over the Sony ZX300. Better tonal balance. No rough upper mids. Have I lost it?
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      2. brencho
        brencho
        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
        Feb 16, 2020
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      3. Bill-P
        Bill-P
        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.
        Feb 16, 2020
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      4. obsiCO
        obsiCO
        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.
        Feb 16, 2020
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      2. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        So... One point each, so far...
        Feb 6, 2020
      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Count Count would be proud.
        Feb 7, 2020
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      4. Thad E Ginathom
        Thad E Ginathom
        He would probably enjoy a result of 3-4-5 more --- and not because of the clear winners and losers!
        Feb 7, 2020
    19. BillOhio
      BillOhio
      Man, that Shakira sure can... sing.
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      3. spwath
        spwath
        I am 20. I can't believe she is 43
        Feb 2, 2020
      4. Lyander
        Lyander
        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 :))
        Feb 3, 2020
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      5. BillOhio
        BillOhio
        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 :/
        Feb 3, 2020
    20. Stuff Jones
      Stuff Jones
      Whatever happened to @gbeast? One of my favorite posters going back to HF days, but haven't seen him around in forever.
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      3. cskippy
        cskippy
        @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.
        Feb 2, 2020
      4. BillOhio
        BillOhio
        I never met him but ended up with his Af, #9.
        Feb 2, 2020
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      5. jowls
        jowls
        The last time I saw him he was riding off into the sunset, a smile on his face.
        Feb 2, 2020
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