Archive for December, 2012

Cool “Live vs Recorded” Video and Free Downloads

Check out this thread on What’s Best’s audio forum. You’ll find the video by MA Recordings and the Pac NW Audio Society – featuring our own John Stone!wb logo

You’ll also discover a bunch of free high-resolution downloads, some in DSD. Todd G, like Cookie M, is sold on DSD.

The WB forum is one of the best IMO. Several BAAS members participate….

Bob

Thursday, December 20th, 2012 Audiophile, Bob, General, Music, Video Comments Off

It had to happen: First 3D-printed Record Albums

3dprintedrecord-660See this Wired article for a demo and an explanation by the engineer.

OK, so sound quality is about that achieved by Edison. But I predict that it’ll improve – a lot.

Is this the ultimate audiophile DAC?

Bob

 

Thursday, December 20th, 2012 Analog, Audiophile, Bob, Equipment, News Comments Off

Can High-resolution Digital Cause Distortion? Yes!

This past March, I wrote about a controversial article posted to the Xiph.org web site. Take a moment to scan that article.beats

In my piece, I was just a bit dismissive that capturing ultrasonic content could actually do harm. I’ve since eased my stance a bit.

You see, I actually downloaded Xiph’s test files and played them on my system. And low-level distortion products appeared. These were manifest as an occasional tic or pop. No wonder folks say that hires digital sounds analog! LOL.

Granted, my Goldmund amps have a rather large bandwidth (3 Mhz). But still.

Try the test yourself and let us know via the comments what you hear. The files are about a third of the way down in a section labeled “Intermod Tests.”

[Note that these occasional tics were down more than 40dB, and would likely be benign in a typical listening session.]

Bob

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 Audiophile, Bob, Technical Comments Off

Are “Record Players” Better-sounding?

OK, don’t shoot me over what you read…

Quora, a popular and high-quality opinions site, has this to say on the matter.

Something for everyone – or not.

Sample: “…audiophiles tend to prefer vinyl over compact discs for pretty much every genre of music except classical.”

Bob

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 Analog, Audiophile, Bob Comments Off
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