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About Belgarathian

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    Technology enthusiast, forever forgetful.
  • Birthday December 18

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    New Zealand
  • Occupation
    Marketing Consultant


  • CPU
    Intel i7-4790k @ 5GHz
  • Motherboard
    Asus Ranger VII
  • RAM
    16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400MHz
  • GPU
    SLI EVGA 970 SSC
  • Case
    Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Glass
  • Storage
    500GB 850 Evo, 250GB 850 Evo, 4TB WD RED
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    Corsair AX1200i
  • Display(s)
    Acer Predator X34
  • Cooling
    PETG Loop
  • Keyboard
    Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Chroma
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    Razer Deathadder Chroma
  • Sound
    Astro A50
  • Operating System
    Windows 10
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  1. You’re correct, you can’t measure subjective opinions but you can measure objective performance against the source to determine if the dac and amp audio chain is producing an accurate reproduction of the source material. subjective listening is inherently bias and people will prefer different properties in their audio gear, this may include distortion which accentuates the high frequencies giving a dac an ‘airy’ or ‘spacious’ listening experience. the colour of audio gear and bias in A/B testing that isn’t blind has been proven to effect responses when reviewing equipment.
  2. What I would do for a Focal Stellia ... My comment was also tongue-in-cheek
  3. That's because every bloody DAC decodes it differently (I think, I'm no expert on MQA)... I don't think I've ever had 2 DACs sound the same on MQA, yet PCM and DSD is perfectly bloody fine. Sure but I'm yet to see an R2R DAC measurably outperform a competently engineered DAC using AKM or ESS chips.
  4. What the fuck... I'll bet... "The crystal resonance properties of the diamonds help diffuse surrounding sound improving noise isolation for a more pure and true to music listening experience.. Gold reduces EMI lowering the noise floor for the purist listening experience..." I'll bet when you add this to your cart Amazon starts recommending healing crystals and essential oils.
  5. HD800s have their own problems... Massive sound stage, great treble and mids, no bass. Great for orchestral performances, etc but they won't be for everyone.
  6. Get yourself the RME ADI-2 (~$1000 USD) or Matrix Audio Element X (~$3000 USD) as your starting point DAC/AMP and then find the headphone that has the tone you like the best. Both these all-in-one units are measurably transparent to your ear. Even the Drop x Sennheisser 6XX will sound magnificent. If you fancy treble and mids over bass, then maybe the HD800S. Every headphone will sound different, but your AMP/DAC shouldn't. The only way AMPS/DACS add colour, space, tone, (insert adjective here) to your music is through distortion, noise, channel imbalance, etc. - All bad things. If your AMP is under powered, it can sound closed in, muddy, have no punch, etc. To fix this, check the output of the amp at your headphone ohms rating to see if it has enough power to drive your headphone. Typically an amplifier will be able to deliver more power through a balanced output, so sometimes replacing your headphone cable with a balanced connector to use this plug will improve the listening experience (note that the cable construction is important, not the material. Don't listen to people telling you that silver cable etc will improve your highs, just make sure you get a robust cable that has been built well... The important figure here is resistance and capacitance, not material)
  7. Well you don't necessarily need balanced inputs... A well designed AMP/DAC should be able to use RCA and achieve the same results. That said, if you're have grounding issues then a balanced input/output will usually solve solve them so it's always a preferred connection.
  8. So many snake oil products were sent all he needed was the DAC and amp. If he had shit power in the building, he could have run it through a UPS but otherwise the amp and DAC should have been able to isolate mains noise themselves if they were engineered correctly, no need for all the snake oil cables and power supplies. The DAC is a R2R Ladder DAC which means that they believe they can beat DAC chip OEMs like AKM, TI, and ESS or save a cent, but usually ends up resulting in garbage with lots of noise, distortion, and other weird oddities. The spec for the DAC is 0.008% THD+N which equates to ~81dB, so the DAC doesn’t even meet CD spec of 96dB... Not sure where they got their stated 130.5dB of dynamic range as it doesn’t correlate to any of their other specs. If it is true though, then yes... it’s a chart topping DAC so long as they haven’t stuffed up the fundamentals. I’m sceptical as hell though. Going by specs, the amplifier looks okay delivering tons of power which is usually the single most important metric for an amp given that Planar Magnetic headphones are notoriously difficult to drive. The Drop THX 789 and a Topping D50 would probably outperform for less than $1000 or even an RME ADI-2 all in one for example. On the positive side, the headphones are very, very good. Just a shame they paired them with a crap chain.
  9. Depends what you want to do and what your budget is, but the R5 3600 on a B450 motherboard is incredible value for money.
  10. Yeah, but AnTuTu even says you shouldn't compare Android v iOS because the versions are significantly different and not apples to apples. Even with that in mind, this processor is an impressive step forward for ARM in general! Source: https://www.antutu.com/en/doc/119646.htm
  11. Can't forget Razer Or pretty much any other ultrabook manufacturer.
  12. I have 0 issue with microtransactions so long as they're either cosmetic or don't give players an unfair advantage.
  13. Even if it was a high traffic site, a lot of the content is static so you could likely mitigate a lot of the traffic by using a CDN like Cloudflare.
  14. What's your source? If so, that would be the first time Apple has used RAID in their laptops to my knowledge. https://www.anandtech.com/show/15101/apple-rolls-out-16inch-macbook-pro-a-bit-more-refined