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  1. My workhorse is a Samson Servo 120a. Something like the linked Crown XLS-1002 is completely oversized. You will get audible noise with high power amplifiers.
  2. So your only problem with the device is that it doesn't show as the AT2020? It works fine?
  3. And what is the problem exactly? Most audio devices run just fine with plug&play. The AT2020 is a 16 bit/48 kHz device and shouldn't need any special driver.
  4. @ImperialHub2 Different mainboards will have different output voltages. If they are loud enough, it's fine. The headphones don't decide how loud it will be, the amplifier will.
  5. Even this thing is just a bag of lies. Actual 1800 W RMS look like this. There is a reason for the gigantic 5.3 inch voice coil. SPL is generally measured logarithmically(dB). It's a little bit counter-intuitive. It will take 10 times the power to double the (perceived) SPL. 200 W will be just twice as loud as 20 W and 2000 W is just 4 times louder than 20 W.
  6. There is no power limitation with high impedance headphones. Providing more power to the interface will do nothing at all. Just turn the Windows/Mac/Linux volume control up to maximum. If it's still not loud enough, you will damage either your hearing or you should try it on another computer. And make sure it runs in 24 bit mode, not 16 bit.
  7. The important parts are: - the turntable and its cartridge (and settings) - the headphones Stuff that is almost perfect at a reasonable entry level: - phono preamp - headphone amp - headphone DAC Invest you budget into the important parts, don't waste your money on electronics.
  8. Sorry, I've read over this part. Everything beyond normal conversation volume is too loud eventually. Exposure to sound should be minimized throughout the day. If it's not considered dangerous according to standards, it might still be dangerous. It's generally an unsafe practice to dry out noise with some other more convenient noise. You are less likely to react to dangerous things around you and your ears will be strained more than necessary.
  9. Easy. Just get two pairs of the same earbuds. When one is drained, just switch to the other pair. BTW: If you want to listen to music while working on a loud machine, you will most likely crank up the volume of your earbuds to a harmful level. Background noise will completely mess up your perception of the actual SPL. A sand blaster will be roundabout 110 dB(A) without protection and roughly 85 dB(A) with protection. To enjoy music you need at least 10 dB of SNR which gets your earbuds to be around the 95 dB(A) mark. That's basically a no-go. Just to be clear: this table
  10. It can damage the speaker or the amplifier but it's unlikely to harm the microphone. You should always try to prevent a feedback from happening. But without direct monitoring and just a playback running, it shouldn't happen.
  11. This seems to a little bit too expensive. You will probably save at least 50% if you get the caps from a electronic component supplier. But I don't think the caps are faulty in your case. Finding the faulty part might be a little bit tricky. If you have an oscilloscope you could probe the different gain stages. An audio interface with a few resistors and an DC blocking capacitor could also be used. It's just guesswork, but I would probably begin with replacing the opamps, if there are some. But don't waste too much time and effort. A used replacement might be a better option.
  12. Why? Why? High impedance loads should actually perform considerably better than low impedance loads. Amplifiers are generally voltage amplifiers with limited current capabilities. Linearity should improve with high impedance loads.
  13. Maybe we'll see something like Foveros for this new generation. Stacking the CCDs on top of the IO die would give some more room to work with.
  14. I can edit single notes of a chord with Melodyne, but I cannot measure the level difference and latency of coherent signals? Please... You can measure and analyse everything. It's just physics and there is no magic involved. Opamps are not designed to drive (low-impedance) loads, they are merely signal amplifiers and cannot supply enough current. That's a fundamental problem of this design. There are some more specialized opamps like the OPA2604, which is designed for low-impedance loads (600 Ohm in this case!). If you really want an outstanding and powerful headphone amp