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Vinyl / Re: WSJ asks Why Vinyls Boom Is Over
Last post by ajinfla -
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I feel like CD was the first format that was a huge improvement over what came before.
Yes.  As far as sound quality, it was a huge leap from imperfect to perfect!  Or more precisely, from a variety of formats that had audible limitations & imperfections to a format that was better than human hearing with no audible defects/limitations.  There's no more need for incremental improvements and that changes everything!
Can't tell if you're joking or drank too much Sony kool-aid, but no. Close to "perfect" for 2ch in homes, sure.
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Vinyl / Re: >20kHz content found in vinyl?
Last post by Atmasphere -
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That's how I roll


How you troll is more like it.

However, the diagram and the comment by Splice actually show the problem. I was hoping you would land on it without my help. But indeed the suspension of the cantilever is the problem. It only lasts a few years and then the cartridge does not perform. This is easily seen using a test record. I've treated a few with chemistry which helped a little, but once that suspension is gone the stylus is shot, even if the cartridge has never been used. So you can't store them- you have to use them.

One thing that has consistently bothered me on a lot of these threads is the constant comment about ticks and pops. I don't experience them all that much at home, but I try to take care of my LPs by storing them upright, without a lot of pressure on them (which leads to 'ring wear' on the cover). I have a Nitty Gritty, but I've not used it in years. I mostly just use a carbon fiber dust brush. The thing is, when a lacquer goes to press, the test press that comes back has to be played to detect any defects in the process. Quite often that means ticks and pops. A good press won't have any and neither will the pressing run. Last night I was playing an LP by Of Monsters and Men, on marbled pink vinyl, and not a single tick or pop on all four sides.

So where do the ticks and pops come from? One source is poor handling, another is a poorly set up pickup, which can damage the grooves. Some equalizers can exacerbate ticks and pops, raising a tick or pop event from inaudible to audible. This is caused by unstable equalizers. In a nutshell, if the equalizer is prone to RFI (which can include ultrasonic and RF energy caused by the resonance of the tank circuit caused by the inductance of the cartridge and the capacitance of the tone arm cable) then its likely that it will also exacerbate ticks and pops.

Now one area often overlooked and related is cartridge loading. The loading of a low output moving coil will have no effect on the output of the cartridge but it can have a huge effect on the tank circuit its driving! This is why the loading resistor can be important. If you can hear the effects of the loading resistor (and you have a LOMC cartridge), it means that your preamp is unstable.

Some interesting reading- note the comments by Jonathan Carr:
http://www.whatsbestforum.com/showthread.php?15077-Cartridge-Loading-A-Misnomer

OTOH high output moving magnet cartridges have much higher inductance, so the loading can affect them directly at audio frequencies. For this reason any high output cartridge should be loaded for best response and the generic input impedance of 47K isn't going to do the job. If left untreated, a MM cartridge will often have some sort of peak in the upper end of the audio passband, where ticks and pops often reside. Its worth it to look into this matter.

Jim Hagerman does a great job of describing cartridge loading issues in this article:
http://www.hagtech.com/loading.html




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This behavior seems to occur only when clicking on the last item in the original shift-click selection (whether it is below or above the first click) and then shift-clicking elsewhere.
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General - (fb2k) / Re: Docker Foobar2000 Image
Last post by phool -
WHYYYYYYYYYYYY?

Foobar is the only app I have found that accommodates my use of cue sheets coupled with custom tags to best sort my library. By having a docker foobar instance on my NAS I will be finally able to stream my music in the way that I have it setup on my main PC.
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Vinyl / Re: WSJ asks Why Vinyls Boom Is Over
Last post by DVDdoug -
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I feel like CD was the first format that was a huge improvement over what came before.
Yes.  As far as sound quality, it was a huge leap from imperfect to perfect!   Or more precisely, from a variety of formats that had audible limitations & imperfections to a format that was better than human hearing with no audible defects/limitations.  There's no more need for incremental improvements and that changes everything!

The other features were "nice", but I bought my CD player because of sound quality and I eventually replaced all (most) of my records because of sound quality.   The thing that was missing in the beginning was the ability to record.    I wasn't a "the first on my block" to get a CD player (my plan was to wait 'till the price dropped to $200, but I prices dropped suddenly and I paid around $100) but I was an early-adopter with CD burning...  I paid about $1000 for my CD burner when blank CDs were $12.

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The first problem is that the last 10 years of LP production prior to the introduction of the CD (old enough?) were increasingly cut from digital masters, not analog master tapes. At the time, many music lovers applauded this because it did have a great potential for improved sound quality.
I had forgotten about that...     I never thought the "studio side" of the process was the big problem, but I do remember having a few records where I could her the tape hiss kick-in following the lead-in groove (when listening with headphones).

I also believe there was a general improvement in sound quality simply driven by demand, pushing the record companies to do better, beginning with the disco era where records were being played on big systems with full-range speakers, in public.      By the time I got my 1st CD player and stopped buying records, they were generally "getting better", but exceptional-sounding records were still... the exception.  ;)

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Let me chime in with another suggestion: Sennheiser HD 25 II https://www.amazon.de/dp/B00009ZSYG

Reasonably priced studio headphones, etc. On-ear, I like that, your mileage may vary...
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Vinyl / Re: WSJ asks Why Vinyls Boom Is Over
Last post by krabapple -
The second article contains the following:
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as CD sales eclipsed and nearly exterminated vinyl, the format was plagued by accusations that its sound was inferior, that it was merely a convenient alternative to the LP
Hmm, my understanding is that CD’s success came from the classical music sector, where convenience (and cost) were far less important than sound quality.

CDs were certainly a success in the classical market, and it was the classical market  (and classical recording/producing professionals) that was pushing hardest for improved audio quality in the first place. 

BUT that doesn't mean the 'CD success came from the classical music sector'.  Classical sales have always been a minor segment of the music market.  CD success derived from the rapid increase in sales to  people who listened to rock and other forms of popular music.
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: foo_httpcontrol
Last post by Paesc -
Dear all

I've been using the Android App Foobar2000 controller PRO (newest version  0.9.4.0a) for 2 years now. I'm having fun with it, however, since recently it shows an error message it has now shown before when closing the app:

"Last custom version of HTTP Control is needed"

I've already downloaded the most recent version 0.97.17 from Hydrogenaudio:
https://hydrogenaud.io/index.php/topic,62218.0.html

and saved it to the following folder:
C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\foobar2000\user-components\foo_httpcontrol

How can I get rid of this error message and again take control of Foobar (closing, restart etc. the programme)? Many thanks for your help!


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Ok. Dont worry. Your tests have helped me a lot. Now I know it is about kbps, not encoder.
Thanx again.
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Other Lossy Codecs / Re: WMA Pro vbr quality test
Last post by bennetng -
5/10 again. Glad to know it is the last one since I also don't want to test anymore.

Code: [Select]
foo_abx 2.0.2 report
foobar2000 v1.3.16
2017-07-24 23:15:31

File A: (07) [Decapitated] Pest.flac
SHA1: 2c7923401055ae0907c218718fd382be15d88951
File B: Decapitated - 07 - Pest.wma
SHA1: 36615f8710d975163cd0f1a26b6888172dabb0ce

Output:
WASAPI (push) : Speakers (Creative SB X-Fi), 24-bit
Crossfading: NO

23:15:31 : Test started.
23:20:28 : 00/01
23:20:55 : 01/02
23:21:31 : 02/03
23:22:05 : 02/04
23:22:44 : 03/05
23:23:06 : 03/06
23:23:40 : 04/07
23:23:54 : 04/08
23:24:19 : 04/09
23:24:29 : 05/10
23:24:29 : Test finished.

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Total: 5/10
Probability that you were guessing: 62.3%

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