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General Audio / Re: Need Advice To Replace iTunes mp3 with FLAC
Last post by tehabe -
The biggest advantage of Bandcamp is, that more of the money you pay goes to the artist. Bandcamp only gets 15% of the price you pay. You can feel much better about helping a band or musician you like. But that you can lose bought albums is a downside. On the other hand, when I bought my first album, I don't think Bandcamp had fan account where the music was being stored. I only noticed that after I deleted my music backup by mistake.
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Site Related Discussion / Re: Why am I banned?
Last post by TheEmpathicEar -
You could try finding a more reputable VPN that doesn't get blacklisted for spamming, but if you goal is to pirate music, that is probably not what you're looking for.  You may just have to try to be more careful about logging out. 
Is there such a thing as a "reputable" VPN? Misdirection and encryption? They don't really strike me as such...

Of course. VPNs are widely used in everything from medicine to banking to provide enhanced security.  It is just that in your case you're looking for one that won't report you to law enforcement, so they also probably sell to all sorts of spammers, crooks and so on, which is why they're blacklisted by all sorts of automatic filtering software.
And, here I thought I was just trying to save $$ with my choice?
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Site Related Discussion / Re: Why am I banned?
Last post by saratoga -
You could try finding a more reputable VPN that doesn't get blacklisted for spamming, but if you goal is to pirate music, that is probably not what you're looking for.  You may just have to try to be more careful about logging out. 
Is there such a thing as a "reputable" VPN? Misdirection and encryption? They don't really strike me as such...

Of course. VPNs are widely used in everything from medicine to banking to provide enhanced security.  It is just that in your case you're looking for one that won't report you to law enforcement, so they also probably sell to all sorts of spammers, crooks and so on, which is why they're blacklisted by all sorts of automatic filtering software.
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Site Related Discussion / Re: Why am I banned?
Last post by TheEmpathicEar -
You could try finding a more reputable VPN that doesn't get blacklisted for spamming, but if you goal is to pirate music, that is probably not what you're looking for.  You may just have to try to be more careful about logging out. 
Is there such a thing as a "reputable" VPN? Misdirection and encryption? They don't really strike me as such... In all seriousness though, could not anyone use any VPN to spam?
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Opus / Re: Can anyone reliably ABX OPUS at 160kbps?
Last post by polemon -
Actually, yes, that's another aspect I forgot about: low-delay, low-bandwidth speech codecs.

Not necessarily the ones used in VoIP, but the ones used in digital voice radio, like DMR, D-Star, Yaesu Fusion, etc.
Transmission errors are expected, and they routinely happen. Digital voice over SSB experiences "banding", which is basically like a moving attenuation, moving across the baseband and time.

You can see them here: https://www.rowetel.com/images/codec2/robust2/mod_test_2000_moderate_10dB_waterfall.png
(Picture taken from https://www.rowetel.com/?p=2905)

You can see the spectrogram of the channel, and dark squiggly lines permeating it. Having a fixed frame size helps discarding and expecting the next frame, when they're broken beyond recognition. Voice quality degradation is at times quite substantial, although that also depends on the codec itself. While DMR sounds pretty good, even if the signal is weak and when there's interference, D-Star sounds horrible, except if reception is excellent.
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Site Related Discussion / Re: Why am I banned?
Last post by saratoga -
You could try finding a more reputable VPN that doesn't get blacklisted for spamming, but if you goal is to pirate music, that is probably not what you're looking for.  You may just have to try to be more careful about logging out. 
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Opus / Re: Can anyone reliably ABX OPUS at 160kbps?
Last post by seventhstar -
Hola! This says opusenc:

"Encoding options:
--bitrate N.nnn
    Set target bitrate in kbit/s (6-256 per channel).
    In VBR mode this specifies the average rate for a large and diverse collection of audio. In CVBR and Hard-CBR mode it specifies the specific output bitrate.
    The default for input with a sample rate of 44.1 kHz or higher is 64 kbit/s per mono stream and 96 kbit/s per coupled pair.
--vbr
    Use variable bitrate encoding (default)
    In VBR mode the bitrate may go up and down freely depending on the content to achieve more consistent quality.
--cvbr
    Use constrained variable bitrate encoding.
    Outputs to a specific bitrate. This mode is analogous to CBR in AAC/MP3 encoders and managed mode in Vorbis coders. This delivers less consistent quality than VBR mode but consistent bitrate.

--hard-cbr
    Use hard constant bitrate encoding.
    With hard-cbr every frame will be exactly the same size, similar to how speech codecs work. This delivers lower overall quality but is useful where bitrate changes might leak data in encrypted channels or on synchronous transports. "

I use 160 kbps VBR for heavy metal music and the sound is quite transparent. Excuse my bad English :P
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Audio Hardware / Audio-Technica ATW-R03 VHF radio mic receiver fault
Last post by Philip Le Riche -
I'm trying to resurrect one of these VHF radio mics which hasn't been used for many years. All I get out of the output jack is noise, whether or not the mic is turned on. It sounds very much like it's gone off tune (it should be 175MHz).

Inside, the receiver there are 5 ferrite core coils and 2 pots. I guess if I knew how to adjust them I could fix it. No sign of a service manual online that Google could find.

Suggestions, anybody?

Regards - Philip
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