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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: foo_dumb
Last post by deus-ex -
Hi, what's the reason that you dumped playptmod, st3play, ft2play and bass.lib all of a sudden after all these years?
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Why are always 4 spikes used instead of 3?
I dunno... Why does a chair have 4-legs?    Probably for stability...  It's easier to tip-over with 3-feet/legs.

...I'd always assumed those spikes were for carpet...

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What can I say? The difference is unbelievable (for a sub-20€ mod, that is) - much cleaner bass response and less rumbling.
Please re-read TOS #8 and be careful about making such claims here.     I don't doubt that moving your speakers made a difference, but I'm skeptical about what problem was solved with the spikes.   But, what I think  doesn't matter...   The moderators are very strict about the rules and it greatly reduces the nonsense you get on "audiophile" sites.   You can talk about spikes, or moving your speakers, etc., but if you are going to make claims about sound quality you have to do the blind listening tests.
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Audio Hardware / Re: Headphone fit
Last post by athegn -
 I have in ear phones but would like to avoid them if possible.

I suppose I am looking for a device like my Google Chromecast Audio that is battery powered (rechargeable by micro USB cable like my phone/camera) that includes a better DAC than that in my phone that then transmits the upgraded audio to bluetooth speakers.

My Chromecast is connected, via toshlink, to a Cambdidge DAC that is connected to my hifi.

I am looking for a portable version, of the above,  for use on the road; slightly lower sound quality acceptable but not as low as the phones audio out, using the phones internal DAC, when running wired headphones from the phone.
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@ evgenetic and Cavaille: The Raspberry Pi3 is nice, but the missing "audio only" screen is not attractive. I'm used to browse foobar2k, start the album and listen to it. Switching on the TV for this simple 1 min. task - no thank you ;


You don't need to use the TV as a user interface at all, the Pi can be headless.

Just install an UPnP server/renderer on the Pi (e.g. as part of Volumio for an ultra-simple install, or look up upmpdcli), and control the audio from software on any PC, tablet or phone (look up UPnP control point on your platform of choice. Bubble UPnP is nice on Android, Kazoo or others on Windows, there is a lot of choice).
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MQA Bob tells us digital as we know it is blurred and smeared until you add aliasing, remove the lower bits and wrap it in DRM.
Others trust only in DSD when it has to be digital.
What a mess :)
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Hi all,
First, I know a million discussions addressing these questions probably exist, both on here and on other sites ...

Stop right there.

I will answer your question exactly  as asked in the title. What do I think about the debates? They are pantomime shows, in which Oh yes it is! and Oh no it isn't are repeated ad infinitum just as they were in the same show the previous year. I've taken part, to some extent, on both sides over the years. Now it's boring.

Sorry, but you did ask. Literally.
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Well, I found a solution... I recompiled LAME with a minor change.

I wrote a blog post about the problem and solution here: https://geeklikemetoo.blogspot.com/2017/08/a-workaround-for-mp3-tagging-problem.html

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When LAME writes an ID3v2 comment tag, it seems to set the language to either some unicode string, or if the command-line switch --id3v2-latin1 is used, to "XXX." There doesn't seem to be an option to set it to something else. In either case, iTunes will not import this field.

My wife Grace said "your encoder is lame."

I tried to use the id3v2 command-line tool to add the tags to my MP3 file instead. Since I'm making a script, I have no qualms about using two command-line tools instead of one, if that works. But id3v2 seems to have the same problem. It supports the --id3v2-only switch, but there does not seem to be any equivalent of the --id3v2-latin1 switch, so I can't get it to write an iTunes-compatible comment field either.

My workaround was to rebuild LAME, replacing several hard-coded instances of "XXX" with "eng." This is not exactly a bug to report, since I'm not sure that LAME is actually "wrong" per se, according to the standard. But I can't fix the issue in iTunes. And like it or not, if I want maximum compatibility, I have to generate files that work well with iTunes.

A better solution would probably be to give LAME more options. Specifically for this problem an option to set the comment language would be nice. I would hesitate to add a specific switch like --workarounditunes which just forced the comment language to "eng," but maybe the ability to set the comment language would be useful for other folks, while providing a workaround for this compatibility problem.
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AAC - General / faac 1.29.7
Last post by knik -
New version with better support for higher bitrates.
This time the binary package contains changelog and help.txt
Please test and report:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/faac/files/faac-src/faac-1.29/faac-1.29.7-win32.zip/download
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There are times when I believe I can perceive a warmth in analog that I don't in digital

Inherent to analog is imperfection.
This might yield distortions we can detect and perceive as "warmer"
A nice article by Hugh Robjohns: https://www.soundonsound.com/techniques/analogue-warmth
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Hooray! It was fixed!