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Audio Hardware / Re: Electrostatic speaker myths
Last post by Nichttaub -
There is some good info in the Wiki article; I was just hoping for more direct details and numbers.  What it has is fairly vague, though at least it sort of addresses a few things like air load.  I have heard a fair number of electrostatics in my travels, and the main problem seems to be building large panels in such a manner that you don't get excessive amounts of comb filtering (which is a characteristic of the Martin-Logans, among others).  The low mass is definitely good in some ways, although no one seems to talk about the limitation - which is that they can easily be over-damped if the electrostatic force generated is insufficient.  But numbers are hard to find, and I was hoping someone had done the math already and shared it.

Actually, you want a high voltage amp for electrostatics, since current demands by the driver are (or should be) minimal; if a transformer is used, in fact, stepping up the voltage to the level required by the diaphragms reduces the current delivered to the speaker by a comparable amount.  The problem is usually the reactive load causing heating in the output devices, and a higher current amp is more likely to be designed to tolerate that or at least have better protection against reactive loads, such as a Zobel network.

And it's not so much that I'm looking for a massless speaker as hoping to cut through all the audiophool and marketing gibberish about electrostatics.  They definitely have advantages, but also sonic disadvantages, and there don't seem to be many people willing to call them out on that.  Mostly it's manufacturers trying to sell them.
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So about a week ago, I decided to update a bunch of stuff for my Foobar setup (running on Linux via Wine), and long story short, I found that almost all of them caused more problems that they solved and needed to be reverted, and the worst of these were the updates for foo_midi (v2.0.21) and foo_gep (v1.213, I think), both of which were rendered unusable because the updated versions are apparently only compatible with the beta version of Foobar, which itself worked precisely once upon initial installation and then never worked again. Since I hadn't thought to backup the previous versions of my plugins, I've had to revert to old versions of both (foo_midi v1.254 and foo_gep v1.203) that I had originally downloaded rather than updated directly via the built-in updater, and in the case of foo_midi, that meant losing a lot of features.
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Re-download them both.
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Does anybody have or know of a fairly simple script for an input box?
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Validated News / Re: FLAC v1.3.2 Final
Last post by NetRanger -
FLAC v1.3.2 (Git 2018-01-08)
Built on January 17, 2018, GCC 7.2.0

Latest commit included : a0027fa

https://xiph.org/flac/
https://git.xiph.org/?p=flac.git;a=summary


NOTE :
This is a recompile i made to be on the safe side. This should have the same contents as my previous post above.
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Hi folks,

I think similar questions have been already asked, but I'm still confused about the down-sampling process.

In essence, I would like to achieve 2 goals:

1. Reduce the size of my music by converting hi-rez tracks into 16/44 flac or even Apple AAC

2. Perform my own personal ABX tests between 24/96 and 16/44 FLAC's

I will probably start separate thread in the listening tests section regarding ABX tests, so for the moment I just would like to know what would be the highest quality re-sampler to  use?

From what I've read here, people seem to generally prefer SoX resampler.
Which one is the best option?

Foobar plugin?
Audacity SoX (according to this link they use SoX, but it might be different to standalone SoX)
Standalone SoX via command line?

Any other options?

I would greatly appreciate any links / suggestions on how to use command line SoX as well.

Thanks in advance.





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So about a week ago, I decided to update a bunch of stuff for my Foobar setup (running on Linux via Wine), and long story short, I found that almost all of them caused more problems that they solved and needed to be reverted, and the worst of these were the updates for foo_midi (v2.0.21) and foo_gep (v1.213, I think), both of which were rendered unusable because the updated versions are apparently only compatible with the beta version of Foobar, which itself worked precisely once upon initial installation and then never worked again. Since I hadn't thought to backup the previous versions of my plugins, I've had to revert to old versions of both (foo_midi v1.254 and foo_gep v1.203) that I had originally downloaded rather than updated directly via the built-in updater, and in the case of foo_midi, that meant losing a lot of features.

E: I just realized that this is apparently the wrong forum for this topic. Whoops.
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Version 0.1.4.1 available

Some bug fixes and improvements, see section "Version history" after following link in original post.
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Audio Hardware / Re: Electrostatic speaker myths
Last post by JabbaThePrawn -
I haven't ever heard electrostatics, but I did once get to hear some ribbon loudspeakers, which have some aspects in common as regards how you set them up in a room. They were Apogees (either Centaurs or Centaur Minors, I forget), and made some very nice sounds. However, like (most) Martin-Logans, their cone woofer/sub was part of the same cabinet as the mid/tweeter, which doesn't necessarily always make for perfect placement of either element.

If you want proper massless drivers, look up ionophone/plasma speakers... and all the problems that come with trying to operate them effectively while staying sane and un-electrocuted.
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: Columns UI
Last post by fabiospark -
Mmmmm....

I reckon this lack of answers means that what I'm asking is not possible....

Anybody?

Thanks.