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General Audio / Re: Is it all bull**** now?
Last post by Apesbrain -
Last time I was in my local "high end" store I was told I couldn't listen to a CD I'd brought because the owner was tired of it. I was auditioning a $15k pair of speakers. Haven't been back.
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General Audio / Re: Is it all bull**** now?
Last post by Porcus -
  I wanted to ask some technical information about the speakers, especially how they managed distortion in their rather radical omnidirectional driver system.  He informed me that there was no distortion--because of the $32,000 insulation-biased cable system.  That and the power conditioner, of course.   

For only $9999 I could give your speaker cables a treatment that eliminates all distortion as well. You can even keep the bolt cutter afterwards, should the distortion return.
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General Audio / Re: Is it all bull**** now?
Last post by antz -
On my last foray into the "hi-fi" world, I had a good idea of what I wanted and auditioned several pairs of candidates in a dealer's. Nothing in a controlled fashion and I had to try and ignore the BS. When the selected pair was delivered, I also had to ignore the advice about them needing a fair while to "burn in". Nothing was actually said at the time but I caught some puzzled looks at my speaker cables (ordinary, solid copper "mains" cable). I also replaced an amp and CD player not so long ago but I just selected what met my needs, based on specs & features and bought them unseen - I'm not disappointed and didn't sell any organs to fund them.

In short, yes, it's probably "normal". I remember walking out of a hi-fi store some years ago when the spotty-youth of a salesman was trying to sell me some "directional" speaker cable. I gave up and walked out when he wouldn't concede that cables carrying AC cannot possibly work if they're directional. How can you make a sensible purchase in a store that supports such drivel?
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: Linear Phase Subwoofer
Last post by Gadgety -
Yes, that's what I mean.

BTW, I've never seen so many types of crossovers applied to audio anywhere. I'm looking them up, to find out what their backgrounds are. I'm curious about what made you create this great application, and what your background is. A mathematician?
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: foo_beefweb - modern web interface
Last post by Cutter -
Yes I'm talking about that one. It pops up halfway off-screen when I click the volume button. My phone's screen is 768 px wide. :)
Are you sure you are not confusing vertical and horizontal resolutions?
768px is a plenty of space.
338px and wider should look okay with small font size.
Narrower screens cause buttons row to wrap.
I can adjust markup to align buttons in two rows for such screens, but I doubt such old phones would support modern browsers anyway :)
Definitely 768px (it's a Nexus 4), I'll post a screenshot as soon as it's charged and I can get it to boot again.
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General Audio / Is it all bull**** now?
Last post by bdunham7 -
I haven't visited a "hi-fi" shop in a long time, so I'd like to know if my experience was the new norm.  I wanted to see and hear a rather unusual and uncommon loudspeaker.  There is a dealer about an hour away that was having an open house and demo that included these, so we made a day of it and went to see them.

First, the dealer didn't have the second-from-the-top model that I really wanted to see, so we listened to the third-down model.  It was  interesting, but it turned out the "demo" wasn't really the speakers.  The dealer wanted to demo the power conditioning system, including the mechanical grounding discs to prop everything else.  I wanted to ask some technical information about the speakers, especially how they managed distortion in their rather radical omnidirectional driver system.  He informed me that there was no distortion--because of the $32,000 insulation-biased cable system.  That and the power conditioner, of course.   

So is this how it's going to be?  I'm not that likely to buy the speakers anyway--they're quite expensive--but I could.  But there's no chance at all if I can't have a rational discussion with the supposed experts.  I don't expect them to be unbiased and I can deal with normal salesmanship and opinions, but this seems like if you want anything to do with high-end, you have to join the cult and drink the kool-aid. 
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3rd Party Plugins - (fb2k) / Re: foo_beefweb - modern web interface
Last post by hyperblast -
Yes I'm talking about that one. It pops up halfway off-screen when I click the volume button. My phone's screen is 768 px wide. :)
Are you sure you are not confusing vertical and horizontal resolutions?
768px is a plenty of space.
338px and wider should look okay with small font size.
Narrower screens cause buttons row to wrap.
I can adjust markup to align buttons in two rows for such screens, but I doubt such old phones would support modern browsers anyway :)

Also I just noticed that the slider in the web interface is way more sensitive than the one on foobar's UI. When the web slider is at 50% the UI slider is at 20% or so. Probably a different scale is used.
SDK provides range from -100 to 0 dB, web UI currently just represents this, probably standard UI uses logarithmical scale on top of it. I'll investigate this.

Another suggestion: since single tap selects a track, show relevant contextual actions in the hamburger menu (such as send track to playlist, add to playback queue etc...)
Probably yes, I want to make proper playlist manipulation first, selection and especially multi-selection is somewhat non-existent in web interfaces and this has to be implemented manually.
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