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Comment Re:Depends on the bitrate (Score 1) 749

the main idea is that in the chain source-amp-speakers-air-ear

the worst offenders are the speakers

one could raise a point saying that ears (and the air, perhaps, haven't done any measurements or even *seen* any) are even worse (psychoacoustics etcetcetc) but since we can't do anything about it we ignore them

Comment Re:Depth and Warmth (Score 1) 166


how does graduation, or fornication, affect perception of sound?

ever since i constructed the 200 L, 12" full-range speakers, i can hear details i could never hear before. MP3? screw that, i can tell if a cd has been properly recorded. metal? pointless. pop? even more so. it sounds clear and perfect, but it is like artificial food flavoring. Acoustic jazz (no electric guitar, eg)? yes. full orchestra? sweet sweet fulfillment.

I had sex 10 years ago for the first time and graduated high school 15 years ago, fwiw.

in relation to this topic, i am thinking of getting a turntable, see if the filters on DACs' outputs have any effect on stereo imaging (and for the first time in my life, excepting binaural audio which in itself is a *revelation*, i understood what it means, because you have to place your head in centimeter-exact position).

Comment Re:Depends on the bitrate (Score 3, Insightful) 749

ignore the DAC the amp the source and everything... ...except the speaker drivers themselves. even the best in the world are wildly non-linear.

and then there's the air between your ears and the speakers

another non-linearity

Best source? .0001% THD. best amp? .0001% THD. Speakers? 1% THD haha good luck.

Comment Re:They just can't do it, cap'n! (Score 1) 605

I think the greatest mistake in the history of computing is microsoft releasing a stupid OS for a multitasking-multiuser capable cpu (286). It became ridiculously popular and the desktop computer managed to make the leap and go multitasking (amongst other things) more than a decade later, which, in computer terms, is longer than forever.

Comment Re:Software/hardware (Score 1) 34

Yeah, but this time, the ISA is complete, the *actual hardware* though doesn't exist and it is not very likely it will change a lot (besides bugs and optimisations, i would guess).

so the design exists, the software is ready for it (as ready as it can be, considering that only the specification exists) but a hardware instance doesn't yet exist.

Sorry i can't describe it any more accurate, english is not my mother tongue.

Comment Re:"Uses an X86 Processor" (Score 2) 587

the MOST IMPORTANT thing that you are missing is that games on the pc are largely singlethreaded, that is why the fourcore i5 is slightly better choice for a gaming rig than the 8350

however, this move by sony will force developers to actually USE the eight cores of the amd64 cpu in order to get performance out of the 2GHz eight-core cpu

you can imagine what this means for pc gaming.

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