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by HammerSandwich
Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:37 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Small Footprint Silent Lab PC
Replies: 7
Views: 21553

Re: Small Footprint Silent Lab PC

Very nice test bench, Mike. Think I'll have to copy it.
by HammerSandwich
Fri Jun 03, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: $1500 computer desktop speakers?
Replies: 3
Views: 7525

Re: $1500 computer desktop speakers?

Moderately interesting design, but doesn't seem to be biamped, nor to use DSP. IMO, that's giving up a lot of potential in 2016. I'm skeptical that this will even match the Vanatoo.
by HammerSandwich
Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:33 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: Fanless iMedium Power akasa galileo
Replies: 7
Views: 4389

Re: Fanless iMedium Power akasa galileo

Outstanding.
by HammerSandwich
Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: Loudness etc: Tempest in a Teapot
Replies: 22
Views: 20697

Re: Linkwitz Orion speaker project

1. High volume -- I enjoy this best, but can't or don't do it for that long, perhaps 90 minutes at most. The peaks don't quite reach 90 dB @ 2m. Good thing you're working on those 400W amps! :D For example, the Seas W22EX-01 is 88 dB/1w/1m. It's only being asked to drive less than half the frequenc...
by HammerSandwich
Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:34 am
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: Two Amp Projects: 8x100W DIY & H/K 770 Restoration
Replies: 16
Views: 21478

Re: Two Amp Projects: 8x100W DIY & H/K 770 Restoration

Thanks for the details. Very impressed by the Rotel - it's lower than I'd have guessed.

Also, this sounds completely legit:
Leaving it plugged in and looking at the energy draw (kwh) over a longer set time period at specific volumes would probably give more relevant info.
by HammerSandwich
Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: Two Amp Projects: 8x100W DIY & H/K 770 Restoration
Replies: 16
Views: 21478

Re: Two Amp Projects: 8x100W DIY & H/K 770 Restoration

Mike, just out of curiosity, have you measured power consumption for any of your amps? Seems that the switchers should be MUCH better, but this is SPCR - we like numbers.
by HammerSandwich
Mon Dec 21, 2015 8:27 am
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: Thorens TD125 + SME 3009 II Fully Restored
Replies: 5
Views: 11262

Re: Thorens TD125 + SME 3009 II Fully Restored

...and oddly, 16 RPM...
I'll bet one someone at Thorens liked Chryslers.

Nice work, Mike! It's pretty.
by HammerSandwich
Fri Dec 18, 2015 4:08 pm
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: What are you listening through? speaker systems & headphones
Replies: 29
Views: 28239

Re: What are you listening through? speaker systems & headph

RoyJohnson wrote:LostHighway

The woofer for your Continuum 1.5 speakers is now available again!
<snip>
Let me know if you have any questions or difficulties.
That is some seriously impressive customer support! Kudos, Roy.
by HammerSandwich
Fri Dec 18, 2015 6:28 am
Forum: Watercooling
Topic: Galvanic Corrosion for muppets: Impress your friends!
Replies: 35
Views: 78971

Re: Galvanic Corrosion for muppets: Impress your friends!

RIchardF wrote:brass compression fittings?
They're very common in US hardware stores.
by HammerSandwich
Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:04 am
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: What are you listening through? speaker systems & headphones
Replies: 29
Views: 28239

Re: What are you listening through? speaker systems & headph

LostHighway, I'm glad you asked about what's being used. Going through the old, idle gear is definitely a back-burner project... Portable Sansa Clip+ with TDK BA100 IEMs & Comply tips So much music for the size & money! If I could've had this for $100 during high school in the 80s... The isolation's...
by HammerSandwich
Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:46 am
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: What are you listening through? speaker systems & headphones
Replies: 29
Views: 28239

Re: What are you listening through? speaker systems & headph

I also have a set of 250-ohm DT-880s. As noted above, sensitivity is low. They sound fine on the Clip, just not loud. 32-ohm version might be better here. 880s also have a hellacious peak around 9KHz. I notice it mainly on cymbals in jazz, when it drives me crazy. If you listen to much classical, be...
by HammerSandwich
Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:16 am
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: Linkwitz Orion speaker project
Replies: 32
Views: 37909

Re: Linkwitz Orion speaker project

Thanks for that link, HammerSandwich -- http://kimmosaunisto.net/CardSub/CARDSUB.html I've read through much of the linkwitz site but never hit this link before. kimmosaunisto's "Variable volume resistance enclosure" looks like a pretty good & relatively simple way to get cardioid bass response! Hm...
by HammerSandwich
Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: Linkwitz Orion speaker project
Replies: 32
Views: 37909

Re: Linkwitz Orion speaker project

This discussion made me go back to Linkwitz's pages, and this one 's proven interesting. He links here , where you can find a lot of info about bass patterns & dipole & cardioid woofer setups. One thing's clear: you could begin experimenting & measuring with only $500 or so. Anyhow, while I find ext...
by HammerSandwich
Mon Dec 14, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: Linkwitz Orion speaker project
Replies: 32
Views: 37909

Re: Linkwitz Orion speaker project

So our conclusion is that the best, practical-though-expensive approach would be Kiis combined with a time-aligned, infinite-baffle, DBA sub? If I hit the lottery... I haven't heard the Kii Three and I've seen a ton of exotic speakers designs that both looked good on paper and garnered one or more ...
by HammerSandwich
Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:34 pm
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: Linkwitz Orion speaker project
Replies: 32
Views: 37909

Re: Linkwitz Orion speaker project

At the opposite end are speakers that clearly start to compress as the volume goes up... Soundstage's NRC measurements show this, though only the difference between 70 & 90dB. Interestingly, such tests are far more common for subwoofers (e.g., Data-bass, Audioholics). She'd kill me & lever leave me...
by HammerSandwich
Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:50 pm
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: Linkwitz Orion speaker project
Replies: 32
Views: 37909

Re: MikeC's Audio Craft: An Introduction

Thinking about how to achieve cardioid bass dispersion in a speaker system without all that signal manipulation, one way would be to take a modified open baffle dipole like the Orion H frame, and absorb the back wave -- lose it in something like a massive absorbent box made of concrete. You are one...
by HammerSandwich
Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: Linkwitz Orion speaker project
Replies: 32
Views: 37909

Re: Linkwitz Orion speaker project

Also, this: An aside: After a lifetime of listening to both live and canned music, I've come to the realization that authentic reproduction of music cannot ignore volume. There is simply no way that even a single violin or singer can sound authentic when played at 70 dB for background music in a liv...
by HammerSandwich
Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: Linkwitz Orion speaker project
Replies: 32
Views: 37909

Re: MikeC's Audio Craft: An Introduction

There were discussions in the past about Live End Dead End rooms -- in which one end of the room is fully padded to absorb as much acoustic energy as possible -- and the rest of the room is live. Some favored using speakers on the live end, others on the dead end, and some advocated either, dependi...
by HammerSandwich
Wed Dec 09, 2015 7:04 pm
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: Subjective vs Objective? Audible differences in hifi
Replies: 12
Views: 11496

Subjective vs Objective? Audible, significant differences

When I see discussions of high end audio equipment, I can't help but be reminded of the commentary from Ethan Winer and Co with regards to subjective A/B test of related equipment, and the information bias of human perception when it comes to audio 'preferences'. The part at the beginning about the...
by HammerSandwich
Wed Dec 09, 2015 6:56 pm
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: MikeC's Audio Craft: An Introduction
Replies: 29
Views: 28776

Re: MikeC's Audio Craft: An Introduction

Forgot to ask about this earlier...
MikeC wrote:Of course, when I play LPs, now, I run the analog preamp's output into an ADC (a Tascam UH7000), feed it via USB to the PC, which then processes it like any other digital source.
Are you doing RIAA EQ on the PC or digitizing after analog EQ?
by HammerSandwich
Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:30 am
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: Linkwitz Orion speaker project
Replies: 32
Views: 37909

Re: MikeC's Audio Craft: An Introduction

Had not been aware of those speakers, but yea, they do sound fascinating.... http://kiiaudio.com/en/ http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2015/10/futureshocked-by-the-kii-three-active-loudspeaker/ ...but for €10,000/pair you'd expect fascination! They're absolutely too pricey for me. But it seems rela...
by HammerSandwich
Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: Audio Crafts
Topic: Subjective vs Objective? Audible differences in hifi
Replies: 12
Views: 11496

Subjective vs Objective? Audible differences in hifi

Let me begin by agreeing with MikeC: good amps exhibit only minor audible differences. This is not a magic technology. I would never use the ATI amps. Too big, too ugly, too inefficient. ATI makes truly excellent amps IMO (the relay-free protection system is tops), but these are fair comments. A few...
by HammerSandwich
Tue Nov 10, 2015 12:12 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: WD Blue SSHD 4TB & 1TB Hybrid Drives
Replies: 9
Views: 7252

Re: WD Blue SSHD 4TB & 1TB Hybrid Drives

HD Tune graphs at top of page 3 are labeled backwards.
by HammerSandwich
Sun Oct 11, 2015 7:24 am
Forum: General Gallery
Topic: i3 gtx750ti, 10l cubitek mini center build
Replies: 5
Views: 4165

Re: i3 gtx750ti, 10l cubitek mini center build

That's a tight fit! Nice work.
by HammerSandwich
Fri Aug 21, 2015 5:37 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 950 review compilation thread
Replies: 17
Views: 12258

Re: GTX 950 review compilation thread

Also, what do you folks think about the power results at Techspot ? Although most other reviews indicate the 950 & 960 are within a few watts of each other, this shows (total system) power differences of 30-70W! I was also shocked to see the 950 pulling 99W more than a 750Ti in Battlefield Hardline....
by HammerSandwich
Fri Aug 21, 2015 5:30 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: GTX 950 review compilation thread
Replies: 17
Views: 12258

Re: GTX 950 review compilation thread

Neoseeker posted an Asus versus MSI roundup without much info about noise & power draw. However, their overclocking results are quite interesting. The Asus clocked ever so slightly higher with an extra 70mV compared to the MSI. With fans at 100%, the MSI hit 37C at 2300rpm. The Asus 51C at 3400rpm. ...
by HammerSandwich
Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:17 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec Signature S10: The Second Coming of Antec?
Replies: 16
Views: 9522

Re: Antec Signature S10: The Second Coming of Antec?

Vertical cabling, especially for HDDs and power, has been a pain for too long already; it's nice that I can hide cabling behind the mobo tray and bay cages, but it would be nicer still if I could close the side panel without meticulously arranging each cable individually . We're better off than in ...
by HammerSandwich
Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:03 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Blowing hot air from radiator into the case
Replies: 4
Views: 2923

Re: Blowing hot air from radiator into the case

Is it a good idea? It's not theoretically ideal, but it can be effective in practice. Call it an option to consider and test. The controlling factors are your case's layout, heat load & airflow. My first WCed experience is detailed here . Full load eventually increased water temps to +11C, while air...