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by Gorsnak
Sat May 14, 2005 7:44 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audiophilia: hobby or disease? (CONTINUED)
Replies: 226
Views: 120706

That said, good studio monitors are designed for accuracy, and the best of them deliver exactly that. If you think they sound bad, then what you think sounds good is not, in fact, a high fidelity replication of the audio signal. Lol, and you think that there is snake-oil being sold in the hi-end! N...
by Gorsnak
Sat May 14, 2005 4:35 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audiophilia: hobby or disease? (CONTINUED)
Replies: 226
Views: 120706

In pro audio, there are several respected companies building reference quality speakers (dynaudio, genelec) for studio use which are almost flat thruought the range. Mostly because pro audio gear is terrible--and not just because of the "oh, audiophile stuff just makes music 'pretty' in an inaccura...
by Gorsnak
Sat May 14, 2005 1:39 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: MSI 6600GT AGP and Cooling
Replies: 13
Views: 3535

There's certainly a different between the Gb Silentpipes and actively cooled cards in the sense that the passive cards are reliant on there being sufficient airflow in the case, whereas active cards make their own airflow. But if all we're looking at is the impact of the gpu on the case temperature,...
by Gorsnak
Sat May 14, 2005 12:54 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: MSI 6600GT AGP and Cooling
Replies: 13
Views: 3535

I guess now I'm confused again. I understand about dumping heat out the back but why is there a difference in heat load in the case between a passive heatsink and a heatpipe? There isn't. What mathias meant is that a card that can be cooled with a small passive heatsink, as opposed to the giant hea...
by Gorsnak
Sat May 14, 2005 12:11 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: MSI 6600GT AGP and Cooling
Replies: 13
Views: 3535

Yes, but the points is, a card which requires a passive heatpipe heatsink with dump more heat into the case than a card which can get by with just a plain old passive heatsink. Except that the question here seems to be between the MSI 6600GT with active cooling and the Gigabyte 6600GT Silentpipe. T...
by Gorsnak
Sat May 14, 2005 11:51 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: MSI 6600GT AGP and Cooling
Replies: 13
Views: 3535

I just got the Gigabyte GV-N66T128VP. Works pretty slick. The heatsink hardly gets warm when the card isn't being taxed. The thing to remember is that the passive card isn't dumping any more heat into your case than an actively cooled one. The 6600GT chip is dumping the same amount of watts in heat ...
by Gorsnak
Fri May 13, 2005 2:22 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: How to EMI shield a custom quiet-pc case?
Replies: 14
Views: 6624

i couldnt turn my tv on with the remote, when i used a plexi case... lol had to bin it in the end :( i think i was just unlucky, as i havent heard of many people who have had that serious a problem Since your remote uses IR light to carry its signal, it's hard to imagine how your case was the issue...
by Gorsnak
Fri May 13, 2005 2:18 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audiophilia: hobby or disease? (CONTINUED)
Replies: 226
Views: 120706

First off, unmeasurable does not mean no difference , or even no perceivable difference . It means that the difference is smaller than the degree of precision afforded by the tool of measurement, in this case an oscilloscope. You pointed this out in your post, and then promptly ignored it. At the l...
by Gorsnak
Thu May 12, 2005 8:25 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audiophilia: hobby or disease? (CONTINUED)
Replies: 226
Views: 120706

That is funny because, at a minimum, amps should react differently to different loads put into them. All cables measure differently and thus will react with amps differently. Thus, even if presented with the same electrical signal via the tests of which you speak, the amp will sound different... an...
by Gorsnak
Thu May 12, 2005 7:18 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audiophilia: hobby or disease? (CONTINUED)
Replies: 226
Views: 120706

I think this is a reasonable post, but still disagree. You assume that an oscilloscope reading is telling you everything there is to know about the sound, which I do not think is correct--the tests we now use for audio do not fully capture our psychoacoustic experience and thus do not fully specify...
by Gorsnak
Thu May 12, 2005 5:52 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audiophilia: hobby or disease? (CONTINUED)
Replies: 226
Views: 120706

My point is that the testing and science of audio is so much in its infancy, it lies closer to PoliSci than, say, physics. As such, expanding our knowledge of audio will be much like that in the other soft sciences: use replicable test data whenever it is available, but do not be afraid to use othe...
by Gorsnak
Mon May 09, 2005 9:36 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: insufferably inane question about power supply power cords:)
Replies: 48
Views: 12257

Edward Ng wrote:but clearly superior to using snipped off lamp cord.
Nothin' wrong with lamp cord for speaker wire. Copper is copper. :)
by Gorsnak
Fri May 06, 2005 9:30 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Comment on yet another wood case design
Replies: 56
Views: 40518

The writeup is currently the third story from the top on the front page.

The software in question is Rhino 3D. It's a 3D CAD/modelling dealie. There's a demo downloadable for free, limited to 25 saves and you can't cut and paste between files.
by Gorsnak
Thu May 05, 2005 7:00 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Comment on yet another wood case design
Replies: 56
Views: 40518

I recommend you read the thread. Material choice, including MDF, was discussed at length. Pine was chosen largely for aesthetic reasons, and since the project is a success, I don't regret the decision at all.
by Gorsnak
Wed May 04, 2005 3:35 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: MOUSE whine?!
Replies: 40
Views: 27161

No sound at all from my wireless intellimouse explorer. And I can hear to at least 18kHz, so it's not just that I'm deaf.
by Gorsnak
Tue May 03, 2005 2:25 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fanless 6600GT AGP is now a reality - Gigabyte GV-N66T128VP
Replies: 40
Views: 20254

For Canadians, our friends at Frontier PC now carry all the Silentpipe cards so far as I can tell. Click on one of their ads and use the site search feature.
by Gorsnak
Mon May 02, 2005 6:53 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Doug's Quiet Wood Case PC
Replies: 40
Views: 36471

sixscrews wrote:but the FCC still could plant its boot on you if there really is a problem and that would really spoil the party.
Actually, I'm pretty sure the FCC doesn't have jurisdiction outside the US, so I'm not real worried. :wink:
by Gorsnak
Mon May 02, 2005 8:15 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Doug's Quiet Wood Case PC
Replies: 40
Views: 36471

To be fair, I only tested for EMI in the AM band, the 2.4GHz of my cordless, and whatever frequency cell phones work at. There's plenty of other frequencies that could cause issues. However, it should be noted that all those cases with big plexiglass windows provide no more shielding than mine, and ...
by Gorsnak
Sat Apr 30, 2005 6:52 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Doug's Quiet Wood Case PC
Replies: 40
Views: 36471

If you read the design thread (there's a link in the last line of the article), there's lots of discussion regarding material, including suggestions of mdf. A lot of really high-end speakers actually use 13-ply birch. Both that and mdf would probably have been acoustically superior materials, but th...
by Gorsnak
Fri Apr 29, 2005 2:42 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Doug's Quiet Wood Case PC
Replies: 40
Views: 36471

Perhaps I should point out that I'm Doug? :P
by Gorsnak
Fri Apr 29, 2005 2:40 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Doug's Quiet Wood Case PC
Replies: 40
Views: 36471

I don't see that the SPL readings contradict what my ears heard. I agree that the extrapolations are pretty tenuous, but I included them because they suggest that the case is not just below 30dBA, but probably closer to 20dBA. That's a significant difference. I will concede that the section could ha...
by Gorsnak
Sun Apr 24, 2005 2:01 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Another model of wooden case
Replies: 6
Views: 2252

Also, that cavity below the case (for intakes) is going to resonate like crazy unless you line it with some kind of foam. It does look a bit like the sounding chamber of a musical instrument, doesn't it? Some sort of acoustical absorber is a good idea (for pretty much every case, not just this one)...
by Gorsnak
Sun Apr 17, 2005 8:52 am
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: fanless 6600GT or NON-GT 6800? finally found them in Canada
Replies: 8
Views: 2452

Frontier has the PCI-e 6600GT, and the AGP 6800. Not the AGP 6600GT, though, which is the one I want, so I think the OP for the link.
by Gorsnak
Sun Apr 10, 2005 8:20 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Heat rises is a MYTH!
Replies: 41
Views: 13236

andyb wrote:Negative pressure case, I dont understand how thats going to work, surely you want to have all case fans blowing air INTO the case, this should also force air out of the chimney.
I believe he wants to have no fans at all, just this chimney thing sucking air out of the top of the case.
by Gorsnak
Sat Apr 09, 2005 10:48 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Heat rises is a MYTH!
Replies: 41
Views: 13236

Remember that in the hypothetical application of this stack, you'd have all the heat generated by the computer contributing to the air movement, assuming flow through the box and into the chimney isn't impeded at all. That'd be a fair bit more than 40 watts, I should think.
by Gorsnak
Sat Apr 09, 2005 10:44 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Case modding and parallel surfaces (Physics of Sound 101)
Replies: 22
Views: 7393

Standing waves are a problem when trying to obtain flat frequency repsonse (such as in audio listening room), but I don't believe they actually increase to the total power output of a signal. If I am wrong about this, please correct me. If they did, they'd be violating the conservation of energy. T...
by Gorsnak
Sat Apr 09, 2005 9:06 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Case modding and parallel surfaces (Physics of Sound 101)
Replies: 22
Views: 7393

I don't think that this whole parallel surfaces analysis thing here holds any water. I mean, I understand the acoustic principle under discussion, and it's perfectly valid. Ran into a very nice illustration of it around Christmas, when we hung a bunch of absorbing panels in the dining room of a nurs...
by Gorsnak
Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:55 pm
Forum: Video Cards & Monitors
Topic: Fanless 6600GT AGP is now a reality - Gigabyte GV-N66T128VP
Replies: 40
Views: 20254

NCIX has had the passive 6800 listed for a couple months, but it's yet to be in stock. I called them a while back and asked them for an ETA, and they said they couldn't give me one unless I had an order number. I wasn't inclined to give them 400 bucks just so they could tell me it was backordered in...
by Gorsnak
Thu Apr 07, 2005 5:11 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: Emitter-follower circuit for variable fan voltage control
Replies: 5
Views: 4031

If you want a 12v option, it's easy enough to wire in a switch that will bypass the circuitry and feed the fan straight off the 12v rail.
by Gorsnak
Mon Apr 04, 2005 10:01 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: DIY case designed, renders
Replies: 19
Views: 4893

One of the ham bands is right at 2.4 GHz. Seriously? That's a cordless phone frequency. Actually, there's a ton of consumer wireless stuff that uses 2.4GHz. Seems like a recipe for interference to me. Anyways, the gist of your anecdotes here seems to be that in the vast majority of cases there's no...