In US English, a lemon is a vehicle (often new) that turns out to have several manufacturing defects affecting its safety, value or utility. Any vehicle with such severe issues may be termed a lemon and, by extension, so may any product with flaws too great or severe to serve its purpose.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemon_(automobile) Anyone who visits this blog knows I … Continue reading Chi-Fi and lemons.
In the past, I complained about people making blogs just to receive free samples from audiophile stores. Well, enthusiasts like yours truly are also approached by stores and if some reviewing rules are meet it's possible for me to review gear without the monetary bias. I will be fair and admit some politeness will always … Continue reading My rules to review free or discounted samples of gear.
After reading an article by Mr. Brent Butterworth called "A crisis in headphone measurement?" I was not a happy headphone enthusiast. I have a great respect for the gentleman but that doesn't really matter because I find his "attack" on measurements made by enthusiasts a bit low and disheartening. Sure his article is for a … Continue reading The need for measurements by enthusiasts.
When I first started my blog my main idea was to improve my written English and also share some of my opinions, but since then my blogging goals changed a bit. So now I'll write about the current state of the blog and also some things to come. One of the most visited pages on … Continue reading My blogging goals.
My short opinion about the Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) codec. Be warned I don't like it one bit. (pun intended) To keep it short, MQA it's just another way to push a proprietary closed source codec upon audio enthusiasts and making cash along the way. If this codec becomes mainstream it will result in a … Continue reading My opinion on the MQA codec.
When I first jumped to the portable audio enthusiast train, my first pairs of headphones didn't need a portable amplifier to sound great. I don't say this in jest, it's the truth. Sure, my music players were mostly Sony Walkman's at the time, so they had decent sounding inbuilt amplifiers, this was in 90's so … Continue reading Why you might not need a better headphone amplifier.
One of these days I was visiting a Brazilian headphone community at Facebook when someone asked if his motherboard was compatible with a pair of headphones and if he needed a external DAC. Now, this is normal on that community thus I went and read some of the replies until my eyes gazed at so … Continue reading Communities and sellers.
So I finally finished my Raspberry pi + Wolfson Audio Card project. Yea, I was lazy….anyway I now can play 24-bit, 192KHz lossless audio on my rig and there’s no need for a power hungry computer. The Pi box is behind the TFT, its a simple black box similar with the one with a … Continue reading Raspberry pi + Wolfson Audio Card project.
So I bought a new CD player on Thomann, its a cheap Swissonic but for the money it’s pretty impressive. Massive bonus is the fact it has XLR outputs. I’ll be sincere I wont use half of the pro specs it has. It’s a pretty solid piece of gear for the price, the fact its … Continue reading Some updates on my gear.
It came to my attention that Pow Chu Moy the man behind Head-Wize and the Cmoy headphone amplifier passed away in Reno Nevada (US) on February 12, 2016. Kevin Gilmore was the bearer of the sad news in the headphone community Head-Fi. I never had the pleasure of talking with Chu Moy, mostly because his … Continue reading The hero of DIY audio, Pow Chu Moy.
I feel naked without my glasses but I wanted a new casual social network photo so I took a selfie with my Beyerdynamic DT-880 (250Ω version) maybe this way I actually look like an audiophile. XD Now serious, these headphones are pretty amazing and I’m only using a ART HeadAmp4 on my desktop rig. I’m … Continue reading Beyerdynamic DT-880.
Vitor Valeri is someone I respect a lot in the headphone community, mostly because he’s the guy behind “Fones the Ouvido High-End” a Brazilian facebook group dedicated to headphones. As a administrator he gives a lot to the community and asks nothing in return so this is my way of paying back to him. … Continue reading Audio Enthusiasts – Vitor Valeri – Environmental Health.
Gear centered audiophiles rave about portable audio players all the time, most follow reviews sites in the quest for the audio quality grail. Often young enthusiasts search for audio quality like its some elusive thing that only the newest most expensive players will deliver, but sound quality is not a new thing. In-fact brands marketed portable … Continue reading Portable audio quality since the 80s.
BQ E4 Aquaris running Neutron Music Player, Erutan is pretty amazing so go buy her music! Until recently I had a Sony Playstation Portable as a music player, the PSP Slim has a Wolfson Microelectronics chip inside, so it had a decent audio section to read my lossy music files. I was mostly happy with the … Continue reading Smartphone audio, downgrade to upgrade.
I’m usually all in favor of scientific testing made by professionals and will often joke about subjective testing of gear and interconnects, I’m known for using the bullshit word very often when writing about audiophile cables, but I don’t attack reviewers personally via the comment section of forums or blogs because I think its a … Continue reading Audiophile objectivity & online harassment.