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by Mikael33
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 103
Views: 3220

Re: What is your sound set up?

Typical Realtek codecs can still struggle to drive headphones decently. My Xonar DSX has no such issues. Neither did the VIA onboard audio on my M3A78-CM (circa 2009). I'm sure this could be addressed by adding an op amp to drive the headphone jack, but Realtek's reference designs (which most mobo ...
by Mikael33
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 103
Views: 3220

Re: What is your sound set up?

just brew it! wrote:
So the Xonar Windows 10 drivers suck? That's useful to know, in case I decide to upgrade the audio on my upcoming Windows build. Xonar would've probably been my first choice otherwise. (The Linux Xonar drivers haven't given me any trouble.)

I use the Maxedtech drivers for my Xonar DSX.
by Mikael33
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 103
Views: 3220

Re: What is your sound set up?

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2(1st gen) into a pair of JBL LSR308 studio monitors. Sometimes I break out my Beyerdynamic DT990's powered by a Fiio A3 headphone amp(that's underpowered for these) but I mostly use them for listening to music at work. My primary purpose for the setup is recording and mixing m...
by Mikael33
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is your sound set up?
Replies: 103
Views: 3220

Re: What is your sound set up?

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2(1st gen) into a pair of JBL LSR308 studio monitors. Sometimes I break out my Beyerdynamic DT990's powered by a Fiio A3 headphone amp(that's underpowered for these) but I mostly use them for listening to music at work. My primary purpose for the setup is recording and mixing mu...
by Mikael33
Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 852
Views: 59611

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Attempted and failed to fix my father's 97 SeaDoo GTi. It sat for 7 years and while it looks brand new, the fuel lines, filters, carb, and prop shaft bearings are all gunked or need replaced. I at least increased it's maximum speed from 25 MPH up to 40 MPH or so, but it doesn't have the right amoun...
by Mikael33
Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 852
Views: 59611

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

My hvac issue was just a bad thermostat, happens often after storms like we've had the other day the tech said. He also said my vents(and t-stat which i suspected, near 3 vents) are in a bad location when I mentioned the uneven heating between rooms, they're too close to one another and should be by...
by Mikael33
Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 852
Views: 59611

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

removed it from the housing and reinserted it and the display works but it doesn't show an indoor temperature (it shows "- -" instead) and only the fan on function works, the heat and cool settings don't work. Is there something wrong with cutting the house power that HVAC systems don't l...
by Mikael33
Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 852
Views: 59611

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

Update on my ceiling fan: I found the manual online which showed how to wire it and I opened in another tab the standard wiring colors for houses and reinstalled the ceiling fan and wired it and it works. However, the first time I flipped the main breaker(to uninstall it, too lazy to check which cir...
by Mikael33
Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 852
Views: 59611

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I did the opposite of repairing something attempting to get one of my ceiling fans to quit wobbling, was following some guide and it got to the part where you check the mounting screws are tight and you unscrew one screw on the housing to get access and my fan apparently only had one screw instead ...
by Mikael33
Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone repair anything today?
Replies: 852
Views: 59611

Re: Anyone repair anything today?

I did the opposite of repairing something attempting to get one of my ceiling fans to quit wobbling, was following some guide and it got to the part where you check the mounting screws are tight and you unscrew one screw on the housing to get access and my fan apparently only had one screw instead o...
by Mikael33
Sun May 28, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Storage
Topic: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?
Replies: 29
Views: 2234

Re: What's your highest "power on hours" HDD?

Got an old maxtor/seagate diamondmax 21 320GB drive with 62834 powered on hours, bought 2 of them during a frys sale, I recently broke the other one's power connector :lol: I still use it as a small supplement to my multi TB drives, smart data looks perfect too, wish the 1TB and 1.5TB Seagate drives...
by Mikael33
Tue May 23, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?
Replies: 224
Views: 19849

Re: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?

Fiio M3 portable music player. It's a great portable music player for the money (great sound quality) but it doesn't do gapless playback and that bugs me, particularly if the album I'm listening has tracks that fade out(or crossfade) into the next track since you get that tiny amount of silence that...
by Mikael33
Fri May 05, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Flash your RX480 to an RX580
Replies: 25
Views: 5845

Re: Flash your RX480 to an RX580

End User wrote:
I'm not flashing mine. Waiting to see what Vega brings us.

Flash it to Vega 8)
by Mikael33
Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: Post your Highest OC'
Replies: 248
Views: 135641

Re: Post your Highest OC'

Delidding and replacing the thermal paste is what I tend to do. It's easy, low risk, and gets you MUCH better temps. The wife's 4770K dropped 30+ degrees under load after replacing the compound with liquid ultra. Unless it was a poor job at the factory (Likely story with that 4770K and other earlie...
by Mikael33
Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released
Replies: 44
Views: 5624

Re: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released

christos_thski, what are your core/ram speeds? Updated: http://linserv.biz.tm/dat/TR_Super_Bench_Results.xlsx You accidentally put my score for 8k optimized in there instead of 1080P extreme, which I assume is what the spreadsheet list is comprised of. 3850 was my score as 1080P extreme btw :) edit...
by Mikael33
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released
Replies: 44
Views: 5624

Re: Your GPU Sucks: Unigine Superposition Released

8K optimized benchmark just for the lulz on an 980ti running at 1326 core(clock hovered around 1400 in benchmark) and 3800 memory. http://i.imgur.com/3xTd9Vn.png Looks gorgeous and I'm surprised it ran as well as it did, wasn't actually super choppy since the framerate was consistent enough. 1080P e...
by Mikael33
Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: 7700k, wow!
Replies: 42
Views: 6340

Re: 7700k, wow!

unless you like to run memory bandwidth benchmarks all day long. or you play Arma 3 http://techreport.com/discussion/31410/a-bridge-too-far-migrating-from-sandy-to-kaby-lake?post=1021702#1021702 Here are some additional results: i7-7700K @ 4.8 w/ DDR4-3733 - 56.5 i7-7700K @ 4.8 w/ DDR4-3200 - 49.6 ...
by Mikael33
Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: 7700k, wow!
Replies: 42
Views: 6340

Re: 7700k, wow!

Well here's how a 6700k does on DDR3 vs DDR4 memory http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/70775-intel-skylake-ddr3-vs-ddr4-comparison-5.html And here's how Skylake scales with ddr4 frequency http://www.legitreviews.com/ddr4-memory-scaling-intel-z170-finding-the-best-ddr4-memo...
by Mikael33
Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:08 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: What Router do you use?
Replies: 108
Views: 5932

Re: What Router do you use?

TP-Link TL-WR841N/ND v9 running on Openwrt. Don't use any of the cool features of Openwrt due to lack of onboard storage though I suppose I could get a USB flash stick to use for storage if I cared, mainly flashed it to Open WRT because I could. The 100mb speed of it is just fast enough for my downl...
by Mikael33
Fri Nov 11, 2016 7:35 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?
Replies: 224
Views: 19849

Re: What's the last piece of tech you regret buying?

Logitech G502 perhaps, the additional buttons are kind of nice, I use the back and forward ones a ton but as for the much better sensor it has (compared to the mouse I had with a $20 logitech KB/Mouse combo) I don't even really play FPS games so it hasn't really helped me "rek noobs" or wh...
by Mikael33
Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Anyone else have trouble accessing TR for like... 20 minutes or more?
Replies: 4
Views: 665

Re: Anyone else have trouble accessing TR for like... 20 minutes or more?

Maybe they were having trouble with it and turned the site off and on again.
by Mikael33
Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 645
Views: 76414

Re: What are you playing right now?

Got bored of Star Wars The Old Republic and bought the WoW starter pack or whatever and Legion. I boosted a mage to 100 and got him to 110 and now I'm working on a Demon Hunter. I got WoW because Legion is supposed be a lot better for PvP  which is the only thing I did in SWTOR. I wish I knew mages...
by Mikael33
Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What are you playing right now?
Replies: 645
Views: 76414

Re: What are you playing right now?

Got bored of Star Wars The Old Republic and bought the WoW starter pack or whatever and Legion. I boosted a mage to 100 and got him to 110 and now I'm working on a Demon Hunter. I got WoW because Legion is supposed be a lot better for PvP  which is the only thing I did in SWTOR. I wish I knew mages ...
by Mikael33
Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:05 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: VLC - The best worst media player?
Replies: 25
Views: 3747

Re: VLC - The best worst media player?

I don't do much video consumption on the desktop these days (so perhaps I'm a bit out of the loop), but VLC has never given me any grief.  The interface isn't the greatest, but after the codec and media-player hell of the early-2000's, I'm still relieved in not really having to deal with that anymo...
by Mikael33
Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: VLC - The best worst media player?
Replies: 25
Views: 3747

Re: VLC - The best worst media player?

MPC-BE (and HC) have some nice shaders too to improve quality too, I've been running the adaptive sharpen shader post resize for videos which aren't potato quality or have some sort of edge enhancement and with madvr you have smooth motion to reduce judder without the soap opera effect How poor is ...
by Mikael33
Sun Sep 18, 2016 6:06 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: VLC - The best worst media player?
Replies: 25
Views: 3747

Re: VLC - The best worst media player?

I use MPC-BE(switched from -HC some time ago) with madvr and LAV, the upscaling in madvr is far superior to VLC and I'm not sure if there is anything better. The interface isn't an abomination like WMP or Powerdvd, it's nice and minimal, reminds me of Foobar2000. MPC-BE (and HC) have some nice shade...
by Mikael33
Sat Sep 10, 2016 6:34 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Audiophilia nervosa
Replies: 126
Views: 7748

Re: Audiophilia nervosa

On the subject of speakers though I have a pair of JBL studio monitors (LSR 308s) and have spent a considerable amount of time researching optimal placement, breaking out my tape measure and trying out different spots in my monitors and chair to help get the low end under control, my "office&q...
by Mikael33
Sat Sep 10, 2016 4:34 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Post Pics of your Desk/Setup!
Replies: 53
Views: 3831

Re: Post Pics of your Desk/Setup!

I cleaned up my desk so here's what my setup looks like now Image
Excuse the potato quality.
by Mikael33
Sat Sep 10, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Audiophilia nervosa
Replies: 126
Views: 7748

Re: Audiophilia nervosa

Do to the shape of the ear canal (IIRC) headphones exhibit wild peaks and valleys in the high frequency region, so while the midrange and below may well be much flatter than speakers because of either crappy speakers, or untreated rooms the highs are wildly colored on headphones, although I believe...
by Mikael33
Sat Sep 10, 2016 11:46 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Audiophilia nervosa
Replies: 126
Views: 7748

Re: Audiophilia nervosa

All I know now is that I brought a pair of Flips Audio Headphones from Walmart three years ago, and they sound great in speaker mode even with onboard audio. Most headphones are minimum phase like fullrange drivers - just one driver, they have a better chance of sounding better.  They are also very...