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by morphine
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 2527

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

I think it's time to note that there's no need to go overboard these days when it comes to making a silent PC. Cases and fans are just so much better than they ever were that you don't need to do much to keep a system quiet. I'm running: overclocked 6700K, GTX 1080 Ti FE, Noctua D15S, Define C (two ...
by morphine
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 2527

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

Derp, I meant the R6. I've recommended the R5 for so long that I forgot that the new model was already out :)
by morphine
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 2527

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

I've always built as-quiet-as-possible PCs without getting into fancy fanless PSUs and whatnot. Half your problem is the case, the other half is what you put in it. I recommend the Fractal Define R5, or the Define C (which I personally own and can attest for), and a Noctua D15S. Seeing as you alread...
by morphine
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Dawbench - The killer Bench that broughr me here
Replies: 1
Views: 444

Re: Dawbench - The killer Bench that broughr me here

Glad you found our use of DAWbench, er, useful. :)
by morphine
Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: How to? ... Fractal Define C and Noctua D15S
Replies: 9
Views: 700

Re: How to? ... Fractal Define C and Noctua D15S

ALWAYS outside the case. If you do it inside the case, you're in for a world of hurt as you'll have very little space to maneuver, tighten screws, and so on. Since an installed cooler (with screws) is by far the safest thing to grab on, that's exactly what I do—when the cooler is assembled, just gra...
by morphine
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Inexpensive IPS for Office (Dual Monitor)
Replies: 40
Views: 2387

Re: Inexpensive IPS for Office (Dual Monitor)

Check out the couple of models I linked above.
by morphine
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Inexpensive IPS for Office (Dual Monitor)
Replies: 40
Views: 2387

Re: Inexpensive IPS for Office (Dual Monitor)

deputy dawg wrote:
DPete27 wrote:
morphine wrote:
Acer Predator XB271HU for $179.33

I'm SOOOO tempted to click buy and just see what happens. I don't even need that monitor.

Just did it. Guess I'll find out!

Oooooh boy. PLEASE keep us all updated at every step. This gon be gud.
by morphine
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: My daughter, the artist
Replies: 12
Views: 1057

Re: My daughter, the artist

Mr Bill wrote:
I would have voted but there is no "like us on facebook" link.

If you have an FB account and are logged in, you can click on the dark area and that box asking for a like will go away.
by morphine
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Inexpensive IPS for Office (Dual Monitor)
Replies: 40
Views: 2387

Re: Inexpensive IPS for Office (Dual Monitor)

LG 23MP48HQ-P for $110 at Newegg. 24", VESA mountable, and has a 75-Hz refresh rate. Acer G276HL for $130 with EMCPSRX29. 27", VA panel, 1920x1080, built-in speakers. I also spotted this, but the price cant' be right. This is usually $600+: Acer Predator XB271HU for $179.33. 27", 144...
by morphine
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Can a 2-way / 10" woofer produce great midrange?
Replies: 13
Views: 3223

Re: Can a 2-way / 10" woofer produce great midrange?

This should help solidify the ongoing advice: the great majority of studio monitor speakers are 2-way designs. The woofer handles the midrange, and a tweeter for the highs.
by morphine
Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Surround Sound Capture
Replies: 10
Views: 1181

Re: Surround Sound Capture

OP, I may be missing something, but I still don't get it. :) You say you want to do real-time encoding on the fly, but what's your ultimate goal? Is it connecting to an HT receiver and/or a set of speakers with DTS/DDL? It just sounds what whatever you're trying to accomplish in the end is probably ...
by morphine
Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Surround Sound Capture
Replies: 10
Views: 1181

Re: Surround Sound Capture

Can you offer some context on what the end goal of this is, meaning what do you want to do with the captured signal? I think the task is currently looking more complicated than it needs to be.
by morphine
Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Better to throw exceptions or return null?
Replies: 56
Views: 5675

Re: Better to throw exceptions or return null?

Yeah, I rarely bother with a detailed analysis of what order an algorithm is; if you can just eyeball it and make an educated guess as to whether it is better than, equivalent to, or worse than linear, that's generally good enough. Thank the maker. Although it's important to know the order, the mat...
by morphine
Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread
Replies: 38
Views: 3038

Re: TR BBQ XV 6/23/18 - Official Thread

Oy Vey, hotels in Holland are pricey that weekend. Even worse than August, so book now. OK, reservations made. This time I won't forget the mini glow-sticks in my hotel room. Another thing to remember in planning is that the 23rd is bang-on the solstice, so the sun goes down later than we're used t...
by morphine
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Clip style mic for gaming
Replies: 8
Views: 1580

Re: Clip style mic for gaming

We reviewed the ModMic and Nathan loved it lots. For another recommendation, I like the Sony ECM-CS3 that Scott recommended me. It's fantastic. But I think that that ModMic is by far the better choice for using with the 'phones.
by morphine
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: USB to XLR
Replies: 23
Views: 1425

Re: USB to XLR

I did find more stuff in Google, but I felt those links would suffice. Let me know if none of it works out for you.

If you decide to go with something powered, Behringer has a $200 rack-mountable conversion unit with about three kitchen sinks.
by morphine
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: USB to XLR
Replies: 23
Views: 1425

Re: USB to XLR

The first link (Matrix X-spdif) does more than 16-bit and it's also bus-powered. Why did you go for the Fohhn?
by morphine
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: USB to XLR
Replies: 23
Views: 1425

Re: USB to XLR

I think this is want you want. Matrix X-Sdpif - $200. There's a "v2" but I don't think that's necessary. Some other stuff I've come across: Fohhn Airea . Does exactly what you want and is bus-powered, but hard to find. Yellowtec PUC2 . Likewise, but jeez that price, and probably hard to fi...
by morphine
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: USB to XLR
Replies: 23
Views: 1425

Re: USB to XLR

Okay, do you have an SPDIF output handy, or just USB ports (ex: laptop)?

edit: Never mind, that's specified.
by morphine
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: USB to XLR
Replies: 23
Views: 1425

Re: USB to XLR

The obvious question is... do those PA speakers also have analog XLR inputs and/or balanced TRS inputs? I bet they do. And at that point all you need is an affordable interface with either of those outputs (sub-$200, more close to $100) and you're set. For this specific simple scenario (a single PC ...
by morphine
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 91
Views: 4102

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

Ah, you're in the realm of studio monitors. The gain is usually minus something dB to +6 dB, and nearly all studio monitors just keep that knob at the back and rely on the interface's output as volume adjustment.
by morphine
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 91
Views: 4102

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

0 dB = full blast anywhere. You don't want that on an amp for daily driving. :)
by morphine
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 91
Views: 4102

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

To his defense, the DAC's resolution is usually so high than you can drop the signal level pretty low and not lose much. To my surprise, even studio engineers tell people not to worry all that much about having the source tracks at 0dB. If I recall, staying around the -16dB range is perfectly fine.
by morphine
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: z-5500 hum hiss - updated :(
Replies: 47
Views: 15240

Re: z-5500 hum hiss - updated :(

Krogoth wrote:
I'll probably upgrade to a real 5.1 digital receiver setup since DD/DTS passthrough via Displayport/HDMI is the way to go with 3D audio on modern gaming titles.

You don't need DD or DTS. Standard HDMI passthrough can do 5.1 (7.1?) PCM, so all you have to do is connect the cable and magic.gif.
by morphine
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: z-5500 hum hiss - updated :(
Replies: 47
Views: 15240

Re: z-5500 hum hiss - updated :(

You should repair it, you can blow out an amp like that IME.
by morphine
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 91
Views: 4102

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

Oh jeez, End User, you're so far out the left field that we need binoculars. $700 for a stereo setup. That's a serious outlay. It's possible the sound quality is great, but there's no wired input, no easily-accessible knobs, requirement of two power plugs, and it's bound to be locked to the Apple ec...
by morphine
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 91
Views: 4102

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

ooooh boys. You DON'T wanna get me started on Xonar driver issues. Because I've encountered those that you did, plus the ones related to recording, monitoring, and mixing. (I had a D2X, it was advertised as such, even came with DAW software and extra inputs.)
by morphine
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 91
Views: 4102

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

Part of this is finally ditching the soundcard (Asus Xonar D1 in my case), as I've conceded I will never be a gamer and I care more about the music Dude, I am a gamer and I've ditched dedicated soundcards ages ago. Other than fancy software tricks and 5.1/7.1 support (something that almost no inter...
by morphine
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Let's listen to a well recorded mixtape!
Replies: 21
Views: 1507

Re: Let's listen to a well recorded mixtape!

Yes, I believe there's been a bit of a "hipster" cassette revival as well. Don't think it's anywhere near as big as vinyl though. Yes, but it's an incredibly stupid one. Especially in the really-heavy-metal scene, I'm seeing cassete releases. You don't want your heavy metal recorded with ...
by morphine
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: Let's listen to a well recorded mixtape!
Replies: 21
Views: 1507

Re: Let's listen to a well recorded mixtape!

just brew it! wrote:
Yes, I believe there's been a bit of a "hipster" cassette revival as well. Don't think it's anywhere near as big as vinyl though.

Yes, but it's an incredibly stupid one. Especially in the really-heavy-metal scene, I'm seeing cassete releases.