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by morphine
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 86
Views: 1910

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: 86
Views: 1910

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: 86
Views: 1910

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: 13757

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: 13757

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: 86
Views: 1910

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: 86
Views: 1910

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: 86
Views: 1910

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: 802

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: 802

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.
by morphine
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 86
Views: 1910

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

My goal has been to find a 2.1 system where there's an active crossover at some point in the chain so that the powered satellites don't have to amplify signals they'll never produce and vice versa. I've found a couple, but they all seem to have longevity issues on the subwoofer side. You can usuall...
by morphine
Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: New desktop speaker recommendations
Replies: 86
Views: 1910

Re: New desktop speaker recommendations

Recommendation for a pair of studio monitors—Mackie CR5BT ($220), the KRK RP5s in the previous post, or PreSonus Eris E270 ($270). Even units with 4.5" or 5" woofers will provide you with a serious bass punch, obviating the need for a "sub" that isn't.
by morphine
Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: What happened to the story about Microsoft's Intel Spectre Patch?
Replies: 12
Views: 638

Re: What happened to the story about Microsoft's Intel Spectre Patch?

Sorry, we had to delete that news piece too. We'd get black helicopters coming in otherwise.
by morphine
Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: What happened to the story about Microsoft's Intel Spectre Patch?
Replies: 12
Views: 638

Re: What happened to the story about Microsoft's Intel Spectre Patch?

Tell me, are you seeing Spectres? Because you just had quite the Meltdown.
by morphine
Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: What happened to the story about Microsoft's Intel Spectre Patch?
Replies: 12
Views: 638

Re: What happened to the story about Microsoft's Intel Spectre Patch?

Oh dear, you're right! I just checked and it even vanished from the database and all our backups. It's a conspiracy!
by morphine
Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: My home theater is sounding weird
Replies: 13
Views: 690

Re: My home theater is sounding weird

I was thinking that too, that someone pushed some buttons or something and you have some reverb/delay emulation going on.
by morphine
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: CFFI
Replies: 8
Views: 1301

Re: CFFI

You know, I fully agree with the assessment. And yet, I bet that this thing has been like super-mega-incredibly-useful to a number of people at some point. Probably explains the continued development.
by morphine
Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR 2017 Gift Guide?
Replies: 2
Views: 781

Re: TR 2017 Gift Guide?

Yes, soon. Stay tuned.
by morphine
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Cyber Monday Deals? Meh.
Replies: 25
Views: 943

Re: Cyber Monday Deals? Meh.

Since I do the deals and guides all the time, I feel like I have a little authority on the matter. Basically your general impressions are true. I did find many deals since BF/CM promotions are generally going to affect far more items than on any other day. However, I think that the days of insane de...
by morphine
Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: There goes the neighbourhood, I guess
Replies: 11
Views: 1372

Re: There goes the neighbourhood, I guess

IIRC from the article I wrote, it's Skylake and onwards.
by morphine
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega very strong in newly released games
Replies: 39
Views: 2117

Re: Vega very strong in newly released games

ACHTUNG! ALLES LOOKENSPEEPERS! Alles touristen und non-technischen looken peepers! Das computermachine ist nicht fuer gefingerpoken und mittengrabben. Ist easy schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und poppencorken mit spitzensparken. Ist nicht fuer gewerken bei das dumpkopfen. Das rubbernecken s...
by morphine
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 8994

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

If you do a simple command-line program, chances are you'll be able to run it across multiple OSes with few changes, so you don't need to involve an emulator. More to the point, first you need to learn to code, only much later you'll consider deployment, installation scripts, etc. Should the time co...
by morphine
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 8994

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

Here's a real world example. At my last job I had a bug to deal with which seemed to be causing confusion between payment processors [...] Web development is particularly tricky (I do it for a living). It's a particular brand of coding where anything can happen at any time, you are not in control o...
by morphine
Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: PC 5.1 set ground loop/short: repairable?
Replies: 16
Views: 2236

Re: PC 5.1 set ground loop/short: repairable?

Um, are you still alive?
by morphine
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 8994

Re: GGC errors with compiling C code.

https://stackoverflow.blog/2017/06/15/developers-use-spaces-make-money-use-tabs/ (Sorry for dragging this thread further off-topic, I'll stop now.) what about tabs that the IDE converts to spaces? Visual Studio (apparently) does this, and so do others. IDEs that do that automatically should be shot...
by morphine
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 8994

Re: GGC errors with compiling C code.

Hold my Red Bull.
by morphine
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 8994

Re: GGC errors with compiling C code.

Well duh, but people who mix tabs and spaces should be shot.

Which means that tabs are fine. ;)
by morphine
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So is the sound card dead?
Replies: 53
Views: 3410

Re: So is the sound card dead?

I should note that "external soundcard/DAC" does not imply "audiophile." I'm just putting this out here lest people think that the discussion is about going from $50-$100 soundcards to $500-$1000 dedicated DACs.
by morphine
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 8994

Re: GGC errors with compiling C code.

Tabs, representing 4 columns. Easy indentation/de-indentation, and just big enough to be easily visible but not so much that 4-5 levels of indentation won't make lines start the next block over. JBI, I'm wondering what the rationale for the "tabs should be spaces" thinking is. To me it's a...
by morphine
Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Echo Vale
Topic: So is the sound card dead?
Replies: 53
Views: 3410

Re: So is the sound card dead?

Wow, that was mega-informative, thanks. I knew that Ethernet audio was a thing in the professional arena, but didn't know exactly how it works.