Audio

Music Videos

Music Videos

Some of my liked music videos on YouTube. From local to international artists. It is a auto-playlist so you can start at 1 and auto play right to the end.

HDMI ARC or Toslink to connect my soundbar to my TV?

HDMI ARC or Toslink to connect my soundbar to my TV?

When hooking up a sound bar, you generally have to choose a HDMI or optical digital-audio connection. Find out which one is better and why. I’m not addressing a whole bunch of variables and assume you have an HDMI ARC (out) available on your soundbar and a HDMI ARC (in) on your TV as well…

Audio Equipment

Audio Equipment

My YouTube video playlist of audio equipment reviews and videos (only the stuff within reach of a mortal).

Questyle CMA600i Headphone Amplifier & DAC

Questyle CMA600i Headphone Amplifier & DAC

Standing as the company’s entry-level design, the CMA600i is based upon Current Mode Amplification. It’s the very heart of the system. What is it? Good question. Big question, actually and one that could easily take up all of the room of this review. So I will paraphrase. Questyle, for example, point to Transient Intermodulation Distortion…

Digital Audio Standards – Quick Guide

Digital Audio Standards – Quick Guide

Digital audio technology is fast moving, constantly innovating, and this introduction brings you up to speed in no time. Digital Audio signals are represented by three different parameters, each of these has an effect on audio quality. For best quality, match the encoder with the source. For example: compressing an Audio CD, encode it to…

Ultimate PC Sound Setup: 1st stereo & 2nd movies / gaming

Ultimate PC Sound Setup: 1st stereo & 2nd movies / gaming

It turned out to be much more of a challenge than I originally thought. When it gets to sound related components it can easy exceed the price of your car. Headphones of $50K, Reference speakers of $50K, A/V Receivers / Amps / DAC etc of another $50K and we quickly on our way to an Audi…

Yamaha HS7i – Two-way active nearfield monitors

Yamaha HS7i – Two-way active nearfield monitors

Ever since the 1970’s the iconic white woofer and signature sound of Yamaha’s nearfield reference monitors have become a genuine industry standard for a reason – their accuracy. Unlike studio monitors with added bass or treble frequencies which may sound more flattering at first, HS Series speakers were designed to give you the most honest,…

What is Audio Return Channel (ARC)?

What is Audio Return Channel (ARC)?

ARC, or Audio Return Channel, is an HDMI feature, built into many TVs, receivers, and sound bars. It has the potential to simplify setup, but it comes at a potential cost. Here’s what you need to know. It uses a single HDMI connection to send audio from a TV to the sound bar or AV receiver. In…

Sennheiser HD800 S Audiophile Headphones

Sennheiser HD800 S Audiophile Headphones

Many audiophiles have gone to the trouble of physically modifying their pair of HD 800s just to tame its highs and obtain a sweeter sound. The HD 800 S is the result of Sennheiser following its users’ example. The HD 800 Sear pads are handmade, like many of the components in these headphones, and not removable.