January 2014 archive

Mac Mini As Music Server

Since finally stabilizing a high-resolution streaming audio rig in early December 2013, I’ve replaced the weakest link in the chain — a 2007 MacBook Pro — with a new Mac Mini. My faithful silver-keyboard MacBook Pro only had 4GB of RAM and Firewire 400, limiting the transfer speed from the 2TB OWC Mercury Pro external …

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MV & EE “Fuzzweed” LP

Hecka stony. Fuzzweed by Matt Valentine & Erika Elder Suggestion: buy the vinyl. Then buy a black light. You won’t be sorry.

iFi nano iDSD – Part Four: the First Week…Pros and Cons

Some updates: On Friday I was able to get my iPhone working with the $189 nano iDS DSD DAC/headphone amp. I can’t explain why; it just began to operate as it should. Good news. Things also stabilized with the iDSD’s operation as a desktop DAC/headphone amp with my Mac Pro at work. I haven’t heard …

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iFi nano iDSD – Part Three: real-world usablity and other random notes

Today I BARTed back to work and put the iDSD through its paces with the iPad, iPhone, and my Mac Pro desktop at the office. Some observations: * The iFi nano iDSD + Apple Camera Kit doesn’t work with the iPod Classic 160gb. Or, at least, it doesn’t work with mine. I assume it’s optimized …

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iFi nano iDSD – Part Two: DSD and second impressions

In part one, I reviewed iFi’s new nano iDSD as an iPad headphone amp/DAC. I played around with the setup a bit more this morning. I hooked the iDSD to my home system and experimented with the RCA outs and the digital coax output, running the box directly into my power amp and into my …

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iFi nano iDSD – Part One: Unboxing and FLAC first impressions

iFi’s entry into the portable DAC/DSD/headphone amp derby arrived today. The $189 device is the cheapest DSD-capable DAC, and also appears to be one of the first battery-powered DSD DACs that will work with iOS devices without external power. After unboxing the palm-sized nano from its very Apple-like packaging, my impatient self didn’t bother topping …

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Bad Packing, Bad Scene, Unsatisfactory $45 Transaction

Let’s talk crappy mailers and bad packing. This time from Scotland. Total cost of this package was about $45.00. The media included an LP, CD, and some postcards. The LP is limited to 250 and numbered. I liked what I heard on Bandcamp and figured it’d be good to have the album on vinyl. Before …

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