W A R N I N G !

W A R N I N G !

This page is full of non-facts and bullsh!t, (just like the internet and especially forums and other blogs), please do not believe entirely without exercising your intellect. Any resemblance to real things in reality is purely coincidental. You are free to interpret/misinterpret the content however you like, most likely for entertainment, but in no case is the text written on this blog the absolute truth. The blog owner and Blogger are not responsible for any misunderstanding of ASCII characters as facts. *cough* As I was saying, you are free to interpret however you like. *cough*

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

The more expensive your audio setup, the more difference you hear?

There is a saying that the more revealing your setup is, the more difference you hear.

But from my personal observation it seems that the more expensive your setup is, the more difference you hear.

This graph will explain why it is so:

This is the graph of Sound Quality Index vs price - SQI is a complicated algorithm that takes into account diminishing returns in real measurable performance and exponentially increasing utility (also known as pleasure) attained from having better sound quality that results in a linear relationship against price which makes it easy for normal people to reference to. The blue graph is the theoretical maximum performance attainable while the red graph is the 50th percentile.

As you can see, while performance generally increases with price, so does the difference between the top and bottom performers. So you hear more differences between expensive setups because there are more differences between these setups, not because they are more revealing.

The experience with a few well-known expensive brands helped me come to this conclusion. Generally speaking, starter-level setups (the graph is the price of setup, not individual equipment) tend to sound the same - computer speakers below $200 sound the same, most soundcards sound the same too. Move on to entry-level, a sudden increase in overall SQ, but that's because of better bass and treble extensions, so they still sound the same too. But as the price increases further, I've come across a particular brand of portable lightweight DACs that always sound warm, dark, too bass heavy yet the bass is not well-extended nor controlled enough (a.k.a. boomy) compared to others, regardless of whether it is the brand's entry-level or flagship product. I've come across $400 (SGD) amplifiers that totally mush up the sound compared to starter $100 amps, and a $1000 headphone/preamp that just sounds wrong (hint: 1. It is popular/"popular", and 2. Many users sell it off after a while). Then there was this also popular/"popular" brand of (rebranded from Taiwan product) DAC that sounded totally off compared to others at a DAC shootout featuring DACs from $250 to $2500. Speakers that try to defy the laws of physics, expensive wood enclosures, you name it.

On the plus side, spending a lot is guaranteed to give you better performance than at least the $20 mark. But I'd rather stay close to the blue line then spend more and not reaching it.

*Note: Just in case you haven't realized and/or is unfamiliar with this blog, the above post is a work of non-science. So if you're offended by it instead of being amused, I can only offer my humblest apologies that you're an idiotic sucker who believes everything on the internet. Note again that I said non-science instead of fiction, because, unfortunately to some, my experiences written above are not fictitious.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Saturday, August 7, 2010

If I use a light bulb tester to test my equipment...

...What do I use to test the light bulb tester?

In the same vein, if my multimeter spoils, what do I use to check it?

Marketing, bullshit and reality

"The system even draws less than 35 watts when playing back a DVD, one of the most power-intensive computing applications."


...playing back a DVD, one of the most power-intensive computing applications.

I didn't read wrongly rite?

Maybe that's the most power-intensive computing application that this CPU can handle.

And, if I want play DVD at less than 35W power draw I would by a DVD player.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Mcap by Plexcio

That totally reminds me of Sonicap by Valgrind Audio.

The trademark holders would've sued if they produced enough sales volume to care.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

DIY power conditioner MK-II

Smaller size and better-done.

Cost: $4.50 for line filter (Koba), $4.50 for gang box with face-plate (Ang Mo Supermarket)

$5.80 for a stupid PowerPac brand faceplate and $1.20 for a stupider, low-quality, PSB-uncertified gang box that flexed and cracked as I tightened the screws, from Home-Fix.

I never learn huh...? Never buy anything from Home-Fix.