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Dipping your feet in the (mobile) Audiophile world for less than $200

April 7, 2011

You can’t deny that most people these days listen to music on mobile devices such as iPods, iPhones and other mobile phones and media players. When I was a kid (which wasn’t that long ago), when a new album came out, you had to go to a store and buy it either on vinyl or cassette (yes, CDs too) then go home to play it on your “Stereo”.  Maybe you had a portable cassette player too, but it wasn’t the only thing you played your music on. Today, people download albums the minute they are released right on their phones and in a few minutes, you are able to listen to media files without having to divert from whatever it is you’re doing. I know a few people that only use mobile phones, iPods or laptops as their main audio systems; having a dedicated playback system for Stereo Audio isn’t typical anymore (leisure systems these days are typically HDTVs and improperly-configured 5.1 surround receivers and “enhanced” speaker systems). Read more…

In Retrospect: Crown Royale

December 24, 2010

Crown Royale Album CoverMastering this album was a wonderful experience for me. It started approximately a year ago, when Karim Panni (who was then at Myx) called to say that the label had taken on the Crown Royale project, a collaboration between legendary DJ Rhettmatic and Athletic Mic League representative Buff1. They had a single featuring Kam Moye that needed to be mastered ASAP called “After All” and Karim asked me if I was down to do it; he needed it right away because it was going to be pressed on Wax for a single (which in my line of work usually means “we don’t have time to go back to the mix in case something sticks out to you.”) I didn’t tell Karim that I had a whopping eight projects on my plate that I was working on at the time, all with different deadlines, so my answer of course was “no sweat, boss!” Read more…

Making a Passive Headphone (or source) Switcher

December 9, 2010

If you’re new to building DIY audio projects, this is probably one of the most simple and inexpensive projects you can build.

A good quality passive switcher similar to this one typically costs about $100, but you can build this for less than $20 (plus the cost of a case which can be anywhere from $5 to $50 or more, depending on how much you want to spend on it). The necessary tools for this build are a Drill,  5/8″ & 1/8″ bits, a soldering iron & a screwdriver.

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Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 Mod (Pt. II)

July 7, 2010

Desoldering & Cleaning up the Drivers

To the right, is how the drivers should look once you’ve desoldered the old wires and removed the old solder using a wick. Notice how you can see the tiny little holes for each terminal.

This is where having a temperature controlled soldering station helps quite a bit; the soldering station I have doesn’t give you a true readout on how much wattage is being fed to the iron, but for soldering my interconnects, I usually have it set at about 40% its Read more…

Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 Mod (Pt. I)

July 2, 2010

The Beyerdynamic DT770 is a very good headphone out of the box. Anyone who is a fan of these headphones loves the powerful bass reproduction these deliver. When I got mine, I thought the bass was too heavy and that the upper mid range seemed dipped. I decided to modify the ear cups by adding sound absorbing material to reduce the low frequencies, making these a more balanced set of reference headphones. Read more…