Monday, August 07, 2006

Audio equipment porn

So, the decision seems to be made, as long as the budget is up for it. Along the way in researching this stuff a lot of potential problems have come up that would require obscene amounts of money to work out, but you've got to work with what you've got. Or in this case, what your budget allows.

One problem with the nEar 05s is the lack of bottom, meaning it doesn't do good in playing frequencies below ca. 75Hz. In one way that sucks because those are the frequencies that give the song the 'umph'. In another way not so bad since it's also those frequencies that has the possibility of causing the most problems. Untreated walls and corners often enhance the bass artificially, muddying it up, causing the bass-tones to all sound alike.

Another problem is cabling. The only way to connect them from the eMac is the headphone out, which I've read isn't the optimal connection. The volume may have to be boosted to near-full in the system settings in order for the signal to get strong enough. A solution to that problem would be an external Firewire audio-card such as the M-Audio Firewire Solo.Or a cheaper alternative, the Behringer F-Control Audio FCA202.Of course the Behringer lacks preamps, but considering the generally low prices of Behringer products, you could get the Firewire box and a preamp for less than the cost of the M-Audio Firewire Solo... Of course all these things lie in the distant future.

I've also considering getting a harmonica, while I'm ordering things. Only about 4€ at "the T-store", and it won't affect the shipping price (whic is flat-rate). The only question there is, which key to choose?

4 comments:

Jonas said...

They have el-cheapo harmonicas at Unisound as well. However, if you *really* want to you can borrow mine for a while.

Jacke said...

Eh, it's not like I'm desperate. Just a thought I've had for a while, and seeing the harmonicas at Thomann got me thinking I could get one at the same time. But for the moment all purchases/orders have been indefinitely postponed.

Jonas said...

Oh, and they say that a harmonica in the key of C is the best to start on...Not exactly sure why though. The second one to get is in G...I think...

Jacke said...

Alright, then I want one in G.