50k and counting…

Regular readers here may remember that I posted when the blog reached 15k page views just before New Year’s and 30k views in mid-May. Now the next milestone is up – 50000 page views since I started writing!

I am still a little baffled (and humbled) by this, not to mention the fact that the blog has been visited by readers from more than 100 countries all over the world – 103 to be exact (!). Also, the project files I have posted have been downloaded a total of more than 1000 times, which hopefully means that at least a few people out there have built some great stuff based on my designs 😀

However, as good as all of this might be, the best part about running this blog is actually that I get a chance to come in contact with so many people from around the world that share my hobby. A big thank you to everyone and I hope you’ll keep checking in – I’ll do my best to keep posting new stuff 🙂

My hifi-gear (non-DIY)

If I only had DIY gear, I would probably never listen to any music because it is either in the process of being assembled or being disassembled again to be improved 😉 Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of the main non-DIY gear I use in my various systems.

 

Sources: 

  • MacMini with Apple Lossless files and iTunes/Amarra Hi-Fi software (only used as Audio/Video source).
  • Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntable with Ortofon OM30 cartridge and Mitchell low-mass record clamp (seldom used)
  • iPod classics (several) with Apple Lossless files and Cambridge ID100/Pure i20 docks
  • iMac 21.5″ (desktop)

Surround:

  • Audiolab 8000AP processor (connected to MacMini via optical connection)

Stereo:

Speakers:

Headphones:

  • Grado SR325 (the original version)
  • AKG K501
  • AKG K701
  • AKG K550
  • Sennheiser HD330 (computer)
  • B&W P5 (travel)
  • Beyerdynamic T50p (travel)

Misc:

“Behringer stack” made up of the SRC2496 ADC/DAC, the DEQ2496 digital equalizer and the DCX2496 crossover modified with a built-in volume control. This setup  is used (sparingly) for various speaker-related experiments where the powerful DSP equalizer and the electronic crossover makes it easy to experiment with different configurations. Unfortunately I don’t often have the time (or the available space) to build speakers.
The SRC2496 DAC is also very handy to have around since will work as a sample-rate converter, a DAC and an ADC depending on how you configure it. It also accepts more or less all input formats and will output analog audio as well as digital audio in both TOSLINK and AES/EBU formats.

Hello, World!

Allright, everyone else is doing it and now so am I! Creating a blog to publish chronicles of my exploits in the world or DIY projects in audio, electronics, software and photography.

I thought I’d use the title of the blog as a way to manage expectations on the progress of my projects and the frequency of updates, but stay tuned because I have a lot of projects. There is also a lot of stuff in the archives that should be dragged out, dusted off and put up here – let’s see when we get to that!

Happy reading,

/U.