Saturday, April 28, 2007

So much to say!


Well I've obviously not been focused on this for a week! So what have I been doing? Getting into high quality audio of course! First, I decided I wanted some ear canal headphones (ECHs), also known as in-ear monitors (IEMs), which involved days and days of scouring messageboards and audiophile focused review sites ending in the purchase of the Ultimate Ears super.fi 5 pro's from Earphone Solutions, I list the links because the headphones and the service are both awesome. Then I decided why drop a bunch of on headphones if you're not going to have perfect audiofiles? So I started converting all my favorite albums into the Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) from the original compacts discs (CDs) so I could put them on my iPod in the most perfect format that exists. But I download (DL) a lot of Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG)-1 Audio Layer 3s (MP3s), which aren't perfect quality, so I've also been DL-ing Free Lossless Audio Codecs (FLACs), which are equivalent to ALACs but aren't supported by the iPod, to replace the MP3s, which means I have to convert them to ALAC with MAX [not an acronym (NAA)]. The neat thing about FLACs is that because it's a format for the quality-obsessed they often put up the super rare pressing, best in existence versions of these albums, so it's a real trip. So much of a trip that it took me a little while to realize, I don't have enough space on my hard drive (HD) for all these extremely large files! So I ordered a new 500 gigabytes (GB) external hard drive [not an EHD]. The external HD hasn't arrived yet but the headphones have and now all I listen to is ALACs, it's beautiful. Things sound better than they have in years. MP3s the first audio format I'll have lived from their beginning to end.

Also, did a bunch of work, got my computer spilled on, got my computer fixed, got a yellow shirt (finally), got a nice haircut at a place I like (finally), and fell in love with the idea of living in Manhattan with roof access.

To make up for all the not being here, here's the funniest thing I saw all week:

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Please tell me these guys aren't serious! It was supposed to be a comedy....right? The film does remind me of the old TV Batman and Robin show sans captions.

zirafa said...

yay for hi-fi!

Anonymous said...

It was funny how you wrote "audiofiles" which, when written as one word, is a homonym with "audiophiles!"

ben said...

i'm guessing the last commentor was drew. am i right?

c said...

I've got the Super.Fi 3's and I love them to death. Instead of dealing with digital at all, I've just started using my discman when I'm home. I've been able to squeeze it in my pocket, which surprised me. For real, though, putting on a Al Green song I've heard dozens and dozens of times and now hearing something new...that's well worth the cost.

c said...

yeah, i realize i made it sound like i don't think CDs are digital...sigh.

Anonymous said...

That video just makes me sad.
The ending was cute though.