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by aef110
Fri Apr 04, 2008 11:35 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Any Modu82+ 525w update?
Replies: 13
Views: 6352

I just installed the Modu82+ 525 in an Antec Solo and, fortunately, it is as quiet as the the SPCR review indicates -- totally silent.
by aef110
Fri Apr 04, 2008 11:31 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec Earthwatts 500 Noise?
Replies: 8
Views: 3026

I had an Earthwatts 500 since last summer (also in the Sonata Designer) and just replaced it yesterday; Antec confirmed that it is defective since my system became unstable (off-on-off-on, wouldn't start on several occasions). In fact, the head of Antec's support (which was excellent, by the way) ca...
by aef110
Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:13 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Does dampening material really help?
Replies: 20
Views: 7464

Asulc wrote:THIS IS A MAYBE
5.1 Speakers $160-180 (rebate)
With surround speakers, this doesn't exactly "sound" like a silent system...

:wink:
by aef110
Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:49 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silent, Linux friendly AMD system in P182.
Replies: 7
Views: 3103

I was recently in the same boat and looked very carefully at some of the same components for a Linux system (Ubuntu). It turns out that Intels will be similarly energy efficient, since their average power draw is a bit lower even though their idle draw is slightly more. Tom's Hardware also published...
by aef110
Fri Sep 14, 2007 1:23 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate VS Samsung
Replies: 26
Views: 7990

I'm running Linux as my primary OS and my Barracuda ES definitely doesn't spin up every couple of minutes... Maybe Seagate doesn't implement self-verifying feature to enterprise-class HDs, only in consumer-class, but I doubt it. Another possible reason is that you simply didn't notice it due to hig...
by aef110
Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:03 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate VS Samsung
Replies: 26
Views: 7990

Idle noise is the sound of platters spinning. The chattering/clunking sound are the seeks. Thanks. I meant to say that, at least on Ubuntu, the drive definitely doesn't seek every couple minutes. It's clearly accessed only when I load or save something from / to it. In any case, the idle platter sp...
by aef110
Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:26 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate VS Samsung
Replies: 26
Views: 7990

Seagate has been verifying their HDDs that runs periodically when the HD at idle. I find it very disturbing to hear my drive seek every 120 seconds... I'm running Linux as my primary OS and my Barracuda ES definitely doesn't spin up every couple of minutes. It's simply idling most of the time, and ...
by aef110
Thu Sep 13, 2007 11:27 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate VS Samsung
Replies: 26
Views: 7990

So you're making a sweeping statement about overall drive brand reliability based on one manufacturer's advertising, and the fact that your sample of 1 (one) has lasted for nine months without failing... :( Sure, if one user's experience with one drive is not incontrovertible, generalizable scienti...
by aef110
Thu Sep 13, 2007 7:12 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate VS Samsung
Replies: 26
Views: 7990

I decided on this model from Seagate for vital data: http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/servers/barracuda_es/barracuda_es/ From their website: "The Seagate® Barracuda® ES enterprise hard drive is the industry’s most reliable, highest-capacity 7200-RPM hard drive for 24 x 7, multidrive, bu...
by aef110
Thu Sep 13, 2007 3:07 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate VS Samsung
Replies: 26
Views: 7990

There's one catch: Seagates are almost certainly more reliable. I have both in my system and use a new Samsung as my OS drive. I love how quiet it is. I got the enterprise class Seagate (ES series) for mission-critical data for which I'm willing to sacrifice a bit of noise, but that drive is only us...
by aef110
Sat Sep 08, 2007 3:18 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Is my CPU running too hot?
Replies: 25
Views: 8375

That sounds funny. I just built a similar system, though in what should be a hotter case (Antec Sonata Designer, same as Solo or P 150), and just installed a Ninja the other day. (The other relevant parts of the system are E6750, single Noctua case fan and passive 7600GT.) I have the Ninja running p...
by aef110
Fri Aug 31, 2007 11:23 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: NEW! Corsair VX450W (reviewed by SPCR)
Replies: 94
Views: 66469

why not just swap the fan in the Earthwatts? That could be interesting but I'd void the warranty and would rather avoid electric shock therapy... opening up a 500-watt power supply is probably a very bad idea for a complete newbie like me. Is this a simple (and safe) thing to do, and would it make ...
by aef110
Fri Aug 31, 2007 7:29 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: NEW! Corsair VX450W (reviewed by SPCR)
Replies: 94
Views: 66469

Worth switching EarthWatts for Corsair VX450W?

I was very interested to discover the new Corsair PSU and have an important question based on the review. The conclusion states: "In real use, at idle in most PCs in most environments, all the Corsair PSUs, the Seasonics and the Antec Trio 550 would have about the same subjective loudness. All would...
by aef110
Sun Aug 12, 2007 12:43 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audio(phile?) / Hi-Fi Questions...
Replies: 116
Views: 39892

When people start trying to silence their PC by covering it in strips of silver foil, rubbing it with different creams, or writing on it with a special pen, then I'll start getting worried... No self-respecting audiophile snake oil salesman will claim that their product can silence your PC. They wi...
by aef110
Sun Aug 12, 2007 12:03 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audio(phile?) / Hi-Fi Questions...
Replies: 116
Views: 39892

Steve, You got me thinking about blind listening. I think one useful application might be to go to a hi-fi shop and have the dealer play various combinations of equipment within a given price range. Listen blindly, buy what you like best, and you wouldn't be influenced by other factors. It's blind t...
by aef110
Sun Aug 12, 2007 11:49 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audio(phile?) / Hi-Fi Questions...
Replies: 116
Views: 39892

... it just rattles my cage when people make sweeping statements like "MP3 is obviously inferior" and decline to provide any data to back up their assertion. If I were to make a post in the storage forum to the effect that "suspending hard drives will cause them to die early" without any evidence t...
by aef110
Sun Aug 12, 2007 7:33 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audio(phile?) / Hi-Fi Questions...
Replies: 116
Views: 39892

Can you not give a single specific example, in the entire immeasurable catalog of commercially released music, where you personally have heard these differences (with your high quality equipment and highly developed ears)? I've done my best to express myself with a respectful tone and would appreci...
by aef110
Sun Aug 12, 2007 7:06 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audio(phile?) / Hi-Fi Questions...
Replies: 116
Views: 39892

Steve, Your comments are immanently reasonable and I personally agree it's wise to regard some of the more esoteric products with suspicion, although not all products are snake oil and there's nothing to preclude some of them from working as claimed, even some of the more unusual ones. There have be...
by aef110
Sun Aug 12, 2007 6:22 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audio(phile?) / Hi-Fi Questions...
Replies: 116
Views: 39892

The whole subjective nature of listening to music is precisely the problem, and precisely what ABX testing is designed to counteract, so that an objective claim of MP3 encoding causing audible degradation can be independently repeated and verified. Sure. Listening is inherently subjective, as are a...
by aef110
Sun Aug 12, 2007 3:53 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audio(phile?) / Hi-Fi Questions...
Replies: 116
Views: 39892

I don't really understand this. Surely the only significant difference between a blind and a non-blind test is whether you know what you're listening to? I don't see why that would add any extra fatigue and confusion to the process. This seems more like an argument against any kind of testing, but ...
by aef110
Sat Aug 11, 2007 1:37 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audio(phile?) / Hi-Fi Questions...
Replies: 116
Views: 39892

Can you give specific examples of where you and your friends heard this "night and day" difference (in blind testing)? If the difference is as "typically astronomical" as you claim, you should have plenty to choose from, and I'd like to post the clips on the HA forums for further analysis. I just d...
by aef110
Sat Aug 11, 2007 5:44 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audio(phile?) / Hi-Fi Questions...
Replies: 116
Views: 39892

My problem with the "hi-fi industry" is that an £1000 amp will only have £150 worth of electronics inside it, you are paying for brand/lifestyle/boasting prowess etc. That's why I suggest buying as cheap as sounds good enough, because basically you're getting ripped off. The same can be said of a...
by aef110
Fri Aug 10, 2007 1:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audio(phile?) / Hi-Fi Questions...
Replies: 116
Views: 39892

MP3's get a bad rap, there are plenty of poorly ripped ones out there. But given the LAME converter at 256kbps or so, you'd be very hard pushed to tell the difference from the original source, which is pretty good at 1/6th wav size. The difference between any MP3 (or LAME, or OGG, etc.) and the ori...
by aef110
Wed Aug 08, 2007 5:59 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Audio(phile?) / Hi-Fi Questions...
Replies: 116
Views: 39892

Hi, I'm a professional classical musician and lifelong audiophile and work extensively in professional audio. Perhaps my input may be valuable, but be sure to use your own judgment and your taste will develop over time. If you have a limited budget, it's always wise to invest in more "modest" audio ...
by aef110
Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:25 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Need computer chair recommendation
Replies: 6
Views: 3375

Some links to the "swopper":

Homepage: http://www.swopper.de/index.php?lang=en

An accurate review: http://www.newstarget.com/002687.html
by aef110
Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:24 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Need computer chair recommendation
Replies: 6
Views: 3375

It may be completely different from your conception, but I can't recommend the "swopper" highly enough. It's an extremely high-quality German product that couldn't be more ideal for office and computer work. It's an "active" chair that strengthens your back muscles as you sit, while keeping them fle...