I'm pretty happy with the sound samples I've listened to on the 'net, and in addition to the USB port it also has an analog output for "no latency monitoring" -- I figure if I ever want to use it on my analog board I can just attach to it there.
XLR, or more to the point, balanced audio signals, are definitely a must for profressional setups, but is a PITA when having to integrate professional and consumer gear.
I was looking for an external electronic crossover for my home stereo system.
Most of my searches ended up falling into one of three categories.
1. Passive crossover units for car audio.
2. Professional-level electronic crossovers for PA systems or concert venues.
3. Audiophile-level electronic crossovers.
I clearly wasn't interested in anything from the first category. The third category carries a huge price mark-up. That's left me with the professional gear. However, most of that gear uses balanced audio, either using XLR or TRS (tip-ring-sleeve) connetors. My home stereo gear uses unbalanced RCA connectins. It was relatively easy to find cheap XLR-to-RCA or TRS-to-RCA adapters, but everything I had read said that the signal levels are different between balanced and unbalanced audio. That would mean additional eletronics to convert back and forth.
I did finally find a crossover unit that has unbalanced RCA connections.
Just need to save up some $$$'s now.
The nice thing about USB mics is that the ADC is integrated, and presumably well matched to the job it has to do. Bypassing the cheap ADC found in a typical laptop or desktop computer is a big win..
Spell what are you doing with an electronic crossover? Are you looking to send different frequency ranges to different amplifiers?
The speakers I have, a pair of A/D/S L2030B's (see http://tinyurl.com/cgm8jfu for specs and pictures), are designed so they can be bi-amplified. A switch on the back disables part of the internal crossover, allowing the woofers to be driven directly. The mid-range and tweeters are still behind the internal crossover.
The idea is that by limiting the frequency range the amplifiers have to deal with, clipping due to transients will be less likely, distortion can be reduced, and a few other benefits. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bi-amping has some more info.
Subject: Re: New topic: USB microphones.
People are saying nice things about the Samson Go Mic ($35) and the
sample recordings I've heard on the Internet actually sound pretty
good, but it's a *small* mic. Does anyone know of any real winners in
the under $50 space?
I know I'm a little late, but I own the GoMic and it's really, really good for the price. I had to take the little hex screw out that holds the Mic in place tho and put some paper in front of it to more securely keep the mic from moving though.
Subject: Samson Meteor Mic demo
Wed Apr 11 2012 21:44:09 EDT from zooer
rethink your statement.
recoding always is a loss of quality. whether or not the new format might be capable of better quality.
a song using MP3 and FLAC and compare it yourself.
Apr 13 2012 11:08pm from kinetix @uncnsrd
SpellBinder: Nah, never ever re-encode from a lossy format. I don't
care if it was encoded CBR at 512kbit. It's called 'lossy' for a
reason. You could do it, if you don't care about the quality of the
audio... but some of us will hear the artifacts without a doubt.
That's funny. With the exception of zooer who recanted, everybody misunderstood me in one way or another.
I meant pretty much what I said.
I have CDs filled with mp3s, (none of which by the way were sampled from my own CDs) so I did no converting to mp3, I did no sampling of CDs, I did no converting FROM mp3 to anything else.
All I did was take a whole lotta CDs with an iso9660 filesystem of mp3s and copy them to a hard drive. When they're all there, I'm going to reburn those same mp3s to DVDs so I'll need less of them.
As for "care about the quality" I have had a lucky life.
I listen to music in my car and in a room with a few loud computer fans. I never am anywhere quiet enough to really appreciate quality of sound coming from a lossy compression scheme.
The vast majority of the time I can't even hear the radio over the wind noise in my car because I always have the windows open somewhat.
I used to have a stereo that could play crystal clear over the wind noise it was so loud, but I'm too old and it's too loud and I want to save what hearing I have left.
so crappy quality is fine by me.
And in fact there are plenty of cases where a slowed down song or an oversaturated tape actually made the song more enjoyable to listen to.
Analog media have/had the benefit of more enjoyable errors! A tape slowly degrading is something you only really notice when it is far too late, a CD degrades digitally. Either it sounds good or is annoying as hell.
Same has to be said about CRT vs modern video displays. My old CRT TV which we had to replace because we got some big lcd had a really brilliant display, DVDs looked astonishing, even DVB-S looked really good across all channels. The new TV is a perfect noise amplifier, budget DVDs look butt ugly, even my special edition of Baraka looks crappy. Same with DVB-S, only some TV stations really look proper. Contrast or color hue differences are far more visible :(
Now I need to upgrade DVD to BD and the sat receiver to something with hdmi out, too...
I also had to buy a compenent cable for the Wii because rgb via scart isnt progressive, although it could be, technically. Damn you americans with your crappy YUV stuff!!!!