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Dave Philllips Music & Sound
(610) 820-5600
622 Union Blvd
Allentown, PA
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Barry N Kroninger
(610) 434-5446
38 S Franklin St
Allentown, PA
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Band & Orchestral, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, DJ Equipment

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H.H.Gregg Store 217
740 Lehigh Valley Mall
Whitehall, PA
 
BETS BUY STORE
646 N West End Blvd
Quakertown, PA
 
SAMS CLUB
(610) 923-7350
3796 Easton Nazareth Hwy
Easton, PA
Recycling Services
Recycle Ink - No landfill guarantee

Bob Williams Music
(610) 435-8333
114 N 8Th St
Allentown, PA
Types of Instruments Sold
Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, DJ Equipment

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Best Buy
1504 Macarthur Rd
Whitehall, PA
 
Artistic Video & Sound, Inc.
(610) 282-0632
344 S. 3rd Street
Coopersburg, PA
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Ryan Harrington, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Andrew Polin, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Daniel Welch, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
(610) 250-2689
4413 Birkland Place
Easton, PA
 
Stay Tuned Entertainment DJ Services
(267) 261-6976
32 E Ridge Ave
Sellersville, PA
Services
DJ, Karaoke & Jukebox Party Rental Services
Prices and/or Promotions
Starting at $250.00

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Ten Questions about Computer Audio with Kent Poon of Design w Sound

Ten Questions about Computer Audio with Kent Poon of Design w Sound

 

Computer Audio has become the new rage in audio and for good reason: one has an easy and instant access to all their music as well the ability to search out countless other titles via the internet.  The issue is simply where to start, though the answer is quite obvious: get a computer, rip and store the files, and then play them back to some DAC. Of course being audiophiles …err the nuts we are… the questions start to pile up rather quickly.

Mac or PC, and then once you got that settled, there is all the minutiae related to just setting-up that computer’s OS and configuration. Then comes how best to rip and how best to save the files, and then to where? Okay, so now that I have my files, how best to play them back and how best to get the files out of the computer and to what DAC? Yadda, yadda, yadda… each question leads to further questions to clarify the previous that then lead to other questions that suggests another question and …a downward spiral down into the rabbit hole we go.

So I went to the 2009 CES and found not only a wealth of information, but a wealth of confusion or at the very least, a wealth of disagreement among those that are either in the recording/software side, the hardware-side, and/or the "expert" sides of computer audio. Now CES is not the best place to get all the answers… time is an issue as is finding all the people to ask, so I came up with 10 ‘key" questions (these are my 10, you may have others or perhaps might not find these of any benefit to you, but I chose them because they are of interest to me and besides they reflect the most common or important areas that seem to pop-up whenever one talks about computer-based audio, so go pound silicon if they don’t work for you.) and emailed them to 12 people in the industry to answer. Their responses are here...

1. Let's start with interfaces; the obvious choices are USB, Firewire, Optical, and S/PDIF. What is your opinion on any of these interfaces? What if any, are the advantages or disadvantages of one over the others in terms of resolution, jitter, etc.?

These are all digital interfaces. From a technical perspective, they should perform the same since they carry the exactly same binary digital data. From an audiophile jitter perspective Toslink/Optical is worse than AES/S/PDIF because of the electric to optical conversion. USB and Firewire are mostly computer interfaces. Firewire has been used in professional audio and video industry a very long time for obvious reasons. Although I don't deny USB can also work as good for stereo 24/96 or even 24/192 if you know the technique, since firewire can easily work for 24 channels at 24/192, well that is clearly my choice.

2. With regards to software there are also strong opinions as to some being vastly superior (or for that matter, inferior) to others; people clearly hear differences in...

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