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Old 09-08-2018, 11:28 AM   #15
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Great headphones / AS studio

This topic really hits home for me. Just bought a 25’ AS and will retire to full-timing soon. I will have to sell my barely used Harbeth speakers/LFD amp, which really hurts, but I will be taking a small recording setup (laptop, some racked gear) and have decided upon Audeze headphones for listening. I’ve listened to headphones up to $5k, and these are just remarkable. Audeze also makes a headphone amp that is optimized for their ‘phones. Pricey, yes, but this thread is for audiophiles.
Anyone else recording in an AS? My initial test of playing acoustic guitar inside mine was much better than expected (using my ears...microphone will be next).

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Old 09-09-2018, 10:41 AM   #16
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The potential damage to your audio rig (from trailer motion) is a FAR greater sacrifice than any improvement in sound you'll receive.

The trailer is as bad a listening room as you can get.

My advice would be to buy a very high end bluetooth speaker. You'll get better sound, increased utility (portable!) and your good stuff will still be safe on the rack at home.

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Old 09-11-2018, 01:46 PM   #17
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While my music collection is composed of high-quality MP3s, I know that FiiO portable music players can handle FLACs. I've been using an X1 Gen 2, and generally like it. When you see the cheap price, remember to factor in having to buy memory for it. The interface is a bit weird, as it's obviously designed offshore ("Born for Music and Happy"), but do-able. I use MediaMonkey on a laptop as my master music library, and sync to the X1 fairly painlessly.

I went to the dubious effort of installing an external plug to the stereo, so that I could listen to the same music inside and outside. I guess that I'd use it more if I ever opened the kitchen window.

I think that a good boombox is a worthy investment. I've never seen the allure of bluetooth (or those tiny mono speakers), as it always seems to be more of a pain to use than just plugging something in. My X1 can hook up to my home stereo, the Airstream stereo or the boombox, and has chargers in all locations. I ziptied a power strip to the boombox with the USB wall wart ziptied to that.
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Old 09-11-2018, 02:13 PM   #18
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One of the best things we did was install a soundbar under the TV in the main living area. That makes a world of difference for home theater, probably also an improvement for music over the downward firing speakers. Sound bars come in all price ranges and abilities but the Bose or Yamaha lines are a good place to start.
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Old 09-11-2018, 03:55 PM   #19
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If anyone wants to give tubes ago I have a nice compact Shindo integrated amp for sale.
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Old 09-11-2018, 11:47 PM   #20
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I had a Sonos 5 for a little while! It was pretty cool for what it was BUT it connects via wifi which is better than bluetooth but network. I'm on Cox and it's router so bad it would drop signal all day long!

I think you can plug directly but then you're paying for more than you use...
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:14 AM   #21
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Just a shout out for high end, self powered, bluetooth computer/bookshelf speakers. Gives you some stereo separation, but still relatively portable.

The stuff that Polk and Edifier are putting out does a pretty great job at a nice price point.
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Old 09-16-2018, 11:00 AM   #22
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iPhones play FLAC and many other formats. You just need an appropriate player app. eg Onkyo as an example. Many offer HiFi streaming for $$.
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Old 09-16-2018, 12:01 PM   #23
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iPhones play FLAC and many other formats. You just need an appropriate player app. eg Onkyo as an example. Many offer HiFi streaming for $$.
I understand the newest or yet to be released iOS will allow this much easier. So far there is a work around to use Quicktime on the iPhone but the problem was getting the files on.

Even with the update it's not an iTunes native procedure as I understand.


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Old 09-16-2018, 12:37 PM   #24
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My '99 came with the factory, crappy Audiovox system with downward facing speakers over the sofa. It stunk. I ripped it out, put in an Alpine head and amp along with a Bazooka sub that fit right under the sofa. I then installed JL Audio speakers in both the downward position over the sofa and the outward facing position in the ends of the cabinet over the sofa (of course I had to cut holes for that. Of course, this is all "highway rated" mobile equipment. Fortunately, the wires running from the head unit to the sub are hidden by the pleated curtains (along with wires for my solar controller). It's not super high end but it sounds many, many times nicer than what was in it before. I am very pleased with it. I also have the TV sound running through it (another wire running up the wall behind the curtains BTW). That makes movie watching much more enjoyable and with the downward facing speakers it sounds great, your mind makes up for the soundstage being presented from over your head and you never notice it. As is likely with others, being of a certain age my hearing in the higher frequencies is not what it used to be, plus I have tinnitus (thank you power tools, Jimi Hendrix et al LOL). So high-end audiophile speakers would be a bit lost on me at this point anyway. For headphone listening, I keep a pair of Grado SR 80's in the trailer. They sound great and have an excellent dollars spent to performance ration. But that is very subjective too (as are any speaker/audio set-up).
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Unless you're boondocking out in the... uh, boonies, remember no matter how good the sound is inside the trailer, it ain't near that good outside and around it.

Besides, your neighbors may have different tastes in music (might end up in a situation with their music loud enough to make Dueling Banjos sound like an opera!)...
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Old 09-17-2018, 08:46 AM   #27
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Not exactly an audiophile but as a constant podcast/music-listener, surprised someone didn’t mention this. To me the biggest barrier to sound quality wouldn’t be the environment, which at least you can maximize, but that the AC is really loud. Not in pure volume, but (at least in our 22’ Sport) it creates like a noise cancellation barrier in the center of the space that hides any sound on either side of it. Also, differences in needed volume from when the AC is on cycle vs. off have led me to relying on headphones most of the time.
Now, in bigger models this is probably way less of an issue- my brother’s 30’ Safari being the other extreme, it doesn’t intrude nearly as noticably.
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Old 09-17-2018, 11:58 PM   #28
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Sorry to ruin your circus, but ALL of you are the last people I want to be next to, in any campsite. Audio is fine if the rig is parked on your private property, but those of us who go outdoors to enjoy it unencumbered by
noise aren't gonna like audiophiles no matter how much it costs!
The new trend I see in "outdoor entertainment centers" on RVs is pretty much backward of the idea of camping, isn't it? I mean if you want to crank up volume, best place to do it is inside some nice headphones.
Smartphones everyplace are bad enough.

Just my opinion, from an old Luddite.

WTH are people going camping for, anyway?

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