JDS Labs Objective2+ODAC COMBO Review

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First of, what the heck is the Objective2 amplifier?

Well it has a nice story to it, so complex and large I really have no idea what happened. But I think there were some trolling and flame wars on some audiophile forums, shouting about expensive coloring tube amps and about their design flaws and generally that most expensive headphone amps sucks. Then that guy got banned or something. (Could be totally wrong). Armed with only brains, a blog and hefty measurement equipment he went on a quest to create an open designed affordable headphone amplifier to prove the cocky audiophiles wrong.

You can read more on nwavguy’s blog here: http://nwavguy.blogspot.no/2011/07/o2-headphone-amp.html

He also created an USB DAC with go with it, so I purchased the O2+DAC combo, same stuff but with the DAC inside the chassie.

General Use

It feels quite sturdy with its aluminum chassis. Everything is on the front except the USB which is in the back. You can also plug in analog source in the front, that will disable the DAC.  It works without drivers on any OS that supports USB sound. I don’t really like that the power plug is on the front and the gain button is physically strange. It is very small and I really really like that.

Sound Quality

I only have the AKG K450′s to test with right now, won’t get the new headphones until next week.
The sound has control and you start noticing things you haven’t heard before.
It feels very neutral compared to the abominations I have connected my K450′s to.
Also it has a very black background, there is absolutely no background noise.
Overall I really like the sound.

I can’t really say much more, I like it. If the power adapter gets ruined I can purchase a new one off-the-shelf. If some parts gets loose I can purchase those also, open designs has some perks.

Is this the best headphone amp under 1000$?
I have no idea, but everyone else says so.

Should you get it?
If you are going to purchase an expensive headphone for the first time, this is the amp I think you should buy.

KDE 4.11 Vsync Testing

Kudos

Kwin is butter smooth, much better than Unity and Gnome. Watching movies fullscreen on the secondary monitor on VLC does not give you strange overlay bugs or tearing. Able to maintain vsync over triple head setup. It also opens the game on the main monitor, where Compiz decided to open randomly on left and center display.

Bug

To maintain Vsync after login I have to change between opengl 2.0 and 3.1 to get it working again (On Nvidia 3.19). 3.1 seems to have the best performance on the Nvidia driver.

Missing

Online account integration with different services.

KDE 4.11 Tearing tests

Minecraft None
Portal None
Dota 2 None
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs None
VLC None
Triple Monitor Setup None

Movie Review – Riddick

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A sequel to The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) which came out 9 years ago?.. I’m starting to get too old for this.

This movie takes a lot from the first one Pitch Black (2000) including the music, and only have a hint of the story from The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) that is just there for info to show it’s a sequel.

The beginning is quite nice, it’s not quite Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964) but I found myself enjoying the popcorn while I waited to see what he did next.

The setting is too much like the first movie, so if you take a Riddick-evening with a lot of beer and watch everything, you will get kinda disappointed when you start watching this one. But after you see Katee Sackhoff’s boobs everything is okay.

It has shooting, dark voices, mercenaries, blood and killing. It’s not “Hey  Riddick movie!”. It’s more like “Hey I haven’t seen a Riddick movie for 9 years wonder what this one is about!”

Overall 6/10, yeah I know I’m harsh on scores, but it’s a good movie.

Blu-Ray
Release Date: January 14, 2014
Scene Date: No Blu-Ray sources as of this writing.

Movie Review – Insidious: Chapter 2

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‘The first movie was a 7/10, and that was just because it took too long for Hollywood to create decent horror flicks again.

As always they have finally figured out a good audio track, massive dynamic range. The moment you turn on the movie you have to adjust the speakers because the voices are so damn low, when you do that you know the sound engineers really want to frighten you. It just pops at your face with loud turmoil strings making you shout while some nasty thing is attacking you at the screen.

It looks like they are also continuing using hand operated cameras that make the scenes look more alive and I like that, sometimes you get tired of the solid brick steady shots where the cinematographers are arguing for 2 hours on which type of lens they are going to use for the 10 second scene.

The story starts getting strange where they are trying to explain even more and for some reason I don’t find that scary, I want the uncertainty, I want the unknown. I want to sit there in utter shock and have just a faint idea what happened, not an unreasonable reasonable explanation .

The scares are there and most are good, but not as many as the first one, and the atmosphere feels lighter.

Overall 6/10, which means it’s still a good movie.

Fun facts :

Release Date: December 24, 2013
Scene Date: December 6, 2013
IMDB rating went up after scene release.

Why can’t they just pump it out on iTunes / Amazon / Everything else after it’s been scene released?
I get that it’s harder to push hard media releases, but on the internet its just a button to press.