LISTEN UP! THE DP-1 IS A DIGITAL-TO-ANALOG CONVERTER (DAC) HEADPHONE PREAMP THAT PLAYS DIGITAL MUSIC FILES CLEANLY ON 2-CHANNEL AMPLIFIERS OR BY ITSELF

Here’s a link to it:

https://www.shenzhenaudio.com/smsl-dp1-hifi-dsd-player-digital-dial-dac-headphone-amplifier.html

WE SWITCH AROUND BETWEEN DIGITAL AND ANALOG LISTENING HERE.

WE STREAM MUSIC FROM OUR PODS AND TABLETS TO THE MULTICHANNEL SURROUND SOUNDBARS ON THE TVS OR TO BOSE BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES FROM 2015 https://www.bose.com/en_us/support/products/headphones_support/over_ear_headphones_support/black-friday-soundlink-around-ear-bluetooth-headphones.html

and yes, we sometimes line out from the earbud jack to whatever

WE ALSO ENJOY OLD 2 CHANNEL ANALOG – USUALLY USING A VINTAGE SOLID STATE “Hi-Fi” TERRESTRIAL FM RECEIVER AS AN AMP AND AKG K240 STUDIO HEADPHONES (NO EARBUDS) http://www.guitarcenter.com/AKG/K240-Studio-Headphones-1273887983649.gc

THE SMSL DP-1 ‘HIGH RESOLUTION AUDIO PLAYER’ FITS A ROLE: IT PLAYS AUDIO FILES DIRECTLY FROM USB THUMBDRIVES AND SD CARDS.

FOR YEARS I WAS AN AUDIO CASSETTE MIXTAPER OF RADIO, RECORDS, CD’S AND EVEN LIVE MUSIC. ALTHOUGH I BRIEFLY STRUGGLED WITH BURNING TO CD-Rs, I EVENTUALLY TRANSITIONED TO THE ZOOM R8 DIGITAL RECORDER, WHICH STORES AUDACITY-FRIENDLY WAV FILES TO A CAMERA-STYLE SD CARD. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/R8zoom

EVENTUALLY I WANTED SOMETHING MORE CONVENIENT THAN THE COMPUTER FOR PLAYING BACK A WAV FILE FROM SD CARDS AND USB STICKS.

I PUT THE DP-1 THROUGH ITS PACES AND FOUND IT TO MY LIKING.

PROS

* IT PLAYS WAV FILES (AND ALL OTHER MANNER OF COMPRESSED AUDIO FILE EXTENSIONS DOWN TO MP3S) DIRECTLY – FROM EITHER USB STICKS OR SD CARDS – AND THE INPUT SLOTS ON THE BACK ARE GRADE A+!)

* EASILY PLAYS LOUDER THAN YOUR STOCK IPOD/MP3 PLAYER  (ON THE FRONT DISPLAY WINDOW, THE VOLUME READOUT GOES FROM “0” TO “40” AND SOUNDS GREAT UP THROUGH “29”)

* TRADITIONAL 2-CHANNEL LEFT/RIGHT ANALOG “RCA” OUTPUT JACKS ON THE BACK ARE GRADE A+ AND THE PLAYER SOUNDS REASONABLY “Hi-Fi” WHEN CONNECTED TO AN AMPLIFIER

* TOSLINK OPTICAL CABLE INPUT AND OUTPUT ON THE BACK FOR DIGITAL CONNECTIVITY

* NO ANNOYING BATTERIES ~ IT PLUGS IN THE WALL (WITH A NICE INLINE TRANSFORMER ON THE CORD INSTEAD OF A WALLWART!)

* SMALL ENOUGH TO PACK WHEN YOU TRAVEL

* NO SOFTWARE NEEDED — MINIMAL MENU HASSLES

CONS

* NO FORWARD/REVERSE WITHIN A RECORDING- JUST NEXT SONG/LAST SONG SHUTTLE

* FRONT KNOB CONTROLS ARE A LITTLE FRAGILE AND WOBBLY. RIGHT KNOB IS ON/OFF AND VOLUME; LEFT KNOB IS EVERYTHING ELSE

* UNINSPIRING CAR-STEREO STYLE EQ PRESETS

* HAS AN ITTY-BITTY MINIATURE REMOTE THAT TAKES A CR2032 BUTTON BATTERY THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO USE RATHER THAN STRESS THE AFOREMENTIONED WOBBLY KNOBS ON THE FRONT

I paid with PayPal and ordered it directly from Shenzhen Audio in China by signing onto their website and emailing with Kerwin at the Help Desk during weekdays. (They’re not in the office on the weekend.) It arrived fast. Thanks Kerwin!

They also sell tons of other cool audio stuff worldwide – some from recognized big names – and it’s all right herehttps://www.shenzhenaudio.com

At $76 instead of $115/$120USD retail they might get more of those FiiO customers –  but then again maybe this compares with DAC headphone amps that cost 10 times as much, how would I know? Somebody send me one😂

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 10, 2016

 

Contact: @zorbitor

 

 

6th Annual Wave at Surveillance Day

“To Be Observed”

 

 

It’s no secret that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg covers his laptop camera and microphone jack, as reported by The New York Times on June 22nd. The paper also notes documents unveiled by Edward Snowden reveal that at least two National Security Agency programs are designed to ‘take over’ home computers.

 

Even more alarming, sousveillance has brought to light the often deadly acts of those officially tasked with watching over us. Security cameras. Bodycams. Dashcams. The tide of the watchman shows no sign of receding. For good or for evil? One is led to wonder: Surveillance. Is it our new moral compass?

 

August 16th will mark the world’s 6th annual Wave at Surveillance Day, a chance for the watched to reach out to the watchers both at home and in public venues.

 

When discussing last year’s event, futurist David Brin stated, ” . . . ‘waving’ is just the beginning of our determination to look back via ‘sousveillance.’”

 

Indeed, saluting your own laptop or phone on August 16th is just the beginning. Like Pokemon Go, observing Wave at Surveillance Day is more satisfying in an outdoor, communal setting. “It’s a teachable moment,” says Zorbitor, promoter and pseudonymous privacy activist. “Kids should be aware of surveillance and realize that only a few decades ago this kind of oversight existed only in science fiction. People were freer in a sense, but was that a positive thing? This is a good thing to talk about—a good question to ask. By contrast, today, our civilizations’ moral choices are being made in front of what might be termed the ‘all-seeing eye’. What does it mean for humanity to be recording its every moment? It’s worth slowing down, at least for one day, and considering it.”

 

The roots of Wave at Surveillance Day are murky but awareness and recognition are at its core. As The Daily Dot’s Aaron Sankin concluded about the event last year, “ . . . anything that gives everyday Internet users cause to think critically about their online footprint and how its security can be breached, is likely a positive for the overall health of the Web.”

 

For more information on Wave at Surveillance Day and the history of video surveillance itself, see the event’s feature page ‘Days of the Year’ at

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/wave-at-the-surveillance-cameras-day/

As the entry says, “Wave! The more people doing it, the cheerier the world will be, if just for a moment!” (And look for Wave at Surveillance Day next year in Chase’s Calendar of Events 2017.)

 

“It’s really the act that counts,” stressed Motherboard columnist DJ Pangburn.

 

For further contemplation and inspiration, ‘wavists’ are invited to view this year’s Lulz Boat-themed video at https://youtu.be/WeaQbJXtn4Q. Watch for guest cameos of Julian Assange, Barrett Brown, Chelsea Manning, Lauri Love and Edward Snowden!

 

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Press Release –  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: @zorbitor 

August 10, 2015 


“World’s Laziest Demonstration” Slated for August 16th

 

What Vice’s Motherboard heralded last year as, “The World’s Laziest Protest” will mark its 5th anniversary on August 16th this Sunday.  Last year a record number of demonstrators worldwide waved at security cameras and other surveillance equipment, many submitting photos and videos of themselves with supporting signage and clothing to pledge solidarity with the event.  Zorbitor urges Worldwide Waveday participants to wave at security devices when they’re ‘at home’ on August 16th, or as the highly referential video states, ‘at work and in between.’

Last year’s most notable Wave Day awareness participant was cultural anthropologist and visual artist Franziska Jentsch of franziskajentsch.net from Berlin, Germany – the country where more security devices per capita have been installed and are reportedly active 24/7. Britain’s economy has constrained its surveillance despite outnumbering Germany’s per capita installations. This may change markedly in the future however. Cycles of surveillance, in Zorbitor’s view, are in flux. Citing  ‘rhythms of increase and decrease’, Zorbitor sees ‘dynamic symmetry’, or ‘self-similar growth patterns’ in surveillance which suggest that, with the insurgence of drone activity, Plato’s observation that, “The way down and the way up are one and the same” rings especially relevant under the knowing gaze of today’s world eyeball.


But just what is International Wave at Surveillance Day? Is each wave on August 16th a way of alerting ‘watchers’ that ‘we’ are watching back? Is it a borderless, nonviolent statement of mutual awareness and solidarity under our burgeoning ‘Big Bother’ social reality? Or is it simply all things to all people? Whatever it is, a record number of viewers of this year’s YouTube video on Zorbitor’s channel are sharing and discussing including noted scientist, futurist and author David Brin (The Postman, Existence, The Transparent Society).



Zorbitor has seen a rise in video viewers from the USA and the Phillippines this year while in years past support has been especially strong from both Germany, where Zorbitor’s video was banned in 2011, and from Orwell’s heavily surveilled Britain. Whatever is in store for this year’s demonstration, those gesturing at the ‘watchers’ on August 16th are sure to be catching a lazy wave.