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The price of the hardware is entirely a matter of economy of scale...
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I'm just saying, your soundcard is the bottleneck by far. You have good headphones (considered legendary in the mid/hi-fi category) and they might not be being used fully because of your DAC. I used to have the first iteration of the STX way back when (which is, measurably, better than the STX II) and I could notice the difference with a pair of HD598's against an external "chi-fi" DAC straight away.

Looking at the external DAC market nowadays, you could probably sell your STX II, buy something much better, and keep the change.

Got any recommendations? Getting an external DAC/AMP has been on the list for a bit.

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It's hard to imagine what you could be trying to accomplish in denying what has been true in practice for the vast majority of electronics devices throughout history.

The premise of this thread is silly in the first place, imagining a new mini cassette that can hold a few Gigs of data is pretty reasonable given the context.
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You should consider buying a different DAC altogether, then, if you're really worried about sound fidelity.

https://www.audiosciencereview.com/f...und-card.4915/
Interesting read. Makes me want to send some of my audio stuff to him to get it tested out.
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Why would you fan read only flash FLAC? Just finally offer FLAC download. Then if you want to you can put it on a flash of your choosing.

For a physical format that can be stored without worrying about it being erased? Some people don't do digital downloads and there aren't many major digital stores that sell FLAC from the Master copy. At least pulling a Nintendo and doing FLAC Flash ROMs would bridge the gap between digital and physical ownership instead of to continue to rely on old CDROMS with limited space.
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Got any recommendations? Getting an external DAC/AMP has been on the list for a bit.
Little Dot make a pretty decent DAC at a good price. If you want something a bit nicer looking or want to buy American, Schiit have a pretty decent range of DACs for pretty decent prices. Something like the Modi or Bifrost would suit your setup well I think.

I've owned a Little Dot DAC III and currently own a Schiit Bifrost, both performed well enough for me.

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The price of the hardware is entirely a matter of economy of scale.

While it's not relevant to music players right now, it's no joke that tape media as a technology is far from obsolete. Even if it's currently obscure there is a lot of potential there.
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It's hard to imagine what you could be trying to accomplish in denying what has been true in practice for the vast majority of electronics devices throughout history...
Economy of scale is not the sole reason for the higher price of hardware for computer data archival hardware. That hardware is far more sophisticated than what is used for playing music cassettes. The same is true to a lesser degree for the data cassettes.

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Got any recommendations? Getting an external DAC/AMP has been on the list for a bit.
Hard to say. There are very good combos at every price bracket. If you're really interested, the site I linked previously has a lot of threads with DAC and DAC+amp reviews by Amir.

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For a physical format that can be stored without worrying about it being erased? Some people don't do digital downloads and there aren't many major digital stores that sell FLAC from the Master copy. At least pulling a Nintendo and doing FLAC Flash ROMs would bridge the gap between digital and physical ownership instead of to continue to rely on old CDROMS with limited space.
Flash, optical, and magnetic storage all have shelf lives. They do not live forever, and will eventually become corrupt. A copy of a FLAC file on your PC can be copied to a new medium long before that happens.

Download your files and put them on SD cards if that is what you want, literally no one can stop you.

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The premise of this thread is silly in the first place, imagining a new mini cassette that can hold a few Gigs of data is pretty reasonable given the context.
So massively out of date as compared to MicroSD and even regular SD by several orders of magnitude on the size vs capacity, while also being slower in every conceivable way and having more points of failure.

Seems legit.

Tape is used for cold backups due to being cheap per GB, being fairly robust in its current iteration, and holding data (when unused) for a significant amount of time. It is not used as any common-use storage medium, which is a good thing.

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Curious. My STX didn't have that noise. It had great sound without any noise right out of the box with no modifications. Other reviews from users or reviewers that actually used or tested it gave it high marks. The guy in your Youtube review either was doing something wrong or he was just unlucky enough to get a bad one.

There's a 28 page thread on Head-Fi about it which is still getting new posts after 8 years. It's not an isolated issue, but it's unpredictable and has no confirmed cause. I have had it happen to me twice, though fortunately only once with headphones on my head. All of a sudden any sound that was playing stops and is replaced by a high pitched tone, followed a second or two later by a loud blast of white noise that is not affected by any volume controls and doesn't stop until you reboot.

Your ears are fortunate to have never experienced the full power of the STX.

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