iXBT Labs - Computer Hardware in Detail






Test Equipment


Test Audio Section

Our laboratory is equipped with a rack-mount studio mastering interface Lynx Studio Aurora 8 ($3000) and high-quality active studio monitors ADAM S2.5A ($5000). We also have a consumer section from a DVD-Audio/SACD player Pioneer 757Ai (higher category) and a multi-channel amplifier Pioneer VSX-AX5i, connected via non jitter interface i-Link. Acoustic sets B&W 6xS. The total cost of the consumer section is about $6000.


We use the RightMark™ Audio Analyzer PRO firmware.

All measurements are taken in identical conditions. Anechoic room (floor, ceiling: 15 mm mineral tiles + 50 mm sound-proofing Izover KT 40-50, wooden frame with rubber isolation from wall vibrations). No standing waves in test signals, minimal uniform reverb field.

Earthworks M50 measurement microphone (made in the USA, $2500). Specifications:

  • Serial Number: 9291C
  • Sensitivity at 1 kHz: 26.4 mV/Pa
  • Frequency response 20 Hz to 20 kHz: 0.2 dB
  • Frequency response 3 Hz to 50 kHz: +1/-3 dB (dips from 45 kHz)


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