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Sebastian Mares
post Dec 3 2009, 13:47
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This post is to inform you that listening-tests.info will close within the next weeks. The reasons for this decision are various and I don't want to go too deep into detail.

After the last test, a lot of people complained that the page is not very user-friendly which I have to admit is true. However, unfortunately I don't have the time and to be honest also the skills to improve the situation on my own. I asked several times in public if anyone might be willing to give me a helping hand with creating a new layout and how to write better how-tos, but never received any reply.
Also, several people complained that now that I work for Nero, future results might be faked to let Nero appear in better light (of course I would never do something like this).
Beside this, conducting successful tests became rather difficult because only few people are willing to invest time and test the samples - most people only want to see results without putting any effort, which is quite sad.
Broadband Internet and storage space also got cheap in the meanwhile and a lot of people either use lossless codecs to store their music or they encode at bitrates which are transparent for most users. If 128 kbps was such a big challenge, you can imagine that 192 kbps or higher is simply untestable. The demand for 96 or 80 kbps is no longer here.

Anyways, I would appreciate it if somebody from Hydrogenaudio could "port" the existing results to the Wiki so that the results are not lost. In case a HA admin is willing to host the site as-is, I could also provide the whole site as ZIP.

Cheers,
Sebastian Mares

This post has been edited by Sebastian Mares: Dec 3 2009, 13:53


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Alex B
post Feb 22 2010, 22:14
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Sebastian,

In order to keep your valuable test reports online until Garf adds the site as a hosted domain (I hope it'll happen) I reserved a site from a free hosting service. They advertise unlimited bandwidth and the free version can hold up to 60 megabytes of data. Later on, after the site has been added to HA, the address can serve as mirror.

If you agree, the site is already running and just needs the content. (I can fix the broken links if any will show up and you don't have time to do that.)

The address is http://listeningtests.t35.com and a demo page is here: http://listeningtests.t35.com/testpage. I tried to reserve "listening-tests.t35.com", but it did not accept a hyphen in the name.

As you can see it displays only a quite modest amount of advertisements - just a line of links at the end of the page.

PM me for details.


P.S. Naturally Roberto's tests would be welcomed too.


P.S.2 C.R.Helmrich,

If this site works as I expect, you would not need to sacrifice your personal site's bandwidth. Future tests can naturally be added, but I hope they'll be hosted at HA.

EDIT

Maybe they have changed the rules or I just remembered this wrong, but the disc space seems to be now unlimited. Only the size of individual files is limited to 1 MB, so it can hold any usual content, except files like audio samples that would exceed the limit. If there is a need to release audio samples in the future, linking them from other hosts would not be a problem.

This post has been edited by Alex B: Feb 22 2010, 22:50


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- Sebastian Mares   Closing listening-tests.info   Dec 3 2009, 13:47
- - 2Bdecided   I think it would be useful to archive it as-is her...   Dec 3 2009, 14:12
- - Sebastian Mares   I prepared a 7z containing the whole site. If a HA...   Dec 3 2009, 14:44
- - Sebastian Mares   I also got in touch with rjamorim and he is also l...   Dec 3 2009, 14:47
|- - Zarggg   QUOTE (Sebastian Mares @ Dec 3 2009, 08:4...   Dec 3 2009, 16:45
- - Canar   I think this needs to be done. I will talk to the ...   Dec 3 2009, 15:47
- - Garf   Should be no problem to host the sites as is. Are ...   Dec 3 2009, 22:46
|- - Sebastian Mares   QUOTE (Garf @ Dec 3 2009, 22:46) Should b...   Dec 4 2009, 09:44
|- - Garf   QUOTE (Sebastian Mares @ Dec 4 2009, 09:4...   Jan 4 2010, 20:37
- - Axon   I'll host and/or store a backup of the files o...   Dec 3 2009, 23:17
- - MichaelW   Could I thank Sebastian for all the work he has do...   Dec 4 2009, 00:27
- - Sebastian Mares   BTW, another problem is that schnofler apparently ...   Dec 6 2009, 22:53
- - IgorC   QUOTE (Sebastian Mares @ Dec 3 2009, 09:4...   Dec 8 2009, 18:34
- - Sebastian Mares   Cool, thanks for hosting Garf. Anyone intersted ...   Jan 4 2010, 21:21
|- - Soap   QUOTE (Sebastian Mares @ Jan 4 2010, 15:2...   Feb 23 2010, 01:20
- - Sebastian Mares   Could a moderator please split this thread into ...   Jan 5 2010, 21:45
|- - Alex B   QUOTE (Sebastian Mares @ Jan 5 2010, 22:4...   Jan 6 2010, 11:41
- - Sebastian Mares   Domain will be closed on 25. February 2010.   Jan 27 2010, 21:47
- - Sebastian Mares   The site is online for five more days. In case any...   Feb 19 2010, 10:35
|- - C.R.Helmrich   QUOTE (Sebastian Mares @ Feb 19 2010, 11...   Feb 20 2010, 08:10
- - Alex B   Sebastian, In order to keep your valuable test re...   Feb 22 2010, 22:14
- - Sebastian Mares   http://listening-tests.info/4mirrors.7z Links sho...   Feb 22 2010, 22:46
- - Alex B   Thanks, I'll upload it ASAP.   Feb 22 2010, 22:52
- - Alex B   It's done. http://listeningtests.t35.com/ (al...   Feb 22 2010, 23:49
|- - Sebastian Mares   QUOTE (Alex B @ Feb 22 2010, 23:49) Sebas...   Feb 23 2010, 14:58
- - Sebastian Mares   No idea if it's still possible to keep the dom...   Feb 23 2010, 09:55
- - Alex B   I added Roberto's site from the Wayback Machin...   Feb 24 2010, 09:00
- - Alex B   I have now uploaded the 2725 individual result fil...   Feb 24 2010, 17:10
- - Sebastian Mares   Thanks for your work Alex.   Feb 24 2010, 19:14
- - Alex B   t35.com seems to be down at the moment. They ...   Feb 25 2010, 11:29
- - Alex B   Status report: listeningtests.t35.com works again...   Feb 25 2010, 11:46
- - Sebastian Mares   listening-tests.info is down as you can see. Would...   Feb 25 2010, 18:26
- - Alex B   R.I.P. listening-tests.info At least both new ...   Feb 25 2010, 19:40
- - IgorC   Thank you very much for preserving valuable inform...   Mar 3 2010, 03:51
- - Garf   I finally got off my ass, and archived the site he...   Mar 6 2010, 14:28
- - Canar   Hooray! Thanks, Garf.   Mar 6 2010, 17:20
- - Sebastian Mares   Awesome, thanks Garf!   Mar 18 2010, 17:32
- - Alex B   FYI, My mirror site is now available only at http...   Oct 4 2011, 11:20


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