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Kevin M.

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  1. How would that work? My dac does not have Dirac Live capability inside of it. I use my HTPC to do Dirac and then output to the dac. That doesn't seem possible with MQA? Would Dirac have to decode the MQA and then re-encode it, corrected and then my dac with MQA decodes the corrected signal?
  2. Doesn't it bother anyone that Dirac Live and other room corrections are not possible with MQA? I am assuming that all demos were without room correction? Seems like MQA is pushing room correction back into the "dark ages."
  3. It's the sole reason why I ditched my speakers. I don't regret it. There was no other way. I just couldn't live with the outdated sound after hearing the newer tweeters. I don't think it's just time alignment. I think Aerial may be working on a new version of the 10? The Aerial 7t has a newer tweeter and is a great speaker. Finding out whether it's time aligned would answer this question. Highs are a big improvement over the 10.
  4. You will be very happy if you move to a speaker with a more modern tweeter. While changes to other components may improve the sound, nothing will give you true refinement which is why Aerial moved to different tweeters. It's a great speaker the 10t but the sound of the tweeter is dated.Not sure what I would recommend but most of the more current designs will offer considerable improvement in mostly that one area. That's the only real flaw of the speaker.
  5. Dirac recommends room treatments first. They are very pro room treatments.
  6. I see that happening. MQA seems to be blocking a decoded MQA stream from being output digitally. It seems like HDMI in that it will allow a lower quality sound out via digital but the highest quality is only allowed via an analog out,through whatever onboard dacs. That's why I don't think the studios will ever allow a software decoder to put out the best quality via a digital out.
  7. Another USB cable I purchased to try. As per the Whathifi, review I concur that the sound is very mellow and relaxed. This is an excellent cable that I loved right out of the box. I'd say if this were an amplifier it would be tubes whereas the Straightwire would be solid state. This cable is 2 meters. Price is $50.00 plus $5 shipping.
  8. Cable is in mint condition. Purchased it to try. Excellent cable at the price. Decided to keep Wireworld Platinum USB which is 20 times more expensive than this cable. I believe this cable offers much of the performance of the Wireworld cable. Still have box. I've owned the cable a few weeks and only used it for a few hours. It's like new. Price is $35.00 plus $5 shipping.
  9. I purchased a Wireworld Platinum 7 Starlight only because I saw a great deal on one in another country. With the exchanged rate, I knew I could sell it if I didn't like it or heard no improvement. I've tried but moved away from high-end interconnect and speaker cables, preferring to make my own. However, the Wireworld cable really surprised me. It added a clear level of increased space around instruments and really to the entire presentation. The sound has just a much more relaxed and natural sound with the cable in. I have it going from my server to a Berkeley Alpha USB. As much as I hate it,
  10. All music is stored on external drives. Perhaps a laptop might be the best comparison as they use the NGFF SSD the most? Your assumptions are logical however.
  11. I know with traditional SSD, you can use the SOTM filter. With the M.2 SSD pcie, it fits right on a slot on the motherboard so it's not possible to add a noise filter. Does it matter? Has anyone compared the two?
  12. Here is a comparison of a usb to spdif convertor vs the Lynx AES16e with external clock. http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f6-dac-digital-analog-conversion/legato-vs-lynx-aes16-3852/
  13. So I take it the Mutec is making a favorable contribution to your sound quality?
  14. Why? The approach of a USB to SPDIF convertor would seem to have the advantage. A special card like the SOTM can connect to external power. Even with a server with on board linear power, the power is still contaminated by the noise of the PC. Also Berkeley Alpha test parts much more thoroughly than mass produced gear and has excellent clocks likely as good or better than this product. One review I read concluded that the product worked but the effect was subtle. Of course that's just one review. [Review] Mutec MC3+ Studio Clock, listening test
  15. Berkeley Audio Design Alpha USB Interface | The Absolute Sound In the review, the Berkeley beat the Lynx AES16
  16. The consensus of owners of the Lynx AES16 was that switching to the method you are currently using is superior. Many of the companies that were using AES cards directly to the dacs switched how they built servers.
  17. Here is a youtube video. It's in Catonese but does show great video of the internals .
  18. No. They include whatever is on the disc.
  19. Ted I believe it's at 64/352 and then downconverts to 24/176 or whatever format you chose. From the Wiki," By default, DSD will be converted to PCM for playback. The DSD to PCM conversion process converts from 1-bit DSD to 64-bit PCM at 1/8th of the sample rate. The total amount of data from this conversion grows by 8x, so the process is effectively lossless / perfect. Once you have PCM, it will be 64bit @ 352.8 kHz for DSD, and 64bit @ 705.6 kHz for DSD 2x. It is rare for hardware to support these high sample rates, so downsampling is required. The option 'Greater than 192kHz' in
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