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  1. I can assure you, as having previously been an admin on the site, that they are most definitely not protecting anyone, and absolutely NOT Larry. If you want to PM me the name of the person who edited your post, I'll ask them about it.
  2. The ringing seen before and after an impulse response are the result of what is an illegal, out-of-band signal being filtered. They do not appear when an in-band signal is put through the filter. Archimago's post, buried in all the MQA threads, of the effects of the digital filters on actual in-band sine waves is more relevant. I'll edit this post if I can find it.
  3. I think that much of the problem with noisy, online "objectivist" talk is that it is based on a lack of genuine knowledge of what measurements show. I've noticed a recent trend for hyped Chinese DACs to show their low SINAD numbers, yet avoid showing the measurements of their leaky filters. The problem with both is that neither have their relation, if any, to what we actually hear explained. For example, how often do you read about the effect of digital filters on our perception of soundstage? The claims regarding the effects of distortion down to -200dB were specifically related to this. While running a file-based blind test to determine blatant audibility is interesting, basing it on comments/claims which are related to specific hardware is not the same thing. What is more, I think the contradiction between "objectivists" seeming to claim distortion differences are inaudible one minute, and the next minute complaining about inaudible side-bands on SINAD tests, comes down to a significant number of them wanting to be part of the bandwagon, and blindly following whatever their at-the-moment chosen leader is saying, without having any actual knowledge themselves, let alone a desire to consider the blatant contradictions in their their beliefs. A major issue, which I have given an example above in my wording in the paragraph above, and I think which Chris' original post is also a good example of, is attachment to the same, repeated, simplistic ideas about both audio science and people, starting with the idea of anything, whether it be a measurement artefact or changing a physical product, being straight-up audible or inaudible, as with the huge variety of electronics and music we have available to us, as well as the complexity of it, these things clearly cannot be declared as absolutes using numbers.
  4. I had the same when a set of rectifiers was burning out in a tube amp. If all gear sounds slow, even a completely different system, that may indicate something is going on in your head.
  5. I imagine it varies to a degree, but I've found that some high-res recordings, such as the 2L ones, are mostly ADC noise above 48 kHz. I.e.: If you buy above a 24/48 kHz file from them, you're paying for a lot of electrical noise. I haven't tested this with other providers of high-res music, though a quick look at a recent Chesky recording shows notes from instruments extending right up to 90 kHz. There seems to be a number of questions about the production of high-res music that need answering. For me, personally, while I used to have a preference for high-res recordings, in more recent times, I've found DAC models that are sufficiently good with CD-quality material that I don't worry about it any longer.
  6. It's rather scary the amount of gear that doesn't get requested to be returned. For the portable electronics, I've had to buy extra chargers to keep everything topped up so I can pull out anything at any time and test and compare. A funny story: I found my wife and daughter one day checking out cheap, portable mp3 players on Amazon, so I asked them what they were doing. My wife said that my daughter wanted something to listen to music with. I replied "Have you seen the top of my desk at all?!?"
  7. There is supposed to be some kind of special update soon, but as I've pointed out on HF, anything other than a "mass manufacture" update, with pictures of the final product, is just more BS. They can't afford more than beta boards it seems, which is odd, considering they would be paying about $70k/year for their office, and between 11 and 50 employees given other listings (though they may be out of date). I have to wonder what name they are trading under, as LH Labs is no longer listed as a company in CA, and Light Harmonic isn't listed anywhere that I can find. Considering nowadays you could basically go to Shenzen, build your own phone (and likely DAP) and get a UI from Hiby, there's no reason at all for it not be possible for Larry to finalise things if he were actually intending to manufacture the Wave.
  8. They seem to be attracting a few Chinese manufacturers now. I've pointed out to at least one how there are no multiple unfolds, and that it is not lossless. I think it is time to find out what they have actually been telling manufacturers that implement it, as if the manufacturers posting false info, I don't see where else they could have gotten it from.
  9. What I'm saying is, a more sensible approach would be to post about new products, but with insightful commentary. If I was to subscribe to a magazine, I'd be paying for that commentary, not to read press releases and marketing material, which are all freely available.
  10. I'd have to script reviews if I did that, which would take me forever. I don't know how audiophiles describe things in Japanese either, so I have no idea if I'd sound like an idiot or not. I also don't understand what people are on about in online conversation if they are using colloquial terms, so responding to comments would be difficult.
  11. I'm a bit wary of asking to borrow more Chord gear. Firstly because it is borrowed from the Japanese distributor, a lovely lady who doesn't gain anything from me reviewing it in English, and second because I'll want to keep them. I borrowed a DAVE once, and that, direct to headphones, was like having music injected into my blood. I need a new car before I need a DAVE, so....
  12. Someone should add mansr's and your work under criticisms.
  13. I didn't say that people don't want to hear about new products, I said that just publishing press releases was lazy.
  14. I didn't rate anything in TIDAL or Qobuz. I took the list of tracks I'd rated 7 or higher on Radio Paradise and re-formatted that into an M2U file I could import into Soundiiz. I made a number of playlists, such as just tracks that are rated 10, or just those rated 9, or 8. This because even though some tracks, such as various Pink Floyd, that are rated 10, are not necessarily ones I want to listen to regularly when listening to a random selection.
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