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  1. More the latter. After all, every room needs bass trapping, first-reflection control, and reduction of slap echo. The measurement came in when trying to minimize SBIR. Also, I had panels and traps left over from a previous room and used them as part of this setup. There has been ongoing experimentation of what sounds best where.
  2. Yes, here are two. There have been slight changes, but this shows the basics.
  3. Thanks for this. I really like the sound of instruments, and I want my system to clearly present the difference between a viola and a violin, for example. On any given recording, that difference will not be the same as another (different instruments, mics, playing and recording techniques), but one hopes to hear the more reticent sound of the viola distinctly. I want to know if it's an oboe or English horn, and to hear sonic differences among harpsichords or fortepianos. To me, this clarity of timbre (which I hope is accuracy) is a vital component of my sound system. BTW, in the 19
  4. I'd agree with @opus101that it's implementation quality -- engineering quality in a broad sense -- that makes a DAC superior. It is not a particular chip or technology that is the key, though manufacturers like to advertise those. In my book, great objective performance is a must, but also a manufacturer who listens and makes sure the product sounds great, too. Finally, each the user's taste in sound will shape what they think is the "best." So if possible, listen before buying.
  5. In my experience, treating the room (acoustic treatment) has made the biggest positive difference. It evened the bass, reduced irritation, and improved imaging and clarity remarkably. In my current room, it's improved a basement room from an acoustic disaster to a very good sounding audio space. Of course, the room itself is fundamentally important, but how many can choose our rooms? We city dwellers, especially, often have to compromise. Fortunately, proper treatment allows any speaker to perform far better in any room -- quite remarkable. Next in importance, I'd say,
  6. To me, it means that there's some emphasis in the 1 kHz to 3 kHz range. This will make vocals and high-pitched instruments sound more prominent. When you listen with speakers, emphasis in that range tends to make sounds seem more "forward", i.e., closer to the listener.
  7. Having set up a home-network streaming system close to 10 years ago, I've tried out a lot of software. IMO, there's no one "best", though some programs are best at certain things. Everyone's criteria are different; even mine are different on different nights. Roon adds a lot of fun to my music listening, which is why I keep paying for it. When I'm searching for a specific sort of work and want to know what's in my library, I get the most precise results with my OpenHome setup (MinimServer and BubbleUPnP), not Roon. But if I want to wander through music for an evening, learning more
  8. I'm another fan of Mogami 2549 and Neutrik XLRs. I have mine made up by ProAudioLA, whose service and pricing have always been great. Right now, I use 25 ft runs from my Anthem preamp to a pair of monoblocks with PuriFi modules, driving Janszen Valentina P8s. (Also have shorter runs to subs.) At that length, very few cable mfgrs or dealers will let you try at home before buying. A dealer with whom I've done business did get me a pair of audiophile ICs to try, made by a vendor who takes full-page ads in the magazines and gets great reviews. The cables were $2200 MSRP. (My Mogamis we
  9. Yes, I've tried them, and they don't help much with the sort of thing I asked about. Focus has some good and some odd criteria, but neither the featured instrument nor the musical form (symphony, string quartet, cantata, ...). My own files are indeed well tagged.
  10. I'm trying Roon again after rejecting it five years ago. It sure has improved since and I can see many merits. BUT still it's not terribly good for classical music. The main issue is that one can't select from one's library in meaningful ways, according to featured instrument(s) and/or type of classical music. For example: One can't easily find all choral music in the library, or masses, or operas. One can't find all lieder in the library. One can't find all string quartets, or oboe concertos, or classical guitar discs, in the library. One can't find all m
  11. I've been listening to a pair of Apollon monoblocks made with the 1ET400A modules for a month now. To my ears, they are the most transparent and neutral amps I've heard, with the smoothest and flattest treble. Their output is load invariant, which works exceptionally well driving my electrostatic speakers. Oh, and the bass is remarkably strong and detailed, also. I can see that those who have been listening to something less neutral might miss the colorations. It's the same way that one can get accustomed to the sweetening of MQA, the crosstalk in LPs, or the rising high treble of
  12. I agree with that perspective (i.e., preference on all material). Was trying to paraphrase the reviewer's conclusions, not express my own. Seems I botched it up.
  13. It seems to me that the reviewer liked the PuriFi amp but thought it was bettered on some material by far more costly (4x) electronics. But on most material, the difference could be considered a matter of preference.
  14. Yes. It says nothing about the frequency response issue found here. How could it? No measurement were made, and the reviewer apparently listened to only a few pop tracks. It's a poor excuse for a review, a heap of regurgitated manufacturer's claims and entirely subjective audiophile assertions, some of which say even less than they appear to. Even worse than an entirely subjective review, it's an unsigned entirely subjective review.
  15. Tom, Thanks!! --Both for reviewing all that and for doing the review in the first place. It is quite shocking just how bad the FR of these speakers is. In audio, one cannot depend entirely on measurements, but they are useful to know whether competent engineering underlies a product one might buy. With speakers as with people, "little quirks" can become unbearable over time. Perhaps even more shocking are the favorable reviews by subjective reviewers, even while noting the need to turn down the treble. I would imagine that getting 4 kHz down enough with the treble control would bri
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