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  1. Moreover, when someone demonstrates they can hear differences under those stringent conditions, it’s offhandedly dismissed as flawed or otherwise impossible. It’s circular reasoning.
  2. To be honest, I think that’s a paradox of the forum in question. The mantra there is that all “properly engineered” DACs sound alike, and the common refrain in threads is not to bother spending more than whatever the latest budget Topping DAC costs unless you want other features, etc., because the difference won’t be audible. Given that, it’s not clear why they keep measuring DACs. (Going back to my previous post, it’s stuff like this that gives me...pause.)
  3. Cool. Thank you for sharing. Here’s Bob’s post: https://www.superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?threads/usb-cable-shield-resistance-technical-measurements.5662/
  4. Do you have a link to your measurements? Very interested to see. I was fascinated by some of Atomic Bob's USB cable measurements.
  5. I’d love to hear the Matrix. By all accounts, it’s a great sounding (and measuring) DAC. Personally, though, I’d take ASR with a big grain of salt. The proprietor clearly has certain favorites (Topping) and axes to grind (Schiit), and on several occasions his measurements have been the outlier among multiple independent measurements (Yggdrasil). He also seems to have a large ego (saying he could “pull rank” on the AP folks when they helped Jude at HF conduct a measurement that contradicted his). Ultimately, however, the idea that you can spend <$200 and get a DAC or amp that is “scientifically” better than (or at least equal to) the best gear in the world is a compelling argument that has gained many followers. Given that, as @Miska suggested, I don’t know what the point of ASR’s continued DAC measurements are if, by ASR’s own logic, a bunch of $100-ish DACs are perfect beyond the limits of human hearing. As far as the Sabaj, I’d suggest looking at the threads on ASR, HF, Drop, etc. about the quality issues with Topping, SMSL, etc. before spending hundreds of dollars or more on such products. (Matrix, though, seems to have great customer support so far.)
  6. I take my Red with me when I travel, too. I really wish they’d allow for switching to a linear phase filter, though.
  7. While I don’t think the download is the best version, its overall sound signature is pretty good. It’s just more compressed than the Gastwirt, and I think the transfer isn’t as good as Gastwirt’s, despite the improvement in ADC tech. That said, any increased compression can create the impression of fullness and more detail, since otherwise quiet sounds are raised in volume relative to the loud sounds.
  8. I'm not a big rock/pop fan, so I never heard CS&N when it first came out - I think Marrakesh Express was on the radio in those days.   Later I got the Crosby album "If I Could Only Remember my Name" when it made the TAS Super Disc List (HP's list of top vinyl recordings).   However, when I started trading tapes a couple of years ago, I acquired a copy of "Crosby, Stills and Nash" on a 15ips 2 track tape on 1/4".  Not sure of the provenance, but typically the people I trade with (no money changes hands and all involved have pro level machines for dubbing), have safety masters or maybe one generation down from that.  Sounds quite good.   



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      Very cool. Thank you for the post!

  9. I finally received the 1987 Japan CD, and it is the Diament mastering.
  10. Layla is on my list, as are albums from Yes, Hendrix, and The Who. Close to the Edge is in the lead for Yes, and I’ve already done some preliminary stuff (ordering books and CDs) moving in that direction. For The Who, I’m torn between Who’s Next, which is more iconic, and Quadrophenia, which is my personal favorite. The Hendrix decision will be hard, too.
  11. Thank you! I’m always looking for suggestions, too, if you have ideas. I have a very long master list that I work from, and I’m happy to add albums to it if they’re not already on there. I usually start research two or so columns ahead of time. Right now, I think Electric Warrior is next. Innervisions likely will follow that. But Wish You Were Here and Blue are also in various stages of research. I try to aim for albums that are classic, have interesting production stories, and have enough digital masterings to keep things interesting on the analysis front. (Unfortunately a lot of albums I’d love to write about fail the last category.)
  12. Neil is one of my favorite artists of all time, way above CSN. (It’s pointless to do a TBVO on any of his classic albums, though, since his own hi-res remasters are all so good.) But I don’t know that I like CSN as a band better with him. Deja Vu isn’t as good overall as the debut, IMO. That said, I don’t think it’s Neil’s fault that the band fell apart. While I think Neil did throw off the chemistry, I think Stills’s cocaine use was the primary cause of CSN(Y)’s failure to live up to its promise. Even with Crosby’s own substance issues, I think the best post-debut CSN-related stuff (aside from Deja Vu and Neil’s solo work) is the first Nash-Crosby album, Crosby’s first solo album, and Nash’s first solo album.
  13. Thanks so much! It’s so nice to know the TBVOs are appreciated.
  14. By the way, I just updated the article to fix the footnotes and change the location of the tape box photo. (I sent Chris the wrong edit!) The new footnote I added mentions that there's also a digital (in my belief) glitch on the Hoffman CD, which is another mark against it in my book, even if it's far from the deciding factor. (The Gastwirt is better on many more fronts, as I hope the article makes clear.) One other thing I didn't mention is that the Grundman CD cuts out Crosby's ad-lib from "Come On in My Kitchen" before "49 Bye-Byes" for some odd reason. The Grundman CD was down far enough in my rankings that it didn't seem worth mentioning as another negative, though.
  15. Bob, Wow! Thank you for the wonderful, heartfelt reflection. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. I'm very glad you're here on the cusp on 70, too!
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