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  1. Then, I think you would be mistaken. The Black is significantly better than my PC sound-card; indeed to describe the difference as 'night and day' would be understatement. Further, placing a Red between my iPhone and my desktop headphone amp produces a considerable increase in resolution, transparency, soundstage and PRAT. These inexpensive products render exponential improvements to SQ.
  2. Indeed. I'm more than happy with Apple's player and store.
  3. ....or you could ignore all these graphs and learned pronouncements and try one for yourself. Loads of people have and they love them.
  4. It's interesting to find that many reviewers who are not so hung up on the objective side of testing are thoroughly recommending the Cobalt. And they're not all Audioquest 'shills' either.... Having said that, I've little desire to 'upgrade' from my Black and Red. The Black does service round the back of the PC whilst the Red feeds a Gilmore Lite or various IEM's. I love 'em!
  5. This is extraordinary given the history of this well-respected manufacturer. But then look at the HD 800; it took the 800s to correct the bizarre oversight in the original.
  6. It's interesting to find that many reviewers who are not so hung up on the objective side of testing are thoroughly recommending the Cobalt. And they're not all Audioquest 'shills' either....
  7. John Darko has auditioned one; great video available from Berlin.
  8. Great review and all the more pertinent as it has been written after the initial dust has settled. I have been looking at the Ether 2s for a while now but was a little underwhelmed at the first audition. I think this was partly down to the fact that my current cans, Shure SRH 1840's, are so good. I too found that the earcups were just a little small but that problem has been solved. Dekoni has brought out earcups for the Shures and I'm going to try these before committing to new headphones. Thanks.
  9. I have always considered that the Golden Rule for quality reviewing is NOT to trash other products, no matter how subtly, to promote your own argument. How disappointing then to find that the reviewer has chosen to casually traduce the excellent Sonos system not once but twice in his opening paragraph. The niggly disparagement then continues throughout the article. Sonos is deservedly the market leader in multi-room wireless hi-fi. When fed quality files, the SQ is excellent. The set-up and app are without peer. The experience is marvellous. I have no doubt this Bluesound system is also very good; Sonos has created such a good product that the bar has been set very, very high. Further, the debate about so-called high-resolution files will rage a lot longer. However, if recording and mastering are of an equal quality, then 16/44.1 is going to be good enough for almost everyone bar ten year olds and dogs. I have had the good fortune to experience my youngest brother's in-built digital Linn system in his substantial London town house. The system consists of speakers built into the ceilings and stand-mounters throughout. My brother is a classical pianist and frequently cranks up the Chopin and Ravel; it sounds much like the Fazioli in his drawing-room. When I play the same music in my home, it also sounds fantastic. On a Sonos system. Okay, I am in my late 50's and life has no doubt taken a toll on my hearing and I am more susceptible to fatigue from poor music files than younger people but I do not accept your opinion on Bluesound on the grounds that your overt antipathy to Sonos has muddied and prejudiced your judgement.
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