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  1. PeterG

    Article: Audiophile 5: Sonore opticalRendu in 5 Minutes

    Having dissed your video format before, I must now admit that it works very well for this type of thing. Nice job!
  2. PeterG

    Article: CA is now Audiophile Style!

    Congratulations, Chris! It's a pleasure to be on the site and also to see an entrepreneur succeed at something he loves. But I don't believe you when you say digital will always be the focus. The guy who wanted a TAS system 20 years ago, now wants to crush TAS (in very friendly and respectful way). That's awesome. But for Audio Style to have enough audiophile style to topple the old regime, it will need to pursue beautiful sound with every tool available. I look forward to cheering you on!
  3. You raise an interesting philosophical question--should we evaluate a system's ability to reproduce art which is (presumably) created to move us by removing the system's ability to move us? My answer would be absolutely not, but there are obvious arguments on both sides of the equation and I would not expect unanimity on this point. To the specific remedy you propose--a system's ability to reproduce voce is critical, but so is a system's ability to reproduce bass and everything else in between. So I would describe your voice test as perhaps helpful but not sufficient.
  4. Sadly, digital room correction also comes at a sonic price. I tried the McIntosh MEN220 ($5K would not have been a problem, see previous post on wife's eyebrow). The bass and transients were better, quicker, sharper. But the mids and highs, especially voices, lost texture and a bit of sparkle (to use a technical term). My take--for certain combinations of room/existing system/musical tastes it could be a definite plus--but with my room/system/library/ear, it was a definite minus overall.
  5. Hi Joe--nice post. A couple of thoughts. First, I agree completely, that engineering, recording, mixing, etc is WAY more important than format, at least once we're at PCM. The loudness wars are my personal bogeyman in all of this. It is terribly sad that so many artists are reduced (or reduce themselves). Second, I take issue with your argument on the room. I agree that the room is critical. But the room is often not controllable, or controllable only at great expense. While $1,000 dollars in bass traps, just for example, might get be better bang for the buck than $10,000 on a new DAC or power treatment or whatever; you are assuming that each of us has complete control over the room itself. But architecture and wives have a say on the room that can be more in the $100,000 to $1,000,000 range. Seriously, I could drop $10,000 on a DAC, and my wife would barely raise an eyebrow, but it would be a complete nonstarter to drape the living room in treatments.
  6. I cannot speak to the MoFi versions, but the recent Original Mono 6 CD box set is incredibly good compared to whatever stereo versions you might have. They are a must buy for any Dylan fan. Once you've heard the mono, you will only hold on to the stereo versions so that you can tell yourself you would have done a better job mixing that Dylan's guys (haha).
  7. Good news! The price has come down (I'm almost certain that I paid $300 a few years ago, and they are in Wirecutter as a top choice for $300). We have not had the durability issues mentioned, ours have been very rugged. Also note that you can get the noise cancellation version for well under $300. I still think you are better off without noise cancellation, even if both were the same price. Rock on! https://www.amazon.com/PSB-M4U-1-GRAY-Performance-Headphones/dp/B00AFUF2EE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1544304019&sr=8-3&keywords=psb+headphone
  8. You might consider sacrificing the noise cancellation and Bluetooth in exchange for what might be fairly described as headphones for audiophiles who don't have much money or who don't want a super expensive pair banging around the airport. PSB has a pair for $300 that give a passive noise-cancelling seal around the ear and will sound much better than those with the features you describe. (Both active noise cancellation and bluetooth have a price in terms of both sound quality and dollars.) I use mine on the plane, my son uses his on the subway--two thumbs up! They're carried by both hifi shops and Amazon.
  9. PeterG

    Article: New Limited Edition McIntosh System

    Gorgeous! Plus, from a functional perspective, I love that all the MC2152 connections are in the back, as opposed to the left and right side connections of the MC275.
  10. PeterG

    Article: The Definitive Dynaudio Music 1, 3, 5, 7 Speaker Review

    Be brave! Your friends will be rewarded with better sound and bigger smiles. Srsly, the Naim interface, just for example, is easy enough for my wife who has zero patience for tech, and it looks like the Music is easy too.
  11. PeterG

    Article: McIntosh MS500 Music Streamer Review

    Great review! I appreciate the clear outline on the pluses and minuses. I'm a big McIntosh fan (and in love with my MC275), but it really bums me out that the MS500 does not output bit perfect audio. The McIntosh proposition is that we "overpay" for incredibly beautiful music. So it does not bother me when, just for example, McIntosh and/or tube detractors rant and rave about price/performance ratios. If I wanted to focus on bang for the buck, I'd buy a terrific whole system for less than my amp alone. On the other hand, the lack of bit perfect output appears to be a compromise with no return. For $6,000, there should be no obvious shortcomings.
  12. I love this article, and I'm going to buy the disc. (This is especially noteworthy since I don't really like the Airplane and you don't really like the sound quality, haha) You've made a critical topic so much fun and accessible. Recording quality is a HUGE variable, especially on hi end systems, yet except for the excellent loudness wars database you reference, it goes almost completely unmentioned on the interwebs. You've done a great job with a full evaluation. THANKS! Keep'm comin'!
  13. Aren't we laying it on just a bit thick here? DSD is a good point, at least for the folks who have already invested. But does anyone have any 32/384 or expect to buy any? Has anyone dropped $2K on a DAC and decided to skip the preamp? Filters? Selectable output stage? One important lesson my dealer imparted years ago while persuading me to switch from my Denon amp to an NAD--if two components have the same price and both are made by well respected providers---there's a really good chance the one with fewer features sounds better because they put all their cost budget into fewer parts.
  14. I agree that the complexity would be overwhelming at this stage. But Kelly does raise an interesting question. On an anecdotal level, I was stunned by the difference a cable change made on my DAC (and for reasons that I will spare you, I am certain it was not all in my head). Maybe after you find your favorite DAC, you'll write on your quest to optimize your DAC? Obviously the lessons would not apply as directly, but they would at least offer prescreened hypotheses to readers. Just a thought ?