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  1. Thanks for the kind words Peter. I agree that rooms such as a typical living room are problematical. I have been fortunate to have had a dedicated listening room that does not have to function as a public space in the home. My newer room is in a expanded attic. I have been able to use the prior structure of the room as well as some tweaking of the construction to get a neutral space. I do not use things such as tube traps but typical room decorations and items that work to great effect. It can be done but I would not be able to do it in a living room and keep my wife happy.
  2. Tribalism. It seems to be baked into human DNA. The compulsion of most of us to divide into groups. To associate with those that think like us, look like us, worship like us or worse, actively exclude those perceived as different from us. It invades our politics, our religious thinking. Audiophiles are not immune to tribalism as we all know. From tubes vs. solid state, to vinyl vs. digital, we see and hear the same topics brought up and discussed ad nauseam in various audio related magazines and on websites, like The Computer Audiophile. Even the digital tribe is further broken down into what sounds better, PCM or DSD. Some extoll the virtues of converting all PCM to DSD as that is the path to audio nirvana, and visa versa. Of course, simple DSD is not enough. We need quad DSD or even octa DSD to sound the best. Of course, red book Is not enough on the PCM side, hence the move to 24/96, 24/192, 24/384 etc. The higher the number, the better the sound, right? And, let’s not even get started with MQA. Please? My personal philosophy is that I am format neutral. For me, the format of the digital file is one of the least significant factors in getting true audio fidelity in the home. Assuming that one has competently engineered and manufactured electronics, which I find to be generally the case, the most significant and most often overlooked factor by audiophiles, is the room itself. The room can make or break the aural experience, the illusion of real musicians, playing in a real space. Perceived issues with our equipment can be room related, or a simple matter of dialing in speaker placement. Audiophiles can far too often find themselves essentially chasing their tails, constantly changing their equipment or cables or trying the latest and greatest USB dongle when simple room treatments or the tweaking of speaker placement will yield far more satisfactory results and more importantly, long term listening pleasure. As for the format of the recording, I find that the quality of the recording itself to be far more important than the format. The skill of the recording engineer, the microphones used, the placement of same, the recording venue, the placement of the musicians in that space all trump whether the format is DSD or PCM or analog tape. With great engineering and or course, a light touch by the mastering engineer, all of these formats can yield spectacular results. An example of this is a stellar recording by a local Philadelphia area group, The Hazelrigg Brothers, and their CD, “songs we like”. This group performed recently at the Capital Audio Fest. While I was not able to attend, I obtained a copy of their CD and was gobsmacked by the quality of the recording. The recording and the performances are superb. Beautiful piano sound, deep, tuneful and impactful bass and realistic drums that all recordings should strive for. The recording was made in their home studio at DSD 128. Despite the fact that the recording was “downrezed” to redbook, I really can’t imagine how this recording could sound better in my room than as presented on this CD. The CD is simply that good. A beautifully recorded album will sound sensational regardless of what format it was delivered to the listener. The fidelity of this recording comes through in spades on this CD, even if it was originally recorded in DSD. Whether it is delivered to you in redbook or some higher rez format simply does not matter, at least to me. Kudos to whoever performed the transfer. I think we can all agree the digital has come a long way since the introduction of the CD. The newer DACs available today are superb. The advent of computer based playback has further improved the sound we can get at home, with software programs that can playback all digital formats with aplomb, and convert PCM to DSD and visa versa at whatever resolutions one’s heart and ears may desire. Just give me well engineered recordings in whatever format the engineer or artists think sounds best to them. I will play them back in my format of choice depending on the formats my DAC or DACs support. That will make me a very happy audiophile. In short, it is the engineering that matters, not the format. Joe
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    MQA is Vaporware

    +1. Also nice to see JA still retains some of that British sense of humor!
  4. I would rather listen to Julie London. A much better singer than Ms. Stanley imho.
  5. I have experienced no such harshness with gen 5. I have a carbon usb which I replaced with an Oyaide pro usb cable. Both work great with the Yggy gen 5. The usb former sounds better than my Oppo feeding the Yggy via coax. Of course, ymmv.
  6. If you are looking for an album with stellar Sonics and sensational and interesting covers, check out this recording. It is a jazz trio expounding on the works of Jimi Hendrix, LED Zep and Ian Anderson. It was recorded in a home studio at DSD 128. I have the cd which is among the best sounding recordings I have ever heard on any format. I can’t imagine it sounding any better although Blue Coast has the DSD version if you want to see. Pretty pricey though. Check it out.
  7. JoeWhip

    Article: A New Listening Room Part One

    I had to build a new listening room a couple of years ago myself as the space for the old room was being demolished and greatly expanded for a new master suite. Our attic was finished but too small. The old room and the attic had knee walls like yours. It was too small for my preferred near field listening position with the speakers along the long wall. Hence, a full shed dormer was required. The new space is much bigger than the old one, around 18 x 22. I ran two 20 amp circuits and put the speakers along the long wall using the sonic benefits provided by the knee wall. The room was filled up with my stuff and after some tweaking with speakers placement using measurements and pink noise, the room sounds fantastic. It was a pain but in the end, well worth it. Congrats on the new room.
  8. JoeWhip

    Mark Waldrep In Trouble Again?

    I have been in contact with Mark. He has the files. I informed him of the thread. He is on vacation. Maybe he will get around to chiming in here when he gets back.
  9. JoeWhip

    Mark Waldrep In Trouble Again?

    I sent Mark an email. Will let you know if he still has the recording. As for these Demos, you have to monitor the track number of the CD that is played for these demos as it may be the same tune but not the same track.
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    Mark Waldrep In Trouble Again?

    Jud, you don’t have to accept everything Mark says as gospel. I agree with a lot he says, but not all. I love my wife but we don’t agree on everything. I respect his positions and have always found him to be a man of integrity, even if we disagree on a particular issue.
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    Mark Waldrep In Trouble Again?

    I agree, let’s get back to the ridiculous treatment if Mark by the LAOCAS. I have known Mark for a few years and find him to be of the utmost integrity. It is a shame that so many in the high end audio press lack Mark’s courage.
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    Stereophile Series on MQA Technology

    Kudos to the members here for this unmasking. Well done.