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  1. Ron Scubadiver

    Article: CA is now Audiophile Style!

    It rhymes.
  2. Ron Scubadiver

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

    All that for 1k... Is technology finally bringing true Hi-Fi to the masses? I hope so because the prices on most of this stuff are absurd.
  3. Ron Scubadiver

    Article: A New Listening Room Part One

    My listening room is in a similar finished attic 18x14 plus other stuff with a ceiling 9' in the center. However, I have LS50 speakers placed along the long wall and listen mid field with bass reinforced by a Martin Logan 1000W sub.
  4. Ron Scubadiver

    Is Resolution The Only Barrier Between Stream And Own

    With streaming you don't know if it will be there tomorrow. Contracts with the labels are not perpetual.
  5. Ron Scubadiver

    Article: Dutch & Dutch 8c Loudspeaker Review

    Yes, but someone else replied to me earlier and he did not seem to see it that way.
  6. Ron Scubadiver

    Article: Dutch & Dutch 8c Loudspeaker Review

    A turntable is an analogue source, so there is no alternative but to convert it to digital at some point and in a speaker with a built in DAC using it is the most direct approach. I was thinking about a digital source like a computer could skip a separate DAC and let the electronics in the speaker do all the work.
  7. Ron Scubadiver

    Article: Dutch & Dutch 8c Loudspeaker Review

    Definitely a cutting edge product that flies in the face of the mix and match philosophy. I suspect it will work best in the streaming mode if the source is digital as it avoids extra AD and DA conversions.
  8. Ron Scubadiver

    Intona now manufactures "HIFI" USB cables

    There's one born every minute.
  9. Ron Scubadiver

    16 bit files almost unlistenable now...

    I view this as an example of how bias shapes opinions. While there may be a provable improvement in 24/96 over Redbook, it isn't so great as to make Redbook unlistenable.
  10. Ron Scubadiver

    Article: My Quest for a new DAC, Part 2 - Ayre QX-8

    I am judging it by it's price. It's not my money. Anyone around here is free to throw as much money at GAS as they like.
  11. Ron Scubadiver

    Article: My Quest for a new DAC, Part 2 - Ayre QX-8

    Seems like a lot of money for a DAC with the 9038Q2M chip.
  12. Ron Scubadiver

    New neutral/transparent DAC

    In the pro audio sector the most used DAC chips are from CS and AKM. It may be because these companies make ADC chips too. ESS seems to be the most popular in the audiophile sector. The D30 uses an CS4398. At the high end there are a lot of proprietary FPGA based DAC's.
  13. Ron Scubadiver

    New neutral/transparent DAC

    Topping D30. It tests great and sounds neutral. Separate power supply eliminates problems with noisy motherboards. Only $120 and it has the SBAF seal of disapproval. Check threads at Audio Science Review, Reddit and Head-Fi.
  14. Ron Scubadiver

    Chords New M -Scaler

    Lot of money for something which can be done on a computer with HDPlayer. The Auralic Vega uses a similar strategy, IIRC, converting to 1.5 mhz before sending to an ESS chip.
  15. Ron Scubadiver

    Article: Should You Rent or Buy Audio Software?

    Some of each. There are lots of photographers hanging onto old versions of Photoshop.