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  1. The factors that I keep referring to 🙂 ... a lack of integrity somewhere in the chain is enough to do the damage - and the problems will remain in the sound until they're properly addressed. Most likely cause: the speakers are of normal efficiency, and hence require amplifiers of high power to deliver the current needed to drive them to decent volumes. High currents flowing anywhere in an audio rig create higher levels of interference noise, which means that the analogue areas of the DAC have a greater chance of being impacted. Decades ago, amplifiers were terrible: the
  2. And you thought it was audiophiles who got anal about all the bits that made the sound ... 😁
  3. Would take a while for me to digest all of this - well done! Caught this bit, It's the sense of realness, that is the magic that a well sorted rig can produce - the great tragedy of audio reproduction, to date, is that this occurs so rarely - expressed here by the 'postscript', " i may not quite ever hear again” ...
  4. Okay, they are fairly typical of many ambitious systems - and they are not directly a result of the speakers, and amplifier used. But what you can hear is a blurring, or muddling, of the low level detail in the recording - what some call micro detail, is not accurately enough rendered; and the ear/brain which relies on the clarity of this to resolve "what's going on" hasn't got enough information to properly separate the sound elements. Listen on the Klispch example as the voice and each musical instrument are clearly defined as being separate, while contributing to the whole; for
  5. Indeed ... 😉 Audio enthusiasts definitely listen for attributes other than what I, and I think many 'normal' 😆 people tune into - this is why the room at the last audio show I went to which had the most realistic SQ on the day, had nobody in it apart from the demo guy ... no, they were packed in like sardines in the TAD room, which had high impact PA sound revved up - the sweaty night club venue vibe to it. In spite of what audiophiles claim they want, I think many really want the "pull the muffler off, and let the neighborhood know that a real car is going fo
  6. "Tonal balance"? IOW, if I took the audio of those clips, and applied some simple equalisation to them, I could make the Klipsch version sound like the Focals in their original clip; and vice versa ... yes?
  7. Rather nifty ... same recording situation, same artists - one setup sounds like a "high end" rig; the other is much closer to the actual content of the recording. Clue ... listen to the quality of the vocals, 😉 ...
  8. The concept that I work with, as ideal, is to imagine using one of those free standing bank safes in the customer area as the speaker cabinet - cut a couple of circles in one, with an oxy torch 😁, and bung the drivers in ... that's a speaker !! That is, enormous mass, which is going nowhere, nor vibrating, when you add some energy to it - for once, the visual analogy works: solid stability gives 'solid' sound ...
  9. Has never worked for me, 😉 .. there's a huge amount of blather out there, about this huge array of scieeentic things goin' on in ya ears ... none of which has ever made sense to me 🙂. Luckily, I was getting convincing SQ before I ever came across all the blubbering about phase effects, shape of cranium, combs and brushes - so I never worried about it 🙂. It's pretty simple, actually ... when the integrity of the playback hits its straps, part of the brain which does all the processing of 'natural' sounds fully switches on - and from then on your mind reorganises what it hears, and the illusion
  10. Call it a senior moment, okay ? 😅 ... So much under the bridge ... 🙂.
  11. N. rang just before - we could have had a get together this afternoon; but I'm tied with doing other stuff ... 'til next time! Anyway, he decide to pursue the path of doing something about the mains power that the main living area setup is using - from me saying I was thinking of using the inverter bought just to do back up for the house, if the power dropped out. A low powered unit was purchased by he, and via a route I'm not 100% sure I have a handle on, feeds mains to the Quad CD player - which now has been completely disabled, apart from the DAC; it's effectively, a stand alone
  12. The coupling of the support tower of the speakers to the floor structure is what gives very tight bass - IME. But the floor structure needs mass, lots of it - failing that, add it to the speaker tower - I use paper, 😛. Yes, something between the slab and a wooden floor, to mate the different materials - I would try, some viscoelastic, Sorbothane type pads, or lots of balls of Blu-Tack over the whole mating area; or perhaps some carpet or underlay might be good enough ... experiment is the answer ...
  13. No, use Blu-Tack to stabilise the plug into the socket. It's cheap and nasty, ill fitting plastic bits that are used, because in theory, 🙃, it shouldn't matter - but my philosophy is that anything that is sloppy, poor fitting, or doesn't use some sort of damping or stabilising materials could be a source of SQ problems ... so I automatically make these areas more stable. Does it help? Don't know - when I've got the quality to a peak level, I will deliberately undo the Blu-Tack treatment - one day - and see if I can hear that ... 🙂.
  14. Okay, will answer this post carefully ... Optical cable is that that came with the units - just the usual cheap stuff that gets thrown into the box. Note, this is the first time I've ever had the DAC separated from the source - in this day and age that sounds crazy; but that's just how it's worked out, 🙂. I've only tried optical, so far. It worked well straight away - and my philosophy is that once something is promising that one should just keep on refining that method until nothing more can be gained. Then, and only then, try a completely different method, to see if t
  15. An easy, cheap - but far less aesthetically pleasing method - is to use concrete slabs that you can get from a gardening and landscaping place. Get a couple just to see if it fixes the issue - and if it does, then splash out for a blingy, long term replacement, 🙂. I've used these things for years - they support my current active speakers.
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