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  1. 100 I cannot understand why JA wedded himself to mqa and Bob Stuart.
  2. Thanks for the detailed reply. Shortly after I got my QB-9 (originally a 24/192 version, ie, pre-DSD), I compared the sonics using my CAPS-inspired server to a PC laptop and MBP as the source. I also tried at least 6 music players on my server (JRMC, foobar, et al.). I heard tiny differences and none I felt merited further inve$tment. I know I’m in the minority around here. But your experience has me wondering about the ISO Regen . . .
  3. FWIW, I'm going straight from my Roon ROCK to the QB-9. From my reading, the QB-9 has more isolation than most DACs. What say you, Tone Deaf? Have you listened with and without the ISO Regen feeding the QB-9?
  4. Cold out of the box, I heard a vague sense of something not right even though I could also immediately discern the improvements in resolution and clarity. But, otherwise I never heard anything like what you are reporting. IIRC, that character cleared substantially within a couple of days. I thought the sound was mostly stable around the 250 hour mark but later seemed to hear subtle improvements well past the 500 hour mark. I suppose I would characterize that as a more coherent, relaxed, and open sound. So, maybe that is what you're hoping for? First day or two aside, I never felt t
  5. Several of us reported improvements even past 500 hours. Enjoy!
  6. Any Pono users ever replace the battery? My 2014 Pono can still play for several hours, as can my wife’s 2015, but there is a bad connection on my wife’s player and I want to keep these things running as long as possible. I was able to find a match for voltage, mAh, and Wh but not with the three-pin cable.
  7. Damn, huge bummer but not unexpected. I hope we still have high end audio companies on the other end of COVID.
  8. The list of manufacturers who know how to make top shelf speakers *and* electronics is pretty short. Charles Hansen might have been in this category but he did these with different companies. Richard Vandersteen, perhaps, but I suspect he had help with his amp (Jim White?). Linn makes good gear but, IMO, not quite top shelf. Maybe MBL but I’ve only heard their gear once at RMAF. I’m probably forgetting somebody but, again, not many have “mastered” both. I am curious to hear Dutch and Dutch - rave reviews and outstanding measurements.
  9. I agree. I thought his taste in musical reproduction was odd but his writing was very entertaining and honest. I was bummed that he didn’t become Editor when JA stepped down. Sorry to hear this news. Blessings and mercy upon his family.
  10. Goddamnit 😢 Fly John Prine. Thank you for sharing your beautiful life.
  11. Some of my college friends were into Springsteen but I was, like, meh. Then about 20 years ago I picked up the Woody Guthrie tribute “til we outnumber them”. Springsteen performs a couple of the tracks. I thought “wow, this guy is far more talented than I ever gave him credit.” I might buy the file for the barn album rather than just rent it from Qobuz. Also curious if Mr. Connaker experienced this. Fresh off the cold UPS truck in December my unit sounded vaguely rough out of the box even if it was immediately apparent that it bettered the DSD version in most every way. I
  12. Indeed! Nice review! OK, maybe I’m biased 😬 Edit: streaming Qobuz Barn album thru my QB-9 Twenty now - wow! Thanks for the album recommend.
  13. I haven't been visiting this forum as much over the past couple of years. At times, the community content is not much different than over at Hydrogen Audio. For myself, listening to music through my audio system is a hedonistic experience. I upgrade, modify, and tweak my system to get maximal enjoyment. IDGAF if a cable upgrade is a "merely" placebo. If I hear it as "better" that's all the matters to *me*. I don't expect anyone else to hear it the same (but isn't it interesting that so many others do?). Many of you have reported sonic differences among software that I don't hear. B
  14. Interesting take! The "spiritual masters" and quantum physicists have told us that perception follows thought. To the degree that statement is true, it quite well explains the subjectivist/objectivist divide!
  15. How can Margo Timmins have gray hair? She's only a year older than me 😭
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