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  1. And how does it sound different? That many panels should make a big difference.
  2. What was difficult to understand is that you didn’t actually explain that as the problem in your OP.
  3. Don't understand the post. You received the set and it was defective? Or you ordered a download set and there's nothing to download?
  4. https://drop.com/buy/sony-wh-1000xm3-wireless-headphones#overview too bad they haven't solved the issue, as they are on sale for $280.
  5. Most seem to think at a switching frequency of 1ghz or 2ghz would solve the problems of class D and make it the superior amplifier mode. The Gallium based amps supposedly achieve this. The other Class D on the market have switching frequencies of from 300-600hz, AFAIR. So yes, it would be interesting to ask Bruno about both the switching frequency idea and the use of Gallium
  6. Do you believe this technology to sound superior to NCore boards such as the NC400, 500, and 1200? If so, why?
  7. Sure, they are hearing them. Just the way whatever engineer producer etc decided they should hear them.
  8. We've seen their behavior for years now: it's been consistent - consistently bad. Close to zero reason to think they will "change their spots" as it were.
  9. Lots of it. Anthony Michelson (formerly of Musical Fidelity) said that in a traditional dealer pipeline, as much as 70% of the retail price was due to cosmetics. Those fancy specially designed machined knobs cost over $100 each at the wholesale level for the manufacturer.... Fortunately or unfortunately, the looks also sell. Most of the people in the market for 5 and 6 figure components also want them to look like they are very expensive. They may care about the sound, but not just. A few years ago there was a post somewhere by the high end speaker maker who debuted an $80k pair at Munich. Very good, but conventional looking model. He got little interest and they didn't sell well. The next year he did a minor redesign, made a much more expensive looking cabinet, priced them at $200k and they were already selling well at the show. Sound wise basically the same speaker; cosmetics wise - not. People wanted their high end speaker to look the part. Apparently the lesson is that at a certain price level you have to have an expensive look and people are willing to pay for it.
  10. Crenca- I don't really get posts like these. Value is totally subjective. Think how many millions see no "value" in any speaker other than a BT speaker for $40. In addition, the subjective concept of value is often tied to your amount of disposable income. The more you have, the more you tend to see value in pricey items. More to your specific point: I'm not sure the Devore setup (two speakers and two large sub units powered by internal (not class D) amps) is any more overpriced that your $1500 headphones. I'm not being snarky. But we all know really good sounding full range headphones start at about $100; after that you get improvements on a steep sloped curve of diminishing returns. Your headphones may have "value", but I seriously doubt they give 15X the performance of some of the $100 ones I know of. And Devore is also a small boutique company. The speakers are also basically hand made, and if you are familiar with them, they have beautiful wood finishes that definitely don't come cheap. Go back to your article link and read the comment from Mr. Devore himself on the price: the parts are almost all custom parts designed and produced just for this model . Devore says the O Reference will never make a profit on it's own: It's a money loser. He can only recoup the 6 years of R&D cost if there is trickle down of the technology to other future less expensive models, which his intent. He also says it was an exercise in a cost no object realization of his design ideas; he says he could have just made an "improvement" to his existing O model, sold it for $20-30K a pair, and made much larger sales and a tidy profit. Clearly they exist next to his many more affordable models. No one's forced to buy these. What's the "value" of these? I don't know. I'd like to hear a set. My guess is they are pretty amazing sounding. It's also obvious you can get full range speakers with quite good sound for say $2k or $3k. But if I won the lottery there's a good chance I'd think they are a good value compared to competing $100k or $200k speakers.
  11. Sorry for my ignorance, but I thought SACD players by definition could not out put the unaltered DSD - as part of the license - and not the actual DSD stream.
  12. That site is the audiophile equivalent of a porn site: lots of ads, pictures of very expensive equipment, and no actual information. Audio porn fantasy.
  13. All the stereo mags you know of and sites listed at places like dailyaudiophile.com
  14. Yep. Paul, did you read that Q&A? Bob pretended to be answering all the questions, but actually didn't and was misleading - as came out in the technical analysis thread. He's had his chance here and in other places. MQA people pretty obviously have a corporate policy of using misleading marketing speech wherever and whenever they think they can get away with it. When they think they can't, they don't participate. Or, they disrupt, as the did to Chris' presentation.
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