ddude003

Responses from ddude003

Tidal problems
Reread what @steakster said...  The short version is, MQA _breaks_ small signal quality... 
Schiit vs. Mytek vs. Chord - looking for some thoughts
It all comes down to your ears/brain, your system and your room...  Only you can decide what sounds best to you...  Give each DAC a try in your environment...You might be interested in this review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVYk-dqHpQk and hi... 
Schiit vs. Mytek vs. Chord - looking for some thoughts
My thoughts are you should try the Chord Qutest...  I have a Lumin U1 Mini streamer feeding a Chord Qutest to a PrimaLuna Dialogue Premium PreAmp to a McIntosh MC152 SS Amp to Martin Logan ESLs...Your Rogue RP-1 PreAmp Small Signal tubes might kno... 
Final piece of the puzzle: digital correction in a suboptimal room
Sorry, that should say: REW can generate room correction PEQ filter settings... 
Qobuz Users Update?
Realize that Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) is an audio codec using lossy compression...  Nuff said... 
Final piece of the puzzle: digital correction in a suboptimal room
If you have a MacBook try REW, Room Eq Wizard, to have a look at what is going on with your speakers / room... Next, you might try Audirvana to stream from your MacBook to either DAC you are looking at... Audirvana with AudioUnits software plugins... 
Auditioning room perfect via McIntosh men220
My bad... REW is Room EQ Wizard, free room acoustics software and audio analysis software.  There is also Dirac Live Calibration tool for miniDSP...  And, of course, just some plain old room acoustic treatment absorbers and diffusers... 
Auditioning room perfect via McIntosh men220
There is more than one way to correct a room...  Grab a copy of REW and see how your system and room work together or against each other... 
Where is my digital problem: taste, vinyl v. digital, DAC, realities, etc?
So you have a Manley Chinook tubed phono stage (very nice) feeding a PrimaLuna tubed Integrated (also very nice)...  Pouring tube sugar on top of tube honey...  So sweet...  That is going to be hard to match...  Look at R2R Designs Like Denafrips ... 
Need Help With Focal Scala Placement
Unfortunately thats a lot of speaker for a small room...  I would suggest using something like REW to see what is going on with the room and apply more base traps, wide band absorbers and diffusers...  You may need more than thick curtains on that... 
Martin Logan Illusion c34a
Forward to your question about matching fronts with center and surrounds... Since I only play 2 channel music with the ML fronts and ML sub thru my PL tube pre and McIntosh SS amp it sounds holographic amazing... For movies the ML center sounds fi... 
Martin Logan Illusion c34a
Both the ESLs and Illusion use onboard class D amps to drive the sub/woofers only... The Electrostatic panels are still powered by your outboard Yamaha amp... I really love Yamaha pre/pro/amps and use one myself... In my system and room I have fou... 
Stacking a HT processor on top of amplifier
Umm...  RTFM...  Allow at least 6 inches (15.24cm) above the top..."Allow at least 6 inches (15.24cm) above the top, 2 inches (5.08cm) below the bottom, 3 inches (7.62cm) behind the rear panel and 2 inches (5.08cm) on eachside of the Power Amplifi... 
Impressions of the Re-issued Genalex Gold Lion U77/GZ34 Rectifier Tube
I have a pair of these Genalex GL GZ34 (aka 5AR4) rectifiers in my PrimaLuna Dialogue Premium PreAmp along with some Genalex GL 12AU7s and a pair of Mazda CIFTE 12AU7s... This combination along with a McIntosh MC152 Amp and a pair of Martin Logan ... 
Primaluna Diaglogue Premium Preamp Owners
I feel that in my system, the GGLs bring higher highs and lower lows... Extension, resolution, speed and a tightness across the frequency range... The CIFTEs bring an edge, air and sparkle to the top... When everything comes together, in my listen...