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shadorne

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MQA?
@justjames72    You can’t dismiss the facts by attacking the messenger. MQA adds distortion. This is a fact. Only the original lossless file has the full bit depth and correct phase preserved. MQA is both lossy and adds phase distortion (high freq... 
MQA?
MQA just adds distortion. The original full resolution version of any digital file (same master) always sounds better because they are lossless. MQA claims are entirely false. 
What was your first big eye opener with regard to audio?
That a good quality pre-amp is really important and that phase is very important to me. I hear phase issues in bass as well as high frequencies as well as phase consistency across the entire spectrum: I can’t enjoy MQA for this reason - too much p... 
Metal cabinet speakers
@kosst_amojan  I have Genelec in aluminium cabinets and they are surprisingly inert - you tap them and you get much less noise than a mdf cabinet. The shape and thickness may play a roll - Genelec’s aren’t square and everything is smooth and round... 
Metal cabinet speakers
Genelec still does aluminium speakers. ATC did aluminium speakers for many years. Aluminium works well but I believe it is more expensive than mdf and 3 to 4 times heavier. Impractical for anything bigger than a two way monitor due to weight. Adva... 
Musicians in your living room vs. you in the recording hall?
Directionality is a really complex thing. Definitely useful. I can walk around in the total dark and sense walls (not very accurately but I can manage at a snails pace) - small obstacles are beyond my hearing acuity.Below 2000 Hz we use the time a... 
Musicians in your living room vs. you in the recording hall?
“What’s the difference?”The difference is that a setup where the room has a significant effect on the sound will always have some room influence - and this will always have some impact.A good setup will present the recording space as presented on ... 
Musicians in your living room vs. you in the recording hall?
Both. Since my listening room is as small as a small venue I can enjoy both.A listening room that is too small (like a bedroom) tends to leave too much of its own sonic signature. Same with a very large room like a gymnasium. In between is ideal -... 
Mcintosh C2500 DAC section
I have C2600 - the DAC is probably similar to the 2500 and it’s pretty good. A dedicated DAC will only get you 5% to 10% more depending on how picky you are. I prefer to use a PS Directstream which is more mellow but still resolving or a Benchmark... 
Your reference system?
@slaw My ears are equally delighted by what experienced money no object experts go for. If I was to enter F1 as a rookie race car driver, I would accept the decisions of the experts on the Mercedes team too! Nobody has a monopoly on good hearing b... 
Your reference system?
What was selected by Dave Gilmour, Diana Krall, Tom Petty, Doug Sax, Sting, Roger Waters, Gordon Holt, Telarc, Mark Knopfler, Ian Anderson, Enya, Beck, The Rolling Stones, Jack White, Kate Bush, Joe Satriani, The Killers, Coldplay, Twenty One Pilo... 
Why No McIntosh Recommendations?
MC2600 owner here. Their tube gear is excellent. Not the last word in resolution but if you are seeking some tube warmth while preserving bass slam then a McIntosh tube preamp is hard to beat sonically. Goldilocks coloration when rolled with the r... 
Tone, Tone, Tone !
Both Gordon Holt and Doug Sax (both mentioned above) eventually discovered active ATC. ATC are the speakers they used daily until they passed away. The tone of the Spendor S 3/5S is mainly the polypropylene cone - the plastic is quite flexible and... 
Hearing phase distortion
Erik,It may be comb filtering indeed that makes it audible. A frequency response anomaly rather than actually hearing wavefronts or phase seems more believable as to being [email protected] do hear it but most people don’t seem to be bothe... 
Take up drums at age 56?
I found George Stone Killer exercises with accents worked best for me. It forced my left to be the equal of the right. Accents helped me keep the hands relaxed and use the weight of the stick and rebound. Repetition creates muscle memory. Use a so...