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    Re: Chord Hugo M Scaler

    Van den Hul. The purple ones.


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    Re: Paradigm Persona 5F and 7F vs Salon 2s

    A pair of Parasound JC-1ís would drive Salon 2ís nicely. Add a pair of JL 112ís and youíve got a nice system, and a tweeter that wonít make your ears bleed.


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    Re: Tidal and MQA Files

    Itís because your DAC plays MQA natively.


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    Re: Paradigm Persona 5F and 7F vs Salon 2s

    Yes, compare, just have a bag of cotton balls ready for that Paradigm tweeter. Ear bleeding is a real possibility.


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    Re: Tidal and MQA Files

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190323/6d0b94d48fdbdb1a93728ee61efbc4eb.jpg

    Supposed to be very good. Iíll listen when I get home.


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    Re: Niagara 5000 (your advice)

    Relying on other people viewing a youtube video isnít ideal.

    I donít find either the 5000, 7000 or Denali fatiguing. Quite the opposite. I find an absence of a good quality power conditioner...
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    Re: Niagara 5000 (your advice)

    1. No. No updates planned that Iím aware of.
    2. No. The 5000 is much quieter than the 7000.
    3. Definitely not. Smooth.

    I have a 5000 for sale from a customer who upgraded to the 7000. PM me...
  8. Thread: Lumin T2

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    Re: Lumin T2

    It did and itís above both and really close to the S1. Really close.


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    Re: Put together a dream $12,000 system for me...

    Harbeth C7 Anniversary - $5000
    Hegel 360 - $6000
    Lumin U1 mini - $2000
    And Iím sure Iíve got some cables I can give you.

    Package deal from Mike - $12k


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  10. Thread: Magico M2

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    Re: Magico M2

    Howís the sounds?


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    Re: Tidal and MQA Files

    Analog.


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    Re: Tidal and MQA Files

    What we need to keep in mind is that early A2D converters sucked ass. The ones today arenít a lot better, but theyíre better. Anything that improves on those lousy first attempts at digital is ok...
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    Re: Tidal and MQA Files

    I actually havenít sold one since the flip. Havenít sold one in years.


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    Re: Tidal and MQA Files

    What happened?

    The fear of being left out?

    https://www.audiostream.com/content/ps-audios-paul-mcgowan-weighs-mqa




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    Re: Tidal and MQA Files

    I donít need to. The DACís convert everything to DSD. In that case, all bets are off for things staying constant.

    Did you forget how Paul was against MQA and then decided to adopt it? What...
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    Re: Tidal and MQA Files

    Iíve been communicating with a few folks involved with MQA.

    The consensus is that converting MQA to DSD is not the desired approach and is not ďtrueĒ MQA since ultimately, MQA is a PCM format and...
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    Re: Tidal and MQA Files

    Some PCM files suffer being converted to DSD as well.
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    Re: Tidal and MQA Files

    To clarify, what I said was that upsampling a BAD 16/44 to DSD can help take the edge off. Of course there are plenty of great 16/44 recordings.


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    Re: Tidal and MQA Files

    Ok, just tried it again. The MQA version had more natural piano and vocals UNLESS I use Roon DSP to convert it to DSD, then it sounds itís been through the proverbial digital blender.

    Her voice...
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    Re: Tidal and MQA Files

    It does affect all PCM files regardless of resolution. Converting to DSD giveth and taketh away.


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    Re: Tidal and MQA Files

    Hereís another one to try:

    Elton John - Mad Man Across The Water - Levon.

    Listen to how much more rich and full the piano notes are at the beginning of the song with the MQA version.


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    Re: Tidal and MQA Files

    We did the same comparison with a DAC that doesnít upsample everything to DSD and found the opposite.

    Iím telling you, converting everything to DSD is not giving you a true result.

    Can you...
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    Re: Tidal and MQA Files

    Is this with your DSJ?


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    Re: Pass XA25

    Welcome and I would say no.


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  25. Re: Nord One Up Ncore NC500 amps, Class D ready for prime time .....

    Let me get this straight, the guy selling cables is calling out the guy selling amps for charging too much?

    Uh huh.


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