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    Article: Searching For Good Sound at AXPONA Chicago 2014

    Chris, could you describe the sound in the Dynaudio / Simaudio room in a bit more detail? The Evidence Platinum is Dynaudio´s newest creation - and an expensive one - and I would be interested how it stacks up against Magico and the like in a similar price category.
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    Article: Magico LLC December 2013

    Ok, let me try to explain. The entire article reads like a marketing brochure to me. A well written one. By the way, I do not doubt that Magico is producing great speakers. If you go through the paragraphs, one by one, this is how it reads. I will now phrase them more bluntly and exaggerate on purpose to make the point. 1. Magico builds the best speaker in the world 2. Overview of the company: Magico builds the finest products that is why they are so successful. The speakers are made of special wood that everybody raves about. They now had to move to new production facilities, because they are so successful. 3. Magico is using the highest quality parts to assemble their products and have high QC standards. 4. Description of the S3 and QSub (and of an "stunning" listening room), including pricing. 5. The 100k Magico products are worth the money (because of the points listed above). The language of the article is filled with adjectives and superlatives. Just go through and mark them, you will be surprised. Again, its very well written but could be printed on glossy paper and distributed as sales brochure. And at the end I went away with the feeling that someone just tried to convince me why its ok to spend 100k (or even 600k) on THESE speakers. In my opinion, I would have liked to see a bit more objective article describing pros and cons, not just the pros. When describing the company it would have been nice to see some comparison with other manufacturers. I bet that most of them have high QC standards and a "stunning" listening room. When describing the drivers, wood, anodization, what were the criteria for the selection, again, what the pros and cons. A "scratch resistance" can´t be the only criterion. Just my 2 cents and MY opinion.
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    Article: Magico LLC December 2013

    nicely written... marketing article.
  4. Good point! I always thought amplification in that order of magnitude should be avoided. But if applied, you are right, the overall volume needs to be decreased. Nevertheless, it needs to be considered when using Dirac for room correction and comparing it to without room correction. While Dirac does have an "on" and "off" button it is still in the signal path. The fair comparison is: Jriver Asio -> soundard vs Jriver Kernel Streaming -> Dirac with filters on -> soundcard.
  5. Hi! I also downloaded the free trial version of Dirac and tested it over the weekend. First I have a question to anyone who also tried. Dirac has an audio processor that acts as a soundcard. It also shows up in Jriver but only works under certain circumstances. 1. Asio out of Jriver does not work. Dirac does not show up as soundcard, only my RME does. 2. Asio out of Dirac into my RME soundcard does not work either. 3. Selecting Kernel Streaming (or WASAPI) in Jriver works only if the output is set to 24bit. Dirac out needs to be set to Kernel Streaming. This actually means that there are two DSPs in place, one within Jriver that converts 16/44.1 to 24/44.1 and the DSP in Dirac that applied the filters. Also, Dirac crashes Jriver quite often, especially when changing the output mode in Jriver. There is another caveat; when you run the music through the Dirac processor it significantly decreases the volume of the output signal. Also, but this is expected, the dynamics are somewhat decreased. So much to the negative side. On the positive: The software is very easy to use, extremely intuitive but still gives the user enough flexibility. I did not do a correction on the entire spectrum but only in the 20-400 Hz range. The result was promising, some of the boom at 50-60 Hz and 100-200 Hz was gone and the sound did get much cleaner. Really nice! With the shortcomings of the software today, I am not sure it is worth the 480 EUR FOR ME. If someone is interested I can post before/after response curves measured with REW. At least I know now that my room does have some trouble and that I need to do something about it before investing in any further hardware. :-) Suggestions are very much appreciated! Maybe some others have tried Dirac and could post their experiences? Maybe there is room for improvement or I made some user mistakes?
  6. Hi David, Thanks for the detailed information! The last thing I thought I would have to touch in my hifi system are the fuses. But you never stop learning... You have a pm. Greetings!
  7. Hi David, I would be interested what kind of tweaks you performed with your dcs digital front-end to make it shine. Could you elaborate a bit? Greetings, also from Switzerland. :-)
  8. Yes, the 24/48 limitation on the usb input is a real pity. I hope they will improve on that in future firmware updates. Did you ever try the Anti-Mode? It would be great to compare its usb-spdif conversion quality (without room correction) to other converters. If it would compare to lets say a halide converter, that would make things really interesting.
  9. Yes, Lyngdorf and Trinnov are similar devices but none of them have an USB audio input. Also they are total overkill if you already have a good DAC. I was looking for something that works purely in the digital domain and has an USB input. An USB-spdif converter with room correction so to say. J
  10. I just came across the Dspeaker Anti-mode 2.0. I am intrigued, because it has an USB asynch input and a digital output. So basically it can be used as USB-Spdif converter including room correction. I like this idea. I also like that they are correcting only up to 150 Hz or so. But... Does anyone have experience on how well the usb-spdif conversion part is implemented? How transparent it is? I am a bit worried seeing that it only has a toslink output. I would much prefer a properly implemented XLR or RCA output. Any thoughts? Are there comparable products that take an usb input, do room correction in the digital domain and output either usb or spdif?