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  1. Simple MQA poll.

    Fair enough Maybe the poll question should have been: "Are you for or against or neutral on MQA becoming the industry's standard?" That's how I read it and why I voted against.
  2. Alexa or such could work when listening to music casually, while doing something else. But then, in those moments, I don't really care what I'm listening to, I set up the system and don't think about it. When I do some serious listening, I'm not interested in hearing anything but music, even the sound of my own voice. And I just don't see myself screaming "Alexa play next song" while the remote is practically always in my hand.
  3. I think I wasn't clear (sorry not my language). I'm not denying the possible high quality of the sound produced by a Homepod, I'm saying that considering buying a Homepod because of how it sounds is IMHO comparable to considering buying a car for the quality of its audio system: it's just not the reason to be of the thing, but merely a nice feature.
  4. I don't quite understand this topic : how is the Homepod related in any way to audiophiles? I mean, the main function of this device is not to provide high quality sound, that would be at best a secondary feature? Would any audiophile consider a Homepod to replace his current system? Or is it to ask "play me U2, that show in 1998, when everyone was singing Sunday Bloody Sunday with the band, and play it in the main system". I'm not interested in that at alll but I can understand that some might be.(the rooners ?)
  5. This sounds strange to me. If the only argument in favor of USB against dual AES is that USB is more recent or that you can't go above 24/192, it's quite a poor argument coming from "DCS designers"... What I understand there is that if I don't mind old standards and/or I don't listen to higher formats than 24/192 or DSD dop64, I'm fine with dual AES... Sounds Like a poor way to push people to upgrade to USB (for a fee).
  6. Teac 10MHz clock : CG - 10M

    No I don't mean the Ref10 but the MC3+USB. More and more DACs have a 10M input (no need to use a word clock between the ref clock and the DAC. Therefore you can compare reclocking and master clocking with same DAC. Since the price tags of the MC3 and this TEAC is close, I'd imagine that the reclocking done by the Mutec would give a result comparable to the master clocking of the TEAC. Another way to say would be : if the TEAC Ref clock is used as a master clock on the MC3+USB, I wouldn't expect an improvement compared to the MC3+USB alone. I'd think the REF10 is way better than the TEAC.
  7. Teac 10MHz clock : CG - 10M

    How does it compare to a Mutec MC3+ USB ? About the same price... looking forward to reading some comparisons.
  8. MQA and the Sponsor Wars

    Sorry to come back to that so late in the discussion. And yes it's been said many times but still. There is a misunderstanding there. The target for MQA is not the people, but the Majors. If they have the majors they will have everything upstream (studios, artists) and downstream (streaming companies, hardware manufacturers). This is where they will make their money and control the market. What their comm. and their agents may tell the people is just to get us prepared to what may come, and accept it, better: embrace it. That kind of approach has been used countless times. Again, it has nothing to do with how it sounds, or whether we like it or not. It is rather simple: in the future, if there remains alternatives to proprietary MQA on the market for streaming and downloading DRM free uncompressed music, both in Red book and in High Res (including DSD), then everyone will make their choices and I wish success to MQA. I hope I’m wrong but that may not be how the MQA boys and the majors see it…
  9. Post EQ measurements would show objectively the effectiveness of the suggested correction, and could be the starting point of an iterative correction process if the customer so desires. Not that optional for a remote service IMHO.
  10. Theoretically: yes. From a clocking/re-clocking point of view. But it seems the PSU of the MC3+usb is better than the MC3+. So there is only one way to be certain...
  11. MQA is Vaporware

    That is intriguing. Of course I'll fight for this even though I won't buy the album, I'll fight for all of them whether I like the music or not, whether it sounds good or not. The (maybe irrational) fear is that there might be a take over of the PCM standard by a private company, which may thus have significant control of much of process, from production to sale. Some players and consumers in that chain may be happy to let go the little influence they have against something more interesting to them, but many are not. And yes there is no proof that this may happen. May I say that when there is proof it's too late. And yes it's only music and a hobby. But this pattern has been repeating itself in so many other areas at so many other levels that it's a question of principle, not money, not self-interest. The same way some feel the need to balance a discussion for the sake of that discussion, I feel the need to fight for some core principles even if it's not related to my personal interest. Sorry, got carried away....:-)
  12. Mutec MC-3+

    You could try to plug you MC3+ and compare ?
  13. Mutec MC-3+

    Not sure I understand this: if an external clock is used, then no work is required from the input section of the DAC - PLL, that work is done by the external clock. Same (better actually) if the source and the DAC are synced: no reclocking and/or DAC pll work is required. The reclocking concept, to me, comes from the fact that most sources and DACs don't offer a wordclock inputs (even more true when done through usb), therefore you've to tap the timing info directly from the PCM flow, whereas it takes a different path, and is being reclocked, when going from source to DAC through a master clock. Some then say that this different path may actually add more jitter than leaving it as is, but I can assure you that it's not the case in my system. Put differently : where reclocking is relevant, alternative external clocking is de facto relevant. I don't know which method is more efficient or if a 10M clock makes a difference, but intuitively I'd think that when all parts of a system are synced, by the best possible clock, it should have an edge.
  14. MQA is Vaporware

    I quite agree with that but I think that wasn't your original point. If I understood well, your point was that the development of streaming would make the catalog of available titles poorer. And I'm saying that if there is an identified demand (and therefore profit) for a record, streaming or no streaming, it'll be made available to the market.
  15. MQA is Vaporware

    No, as said I think it'll disappear, unless there is enough demand for it. I can imagine someone buying the majors' catalog of unsold "rarities" for a few bucks and put them back on the market to see if there is hunger for it. I actually I don't see what prevents it from happening today (making those available for download or streaming) a part from the fact that there is not enough demand for it. I failed to see how streaming influence that.