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    Kii Three - my impressions and pro reviews

    You are right in your evaluation of sound - Innuos+Kii Three BXT (which you heard on the High End Show in Munich). I was not present at the show, but my friend (who has a very serious listening experience - analog and digital (Wilson Alexx+ D’Agostino+Berkeley Reference II), at my request thoroughly listened to both systems and communicated with Bruno and representatives of Innuos. He told me that the sound from both systems was like "plastic", "glass" - and all the other epithets by which you described your experience. He was also disappointed with the general impression and said that it was much worse than he had heard from me (in my system Kii Three). He also asked many questions about the best ways of connecting, placing and even the specifics of backfilling of stands (what materials and how much). After analyzing their answers, we came to the conclusion that they do not worry at all about these things and consider that the cables that are included (power and LAN) are sufficient to achieve good results. They also think that a simple laptop is enough. The summary of my message is that if you listened to Kii Three only on these shows, then you do not even have experience about how well, in fact, this amazing system can sound if it is connected to a better source and well tuned.
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    Kii Three - my impressions and pro reviews

    Sorry for bad quality of photos (iPhone)...
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    Kii Three - my impressions and pro reviews

    As you can see the BXT is an extension for the Kii THREE that can be added at any time, turning the stand mount speaker into a veritable floor stander. Detailed tech specs will follow later this summer - however adding 16 drivers and another 4000 WATTs to the current Kii THREE will give you a hint on what to expect. For our Pro dealers and distributors: yes there will be a PRO version as well. There is a special Kii THREE BXT System HiFi startup deal available until end of the show (High End Show 2018, Munich).
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    Kii Three - my impressions and pro reviews

    I would recommend a Curious Cable. From LAN cables I tried different - in order of improvement: AQ Pearl Ghentaudio CAT6A (ET02 Belden 1303E CAT6A Metz Ethernet(JSSG) Cable) Melco Audiophile Ethernet Network Cable AQ Vodka Fidata HFLC Coming soon from Japan AIM NA7. I will compare Fidata Vs AIM NA7.
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    Tidal and Watermarking (and MQA) ?

    Just listen to these samples for comparison: Official release on Acoustic Sounds '2016 (24/192): http://store.acousticsounds.com/d/114115/Harry_Belafonte-Belafonte_Sings_the_Blues-FLAC_192kHz24bit_Download VS LP rip (24/192) (LP production 1958!): https://www.discogs.com/Harry-Belafonte-Belafonte-Sings-The-Blues/release/1520512 here listen to vocal (sibilants and speech articulation): 07B02 - God Bless' The Child (Test, OFF).aif 08B02 - God Bless' The Child (Test, 9.52).aif here listen to sax in right channel: 13B05 - Fare Thee Well-2 (Test, OFF).aif 14B05 - Fare Thee Well-2 (Test, 9.52).aif DR (Off release): foo_dr (OFF).txt DR (LP rip): foo_dr (LP rip).txt
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    MQA is Vaporware

    Thanks for the comment. If you so praise the Metrum Adagio, then why did not you use it on the demonstration, but Zodiac Platinum (delta-sigma ...)?
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    MQA is Vaporware

    Antelope Audio Pure2 + 10M Atomic Clock. 24/192...
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    MQA is Vaporware

    Hi, FredericV. How could you play on Antelope Zodiac Platinum (which is not MQA) native MQA files? Please explain in more detail the whole process of listening ...
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    MQA is Vaporware

    I can try. I think that there is such an opportunity.
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    MQA is Vaporware

    Monetarily Questionable Agency aka MQA? I did not have the opportunity to read the entire topic, perhaps this information was already discussed here ... I apologize if I repeat, but I found this information interesting: "If you've wondered why 6moons hasn't yet formally covered MQA, you might have also wondered why not more hardware companies have signed up by now. After all, Dolby was massively embraced very quickly. Consider this information from an industry insider. Given three signed NDA, their contributions here are by necessity most generalized and terse to remain within bounds. Still, there's enough to spot a trend or attitude. "At the beginning we were informed about the fees for each product and the need for good administration. So we began what grew into a very serious amount in R&D and labor fees over two years to incorporate it. Not only was the MQA module of interest but our entire product range would be modified for the occasion. Once we received the definitive contract however, we discovered grave imbalances. Key points were that administration of MQA would include our entire dealer network and that they could penalize any error on our side (stating the incorrect amount of MQA modules sold) with an unlimited amount whilst for any errors on their end, we could maximally recoup 100 in our currency. On the technical side, we requested their decoder to develop proper unit-to-unit QC protocols as we have always done on our end. They only promised a few test tones. Those are insufficient to measure distortion, bandwidth, impulse response, linearity and noise to mention just a few. They seem to be very afraid to divulge more about their algorithm to us, their intended business partners. If we can't properly test our MQA-enabled product, how can we be confident to ship it around the world? Based on our listening tests, MQA can do well for cheaper converters. As converter quality increases, the need for MQA becomes less to eventually disappear. If your own DAC for example has perfect impulse response, MQA will only work 50% because now it needs to just correct on the recording end. Now the unfolding process is implemented simply to avoid copying and to create the profit model; not because it actually does anything. Had we seen the definitive contract upfront, we would never have wasted such a huge amount of money!"To rewind a tad, all business is about profit. That's the nature of the beast. Nobody goes into business to work for free or give stuff away. However, when business involves collaboration with other commercial entities, it's common sense to expect balanced contracts which are mutually beneficial to all parties concerned. This certainly doesn't prevent mercenary or one-sided tactics. However, if indications to that effect exist, why volunteer to give such enterprises exposure in these pages? Based on the above and similar reluctance to support the format elsewhere, MQA at this stage does not appear to be a good thing for the small boutique firms which make up the core of our sector. Hence we should refrain from further editorials on the matter until this situation changes. And don't expect widespread coverage on this. Anyone who is appraised of all the details to talk full shop and the kitchen sink has been contractually silenced by binding non-disclosure agreements. The best measure of change here should be the quickness and breadth whereby MQA appears in high-end digital hardware by more and more brands ... or not." http://www.6moons.com/industryfeatures/mqa/1.html
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    Article: Dynamic Range Day

    Ok, I applied a steep filter of 30Hz and added a "brickwall" to all 16 / 44.1 files. I used this software: Here is the result of DR measurement:
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    Article: Dynamic Range Day

    Here are screenshots of DR states from LP rip The Crusaders - Images (1978, USA). The whole process: from recording without RIAA (RAW) and to converting (SRC) to CD format): 1. The Crusaders - Images (1978, USA) (Raw) 2. The RIAA curve is applied and cut into separate tracks 3. Gain Output Levels (software): Side A - 3.39dB and Side B - 3.84dB 4. Gain Output Levels (software): separately each track 5. Conversion (SRC) of tracks to the quality of CD (16/44.1)
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    Article: Digital Vinyl: Temporal Domain

    Under the means for synchronization, everyone who works in professional studios usually means only clock. Not a DAC, not an ADC, but only a clock (internal in interfaces or external Master Clock). And nothing more. I hope that you will not wipe your feet about this great man (Andrea Bocelli): Andrea Bocelli Closer to Home | Antelope Audio My good friends have this in the studio: TAS 180: Esoteric G-ORb Rubidium Master Clock Generator | The Absolute Sound
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    Article: Digital Vinyl: Temporal Domain

    Yes, the Atomic reference oscillator is not a clock, but only a frequency generator (10MHz). It just gives more precision (accurancy) for the master clock (Isochrone Trinity).
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    Article: Digital Vinyl: Temporal Domain

    Antelope Audio Pure2: Burr-Brown (TI) A/D converter PCM4222 (High-Performance, Two-Channel, 24-Bit, from 8kHz to 216kHz Sampling Multi-Bit Delta-Sigma Analog-to-Digital Converter)
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