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    Article: A New Listening Room Part One

    Great job Chris on the full rundown of the sound room with pictures and measurements! IMO, giving readers a look and discuss measurements of the room are essential "vital statistics" for reviewers of audio equipment. A refreshing attention to detail so often missing and adds to the credibility of subjective reviews. Looking forward to seeing the before and after results! A nice reminder of how the room is a "component" and given the challenges in the room, will be interesting to see how Vicoustic's treatments can get the job done 😉.
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    How's this for deblurring?

    Finally! We don't need technology based on leading edge research in neuroscience. Totally last-gen... Audiophiles need audio encoding based on space-time duality work! *That's* the only way to bring the real sound of the studio home!
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    Great Mimes in Audio

    Hilarious Nikhil 🤣.
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    MQA The Truth lies Somewhere in the Middle

    Probably best not to give them too many ideas, Mans 😉...
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    MQA The Truth lies Somewhere in the Middle

    Some thoughts... http://archimago.blogspot.com/2018/10/musings-on-rmaf-2018-mqa-talk.html I don't think I have much more to say for awhile...
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    MQA The Truth lies Somewhere in the Middle

    Unbelievable! You're a journalist, right? How can you not ask the most basic of questions knowing that that's what the readership would want to know when sharing this information among music lovers? If McGrath has a great new recording of a favourite piece, that's fantastic and worth celebrating. Hopefully it'll be released at some point. What composer, conductor and orchestra?
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    MQA The Truth lies Somewhere in the Middle

    That's nice @Lee Scoggins. I recall Mr. McGrath has demo'ed his recordings over the years with MQA - each time supposedly to good effect at least as written of by the media. So when can the hoi polloi get hold of these? (Ideally as standard hi-res and presumably 24/48 MQA.)
  8. What I cannot believe and/or grasp is the extent to which the MQA executives/representatives were getting their panties in a bunch over Archimago's identity. A friend of mine who attended at RMAF was sitting next to the MQA folks and was messaging me repeatedly as to the identity of Archimago. My response to him, and am paraphrasing:


    "I'm not MQA's lackey, They can do their own legwork. He is not a hermit/recluse. If they're so bothered by this they should have done their homework prior to the panel/talk."


    It comes off as if the show was winding down, their flights were later in the day, so let's show up here and ...


    Should be interesting if this next year MQA remains a thing.

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    MQA The Truth lies Somewhere in the Middle

    LOL. Maybe next year at the new date and venue... That would be really cool. 😉 Would be surprised if anyone cares about MQA by then though. Curious for the people at RMAF, was there much interest in the MQA Live event. Obviously they're looking for niches to claw back some revenue like the patently ridiculous MQA-CD and now this "MQA Live". I see Audio Bacon put up a video of the event in the Revel/Levinson room.
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    MQA The Truth lies Somewhere in the Middle

    I certainly can appreciate that sentiment Crenca. There is something to be said about being part of the collateral damage by "virtue" of association. Color me unsurprised...
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    MQA The Truth lies Somewhere in the Middle

    A 3-day report sounds interesting @austinpop. Certainly deserves its own thread if not a front page article with pictures!
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    MQA The Truth lies Somewhere in the Middle

    Shit storm? Not necessarily, Derek. In which way and at what point do you think Chris characterised MQA in an unfair way?
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    MQA The Truth lies Somewhere in the Middle

    LOL. Love the spirit, man! IT'S ON!!!
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    MQA The Truth lies Somewhere in the Middle

    Although I think @barrows and I would very much have disagreements in many ways 😉, I agree with what he's saying. The hope as audiophiles desiring the "best possible" music for our enjoyment is to maintain the availability of lossless high-resolution and that one cannot beat that "studio master". MQA's propaganda to assert themselves as "exact" or "lossless" or "better" is the problem. Especially when they create this impression and expect to be further financially rewarded along the way. I certainly hope folks would not shun good hardware simply because of MQA compatibility, just as they should not avoid MP3 compatibility advertised on a box. I know for a fact that some companies are incorporating MQA compatibility out of that perception of consumer pressure to tick off all the boxes. But the engineers behind the scenes are far from impressed by the "technology" itself. Remember that there are NDAs signed and many who are able to speak about MQA are not at liberty to divulge their opinions.
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    How do you want your treble roll-off served?

    Thanks for the great post and link to the article! Will have to try these values next time I create some room correction filters. For audio playback, we obviously need to also consider how the recording was created, especially placement of the mics. What's captured on the recording might already have applied much of that high frequency roll-off as opposed to a close mic'ed instrument where to sound more "real", we would need to implement more roll-off to simulate the larger space in a concert hall. As such, maybe if we are to implement only one room-correction target frequency response, the B&K, Katz, etc. less steep roll-off at "only" around -6dB by 20kHz would be a fine compromise.