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Kal Rubinson

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  1. Kal Rubinson

    MQA is Vaporware

    Thanks but you paint with a rather broad brush.
  2. Kal Rubinson

    MQA is Vaporware

    Please, if you cannot offer a source, a confirmation and/or identify a specific individual, publishing this hearsay is irresponsible and offensive, especially to those to whom these statements do not apply.
  3. Kal Rubinson

    Hearing is not simple

    And, yet, some people never seem to manage that. 🤨
  4. Kal Rubinson

    Hearing is not simple

    Well said. Your statement: is really important. Most illusions are based on neural processes that, in most normal and natural contexts, enhance perceptual abilities. However, illusions are artificial constructions which reveal the underlying operations. Best, easiest examples are visual illusions that make contrast enhancements explicit. Some examples: https://www.fatherly.com/play/activities/best-optical-illusions-teach-kids/ (In this, squares A and B are the same brightness. http://slideplayer.com/slide/8855497/ https://www.spektrum.de/lexikon/psychologie/machsche-baender/9037 (in this, the apparent lines (Mach bands) between the panels are edge-contrast enhancements due to lateral-inhibition circuits in the retina. Similar lateral-inhibition circuits can be found in most sensory systems.)
  5. Yes, indeed. I reported on it here: https://www.stereophile.com/content/music-round-86-playback-designs-audioquest
  6. That particularly ingenious method is no longer viable on PCs as described since, as I understand it, the Mytek ASIO driver for this is no longer available for the newer model DACs. OTOH, it can be done with a Mac since MacOS will support the configuration of a virtual multichannel output device. I reported on this in the context of multichannel MQA but the arrangement applies to any format. https://www.stereophile.com/content/music-round-84-multichannel-mqa https://www.stereophile.com/content/music-round-84-multichannel-mqa-multichannel-mqa-again Yes, it is necessary with the USB hub methods. I do have another multichannel multiDAC solution up my sleeve and I am working on a report of it now.
  7. I spent some time talking with a Dirac representative at Munich HighEnd but, since I agreed to keep it off the record at his request, all I can say is that they have a well-considered strategic plan for a number of future developments. Of course, I would love to tell you more and, indeed, I sure would love to get my hands on the new products now.
  8. Kal Rubinson

    MQA is Vaporware

    How is this relevant? Just because this market has not accepted multichannel does not prove that it is inferior or that its promotion is an attempt to fool the consumer. The situation is similar to that of active loudspeakers which have obvious technical and, often, obvious subjective advantages over passive loudspeakers but both are generally rejected by the audiophile market for a variety of reasons. As most here have argued and accepted, the technical basis of MQA is entirely a different matter.
  9. Kal Rubinson

    Official Munich High End 2018 Topic

    I could say the same.
  10. Kal Rubinson

    Official Munich High End 2018 Topic

    Don't we all!
  11. Kal Rubinson

    Official Munich High End 2018 Topic

    or blows away the tattered metaphors.
  12. Kal Rubinson

    Official Munich High End 2018 Topic

    Count on it.
  13. Kal Rubinson

    Official Munich High End 2018 Topic

    I will be there and looking forward to it.
  14. Yes. My coax wiring was partly inherited from the previous owner and I added splitters as needed. When I added MoCA 1.0, it seemed to work OK but when I went to MoCA 2.0, there were issues. I rewired almost all the coax and reconfigured the splitter arrangements to minimize the losses in each leg. All went well but I also ran CAT6a at the same time, so I no longer need the MoCA.
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