mbain

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  1. Thumbs up regarding the regret over the AR2ax speakers. As a young buck with no money I drooled over these but had to settle for the AR 4x's.
  2. No takers? How about Priaptor?
  3. For those of you that have had significant experience with the Audio Research DAC8, which front end has offered the best sound quality?
  4. Interested in hearing about those pieces of vintage equipment that you wish you never parted with. What pieces would you still be using today, not keeping for the sake of nostalgia. I should never have parted with my Quad ESL 57's.
  5. Just completed test with Magnificat. Two listeners involved. Myself age 70 with less than the best hearing felt there was essentially no difference between the cd file and the Mqa file. The second listener who has very very acute hearing abilities felt the mqa file was generally more pleasing. Curiously, if you read " sphinxsix" post, second paragraph, #82, the second listener felt almost exactly the opposite on all points.
  6. Thank you for the courtesy of your reply. So I guess it would be safe to conclude that since moving on from your bdp that you are now listening to a server/renderer combination that offers superior sound. Would you say that the sq improvement is largely due to the software you now employ for playback or from the hardware you are now using?
  7. Can anyone offer their thoughts re. The sound quality of the Bryston bdp units as compared to the various CAPS servers with and without the micro rendu?
  8. Sorry in advance for my ignorance but I cannot get my head totally around the micro rendu. Question...can the micro rendu be used in conjunction with the Bryston bdp digital player with a resultant improvement in SQ.
  9. Thanks for this last bit of practical advice. I will try this today and see how it goes.
  10. Has anyone noticed that while listening to music at reasonable sound pressure levels from usual listening position, that hearing aids are driven to distortion? I have noticed a "garbling" of especially female voices. A distortion that is subtle at first, often barely noticable, yet when perceived it makes listening unpleasant.
  11. Can anyone suggest a " maintenance" schedule for hi-end amplifiers as they age. I own a pair of Mark Levinson 33H monobloc amps that are approximately 15 years old with low hours for their chronological age. I am concerned with aging capacitors as well as other electronic internal parts. What does capacitor failure sound like? How does the failure of other elements effect sound?
  12. I'm in and thank you for the chance to play. Mark
  13. Is anyone in a position to compare the Audio Research DAC 8 to the Schiit Yggy?
  14. Does anyone have knowledge and care to comment re. the sophistication or lack thereof of ADA conversion that occurs with digital hearing aids? I am wondering if hearing aid makers consider with the same degree of care the nature of the chips they use, the degrees of jitter produced and other parameters that effect SQ as do the makers of high end audio gear.