Recent content by ecwl

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    Is it a good idea to post this in an audiophile forum where there are many obsessive compulsive individuals? I got no work done for 24 hours as I just finished all previous 200 Wordle’s that I missed. haha. But thanks. That was fun while it lasted. Time to go back to obsessively reading...
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    Please grade a system (woofer + floorstanding speakers)

    So many things to unpack here. For some generic statements: Triangle vs Focal: That’s a personal preference thing. I prefer Focal sound. You might prefer Triangle. You should know what you prefer. Chora vs Aria: The higher end speaker line always has less distortions, sound more detail with more...
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    Given this room, what is best for windows reflection and correct positioning of speakers

    I can't believe how I spent so long mesmerized by the beautiful rendering of the future space. So jealous and happy for you. With such a large space, I agree with others that it is unlikely room nodes/bass resonances or first reflection points are going to play a major factor. Once you moved in...
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    Small room issues vs large room w/ issues - my dilemma

    All DSP solutions for room correction are imperfect and about compromises. That's why ideally, you want to get the room acoustics as good as you can. For example, you can go from building your own convolution filter with Acourate (like I did) to accommodate for asymmetric setups or use Dirac...
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    Small room issues vs large room w/ issues - my dilemma

    Congrats on joining the forum. I can sense a lot of excitement about the different possibilities for upgrades/treatments that you've read online or heard. But part of the problem is that it's like telling people that I want to drive a better car as I don't feel that my current car drives well...
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    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    Too lazy to find the album cover. Brahms Symphony No. 4 conducted by Carlos Kleiber with the VPO
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    When do you stop upgrading?

    I used to upgrade frequently but half the time I ended up changing the sound rather than improving the sound. So now I don’t upgrade for a long time. I have three takes on this. First, I stop upgrading when I can’t afford or don’t want to pay for the next level of upgrade. Second, as Jim...
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    Volume and Listening

    I was completely confused by this RRV discussion. I take my DAC to the local Head-Fi meets and others also bring their gear and I can see from the DAC that for the same song, amongst our group, our preferred listening volume varies by up to 25dB. To me, sure, each pair of headphones has a...
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    Rachmaninov Cello Sonata - Yuja Wang

    Interesting. This was remastered by Naxos in 2000 onto CD & and again by Beulah edition for streaming in 2020. Must be something special. Will have to decide which edition to listen to. Maybe even both if it’s super special.
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    Rachmaninov Cello Sonata - Yuja Wang

    DG released a new recording of Rachmaninov Cello Sonata with Gautier Capuçon and Yuja Wang performing today. I just listened to it on my headphone system at work (Hugo 2 + Aeon Flow Closed). And while I think Yuja Wang’s piano playing has matured, I still really prefer the poorly recorded but...
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    Magico M9

    Fascinating. Although I don’t even understand how the room acoustics would work with such a giant pair of speakers. That said, when I visit HK in the future, I’d love to be invited to check this out.
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    Upgrading from a Chord Qutest

    I 100% agree with oldbigears here. The slight edginess you hear from the Qutest is probably a little bit of RF leakage ground current noise coming upstream into the Qutest which is why the change to the iFi power supply makes it a little bit better. But the best way to remove this noise is to...

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