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    Philip's Demo Playlists on Qobuz & Tidal.

    This is a wonderful gift and I am grateful. Thank you, Philip.
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    Are there more differences than similarities between CH Precision and other top Swiss brands?

    Interesting ! Throughout the years, I had (in chrono order) Goldmund-pre / power, FMA pre (rca)-power monos, Soulution, CH, and finally DartZeel. At the time I istened to modified Genesis V or Audio Physic Medea speakers, in a relatively large room (45 m2), mostly thru my Simon Yorke & a diy...
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    Does "competes with much more expensive" actually exist?

    Point well taken and, frankly, I don't think hand-made proffers an unequivocal advantage; more likely, it's the design, the materials quality, etc. However, many top-end devices are also manufactured in a micro-controlled, computerised environment: take MSB for example. But there's no doubt...
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    Does "competes with much more expensive" actually exist?

    This is something I've thought about as well and discussed at legth. First off, I think it's important to differentiate between the ultimate top-end and the rest -- IME, at the top end of the manufacturing scale, the SQ is incomparable as is the build quality. Whether it's useful...
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    great turntable story, made me smile.

    :) Bless Ellie!
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    Lumen White speakers. What do we think?

    I heard the "Kyara" several times at a show-room, driven by different amps, and I liked what I heard on all of the occasions. Large, bold sound with gobs of very fine detail and no compression on powerful orchestral passages -- albeit, we didn't play very loud. They were surprisingly good at...
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    Lumen White speakers. What do we think?

    I heard the smaller sized model several times (at a show-room), driven by different amps, and I liked what I heard on all of the occasions. Large, bold sound with gobs of very fine detail and no compression on powerful orchestral passages -- albeit, we didn't play very loud. They were...
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    why all the hate for multi-band EQ??

    The purported point of hi-end reproduction is to transport ourselves to the musical event, as presented by the recording & mastering engineers. In this respect, modifying the recorded sound takes us further away from that goal -- the equalizer being an additional circuit modulating the original...
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    Ideon Audio Absolute DAC - anyone heard it?

    As far as I know, no. I auditioned their top of the line digital front end and it consisted of a separate DAC, a streamer, and a reclocker / reviver.
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    Your DAC replacement thoughts please

    A while back I was looking for involvement and dynamics and, as you note, timbre distinctions (metal guitar strings or nylon...). I had the big PS Audio PW and a dealer/ consultant I know recommended I audition a "very engaging and dynamic dac" I had never heard of -- called Ayazi (it's actually...
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    upgrading speakers in very large room

    I love the M40 models and Harbeth specs them at 86dB 1W & 650W programme. On paper at least, these should do the trick, albeit with powerful amplification -- 250W or better. It's fascinating to realise how many speakers are designed with small-medium sized spaces in mind!
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    upgrading speakers in very large room

    I think it boils down to the fact that your room is big so you need higher than usual SPLs to reach comfortable listening levels. Being very efficient, horns can easily reach +100dB SPL with little effort (a few watts). Additionally, positioning them is relatively painless, making horns the...
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    upgrading speakers in very large room

    I'll chip in briefly to second (third?) the recommendation for horns. A mid-sized horn (or bigger) will fill up your ~750ft2 space with lifelike sound (lower mids to highs, at least) and dynamics; the equivalent in conventional dynamic speakers will an arm & a leg or two, and will requires...
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    Ideon Audio Absolute DAC - anyone heard it?

    In my system, the linear mode filters produce magic; my preference goes to the slow roll-offs -- i.e. slow roll-off linear mode. Apparently the Absolute has a very clean high-frequency response (with vanishingly low distortion & noise, it seems), so we can get away using more benign/slow...
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    Speaker upgrade

    Can you elaborate on what you would like the Blades to do better? That would help guide us a bit as there are many choices out there and your two short-listed choices are somewhat different animals. Regards

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