Not a fan of his work… but great to see that he admits he doesn’t know anything about this for sure but he’s developing a product that will fix it anyway… hmmm subscribed uhmmm errrr not.The person who wrote claimed he heard ‘more noise on the stream that came from the internet”. I highly doubt that.
It’s nice to see Paul admit that he doesn’t know. It’s a complex problem that only a few manufacturers seem to have figured out.
The big problem with streaming is buffering obvious I know - but being at the end of my road and despite various guarantees I still encounter the wheel of death regularly. During music highly annoying. It may be better that I download music but I had in my mind the logic of streaming to hear it first before buying on vinyl. If I download I am paying more for no real reasonI did extensive testing over the course of the month. And I made significant improvements in the sound of my streaming with $500 with common gear when added to my Paul Pang high end switch and Rose 150b.
It can easily be done - it just requires thinking outside the box and doing a little bit of experimenting.
Not a fan of his work… but great to see that he admits he doesn’t know anything about this for sure but he’s developing a product that will fix it anyway… hmmm subscribed uhmmm errrr not.
It sure can sound amazing. I think we've arrived at the point where one can go all in with streaming from Qobuz and be treated with world-class high-end sound. As with everything in this hobby, all it requires is proper care in selecting gear.I believe streaming can sound amazing, and often does. But it has a ways to go, and I applaud the people that are working on improving it.
Sometimes more money equals better sound quality not always, personally I equate high end with sound. quality not price. A $500 piece of equipment outperforming a $50k one sonically isn't that uncommon. Maybe we should define what high end means to everyone first?Would you consider a $500 vinyl based system to be high-end?
How about a $50,000 record playing system?
And how would that compare to a carefully constructed $500,000 turntable, support, cartridge, phono cable and phono stage?
Turns out, local and remote streaming is no different when you judge it according to the sound quality its capable of producing.
The problem with networks in general is that they were originally designed for an altogether different task. Sound quality played absolutely ZERO role in the development of networking standards and associated equipment and the concept of digital streaming was a late development in the digitisation and distribution of music.
At first it was assumed (and still is in certain quarters) that all one needed for digital streaming was a bit-perfect copy of the original digital source material; usually a CD. It was accepted that compression was a bad thing, but the ultimate was considered to be ‘uncompressed bit-perfect’ files.
Happily for audiophiles this has proven not to be the case. Why happily? Because a bit-perfect stream can sound pretty poor and certainly not what would be considered High-End. But streaming is like any other branch of hi-fi In that bit-perfect is only a small part of the equation when it comes to the sound quality achieved. Noise, in all its different forms, network traffic, vibration, timing inaccuracies and the ’audio quality’ of ALL the hardware employed play exactly the same role in streaming as the quality of turntables and associated equipment play in analog music reproduction. A top class streaming system is most definitely High-End, to the point it can get close to establishing a new SoTA in reproduced music quality.
this past summer i stumbled across a streaming 16/44 file of a live 90's grunge concert that really touched me. could not get enough of it. so in July when i went to the Seattle Audio Fest audio show in each room i asked for it to be played to give me a sense of each room relative to my home experience. honestly, none came close, but more to the point, none of the analog experiences at the show equaled it either.to the point it can get close to establishing a new SoTA in reproduced music quality.
ready for a demo of that
Hi David,Sometimes more money equals better sound quality not always, personally I equate high end with sound. quality not price. A $500 piece of equipment outperforming a $50k one sonically isn't that uncommon. Maybe we should define what high end means to everyone first?
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