I just spent the last 3 hours in my listening room with my youngest son who happens to be in the film industry and does a lot of film editing involving sound mixing. He's here with us for the weekend and I wanted his opinion as to what he was going to hear. He knows my system inside out and has grown up with many iterations. I wanted to get his feedback
The music was entirely streamed. I listened to nothing yet in my library. I sat my son down and we did a search of an album that he uses a lot in mixing
Rome by Danger Mouse
I have never heard of this album so I was keenly interested and we found it on Qobuz
The entire album was placed into the queue and I pushed play
My son was glued. He listened to a few tracks and then made a few comments. He said that he has never heard such clarity in my system
He said that the sound stage was filled everywhere with music giving the impression of a massive soundstage and that the layering of sound was like nothing he has ever heard in my system. He mentions how he feel immersed in the sound as some tracks even had sound above us and way up along the side walls
The sound decay was terrific as the blossoms of the sound into the soundstage just seemed to be everywhere. This album is highly recommended if you want to get an idea of what the soundstage becomes with the Taiko USB Board and I have made a playlist of the entire album as IMO it . Vocals by Norah Jones
Rome is an album written by the American music producer Danger Mouse and the Italian composer Daniele Luppi. The album took five years to make and was inspired by the music from Spaghetti Westerns.
The album was recorded using vintage equipment and, as well as featuring musicians who recorded Spaghetti Western soundtracks, also features a reunited Cantori Moderni – the choir put together by Alessandro Alessandroni – that performed on the soundtrack to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The album also includes vocals by the American singers Jack White on the tracks "The Rose with the Broken Neck", "Two Against One" and "The World", and Norah Jones on the tracks "Season's Trees", "Black" and "Problem Queen". White additionally chose to provide lyrics for his three songs
We also listened to many of my demo disks
Let me try to put in perspective how I describe what I heard and maybe people can understand my analogy
Simply put "this is my first glimpse into the world of 8K"
I'm sure everyone has a TV that at the very least does 1080 p. Pretty damn good until 4K showed up and my whole world in video changed and I now own several large screen 4K TV's. Well now we go to shows and see 8K TV's and it is better still than 4k. Well how much better I asked when I saw 8K and I remember saying it looks "real"
So for me the best way I can describe TAS with the Taiko USB Audio Board, my answer is "it's like 8K TV".
Same soundstage but there is so much more information everywhere over the sound stage with absolutely perfect sound layering, immersion. IOW if this were a screen, its the same size as the 4K but there are now so many more pixels on that screen filled with information". To my ears this increased resolution is bringing us closer and closer to a sense of reality. Not sure if we audiophiles will ever be able to capture the absolute sound in our listening rooms but todays listening experience for me was an 8K experience
1080p = TAS
4K = TAS, TAS Driver
8K = TAS, TAS Driver, Taiko USB Audio Board
Today was quite amazing for streaming. I have yet to listen to my personal library stored in the Extreme
Bob said earlier and I have to totally agree that for the price the Taiko USB board is the most significant audio purchase one can make this year.