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    Do You Still Play Compact Discs?

    In my view, a digital/audio comparison or superiority/inferiority debate is pretty much meaningless and usually prompted by someone needing to belittle digital to further fortify his analog-superior world view. This person's digital audio listening experience is often limited to what he heard...
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    ECM records and other labels / studios recording techniques discussion

    Thanks for pointing out that a digital-only system is not capable of playing a vinyl record (golden or otherwise). And, conversely, a vinyl-only system will never be able to deliver the glories of the Taiko usb card ... so sad. :rolleyes: I've never heard the rare as hens teeth LP's Bonzo...
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    ECM records and other labels / studios recording techniques discussion

    Sometimes I think a lot of audiophiles, particularly among the vinylistas, who seem to be a little lost in a "Golden Age" nostalgia haze. In the world of jazz and classical there are many superb recordings/performances from labels that have produced consistent quality over the last 20 years and...
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    Do You Still Play Compact Discs?

    I stream through Qobuz and the sound quality is excellent if the source is excellent -- just as with CD's. My system is optimized for the best quality however, which makes a big difference. I always find it odd that people seem to think you can't approach music listening the same way through...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    From Wilson: "The version that appears in the TAS server version, is not the app version. If you see the aqua maintenance scripts button then you have the latest app."
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    I have the Maintenance Scripts bar showing, but my TAS version still reads 7.2.7 not the update to 7.2.8.
  7. Plixir Elite BAC

    Plixir Elite BAC

    Like new, stacked Plixir BAC -- 400 watts bottom with stacked, but isolated 150 watts top. Cryo-ed receptacle upgrade. Only 3 months old. Great Balanced Power! ($2800 new)
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Hold on, I need to put on my safety glasses first....
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    OK, I've been meaning to ask about this for awhile. On the TAS Beta Manual, Playing Control Screen, there is a button with crossed arrows inside a circle. In the manual, it says "Don't Use." Is this some kind of a test?
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Thank you, austinpop for your yeoman's work in testing all these network permutations. My initial takeaway is that simply turning off the last switch and so mostly ( or completely?) eliminating the influence of the network is better (in your Chord DAC system). That is, the full monty of...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    austinpop, two questions? -- When you disconnect the network for local playback, what's your reasoning for turning off the power supply rather than disconnecting the fiber from the sfp? More convenient? I ask because I thought it might take some time for the power supply to get it's caps...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    I recall Emile saying that his M12 switch was not beneficial in his system with the TAS/new USB set up. Bob (Rhapsody) reported the same after TAS. Kris, who has a seriously tricked out set-up (with multiple switches, clocks, power supplies), reported they still improve his sq after TAS. I...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Marty, Are you finding your streamed sources to be equal to your local files? Your description of what's required to get the most out of vinyl is one of the reasons I've gone lock-stock-barrel with Digital playback. Of course there will always be some un-matched vinyl pressings and...
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    A Superior / Musical Bass: Does it exist? If so, is it free? How do we recognize it? How do we achieve it?

    OK, since you either don't comprehend what I'm saying, or there is some other mysterious reason for your misleading spl levels obsession, I'm going to drop out of reading you're posts. I don't wear "earplugs" to concerts -- I wear ear protection which allows full frequency-- the kind musicians...
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    A Superior / Musical Bass: Does it exist? If so, is it free? How do we recognize it? How do we achieve it?

    Stehno, your speaker location set up routine is pretty typical. The final degree of success one gets is probably a result of extreme patience and dogged dedication which you seem to have plenty of! I've probably managed to get 90% there and honestly don't have any desire to diddle with it more...

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