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Timbo21

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About Timbo21

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  • Turn Table
    Technics SL1200G
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Technics/Shure V15IV
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Project Phono RS
  • Digital Source 1
    Bluesound Node 2
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    RME ADI-2 + iFi psu
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    Pathos Inpol2
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    Kef Reference 203/2
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    Audio Technica M50x
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  1. Timbo21

    RME ADI-2 DAC vs Chord Qutest

    Thanks. Thought it might be the Scottish one
  2. Timbo21

    RME ADI-2 DAC vs Chord Qutest

    I plugged the original back in at the weekend and it sounded pretty muddy and indistinct in comparison. It seemed clear to me the difference.
  3. Timbo21

    RME ADI-2 DAC vs Chord Qutest

    Great news. Which linear psu are you using?
  4. Timbo21

    RME ADI-2 DAC vs Chord Qutest

    I will chip in and say try Slow or NOS. I found them to offer the most natural midrange
  5. Timbo21

    John Darko appreciation thread

    Funny you should mention taste. I was thinking our hearing is perhaps somewhere between the sense of sight and that of taste. Sight is quite scientific. Anything on your TV can be accurately measured: the colour, brightness, contrast, etc, etc. We have calibration standards. Taste is very subjective. You can measure amounts of sugar or salt, but we have quite huge differences in how we each perceive them. Take cat-pooh coffee. Many love the idea a civet has munched and excreted a coffee bean, and will pay for the privilege; others taste no benefit. How can we measure that?
  6. Timbo21

    John Darko appreciation thread

    Exactly!
  7. Timbo21

    John Darko appreciation thread

    Is that David Beckham?
  8. Timbo21

    RME ADI-2 DAC vs Chord Qutest

    On my system Slow or NOS sound the most natural. SD Sharp sounds a bit 'digital' for me. Whether that's got anything to do with pre/post ringing I don't know.
  9. Timbo21

    RME ADI-2 DAC vs Chord Qutest

    I found the same with piano. The attack and midrange tone just sounds more right with the RME. As you say the Qutest is a little fuzzy.
  10. Timbo21

    The Truth About Vinyl - Vinyl vs. Digital

    In regards to point 3 that is incorrect. The first thing you're doing when mastering is trying to make the track have the correct balanced frequency response for that type of music and make sure the bass, mid, and treble has some coherence from song to song, and for it to translate to the consumer's listening environment. Often trends dictate this. For instance, 80's pop the mid range was pretty hard and bass not full or deep. It's wrong to say you can't boost above 10khz for vinyl, you can. Something like a 10khz, 12khz, or 15khz shelf (boosting everything above the aforementioned frequencies) would be normal. It's just you don't want excessive amounts. On 33/13rpm if the cutter head amps go above 3/4 of an amp you're likely to get top end distortion. For 45rpm it can take more, and can go to about 1 amp. As I previously stated, if there is excessive treble above 15khz, etc, likely to send the cutter amps crazy, then filter that out. If it then sounds dull, add treble lower down in the 10-12khz range.
  11. Timbo21

    The Truth About Vinyl - Vinyl vs. Digital

    You've got a winner there uzzy Listening to my Technics SL1200G with Project RS phono box into my Pathos amp I am just enjoying the music so much. God knows I've listened to professional DACs from DCS & Apogee to Prism & Pacific Microsonics, various CD players and consumer DACs. I don't know why they don't engage me like what I'm hearing now. Do I really need measurements to reason why I prefer it? The fact that we even like something called 'music' perhaps defies 'logic'
  12. Timbo21

    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    I got mine from Juno, but Keith of Purite Audio I think has a demo unit. I also found the same as you did with the Qutest. The NOS filter on the RME has quite a nice natural gentle curve on the filter which is kinder on the ears than the sharp filters.
  13. Timbo21

    The Truth About Vinyl - Vinyl vs. Digital

    Love that Thank you
  14. Timbo21

    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    Obviously best to use REW an a UMIK1 to really highlight the issues, but 3-4khz is the most sensitive part of human hearing and responsible for harsh midrange frequencies. When I was learning mastering I was taught to either boost up to 2.8khz, or 5khz on a wide Q to achieve more presence, but never 3-4khz area. 230Hz region can sometime be responsible for a 'muddy' sound if too much. However, taking too much out can make you lose 'warmth'/fullness. It's generally unusual for a frequency like 910hz to be pulled out. You've kind of gone for a typical 'hifi' users EQ there, ie suck out the middle which gives you greater treble and bass. The RME has a proper parametric EQ, but it's not as extensive as dedicated room EQ software's like Dirac, but you can still achieve a lot with it
  15. Timbo21

    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    Yes, I still definitely feel it was the better choice.