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About Metatron

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    Old Rega P2
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    RB300 with AT33PTG
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  • Digital Source 1
    Bespoke Roon Server
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    dCS Net Bridge
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    Chord Hugo
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    Modwright LS36.5
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    Pass Labs X250
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    WB ACTs + Torus
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Braiding shield will be separate to sleeving. I searched RS Components, but the shielded sleeves are only sold in long expensive reels. If I choose 10m instead, the following search shows the options:,4294848544 From there, you'd have to pick the inner diameter that meets your requirement, then be mindful of the outer diameter so that you buy outer sleeving that will fit over the top.
  2. What you ask is possible regardless of the foil tape. I didn't read everything about the foil tape. Follow the XLR arrangements shown here: Don't forget to actually read it, not just look at the pictures. For the connection to pin 1, it may be best to use a bare copper wire running the length of the cable, so you can solder it, not the tape (many tapes aren't solderable) - but it's connected to the tape where the tape wraps. You will have to ensure there is metal on metal contact between the foil tape and the ground wire you run somewhere. I'm saying this as many tapes are only conductive on one side and I wish you to avoid using an extra wire only to have it insulated on the sticky side of the foil tape. However, if you are smart over how you use the tape, you can ensure conductor on conductor arrangements easily.
  3. And 30 million when somebody points out the applicable EU regulations and a Brexit discussion argument fight breaks out.
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    PS Audio anyone?

    Maybe the Chord approach is better for the money. Certainly the service will be, although I found in 2017 that the retailers were now responsible for RMAs/servicing and going direct to Chord is not an option anymore. I found it curious as the retailers then redirect any returns to Chord anyway. I2S is not necessary. I could point you as some objective data for that. Generally mag reviews and people who've invested in it say it makes a difference, which primes others to believe it will, then hear it due to expectation. The reason I2S was not initially used outside a circuit board is that the clock signal is not integrated with the data signal, or Left-Right signal. This means it's harder to keep the 3 separate digital streams time (phase) aligned compared to an integrated signal like SPDIF or AES-EBU. The PSA transports are good, but I think even older Meridian Gxx units used a large ram buffer, they just didn't develop the party trick of allowing the music to keep playing when the disc was removed, but they still buffered the data in much the same way. You could easily get a Meridian G08 or similar, and use that as a transport. I am confident that in a blind test you wouldn't be able to tell them apart as a source. Personally, I always found that the Meridian players made superb transports and the one I once used at a transport is the only hifi unit I regret parting with.
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    System for the ma-in-law

    A system for the mother-in law, eh? I assume extraordinary rendition a private jet holiday, a stylish new orange jumpsuit and a paid for retirement in Cuba's popular 'X-Ray' resort is not what you mean? Just my wishful thinking about my MIL then.
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    PS Audio anyone?

    The poor service comment could be hit and miss. My poor service was direct with the distributor. I see you're in Ireland, which the PS Audio website says has no distributor, so maybe you would deal with PS Audio directly - I don't know. When I had the DirectStream DAC on demo, it was from a retailer. I told them about my experience with the distributor and they said they would write up a warranty that included replacing the unit with a new one if I bought the unit and subsequently found it developed a fault. So it could all depend on where you potentially buy a unit. I suggest talking to a retailer of PSA and seeing if they can ensure timely repair (days, not weeks/months) or otherwise loan you a replacement unit, or swap the unit for a new one in a fault scenario. My personal reasons for steering clear of buying PSA even from a retailer is that it still supports the distributor and my experience was the worst in 25 years in this hobby.
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    PS Audio anyone?

    I've not noticed you doing it. And I am not being sarcastic there either. @mentt had quite a good response which I thought was a good engagement on the subject and a newer perspective to the often repeated 'trusting the ears' despite the existence of cognitive biases. So I liked his posting, which as far as I can tell is the same as repping, just expressed differently. He was good enough not to take it too much to heart (I think). His view had proper merit to it. Recent stuff elsewhere here had me turn the other cheek and not vent how I wished to, which left allegations against my motivations and other personal aspects unanswered. I probably should simply have response in this thread more like the following (so apologies to mennt)... Some people can perpetually box-swap, which for them is actually part of their enjoyment, while for me and others it might represent an oft drawn out and tiresome search for 'better' and instead finding 'different'. So it prolongs the search for audio nirvana due to a philosophy that says you cannot rule anything out because of how it measures. This means you may as well listen to absolutely everything you can get your hands on. I know my take on objectivism is different to others, who only appear to chase numbers. I see it much more about understanding why I like something (quantifying objectively my subjective preferences). This has so far served me well and had me looking at all sorts of science papers that collectively do explain why a better measuring unit isn't always perceived as better. Before this, I did try the numbers only game, choosing what in theory are the units with better numbers. But as with many people who decided measurements don't mean anything, I also found that chasing the numbers didn't work for me. The difference is that instead of dismissing the science of measurement, as many seem to do when this occurs, I had to find the reason for what had transpired to resolve the schism of believing in science, but at the same time, also believing my like/dislike of a sonic presentation over much audition time. I tried to understand what was wrong about the measurements and finally thought it wasn't the measurements, it more that I must be liking something that doesn't necessarily measure well. From then, I tried correlating measured aspects against my subjective view of a hifi units sound. It is there that I found that understanding how to quantify one's own subjective preference makes measurements more useful. I wholly agree with people who say that measurements on their own tell you little (unless one is looking for objective transparency to the exclusion of personal preference). I personally feel that measurements need to be taken in the context of understanding one's own subjective preferences in sound presentation, which themselves can be quantified. Once these are quantified, it's easy to shortlist and make more headway without needing to listen to everything on the off-chance it may be the next purchased item.
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    PS Audio anyone?

    In isolation I'd have to concede that. Probably the result of a rough ride elsewhere in the forum of late, by people who will believe all manner of foo and ignore all evidence that exists that doesn't support their world view. Thanks' for trying to keep me on an even keel.
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    Sub bass & bass Speakers with 18" Volt RV4564 drivers

    Keith, This might be a little off-topic, but since you're trying to get very deep bass and have practical experience, I thought I'd enquire (assuming you've considered the option) about your thoughts on using multiple ports in place of a single longer port? Advantages/disadvantages?
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    Sub bass & bass Speakers with 18" Volt RV4564 drivers

  11. Metatron

    PS Audio anyone?

    That's a refreshingly different take on it and not one I expect to see. I mean that sincerely not sarcastically - hence liking your post! I offer a subtly counter view by just saying that if one determines they like some second harmonic distortion (which for me and amps is true), the next question becomes how much is too much, and how much is too little. So it is still possible to find things not entirely in keeping with the current overall sound signature. The point is not to take yourself so far away that you pine for what one once owned. I've certainly done that before I used measurements. Separately, whenever something measures ultra well, I will try and listen to it. Not because it is to my taste, but because I need to hear a reference point for so-called 'transparency'. If I find that the new unit doesn't mean that oft declared sterile/lean sound that many complain about in 'transparent' units, then I try to discover why I like it. Usually I find I do not like them though. Occasionally I find my tastes subtly but measurably shift over time anyway, so re-evaluating oneself is important.
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    PS Audio anyone?

    I know this too well. I quite like a sizable dose of second harmonic (which acoustic instruments produce also), that's probably why I prefer my Pass amp to many others. Add additional harmonics and I'm throwing up! I think the point is: I've correlated some measurable aspect to things I subjectively like, so I can make an informed decision about how something likely sounds from looking at measured performance graphs. I think before that, finding something to audition was just reading reviews and forums and trying to listen to anything people raved about hoping to luck out. Which reminds me... I'll take the bait on your inflammatory comment seeking to cast the aspersion that all objectivists are deaf (which true to a subjectivist stance has no evidence)... Well as I have said above, I use measurements where I was previously just subjective and yet I still have my own opinion. A person who doesn't understand how to correlate measurement with their own subjective 'taste' in hifi is either too lazy, too apathetic to bother, or not smart enough to grasp the data. As such he/she can only fall back on trying everything under the sun hoping to get lucky at finding something 'better' without ever understanding why something seems 'better' to them. They will ultimately get lucky, but it involves listening to so much kit that there always seems to be something 'better' available, which could actually just be different sounding. The assumption that subjectivists make when considering a foray into objectivity is that a very distortion-free unit should sound better, but this betrays the complexity of human perception where many of us actually like some types of distortion to be present in the genres of music we listen to, for various reasons, such as: we may have grown up listening to vinyl and certain characteristics in the vinyl sound are entrenched in us as 'right' we may have grown up listening to particular genres of music on older more distorted kit in the 70s or earlier, where the midrange had the most fidelity, but bass was lacking and top end rolled-off early, such that we developed a preference for equipment that has a forward midrange and there are many other reasons we can grow older liking a particular type of sonic presentation that is NOT consistent with better distortion figures it is also true that some forms of distortion (non-linear distortions) are universally disliked, but even among those there are subtypes that people can be more sensitive to than others, so two units with matching distortion figures may actually consist of different types of distortion and consequently sound different. As such, a poorer measuring unit can sound subjectively better to a person, but it's important to know why. If you can figure out why, you can use measurements to find kit which works for you. If you cannot be bothered, then it's endless auditioning and tracking dealers of brands down who can put a system together similar to your own for a demo. One system uses education to track down the desired sound, the other is a lottery. Did you know they say the lottery is a tax on the stupid?
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    PS Audio anyone?

    Only your personal experience matters. You are the arbiter of what sounds good to you. What somebody else describes/reviews may not be your perception when you finally get to hear such a unit at home. If you can learn to correlate measurements to your sound perception, it'll go further in to informing you how something sounds than somebody with a complete different system, different taste in music, and sound reproduction presentation, different perspective of what sounds 'right' and happened to try the unit you're interested in. With that in mind, what do you expect to gain from subjective opinions of strangers?
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    PS Audio anyone?

    I hadn't seen the Stereophile review when I tried one at home, but I felt it was artificially smooth as to be inoffensive and lacking 'drive' on music like fast rock/metal or EDM. It didn't unearth anything my current DAC could, if anything it was less resolving and too polite - so I didn't buy one. The Stereophile review seems surprisingly consistent with my impression of the DAC in this respect. My personal experience of PSA servicing via the distributor is that it's appalling. I wouldn't buy a PSA unit because of it. The older PSA PerfectWave DACs are very good units and far better VFM. I like the PerfectWave Mk2 more than the DirectStream. I think their BHK amps are overpriced. All the units have nice enclosures, a glass top, look good, have a nice remote, and good socketry, so have a luxurious feel. Generally, they all sound rather nice, except maybe the DirectStream DAC, although that might be entirely firmware dependent. I would still shy away from a unit that when measured independently had mediocre resolution, with subsequent firmware reviews saying the sound was better, but did not re-measure resolution to say this had fundamentally increased to what one might expect for high end DAC. Well the "rounded off" comment was on point. What I find amusing was how they show it has mediocre resolution, poor linearity, added second and third harmonic and yet they still conclude "the best musicality of which DSD is capable". Perhaps they meant to allude that DSD is fundamentally flawed and that when they said "the PerfectWave DirectStream may be in a class by itself" they meant a class below, not above. It's interesting how an article can be written in such a way as to put a positive spin on things. I preferred the older PSA PerfectWave Mk2 DAC - to my ears, it was far better than the new 'make everything DSD' idea.
  15. Of course you know I will say get a friend you trust to swap them out while you're blindfolded and cannot determine which is which. Then play 50 or 100 diverse tracks and have your friend note which cable was sample A and which was sample B, then you can either express which is better after comparing tracks and even going back and forth between tracks, but ultimately only having the results tallied at the end. If you manage to choose the cable you previously thought was 'better' in 75% or more of the tests, then we can be quite confident you heard a difference, so stick with the cable. If not, then the difference is marginal and probably not worth worrying over. This test is harder than you might think as the buffered music can stay in the streamer and you can inadvertently listen to data streamed from the same cable because of the buffer. You may need to run a test as to how much music your streamer buffers by: 1) Starting playback on a track and about 1s after you do so, pull out the network cable and see how long the music continues to play. The timing may be different for different sample rates and bit depths. Once you know what's what, you will have to factor this in to tests, so that when cable B is plugged in, you will listen to the data it has streamed, not the buffered data cable A may have streamed.