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About Metatron

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  • Turn Table
    Old Rega P2
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    RB300 with AT33PTG
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    something crap
  • Digital Source 1
    Bespoke Roon Server
  • Digital Source 2
    RPi3/dCS Net Bridge
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    Chord Hugo
  • Pre-Amp
    Modwright LS36.5
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    Pass Labs X250
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    WB ACTs + Torus
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  1. Metatron

    Your top ten sitcoms

    Good choices suggested so far... I don't know about 10, just thought I'd add a few that aren't here as my top 10 would probably include many off people's lists. Also, nobody said the list had to be British sitcoms. Coupling, was awesome until Jeff (played by Richard Coyle) was replaced in series 4: Old and now not PC, but Mind Your Language was good for the time: Men Behaving Badly Big Bang Theory Red Dwarf The Brittas Empire Modern Family Cheers How I Met Your Mother Outnumbered Absolutely Fabulous The IT Crowd Bread Ever Decreasing Circles Brushstrokes Me and My Girl Only When I Laugh Girls On Top Keeping Up Appearances
  2. What do you mean by "half a beard?" A 'tache? Beard on one half the face? Somebody giving second thoughts about covering up their partner's sexuality? Do we need Urban Dictionary?
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    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    So @Fourlegs arr you starting to reach any definitive thoughts on the RME yet (especially direct into Pass Labs, since I also own a Pass amp)?
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    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    I was referring to a signal being digital before D/A up to the speaker drivers, or at least analog out from an amp. Source into pre-stage of a pure digital amp has issues if the source is analog, but precisely for the same reasons analog sources can pose problems into analog pre-amps.
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    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    Digital amps are a good idea. The signal remaining digital but with gain applied and then D/A done after, permits any noise floor to be disregarded by the DAC. The output noise floor becomes dependent on the DAC converter chip/circuit characteristics and that of the output stage, rather than all upstream devices. When things stay in the digital domain, it remains easy to separate signal from noise. When things are analog, this is not the case. TL;DR this is digital attenuator combined with active gain devices, like some of NADs digital integrateds.
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    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    Depends if one puts a digital-only correction unit between source streamer and DAVE. Something like the miniDSP SHD Studio which includes DIRAC Live. I'm sure there are other units with similar abilities. However, I think many audiophiles will balk at the miniDSP's max internal sample rate of 96kHz.
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    Wilson Benesch Actor Speakers - No Knowledge, thoughts?

    I forgot to ask, have you bought or are buying the Actors to try, and if so, how much for? When will you have them at home? As a guide, I wouldn't pay more than £1200 for a pair in excellent condition with original boxes and all parts.
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    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    Didn't Sting say the same talking about tantric sex?
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    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    As a light off-topic interjection... if you like Infected Mushroom, try the latest album from The Glitch Mob called "See Without Eyes", or Nigel Stanford's "Automatica" or "Solar Echoes" albums.
  10. @jonome Please go read some threads on here regarding Foo and FUD. I'm sure you'll get the idea that people here, while mainly only using their ears for guidance, are educated enough to tell apart snake oil science fiction from science fact. Where there is debate is regarding the concept that if something objectively measures better, that it sounds better - but each to their own. We Some of us try not to be too dogmatic. I've been known to occasionally enjoy some units that measure poorly. When you understand what Foo, FUD and blatant inaccuracies you've mentioned, and, objectively why they matter not one jot to sound quality, you'll realise that no matter how good you think your system is you've likely overspent and then some. Pushing Foo items via flaky FUD theories isn't going to give you traction or win friends on this forum, particularly if it actually demonstrates how little you understand. You might as well be saying the earth is flat.
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    Wilson Benesch Actor Speakers - No Knowledge, thoughts?

    RTFM The tweeter is the Scanspeak 9300, a short name for: The midrange and woofer are Scanspeak 8545: Unless they were upgraded to the in-house Tactic or Tactic 2 units. The way to tell is if the driver frame has a dot area between the bolts. There is a chance these will produce way to much base for your room, but give it a shot. Strictly speaking, these are well designed and better than what most people say about Wilson Benesch generally, because most opinions are based on the poor demos they do at shows and not actually getting hands on and seeing what their speakers are capable off. For a non carbon fibre enclosure speaker from WB, these are damn good and very articulate. For some strange reason, many Naim lovers end up with them which results in way too much dynamism and attach that its war on the ears. Now for the downside... I am assuming your Linn source is the Akurate DS or the Klimax DS. Your amp is awesome and being class A will gel well with the WB speakers. However, I really think that your system needs far better speakers. The WB A.C.T. or Mk1 WB Discovery or Trinity might be a better match, or else if I had money to burn, I'd consider the Kudos Titan 707 with that kit, or maybe the 606 for a smaller room. ATC SCM40 are also worthy of consideration. In the end, there's no substitute for trying them with your own kit in your own room. It's your preference. I personally think (and know from measurements) that the WB speakers don't deserve the press they get on some forums where people moan about screechy/shouty/bright. They are anything but in the right system and you've got a well balanced (neutral, resolving without losing natural warmth) combo of source and amp currently.
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    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    According to objective measurements on ASR/Stereophile website and the respective manufacturer's spec for each, the Qutest. According to non-objective (subjective) opinion on this thread, the RME ADI-2.
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    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    All in a PM I've sent you
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    DAC Off Part 2: Qutest vs RME ADI-2 DAC

    Remind me tomorrow and I can probably PM them. I have Wilson Benesch A.C.T. speakers. I got a smoother treble response graph with them than the 8C. Same in bass actually as there were more undulations in the 8C response when both were var-smoothed. However, I preferred the 8C bass which is more likely a result of perfect phase accuracy and alignment. However, on busy layered music, they didn't resolve the layers so well, sounding muddier. Although I tried to EQ both to the Bruel+Kjaer curve, I found the 8C fitted better in the lower mids, while my speakers fitted better in the bass and treble. I expected the 8C to display close to the BK curve just setting the distance from side and front wall but that didn't happen.