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 on: January 24, 2019, 08:52:06 am 
Started by PeterSt - Last post by briefremarks
Just tried some comparisons between the "consensus" configuration A:B-W-Y-R, B: B-W-R, and Peter's latest A: B-Y, B:.  I have to say I prefer the consensus configuration.  The new configuration sounds pleasant and detailed, but lacks dynamics and emotion.  Maybe this comes off as "natural", but it is a natural that can start to border on flat.

I tried a few more configurations, some based on the discussions on the CA forum, but none of them is better than the consensus with my system and XXHE configuration.

My only dissatisfaction with the consensus configuration is in playing dense, complex, orchestral music.  This could be a problem with classic music recordings in digital format.  Many are mastered badly.  I find the playback a bit on the harsh, scratchy side--especially trumpets and massed strings.

 on: January 24, 2019, 06:52:32 am 
Started by Robert - Last post by Robert
I'm afraid the new low SFS which sounds amazing does not work well with 24/96/192 Hi res tracks from various albums. I had this problem some time back with low SFS and its returned. Some only play one track then stop. This is after loading whole album into Ram for all. Another only plays 2 tracks then stops. Black Sabbath Vol4 24/96 after the 2nd track distorts at the start of each track then comes right till the next track. KD Lang 24/96 did the same but did continue to play tracks with distortion at track starts after 2 tracks have played. No problems with 16/44 CD's.


 on: January 23, 2019, 12:04:11 pm 
Started by PeterSt - Last post by PeterSt

Today I will be into my 6th day of

A:B-Y, B:

(indeed nothing connected on the B side)

I keep on explicitly noticing how natural this one is. Detail is still exhorbitant, width is normal, depth is again relatively shallow. I suppose this latter contributes to "naturalness". And if my theory hols that sound should not be spread too much (like the width is OK now) then a bit of less depth may encourage accuracy ? (naturalness)

It won't be easy for me to take this one out again, so I am not sure when to test something new (or back to "the one with consensus" first, for that matter).


 on: January 22, 2019, 08:25:35 pm 
Started by PeterSt - Last post by Nick
Ramesh hi,

I think I might be able to understand your impressions so far. Extrapolating from listening to Manis system last week (Stealth III, blaxius^2 B:B,W,R) I can understand how the B:B,W,Y could sound a bit etched and forward:

The blaxius^2 is VERY transparent and introduces a life and a joy de vivre to the sound (I will be ordering a set as I just can't listen to my system easily since hearing the cables at Manis  unhappy ).

The Stealth III is more prone to mid / upper mid resonances than my PC.

I suspect that B: B,W,Y "works" here at the moment because this setting in part overcomes the relative darkness of my Blaxius 1 and my PC dosent reinforce the more forward presentation.

I am really looking forwads to listening again when I have Blaxius^2s in my system. For sure I know that I cannot reliably do more work on my PC or Lush^2 settings until the the cables are in.

Thanks for feeding back your thoughts. Its going to be fun seeing if my Lush^2 settings need to change with the introduction on the new cables.


 on: January 22, 2019, 07:11:32 am 
Started by PeterSt - Last post by briefremarks
After listening some more, and switching to Charlie Haden Tokyo Adagio, I think B:B-W-Y sounds a little unnatural--too many "resonances" and echoes.  More listening needed.

 on: January 22, 2019, 06:29:35 am 
Started by PeterSt - Last post by briefremarks

Have been listening with A: B-W-Y-R and B: B-W-Y this evening, especially to classical music--Bruckner particularly.  Really nice.  At least for this music, I think I prefer this setting to B: B-W-R.

Good find.


 on: January 20, 2019, 09:59:52 pm 
Started by Robert - Last post by BertD

I have to ask are you still using barebone Intona?

No Intona here ... haven't tried it for a while either.


 on: January 19, 2019, 05:57:53 am 
Started by hudesigns - Last post by PeterSt

Dear Zheng,

My old settings were Q1=30, xQ1=10 which I presume to be too high for my meager PC.

I think I said SFS, but it is about what you mention (the net Q1 value). This is not related to a too meager PC etc., but it relates to how a larger buffer is dealt with internally. With the smaller settings it will still "cut" at the change of format or end of the playlist, but you may not be able to detect it any more. Say that a Q1 of 1x 11 implies a cut off of 100ms then 10x 11 implies 1000ms (one second). And so on. The speed of the PC does not matter to this.

Kind regards,

 on: January 19, 2019, 05:31:51 am 
Started by Robert - Last post by Robert
Bert most certainly liking Custom Low setting now. Going back to Arc I can hear what you describe.
I have to ask are you still using barebone Intona?


 on: January 18, 2019, 05:19:31 pm 
Started by hudesigns - Last post by hudesigns
Hi Peter,
This is just FYI and might be helpful to others who have similar issues. It turns out that after I adjusted the Q1 and xQ1 values, the problem was basically solved. My old settings were Q1=30, xQ1=10 which I presume to be too high for my meager PC. The new settings are Q1=11, xQ1=1. So far it seems to be working fine. No more choke at the end of a track especially when it is the last or only track in playlist.

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