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mapman

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roon sound wasn't as good
I created my own room correction filters for Roon using Room EQ wizard freeware and a $100 minidsp mike using an online guide. I apply the room correction then add additional eq filters to season to taste. Results can be tuned in perfectly to pers... 
roon sound wasn't as good
Roon DSP functionality takes a little time to get the hang of but it’s worth it and opens up all kinds of possibilities for tailoring the sound room by room, device by device all in digital domain. I use it all the time and have presets for 4 diff... 
A quick question on what streamers to consider.......
Wait, Aurender is all proprietary hardware and software, not Roon Ready, and no WiFi? Not for me most likely if any one of these is the case. Roon and WiFi should be standard. If it is Roon compatible, then that solves the proprietary issue.  Unle... 
MBL Owners: The "Why" Behind Our Choices and the Search for the Ultimate "Wow" Factor
Mbl done well is very special. Nothing compares. I’ve commented on mbl many times over the years. Search my posts if interested. I am currently a mere Ohm Walsh owner but their designer, the late John Strohbeen, posted on his website that mbl was ... 
LTA Ultralinear Plus Integrated vs. Pass Labs XA25/EAR 868pl
LTA seems to provide the best attributes of both tubes and solid state, in an incredibly small, light package   👍  
Has anyone heard from bdp24 lately?
Always good to hear from @bdp24   
Do you trust your ears more than measurements?
I’ve found that with reliable sources and using both, that my ears typically help confirm what the metrics indicate. So the stars have been aligning pretty well for me in that regard of late…..the best of both worlds.  
Vinyl rips - still worth it?
I still do it but with decreasing frequency. Only with records I have that I have to hear and not on Qobuz. I listen while “ripping” the record then it always gets streamed from there. If I did not have a very easy and good quality record cleaner ... 
recommend PRAT Integrated amplifiers (not Naim)
I can’t even repeat here the blasphemy AI delivered when I asked if fuses are directional. What audiophile did the training there? Look it up! Inquiring minds want to know. This place could become very boring if this keeps up. 😬  
recommend PRAT Integrated amplifiers (not Naim)
I specifically asked AI the question and in addition to Naim (#1), Rega and Musical Fidelity both came up near the top as amps that users commonly associate with PRAT. So that. It also pointed out that PRAT is a subjective thing. Smarty pants! If ... 
Need Guidance for Next/Last Pair of Speakers
You only live once.  Maybe the used Avant-garde are the ticket   
Absorption of digital hash
I use Mu Metal foil to shield my step up transformer from external EM fields and resulting noise. Works great.  The difference in noise levels is clearly audible.   
Seeking Honest Opinions: Your Experience with McIntosh Audio Gear
Honestly, I’ve heard Mac gear at dealers too many times to count over the years and have heard it sound just fine but never seems to fully grab me. But that’s just me. It holds value very well compared to many others it seems so that is a big thin... 
recommend PRAT Integrated amplifiers (not Naim)
I would definitely not rule out good modern Class D amps in general. Atmasphere is a good example. I heard those then the Atmasphere tube amps immediately after and they were way more similar than different. I’d choose the Class Ds but others will... 
recommend PRAT Integrated amplifiers (not Naim)
I don’t think generally there is denial of what people hear. Just ignore those individuals if so but don’t throw out the baby with the bath water.  More that everyone hears and thinks differently and personal opinions alone may have value but are ...