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  1. There are plenty of bluetooth headsets, Marc. You prefer holding a phone?
  2. Uh-oh. OTL's have a reputation for being unreliable and blowing up spectacularly, taking speakers with it. I would take a brief video of it so you can document the symptoms, then post the video here. After that, keep it turned off until someone reputable gives you a diagnosis.
  3. Thanks for the heads up, but not really. I already have two 8-channel DAC's
  4. They work seamlessly together. If you have purchased the correct dongle.
  5. I don't like rangefinders I like high quality compact cameras. I didn't like the M10 or the M240 because the sensors didn't have high enough ISO sensitivity. I bought into the Sony E-mount system because of the promise of a high quality compact full frame camera, but the reality is: - the lenses are bigger, heavier, more expensive, have poorer resale value, and are harder to find on the secondhand market than Canon and Nikon (although arguably equal or better in quality for some of them). I am still trying to sell my two remaining E-mount lenses after months of putting them on the market. The best offer I have received is less than 1/3 the new price. With a Canon/Nikon you usually get 60-70% back. - the body is not very nice to hold. It is angular and doesn't fall nicely in your hand like a Canon or Nikon. - the menu system is a mess. - lenses do not have consistent ergonomics. Example - manual focus over-ride on some lenses is achieved by pushing the focus ring on some lenses, and flicking a switch on others. Selecting aperture when in aperture priority mode may be achieved by a menu selection on the body, or by rotating the aperture ring in some lenses but not others. On a Canon, aperture selection is always made on the body. Result is, you slow down because you have to figure why your lens won't focus / can't select aperture, etc!! Sony A7/A9 series sounds very good on paper. In fact it sounds amazing. But the reality of buying into the system is somewhat disappointing.
  6. I had an A7S2. I sold it in anticipation of the Leica M10. I haven't yet bought the M10, but this thing is almost enough to tempt me back to Sony. Almost enough ... because ... technologically advanced as my A7S2 was, it was horrible to use.
  7. This is a beautiful thread, with a beautifully explained post on phase. More people should read it ... so ... bump.
  8. The PC I own is a 6700K with 16GB of RAM, but with no CUDA enabled video card. HQPlayer brings it to its knees. But then, I AM running 8 channels of convolution with upsampling to DSD256 on each channel. I am probably one of the more ambitious HQPlayer users around. Most people "only" use it for 2 channel. Because I need 8 channels, my new PC will be based on the 6950X, will have a GTX 1080 Ti, and will probably be watercooled.
  9. Well I am in the process of spec'ing a new computer just to run HQPlayer maxed out It will be a bit of a challenge, because it needs to be powerful, compact, and silent at the same time ...
  10. I use it. What do you want to know?
  11. Most Bach LP was recorded before the "original instruments" movement took over from "modern instruments". A few years ago I preferred the heavier and more rich sound of modern instruments (e.g. Richter and Klemperer), but these days I am gravitating towards original instruments. You may be able to find Leonhardt / Harnoncourt / Herreweghe / Rilling on LP, but you definitely won't find Suzuki and the newer Gardiner recordings.
  12. I would agree with this. I would also add - the definition of a "small" room is any listening room in the world. Unless your listening room happens to be dimensioned several times the wavelength of a bass wave.
  13. FYI that Schubert complete song cycle set on Hyperion is considered one of the best, if not the definitive recording for some of those works. Being a modern recording, the SQ is also superb. I own this set (in fact I twice own this set - I have two copies of that complete box set!), and I thoroughly recommend it.
  14. I guess now we know that the local AMR dealer has not set up an arrangement with a local tech to do repairs. It is either AMR company policy that repairs have to be made in the factory, or the dealer has simply failed to find a local tech guy. Either way, your experience should discourage people from buying AMR. Note to dealers: shipping equipment back to the factory for repairs is slow and expensive. It is even slower and even more expensive if the "repair" does not fix the fault. It would be best if you established a local repair center for warranty repairs. I have had a number of repairs done to my equipment over the years: - Pioneer A-400 (faulty capacitor) - local Pioneer recommended repair shop. - Cary SLP-05 preamp (pilot light kept blowing) - repaired by Audiophile's in-house repair shop - Cary CAD-211AE power amp - repaired by Lucas of Black Art Audio. The factory were very helpful in providing schematics. - Playback Designs MPS-5 (died after firmware update / faulty gear) - fixed by Warwick Freemantle of PMG. - JL Audio F110 subwoofer (dead plate amp) - repaired by JLS Electronics, JL Audio's recommended repair center. - Acapella High Violon tweeter (replace electrode and dead amp section) - repaired by local technician after schematics were provided by the factory. - Merging NADAC (fabricate custom DC-DC power cable) - performed by ATT Audio Controls service center in Sydney. In my own experience, local repair center is the norm, not the exception. But then maybe I have been lucky.
  15. Yup, those were beautiful sounding amps. Hugh gave his usual spiel about the Hiraga-like decreasing distortion curve of his amp, and tried to explain how it sounded more natural than amps that had a very low THD. I suspect that the message was lost on the majority of MAC members, as evidenced by some of the questions. For the record, I agree with Hugh.