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RE: Comparing DAC's

I happen to know Peter Q and for him it is 100% about the music. The argument he makes is that the biggest problem with most music reproduction is homogeneous sound...a sameness in reproduction that will elicit boredom. A system that has the most differences will not be boring since you will be kept on your toes as every recording (and every track) will be different.

an example might be the Bose 901 that can creates a huge stage whether there is a huge stage or not. So while that may be impressive that the stage is 30 feet wide - it's not so great when a piano is 30 feet wide or a trumpet is 30 feet wide.

As someone who has read a lot of reviews of them and own some of it I find it interesting when I read a review of something from them that is polar opposite of the next review - even by the same reviewers. Vague small soundstage in one review - panoramic soundstage in the next. One review says coloured the next review wholly transparent. Fast versus slow, boxy VS open, Big, Small. Vastly dynamic, dynamically small. And that happens because it gives you the recordings and the equipment.

One of my biggest problems with very popular planar speakers is that I sat in front of a pair for about an hour and played acoustic piano/male singer, Compressed Lady Gaga pop music, Well recorded Beethoven, some trance, rock and roll - and a sameness didn't go away - it all had a kind of flat sheen to everything. Clear yes, crisp and clean, check. But it was a stamped on sound created by the speakers. It sounded best with live opera where you could practically see the singers walking across the stage. If that is what you listen to - awesome Corpuscles will dance. But across a wide range of music I'd be bored from the same presentation.

I think other stuff does a fine job of what Peter is talking about but I think it's a pretty good goal to reduce that homogeneous sound.


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