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In Reply to: RE: In point of fact, name-calling is one of the few things that might get you in trouble here... posted by Isaak J. Garvey on March 21, 2017 at 18:33:58
I think he became annoyed when he read "Stereophile, the ultimate MQA cheerleader has lost all credibility ... ", which strictly speaking isn't true. Stereophile isn't a consumer magazine, there is no business model that would support that, the consumers don't appear to be willing to pay for that, but at the same time, it's not an industry shill either. I think most AA people are appreciative of the work that JA does. And he clearly takes his integrity and the integrity of his magazine seriously.
I do think you could make your points more effectively if you toned down the animosity.
It is also possible he got annoyed because an industry icon who is far, far more accomplished, and whose imprint is incredibly deep in both the recording and consumer playback world, in both digital AND analog(!) feels that Meridian is engaging in a desperate marketing lie to save it's skin.
And to claim he is biased because he is a proponent of DSD was rather pathetic.
If not pathetic, a sophism. I agree with that.
John and Isaak, you should watch this. I'm mad at an old friend but this made us both laugh in the past. I'm going to throw it out at him tonight and see what happens....Mark K.
Honestly, Stereophile/Audiostream's own words back this up, although to be fair and accurate Robert Harley at TAS has been just over the top. So they are the Co-Ultimate.
John Atkinson, Stereophile (link below)
"In almost 40 years of attending audio press events, only rarely have I come away feeling that I was present at the birth of a new world. In March 1979, I visited the Philips Research Center in Eindhoven, Holland and heard a prototype of what was to be later called the Compact Disc. In the summer of 1982, I visited Ron Genereux and Bob Berkovitz at Acoustic Research's lab near Boston and heard a very early example of the application of DSP to the correction of room acoustic problems. And in early December, at Meridian's New York offices, I heard Bob Stuart describe the UK company's MQA technology, followed by a demonstration that blew my socks off.
With a pair of Meridian digital active speakers being fed audio data from a laptop, Bob was playing 24-bit files with sample rates up to 192kHz, yet the data rate was not much more than the CD's 1.5Mbps! Not only that, but there was palpability to the sound, a transparency to the original event, that I have almost never heard before, which Jason Victor Serinus can testify to."
Read more at http://www.stereophile.com/content/ive-heard-future-streaming-meridians-mqa#lF0OIuTJJigsqaJA.99
"The birth of a new world"...
"Not only that, but there was palpability to the sound, a transparency to the original event, that I have almost never heard before."
Never heard before. Hmmmm.
I find it impossible to take any body seriously who prints this kind of preposterous nonsense. MQA is just as valid as the dawn of the Compact Disc? Really. Wow.
And since 2014, it has just snowballed from there. Numerous show reports where Sterephile and Audiostream writers waxed poetic about how glorious MQA was after being part of carefully controlled demos orchestrated by Meridian. Then later they were sent MQA files to evaluate on an MQA DAC with no non DSP'd files for comparison. Although I do remember Atkinson saying he had his own master files of some recordings MQA'd and was able to compare
So you see...their own words make the case.
I am not sure what you mean by saying Stereophile is not a consumer magazine. Then it is an industry magazine? It can't be both, you can server two masters. That is an eternal truth.
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