10: 4 Epic LA Audio Show Interviews, starring Sonus Faber/Mcintosh, 1MoreUSA, Paradigm, and Cambridge Audio

Audiophile PodcastJust back from the LA Audio Show, and we got some GREAT interviews with William Kline of Sonus Faber/Mcintosh, Ari Morguelan from 1MoreUSA, Chris Sipes from Paradigm/Anthem, and Gregg Chopper from Cambridge Audio, all of whom shared amazing insights about their products, the industry, and where we’re going.
Most importantly, they all had to answer the question:  What would you do with $3000?

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9: Getting The Most Bang For Your Buck on Stereo Gear, With Harris Fogel

Harris Fogel (http://maceditionradio.com) joins us for a chat about how he became an audiophile, what kind of gear to look at, and how he’d spend $1500 to get great sound!
 
 
 
 
 

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8: Speaker Placement 101

No matter how high end your speakers are, you’ve got to put them in the right place to maximize the sound. The old adage says “a cheaper, well placed pair of speakers will sound better than a more expensive, poorly placed set.   In this solo episode, Michael breaks down a few different methodologies of setting up your speakers, whether they are bookshelf, floorstanding, new, or old.
 
 
 

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7: Do Speaker Cables REALLY Matter??


On today’s Beginner Audiophile, we “bake off” 4 different speaker cables from Monster, Blue Jeans, Analysis Plus, and Monoprice to see if A: if we can hear any difference, and B: if the difference is palpable enough for us to make a buying decision. We also give an Anthem update, and announce the winner of the 1MoreUSA headphones!

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6: Resolution Demystified, Oppo Sonica DAC/Streamer Review, What is The WAF?

On today’s Beginner Audiophile, we start by explaining the WAF, audio file resolution, and Michael gives an aptX update.  Then we jump into the review of the OPPO Sonica DAC and what made a huge difference while we tested it. Finally, we dig into your questions.

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5: When Things Go Terribly Wrong…

…or at least, when things don’t go the way you expect them to.
Today’s episode is about patience.  I received a piece of gear that I couldn’t get to connect to the interwebs, and Paul and I fiddled for hours with the Oppo Sonica DAC until we got files loaded from our hard drive. Now, the latter was not OPPO’s fault at all.  Paul just has a complicated system at home.  At my house, it integrated easily, and I’ve loved the sound.  But we both agree there’s some breaking in to do.
When experimenting with new gear, in the quest for perfect sound…not everything is going to play together.  So, this episode is about a bit of patience.

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  • 03:03 – OPPO Sonica DAC
  • 03:17 – Anthem MRX 1120
  • 03:42 – Roon software
  • 04:21 – Audirvana
  • 04:46 – TIDAL
  • 07:15 – Matt Rockwell and proprietary box
  • 10:40 – Anthem MRX 1120
  • 14:50 – Computer to DAC Connection, USB COAX Optical, jitter and timing issue, wifi and bluetooth connection
  • 16:40 – Different types of home audio setups
  • 18:40 – What you can do with the OPPO Sonica DAC
  • 20:41 – Redbook (CD) quality vs. sound quality with DSD and PCM formats
  • 23:00 – Ear Overlap and considerations for finding your reviewers and sound
  • 29:10 – Why you need to break in your gear
  • 31:10 – How to break in your gear
  • 32:15 – Listener questions
  • 35:10 – How to quiet a tile floor room, how to treat your room for audio
  • 38:03 – The importance of speaker placement in room treatment.
  • 40:12 – How to find your setup for getting audio from a CD/DVD player and how to approach for synergy between your devices
  • 43:14 – How to get TIDAL to play from your ONKYO system with the best results
  • 46:11 – Check out our power tip for TIDAL and getting high-quality audio to stream to your offline device
  • 50:30 – Stay tuned for more sweet setup tips in a future episode!

 

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