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  1. tuga

    DSD64 fs

    If you use HQPlayer you can downsample DSD256 to DSD128, or upconvert any kind of PCM file to DSD128. Not sure if one can buy DSD256 files though.
  2. Yes, I think both toe-in as well as the crackiness of the amplifier may produce different results. Also positioning and listening distance may make them perceptally "leaner" or "fuller".
  3. The LS50 coaxial produces flat response off-axis but with progressively narrow directivity, with the upper-mids and treble somewhat beamy when compared to "regular" boxes and a tad of mid-bass hump. If you are listening above or to the side of the tweeter axis you get a "warm" balance. They're a bit difficult to drive but the impedance is high at 2kHz so they may actually sound a tad "metallic" when driven by high output-impedance valve amps (e.g. Prima Luna, Leben).
  4. Where did you compare the two speakers? The lower-midrange "thinness" that you describe may have been caused by poor positioning of the speakers as there's nothing in the measurements that would justify it. LS50 (red/blue) vs. R3's (green/orange). Red and green are anechoic on-axis, blue and orange estimated in-room response.
  5. There are many changes in performance, some directly related to the Metamaterial and others not. For example the cabinet is now virtually "quiet", the port resonance (which affects the mid-midrange) has dropped by a few dB, off-axis response in the upper-mids and treble is now smoother, the fatigue-inducing hump between 2 and 3kHz which you can see below in JA's in-room measurement is now gone. The only slight stain is a little resonance mode at around 1.65kHz, which the original speaker didn't produce... Your description correlates well with the measurements. KEF LS50 Me
  6. The shelving above 4kHz starts halfway up the "presence" region but is flat above that. 6-8kHz is "sibilance" territory, 8-10kHz "crispness", above that "air". I have experienced similar at a friends with some modded B&W CM tweeters (changes to backwave trap stuffing). The treble becomes smoother and more "natural" sounding.
  7. I wonder if 'vocals are more "present" and forward in the mix' can be (solely) attributed to the Maze. The frequency response is flatter in the presence region (centered around 4kHz) and the crossover now takes place at 2.1kHz instead of 2.2kHz in the original model so other changes have been made to the design. Is the flattening between 2-5kHz a result of using the Metamaterial which according to the engineers produces broadband absorption, a change to the crossover slope and maybe a notch filter, both? In fact, perceptually I would expect the opposite to happen because the LS50 has
  8. I hadn't listened to that in a long long time, it's botleg quality and very sssssibilant.
  9. Don't worry, at domestic distances all XLR cables will have extended high frequencies, in a normal cable it's only on long distances (10s of metres) that capacitance will start rolling off the highs.
  10. Not according to Mogami: W2549 has been designed using our famous Neglex OFC to provide the highest quality audio reproduction in any recording application. It features #22AWG conductors and extremely low capacitance. The 100% coverage served shield and twisted pair construction is excellent at preventing noise caused by electromagnetic interference. This cable is recommended when extended high frequencies are important or where long cable runs may be needed. http://www.mogamicable.com/category/bulk/microphone/quality_balanced/
  11. Someone recomended these recently (Rabski?) https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/323802172688
  12. This speaker is listed at £1.5k.
  13. Traditionally the MA house sound is tilting towards bright. I would add the Wharfedale Evo4.3 to that list. And suggest that perhaps you could consider buying used since yor £1,000 could potentially afford a £4k RRP speaker.
  14. tuga

    SACD player

    As far as I know you will need a particular model of PS3 to rip SACD, and it's a painful process...
  15. Your room is quite big, I think that you will probably be better served by the R3s than the LS50 Metas, unless you would consider adding subs at a later stage: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/284267933507 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/353463195795 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/194037602601 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/154439686734
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