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  1. Spocko

    Dan Clark Expanse Headphone Review

    You bring up a good point about value and our personal scoring criteria - for me it's impossible to vote without subjectively taking price into consideration. It goes the other way as well: 4-star performance for headphones costing less than $20 will get 5 stars from me while the exact same...
  2. Spocko

    TRUTHEAR x Crinacle Zero IEM Review

    BUYING IT NOW, thanks @amirm
  3. Spocko

    Marchaudio P422 Stereo Power Amplifier Renewed Review

    Are you guys working on a premium amplifier to take on these biggies?
  4. Spocko

    Dan Clark Expanse Headphone Review

    It's called staying in business to feed your family. This reply is for non business owners, who don't realize how many of these darn things need to be sold every day to keep the lights on and pay the employees, taxes, insurance, rent, etc. This post (promoted by @amirm ) about the cost of...
  5. Spocko

    Dan Clark Expanse Headphone Review

    Now waiting for the closed back version!
  6. Spocko

    DAC Noise Modulation: Chord DAVE vs Topping DX7 Pro+

    I bet the depreciation on a used Chord is more than the price of a new Topping DAC. It's not like some Porsche 911 models where the value actually rises past its original MSRP after a few years.
  7. Spocko

    Analysis of Paper on Measurements of RCA Cables by Kunchur (Video)

    agreed, RF/hum/noise is a nightmare which is why I exclusively only use XLR microphones now, but elsewhere in my recording chain there's sometimes noise that I dont know about until post-production, UGH
  8. Spocko

    Zero-emission vehicles, their batteries & subsidies/rebates for them.- No politics regarding the subsidies!

    At some point, the up front costs are fully recouped over a period of years if you compare it to the current rates being charged/paid for the same amount of electricity used, and once fully amortized (however long that takes) it's the cost of maintenance/replacement of the inverter which is...
  9. Spocko

    Zero-emission vehicles, their batteries & subsidies/rebates for them.- No politics regarding the subsidies!

    How funny is that, I just took them on as a sponsor LOL! Nice to know they do good work because I'll be using them too
  10. Spocko

    Analysis of Paper on Measurements of RCA Cables by Kunchur (Video)

    I can't be convinced to pay 10x more for cables that in theory "may" carry information that I know I cannot hear. It's also possible that well engineered el cheapo cables can hit that max just as well (I'm sure Topping is on it)
  11. Spocko

    Zero-emission vehicles, their batteries & subsidies/rebates for them.- No politics regarding the subsidies!

    That's my conclusion - solar installations + battery storage (with all their gov't subsidies) will get us to energy independence off the grid faster. I expect huge jumps in electricity prices over the next 5 years and I'll bite the bullet for that install maybe next year.
  12. Spocko

    Zero-emission vehicles, their batteries & subsidies/rebates for them.- No politics regarding the subsidies!

    This past week, certain parts of China have limited electrical usage and specifically, the use of EV charging stations https://jalopnik.com/china-shuts-down-ev-charging-stations-to-conserve-power-1849453761 Ironically, the area in question is near a hydro-electric dam that water levels have...
  13. Spocko

    JBL SDR-35 AVR Review

    heh, this is why I love FM car radios so much - you forget about audio gear "performance" and only focus on the music. I was soooo happy my rental moving truck had a built-in radio for me and my son to enjoy tunes while we drove for hours. I just prayed for music with no static!
  14. Spocko

    JBL SDR-35 AVR Review

    You're correct, sometimes ignorance is bliss as you can only tell if a movie track is "wacky" if you have a reference to compare it to! I'm absolutley a big fan of well engineered gear and you bring up a great point about discounting the "source of wacky sound". I'm currently reviewing some $2K...
  15. Spocko

    JBL SDR-35 AVR Review

    I don't think so because it's all about priorities - all products, from sports cars to washing machines, have to decide which features are more important than others as sometimes they are mutually exclusive because elevating the performance of one aspect necessarily attenuates something else. If...
  16. Spocko

    Carver Raven 350 Review (Tube Amp)

    And the best part of this audio gear journey is quite simply: your ears adapt so well that if 2 pieces of equipment are similar in a DBT that even if you could barely tell the difference 7 of 10 times, this is more than close enough that your ears really don't care so just buy the one that you'd...
  17. Spocko

    JBL SDR-35 AVR Review

    Looks like Anthem AVRs are the way to go since they have 2x independent bass management using ARC which is about as good as Dirac (Onkyo, Pioneer, Arcam and NAD AVRs).
  18. Spocko

    Carver Raven 350 Review (Tube Amp)

    I also love that it runs soooo cool unlike traditional/heavy old school Class A/B amps that double as mini heaters.
  19. Spocko

    Carver Raven 350 Review (Tube Amp)

    It cuts both ways - what you suggest is that one could spend $250 on a Crown amplifier and get indistinguishable sound against this $3500 product in DBT. So yes, this is why DBT is so anathema to audiophiles with more money than sense. I'm very much willing to pay more for the little...
  20. Spocko

    SMSL D-6 DAC Review

    It looks like the high performance DAC is now a well understood commodity that neither requires exotic materials nor proprietary expertise! So in terms of what an "expensive" DAC device gets you, it appears to be the domain of better UI, physical controls & knobs, materials and build quality...
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