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  1. Sorry Chris what are you showing with these pictures? I also was wondering how to deal with fasteners through the thin walls of the horn. I’m currently leaning towards Ron’s method of gluing stiffening boards to the other 2 surfaces then screwing the woofer mounting boards to those. This is appealing as a potentially much stiffer surrounding “box” arrangement and doesn’t require fasteners/cutting the horn except of course for the ports. Thoughts?
  2. On the prog rock side of things, Steven Wilson's multichannel mixing of his own work both with Porcupine Tree and solo is impressive musically, and technologically. Try "Shallow" or "Open Car" from PT's Deadwing, or "Octane Twisted" from their 2009 The Incident (nominated for an Immersive Audio Grammy)
  3. Those should go up on a tablet somewhere as the trinity of most important requirements for home loudspeaker design.
  4. See how the midrange mounting spots are countersunk to allow for surround travel? That's not done here for the woofers but how about the Crites or other woofers specified for our K-402 MEHs? Is the woofer surround ever near hitting the mounting panel?
  5. Got any pics of this? Was any additional shaping of the ports needed for example to join the two hole saw holes?
  6. and what are you using for threaded inserts for the 4 woofer mounting screws? Any reason not to go to 6 screws or even all 8?
  7. Thanks Ron! Those pics are helpful. I can see how the silicon around the horn cutouts would damp vibration. What silicon compound are you using? I still don't see how the driver is mounted to the horn. Is it direct to the flange or to some intermediary support?
  8. Yes, fascinating project! Got any more pictures of the initial setup/evolution? Still plan on testing as "open baffle" (not sure how that would work when only the woofers fire to the rear) and if so wouldn't the baffle have to be much larger than what your pictures show so far? If already going to a sealed cabinet without OB testing, why have the horn protrude from out front? Won't that be difficult to seal off? Why not have the horn lip seal to the cabinet front much as it does with the KPT-305 which cabinet Chris used for his MEH? Speaking of the KPT-305, Klipsch went to the trouble of enclosing the back of the 8 inch driver in that mid bass module in a metal can - really sealing it off inside the 305 box. Maybe our evolving MEH designs should go in that direction?
  9. It might not, since I've found that the Oppo 103D is converting the DSD/DSF to PCM. Then again it might since it's a simpler way of playing the files - no computer software involved. For me who has become aware of noise in my system even when a computer is working on the same household power circuit (not connected to the audio system directly analog or digital) this point seems important currently (no pun intended). Maybe I'll find software playback superior if nothing else for the GUI and cataloging/tagging features and this noise issue to be "in the weeds". :0)
  10. My confusion stemmed from thinking you were referencing his review as an illustration of the superior performance of the XMC-1's dacs. Now I understand your greater context. Thank-you and well put. Actually, as I've stated before, following you over the past year or so has awakened me to the "macro" issues in home audio and what is "in the weeds".
  11. Confused here. I didn't read through all 11 pages of that thread but the review conclusion makes clear: "Even without that problem, we still can't match performance of a $99 desktop DAC even though we paid $2,500. Yes, we got more channels than 2 and have room EQ but still, I want my good performance damn it!"
  12. Actually, I meant the Oppo directly playing the ripped DSD/DSF files from a usb drive connected to it or over a network share/ethernet not HDMI in, but, after some experimentation that might not be a very attractive way given it seems to convert DSD to PCM:
  13. Glad you're home and on the mend Rudy.
  14. Interesting, I may need to check out the foobar2000 interface for myself. Have you tried them directly on the Oppo? If the Emotiva has analog inputs you could also play around with which DAC sounds better (although those differences may be swamped/moot by the DSP you're doing) Any noise penalty for having a computer directly hooked to the system?
  15. Yes, it's great to have immediate browse-ability of most of my collection. (I still have some bluray-audio disks to rip.) I'm getting addicted to the presentation/GUI of Tidal in Roon but only for 2 channel (the Oppo 203 can't be a multichannel Roon endpoint). Do tell though Chris, I saw you post about software player options, but, how are you getting those new ripped DSD/DSF files to your Emotiva? Just playing them on the Oppo 103 which ripped them with your 2TB usb drive connected?
  16. More on topic here’s what DSD/DSF looks like on the iPad controlling the oppo 203 first in Roon (which I believe transcodes the files into its own format) and the Oppo Media Control app (which I think doesn’t)
  17. Chris, thanks for that Tag&Rename info. I'll be investigating that. If like me you're also interested in ripping UHD Blurays I found lots of helpful info on the MakeMKV forum including a guy named Alex who set me up with a drive and case with UHD compatible firmware. I got: 5.25” Bare Drive ASUS BW-16D1HT with Libre Drive mod and -OWC Mercury Pro USB 3.0 enclosure for full sized drive. This setup works on my Win10 usb 3.0 laptop and older Vista usb 2.0 desktop with MakeMKV and RedFox AnyDVD.
  18. Here's a look at the MiniDSP software settings that give output from my laptop usb connection. Note on the input tab that "usb" is selected and in addition to showinig "connected" that it's not "muted". It has an unconventional mute switch. Both have an "x" but the muted state is red.
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