"MQA is tremendous technology that provides a listener of digital to get closer to analog than ever before. " hahaha. Well, not really. Bob Stuart is a genius of digital audio, but in the last decade he's turned that genius toward marketing. MQA is streaming tech and it's hit and miss, it's good tech,but not nearly what you're making it out to be. Also, I don't do any critical listening streaming thus the "yawn". It could be on my DirectStream if I want to take part in Bob's latest supply side monopoly scheme.
"And so when I hear or read someone dismissing MQA that pretty much says it all." haha. and so when I hear somebody going on about MQA and they don't really even know what it really is, that pretty much says it all.
"Again I I have found niche audio equipment mfg from China tends to fall short." I really don't believe you have done much listening to Chinese niche equipment, mainly because your boasts don't add up.
"Simply because the design of the piece is pretty standard and simply plugging in good DAC chips into a standard designed board does not neccesarily result in great sound." That goes for gear from anywhere; doesn't apply here, though. nice word salad, though.
"There is a readon this piece is offered at a “discount” and it isn’t because it’s so damn good in a listening room properly set up. " That word salad is YOUR read, and we know that's not worth much at all. maybe you haven't heard, but massdrop is where a lot of people come to get "discounts" on audio gear. LOL.
"Seems most here are in love with technical measurements and not the sound. Haven’t read a comment on how it sounds with various digital front ends." this is true all over the place. however, there are reviews all over the place about this thing, and you would be hard-pressed to find a negative review about it. First you went for ad hominems, now you're going for straw men; a pretty clear sign that you're in too deep. Yep, it does measure extremely well. It is very linear, very Dynamic, and very transparent. Why would somebody not want to experience a DAC like that? and for that price...oh yeah, you're hung up on the price, basically coming here to "bargain shame" others while trying(and failing) to elevate yourself.
"Your vitriol directed towards me only serves to underscore your own ignorance." It's more bemusement than vitriol; you're entirely too insignificant to warrant my vitriol. You underscore your own ignorance every time you open your mouth.
Sure you may have paid a lot for your Esoteric hardware and that's cool, I'm sure your friend is impressed. Sell it and get a PSAudio DirectStream
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