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Ayre QB-9 review & sidebar - Missing something?

I know that by this point I've become something of a broken record regarding computer based digital audio but I really don't understand how some statements are allowed to be printed.

Case in point: Stet Siblerman's quote "The QB-9 isn't a computer peripheral. It makes computers real high-end music sources." While the statement is basically true its sin is in omission. Don't Logitech's Transporter and Linn's Klimax DS also make computers into "real high-end music sources"? And for that matter the Klimax DS supports even higher resolutions than either the QB-9 and the Transporter, going all the way up to 192hKz.

All this won't trouble my all that much coming from a reviewer or magazine unfamiliar with music servers but coming from WP and Stereophile it is completely inexcusable. Music servers do away with many of the problems that the USB based QB-9 and iTunes present, namely no jitter and no jumping through hoops to get iTunes play hi-rez files. I've been downloading and enjoying high resolution (24bit/96kHz) FLAC files from HDTracks played back through my Transporter without having to convert the files to another format and without having to restart SqueezeCenter (the softwqare used to control the music server and access my hard drive based music library) every time a file with different resolution comes up. Plus while my computer is not dead quiet it really doesn't matter since it's located in another part of the house, far away from my listening room. To quote WP: "DUH!"

Once again, as all too often seems to be the case these days as far as computer based digital audio is concerned, it's one step forward (since the QB-9 does appear to be an excellent USB based DAC) but two steps backwards (no mention of or comparisons to music servers).

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Re: Ayre QB-9 review & sidebar - Missing something?

I dunno, jazzfan, your point is noted but that's really being OCD-hypersensitive about the what YOU'd like the sentence to shape up as? Like you said, the bottom line is that the quote - "The QB-9 isn't a computer peripheral. It makes computers real high-end music sources." - is true. The subject here is the QB-9 and neither the Linn or the Transporter units are in the intention of the writer's sentence, right? If you extend your logic, then, for EVERY statement that is made about any equipment, you'll have to provide provisions for every other relevant maker of some equipment... that seems slightly insane. I get your qualms but I think you have to take the review as it's presented to you; of course one can extrapolate from the review its deficiencies or its strengths, but to demand these extrapolations of yours to be included, de facto, in the article, seems irrational...

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Re: Ayre QB-9 review & sidebar - Missing something?

selfdivider:

I understand your point and maybe I am being a bit "OCD-hypersensitive" about the quote in question but taken in the context of the entire review it does stand out as a statement about how somehow Arye alone has managed to slay the beast and bring computers into the world of high end audio and that just ain't so. Having been a Stereophile reader for many years I can confidently state that Stereophile normally goes out if its way to offer comparisons and alternatives to the equipment under review and with the review of the Ayre QB-9 they, plain and simply, dropped the ball.

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Re: Ayre QB-9 review & sidebar - Missing something?


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jazzfan says, "...but taken in the context of the entire review it does stand out as a statement about how somehow Arye alone has managed to slay the beast..."

Gee jazzfan, I certainly don't read this review as suggesting that the product is unique in this regard. For example, WP does a direct comparison with another DAC... and I think finds them quite comparable.

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