Channel D's User-Friendly Pure Vinyl 4

Released in early April, Channel D's Pure Vinyl 4.0 ($299, or $139 for previous users) enables you to easily split tracks via automation. Rob Robinson (above) describes it as "a major upgrade in usability. We've smoothed the rough edges and made it easier to use, while retaining the same sound." (The list of at least 25 improvements takes up a full sheet.) The software also has a built-in crossover time-alignment feature for time alignment of subwoofers, thereby enabling the sounds of main speakers and subs to arrive at your ear at exactly the same time with maximum impact and slam.

Pure Music 2.0 is due for imminent release—it almost made it to AXPONA. Among its 50 new features; a new interface, a DSD–PCM file converter, and one-click DSD DAC set-up. As for the sound over Joseph Audio Pulsar loudspeakers ($7500/pair) in a system that also included, on the analog end, the Channel D Seta L MC preamplifier ($5499), Channel D Seta DAC Buffer/Active Attenuator ($2799), Hegel H20 power amplifier ($6000), and, on the computer audio/digital end, a Lynx Studio Technology Hilo A/D D/A with Thunderbolt ($2795), a 24/192 transfer of Dorati's LSO recording of Beethoven Symphony 7, and another of Presenting Joshua Bell, sounded very warm and inviting.

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I was dissapointed in this room. Thin hot sounding treble, kinda thin/dry midrange, and then out of nowhere big bass from the subs behind the panel. I could also hear the increased noise floor from the vinyl recording transfer. Just didn't like it that much.

prerich45's picture
  1. That's strange,  because the system and equipment look identical to the channel D/ pulsar combo at Axpona 12 and they never demo that system with subs...that's just the Pulsars.