Irinikus wrote:I just think that its a very stupid move for Apple to release an intel-based machine only a year before they move on to something else.(Especially being their flagship line.)
guardian452 wrote:The last G5 Powermacs introduced 2005, Intel Macs introduced early 2006.
If I had bought a G5 in 2005, I would have been rather unhappy when they announced the change to intel in 2006. (Thats my personal opinion)
The comparisons between the G4 and G5 CPU's vs the intel chips of the day was very subjective, as there was only a vast performance difference when programs could make use of the altivec (or Velocity engine) and Apple were very careful to only make use of such programs in their demonstrations.
Irinikus wrote:Here are some pics of my current hi-fi setup
I don’t want my living room to look like that. I like having a system that sounds good at all volumes and no matter where I’m standing in the room or even another room. I don’t want to sit in a “sweet spot”
. Even in the drum room I don’t like having too much gear taking up space.
I will agree with you that such a setup isn't for everybody, as it takes up a large amount of space and literally weighs half a ton (it actually weighs in the region of 500Kg), but if you want "accurate" sound, this the kind of system that you need unfortunately.
I personally never sit when I listen to music, I like to walk around with a cup of coffee in hand.
You will notice that I have no acoustic panelling in place, as I personally like to have the system interacting with its environment acoustically speaking. (So it sounds different wherever I happen to be standing, but that's the way I like it.)
guardian452 wrote:However that doesn’t change the fact that getting rid of cables and going to optical or wireless solves all sorts of grounding issues.
The system is a completely balanced topology except the valve amp (an Ayon Spirit III) which drives my mids and trebles which is a single ended Class-A running in triode mode.
I've used good Van Den Hul cabling throughout: All of the interconnects are "The Orchid XLR" except those going to the valve amp, which are single ended.
The two Wilson Benesch Torus infrasonic generators are connected to their amp with Van Den Hul "The inspiration".
The midranges and the tweeters in the 802's are connected to the valve amp (an Ayon Spirit III) via Van Den Hul "The Nova" and the Woofers in the 802's Are connected to the Classe CA-M600's via Van Den Hul CS - 122 Hybrid cables.
The Heart of the system is a Jeff Rowland Coherence II preamplifier.(An extremely good pre amplifier)
As a result, there are absolutely no grounding issues in this system.
Irinikus wrote:I also realise that not everyone wants to lug a USB DAC around with their laptop, its just not that practical when you're on the move.
Thats an adaptor, not a DAC.