I have to say I generally like the EH magazine but a couple of things just fry my ^%#. Lisa states that she just heard the difference a Dax made to the sound of music from a digital source. How many days has Lisa been involved with audio systems? This is a rookie issue and in my opinion an editor should know these facts if people are going to look up to those person for advice or opinions. Dacs have been around for ages, interfacing with cd players then computer/disk based systems. Bottom line, if you are playing music from a digital source like an iPod, music server, and a mid fi cd player, the music is lifeless and sounds like crap. Lisa needs to go out and learn the technology out there to be somewhat competent.
Another nitpick is when viewing these fantastic looking home theater systems that cost upwards of several hundreds of thousands of $$$, the audio systems are usually low fi in quality. Here you have a $200k home theater with a $40k projector but a cheap $3000 Denton receiver. Don’t these customers want decent sound? I’m sorry, but the best demon receiver is mediocre in playback quality vs. the good stuff from classe,Macintosh, lexicon, etc…. Same goes for speakers, cables, and so on.
When these customers wire their systems with wire length of 100’s of feet, they are usually using a cheap wire.if you run 50 feet of Nordost top of the line wire, you could be up in the $20k range just for speaker wire. Maybe you guys haven’t heard what a good wire sounds like. If customers know that anytime a home theater/audio room designer is using this cheaper stuff, they are sacrificing their audio playback.
I will still subscribe to your mag, but it would be nice to get people updated on what the possibilities are out there to achieve good audio/home theater reproduction of music or soundtracks.