PS Audio SGC “dac” measurements .....

gyosagyosa Posts: 278
edited October 10 in Electronics
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,640
    edited October 10
    good old Amir... what a piece of work.
    He can take measurements but he has no idea what they mean, much less why they do (or don't) matter.
    Waste of space is he, IMO.
    EDIT: I am in no position to judge whether the person's a waste of space -- only the drivel that is posted to his website. I do enjoy looking at it, though. Read his take on the Schiit Aegir amp. He likes it, even though it fails to meet its most basic specifications. Weirdly inconsistent -- from him/them. ;)


    ... and mind you, I am not anti-analytics (being an analytical/quantitative analysis kind of guy myself) -- but I am anti-dogmatics, and anti-lack of common sense.

    :|
  • displaynamedisplayname Posts: 490
    I put zero value in any reviewer that willingly and openly omits listening impressions. His demeaning tone towards other audiophiles doesn't inspire me to come back.
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  • gyosagyosa Posts: 278
    Yep ,
    Hence the , “ WTF ? “....
    I just found it interesting ...
    He never actually LISTENS to anything , just measures it .....
    I’ve never seen a review , other than this , that wasn’t glowing .....

    Bk
    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50, Polk SDA 1c’s , Sony 42” - bedroom

    B&K EX-442 , PS Audio 4.6 preamp , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - pool

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Salk Supercharged Songtowers
    Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - den

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - patio
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,723
    The stellar is a great sounding pre and DAC. I have Never purchased anything from measurements in this hobby. And my next purchase might just be slightly less than lateral, but I have to try it.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,298
    Measurements are simply a visual representation of how a product was engineered.

    Anything else you infer from them is your personal interpretation of said measurements.
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,298
    edited October 10
    Also for the record, regarding the PSA Stellar GCP/DAC, it's measured performance had nothing to do with my decision to sell it. I had already decided to sell it and listed it for sale here before it's measurements were posted.
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,640
    If those ASR cats reviewed cars, he'd get a Ferrari and rank it against all of the other cars he tested based on how close to spec the torque was on all of the lug nuts on all four wheels.

    "They" have (he has) no clue -- although I was amused at the snide comments about the uselessness of the 'special sauce' analog buffer module thing in the PSAudio ICEpower amp the/reviewed.


    https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/review-and-measurements-of-ps-audio-s300-pwr-amp.9302/
    It is a sigh of relief that PS Audio had not managed to reduce the performance of the ICEPower modules. Response and sonic abilities are completely determined by those modules unlike what PS Audio marketing says. The ICEPower module used here has a distinctly lower performance than Hypex modules we have tested in the past. So you are not going to get state-of-the-art performance. For that, you need to go to amplifiers higher in the SINAD graph.

    Some pretty amusing observations about NFB in the review and in the comments, too.
    The comments from the sycophants are at least 50% of the fun!

    Now -- I'll admit to a certain intrinsic bias B) but I heard an interview today with freshly-minted Nobel Laureate Dr. William Kaelin (Harvard & the DFCI), and one of his comments really resonated with me. He was saying that putting astronauts on the moon was fundamentally an engineering exercise; there was no "new science". What he said next sort of distills the difference between craft and art -- or engineering and science. :)
    "Engineers live for expected results. Scientists live for unexpected results."

    That's a big 10-4.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,640
    kharp1 wrote: »
    I've never turned on a set of measurements and rocked out. Never gotten lost for hours in a bunch of numbers. I listen to music and let my ears decide. I've never heard the SGC, but, he did pan the Directstream DAC as well, and, I can say with 100% confidence that I've stopped looking for a DAC.

    Who cares what the measurements are so long as the designer builds a piece that sounds good. The name of the website should be a good indicator of where he's at. I listen to music, not science.

    The peak of the spec wars was -- of course -- the 1970s.

    One of my favorite bits of marketing copy from those days came from Onkyo -- albeit for a pretty decent quality, and decent sounding, product. I doubt that the folks who wrote, and approved, the brochure copy had any sense of the irony of their tag line :p

    12017183446_78b4c69b64_c.jpgonkyo by Mark Hardy, on Flickr
    You can hear the specifications

  • tonyp063tonyp063 Posts: 691
    edited October 10
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    ....
    the difference between craft and art -- or engineering and science. :)
    "Engineers live for expected results. Scientists live for unexpected results."


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    We have here the winner of this years "That's sig material right there" award
  • gyosagyosa Posts: 278
    edited October 10
    I think it’s important to note that he doesn’t “review” anything....
    He “measures” stuff .....

    I’ve met many girls who only “measure” a 32” bust , but my “review” of them Is a whole ‘nuther story .....😂😂

    Bk
    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50, Polk SDA 1c’s , Sony 42” - bedroom

    B&K EX-442 , PS Audio 4.6 preamp , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - pool

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Salk Supercharged Songtowers
    Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - den

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - patio
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,723
    Feel free to start a new review thread for that. I’ll subscribe.
    Auralic Vega G1/Rega TT/Denon SACD - Parasound P6 - PS Audio M700x2 - Elac Adante AF-61 - AQ Niagara 5000 - SVS SB16u
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,723
    Bust. Lol! What is this, Napoleon Dynamite
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  • gyosagyosa Posts: 278

    Like that , huh ?
    😂😂

    Bk
    joecoulson wrote: »
    Bust. Lol! What is this, Napoleon Dynamite

    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50, Polk SDA 1c’s , Sony 42” - bedroom

    B&K EX-442 , PS Audio 4.6 preamp , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - pool

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Salk Supercharged Songtowers
    Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - den

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - patio
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 31,652
    gyosa wrote: »
    I think it’s important to note that he doesn’t “review” anything....
    He “measures” stuff .....

    I’ve met many girls who only “measure” a 32” bust , but my “review” of them Is a whole ‘nuther story .....😂😂

    Bk

    Now your talking my language. lol

    Here we go, the old battle of measuring things vs actually listening to them. The same debate happens in all things audio related, think cables....right ?

    Anyone worth their salt in this hobby would never publish measurements without any actual listening review/notes as well. Clearly he has an agenda.
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  • jdjohnjdjohn Posts: 1,050
    At one point Amir gets personal:

    "I hear it: 'but it sounds great to my ears.' I am sure it does because a) audiophiles are terrible when it comes to critical listening abilities and hearing non-linearities, and b) you don't know how to do proper listening tests."

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  • tophatjohnnytophatjohnny Posts: 2,710
    I think I can smell the specs
    ..that or I may just have not wiped very good??😂
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  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,085
    I love the punchy, meat on the bones character of the PS SGCD. Most enjoyable preamp I have ever owned.
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i - Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2 DX - Amplifier: Parasound Halo A21 - Speakers: PSB Imagine T2
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