Originally Posted by Greed
Originally Posted by kstuart
I never said that anything is "completely transparent". But you want it as transparent as possible.
For example, if you want to see the outside, you need to clean your windows entirely. then you want the glass to be as transparent as possible. Of course, if you open the window, you will see the things outside more clearly than any window, but that does not mean you don't want the window to be as transparent as possible.
Sure, some people like black-out windows, and that's fine, but that preference is not about quality.
You missed the point entirely. My point is, you stated a subjective opinion, one that you will find will never be technically obtainable. I agree a DAC should be as transparent as possible while maintaining a natural and musical sound, but again that is my opinion. Others want some color or something different from their DAC. Their isn't one cookie cutter way to chose DACs. Same could be said for every portion of the audio chain.
No, I think you are missing my point.
The example of the black-out windows, makes the point that we are all free to buy whatever we want.
But if the discussion is about sound quality, meaning better sound quality as opposed to worse sound quality, then the early components in the sound chain need to add as little to the sound as possible (to change the sound as little as possible). Because once you add something to the sound, it is then there throughout the rest of the chain.
If the early parts of the sound chain have as little color as possible, then you will hear (to the extent possible) only the difference between the Mad Dogs and the HE-400 and the HD-650, instead of hearing DAC+MadDog vs DAC+HE400 vs DAC+HD650.
There is a phrase "looking at the world through rose colored glasses" which makes the point that once you apply a coloring in that way, it then applies to everything: