Constructive discussion on general Sound Quality topic:
Observations, experiments, findings, tips, ideas, guides…
Please make sure you have good understanding basic principles as described in Roon KB articles https://help.roonlabs.com/portal/en/kb/articles/sound-quality and https://help.roonlabs.com/portal/en/kb/articles/sound-quality-in-one-computer so the discussion starting point is aligned with basic assumptions.
This topic is created as follow-up on thread https://community.roonlabs.com/t/version-1-8-improved-sound-quality/ which had unfortunate destiny, IMO because it was specifically referring to Roon v1.8 and also the starting point of discussion was not set properly, not to mention insensitive personal attacks.
Here we should stay constructive and not be limited to Roon specific SQ aspects and respect each other.
It is normal we have different experiences because we have different setups, different ears and personal preferences and there is no reason why one should try to convince others about his truth as it might be different in the others setup.
Ideally we should be able to isolate and better understand impact of different approaches to different parts of signal chain and find a way how to properly quantify the results.
However it is nothing unusual that we would hit limit of our understanding during the exploration of this topic. It is not to shame or ignore that change, we should accept that for now we do not understand how it works, but we might be able to articulate or even better measure the results.
Sometimes we are just looking to wrong place for explanation, as my limited experience suggests - virtually everything can matter to some extent and our change might impact place or a way no one would expect.
As my introduction to topic from the Roon 1.8 thread i’ve put together few pictures to help myself and folks with genuine interest to better grasp areas of discussion and set “prerequisites” (e.g. eliminate sound quality detractors) for their own experiments. Please note this is not some final ultimate bible, it is limited to previous discussion and areas I felt i should cover based on my experience.
Happy chatting and getting most pleasure of our systems!