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#541 Cloclo

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Posted 26 July 2020 - 10:26 PM

I have had a chance to test MC42 (I did run Jplay and MC directories through Rewrite Data 3.78,  as sugggested - it took few seconds, but am not sure the change before/after was significant)

 

My 2 cents: in my system, I preferred MC42 to MC29, my previous favourite up to revision 30.

MC42 sound much studio-monitor flat, whereas MC29 sounds more euphonic, slight V-shaped and hiifi. 

 

MC42 sounds direct and alive, with punchier and better defined bass. The 30-35 Hz region is now coming out very clear and audible from most tracks.  The sound is also less hifi, althoguh slightly less spacious and 3D in its image.  It is much more involving, real and dynamic.

Also it is not at all fatiguing in the highs, but mid and mid-highs (1-3 kHz) seems to project more vigorously. Hence, files from ripped CDs mastered with poorer ADCs in the 80s/90s do show more signs of ADC saturation and distortion.

 

I will try MC 34, 36, 43 when I get a chance and report back


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#542 recepky

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Posted 27 July 2020 - 05:39 PM

here is my quick thoughts 

I am still usding MC34 but tried 43 today,

 

It is veery interesting that on my system MC43 bring bigger soundstage compared to previos MCreleases, vocals sound too much holographic and hard to focus in the middle of the stage. It is very fun may I need some more hours to compare may be I can continue with the 43


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Posted 28 July 2020 - 03:34 AM

I've had a similar experience with MC43 -- the most dramatic change in sound signature for me in quite a few versions, with very large soundstage and holography. Overall I'm enjoying it. 


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Posted 28 July 2020 - 04:15 AM

Moving from MC42, in my system MC43 is the best yet. It keeps the clarity of 42 but it's more musical. Notes are more tuneful. The soundstage is fuller in the centre. It sounds more "right". I hope you all get this result. Thanks, Oryaaaaa.


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Posted 30 July 2020 - 03:29 AM

I have been listening to MC43 for about a week. Tonight I did an in-depth comparison with MC42. I really enjoyed MC42 for its stereo imaging and soundstage along with improved bass. My first impression on listening to MC43 was that it was very similar in sound signature to MC42, with the main difference being a boost in the middle frequencies with a move to a slightly more foreward sound. When I compared the two versions on my test tracks I found that I preferred MC43 on all but one of the tracks. Bass on MC43 is much better defined, pronounced and impactful. For example, comparing one of the tracks which featured a string bass, MC42 sounded much more recessed and lacking in definition. I was surprised at the level of improvement in the quality of the bass, as the bass on MC42 was already quite excellent. I also noticed the mid boost in MC43 really helped bring vocals to the front of the stage, and the vocals on all of the tracks sounded more alive with more descernible character. On the one track were I preferred MC42, I felt that the guitar was too forward and boosted with MC43, and this may have caused me to perceive less transient response and reduced stereo imaging and soundstage on that particular track. However, stereo imaging and soundstage on all of the other tracks I tested was equal, if not better, with MC43. I will be staying with MC43, as I find it is the best sounding release, thus far.
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Posted 30 July 2020 - 06:16 AM

Hi,

I'm totally agree with you Griddy99.

I really like MC 43 too on my system.


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Posted 07 August 2020 - 11:47 AM

Time to check out MC44

 

 

http://www.mics.ne.j...0_Rev44_x64.zip


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Posted 07 August 2020 - 02:20 PM

Excellent MC44, to me this is the best version ever



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Posted 07 August 2020 - 02:56 PM

Excellent MC44, to me this is the best version ever

 

yes incredible!!


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Posted 07 August 2020 - 09:53 PM

yes incredible!!

 

 

 

Can you explain please



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Posted 08 August 2020 - 04:07 AM

I've had a listen to MC44 today and compared it with MC43.

 

In my system 44 presents a leaner  sound than I'm used to, with a smaller soundstage that feels like I'm sitting further back in the venue. The mids in particular are less full. The entire frequency range is very tight and detailed. High frequencies are emphasized a bit too much for me, a bit too bright (high female vocals, top-hats etc).

 

Switching back to 43 puts me back up front. Everything seems bigger, more fleshed out and more full tonally. The singer is a bit taller (sitting on a high stool rather than a low chair) and more fluid. I don't think there's any less detail or weight, just more in the middle and perhaps lower frequencies that makes for a more involving experience.

 

I'll stick with 43 but I expect that people with warmer systems or detail freaks may like 44 instead. 


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Posted 08 August 2020 - 07:07 AM

Can you explain please

in my system it sounds a bit more easy, relaxed while keeping the good things of 43


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#553 HungryBear

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Posted 11 August 2020 - 06:56 AM

MC45 is out

 

http://www.mics.ne.j...0_Rev45_x64.zip



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Posted 11 August 2020 - 05:50 PM

It is recommended to write MinorityClean.exe with RewriteData.exe on the SSD.

 

1) has anyone noticed a difference?

2) does it only work with PCIE SSDs (as statet in the document) or does it work also with SATA SSDs?


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Posted 12 August 2020 - 06:13 AM

On my system MC45 is very close to 43.

43 is a tad fuller and more musical on simpler compositions (2cellos - Every Breath You Take ) and 45 is a bit cleaner (leaner?) on heavy electronic bass (London Grammar - Hey Now). Surprisingly perhaps, given the leaner sound of 45, 43 gave a little more resolution of tangled vocals (Beth Orton - God Song).

 

These differences are very slight. Maybe I'm not in the right mood for critical listening. I will need to listen more and harder to be really sure. I also need to revisit 44 but maybe 46 will be out first ;D

 

@Ben, We'd all like to know. Why don't you copy a few files to a sata ssd folder and try RewriteData out. I don't use a ssd. I tried it on a hdd but didn't hear any difference. 


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Posted 12 August 2020 - 05:40 PM

@Ben, We'd all like to know. Why don't you copy a few files to a sata ssd folder and try RewriteData out. 

Good point. I hoped someone has tested it already. If have only a productive system and no test system but I guess I‘ll take the risk  :lol:


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Posted 12 August 2020 - 09:54 PM

There's no risk. Copy a few tracks into a new (test) folder. Just run Rewrite select the folder, lock and run it. 


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Posted 13 August 2020 - 02:30 PM

Bill, thanks to your introduction to MC, I'm now enjoying music streaming on the latest MC45 without missing much the local files playback. Suddenly, soundstage depth and width, punch, tonality, separation, they're all there.

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Posted 14 August 2020 - 12:13 PM

Been living with 45 for a few days now, wasn't a fan of 44 but 45 seems very good.

Very detailed and beautiful tone to string instruments.


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Posted 23 August 2020 - 10:27 AM

I have now compared MC 42, 43,44 and 45 and  - in my sytem -  I prefer version 44.   It better resolves high frequencies, delivering a more precise soundstage, more impactful and (apparently) deeper bass. Tonally it also slightly more "flat", in the sense that MC45 tends to sound less present in the 1-3 kHz region. MC 45 sounds gentler, but also more diffuse. MC45 reminds me of a ESS DAC, whereas MC44 is more llike a BB PCM1702  DAC....if that makes sense

 

MC43 sounds in between 44 and 45, closer to 44.

 

For me MC 44 is the one to keep. I should caveat this by stessing that my AudioNote Dac has an influence on the voicing of my system and might be responsible for the better synergy with MC44 rather than MC 45 - the latter preferred by others.

 

I remain rather puzzled by the diluge of MC versions, which end up providing an endless palette of "equalisation" plug-in's. I am not sure this is necessarily a good thing....


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