Meadowlark Kite Build Thread - Prime Minister Gets A New Pair of Speakers

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So what's it like listening to the Kites? Had an interesting example pop up. On one album that I use often for component testing, a revealing system will expose the body of the accoustic guitar being played in a really lovely way. However, it isn't immediately evident, and you have to "lean into" the recording, and pay attention to find it. It's a lovely reward when you do.

I gave this recording a try the other day and something odd happened. I'm concentrating hard and listening as deep into the recording as I can, but I'm not hearing the guitar. However, I was hearing all kinds of other stuff that I had never heard before. Strange.

Took me a moment to realize what was happening. The Kites are so revealing, that the accoustic guitar body I was listening for was almost in the foreground. I was actually listening past the guitar and picking up an entirely new level of the recording that I had never heard before. Astonishing.

Again, I don't want to make the Kites sound as if they are one of those annoying, Audiophile, "all detail, no music" type of speakers. Nothing could be further from the truth. I missed the accoustic guitar the first time, because it was so beautifully integrated into the mix, but just more vividly then I had ever heard it before. All the detail I could want was there, if I paid attention and listened for it. If not, I would just lose myself in the emotion of the musical performance.
Hi @Pat McGinty I'm new to the board and to the hobby in general so my question may be naive but why did you not use processors that support 32bit 192KHz? Thanks in advance.
Hi Doug - I expect that 32/192s will soon become available to OEMs as integrated plate amp systems. Our maker has recently released a 32/192 four channel processor/streamer standalone. Plates likely to come.

The industry has concentrated its efforts on very modestly priced stuff to start out because 'proof of concept' was just not going to happen at higher price points. Sales volume had to be good enough to justify taking the next steps. Considering that, it's quite surprising just how well things have worked out for v1.0. My take is that first-round stuff already puts us well ahead of conventional audio and that there's nowhere to go but "up". The next round should be very exciting.

I just worked with a 64 bit system that could process 32 channels in by 32 channels out at 192. Dandy. (But ouch $$$$)

Hopefully, the whole data density thing becomes a non-issue. All that needs be done is to barely exceed the limits of human hearing.