DIGITAL SYSTEMS OVERVIEW
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Although the Behringer is quite an intimidating piece of gear given its
complexity, once you get used to it's controls (we'll walk you through
it), it is a huge asset. It's main failing is that it only allows one
input. It must be noted that by having two different setups in memory,
one for digital input and the other for stereo analog input or by
swapping cables, multiple sources can be accommodate. Not slick but
Some people have started using the Behringer DEQ2496 to feed the DCX2496 as this Real Time Analyser/Equalizer offers 3 inputs. It is a great tool but given the EQ capabilities of the DCX2496, there is a large degree of redundancy here.
The DCX2496 is the answer to a prayer for many hobbyists who like to build their own speakers or tweak the performance of existing designs. Combined with its EQ capabilities, there are very few room situations it cannot largely tame. It doesn't have the sophistication of a full blown Tact system but soundwise, it is extremely competitive and it is basically 1/15th the cost.
We hope to eventually offer our own digital amp/crossover system to Newform customers. This may happen as compact amp modules designed to hook on to the back of loudspeakers evolve. Our external crossover plates come tapped for screws which will allow these modules to be attached just below the binding posts for a speaker cable run of under 6 inches. So in 6 months or 6 years, you will be able to just screw in customized amplifier modules and have a completely optimized loudspeaker system.
Although it may take time for many audiophiles to accept that cheap, mass produced consumer electronics can equal and even improve upon the performance of time tested, massively overbuilt and hugely expensive traditional reference standards, the digital wave has officially arrived. We are designing our loudspeakers to take full advantage of the potential digital systems offer.
So whether your preference is tube, transistor or silicon, Newform Research Ribbon loudspeakers will give you all the fidelity your electronics are capable of delivering. Should you decide to make equipment changes, our loudspeakers offer wide open futures with plug and play flexibility.
One final point. The arrival of high quality sound in midfi components has gone unnoticed in the mass market system through which these units are sold. Why? No one listens critically in the big box stores. They don't have the facilities. Features, specs and price sell in this market, not sound quality.
Even in the Panasonic and Sony corporations (Sony also has out a line of digital amp receivers reputed to sound very good) you are hard pressed to encounter an individual who knows anything about the sound quality of the equipment they sell. One problem is they do not have the room setups or the loudspeakers to make easy sound quality evaluations. The second is no one ever asks them.
The sound quality of the new digital amps won't stay a secret forever though and maybe by the time word gets out high end manufacturers will have improved upon the mass market digital amp designs for yet another step up in the level of sound quality. The next few years are going to see dramatic improvements in sound quality across the board. The listening experience is awfully good now and it has nowhere to go but up!
This is not the death of high end audio, it is a rebirth of high end audio in an affordable form. As Harry Pearson put it so aptly in issue #145 of The Absolute Sound, "When I first used the term "High End", what I meant was the pursuit of excellence - not the most expensive stuff on the market. High End is attitude; High End is the pursuit of excellence. That is what it's supposed to be."
The new digital systems mated to our Upgraded Ribbon linesources constitute true high end audio. If you've been involved in high end audio for a few years, just ignore the price.
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