Originally Posted by flrun
Still doesn't tell me about the AIr Studio certification and if I would miss it.
did you try reading the information on what Air Studios is, what their cert means on Pioneer's web site? or googling it?
Air Studios is where George Martin mastered all the Beatles albums for starters. and Pioneer uses them for all their final MCACC & amp design tuning. as to whether you'd "miss it", only you would know that
why would you expect US to answer this for you...I figured out what Air Studio meant all on my own 10 yrs ago with my 1st flagship Elite AVR.
do some homework
and the differences between the THX certifications is well documented & explained on THX's site for many years.
do some homework of your own, before asking folks to regurgitate what THX has written about Ultra2 vs Select2:
DSD sampling rates...very very few probably have had the opportunity to listen to files at 5.8 MHZ since up until very recently
1. standalone remotely affordable DAC's and processors with native DSD file support weren't available
2. downloadable DSD files at 5.8 MHZ hasn't been available until VERY recently
3. and even SACD's are 2.8 MHZ
4. NO receiver existed before now that can directly decode 5.8 MHZ DSD. only hi-priced, hi-end DACS's (see #1).
so you probably won't see too many to be able to answer that question from hands-on experience. the higher sampling rate is greater resolution so should theoretically be better but whether it's audible to you or not depends on your hearing, your speakers, your room acoustics, and the mastering of the recording itself.
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