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NTG5.2 Mitsubishi (Melco) Audio-20 front, rear and top pictures. NTG5.2 Panasonic Audio-20 front, rear and top pictures. Note that this is a double height system as opposed to the smaller Melco system. It is very simlar to the NTG5.1 unit (but without a front). NTG5.2 COMAND front, label and rear pictures. You can see the labels for the connectors.

03-Jul-2015, 11:04
(03-Jul-2015, 10:56)Confused Wrote:
(03-Jul-2015, 08:16)PhilP Wrote: Its probably the most compelling comparison of the moment - certainly one that I'm keen to hear your views on.
A few points - largely selfish I know but it doesn't hurt to ask and I think others will be interested :
- will you use 8.1.2 as its the latest FW version?
- It would be great if you could include AIR in the comparison (maybe just switch over once you've done your main comparison?). The reason is that I've heard big improvements from Mac/AIR in my system with 7.1.3 and now 8.1.2+SAM and I think these have brought AIR much close to top quality streamer performance
- I don't know whether any of you are TIDAL customers but Aurender's excellent TIDAL integration is a big positive. It would be interesting to know how the Melco stacks up against it both in sound and usability
- Both are effectively plug and play but it would be v. interesting to get your thoughts on day-to-day usability
Thanks,
Philip

I feel a little guilty for adding to the review requests, but I have to agree with Philip. Going from 7.1.3beta to and now with 8.1.2, both with AIR, it too am finding the sound quality rather splendid, for me better than ever. So how these machines stack up to AIR with respect to SQ is very interesting, after all, there is not much point parting with a couple of grand for little or no change in SQ? Although maybe even a small improvement might be well worth it if you like the functionality of either streamer, or indeed just the idea of not having a computer as part of a hifi system. Maybe a quick AIR trial once you've picked a winner from he two machines? Now, if you could throw in the 3d Lab Nano, Antipodes, and yes the Weiss Man301 looks interesting, plus the cable comparisons, that would be splendid. Although even if anyone could pull this off one day, it would drive them quite insane.
I'll shut up now.
Anyway, great work sorting out this test, I look forward to your findings whatever you decide to try, your test, your call!

Also throw in Bryston BDP-2 with the new sound card (available since the middle of May).
Why take an entire day?!!! Do it in under 3 hours!
D400; Stereolab Tombo Tron coaxial for master -> slave; Kubala-Sosna Elation interconnects, power, and speaker cables; Spendor D7 speakers; Bryston BDP-2 w. latest sound card & upgraded fuses; Bybee Stealth Power Purifier conditioner connected with IsoTek EVO3 Syncro SE to wall socket
  1. Melco N1A/2: € 2499,00 black & silver Melco N1ZH/2: € 4999,00 black & silver Melco Hi-Res Audio Ethernet Cable: from 49 euro for a 0.5m length. As part of the CH Precision A1 + C1 review, a Melco music server was also supplied. It was only the entry-level N1A/2 model but still, using its dedicated Network output and streaming via UPnP to.
  2. Melco is designed and built in Japan, a market that has the highest demands in terms of sound quality, of course, but also a market that is not especially comfortable with networks, IT devices and computers, due to Japan being a closed market at the time of Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum etc.

This section describes the basic tools in DesignShop that provide assistance as you edit and/or digitize.

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Ruler

This is a very useful tool if you would like to measure elements. This function is located as a toolbar button and also under the View menu (View->Ruler). You can change the units of measure by selecting Tools->Options, then clicking on the Measurement Units tab. Look for Ruler in the list and select your preferred measurement units (left-click in the radio button).

To use this feature, first click the Ruler toolbar button. Then click on the starting point from which you would like to measure and drag your mouse to the endpoint of your measurement. While doing this look on the bottom of your screen on the status bar to view the measurement. Let go of your mouse button to start a new measurement. To turn off the Ruler feature, click on the Ruler toolbar button again.

You can also press Alt+ R on your keyboard to access this tool.

Show Grid

Clicking the Show Grid button displays a framework of evenly spaced vertical and horizontal black (default color) lines behind the design in the View Window. (Click the Show Grid button again to turn off the grid).

The default setting for the spacing of the grid is 0.5 inches. All default settings can be changed by right-clicking the tool and entering the Grid and Origin properties dialog (See Grid and Origin Properties below).

You can also display/turn off the grid by selecting View->Show Grid.

See Aligning for information on using the grid as an alignment tool.

Show Origin

Clicking the Show Origin button displays two lines along the center X and Y axis of the View Window. The intersection of the two lines indicates the location of the origin and center of the design. When you center your design, it will be centered at this origin. All default settings can be changed by right-clicking the Show Origin tool and entering the Grid and Origin properties dialog (See Grid and Origin Properties).

You can also display/turn off the design origin by selecting View->Show Origin.

Grid and Origin Properties

To view Grid and Design Origin properties, right-click the Show Grid or the Show Design Origin toolbar button.

Show Origin: You can click in the box next to Show Origin to display or not display the origin lines in the View Window. A check mark in the box symbolizes that the origin lines will be displayed, whereas no check mark symbolizes that the origin lines will not be displayed.

  • Origin Color: If you would like to change the color of the origin lines, click on the box next to Origin Color: This will take you to a color dialog where you can choose another color, then click OK. The default color is black.

  • Place Origin At: Allows you to place the origin at the Center or the First Stitch.

  • Origin Type: You can choose whether you would like the origin lines to be displayed as lines or as dotted lines. To do this, left-click the radio button next to the desired choice.

Grid: You can click in the box next to Display Grid to display or not to display the grid lines in the View Window. A check mark in the box symbolizes that the grid lines will be displayed, whereas no check mark symbolizes that the grid lines will not be displayed.

  • Grid Color: If you would like to change the color of the grid lines, click on the box next to Grid Color:. This will take you to a color dialog where you can choose another color then click OK. The default color is gray.

  • Grid Spacing: This gives you the option to change the spacing between the grid lines. Click in the white area next to Horizontal: to change the spacing between the horizontal lines. After clicking in the white area simply type in a desired measurement. You can also use the up and down arrows to change the measurement value. Click in the white area next to Vertical: to change the spacing between the vertical lines.

  • Grid Type: You can choose whether you would like the grid lines to be displayed as lines or as dotted lines. To do this, click in the radio button next to the desired choice.

  • Method: This gives you the option to display only horizontal lines, only vertical lines, or both horizontal and vertical lines. To do this, click in the radio button next to the desired choice.

  • Grid Subdivisions: Allows you to specify how many subdivisions are seen in your grid.

Display Above Embroidery Objects: Click in the box next to this option to display the grid and origin lines above the embroidery that is in the View Window. A check mark in the box symbolizes that the lines will be displayed in front of (above) the embroidery, whereas having no check mark in the box symbolizes that the lines will be behind the embroidery.

Save As Default: Any time that you change a setting or settings and click the Save As Default button, your changes will be saved. Even if you exit out of DesignShop and get back in again, your default settings will be saved.

Show Stitches in 3D

Clicking this toolbar button will generate the stitches of a design in the View Window in a three dimensional perspective. (Click this button again to turn this feature off). This will give you a general idea of how the design will look when sewn.

You can print a design in 3D view after pressing the View Stitches in 3D button, then print.

You can also hold down the ALT key and press 3 to turn on View Stitches in 3D.

You can press the view in 3D button, save a design file as a graphic file (*.bmp, *.pcx, *.jpg, *.tif) and give this file to anyone wanting to view what the sew out will look like. The graphic file can be opened in any graphics program, i.e. Paint, Paintshop, Photoshop, etc.

You can customize your 3D view by right-clicking on the 3D button . You will see the following dialog:

Enable Hardware Acceleration: Allows you to use 3D acceleration with your video card. The default in that this control is enabled.

Slow Draw on Toggle: Check this box if you want your graphic to be drawn slowly in 3D as opposed to instantly.

Enable Textures: Check this box to enable texture in your 3D graphic.

Enable Twists: Check this box to enable twists in your 3D graphic.

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High Quality Zoom Level: Allows you toset the level at which yourgraphic switches to high quality zoom and renders the image at a higher quality.

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Thread Width: Controls the width of your thread in your 3D graphic.

Reset: Resets all the settings for your 3D customization.

Hide/Show Stitches

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Click this toolbar button to hide the stitches in an element or design. This tool will hide all of the stitches in selected item(s). (Click again to show the stitches.)

NOTE: To hide stitches in unselected items, select View->Hide Non-selected. To show all stitches again, select View->Show All.

Stitch Direction Tools

Click these toolbar buttons to change the stitch direction in all column objects. This button also allows you to change stitch direction AND flow in True Type Fonts. To add a stitch direction line, simply click and drag where you want the line to go. To modify a point in True Type fonts, hold down the Shift key and drag the point to change the stitch direction. To insert a break in a True Type Font, hold down the Alt key and click where you want the break to be inserted. To change column break points, click and drag your line inside the object to change the path. To delete a stitch direction point, in either a column object or a True Type font, select the stitch direction point and hit Delete.

To get a pop up menu that allows you to select an editing mode, click the Stitch Direction Editing Mode tool , right-click on the object and the pop up menu appears (see below).

Edit All: Allows all editing types.

Direction Points Editing: Only allows you to edit direction points and hides all other objects.

Break Points Editing: Only allows you to edit break points and hides all other objects.

End Points Editing: Only allows you to edit column end points and hides all other objects.

Clear Direction Lines: Deletes all displayed direction lines.

Procedure for capping a Complex Column or a True Type Font:

  1. Click the Stitch Direction Editing Mode tool .

  2. Click and drag break points to the desired point.

  1. Hold the Control key and click the point with the arrow pointing to it (see above). This caps the object. This is your end result:

To miter a Complex Column or a True Type Font:

  1. Go to Break Points Editing mode.

  2. Left-click and drag the mouse to the desired point.

  1. Hold the Control key and click the point with the arrow pointing to it to miter the object. This is your end result:

Zoom

Besides pressing the toolbar button to use zoom in, you can also use a keyboard shortcut by pressing + on your keyboard.

Graphical Zoom in allows you to click and drag a box around the area that you would like to zoom in on. This operation is more specific than Zoom in.

Zoom in enlarges the design on the screen. It does not affect sewing size.

Zoom out decreases the design size on the screen. It does not affect sewing size.

Zoom actual displays on the screen the actual sewing size of a design. After changing the design view, click this tool to bring the design view back to its actual sewing size.

Zoom to fit will increase or decrease the design size to fit the entire design on the screen. Click this tool to display the full design. It does not affect sewing size.

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Fit Selection Zoom allows you to zoom in on a specific area that you would like to edit. After you have an area selected to edit, click on the fit selection tool.

Center Selection allows you to scroll the view to center all currently selected objects. The objects will be centered in the main view window without changing the current zoom level.

Zoom previous will return the design size on screen to the previous zoom level. It does not affect sewing size.

You can find all of the Zoom functions in two locations: as buttons on the View toolbar or as menu items under the View Menu.

Keyboard Shortcuts:
Zoom Out -
Zoom Actual A
Zoom to Fit F
Zoom Previous L

Mouse Wheel Zoom and Scroll

DesignShop allows you to scroll and zoom the main view window using your mouse wheel, if you have one. The various functions are selected by rolling the mouse wheel while holding down various keys. The mouse wheel commands are only set for the current window. The following commands work only if you have clicked on the main view window:

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Scroll Vertical: To scroll up and down, the mouse wheel is rolled with no keys held down.

Scroll Horizontal: To scroll left or right, the mouse wheel is rolled while holding the Ctrl key. Also, if you lay the cursor on the horizontal scroll bar and move the mouse wheel, the screen moves from side to side.

Zoom In/Out: To zoom in and out, the mouse wheel is rolled while holding down the Alt key.

Zoom In/Out to Cursor: Position the mouse over the area of the design to zoom, hold down the Shift and Alt keys, and roll the mouse wheel. The view will zoom to the area under the mouse pointer.

Using the Shift/Alt/Ctrl/Space Keys to Manipulate an Object

DesignShop allows you to move objects on the screen utilizing the Shift, Alt, and Ctrl keys.

Shift: Hold down the Shift key and use the arrow keys to move an object around the screen in very small increments. Use this function to reposition an object to exactly where you want it in a design.

Shift + Alt: Hold down the Shift and Alt keys and use the arrow keys to move an object around the screen in slightly bigger increments than when you use just the Shift key and the arrows.

Shift + Ctrl: Hold down the Shift and Ctrl keys and use the arrow keys to move an object around the screen in the biggest increments. Reposition the object to exactly where you want it in the design.

Shift + Enter: Hold down the Shift key and press Enter to close an outline.

Enter: Press the Enter key to end an outline.

Space + Click: Press the Space bar and click with your mouse to curve points for one button digitizing tablets.

Custom Point Selection

To use this tool, select the graphic, then click the Custom Point Selection toolbar button . Using the custom selection cursor, within the selected element, left-click as many times as necessary to outline the area you wish to select (you can also left-click, then drag the mouse to outline the points).

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