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  2. OHhh - count me in in Tidal Deathwatch. Has there been new news of Tidal’s eminent demise? Please say yes. 🤬
  3. You're stuck on frequency. I am not sure anyone is claiming the frequency response is the key factor. Whatever that factor or factors happens to be, or what combination of factors. If you listen to a direct analog mic feed, then listen to whatever it records, the sample rate / format that sounds as much like the mic feed is often to be preferred. It’s a fact, though different people choose somewhat different settings as “the best.” That is possibly because of different equipment. Arguing that sample rate provides no benefit because you can’t hear anything that a 16/44.1 recording cannot reproduce is not very productive.
  4. Sorry i saw this later. With the Evox a shure improvement ;wich is the same in de sms200ultra and the sotm switch..
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  6. Well they do have frequency cut lower than fs/2 but with more or less ondulation... The amplitude and phase curves present some similitudes. Probably an EQ will generate the same artefacts. I am lacking experience in comparing such files. That is the reason I asked. As a side note, T005 (with higher treble), seems to have undergone additional filtering treatment. I am thinking that T005 is the 16/44 file that was played through HQ player. Anyhow thanks for your comments.
  7. No problem. The JS-2 can output 7.4 amps at 12V round the clock and barely be warm. The Small Green Computer sonicTransporters call for a 5A supply. There are a lot of JS-2/sonicTransporter owners out there.
  8. I was just listening to this earlier! Great album. I am cruising through this thread looking for what to listen to next.
  9. I agree and there is a feeling that the sound is bolder overall.
  10. That's probably the likely culprit.
  11. jamesg11

    HQ Player

    Just picked up the RME ADI-2 - menus are currently a puzzle to be solved! Macmini, uRendu, NAA, HQP via Roon (worked ok with ifi micro dsd dac). Thought I had set it to DSD Direct, but both HQP (3.25.3) & ADI-2 show conversion to pcm (2.8224M to 705.6k) ... suggestions for a quick fix, or ...? Need to output pcm to dsd256 as well - change there is just in settings?
  12. It appears the 16/44 has the higher treble. Apodizing filters usually, though not necessarily will result in a subtle treble roll off.
  13. Any chance that 2L is applying apodizing filters with 16/44.1?
  14. 🎧 ⬅ Which I'd have balked at owning a few months ago. Reclining with a nice cold drink, fan, and intimate musical performance hits the spot some nights.
  15. I don't understand the schadenfreude. I am firmly in the anti-MQA camp, but in Canada 7digital is the only place I can consistently find redbook downloads and Tidal is the only lossless streaming service that actually works. I'll be sad to see either of them go.
  16. Still keen on getting the optical module but wondering if the teradak lps units I have will do th oM justice or should I consider a different lps?
  17. Yes, for some basic DAC building this seemed like a simple way to use multiple DACs and reduce crosstalk, also create a differential output with single ended DACs. Upsampling isnt even needed, but the only hope is that it can be done as a sort of post-processing after the player, so you can still use the same one.
  18. Thanks @jabbr, will report how this goes.
  19. I just started the trial but found the Windows Qobuz app's UI super-slow to become totally unusable once playback begins. Is there a fix for this? I have tried both 64-bin and 32-bin version, same thing. Thanks! EDIT: I found that even when just launched nothing playing the app continuously consumes 30% CPU time in my Xeon quad-core system so there is definitely a bug leading to a busy loop. This should be an easy fix so I hope it can be resolved before my trial period ends.
  20. Bad timing, I've got to go out - but I will revisit that material anon; do some more checking.
  21. Which reminds me of the last busker at the nearby Aldi - a concrete cavern at the end of the zig zag of the pedestrian ramp. Just voice and acoustic guitar, an older guy - what was special was his phrasing, and expressive vocal rendering, of a straightforward song; the "touch of magic" that makes one an entertainer, beyond being "just a singer" - wasn't there when we came out only a little bit later, what a pity!
  22. For a 2 channel source, getting 4-8 outputs configured per your needs is pretty easy these days.
  23. Take off / put on that jumper you see at the mouse pointer. PS: AI at work ?
  24. Or it is a best dither. FYI, over at 2L they are the most keen on the dither subject. I could show emails about that again ...
  25. I am glad you did. It is one of the best posts I read in this forum. Too bad that only a relative few will be able to relate. And I am not even saying that I can. I am of the stance that when the reproduction is starting to be really good (which is a process of decades IME) you sort of explicitly start to have the feeling and idea "yeah, that is how it will sound for real". This combines with the clear envisioning how e.g. a singer behaves and moves on stage. This is still illusion of course, but without the realism this doesn't happen (at all). Most instruments are very "touchy" (I hope you get what I mean with this). A piano is one - possibly a violin and the like (up to upright double bass) could even be better. When the playback system represents these instruments very well, you can 100% see through the mood of the player of the time. Btw, that mood is a theatrical happening to begin with, which is fine and belongs. To my belief the "seeing through" happens for the better and best because of consistency. Thus, the less the recording is mangled with (like adding HF would be mangling) the more realistic it comes across, *if* of course the playback system doesn't mangle either. And there's the thing of course - it usually will. Occasionally I run into situations which tempt me thinking "yea, this is how Mark Knopfler's voice really will be" (and this is not when Roberta Flack is singing). This happens (can happen) while I never met Knopfler in person so in my view it is not even related to experience or "knowledge" or something. However, I suspect that having the experience with an image (preferably moving) is required. Most probably having experience with people "performing" is also very relevant (like you yourself). Regarding this, putting your blues thoughts in a blues (guitar) instruments could be a great example. I mean, only if the performer really has the blues, he will be best at it, and how genuine it is during the performance, can be heard (no need to explain to you). And this is the beauty of playing music (and being part of the band etc.) - this can be genuine every new day again. And if the playback system is top notch, you can perceive that through it. The best blues I heard from a single man and his bass guitar on the corner of a street in Washington. All fitted. All belonged. A playback system can not represent that. But since that experience I try to see through it. Without the experience nothing is to be seen through. You talking about worn keyboards, made me think of boogie woogie - way underestimated these days. Nothing for a grand if you ask me and to be played on worn pianos. I could be wrong. But it could be a typical example. A grand is too sluggish for that. Doesn't fit in that smoky cafe's corner either. Etc.
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