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  1. For what it's worth, here are a couple of tracks in 24/96 that I recorded with a Korg MR-2000S years ago. The turntable was either a Rega P9 or a Clearaudio Innovation Compact with a Shelter 501 cartridge. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vaqqb8rmyuv5rmb/AADOS1spZ0yaG1v-ApbJwTcVa?dl=0
  2. My understanding was that Roon did the first unfolding (if enabled) and the Devialet DAC section did the rest (if enabled). From what you're saying, Devialet doesn't support MQA and Roon doesn't do much either. I'll just turn off those settings and not lose any sleep over it. Thanks for the reply.
  3. I believe that most streaming services have a trial period, I use Tidal HiFi and know that they do for 30 days. As far as cost goes, my justification (in Canada) was that $20 a month was a lot less than what I used to spend to buy CDs of new music that interested me. Get a trial for Tidal or Qobuz trial account and see if streaming works for you. Streaming means the file is sent to you from their system to yours, you don't "download" it, you play it live and online. And yes, something like Tidal or Qobuz will have their own software program that you can
  4. For what it's worth, with the Devialet Expert Pro 440 monoblocks that I have, it turns out that they're capable of both MQA decoding and rendering. I use Roon on a ROCK for playback, with a switch directly connecting the ROCK to the main monoblock, and can enable MQA through the device setup. I'm also a HiFi subscriber on Tidal and have that enabled in Roon. As a rule, when adding music and given a choice I will select the higher bit rate and resolution of the MQA version as opposed to the redbook option. I don't have time right now, but from an earlier post noticed
  5. Maybe it's time to put this one to bed. We all seem to be in agreement - is there anything more to be said? Now, about how power supplies could possibly make any difference.....
  6. That is a limited art print by Philip Garris that was used as the cover art for Blues for Allah. I bought that from an ad in Rolling Stone back in the late 70’s. It’s been reframed a couple of times, and is due for a change.
  7. Turntable is a Clearaudio Innovation Compact with the Universal tonearm, VTA lifter and a Dynavector Te Kaitora Rua cartridge. Without a doubt the best sound I have ever had from a turntable/cartridge combination. I still enjoy playing LPs, but the goal was to digitize them so that they would sound the same in the analog or digital world. The LPs were recorded at 1 bit, 5.66 MHz, converted to 24/96 FLAC, mastered and saved in that final format. I tested recordings with 24/192 but really couldn't hear any difference between that and 24/96. Of course, a lousy LP so
  8. The issue with recording LPs ended up with discovering that the USB connection to the Devialet Master monoblock is bi-directional. In other words, as you play a record the analog input is digitized and then has the RIAA equalization and cartridge loading done in the digital domain. That signal that is then passed along to the DAC for output to the speakers is also available on the USB cable as an input to a computer. I continue to use VinylStudio, but now instead of a digital recorder can record directly to the hard drive of a laptop. It's a bit clumsier than using the digital
  9. I apologize for not having replied to these comments sooner - for some reason Outlook was blocking mail from this site. The stereo is more or less the same but there was a plan to make a couple of improvements - those are now done. This is the living room of our downsized home in the burbs. I tore out the old oak strip flooring, installed new pre-finished white oak, painted the room, installed valence lights, ran a CAT5 cable down to the fiber hub and replaced the laptop with an Intel NUC that is running Roon with their Roon Optimized Core Server (ROCK). The valence
  10. Bryston BCD-3, without question. I had a BCD-1, and if you can find one of those used that would truly be a bargoon. https://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/bryston-bcd-3-cd-player/ The best CD player that's ever been built, and ever will be. Leaving out the glass portholes, blue LEDs, $5,000 milled aluminum cases whataya got? A transport - bought from people who do that sort of thing. A Digital to Analog converter on a chip - bought from people who make those by the gazillions. And - the knowledge, experience and expertise to design and tweak
  11. In looking through my files I realized that I had written a long winded article on this very topic a number of years ago. I just posted it up on the Canuck Audio Mart, being Canadian, but it may be of interest here as well. The photo is outdated, but I'm reluctant to do any edits - just because. The Pros and Cons of Buying New LPs TL; DR: If you want great sound, maybe buy a CD. If you like LPs just because, that’s OK. A bit of background – I’ve been buying and playing LPs since the late 70’s. I consider myself an audiophile and have a system that is highly r
  12. It's a tenuous connection, so please bear with me but in this case I vote for Brigadoon, from 1954. My wife loves musicals, even better if there's lots of dancing involved. I was listening to The Waterboys, The Whole of the Moon from This Is The Sea - released in 1985.. "I saw a rain dirty valley, You saw Brigadoon...." Turning to my wife I asked her what's Brigadoon? Well, nothing would do but that was quickly ordered and then cued up for Friday night at the movies. It was a good movie, if you like that sort of thing. Lots of singing
  13. You know, I can't say that I blame most folks for getting rid of their turntable. And I've always wondered how many of them were ever setup correctly in the first place. Over the years I've accumulated all of the test and setup tools that I need to do a proper setup, but it takes time, skill and patience - and a budget. I despair at the kids buying those cheap $100 turntables and playing their $30 records on them. One play, and it's likely ruined. For me, even with all the albums recorded I can't think of why I would want to get rid of my turntable. It
  14. I suppose we all came at things from a different angle. My motivation for recording all of my LPs (about 1,500) was twofold. First, as part of a downsizing exercise I didn't want to move them ever again. Secondly, sometimes being a bit lazy and not wanting to play an LP I found the convenience of a music server and remote control a highly attractive option. I also found that the sound quality from the LPs was better or certainly no worse than a CD of the same title. From a cost savings perspective, being able to record an LP I already had as opposed t
  15. If you use Roon on occasion, then you might want to consider going to a NUC and storing your music on an external USB drive rather than using a NAS. It's a simple and direct way of accessing your music without a lot of network jumps for the music to get from a server to your DAC. If you have hardware that is Roon Ready that will certainly optimize the sound quality, particularly if you have Roon Ready hardware. Let us know how it works out for you!
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