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Alkan

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  1. Good morning Chris.

    You use JRiver and tested sMS-1000. Could you enlightened me about that question I putted to Jesus: JRiver managed the metadata very well IMO. I have something like 3.000 CDs and more than half is from classical music, so I created a field named Grouping to group tracks from composer's work like "Korngold_1947_1952_Symphony.inF#+.Op40" (4 tracks from an album with 8 tracks and 2 works). This way I can search my library for each composer's work and listen the work that I am looking for. Is different when I will listen "Joni Mitchell_1971_Blue", because here the Grouping is the Album.

    Could I use that metadata structure with SMS-1000?

  2. Alkan, what I mean is some programs mask the issues with the content's metadata and are not actually fixing the metadata for use with other programs. I don't know what J-River does with the sea of possible settings in it's setup so you have to check things. I use the Browse option since my collection is organized by genre/album/artist/track title and it's very easy to find things this way...

    Jesus R

     

    Thank you.

  3. How well it works depends on how well J-River managed the metadata. You should also be able to use the date field and browse the directory structure...

     

    Thanks Jesus R.

    JRiver managed the metadata very well IMO. I have something like 3.000 CDs and more than half is from classical music, so I created a field named Grouping to group tracks from composer's work like "Korngold_1947_1952_Symphony.inF#+.Op40" (4 tracks from an album with 8 tracks and 2 works). This way I can search my library for each composer's work and listen the work that I am looking for. Is different when I will listen "Joni Mitchell_1971_Blue", because here the Grouping is the Album.

    Could I use that metadata structure with SMS-1000?

    Thanks.

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    However, I think we should focus more on the recording/engineering/mastering quality. And to promote the use of good engineers, because gradually they are being either discarded either to cut costs or to let bands be more "In control"...

     

    I prefer to listen to a good mastered mp3 320 lossy file, than a bad mastered 24/192 master file or CD....

     

    I agree 200% !

    When I think to have a musical lossless experience, I think in something closer to the live experience. Unfortunately, as I can hear in abundance, the engineering / mixing / mastering process has changed to "loud" albuns (besides problems with stage position, depth, airy, transparency etc.)

    The worst DR album from my JRiver library is 24/48 - like the 2nd worst.

  5. My 121 has burned 400 hours plus and my nowadays "critic listening" is through a Stax earspeaker powered by its own amp. And? It's fantastic!

    I am very happy with this marriage and it doesn't matters if I was listening the powerful "The Kennedy Experience", the classy Patricia Barber "Mythologies" or the dynamic Boulez "Pli Selon Pli", my system gives me all those little orgasmic pleasures so well-known to music lovers.

    I am a Wadia addicted and this DAC doesn't disappointed me - specially for that price.

  6. Given they combined the two tracks, as the artist intended, how can the "transition problem" be there? The two tracks play together, back-to-back, as intended, on my system.

     

    The combined tracks played with no problem in my system, but IMO, it was a "hard" mix between variations 27 and 28. For sure if it was the artist choice, who am I to argue about that.

  7. There's a new message at TOGV site:

    NOTE: All audio files downloaded before June 18, 2012 suffered from a minor imperfection in the transition between track 28 and 29. The final solution to this problem has been to combine the two tracks into one. The downloads in the table above all have 31 tracks instead of the expected 32. This is because track 28 contains both Variation 27 and 28. If you downloaded the files previously, delete tracks 28 and 29. Then, download the matching format from the list below. Add it to the playlist. You should then have 31 tracks with track 28 lasting 4:17.

    I am downloading and will check if it is OK now.

  8. As any OS can give you great sound, IMO first you should decide what Player to use: Mac, Windows or Linux based. I am a Mac user, but I choose JRiver as Player because its enormous functionality to manage my library with a large possibilities to personalize metadata (I am ripping 3k CDs to FLAC uncompressed and wanna reduce the cataloguing problem). This way I am going to Windows: now I am using bootcamp, but will go to the CAPS v.3.

  9. Indeed, both versions still have the problem...

     

    Just received an answer from Robert Douglass (Open Goldberg Variations project):

    "Hmm. Frustrating. I'll go back to the engineers and see if there is a possible solution. The CD version will obviously not have this problem as it will just play straight on between the two."

    Let's wait, because worth it. That is a fantastic project!

  10. Michael,

    In my case, it will be easier to buy the pre-built.

    I hope Chris have some news soon too, because I don't wanna start to thing in upgrades right now, hehehe

    Cheers

  11. Would be unfair if my first "appearance" in this thread wasn't something about my nick :)

     

    Marc-André Hamelin

    Alkan - Grande Sonate, Sonatine etc. - Hyperion (ripped with dBpoweramp)

     

    Enjoyed with two wineglasses of Amancaya...

  12. I am disappointed to find that the Wadia 121 DAC apparently does not automatically adjust to the supported data rate when used with a Mac and iTunes only.

     

    That's an iTunes limitation: Apple decided it (no automatic sampling selection) because iTunes isn't for professional (or audiophile) applications. You will need specific audio player like: for Mac Audirvana, Pure Music, Amarra etc.; for Windows JRiver, foobar etc.

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