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    Relative importance of differences in stereo systems

    As 70 fades in my rear view mirror, it's clear that the young 'uns can be mighty funny creatures, Sal. The older they get, the smarter we get. Just stay in the groove, man' - many will eventually catch on and catch up.
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    Relative importance of differences in stereo systems

    ...because of your reaction to my comment on STC's statement that "...[t]o be an audiophile you need to have high end equipment", specifically : After clinging tightly to my innocence for 7 decades, I had to let it go when confronted with "It was statement to emphazise the importance of room acoustics... Today, audiophile refers to lifestyle and branded equipment despite what they claim to be. Like the Audioquest and Wadia DAC that you are using." I don't know who "they" are, but they seem not to approve of my equipment choices. This interchange opened my eyes! I'm with you - I'm wasting my breath and sticking my neck out for no good reason. It's no longer my concern. I hope that everyone can and does pursue his or her passions, and that each gets as much pleasure and satisfaction from them as you and I and our wives do from ours. But I will not again intervene - let everyone make his or her choices and live with them. In fact, you've inspired me to set up MC! I'd forgotten all about my Pioneer Elite 7.1 receiver, which I put in the closet when we sold the house 3 years ago. The Wolfson 24/192 DACs may not be "audiophile quality" 😉, but they're a start. I'll find out how important differences in the system are to me as I develop this.
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    Relative importance of differences in stereo systems

    My profound apologies, Kal. As usual, you were 100% correct - it really isn’t my concern. From now on, it’s omnis homo sibi!
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    Relative importance of differences in stereo systems

    Your passion and equanimity are laudable, Kal - I'm also fortunate enough to possess a fair measure of each. But you seem to have less contact with the many conflicted and unhappy souls out there than I do. And as a physician, it absolutely is my concern if I can be of any help to any of them. While many - OK, maybe most - people see things differently from me, those who get their joys from belittling the tastes and pursuits of others are hurtful, and they abound. Helping an AS newbie to be as positive as you are about his or her passions and efforts to engage them is a wonderful, worthwhile endeavor that demonstrates what it means to you and me to be an audiophile. We are very lucky to be us, my friend!
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    Relative importance of differences in stereo systems

    First, they came for the bagpipers, and I did not speak out - because I was not a bagpiper. Then they came for the accordionists, and I did not speak out - because I was not an accordionist. Then they came for the misguided, and I did not speak out - because I was not misguided. Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me. [Yes, officer - my poetic license is in my wallet ] Sadly, many friends and people I meet over music, audio, art etc let this kind of thinking push them into doubting their own ears and judgment. They spend far more than they need to (and, in many cases, can afford to) to avoid preachy, condescending and most often unfounded criticism. So, with tongue only partly in cheek, I responded to support them. They're audiophiles in the true sense of the word, they don't need to buy anything to deserve the title, and there are a lot of them. To keep it on topic, I think that the marginal importance of differences in stereo systems approaches zero asymptotically above a cost threshold that's dropping like a rock. Sound quality today is so good from very basic equipment that diminishing returns set in lower than ever before. It's an audiophile's paradise out there now, and I love it!
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    Relative importance of differences in stereo systems

    I'm more than a bit surprised at the lack of response to this statement. The term "audiophile" is often used pejoratively, e.g. as Ken Rockwell does: "Audiophiles are what's left after almost all of the knowledgeable music and engineering people left the audio scene back in the 1980s." "audiophiles don't have the experience or education to understand what matters" But I think Rockwellians are a bit harsh in seeing pursuit of expensive audio equipment purely or primarily as ignorant and conspicuous consumption, despite their occasional confluence. And if that were the context of the quoted post, I would have expected something like "To be an audiophile, you need to have fancy, costly, exotic, highly rated equipment". Thankfully, it seems more like an innocently elitist term in the posted context - so I only have to take polite issue with it. For me and multiple excellent dictionaries like Webster ("a person who is enthusiastic about high-fidelity sound reproduction") and Cambridge ("a person who is very interested in and enthusiastic about equipment for playing recorded sound, and its quality"), being an audiophile requires only interest and enthusiasm. I can find no hardware requirements. Maybe I'm not a true audiophile. Over the 60+ years I've been whatever it is that I am, I've generally spent 5% or less of the cost of contemporary "high end" systems on my own stuff. Sadly, I had to settle for only about 90+% of the sound quality I could have gotten had I used my money for "better" audio equipment instead of education, guitars, cars, women, clothes, wine, travel, cameras, bicycles, motorcycles, family, house, and............music And every once in a while, the audio gods allow the weaknesses in my system to cancel each other and grace me with an outstanding listening session, for which I am truly thankful (and aware that my approach to audiophilia does not merit such joy). In retirement, I continue to struggle with the sonic & functional limitations imposed by less-than-high-end equipment. Fortunately, I've been able to resist conscious depression, despite suffering from a 50 year old Thorens & SME, i3- and ARM-based computers, entry level Audioquest wires, Emotiva and Wadia DACs, powered JBLs, and Prima Luna amplification driving Focal 726s and Rogers LS3/5a speakers, and similarly limiting stuff. Even my piano is only a Yamaha. Be aware that many others suffer the same pain in silence. But we soldier on, because we're - - AUDIOPHILES!
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    5G - Are We Safe Or Insane?

    Say watt????
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    5G - Are We Safe Or Insane?

    You’ll have to sine on the dotted line to catch that wave.
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    5G - Are We Safe Or Insane?

    And if the 28G spectrum brings $10+ million in Wisconsin, imagine what they'll get for 20-20K in New York!
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    Jesus Wept

    An F sharp quarter note walks into a bar and orders a beer. He takes a sip and immediately spits it out. The bartender runs over and says "What's wrong with it?" The note replies, "Be flat".
  11. bluesman

    5G - Are We Safe Or Insane?

    Let's hope it's just a phase you're going through.
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    Article: Roon Vs. JRiver | Clash of the Titans

    You can add tags to cover all that and more - live vs studio, session location, recording date, reissue #X, etc. You could even add a tag to identify how you got the file (eg ripped vs downloaded vs recorded yourself) and how you ripped it. There may not be a specific tag for what you want, but you can create new ones. This link (https://kb.roonlabs.com/Tags) will take you to the Roon tag overview page.
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    Article: Roon Vs. JRiver | Clash of the Titans

    I only have about 200 classical albums ripped to FLAC or downloaded. Most of my 1500 or so classical albums are vinyl, about half being 78s dating back as far as the 1920s (all my family’s collections from parents & grandparents). But playing with the Roon tagging and sorting systems, I was able to do enough with my limited classical files plus over a thousand jazz and a few hundred blues albums to be confident that it can do pretty much whatever you want. Problems like parsing symphonies into movements and keeping track of conductors with multiple orchestras my require a ripping and/or tagging scheme you’ll have to design and apply. This is easy with Roon - it’s just labor intensive. There are also many posts on relevant fora supporting this.
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    Dumbed down AL nuc question.............

    If you really mean “on the cheap”, buy a Raspberry Pi 3b+ for $35, stick it in a $12 metal case, and slide an AL card or stick in the slot. Add a standard switching wall wart PS for $10 or go wild with a linear for a bit more. You’ll have SQ equal to or better than that from a basic 5005-powered NUC for about 15% of the cost, complete with Ethernet, USB, HDMI, analog audio, and WiFi built in (just like a NUC).
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