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  1. Point taken. But if you go back to the original post, the link between endianness, codecs and SQ was stated much more emphatically than "theory" or empiricism. That's what drew my natural skepticism (I that healthy, not negative). Cucumber's second post was much more empirical. And yes, of course, I applaud his attention to detail and thoughtfulness in sharing his experiences with us. I learned a lot, which is always important.
  2. This is what I call the "Scientific Method" (very humorous-thanks for the laugh): ...little endian for PC and Intel Mac) at a certain level, in 100% of the tries, lit the mid charge led of my right sub amp at x second and get y piece of furniture to resonate while not with the wrong endianness file.
  3. I couldnt agree more with your last paragraph. What I have logical problems with are statements of subjective opinion (based on albeit technically valid concepts) being expressed as if they are concrete and verifiable facts.
  4. Well I've done some more reading on endianess and have found nothing that supports the merits of big-endianess vs little-endianess and vice versa. It seems they are basically different memory formats based on the processor type (not machine) the software was originally designed to run on. And any reference to sound quality is purely subjective. I wonder if anyone on here knows of any documentation which might support superior SQ with one over the other. Its really interesting stuff though. Scott
  5. Sir, actually I do need to take the time to understand the details of the sources of your first entry on this post. Its the only way I can decide if I agree or disagree with your point about endianess and sound quality or not. So far, I'm not buying it but I am learning a whole lot that I didnt know before and for that, I thank you. Scott
  6. Does anyone remember what this thread was about? Right-it was a NYT article that so many found fault with. I am in minority here. I think it was pretty much spot on. I think it painted a pretty good picture of where we are today, music reproduction-wise. Many of you seemed to zero in on the expense of high-end gear. Even though that was mentioned in the article, to me, it didnt come across as one of the central themes. Are we viewing the world again thru our systems? No-the thrust of this article, to me was the changing culture of listening to music. And to us, it should be GOOD news,
  7. I would take all the usual precautions (in this order): * Power down everything, make cable connections, power back up. * Ensure all other programs are turned off, including wi-fi. * Enable your music player. Rule all of these out FIRST. If you still have the issue, ensure power is consistent with what you were using with the Air. Also, make sure your settings in Sound are the same.
  8. Respect endianness (relates to file/processor interaction ; further readings might be : The FLAC Audio Format | Start at Zero and aiff). Apple discretely turned AIFF little endian: it matters. FLAC is big endian while Intel processors are little endian. WAV is the uncluttered little endian file format: convert your files to wav just before playing (store flacs for size & tagging). It takes seconds with XLD (Mac) and it’s free (though we should all donate). Yes FLAC offers lossless compression and all your bits are there; but it doesn’t sound as good as AIFF-C and WAV is even better. Becaus
  9. Even though I'm 102, this is a great point we never read about or probably have never considered! Thank you Alex. (Just kidding about part of this) Scott
  10. Alex, good points. I offer this as a counter: I have over 4 decades of experience. Does that give me the right to think and say that I hear "better" or "more" than someone else? I dont have training per se but its my understanding that "training" provides ways of focusing differently on sounds and music. If I had that training, would I hear "better" than, say you? The answers to both of these in my mind is no. Hell no. It just means that I might pick up something someone else doesn't but it doesnt make my hearing superior. *********************************************** And here's
  11. It seems we are describing both sides of the same thing: the equipment and the music, the types of which are purely subjective. I love fiddling with the equipment and the software but there comes a point where I have to sort of take a breath and just listen. Honestly one is a means to another. Additionally, its more than a hobby to me. The term hobby somehow doesnt seem to do it justice. A hobby is building model airplanes or restoring a 68 Camaro. Its one dimensional. This thing we suffer from is more than that - its deeper. Its about the physical equipment, but its also about the emotion
  12. Where were all you people? It seems we know one more characteristic of the Audiophile: it comes out on Monday.
  13. Of course there's the infamous "Just hit any key." "I dont see an Any Key."
  14. You know, in all fairness, sometimes things happen in IT and you just honestly dont know why. My career was IT and IT support. You'd do all the obvious things and nothing would work. Then, you'd just wing it, and voila. Someone would ask you, what did you do? I'd always say, "beats me, but its working." or, "that's why I get paid the big bucks," or something equally clever. And I'd heave a huge sigh of relief walking away. In telephone tech support, I've noticed a real tendency go by a script. I've usually done the first few steps in the script already, and then the script is exhausted pre
  15. I love quoting myself. Does this make me an Audiophile? Just kidding. Samsung makes some very good gear but I guess its just for the eyes so what would an Audiophile know about that? C'mon guys-if you havent heard it, how can you possibly judge?
  16. And not one of you has actually listened to it. Is this Audiophile Snobbery? You do realize that this is the kind of behavior that gives the term Audiophile a less than stellar rep, right?
  17. I'm approaching six decades on this planet, over four of which have involved music reproduction of some kind. I often thought it would be interesting to go back in time and listen to the systems I thought kicked ass. Why just the other day I reflected back (I was walking the dog at the time) on the time in 1971 that I had two LA-44 Lafayette speakers jammed into the open window of my frat house "broadcasting" Abbey Road to some Frisby players. It sounded great but apparently neighbors (not close at all) didnt share our taste in music. But it would be neat to stand in that field on that sunny d
  18. That's one of the best laughs I had in a while. Great response, thanks!
  19. I've often struggled with the term Audiophile. This is not odd for me as I struggle with labels in general; from a conceptual standpoint, I have difficulty with painting any group of people with a broad brush. But the Audiophile generalization throws me more than most. This is because whether you are one or not is so damn subjective. I mean who's to say you are or you aren't? What qualifies the decision and who the hell are the people, to decide? Enough of esoterics. Here's what got me thinking about this again. Yesterday morning, I connected my MacBook Pro to a Cambridge Audio Stream Magi
  20. Great question. I've got the Samsung connected via HDMI to a Marantz SR5005 (great piece of equipment by the way) so I would assume the Samsung is using the Marantz DAC. There is no comparison. The CA sounds tons better. The Samsung sounds flat and boring. This is all running Pandora. I've got the Samsung set up to output PCM so maybe there's a better setting but I dont think so. Again, I highly recommend the CA.
  21. Hello again, I would like to check back in and report on my experience with Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6. Its been, what, a couple of months now and I have it connected to my Marantz SR5005, B&W system and it seems to get better by the day. My listening is about 99% Pandora (my own station, customized with thumbs-up, thumbs-down) and the sound is quite impressive. As a comparison, I just purchased a Samsung BluRay player with Internet capability including Pandora and that sound was flat and boring, by comparison. If any of you are considering the CA, I would say if it fits your system
  22. Thanks for your question. Four months in, I continue to receive excellent service from the SM6 and most excellent SQ. Once in a while it will drop off the network (couple times a week maybe, and this is all-day listening, per day to Pandora) and my solution is to simply unplug and re-plug in my router (Motorola Surfboard). Since a laptop does the same thing, I feel its the router not the SM6. I cant speak to the IOS topic. As far as the GUI, its par with most others these days - you just gotta get used to it. So, in short, depending on what audio system you connect it to, you should enjoy
  23. I laughed at this. I think about half the 13 pages arent related to Close to the Edge tho...On the plus side, it may grow on you. Scott
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