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  1. Looks like a comparatively inexpensive experiment I may consider trying. What about it is "3-pack", though? Do you mean 1 converter + 1 transceiver + 1 power supply? Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  2. I guess that would make it a 630mA for the 12-13V model, or 400mA for the 9-10V model I'm using? Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  3. So the answer to my question is 9V will do, or that the output voltage setting setting doesn't matter? Thanks! Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  4. Hi all! I have a SBooster BOTW P&P ECO 9-10V MKII (external power supply) here that I'd like to try with the EtherREGEN. Any advice on which of the settings (9V, 10V, 10.5V) would be best? Will the EtherREGEN run more or less hot depending on the setting? Thanks! Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  5. Not surprised at all, as it's been my impression for many years, apart from some exceptionally successful Esoteric SACD remasterings such as the Callas Carmen, Dvorák/Kertész, Fauré/Cluytens, Holst/Boult, Lehár/Karajan, Mahler/Barbirolli, Mozart/Curzon, Mozart/Grumiaux, Mozart/Paillard, Mussorgsky/Ansermet, Rimsky-Korsakov/Ansermet, Schönberg/Webern/Karajan, Schubert/Kempe, Sibelius/Maazel, Sibelius/Karajan, Stravinsky/Pollini, Tchaikovsky/Fistoulari (of which there's going to be a Tower SACD soon) and the Wagner/Solti, that remasterings based on early digital recordings, i.e. of all categories the one that SACD aficionados most frown upon, is what the Esoteric team excels at. Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  6. Interesting way of putting it. The Esoteric seems a little souped or beefed up, but the more I listen to it, the more tastefully I think it's done - reminiscent of an XRCD (there have been more and less successful remasterings there over the years as well). I'm frankly a bit undecided, which is why I didn't reply to Darryl earlier. It's true that the Qobuz remastering may be the most neutral, perhaps even faithful to the master tape (that's always a guess), while the Esoteric seems to share qualities with the LP (I no longer have a turntable, speaking strictly from memory), and given it's a Japanese release, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that may habe been what the remastering engineers had in mind. If anything, I wonder if the sound stage width and depth (acoustic phase faithfulness) may have been affected by the use of e.g. an equalizer, but again, without direct comparison to the LP, I find it hard to call one better or worse. For sure, given the Esoteric SACD is expensive, I'll say it's not a must-buy - neither sounds miraculous, both sound plenty good enough, and at any rate, the performances and/or interpretations (speaking as someone who collects recordings based on performance quality, not "audiophile" recordings based on sound quality) are legendary, absolutely essential. Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  7. I find it confusing that to this day, the 24/88 PCM is the only format specifically referred to as "The Bob Katz 15th Anniversary Remaster" - once one chooses e.g. 24/174 PCM from the scroll-down menu, then checks under "About This Album" it says "click here" leading back to the 24/88 PCM as it used to already back when there was no other high-resolution release on HDtracks than the 24/174 PCM conversion from SACD (presumably, at the time, by Bruce Brown). Most clearly, the CD, SACD and PCM conversion from the earlier DSD sound inferior to the 24/88 PCM "Anniversary Remaster", but it remains unclear if the 24/174 has been updated to Katz's native PCM transfer, and whether today's 64fs and 128fs downloads are conversions from the latter as well. Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  8. I see now. All the titles from those early posts (which date back to before the web site was redone) are gone! One is referring to Keith Jarrett's Köln Concert, of which the new Japanese SACD sounds better than the 24/96 PCM download discussed back then: http://tower.jp/item/4443499/ザ・ケルン・コンサート<タワーレコード限定-完全限定盤> The same is true of the next recording, Erich Kleiber's Figaro: http://tower.jp/item/4457675/モーツァルト:-歌劇「フィガロの結婚」全曲<タワーレコード限定> And again, the same is true of Previn's recording of Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2: http://tower.jp/item/4549246/ラフマニノフ:-交響曲第1番-第3番-&-管弦楽作品集<タワーレコード限定> You'll still find the earlier 24/96 PCM downloads here, of course, however, if you do have SACD playback and/or DSD ripping/computer audio playback capabilities, the above are all preferable: http://www.findhdmusic.com Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  9. Of Keith Jarrett's Köln Concert, there is a Japanese SACD now from Tower Records that sounds better than the PCM download. You'll need to order from Tower Japan, though.
  10. I'm slightly confused by the last few posts, but the search engine to use for high-resolution downloads is this: http://www.findhdmusic.com …which should give you this result: http://www.findhdmusic.com/album/piano-concerto-for-the-left-sanson-francois/5648
  11. Are you looking for a specific one? In some cases, better-sounding remasterings and/or releases have become available, as in the case of the above-quoted Köln Concert, of which there is an SACD and DSD download now. Greetings from Switzerland, David.
  12. Some remasterings included in the box-set, but in this particular case, the Beethoven has only been normalized (level-adjusted for the peaks to reach the full 0 dB, a procedure that, to my ears, makes a recording, if anything, sound fractionally worse, although measurably, there's no difference except it's louder). Greetings from Switzerland, David.
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