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  1. Deja vu, though the cynic in me wasn't surprised, would have bet the opposite & won - it only takes the MQA 'bit' that holds the (bogus parameter warning🙂) original sample rate to actually have a different original sample rate value to make make all of the MQA audio 'different'! Please define (any 'secrecy agreement' permitting) 'quite different' if it's something you know/suspect to be audible. I'm blind here, not even an MQA DAC and can only see different FLAC audio MD5 signature.
  2. Oh dear: - More nonsense with regards the downloads that are available on the 2L test bench; - plus moving goal posts (you've just now decided to mention that your 'hi-res MQA' 'TIDAL downloads' are of the very rare 'NOT folded MQA' type) and - pure guesswork (you say 'logical') regarding the MQA encoding mechanism to explain their size with no evidence to back it up. Yes, the majority of the 2L downloads are DXD sourced, but you missed the set of downloads that were produced from a 16bit/44.1kHz resolution DAT source (last row of the ones I circled in red) - no cha
  3. ??? - anyone can see that all the files I was talking about have FLAC suffixes in their download links and if (they can be bothered) see that they all download as FLAC files. So why randomly say that they are WMA files when anyone can easily verify what you are saying is nonsense?
  4. Agreed - very suspicious. Those FLAC file size difference are more like the difference between true CD size tracks and MQA-CD tracks, ie, true CD usually very slightly bigger than MQA-CD. Original 24-bit MQA tracks in FLAC are about twice the size of MQA-CD tracks in FLAC and true CD tracks in FLAC. See 2L test bench download samples (all also in compressed FLAC, BTW, so your compression argument doesn't hold): http://www.2l.no/hires/index.html
  5. Yep, normally I'm similarly pedantic when it comes to this stuff! Perhaps adding a strategic 'MQA' would suffice (& save me from more embarrassing accusations of being a 'further unfolds' believer; watch out another almost invisible ':' coming up 😀): Had to add the bit you missed in italics - you were making the quote look really out of context (and even more of a lover of MQA 'further unfolds').
  6. Peter, I believe in focusing on that intriguing final paragraph of my last post, perhaps you missed seeing the pic & associated comment just above it? It's exactly the same as what you are saying here (well the order is different in my pic, the non-MQA one is right one of the three in TIDAL's own website search result and my words are a bit different but at least it has the same meaning!), ie:
  7. I think you need to be a bit more careful here. Stating that selecting the HiFi quality TIDAL connection means 'no interest in MQA', just because it provides a file track at a CD resolution of 16bit/44.1kHz with no indication of MQA instead of the 24bit/48kHz distribution undecoded (base) hi-res MQA file track that has been selected, is a bit of a leap. You don't appear to have considered the very real possibility of the 16/44.1kHz file track not lighting up the MQA lamp because it's a corrupted MQA file track produced by TIDAL bit depth reducing & downsampling the original 24/
  8. I'm primarily here for the daily MQA proverb.
  9. Only the test procedure was the same, not the album types tested - first album was MQA-CD & the second was hi-res MQA (original sample rate 192kHz), So @UkPhil was just confirming what was mentioned before: - 16bit/44.1kHz MQA aka MQA-CD on Master quality setting -> unchanged, on HiFi quality setting; - 24bit hi-res MQA on Master quality setting -> changed by TIDAL to MQA not detectable 16bit/44.1kHz, on HiFi quality setting.
  10. On the TIDAL HiFi quality setting, the streaming application's MQA flag not marking the listed album can actually be trusted. So the application does make it clear whether one is streaming CD-res pure PCM as it won't have MQA flag. On the TIDAL HiFi quality setting, it is actually unclear as to whether the application's MQA flag indicates MQA-CD or TIDAL manipulated (reduced to 16-bit from 24-bit hi-res) MQA. In this case, only the player/streamer (if it supports MQA) and/or its MQA DAC flagging MQA during playback indicates that it's MQA-CD; TIDAL mangled (hi-res) MQA otherwise.
  11. It only seems to apply to the hi-res MQA file tracks - TIDAL seems to be quite happy to 'give away' their MQA-CD tracks.
  12. LMS/mysqueezebox.com isn't an official MQA partner, so hasn't been given the facility to connect to TIDAL with a TIDAL Masters quality setting in order to be able to access TIDAL's original 24bit/44.1kHz and 24bit/48kHz hi-res MQA distribution tracks. It is restricted to connecting to TIDAL at best with a TIDAL HiFi quality setting, which gives access to 16bit/44.1kHz CD-res versions of those hi-res MQA distribution tracks. I suspect these are mangled bit depth reduced (and as necessary downsampled) versions of the actual hi-res MQA distribution tracks thems
  13. Just in case it's not clear, the UPnP/DLNA Bridge plugin as a whole entity is associated with LMS - as a 3rd party LMS plugin component, available to optionally enable in LMS's Plugin settings page just like all the other LMS plugins: It so happens that when you enable the UPnP/DLNA Bridge plugin, it does install & run a similarly named helper application on the machine that LMS is on. However, this is a design decision taken by the plugin's developer as LMS plugins don't have to have a helper application and the vast majority don't. The optional speci
  14. That's because the Marantz NA7004 does not support the standard UPnP/DLNA gapless playback mechanism enacted by gapless playback supporting UPnP/DLNA controllers like the mconnect Player app & the BubbleUPnP Android app. The BubbleUPnP Server's Create an OpenHome renderer function uses the same UPnP/DLNA gapless playback support mechanism, so also won't work. In fact the BubbleUPnP Server is a bit more proactive than the mconnect Player app & will likely detect that the NA7004 doesn't support gapless playback and disable the option by greying it out. Basi
  15. If you still have the NA7004, you should be able to use it as as Squeezebox (except synchronisation with other Squeezeboxes) via the UPnP/DLNA Bridge 3rd party LMS plugin. The plugin's special 'flow' option may even provide a workaround for the old NA7004 issue when controlled as a UPnP/DLNA streamer that was never resolved by Marantz - its lack of gapless playback support!
  16. Ok, so all that's required is you assign the Squeezelite to the correct LMS - so the normal LMS behaviour when more than one LMS is on the same network and no actual 'conflict' as such. Hard to tell what's the situation with these 'built-in' LMSs and not having the device to test for oneself! Odd that SOtM haven't configured the sMS-200 to run Squeezelite independently, though. Is Squeezelite being auto started by the sMS-200 LMS's Local Player plugin?
  17. Thanks - that's the problem of only being able to refer to an out of date online user manual! http://docs.sotm-audio.com/doku.php?id=en:eunhasu:start#sms-200_and_sms-200ultra_services Do you know if the sMS-200's Squeezelite can be run without the sMS-200's LMS (to use with an external LMS), BTW?
  18. Not sure what you tried to set up MinimServer on. MinimServer's Eunhasu service isn't supposed to be available for the sMS-200 (it should only be available for the sMS-1000SQ) and MinimServer is not installable on your Innuos Zen 'NAS' (what's the exact model , BTW?). Also, given that you are already using the Logitech Media Server on both the sMS-200 & the Zen, there should have been no need to use a UPnP media server like MinimServer, as LMS can be configured to allow it to be used as a UPnP/DLNA media server anyway (by enabling the UPnP/DLNA Media Interface plugin in the sMS-200's
  19. If you are UK based, there may be issues with you accessing foreign internet radio stations via TuneIn: https://radiotoday.co.uk/2020/09/international-radio-stations-now-restricted-on-tunein/
  20. The Logitech Media Server is primarily for Squeezebox type devices and the Lumin devices are OpenHome & standard UPnP/DLNA devices, not Squeezebox devices. However, LMS can (already) also be used as a UPnP/DLNA media server like MinimServer (requires you configure LMS to enable the UPnP/DLNA Media Interface LMS plugin), though you can only access your own music files that way and not internet radio or any of the online music services that LMS also provides when used in its normal mode of operation as a Squeezebox media server. Is your question regarding the Lumin app for it to
  21. In which case Google Cast support for the endless stream unfriendly WAV container still suggests poor judgement, if the use of Chromecast devices as an individual audio file track players was never even a minor consideration.
  22. Well, I wouldn't expect you to say otherwise, given that you chose the NAA to work similarly 😃. Unfortunately, none of the popular online music services that currently support Google Cast think the same as you do and prefer that their customers stream to their Chromecast devices with 'gaps'. Of course Google designed the Chromecast devices to be both individual audio file network players as well as endless stream endpoints, the only problem is that they 'forgot' about the gapless playback support requirement with the device operating as an individual audio file track player.
  23. Roon's endless stream method does have the advantage of providing a workaround for the non-gapless supporting Chromecast devices to appear to play gaplessly. Standard UPnP/DLNA normally network streams the individual audio file tracks, though some specialised endless stream providing UPnP software does exist (eg the foo_out_upnp foobar2000 plugin component). Hence the need for the UPnP renderer/endpoint itself to handle gapless playback support. This means at least the beginning of the following track would need to be streamed in parallel before the current one has finished st
  24. Info from What Hi-Fi can be suspect even when they don't presume: https://www.whathifi.com/advice/mp3-aac-wav-flac-all-the-audio-file-formats-explained "MQA (hi-res): A lossless compression format that packages hi-res files for more efficient streaming. Used for Tidal Masters hi-res streaming."
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