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  1. I have 7 backup copies of my library - yes I am a backup freak - so I can revert anytime. Couple of questions: 1- I would do this on a mac - is XLD the best choice? 2- Any settings to tweak in the FLAC encoder in XLD? Any other advice? Thx. Miguel
  2. Thx Chris. I suppose this is why I had trouble with a few AIFF files (not all) being recognized by Roon & Audirvana as MQA. That tag prob doesn’t exist in ID3. Specifically (Just FYI): Some (not all!) of the tracks in Aretha Franklin’s “I Never Loved A Man Like I Loved You” MQA version (purchased) do not show as MQA files in Roon or Audirvana when transcoded from FLAC to AIFF. They probably play as MQA though, I didn’t check. So I kept the FLAC format for these.
  3. Right. ITunes is of no concern to me in this regard. I have a large iTunes+ library fully synced with my phone and that’s mostly what I listen to on mobile, on top of Spotify, TIDAL, and Qobuz of course. You say above that FLAC has the best metadata options. Is the metadata in FLAC any different/more complete than the one in AIFF?
  4. Yes, live music is great. Contrary to expectations from people who don’t listen to it, it is actually a very different experience from listening to music through a good system - oftentimes it sounds much worse (talk about the impact of the “room” for one...) but there are other qualities that make it “music” and fun. For one, metadata to me is absolutely essential. Choosing a format like WAV that does not officially support metadata is something I would never consider regardless of how good it sounds. This is why I went with AIFF, which I understand is a fully open standard anyway, with official support for metadata. The way I listen to files these days is via Roon, and as such over RAAT, so the uncompression is done on the Roon core server and sent as raw PCM to the DAC over the network. This is why I think I can hear no difference. If I were running the DAC off of the USB of the same machine doing the uncompression, then I would be more wary of a difference. I used to be a tweaker, but these days I have less and less interest in that, and instead I prefer to just listen, possibly knowing there might be a twist that might improve the sound by 0.1%...
  5. I have done that already. But now I have essentially three copies of my library: AIFF, ALAC (for iPhone), and iTunes+. It is a bit cluttered for sure... Which is why I'd like to simplify a bit...
  6. This is my setup: - Library is formed of AIFF files for anything PCM (red book rips and purchases), DSF (SACDs ripped and purchased files), FLAC (MQA files don't like to be transcoded to AIFF, the header info can get messed up and not recognized as MQA). - I am an exclusively Mac user as well as iOS user. - Main system: I use Roon from dedicated Mac mini over network to dCS Rossini, sometimes I use Audirvana - Office/laptop: Headphones over Roon or Audirvana - Mobile: Have an iTunes+ library, and also put hi-res files on the phone using Onkyo HF Player Why do I use AIFF? Two reasons: 1- I read uncompressed formats (WAV and AIFF) sounded better - this is probably an outdated assessment 2- Did not use WAV because there's no (official) support for tagging Additionally, I just did a FLAC vs AIFF comparison via Roon and frankly I cannot tell the difference. FLAC is lossless (I KNOW!!!), bits are bits, etc, except lower processing requirements sometimes result in better sound quality. Also know that there's ALAC which is essentially Mac's version of FLAC, but I don't really want to use that. Too much Mac in my life already. Questions: 1- Should I transcode all my AIFF to FLAC? Advantage is the smaller size to use on portable devices - you can play FLAC on an iPhone with Onkyo HF Player, you can play them on the Mac with Audirvana or Quicktime, etc... 2- Has anyone done a recent assessment of FLAC vs uncompressed? If so with what exact setup? 3- Any Mac users who have any comments on using FLAC?
  7. Just tried to help a fellow audiophile flash an image of the SOtM firmware using a Mac. I am pretty sure we followed standard procedure, and I am pretty sure the the SOtM instructions are complete shit. I have done this for a microRendu without any issues.
  8. Two things: 1- Yes, it is a bit ruthless, but honest I think. Some people will dig a high quality recording and be more open minded - even tolerant of less than stellar musical performance - and that is ok, for them. 2- I don’t think anyone posting opinions on this thread had any mean intent.
  9. I can definitely imagine a chemical making a particular type of plastic soft and sticky and having this as a result. Make sure you didn't destroy the ethernet jack on the dCS device.
  10. See my signature. Or go to http://goo.gl/66fjxw
  11. I have no such issue in my Rossini, but I don't use this cable.
  12. The more I look at this the more "mechanical" it seems to me. I wonder if the choice of ethernet jack in the dCS is making this particular cable get snagged and break off?
  13. Yeah. From pics of the cables on the internet, it looks like the contact portion fused to the female ethernet port in the device and broke off! Very bizarre. Unlikely you will be able to plug another cable in that port.
  14. In My System, To My Ears the Chesky recording has a tonality, decay, space around instruments, and presence of the singer's voice that the Sound Liaison does not (to that degree). I am not talking headphones.
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