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    Article: Roon 1.6 With Qobuz Integration and More

    Because one of Roon's key value propositions is streaming, discovery, and an integrated library where local and cloud are in the same place. And in fact, adding Qobuz is useful exactly for the reason you're criticizing it: another alternative in case TIDAL folds.
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    Article: Roon 1.6 With Qobuz Integration and More

    I updated this morning but had to come to work so didn't get to play with it... Since there is the (wonderful) "versions" tab (already in 1.5)... Is there a mechanism by which all identified "versions" of items in the local library or in TIDAL can be added to the favorites in Qobuz? One comment: I wish "Uncompressed high-resolution music from Qobuz" would have actually been "Lossless high-resolution music from Qobuz". And if we are being extremely picky, it should be "Lossless compressed high-resolution music from Qobuz" (after all it comes in a flac stream).
  3. Hey Judd. I have the SACD of Gaucho. Could compare it to the TIDAL CD. BTW, not having a reference for any other masterings, I would say the one from Amazon I got (1999 remaster) sounds pretty good.
  4. In my case, both. Plus discovery. I have the SACD (and DSF via my PS3) version of Gaucho. I must admit it's simply because it is a well known audiophile classic. Steely Dan is not really a fave of mine, but by learning all these tidbits I come to appreciate it more. The part that I am finding challenging is identifying each version. I got a copy of the remastered 1999 version from Amazon, and it sounds good and is interesting music. But how to identify a Hoffman copy for example? Finding it a little cryptic. The one obviously easy to identify is the SACD version - but it is a bit too expensive for me until I learn this group enough to appreciate it. So to my point after this drivel: Any pointers on where to find a Hoffman CD?
  5. Right. More often than not, I can't actually tell what the release is on Amazon. And the customer comments below often apply to any one of the versions (vinyl/cd/import cd/etc) so it is even more cryptic. If only they quoted the item's manufacturer version it would make it easier to tell. Additionally you sometimes don't get the exact release you purchased. BTW... Looked into the SMH-SACD... Bought from AcousticSounds it is $60, from CDJapan it's $34 + about the same amount in shipping...
  6. Finding it hard to identify the different versions on Amazon. What do people recommend?
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    Any Way To Search This Field In Roon

    Question for community.roonlabs.com, no?
  8. miguelito

    dCS Rossini 2.0

    People also need to understand that updates take time and implementation work. It is not a drag and drop. Implementation work in turn needs investment. Should a firm invest that money for cheaper products? And does it make sense to do so? Bartok is not the same as Rossini even if they share some of the hardware design. Improvements that might make sense to invest work on in one platform might be deemed a wash in another. dCS is an incredible company, and when you buy one of their products you can be sure they will both support you and improve it over time.
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    dCS Rossini 2.0

    Rossini 2.0 review... I have had the Rossini in my system since about Nov 2017. My system is fairly high end and resolving, even by the high standards of systems in this forum. I have listened to Rossini for about 14 months in my system’s current configuration - no major changes. Around Feb 2018 the MQA update came about - other than MQA capability, there were no other changes in this update. The 2.0 update is quite a massive change to the Rossini - just see the list of changes above. Most notably to me: 1- Completely rewritten Roon implementation 2- RingDAC now runs at twice the speed (2.6MHz to 5.2MHz and the like) - note this is not the same as DSD64 to DSD128, as it is a 5bit implementation rather than 1bit. 3- Filters and mappers from the Vivaldi DAC have been implemented in Rossini 2.0 Some more details here: https://www.dcsltd.co.uk/reviews/rossinis-return/ For those with a Rossini, my settings for the comparison are: PCM filter: F3, DSD filter: F5, PCM upsampling: DSDx2, Mapper: Map1. I only run Roon, no DSP there at all. Don’t ask me to try other setting, I will not. As I said I have easily 600-800 hours of listening in the same system to many types of files and music under my belt. I know what Rossini v1.0 sounds like pretty darn well. Rossini 2.0 sounds more open, more spacious, more relaxed, AND more detailed! There seems to be a contradiction to it being more relaxed and more detailed, but that’s what I hear. It is a whole new DAC, with all of the qualities of 1.0 improved. The tonality and spatial focus and depth of the piano in Maria Joao Pires’s “Chopin Nocturnes” is staggering. Female voices are even more real. I am talking redbook here. Amazing. DSD tracks such as Amber Rubarth’s DSD128 version of “Sessions from the 17th Ward” also sound better, though this is much closer to 1.0. Rossini’s MQA implementation from Feb 2018 was a little glitchy. dCS did the right thing and implemented filters that switch on ONLY when MQA is playing (which makes the MQA implementations difficult to do correctly). In 2.0 all the glitches have been cleared and MQA not only behaves flawlessly, but given the other changes in the RingDAC, it sounds even better - just like ALL other file types. All in all, it’s like dCS shipped a completely new DAC to me over the internerds. Amazing. Thank you dCS!!!
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    dCS Rossini 2.0

    Hi Chris, 2018 was the year when I did not stress about equipment and just had the most amazing time LISTENING to fabulous music out of my Rossini. I am extremely pleased and thankful to dCS for getting me there. dCS is certainly not cheap stuff, but the value for money is incredible. I am away from home, back tonight. I will update tomorrow and listen over the weekend. Will give you my impressions after. Again, THANK YOU dCS!
  11. This is all such bull... Do you really think that the artist is sitting there doing A/B and saying “Yeah the MQA version is better”? For one, the MQA version is created in post processing and apparently by a specialized MQA team - just so noone runs a delta function through the encoder and records the result! There is so much debunkable bull in the whole thing I just don’t know where to start!
  12. That was meant to be laughter... Meant “What a load of BS from BS”
  13. ????????? What a load of BS!
  14. miguelito

    MQA is Vaporware

    Understood, but the core decoder (if I understand correctly) is a binary provided by MQA for the appropriate platform, whereas you’re on your own coding the rendering. Is this not the case?
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    MQA is Vaporware

    I think you need to differentiate between the licensing cost and implementing unfolding (prob around a few EUR) and the cost of implementation of rendering - which requires actual work on the filter selection side, and might have additional licensing costs as well. Given for example the amount of work dCS has invested in getting MQA implemented properly in their DACs, $50 seems a bargain! BTW... dCS implemented this without an additional charge.