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  1. In addition to the companies you mentioned, Mjolnir Audio in Iceland is a highly dedicated one-man band called Spritzer ( on the forums ) who works with Kevin Gilmore to produce a range of tube and solid state amps for electrostatics at various price points. Also a great source for pre-owned amps, headphones and accessories, as well as a great read
  2. Selling these after upgrading to UltraRendu...two available but will sell seperately....$315 each including shipping in original boxes...no power supply, recent upgrade to OS 2.7IMG_0484.heic
  3. I recently transferred an edited version of my music library to WAV and FLAC and then to a Samsung 1tB Portable SSD, to be connected to the Infotainment system in my 2016 VW Golf R. The system didn't like AIFF files, or 2tB drives, or more than 30K files but it all plays well and is accessible thru the Car Infotainment interface. I can also stream Quboz or Tidal thru a Dragonfly Red plugged into the phone but the phone interface is a little sketchy on the move. I did once try Roon on an old Mac laptop with an iPad mini as remote and that was OK but somewhat fiddly. Next step will be CarPlay as used by others. Putting the transfer library together reminded me how few CDs or downloads I buy these days but it does encourage me to listen to stuff I already have. Listening to 30K tracks will take some time........
  4. I am a happy Roon user but am now trying to use my music library on other devices ( car system, Chord Mojo/Poly etc ). This has involved transposing the library from AIFF to WAV and FLAC via dBPoweramp which works very well but has exposed a number of album files which have been mistagged as Compilations. They play fine but are difficult to access via the player menus so I need to retag them under the artist name. Roon does an excellent job in sorting these files out so that you are totally unaware of the problem while using that program and in the days when it was all an iTunes library on a Mac mini it was an easy job using Get info. I have tried using MusicBrainz and Yate but the operating instructions for those are somewhat obscure. Sometimes you can move them manually if the artist already has a folder in the library but not otherwise. I have heard of a program called TuneUp which will do this but it is unclear if it is still operational. Any thoughts from anyone?
  5. NO, I remember that article but it also said that the Nano was a geek challenge....accordingly to the Darko post the Chromecast now passes 24/96 so maybe there is a new version....it also gives you some options...at its simplest it passes an analog output from wifi, at its best rate it passes 24/96 via Toslink from an ethernet connection....and sometimes life is too short to geek about saving $20 in favour of plug'n'play. Still , lots of choices!!
  6. Thanks to Darko Audio, I found out that the Chromecast Audio now works as a Roon endpoint with a reasonable sound quality for the $35 it costs. Another post on Darko outlines how the SQ can be improved with a high res setting for the Chromecast, an IFi 5v power supply and a connection cable that has an internet cable connection as well. The outcome is pretty good so for $100 you get a good Roon endpoint with some flexibility as well for future applications. Thanks Darko !!! darko.audio The adaptor comes from UGreen, Ethernet adaptor for Chromecast with power supply, available on Amazon for about $18
  7. Some resolution finally and maybe it will be helpful to others to recount the journey Kumakuma...it wasnt dB Poweramp that caused the mess, it was my operating it!! In the end I went back to recoding the original AIFF files with dBPoweramp but played around with the settings before doing the whole lot...the various artist\album\title combos that first spring to mind for file naming fall apart when compllations and multi-artist albums are involved. You get lots of individual artist files with only one or two tracks in each. There is no doubt some file naming convention that deals with this but I couldnt work it out. An easier solution is to use the original file naming that comes from whatever library software you are using and in dBPA this is possible using "dynamic naming " when converting. You have to upgrade to the Reference version of the software for this as the free one doesnt do it, but this upgrade is well worth it for the speed advantages. The free one does batch conversion but with encoding rates between 30 and 100 x, while the paid version encodes at between 100 and 300 x. My reluctance to recode the whole lot stemmed from the 3 days the trial version took to encode 25 K of files, and it ended up a 5 hour task with the proper program. You just use [origpath]\[origfilename] in the dynamic coding box and it just reproduces your original folder structure. For simplicity I read the files off one external harddrive and exported them to another one. iTunes isnt perfect but I ended up with more respect for its capabilities that we take for granted! Undoubtedly there are other library programs that do a better job but its not bad. With those settings the batch conversion with dBPA was a set and forget operation. It is worth taking the time to tidy up your library or hard drive before you do this so that you dont waste time coding movies and other stuff that has been parked there for reasons long forgotten It is impressive that you can get a 2000 CD library in Flac on a solid state harddrive the size of a fat credit card ( Samsung T1) but sadly the Kenwood head unit doesnt deal with it terribly well. It has a limit of 1000 folders and doesnt like bitrates higher then 16/44 much. Sometimes plays them, (and sounds spectacular), sometimes not. It does a good job with the 1000 files within its limit. But I now have a Flac library that I can use to make up smaller drives for the car while I work on the Roon solution... many thanks to all members who contributed to the thread for their advice...thats what these enthusiast forums are all about
  8. diw

    Car audio?

    Obviously a sign of a mis-spent youth...I do a fair number of long solo road trips across the US and those wouldnt be possible without some audio stimulation...but driving across Death Valley listening to Hilary Mantels " Wolf hall" or up to the north rim of the Grand Canyon listening to a CD of Navaho flute music I bought in a Reservation store...those are powerful memories....
  9. diw

    Car audio?

    Since the original post I have changed the head unit in the car to a Kenwood one which plays Flac files and am generating a copy of my home library in Flac so that i can play anything...I did find a very small 1tb Samsung solid state drive which will contain it all...main problem is going to be navigation ( of the library not the car ) as the screen is v small and its hard to find what you want. Same problem with the Pono player, which otherwise sounds excellent. Tidal via Dragonfly Red from the iPhone is also convenient and sounds reasonable...the best solution though may well be Roon...I rigged up an old Macbook as a Roon Core ( connected to the AUX input) which lives under the front seat and operates with the lid closed ( an app called NoSleep does that ) and the iPad Mini is mounted on a dashboard bracket and acts as the remote. Unlike any other car interface solution I have seen its easy to navigate the library without problems in navigating the car. You can either connect the iPad wirelessly to the Macbook or use Duet for a wired connection. I used the Macbook because I had it and it seems tricky to power a MacMini in the car without power supplies that deal with starting and ignition issues ( the car not the computer) Battery power and a car charger seemed simpler. Whats the cheapest laptop that will run Roon Core? or do any of those little Intel computers run off batteries? Although a car is a challenging acoustic environment, if you treat it like a big headphone that you sit inside and optimise it for the driver then it can sound good.I have found that the better the source the better it sounds, even without dsp manipulation. Maybe you also dont want it to be too engrossing as you are actually in the car doing something else.......
  10. Apesbrain........Tried your suggestion with a couple of CDs worth and the files disappeared somewhere Searchlight cant find them...I put the destination as the hard drive the FLAC files are on but they arent there!! Mystery , eh?
  11. Is the creation of folders and subfolders a library function rather than a tagging function? Am I going to have to go back to the original AIFF files and convert them retaining the existing folder structure ( and how do i ensure that dB Poweramp or whatever does that?) Or do I have three more days of nursing MusicBrainZ? Or do I change to Plan B for the car and use Roon on a laptop under the front seat and selection via a MacMini on the dashboard ( that works really well by the way ) and bypass the FLAC playing capabilities of the car head unit completely? Thanks for all the suggestions, I am sure the answer lies somewhere close....
  12. What both of these suggestions seem to do is rename the files but not create folders..the screen shot shows the before ( with all the track information ) and the after ( with not so much. My first attempt with ZLD just named all the files with the exact words of the format I typed in rather than using the content . The second one was attempting to use the format shortcuts from XLD in a dropdown menu that is only available for two milliseconds .The Mp3Tag suggestion processed the files fairly quickly saying it was renaming them but clearly didnt and just locked up at the end. Dont know why because Mp3Tag managed to re-order the original tags very efficiently. Maybe the problem is that there is no folder structure for the FLAC files at the moment so keeping it isnt an issue...Music BrainZ was able to impose a folder structure but very slowly. Is there a problem with how I am naming the files or is there a second step to move labelled files into folders, assuming the labelling is correct?/Users/diw/Desktop/flac 1.tiff/Users/diw/Desktop/flac 1.jpg Not sure if these images are added.....
  13. I am sure it can but as with many of these programs the instructions are absent or impenetrable...i thought I could do that on the initial conversion but it didnt happen...I could just rerip all the files from the AIFF source but thats a three day job and I cant work out what the settings are to give me the same folder structure as an iTunes library....Artist folder, album sub folder...so what settings should I use to acheive this? MusicBrainZ is doing my head in and I know its slow because its encoding all sorts of derailed information that I will never use in this application....Roon does that fine for me on the main system So....I can go back to the original AIFF library which has the right folder structure, I can use the FLAC files which are now all tagged in artist and album or I can plod on with MusicBrainz....best way to proceed ( and any detailed instructions truly welcomed !! )
  14. Need help here....I need to convert my 2000 CD AIFF library to FLAC so that I can play it in the car...I first converted to FLAC using dbPoweramp...that took 3 days to happen but just produced a list of files arranged by track number...used mp3Tag to tag files with artist and album data but that just gave an alphabetical list of artist and album tracks with no folders to enable easy searching. Trying to find some way to get files into artist folders and album subfolders has led me to MusicBrainz but I am finding that very slow and over complex, as well as having a tendency to lose albums if you are not careful....so after a week of solid time on this i have only got to Johnny Cash and have lost Dr John completely on the way ( I have backups so loss is a relative term ) I never realised this could be so difficult...if I connect the harddrive of FLAC files to Roon it takes five minutes to produce a nice library with album art and everything. I now realise that MusicBrainz is a very nice sledgehammer to crack a small nut....Anybody got any advice on the best way to do this on a MAC? The harddrive has to be formatted in FAT 32 for the car headunit. When I first got involved with computer audio it seemed then to be more about data management than music or acoustics...I am getting that feeling again.....
  15. MP3Tag has now done its magic o the files and named them properly, and they play in the Kenwood...only problem is that all the files are in one large folder play as a kind of comic shuffle. As all the files now have artist and album names, it should be easy to group them in artist folders and album sub-folders right? On a Mac so cant use iTunes with FLAC files....anyone know a way to do this?
  16. I have a similar problem as the OP but with a different cause...I used dB Poweramp to convert my library of AIFF files to FLAC so that I could play them in a Kenwood car head unit...the conversion went fine ( but took several days for 2000 CDs ) but all the files ended up as individual FLAC files not in folders so the Kenwood wont recognise them and its impossible to find anything. I tried MP3tag and it finds the metadata for each file in a small batch I started as a test but its unclear how to organise them into album folders ( and the Help isnt available on my browser, it says ) Was there any resolution to the previous entries on this thread as to the best way to do this? So far I have only invested waiting time rather than anything else, and I still have the data intact in the original library, but it does seem tantalisingly possible to turn this hard drives worth of music into a properly indexed library ? Ironically the Kenwood doesnt recognise FLAC files converted from AIFF for some reason and is a bit iffy with directly downloaded FLAC files....a pity because the one file that it does recognise sounds really good at both 16 and 24 bits. I sometimes feel very wistful about the days of physical media when searching meant getting on your knees in front of the shelf unit and dropping it meant having to scrape the dust bunnies from its surface.....any advice gleefully welcomed
  17. diw

    Car audio?

    It does seem strange that car makers took years to recognise that people kept music on ipods or phones...I have a reasonably good car system...VW OEM head unit, Focal amp, Hybrid Audio speakers, JL Sub and am getting good results with iPhone, AQ Dragonfly Red or Pono Player into the Aux input. Tried Bluetooth and found it a major PITA with frequent dropouts and not great quality. TIDAL works fine thru the phone as well and the Dragonfly was the biggest improvement. The Pono player sounds great but the ergonomics not so much, and I havent found a dash bracket for it yet, and I do find the JRiver interface to be hard to use to load music. I have used an iPad mini in the past as a Nav system in a Pro-Clip bracket and am contemplating restoring this. Given that I can get my 2000+ CD collection onto a portable hard drive the size of a cigarette packet, my ideal would be to access that via Roon and control it with the iPad Mini...the size of the screen means that navigation is within acceptable safety and distraction limits, although voice control would be even nicer. I keep looking for head units that enable access to audio files but they are usually FLAC based and the interfaces are not very good If you probe the depths of the InterWeb you can find people who have installed MacMinis in cars so where's the innovation in this space? Contrary to the scepticism of the audiophile world you can get good sound in a car if you treat it like a big pair of headphones, and increasingly audio companies are seeing car audio as the gateway drug to attract new customers for domestic hifi...see Naim, Burmeister. Krell and B+W now working with luxury car companies ......also listening to the car engine nowadays means listening to the audio feed via the stereo or Soundaktor devices ( yes BMW and VW, I mean you....)
  18. Thanks everybody....some of those approaches dont seem to work with Safari but the zooming helps... the font size affects legibility ( that is can you recognize the letter ) but the line length affects readability ( the amount you have to scan to read each line ) I had also forgotten about the Reader view in Safari, which really helps. Completely off topic, but does the Brooks B17 reference in your signature refer to the Professional one with hammered rivets? A man after my own arse, if you will forgive the Brit spelling.....I dont mean to open any worm cans about ads so keep up the good work Chris
  19. Largely because of the line width used for articles...good typographic practice for readability usually specifies line lengths of 60-75 characters including spacing...CA gets up to 158 or so. This makes it harder to read the wonderful articles...we all know that in audio, details matter...its the same for typo. Think of it as a tweak offered in a friendly spirit of support.....
  20. I think the @peterC post is an old one of mine, inexplicably delayed and wrongly titled...as I said above, the issue appears to be resolved now and I am very much enjoying using Roon...occasionally it runs very slowly but not often enough to identify a problem...I am going ahead with the annual sub anyway !!
  21. Thanks everybody for the suggestions...the Roon lads really came through and found the problem was with the Firewall settings on the Mac Mini, turning the firewall off , de-installing Roon on the Remote and re-installing it got it all working fine...I think the problem was with the firewall bouncing incoming connections from " mono sgen" so just accept those in incoming connections. I suspect there will be a better work around on the way. I ended up very impressed with their support and am now enjoying the product the way it should be used...thanks Mike, Kevin and bplexico
  22. Grab a trial and give it a spin. If you need more time, message me. If you want to convert to a paid customer before your trial is over, I can offer you our introductory offer of 10% discount as well. If you choose to cancel before your trial, we won't charge you anything. Our community site is very active, and I highly encourage visiting. People are usually more vocal when things go don't go perfect than when things go right, but we have about 600 users already (at 1 week post-launch) and most are beyond happy with the results. But I am still having problems getting my Macbook to work as a remote again, having set it up to work fine on the first day, ( apart from the TIDAL dropouts ) but having it stop working as a remote on the second day, not having changed anything. I have had email responses from three different Roon employees so far but no way to coordinate or even respond to those consistently...so I post here and on the forum and contact support but get nowhere so far. The time clock on the free trial is ticking away and my patience with the forum model for customer support is wearing thin. If you have 600 users and most of them are beyond happy, there cant be that many people who arent. I dont want to be a grump but when I peruse the forum I find the same issue popping up but can't find a resolution to it. I can't guess at this point whether it is pilot error, UI problems or a bug but the lack of a consistent follow through is very frustrating
  23. Sounds like you may be lucky...I turned Roon on today and the Macbook has stopped working as the Remote control and I cant find a way to re-establish it as a remote...I tried re-installing Roon on the Macbook but cant find the screen that enables me to select it as a remote...it has been looking on the Macbook (unsuccessfully) for Remote libraries but thats not the same thing. With screen sharing on the Macbook the Roon screen for the Mini is much more responsive than iTunes so thats a plus but not quite what I intended. And TIDAL direct to the Macbook is drop out free so far....but some advice on the simplest way to get back to the remote setup for the Macbook would be welcome.....the quality of the Roon interface is very good and I like the interactive elements and integration with TIDAL, but whenever I try out alternatives to creaky old iTunes, I cant help but feel considerable admiration for its robustness and ability to work with many different platforms, in its creaky and limited way. Roon with the bugs fixed would ( will?) be a good alternative
  24. I am in Champaign Illinois with the fastest service that Comcast can supply here via cable ( I realise that the words Comcast,fast and service dont often occur in the same sentence.... )...I occasionally get dropouts from TIDAL direct to the MacMini but much more frequently when accessing TIDAL via Roon...I have tried the same tracks direct and via Roon to make sure it isnt a particular album that is causing trouble...it isnt a delay in loading so much as a dropout whilst playing and once it has happened it gets progressively more frequent. Its a shame because TIDAL integration is very much a plus point for me, and likely to be even more so with MQA integration when that happens...soon? Will keep monitoring it to see if I can discern a pattern
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