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  1. Now Amir is arguing that MQA being lossy is good because space actually is a concern. But instead of using an apples-to-apples MQA to effective FLAC resolution example, he’s pointing to a WAV of a long song from a 2xHD DSD release! This is obvious bait-and-switch strawmanning, but I feel like I’m losing my mind. How does he have any credibility?!
  2. One humorous part of Amir’s meltdown about MQA is that he’s bringing up the old “We don’t know who Archimago and Golden are” argument while simultaneously claiming that we should trust MQA because one of the underlying AES papers was peer-reviewed. Of course, peer review is supposed to get its credibility from its anonymity. In theory, it forces people to engage with ideas and evidence, not with resumes.* Yet, that’s precisely why it doesn’t matter what Archimago or Golden’s real names are! *Obviously, in small academic and professional communities, this often brakes down. I’m sure t
  3. Mastering engineer Brian Lucey is filleting MQA over at GearSpace: https://gearspace.com/board/mastering-forum/1171365-mqa-discussion-denver-rmaf-21.html#post15468549 I’m sure he just doesn’t understand audio and the music industry as well as Amir, though. 😂
  4. Amir is absolutely melting down in the reopened MQA thread over at ASR. It’s hilarious.
  5. This part of Stuart’s “technical appendices” is making my head spin.
  6. Thank you so much, Charles. Comments like this mean the world to me.
  7. I didn't do a full review on the Stellia, but it didn't impress me. The R10P and Rognir both came out after this review was published. Based on measurements and images, I wouldn't expect the R10P to compete with the Verite closed, in terms of sound or construction. I'm intrigued by the Rognir, but I haven't read much about it
  8. Very happy to see no MQA. Hopefully this deals a death blow to it as a format. As of now, though, I don't see Apple as likely to overtake Qobuz in quality. (See Amazon HD.) Unless Apple 1) demonstrates that they're actually streaming lossless hires, 2) creates a quality standalone app, and 3) allows developers to integrate the service into audiophiles players like Audirvana, it's not going to be an option for serious audiophiles. It's hard to say whether that matters at all to Apple, though. This is, however, a belated victory for Neil Young, who tried to convince Steve
  9. I’m still running High Sierra on a dedicated Mac Mini for that very reason. 😃
  10. Very intrigued by this. Audirvana has been my main player for years. What I can't find on the website, though, is more about the playback and system optimization options. Are "Direct" and "Integer" mode still things? If not, what's replacing them? Would love to hear more.
  11. Thank you. Back in the day, I thought I'd be writing one once every few weeks. But the amount of work I put into each has gone up since then. I look at it as a question of value added. There are lots of articles about The Nightfly out there. I want to write something that will be close to the definitive account of every album I tackle. For me to write them once every few weeks, I'd need to turn it into my real job, which would probably involve Chris helping me spin TBVO off into a freestanding site like SuperDeluxeEdition. That's enticing, but I'm not sure if I'd want to do that fo
  12. His comments in that thread were hilarious. He kept citing Bob Stuart's CV, as if that's a rebuttal to objective analyses of what MQA does and doesn't do. Then he brought up random things like the Apple store's business model. Huh? What does that have to do with MQA? It was also rich to see someone who worked at Microsoft during the '90s and '00s (and whose emails were part of the DOJ's antitrust case against MS!) slamming Apple for monopolistic practices!
  13. The above is impossible! I've heard that, while @The Computer Audiophile is a ruthless censor, Amir cultivates a forum focused on a no-holds-barred exchange of ideas in the search of objective truth. 😉 More seriously, isn't this the second MQA thread that's been locked at ASR because Amir made a fool of himself and got repeatedly dunked on by his followers?
  14. I've never tried folding down the 5.1 mix to stereo. Does HQP do that on-the-fly when playing the 5.1 files, or do you do a conversion beforehand?
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