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  1. She’ll go back to using the DAC chip built into the laptop. I think they’ve come a long ways and to many will make the Dragonfly obsolete. I’m not saying the Dragonfly isn’t better, but when it doesn’t work that doesn’t matter much.
  2. I could never get the Red or Black to work with Windows 10. I tried on and off for a couple of years and finally gave up. I was never able to get stable playback for more than a few minutes, so really couldn’t say if it was an improvement over the built in DAC with my laptop. I tried everything, and with more than one computer or laptop. I can appreciate that the innumerable combinations and permutations of drivers with any OS can be an issue, but surely Windows 10 as a popular platform could be a focus. I gave away the Red, my wife uses the Black, which she prefers - using it with Windows 7. It seems like a good thing, but if it doesn’t work it’s just an unfulfilled promise.
  3. The key words are that you’re happy with the result. I always had this paranoid fear that as I changed my vinyl rig I would find that I had to go back and record a bunch of LPs again. That never happened, but I did get a lot more fussy about how the turntable was setup. We’ll have to wait and see if the OP has any commentary.
  4. Dude. You should tell us what turntable and cartridge you plan on using and how many LPs you plan on recording. I know it seems a bit obvious, but the recordings are only as good as your vinyl rig. If you don’t have the gear, you may want to look at other options.
  5. Chris, Thanks for a well balanced and considered review. It answers a lot of questions and shines a light on a few of the dark corners. I particularly appreciate your diplomacy without any hint of condemnation of Neil Young in his efforts to bring high resolution music to people who it turns out never really wanted it. That’s a delicate balance and I think you handled it well.
  6. I spent many moons researching the topic, and do R&D for a living. What you want is a Korg MR-2000S or MR-2000SBLK. It’s been discontinued, but you can find NOS units on eBay for under $1K. And then, you want to use VinylStudio for software rather than Audacity. The key point is how proud are you of your turntable, and how many LPs do you want to record? They’re not big on vinyl over here - with apologies to Chris you may want to head over to the Audio Asylum with their Vinyl forum. Lots of sound advice over there.
  7. The countdown continues. 2...
  8. The countdown begins. 3...... (Maybe a topic for another thread?)
  9. I scanned the article, or advertisement. I think the key words are “You simply stream MQA and get better sound no matter what the distribution platform or playback device.” That’s a bold statement and obviously intended to be the answer to that supposed quest for better sound. Some of us have proposed that MQA was a solution to a bandwith broadcast limitation that no longer exists, that “a buck short and a day late” solution. If now the focus is going to be on the MQA enhanced promise of “perfect sound forever” I think they need to be reminded that if you’re listening with earbuds you’ve already decided that you’re happy with you already have, and aren’t desperately looking for a solution. in other words, the horse is already out of the barn. Slam the door as hard as you want.
  10. I’ll reply to this last person who read my comments and then move on. Your lack of tolerance and willingness to consider that anything other than your opinion has any validity speaks volumes. And, when I respond to your many many insults and criticisms in a lively fashion you take great offence and run for your thesaurus. in the words of the Central Scrutinizer, “Who gives a fuck anyways”?
  11. I don’t feel the need to justify or explain where, when and why LP playback still has considerable relevance. It would seem that most of you posting here have either never had a turntable, or a very poor one with LPs to match and presume that same experience for others. That’s a very closed minded opinion to say the least. And who listens to music through headphones? What a diminutive experience. And you hear snap, crackle and pop? Try something other than your old records from the basement that you used to play on that old Dual record changer. I’m disappointed that people who are willing to engage in lively debate on anything to do with bits and bytes completely discount what got us to where we are today.
  12. i think that with the caustic and mocking response from this site, you may as well just post a link to the Audio Asylum.
  13. I was going to write a heartfelt and impassioned plea on how LPs are still relevant and are what got us to where we are today. But it’s clear that on this site that would fall on deaf ears. And you know what? It only matters to people who think it does. And to those of us who think that way, remember this. We don’t mock your mini stereo systems with your exotic power supplies and your fancy USB cables and your endless comparisons of the same digital file in different formats and bit depths. There should be room at Audiophile Style for all of us. If you don’t care about LPs, fine. But don’t mock and denigrate those who do.
  14. As an aside from the previous post I learned that The Masked Cucumber is a French comic strip dating back to 1965. I grew up in Quebec with Bob Morane, Tintin and Les Aventures de Asterix - some time later with Metal Hurlant (Heavy Metal) but Le Concombre Masque is a new one.
  15. My father gave me his Jazz LPs that he had collected when he was young and single in Montreal after the war. This was 10” LPs from the late 40’s and to the mid 50’s. Albums that cost $4.75 way back then. Most of them were virtually unplayable despite having been cleaned with a Keith Monks machine by Oakwood Audio in Winnipeg in the early 80’s in exchange for being able to record them on tape. Years later I was finally able to put together the system to not only record them digitally but also to run them through software to remove what wgscott calls snap, crackle and pop. There’s music that you just can’t find any other way, be it Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five, Bix Beiderbecke, Jonah Jones or Meade Lux Lewis and Lous Bellson - it’s magical stuff. You see the same songs played with different interpretations by incredibly accomplished and talented musicians in so many ways. It’s all about the music.
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