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  1. Look for a used Korg MR-2000S. Should be able to find one for 700 to 800 clams. Likely the best digital recorder and ADC ever made.
  2. I don’t dispute that. I was speaking from my experience and commenting on a blanket statement that seemed to propose live music would always be better than a recording. That transports me back to those dark, crowded and smoky little clubs and bars with a band that couldn’t play very well or with a PA system so poorly done it was just a big, loud and muddy mix. I can think of hundreds of recordings that sound better than that. I’m a big fan of live music and depending on where we’ve been over the years have had season tickets for opera or symphony events. My wife and I also enjoy mainstream and independent rock bands - but like anyone else within our budget. Now living about four hours north of Toronto, an overnight stay for any concert is a four figure cost. I will say that in the past decade or so there seems to have been a dramatic increase in the sound quality of house PA systems - you can actually enjoy a well balanced and distributed sound where all the musicians can be heard.
  3. “Even the best recordings pale compared to a live event”. I’m presuming that’s hyperbole, and meant for dramatic effect.
  4. And, in your estimation, would that be a subjective or objective opinion?
  5. The last I had was a VS-115 upgraded with KT120’s. A great winter amp.
  6. Remember with tube amps that the output transformers with their ability to deliver stored energy along with soft clipping make direct output rating comparisons to a solid state design difficult to do. That 75 W tube design could be equivalent to a 100 or 125 W solid state. As far as the sound goes, I only ever had an Audio Research tube amp, and you would expect that to sound and measure well.
  7. That was an interesting read. I do agree with his choice of the word cowardice.
  8. I suspect that what people are willing to post online is not something they would ever say to someone in real life. Isn't there a term for this, "The bravery of online anonymity?"
  9. We have the same type of configuration, except I use either AIR over ethernet (with JRMC) or Roon's own driver with that program. I have the Min Max settings at -60/-10 and I'm familiar with the additional 10 dB using the + control only. The volume resets to Max if you reboot the computer running Roon - that's the issue. If you never reboot, no problem. If you're like me, and never, ever leave things turned on when not in use there's a reboot at least once a day.
  10. I have both of the Gould albums and I can see that evolutionary process of Gould as a studio musician. I'll follow up on your recommendation with Rana or Perahia - it's nice to hear modern interpretations of some of these pieces.
  11. I recently setup my Devialet Expert Pro 440 amplifiers as a streamer and can run that with two different configurations. The first configuration is with JRiver Media Center using the Devialet Asynchronous Intelligent Route (AIR) driver. I can control JRiver from an iPad using JRemote. It works and works well, and it allows me to use all of the configured libraries and views that I’ve setup to display and sort albums into a number of categories. The volume control with JRemote is OK at best – but it does work and you have the option of setting startup volume, max volume and volume protection (disable big jumps in volume). The second configuration is with Roon on a trial basis. With this setup AIR is disabled and Roon talks to the Devialet control amplifier using its own unique solution. The sound is – different. My wife and I think its better, there seems to be a more articulate and detailed presentation, particularly in the midrange. The issue with Roon, any and all other considerations aside, is with the startup volume which is 100% - that’s a show stopper for me. Booting up the laptop and leaving it on at all times is not something I’m prepared to do. The issue just isn’t with me, but also with house guests who use the stereo when we’re away. With JRemote on their iPad they’re good to go. With Roon I can’t very well say “make sure you turn down the volume or you could blow the speakers”, that’s just an accident looking for a place to happen. I see Roon has been asked this question many times and their answer is you can set volume limits or just turn it down after booting up. Neither answer is a very good one – it should be “we now have a startup volume setting.” Has anyone come up with a solution to the Roon startup volume at full blast? Roon core is running on a laptop that is connected to a router configured as an Access Point with a CAT 5 cable. The Devialet control amplifier is connected to the same Access Point with a CAT 5 cable. The router connects wirelessly to a fiber hub for Internet access. Edit: Sorry about the double post, thought I was editing the first question - the second post can be deleted.
  12. I recently setup my Devialet Expert Pro 440 amplifiers as a streamer and can run that with two different configurations. The first configuration is with JRiver Media Center using the Devialet Asynchronous Intelligent Route (AIR) driver. I can control JRiver from an iPad using JRemote. It works and works well, and it allows me to use all of the configured libraries and views that I’ve setup to display and sort albums into a number of categories. The volume control with JRemote is OK at best – but it does work and you have the option of setting startup volume, max volume and volume protection (disable big jumps in volume). The second configuration is with Roon on a trial basis. With this setup AIR is disabled and Roon talks to the Devialet control amplifier using its own unique solution. The sound is – different. My wife and I think its better, there seems to be a more articulate and detailed presentation, particularly in the midrange. The issue with Roon, any and all other considerations aside, is with the startup volume which is 100% - that’s a show stopper for me. Booting up the laptop and leaving it on at all times is not something I’m prepared to do. The issue just isn’t with me, but also with house guests who use the stereo when we’re away. With JRemote on their iPad they’re good to go. With Roon I can’t very well say “make sure you turn down the volume or you could blow the speakers”, that’s just an accident looking for a place to happen. I see Roon has been asked this question many times and their answer is you can set volume limits or just turn it down after booting up. Neither answer is a very good one – it should be “we now have a startup volume setting.” Has anyone come up with a solution to the Roon startup volume at full blast? Roon core is running on a laptop that is connected to a router configured as an Access Point with a CAT 5 cable. The Devialet control amplifier is connected to the same Access Point with a CAT 5 cable. The router connects wirelessly to a fiber hub for Internet access.
  13. I see far too much energy being invested into something other than listening to music. Come on people now Smile on your brother Try to love one another right now. Peace, love, dove, my friends.
  14. Originally written for harpsichord, and with many believing that Bach was more of an enthusiast of pipe organ selections, the Brandenburg Variations have evolved into a master class test of piano expertise. There’s more to it than that - for anyone other than an incredibly accomplished and talented pianist, dare I say prodigy - it’s almost impossible to play. The length, the complexity and the absolute incredibly fast pace of the piece is unimaginable for most mortals to even attempt. To my less than perfect knowledge, in recent times only two have been able to not only play, but to make it something that music is supposed to be, and that is a magical and wondrous medium that transports you to another place, where nothing matters but the next note. There is a cadence and a rhythm, and with a recurring theme, it’s never insistent and always engaging. Barenboim or Gould? Each has an interpretation that I can only presume the composer would truly appreciate. I find that Daniel Barenboim is incredibly precise and you can see how he has it all mapped out in his mind from beginning to end - this is how we get from here to there. Glen Gould rambles and noodles a bit, certainly no less accomplished but without a seemingly clear sense of direction other than a means of making piano notes appear from nowhere. i greatly admire and absolutely enjoy both versions of the Variations. For anyone who may not have had the time to listen to either, please do so and reply with your comments. And, should you believe another interpretation has merit I would be pleased to know of it.
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