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  1. That they do, and no one person can decide for all the exact value on offer for any given product. Pride in ownership also plays a factor there, just as with cars, bicycles, watches, cameras, pens etc... Most people on forums like this would be similar, how much any perceived SQ difference is worth in terms of cost is a highly subjective and personal thing, and no one does any real involved blind or ABX testing prior to making purchase decisions. Now back to our regularly scheduled Master Quality Adulterated programming.
  2. I bet the math isn't complicated or in need of deblurring.
  3. In either ISO2DSD, or SACDExtractGUI, you switch the input from Server to File, then browse to find your already created ISO, select it, then extract the DSF from it.
  4. Yes, turns out not selling off a 10x series OPPO when upgrading was a wise choice for many. Congrats on that! You have the commonly used settings, though just as many people prefer to create an archival ISO which is a full copy of the entire disc (minus any Redbook material), then extract DSF from the ISO for playback purposes while retaining the ISO as a back-up. Your next step should you wish to rip state-of-the-art in terms of speed and function would be mindset's SACDExtractGUI, it is better than the venerable ISO2DSD in several ways, including one that can be audible, and that's the potential with some DAC/software combos to produce a click noise in between tracks depending on how the ripped disc was authored. This mars gapless playback in particular. SACDExtractGUI has a setting for Padding-less DSF, which minimizes the potential for that issue, as well as it's just faster in terms of rip speed and offers a few other useful functions such as choice of output directory, and Concurrent Mode where one pass of the optical media produces both the ISO and DSF, and they can even be written to 2 different directories simultaneously.
  5. No there isn't, there is only a choice of ISO, DSF, or DFF file formats, but there is nothing at all in the rip stage settings that governs DSD playback. "Native DSD" is a term that gets tossed around by various manufacturers in confusing or erroneous fashion. DoP is in fact native DSD playback according to many, it's the same bits packaged in PCM-like frames, but it is still DSD. Originally the term native DSD simply meant no hardware-based PCM conversion. It morphed at some point a good many years later to (sort of) differentiate between the need for DoP or not. The question for any DAC is whether or not it can decode DSD straight-up, or can only recognize it when packaged as DoP. It's a bit of a marketing ploy for a manufacturer to claim the only "native DSD" playback is one that does not involve DoP. DoP may in fact sound a touch different due to the increased processing demands it entails, but it's still native DSD. The confusion typically arises when a manufacturer states only "native DSD" compatibility but buries somewhere in their specs that it is indeed via DoP. The end user skips over that detail thinking "native DSD" does not mean DoP. I don't have any idea why a downloaded DSF track would behave any differently on playback than a ripped DSF track does, they should be the same if the rest of the system (playback software and DAC) are the same. You said you played it in Audirvana, but did you have a DAC connected at that point and if so is it the same DAC that now produces static? This is where we go off-topic considering there are no rip settings that govern DoP or any other relevant playback parameter.
  6. Glad you got ripping. The correct Roon playback settings for DSD are fairly off-topic for this thread, those are playback issues somewhat unique to the exact combination of DAC and player software you are using. I'd suggest a Roon thread for that, and/or just investigate those settings as well as check the connected DAC for DSD playback compatibility, you might need DoP, or even transcode to PCM if the DAC doesn't do DSD at all. Edit: our posts crossed in cyberspace.
  7. The disc tray still won't open I assume? That's really strange. Last thing to try there is a complete power cycle of the 105 (remove and replace the AC cord) with the flash drive removed. If the disc tray still won't open after a full power cycle, I'd suggest scrubbing the AutoScript you have, and use the link directly below to download again. That link points to a known to work version for the OPPO 10x series players. Oppo AutoScript (use the Download button on the upper right-hand side of the DropBox UI). Be sure upon download and/or unzip that the outer enclosing folder called AutoScript survives, some browser/OS combinations tend to discard it and leave just the 3 files, but you do need that enclosing folder. The folder is so small it shouldn't need to be zipped, it downloads quickly without zipping, but some browser/OS combos will zip it anyway.
  8. Ok that looks good, this might be one of those strange instances where the flash drive is somehow incompatible. An OPPO 105 should be able to read FAT32, NTFS, or exFAT formatted drives. Do you have another flash drive to try? Also, did both the front and rear panel USB ports on the 105 give the same zero result (i.e. in the unlikely event there is something wrong with one of the USB ports on the player)? Lastly, be sure to have disabled any Auto-play, Auto-resume, etc... in the 105's set-up menu, as they interfere with the process. I have an OPPO 103 and it gives visual indication on the front panel LED display when a USB port is active, the disc tray opens right after that.
  9. Good evening, Can you post a screenshot of your USB flash drive directory? Are you using Windows, Mac, or Linux? The failure of the disc tray to even open is due (typically) either to the 3 AutoScript files not having an outer/enclosing folder called AutoScript, or a flash drive that has some kind of hidden partition (or other strange incompatibility). That's failure to launch, nothing will happen without first getting the script read-in and the disc tray to auto-open.
  10. I believe it does not, but I'm not a Roon user and so don't have any first hand experience with what exactly Roon Radio is or does. Perhaps off-topic for this thread, but you can certainly ask about that in the Audirvana thread.
  11. If Qobuz streaming is your primary use case, you can certainly drop Roon for Audirvana, the Qobuz integration there is quite good in my experience.
  12. The labels also have a shoddy track record with regard to older recordings on analog tape. There the provenance issue goes back somewhat further still, tape source questions that the labels intentionally dodged early on with their legal disclaimer printed on nearly every disc booklet/case back: They made little or no attempt to authenticate anything from the get-go with digital, but now suddenly through the miracle of MQA, the labels will turn over a new leaf and work directly with the content producers to ensure proper end-to-end "authentication"? Failing that, which record label staff will be choosing which existing digital transfers to feed the hamburger batch encoder?
  13. After all of the other outright lies and misrepresentations made by MQA (and parroted by the mainstream media), why would anyone be willing to take their word for it regarding claims of enhanced effort regarding provenance assurance that could then somehow be tied to their BS authentication claim? So Roon's COO is recycling the old authentication story but with provenance added, shall we go all-in and suggest there has been white glove treatment en masse but the "pipeline limitations" at the labels have merely slowed the rollout? Or are we talking about that hamburger batch processor in the cloud churning out loads of garbage? So now BS is the great protector of provenance, and along with the labels and actual demand by the artists, the poor unwashed masses will finally be saved. I have a bridge for sale, it's in Brooklyn, and it generates toll revenue.
  14. Those are actually 3 different silicon O rings, meant as spacers, because not every 2.1/2.5mm jack has the same insertion depth to fully seat the plug. Generally you can just leave them as is, unless you find the jack on your equipment is deeper than normal, in which case you can remove one or more of the O rings, as that will allow the plug to seat deeper in the jack.
  15. There was an announcement yesterday on What Hi-Fi? that seemed to indicate the new subscription plan was now available in the U.K. for £14.99/mo. or £149/yr. Still more expensive than in the U.S. when adjusted for currency valuation, however that's likely the best you will do with it.
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