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  1. How many years did they go with no standalone DAC in their lineup at all?
  2. Who cares, now your just blathering on about buying used HiFi at a bargain price. Thats off topic in this thread. Umm, no...list prices are generally what you'd pay if you walk into a dealer and wish to buy high-end audio brand new in box.
  3. It doesn't matter, there was no profit, only losses each year totaling over £40m. Giant failure of a company in HiFi marketplace terms, without significant and repeated cash infusion they'd be long gone by now. I agree the DSP speakers are both very good sounding and were early trend setters, I first heard them in 2004 and they had already been around a while. However I don't think they represent any kind of substantial value, they are quite expensive and so taken in that context, not as impressive at all. No I haven't heard any Meridian 5.1 systems ever, and that's by choice, I have zero interest in 5.1 in general and that's not at all limited to Meridian product.
  4. Thats a big nothing burger, everyone knows the traditional HiFi sales channel has been tilting towards custom install since the early 90s with the advent of home theater and 5.1 systems. Thats true for nearly all brands, not just Meridian. That said, I'm not sure how to lose £40 million while supplying that profitable installer market, unless of course you've done a very bad job of it.
  5. Which history would that be, the one where Meridian lost a cumulative £40 million with their fantastic product offerings and savvy business acumen?
  6. Everyone was contacted and asked to pay the shipping charge for a product that had not yet been produced let alone tested and packaged for shipment. The one single smart thing I ever did in this entire debacle was not pay the $40 shipping charge they were demanding, and when I didn't pay it I was told in writing that failure to pay would delay my shipment. After more careful questioning via email, they backed off that stance, but it still constitutes some semblance of interstate wire fraud in my opinion as @gkhowell suggests. I tried to get the name of the person who had directed Gina to demand the shipping charges, to the best of my memory it was said to be Diana. I'm inclined to think the true source of that scheme was Gavin, in his dying days at LHL. Enough years have gone by that my memory of that exact timeline may be faulty, but I can research it more carefully if necessary, that's the beauty of email and statements put in writing by scam artists. I hold Gina harmless, she was being told what to do by superiors. If I recall correctly, they simply sent a PayPal invoice for the shipping fee. The only actual correspondence would have occurred if backers then contacted them to discuss it like I did.
  7. Well when you've ushered in a new era in audio... no, make that birthed a whole new world, jaws do tend to drop.
  8. No that's a perfect soft pivot.
  9. Absolutely not, as previously stated, that firmware is known to work. I have that exact firmware running one of my two S590s. What about the "maybe you need to re-specify the path to sacd_extract using the Browse button in the Program field? " portion of my last post? I'm thinking that's the last remaining possibility.
  10. As long as you didn't poke around in that script and make any key stroke changes, it is fine and known to be working for hundreds of people. Leave it as is, no need to change anything there. To backtrack, you are now using SACDExtractGUI, and you have quit out of any remaining ISO2DSD instance/process (don't have both open at the same time). You have confirmed use of an outer enclosing folder called AutoScript on the flash drive. You have enabled Quick Start mode on the S590. You have removed and replaced the AC cord after failed attempts, and only insert the flash drive after the S590 has finished it's initial boot sequence. You are closing the disc tray with the OFF button to enter sleep mode. If the port test fails, maybe you need to re-specify the path to sacd_extract using the Browse button in the Program field?
  11. I'd like to think we can all agree on that one, but I'm not an engineer, so perhaps I've missed something.🤑
  12. I don't know except to say the entire Sonore ISO2DSD download package needs to be left as is, no housekeeping/changes, it must stay intact exactly as downloaded. Don't move anything, no renaming anything, nor delete any piece of it. Lastly, the venerable ISO2DSD is a great tool, but it was superseded in fall 2018 by @mindset's SACDExtractGUI. Not only does the Java applet offer additional functionality, but the sacd_extract 3.9 piece included in that package is faster. So while you certainly should be able to use ISO2DSD, and my guess is that package was altered/not left intact as downloaded, you could also give SACDExtractGUI a try, and it is the state-of-the-art.
  13. In the Sonore GUI you would see the rip commence, track name and rip speed etc.. Here's the thing, after any/all failed attempts... for instance the one where you toggled the Stereo/multichannel setting, you need to start over by power cycling the S590. Pull and replace the AC cord, power the unit ON, wait for the boot sequence, insert the flash drive, enter sleep mode, then rip.
  14. Absolutely, although watch how fast Apple changes that stance if another heavyweight like Amazon (the 800 lb. gorilla in the streaming room) decides to offer lossless as @Em2016 suggested earlier today.
  15. With the sleep-server method, you do not toggle the Stereo/Multichannel setting at all, skip it. That is fully replaced by using the Power OFF button to close the tray. That enters sleep mode, at which point you just Execute the rip (assuming the aforementioned Quick Start mode was enabled). After the rip is complete, the album folder will be located inside the ISO2DSD folder, you have no choice on that, there is no setting to alter, that's where the rips will be written.
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