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  1. It is in the sense that both Meridian, and MQA are at least part owned or even majority owned by Reinet and so are somewhat joined at the hip in that regard. However the actual announcement looks to just be a distribution deal for the Meridian brand in Japan. That too is a bit odd given Meridian hardware does compete on some level with Onkyo owned brands in Japan, and there is a high-end Onkyo line that is not imported to the U.S. that is directly competitive with Meridian in terms of price point.
  2. Thats where the revisionist history comes in, you see that wasn't part of the original review, it was added after the fact. The original review simply attacked the $49 iPower and claimed it was the "included" then "recommended" supply when it wasn't. Again, that's what the review now says, after having been altered. originally it was claimed to be the included or recommended supply. That's not my list, it's the list of power supply options offered by Sonore, however the default is no power supply (bring your own). I don't see anyone selling anything with a similar SMPS wall wart giving such notice, it seems to be understood that one of the weaknesses of that kind of design is AC leakage current, or more generally, you get what you pay for when it comes to power supply. That was already well known, ASR is not saving the poor unwashed masses in that regard. To you perhaps, and that's OK if thinking that makes you feel better. If owning one Sonore product makes me a "fanboy", I guess I'm guilty then, however I don't need any botched ASR measurements to determine the value proposition offered by something like a microRendu, nor do I need ASR to tell me that a better power supply will make any particular piece of gear measure better. I'll bring this back on topic by saying there was and still is an easy to see agenda, bias, and axe to grind with ASR on what/how they choose to measure and/or attack. In light of that, all ASR measurements need to be taken with a grain of salt, as does their stance on topics such as MQA. Tell me, does Madrona Digital also sell Harman products? Just curious. Amir is simply not the knight in shining armor you paint hm to be, I'm sorry. ASR's technical and "business case" show of support for MQA further confirms that, much to the dismay of his once loyal little following.
  3. He partially sanitized the thread, but that's water under the bridge at this point. I'll give him credit for not being guilty of 100% revisionist history there. That said, lets not lose sight of the nature of the error, he thought an Ethernet -> USB converter acting as a renderer caused an 8dB rise at the DAC's analog output. Really? Novices know better. Lets also not lose sight of his reaction to the questioning of those measurements, he immediately sought to change the subject and made an attack on the iFi iPower, calling it the "included" power supply, and then amending that to be the "recommended" power supply when in fact it was neither. Sonore sells the microRendu sans power supply, and always did. Should one wish to purchase a power supply with the microRendu, various choices are provided including the iPower (cheapest option), CIAudio LPS, Teddy Pardo LPS, HD-Plex LPS, UpTone LPS-1.2, UpTone JS-2, SBooster 6VDC, or SGC 7V LPS. While not all of those choices were available from Sonore back in 2016, that doesn't change the fact that the iPower was never the "included", nor the "recommended" power supply for the microRendu. That was Amir's misrepresentation. Moreover, Amir's spotlight of the iPower's AC leakage current is hardly impressive, nearly all cheap SMPS wall warts have that issue, for example take a look at a Mean Well data sheet, it's there for all to see, no big revelation there at all. Why did Amir choose to test the microRendu with the iPower? Because it was the cheapest option, not because it was "included", or "recommended" as he asserted. He certainly knew the cheapest option would also measure the worst. What was Amir's agenda or axe to grind? Likely the lack of any dealer margin on Sonore products, Amir's Madonna Digital doesn't realize any profit margin on products sold direct (Schiit for instance), so he dings them. Similarly, he sells the MQA compatible Berkeley Audio Design products, hence his position on MQA. Or maybe BS made a nice Patreon donation?
  4. How about when Amir claimed the Sonore microRendu caused an 8dB rise at the analog output of his DAC? That sort of thing would be audible to everyone, wouldn't it? One big problem there of course, it wasn't actually a thing. What he was measuring was caused by his use of Windows Media Player and it's dithered volume control. Credibility took a pretty big hit there, but not only there, plenty of other botch jobs have confirmed that ASR's measurements need to be taken with a grain of salt, and there appears to be an agenda at play. I suggest there is an agenda at play with regard to his MQA stance too.
  5. I think it's likely due to his "engineering" firm (read: AV custom installer) Madrona Digital being a big proponent of Berkeley Audio Design's products, which they sell and install.
  6. I bet it means you have more than one app, or even more than one device connected or trying to be connected to the same AirPlay (Shairport) endpoint at the same time.
  7. There are both Windows and macOS desktop apps. I was prompted within the web browser by a ribbon notification to "click here" for the desktop app, that same notification warned that HD and UHD tracks were only compatible with the desktop apps and not a regular web browser.
  8. Totally legit at this juncture. Indeed. Qobuz yes... Tidal a decided no, due to their MQA attached at the hip status. F MQA.
  9. I'm thinking that's a distinct possibility. While I only quickly sampled a few tracks and wasn't doing any critical listening, what I heard over the CCA/Toslink connection wasn't great, kind of thin and bleached out sounding, not a great stereo image, probably MP3.
  10. Ahh, thanks, I completely missed that... and yet their statement is a little misleading, it is supported, but only at 44.1kHz.
  11. For anyone who still cares about the long discontinued and now distant footnote in audio streaming devices called Google Chromecast Audio (CCA), I connected mine to an optical input on my DAC last night and streamed to it from the Amazon Music app for Android, and I could not get any track to play at anything other than 44.1kHz. When clicking the little yellow HD or UHD icon while casting, the text dialog states no further information about the stream is available while casting. So the software doesn't seem to know (or want to tell you) what the stream exactly is when casting, while the Simaudio DAC is quite sure it's a 44.1kHz sample rate.
  12. Casting from the Android app using a Galaxy S7 to the office TV worked without a hitch, though there clicking the little HD badge produced a message saying no information about the stream was available while casting, so tough to say what the actual resolution was but I don't see any reason why that wouldn't be up to the Chromecast 24/96 limit for lossless audio:
  13. Desktop app for Windows looks quite good (HD and Ultra HD can't be streamed from a web browser): Clicking the Ultra HD icon for any given track yields playback information specific to that device, so they are making an attempt to educate Joe Public here, my Lenovo laptop's sound card tops out at 24/48: Connecting an Oppo HA-2 and selecting it in Windows sound settings produces 24/96:
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