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  1. Yes but only if those tapes are given the full white glove treatment, in which case the Adulterator LED glows a special chartreuse color not to be confused with plain yellow or green. Chartreuse = 768 kHz. You can stream some of these unrecorded tracks on Tidal (only), or they can be upfolded from MQA-CD.
  2. I believe the track names that are written to the ISO (or for that matter any DSF tracks extracted from that ISO) come from the metadata in the SACD's table of contents, not Gracenote. The sacd_extract program does not attempt to interface with Gracenote at all, it has no functionality with Gracenote, only the disc's TOC itself provides the track names. Sometimes that metadata in the disc TOC is imperfect and needs revision, but Gracenote on the Sony Blu-ray players (or lack thereof) does not factor in there either, you must make any necessary revisions to the DSF tracks using a tag editor, either manually, or some tag editors do offer automation such as Yate on macOS. You can prove this by using one of the new AutoRip scripts and physically disconnecting the Blu-ray player from your network by either turning off WiFi or pulling the Ethernet cable. Then rip the disc to ISO using AutoRip. Because your network connection is off, there is no chance for any interaction with Gracenote or any other metadata repository, the only place the metadata can come from is the SACD itself. The file name of the completed ISO came from the disc's TOC. Once the rip is done, extract DSF from the ISO and there will be track names and other metadata that was gleaned from the disc's TOC already in those DSF files. This is the DSF extract from an ISO I just created using AutoRip with the player's Ethernet cable disconnected: Both the name of the ISO, and all of the ensuing DSF track data came from the disc's TOC, as the player was physically disconnected from the LAN. Yes it appears Sony only licensed Gracenote for their various Blu-ray player models for a finite amount of time, meaning at some point it expires and no longer works depending on the model year of the machine. However I don't think that can impact the metadata on SACD rips, that only comes from the disc TOC, the sacd_extract program makes no attempt to access any external/online metadata sources.
  3. Point taken, but one quarter does not a company make. Further, creative bookkeeping or other one-time revenue events or revisions to previous results can skew any particular reporting period, which is why analysts often toss out any outliers entirely when considering the overall situation. I'm no finance expert, but I do know that Spotify's benefactors won't forever tolerate the loss of $150 million or so in a quarter unless they feel a final consolidation of the industry is imminent, and they will emerge as the victor. Every day that deep pocketed Apple Music more than nips at their heels, especially in the lucrative U.S. market, the prospects for Spotify dampen just a bit more. All that aside, and more on-topic here, what do you think all of that means for Tidal and their MQA bet? Or maybe Tidal owes MQA next to nothing, perhaps they are shrewd negotiators that realized long ago MQA needs them much more than they need MQA? I wouldn't doubt it, much like the record labels who were able to obtain an equity stake in MQA for next to nothing, after all, MQA needed the labels far worse than the labels needed MQA. Lastly, the poor artist/content creators... streaming hasn't exactly worked out super well for them either, is that too unsustainable, or is it just the reality of private equity powered big business (the labels) killing the goose that laid the golden egg?
  4. The various reported numbers vary due to differences in any given report using U.S. vs. worldwide, and also paid vs. total subscribers. Various news outlets reported in late April that worldwide Spotify now has over 100 million paid subs, while Apple has 50 million paid subscribers worldwide. However in the U.S. only, Apple had recently pulled into the lead with 28 million paid, vs. 26 million paid for Spotify. Tidal's subscriber numbers, worldwide or otherwise, paid or free, absolutely pale in comparison... MQA evidently not a magic bullet in competing with the big boys of streaming, they are getting crushed. Even with a big lead in paid subscribers worldwide, Spotify still bleeds money every quarter. From The Verge on April 29th: Spotify is still losing money despite its subscriber growth. The company posted a loss of €142 million ($158.3 million) for the January to March quarter, compared with a loss of €169 million in the same period last year.
  5. I suggest you search for an existing thread on SACD-R or DSD playback options, or start a new one if none currently exists. This thread is about the actual process for ripping SACD using a Blu-ray player.
  6. When they engraved a Light Harmonic (read: not LH Labs) logo on the front panel and sold it into the retail market ahead of fulfilling any IGG backer commitments, using funds pledged to LH Labs. That flimflam began by running a lower cost campaign that was fulfilled through Kickstarter, establishing trust with a buyer community that would be severely abused in the ensuing multiple IGG frauds. Gavin, Casey... do you care to rebut that before you are called as material witnesses and/or co-conspirator collaborator accomplices? When clearly guilty, one is wise to cooperate in order to receive a lighter sentence. Who flips first?
  7. It's not, but I meant no harm, it's just reality. In terms of an informed statement (or not), I've both made my own DC cables using gray jacketed Canare 4S6 and Oyaide DC-2.1G plugs, and also bought both the Ghent JSSG version and Ghent 4S6G (OFC) JSSG360 version as well. I've even got a length of the Gotham star quad wire on hand, though I've yet to actually decide on what to actually do with it. So I have several points of comparison, but I'd never offer someone else concrete advice on how that would sound in their particular system because I don't have that same system, nor their same ears, and there are no absolutes in terms of perceived sound quality that apply across the board with regard to DC cables.
  8. I've heard you can actually upfold that to 24/96 using leaky filters and the resulting aliasing artifacts will cause the shedding of tears in grown men, as whole new worlds are birthed. Kind of like the Genesis Device in Star Trek II.
  9. No one can do that, really, that's just not a thing. Even if they had the exact same set of partnering equipment you do, it would still be a subjective evaluation.
  10. Using Audirvana+ as the media player software means you'd need a renderer that is UPnP compatible. Both the Orchard Pecan Pie and Allo units are based on the Raspberry Pi single board computer, and can run renderer software such as Moode or Volumio which is DLNA/UPnP compliant, and thus they should work with Audirvana+. Of the units you mention above, I think the Sonore microRendu is a cut above the rest. I own a microRendu, and also have various units I've built using the Raspberry Pi as the computing board, and either Moode or Volumio as the renderer software, both with external USB DACs, and so-called HAT (Hardware Attached on Top) DACs which connect directly to the RPi's GPIO pins. The Orchard and Allo units you mention are RPi platform with their own HAT already assembled as the DAC. You can buy a finished unit like they are offering (Orchard's case looks really nice), or you can put it together yourself for less money. Sonically I'd go with a microRendu assuming it's within budget, and you already have a suitable USB DAC to use with it. You can even do multiform and have more than one renderer, my main system has a microRendu and then I also use the inexpensive RPi-based units for other rooms that are less critical in terms of sound quality and partnering equipment. To change rooms in Audirvana+ you just go into the preferences and select the room you want, looks something like this:
  11. That setting has no effect on an AutoRip, a full archival ISO will be created regardless of that setting, so if the disc has both stereo and multichannel content, both will be present on the ripped ISO.
  12. A key detail for me too, as my primary home computers are Mac and Linux. I only use Windows for business, and for testing purposes with things like SACD ripping. It is inconvenient for me to use NTFS formatted drives at home, and the aforementioned FAT32 4GB folder size limit is an issue with AutoRip on SACDs with both a long playtime and as well both stereo and multichannel content, those can often exceed 4GB leading to the issue of concatenation that Kal described from the PS3 days.
  13. Thats interesting in that Oppo's user manual states only FAT32 and NTFS formats are compatible, but I do recall earlier in the thread that another member confirmed exFAT working with an Oppo (I think it was Dick Darlington). Makes me want to try exFAT with Sony and Pioneer, perhaps it works with those too.
  14. Ah yes, the instruction page Nexus3 included with the scripts does say just that: For another round simply close the tray, remove the USB flash drive, reconnect it and repeat the steps above. It can't hurt to also power cycle the unit however, I think repeated readings of the script might eventually consume too much of the machine's limited RAM. This would be a bigger potential problem on a Sony or Pioneer because they have less RAM to start with than an Oppo does. This could be exacerbated by a flash drive with a painfully slow write speed. Some of mine are just inexplicably slow on writes and I don't mean with AutoRip, I mean for any use whatsoever, probably a really bad embedded USB controller chip or flaky firmware.
  15. Thats right, Oppo is a very quiet machine, so a flash drive with an LED activity indicator is really useful. I think you have it down, there is no Oppo setting that allows for consecutive rips, you must power cycle the machine.
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