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  1. Never mind. I figured out what I was doing wrong. DSD256 works on the HA-2 via the NAA.
  2. I'm going to try to do this for you. I have two Oppo DACs....the Oppo 205 and the HA-2 portable model. The 205 seems to work across all DSD modes with the NAA just fine. But the HA-2 doesn't seem to recognize it's capability to do DSD256 via native mode. I've tried everything and the best it can do is DSD128.
  3. Very interesting turn of events... I for one am very happy that Amazon has decided to go this route since it will likely push the bigger services (Spotify and Apple) to follow suit. It's an open secret that Spotify has been testing this for some time. Apple has been asking for hi-res recordings from content providers for some time but as it stands, has only been offering 256 kbit "Mastered for Apple Music" recordings. Yes, the advent of cheaper, wider bandwidth is a motivating factor but disk space in data centers is a lot cheaper too and frankly is a fraction of the space of all the video content out there. But I think the real motivation is the fact that HiRes music likely has a higher profit margin than regular compressed music given the increased cost to the user versus streaming/storage. And the streaming services and content providers would love to have higher margins any day of the week. Of course, audiophiles are a fickle bunch, often difficult to attract as a permanent customer. Amazon launched HD music today with a lot of partners but not any "front ends" like Roon or Audirvana, at least not yet. Still, competition is good. I subscribe to both Apple Music and Tidal so I'l curious to see what Apple and Spotify do in response.
  4. Surprised there hasn't been more chatter about this. There is obviously still a lot we don't know about this service but it's significant since it's the first CD and HiRes audio from one of the big three streaming services. There are a fair number of logos of companies involved in the launch including Denon/Marantz, Onkyo/Pioneer, McIntosh, Sony and many others. Curiously absent is Roon, where many of us use as a front end for existing streaming either from Tidal or Qobuz. I'm sure someone out there will take the plunge for the 90 day free trial to see how it compares. HiRes audio (Amazon is calling it Ultra HD) is supposed to be up to 24bit/192 khz depending on the content and Amazon discusses using external DACs for proper listening on devices that don't have streaming built in (like Heos enabled receivers/processors from Denon/Marantz). Like Qobuz, it looks like Amazon isn't relying on MQA for HiRes content.
  5. Sevenfeet

    HQ Player

    Did you click the network access button on the HQPlayer interface?
  6. I've since moved onto Roon but I'm curious to try this anyway. As for AppleScript, there is probably a lot more of it out there in legacy applications than most people realize, which is why Apple is bothering keeping compatibility with newer programming models. There's been no indication or notice that it's being retired....it's just a mature technology that still has a purpose for some. And AppleScript is pretty mature, with the tech dating back to the HyperCard days.
  7. Sevenfeet

    HQ Player

    4.0.3 seems to operate better for me, especially in DSD playback from PCM sources. Previously it would not work sometimes or default back to PCM. Now everything seems to work fine. One mystery...when i first ran 4.0.3, it locked up on the splash screen. A reinstall seems to have fixed the problem. Not sure what happened (MacOS High Sierra).
  8. Sevenfeet

    HQ Player

    The one problem I can see with my solution with feeding an Airport Express into an input for HQPlayer via S/PDIF is what happens when i finally retire this aging 2008 Mac Pro. I don't think any modern Mac has digital audio inputs anymore. In theory you could have a input come through a Thunderbolt attached interface but i don't see any solutions among the docks that most popular right now. As it stands, this 8 core Mac Pro only has the horsepower for PCM upsampling and 16/44.1 khz PCM->DSD conversion. Any high definition music chokes on DSD conversion....there just isn't enough bandwidth in this machine.
  9. Sevenfeet

    HQ Player

    I've been experimenting with 4.02 (haven't upgraded for good yet) and I decided to do an experiment to get HQPlayer to play Apple Music. Yes, I know, not exactly CD quality but we subscribe to it and Tidal and there are times where you need to listen to something not in Tidal. In order to do this, I decided for the hardware approach and hooked up a spare Apple Airport Express to the Toslink input on the Mac Pro that is my current HQPlayer machine. It took me a while to figure out exactly how to make this work. Jussi's documentation isn't exactly detailed with many examples of the new Input URI format. And since I mainly use HQPlayer through Roon, I haven't been playing with the UI much at all. But I did get it to work! So here were the steps: Hardware: 2008 Mac Pro hacked to run High Sierra 10.13.6 HQPlayer 4.02 Apple Airport Express 2nd gen 1. Open System Preferences -> Sound 2. Make sure the Input default is the Digital In input. Play music through the Airport and verify that the little digital VU meter is seeing music. 3. Launch HQPlayer 4 4. Check the Input setting in preferences, choosing whatever output filter of your choosing and other parameters 5. Click on the URI pulldown and select "audio:default/44100/2. The list window then shows a single line item for the "input" 6. Double-click the "input" in the list window. At this point, HQPlayer should be playing whatever is playing through the input, or in my case, being provided by the external Airport Express
  10. Sevenfeet

    New mac mini

    Maybe, but Apple tends to not change hardware configurations with MacOS that often anymore. Given that the 2018 Mac Mini isn't even a year old yet, we might not see a substantive upgrade before 2022, or whenever Macs go to ARM chips, whichever comes first.
  11. Sevenfeet

    HQ Player

    It may seem steep and not all of us are completely price elastic in our purchasing decisions. That being said, this is a hobby that most of us have put several thousand dollars into over the years. The user base for HQPlayer is pretty specific, even amongst audiophiles and Roon users. Speaking of Roon, they solved the varying income stream problem by doing what many software vendors have gone to in recent years, a subscription model. It smooths out the income issues and lessens user angst that a user who invested in HQPlayer a year ago is being charged in the upgrade more than the one who got in five years ago. Maybe we'll see that at some point but managing that isn't as easy either, since Miska has direct sales and resellers.
  12. Sevenfeet

    HQ Player

    I'm successfully playing 4.01 on my existing system meant for 3.25 (at least the trial version....haven't upgraded yet). In my case it's an elderly 8 core 2008 Mac Pro 3.0 Ghz, 16 GB of RAM hacked to run High Sierra. I could move it to Mojave but there would be some problems with existing software I support on this system. Not using CUDA....Nvidia graphics card is too old. I have two different NAAs on my network, both talking to Oppo DACs (a HA-2 portable and a UDP-205). The NAAs are both running Windows 10. Both play correctly. Lastly, everything uses Roon in my house and that works too. The Roon server and HQPlayer run on the same old Mac Pro. At some point I will retire the Mac Pro for a faster machine but right now, this is what I have.
  13. Sevenfeet

    HQ Player

    The iMac Pro and the Mac Mini both have the T2 chip. But the recently refreshed iMac did not get it. Speculation was that the T2 required a more thorough refresh which Apple didn't want to do right now for some reason. I imagine this will be the last iMac that won't have it.
  14. Sevenfeet

    New mac mini

    OK true. I did read about the solution online but I guess you can't trust that pesky Internet sometimes. 😁 Oh well. In any case, my needs aren't centered around running my favorite Linux distro on a Mac. If I got a new Mac Mini, it would be running MacOS. But again, if a Mac Mini Core i7 machine could tackle most HQPlayer duties, then i'd be fine. All I'd need is 512MB for a boot volume or maybe 1TB for a stretch purchase since everything else this machine does would be on the USB 3 and Thunderbolt attached external storage.
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