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Sevenfeet

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  1. There's another unicorn recording out there I'm dying to hear again. There is an unreleased multichannel version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller". I got a chance to sample it briefly when on a tour of one of Nashville's pre-eminent recording studios. Sadly, i don't have my own copy.
  2. I chose to look at this as "glass half full". The fact that we have lossless and hires lossless at all is a huge win, even though that we don't have things like rate switching on MacOS or the holy grail of bit perfect communication. We have been waiting for this for many years. Auto rate switching has worked on iOS for many years now....it's just not been a priority on the Mac. I'm sure if this group is politely loud enough that we might get that feature. But there also has to be a legacy reason as to why CoreAudio on the Mac with the Audio Mini app works the way it does. There are still a fai
  3. Ever since this was turned on for me late last night, I've been trying to do some listening, first with my iPhone and portable DAC and now I'm in my office/home theater space listening to some of the Dolby Atmos content. Most people will be getting their Atmos content through earbuds but I wanted to hear this through my Apple TV (2021 model) and my 7.1.2 system (Marantz 7703 pre pro) and so far, it seems nice. Not any discernible different than the presentation from the Tidal app which introduced this last year. But with Apple in the mix, there will be a lot more content. Lossless
  4. Listening on iOS right now through my old Oppo HA-2 portable DAC. So far, so good although there are a few bugs. Biggest one is that when a lossless or hires song is being played, a button is supposed to show up which you can click to determine the bit depth/sampling rate. Sometimes that button doesn’t show up so I’m chalking that up to a UI bug. There are a fair amount of lossless ALAC available now, less so with hires and most of that was 24/96. Took awhile to find something in 24/192 but “Coltrane Plays the Blues” is in 24/192 if anyone needs an album to try.
  5. Sevenfeet

    HQ Player

    Take the plunge. HQP3 and HQP4 are different apps anyway so you can A/B compare them at your leisure.
  6. Sevenfeet

    HQ Player

    Wow that was fast. Didn't Jussi just get his Mac Mini a few days ago?
  7. Sevenfeet

    HQ Player

    I was curious as to whether that some of the features of CoreML could be used to tap into the machine learning cores for HQPlayer, assuming that was even feasible based upon its computational needs (since HQPlayer can do CUDA on PCs). But this is just me hypothesizing.....I have no idea if this is even possible.
  8. Sevenfeet

    HQ Player

    Interesting. I also run HQPlayer (and Roon) on an ancient Mac Pro server (2008, 8 core). I want to replace it with the new M1 Mac Mini but I was curious as to what the real world performance was for something as CPU demanding as HQPlayer. Considering this is under Rosetta 2, this isn't bad. It will be interesting to see what happens when there is an eventual native ARM version, and maybe a future Mac Mini with a stronger processor rather than the M1s 4 performance and 4 efficiency cores. Apple's architecture only gets better from here and a non-battery Mac really could use all performance and
  9. I have a DNA 0.5 that I got second hand from a friend years ago. It was doing duty in my home theater driving my fronts when it gave out a year ago and it's still sitting on the floor near me. It's nice to know I can still get service on it. Thanks for this article.
  10. Sevenfeet

    HQ Player

    Upgraded to 4.3.0 on my Mac Pro. So far, no worries. I also upgraded NAA to 4.0 and that is working well too. I appreciate the extra information the new version provides. @Miska, one question for you. I have two Oppo DACs, a UDP-205 and a portable HA-2. Since the HA-2 is getting older and the battery is worn, I use it now exclusively as a stand alone DAC that doesn't travel with me anymore. The original specifications of both Oppo DACs were that they could do DSD256 in "native" mode. The 205 broadcasts this ability correctly and both Roon and HQPlayer/NAA see this and respon
  11. I wouldn’t think so. The whole point of the NAA software is to make HQPlayer available to a device that isn’t close to the DAC physically. If the DAC is directly connected to the HQPlayer machine, then NAA is superfluous.
  12. Never mind. I figured out what I was doing wrong. DSD256 works on the HA-2 via the NAA.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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 au
  16. Sevenfeet

    HQ Player

    Did you click the network access button on the HQPlayer interface?
  17. 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.
  18. Sevenfeet

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    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).
  19. 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 enou
  20. 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 th
  21. 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.
  22. 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 t
  23. 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 ho
  24. 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.
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