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  1. Having grown up in a commonwealth country, the concept of having to pay for a radio and television "license" isn't as absurd to me as it probably sounds to Americans. 🙂
  2. It is what it is! 🙂 Enjoying the 128kbps MP3 stream for noncritical listening.
  3. Yes, thanks for that. I have no way of knowing what rate it's streaming, but it does allow me to catch the concerts on my own schedule. EDIT: the video links don't work, citing "out of UK," even with VPN, but the audio only links work.
  4. Tuned in late today, but enjoying the Brahms 4th!
  5. Thanks @Norton. I've made some effort to get that stream via VPN, as well as the BBC iPlayer, for which my VPN claims to have an explicit profile, but no success. I guess BBC is really really keen to dissuade access. That said, the 128k stream for non UK is proving quite enjoyable on my casual whole-home listening setup using Bluesound Node 2i and Pulse 2i. Since the concerts are in the afternoons here in the US, I just work with it on. Enjoying Mozart 40th right now!
  6. Sorry for the cross-post, but I figured many of you might be interested, and have info on how to access the BBC Proms content. Please respond in the thread below: https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/63570-bbc-proms-2021-how-to-stream
  7. Folks, The BBC Proms are back! https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/rcc6v2/series What is the highest resolution way for non-UK listeners to catch the performances? The best I can find is the 128Kbps MP3 stream from BBC3. To think that in 2017, we got to listen to this series in 16/48 lossless FLAC. Sadly, BBC chose not to pursue that further.
  8. That's a tough situation, because it's at the point in your chain where you have least control. I have not directly compared one ISP to another, so this is something most of us rarely get a chance to compare. I would see if the ISP is willing to let you try an alternate modem. Here in the US, many ISPs allow users to supply their own modem (and avoid the lease fee), but there are many plans that bundle the modem lease. Perhaps a different modem (brand/model) will resolve the issue. The unfortunate truth of the networking chain leading to the audio system is that the ent
  9. I understand the convenience factor with this configuration, but before you settle on this long term, you may consider doing your own listening tests to confirm how much you lose in SQ (subjectively, to your ears, in your system) between the above (call it A), and an optimal configuration B, where you connect to an SRC-DX via USB and then straight out to the DAVE via dual SPDIF cables. In A, you'd be feeding non noise-shaped 24-bit data to the chain, while in B, you'd be feeding noise-shaped 24-bit data. In my past listening tests, when ZB first introduced noise shaping
  10. Kudos to you guys for all your experiments! I'm only hearing the end result, whereas you guys put in the work to suss out different alternatives. The end result is quite stunning.
  11. Thanks for calling out my sloppy phrasing, Brian! You're correct, that's not what I was trying to convey. Here is my edited sentence: ...where I could hear instrument groups as a collection of individual instruments, rather than a homogeneous whole, even during full-throated orchestral passages.
  12. First Listen: Sean Jacobs DC4 ARC6 PSU for Chord DAVE For over a year now, my DAVE DAC has been powered by a Sean Jacobs DC3 PSU. I remember when I first deployed it to replace the stock PSU, the improvement was shocking, even though I have experienced the effect good PSUs can make on a DAC many times. I knew even then that Sean's DC4 was a further step up in SQ, as @ray-dude reported in his fabulous review, but I was content to wait, as I have had a Paul Hynes SR7 for DAVE on order for a very long time. I won't speculate when that unit will show up, but when @Nenon recen
  13. I had the same experience in the Roon forums as you, @AudioDoctor, and left in disgust. Life's too short for that nonsense. All one has to do is to listen to alternatives, like Stylus on Euphony OS, or HQPlayer 4 Desktop playing files directly, and the case is made. I had a simple request to the Roon team. "Conduct listening tests on your competition." But one can't just go to them directly and ask them. No, you have to post on their forum, and then endure the taunts and insults of the peanut gallery. I accept my lifetime subscription is a sunk cost, but I
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