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  1. This post from head-fi has a good picture of what was demoed at CanJam over the weekend.
  2. I did, and did not find the Berlin Phil version (from 2002) as engaging. I'm sorry I have no musical training, so cannot get into technicalities, but I did feel the CSO's playing was more heartfelt, and — dare I say it — more virtuosic. And I mean no disrespect — I am a huge fan of the BP. Finally, the SQ of the CSO version, despite being from 1984, is just stunningly good, and better than the BP version. Of course, this is just my personal opinion, and YMMV!
  3. Over the last couple of days, I’ve been enjoying various acclaimed Mahler 7th recordings on Qobuz, and comparing to my favorite version by MTT/SFS (Michael Tilson-Thomas/San Francisco Symphony. Many, like the Bernstein/NYP, Tennstedt, Sinopli, Rattle, even Solti/CSO, did not pique my interest. The first that did so was the Zinman I posted last night. Today I may have found one that gives MTT/SFS a run for it’s money. It’s the Abbado/CSO. Not only is it a wonderful interpretation and performance, the recording quality is sumptuous!
  4. For those looking for more clarity on how (and why) to use the combine.json feature, here's an example album I just ran into. https://www.qobuz.com/us-en/album/gustav-mahler-symphony-no7-chicago-symphony-orchestra-claudio-abbado/0002894455132?qref=dpa While this symphony has 5 actual movements, the CD is indexed into 21 "tracks." To coalesce these back into the 5 actual movements, thus allowing longer tap length filters to be used by PGGB, you would create a combine.json file with a single line (below) and place it in the album folder prior to processing with PGGB.
  5. Feeling kinda stupid. Had never registered these 24/192 remasters of the classic ELO albums, How did I miss these?! http://open.qobuz.com/album/poz0xu3fglwvb
  6. I've been listening to the new 25th anniversary remaster of Buena Vista Social Club. On first listen, this new version seems to have slightly better SQ than the DVDA 24/96 from 2000. Not a huge jump, but subtly better. The second disc of bonus tracks is mildly interesting.
  7. Hmm, that’s actually a good point to seek clarification. So you want to do EQ but without upsampling? How does one use HQP for just convolution? Perhaps @The Computer Audiophile and/or @Miska can clarify.
  8. That’s a gorgeous chassis!! @derBen is in Der House!
  9. Jealous! Sounds like a fun day, Chris. You're right, these mini audio shows with generous audiophile friends may be the wave of the future!
  10. Very true, happybob! We are now at a state of the art where TOTL headphones are all so good, there are no absolute winners or losers. It's all about synergy — with your system, with your ears, and with your preferences.
  11. I lack data to answer that question. I could not test this use case. I’m hoping others who have can/will comment.
  12. While I have not actually gone through these steps myself, as I no longer use Euphony actively, I don't see why not. While the Euphony web app exposes some slected HQP settings, your best bet is to access the HQP embedded server directly via its web UI at http://<ip address>:8088 Check the Euphony docs (or contact Zeljko) for the default credentials. You should then be able to access the convolution settings and load Mitch's filters. As Chris said, they plan to announce and demo at the CanJam SoCal in Irvine, CA in a couple weeks. I'm very curious too!
  13. Chris, try http://open.qobuz.com/album/0030911272524 Each disc is effectively one extended movement, and the track boundaries are really just index markers.
  14. RAAL-requisite SR1a Earfield Headphone Monitor & HSA-1b Headphone & Speaker Amplifier Review Part 2 of 2: Technology Q&A, Optimizations, Competitive Comparisons, and Conclusions Rajiv Arora Part 1: Introduction, Setup, and Initial Impressions (link) Introduction If you haven’t already, please first read Part 1 of this review, where I introduce and describe the SR1a and HSA-1b, along with my listening setup. I also describe my initial listening impressions with this combo. In thi
  15. Another very creditable performance, and outstanding recording, of Mahler's Symphony No. 8. In the last 2 years, we've seen 3 very good recordings come out. None are perfect, each have strengths and perhaps some flaws, but all are worth a listen.
  16. Yes, there has been a sea change in my approach after I bought the Extreme, and more recently, due to my use of PGGB. I used to have a Mutec REF10 SE120 reference clock supplying a 10 MHz reference to the eR, the sNH-10G, and a tX-USBultra. The tX turned out to be unnecessary, and in fact an impediment, in the Extreme's USB chain. As for the network, I now live by the credo "no network is better than the best network." Since all my critical listening is with local PGGBed files, I just hit play and power down the switch chain. The only time my 3 switches as shown are active during playback is f
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