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  1. More PGGB rediscoveries in my library! Haven’t listened to these in years.
  2. The 38-41 is indeed wonderful, worthy of a place in my library alongside the Jordi Savall. The 29-36 are excellent performances, but the SQ of the recording isn’t quite at the level of the other.
  3. Yes, I have both sets (29-36, and 38-41) PGGBed and ready to go, waiting to be fired up at my next listening session.
  4. I’ve seen posts like this on WBF: https://www.whatsbestforum.com/threads/taiko-audio-sgm-extreme-the-crème-de-la-crème.27433/post-706421
  5. My HIP comments notwithstanding, this seems to have garnered such glowing acclaim that I'm downloading now to try. Linn recordings rarely let me down!
  6. In general, I greatly favor HIP (historically informed performances), as I find them fresh and invigorating. In contrast, the old school "everything in the Romantic style" performances leave me cold. Probably why I have little nostalgia for the 50s-80s conductors...
  7. Thank you, that would be much appreciated!
  8. Funny, I was listening to this last night:
  9. Congratulations! Looks great. BTW - is that a real brick wall or a Zoom background? I swear I've seen that brick wall in so many zoom calls now...
  10. @Ales Prochazka Is WavPack format supported? I can't get tracks to show on HQPDControl iOS, but I can drag and drop the files directly onto the HQP window and see it on the current play list.
  11. It's worth a try. Of course, there are other considerations that come into play, since every input type has its quirks, and the quality can vary based on the DAC.
  12. Is the latency of the Amanero interface audible because it is coupled with an extremely low latency server like the Extreme? And conversely, in a chain with a different server, whose latency may be higher, would this effect dissipate? This is what remains to be seen. BTW - the above hypothesis was articulated by @romaz on another channel you and I are on, and it's a very good one.
  13. System Update May 2021 I figured this was a good time for me to post a system update, since my last post on the topic was almost 6 months ago: https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/30376-a-novel-way-to-massively-improve-the-sq-of-computer-audio-streaming/?do=findComment&comment=1092344 Another reason to post is because I can now talk about PGGB, a topic that was confidential until a few weeks ago! One of my goals with buying the Extreme was to get off the HW upgrade hamster wheel, and to a large extent, this has turned out to be the case. Yes, there
  14. Yeah, every platform is different, with different trade offs and options. The K50 and Extreme are very different beasts. Curious to know what you hear.
  15. I really would like people to test this themselves! Your perception may be different than mine. Plus, some may be fine with a smidge reduction in SQ for 3x less storage. One size (pun intended!) does not fit all.
  16. Since the DAVE requires 16FS, which makes FLAC not an option, I decided to try WavPack as an experiment. I used dBpoweramp with the following settings: I tried both Normal and Very High Quality. Both yielded a very nice compression of 65-70% over the original, while all tags were preserved. Functional Issues I used HQP in my normal "pass-through" mode of "filter=none, dither=none, DAC bits=32." Interestingly, I could drag and drop .wv (wavepack) files to the HQP window, and they played just fine. However, even after an HQP library scan, I could not "see" the .wv fil
  17. Boy, this has turned into quite a slog, eh, Ted? I really hope this gets sorted out, as I'd love to hear your thoughts on the functioning 32FS mode without any annoying glitches.
  18. We've received a glowing report from someone with the older brother X26 Pro. Apparently this DAC, while ESS9038Pro based, has a true (claimed) NOS mode, and accepts a 10MHz reference clock. Still only 16FS, but would be an intriguing one to try. I don't see the A22 supporting 32FS, unless I missed it? So 16FS would be the sweet spot, same as for the X26 Pro. Sounds promising!
  19. I don't know about 32FS, but a local friend has successfully run 32/16FS through Stylus to his iFi Pro iDSD DAC, running Euphony on a NUC7i7DNBE.
  20. Not sure this is possible, unless you make a feature request to HQPe. Simplest would be to play back PGGB files directly via Stylus, without HQPe in the path.
  21. Hi Jean Paul, In practice, I have not run into any album/track where this was an issue. I've PGGBed hundreds of albums now, mostly classical, followed by prog rock, jazz, and a smattering of others. I've yet to hear a case where the PGGBed track sounded weird, nor one where it sounded worse than the original. Naturally, YMMV, so I'd say just try it and judge for yourself with your favorite tracks.
  22. Hi David, Just try it both ways (with/without DDC in the path) and see what you think.
  23. Just keep in mind that you're trying to offload the digital filtering in your DAC to PGGB. With the Mojo (and Chord DACs in general), this means your goal is to bypass the WTA1 stage in the DAC. To do so, you have to present the DAC with a 16FS signal, which you can only do through USB or DBNC (not sure Mojo supports this? H2, TT2, DAVE all do). Inserting a DDC that can only output 4FS (176.4/192) in the path will defeat this. So for PGGB evaluation on the Mojo, you really do NOT want the Iris in the path!
  24. Are you feeding the Mojo through the DDC, or only the Metrum? I didn't think so, but just want to clarify: to get the benefit of PGGB on the Mojo, you'll want to process files to 32/16fs as ZB said, and pass them directly to the Mojo via USB.
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