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  1. Ask this question on the Aurender thread, lots of Aurender experts and even the tech support guy from Aurender active on this thread.
  2. Is this why I can’t seem to get DSD 256 or most DXD tracks / albums to be recognized on my N100H?
  3. You’re lucky!! Mine is still completely “bricked”, @AriMargolis has been helping me with this and I’m going to be sending my Aurender away for repair once I receive the RMA. After a week with my Aurender out of commission, I can’t believe how much I miss it!!
  4. @AriMargolis I did send a support email and I did not get any response yet.
  5. @AriMargolis Ari: My Aurender N100H won’t boot? Seems like it is just “stuck” on the Aurender N100 logo. I did try to shut down and restart and I also tried to do the factory restore, not 100% sure I’m doing it correctly? First attempt of restore, just the Aurender logo, power button stayed unlit, second attempt, Aurender logo stuck and power button was flashing indefinitely, third attempt Aurender logo stuck and power button stayed lit up indefinitely?? Im powering down, turning unit off from back, holding down front power while turning power on from back, releasing front once I see Aurender logo, and then pressing the play button once , is this correct procedure? What should I do now?
  6. Maybe I’ll wait and buy one of yours (N10’s)
  7. Thanks @Noushy ! How would you compare the sound quality of your upgraded N100h w/ SSD and larger Cache Vs. the N10 Stock?
  8. Thanks @Noushy and @Vincent1234 for providing further insight and an additional perspective vs. Chris. I am hoping that people who own both and that have done anA/B the same as Chris has can add some additional opinions/ feedback. I agree in theory that it’s not logical the ACS10 would have same sound quality as the N10 while also costing $3,000 less. However, Chris did actually A/B testing and neither of you have and are only speculating (and both of you do make logical arguments!)
  9. Chris: Great ACS10 review, very detailed and it touched upon most of the areas I was confused about in regards to the ACS10. If I am interpreting your review correctly, it seems to me that you’re saying that for myself and other N100H owners, that replacing my N100H with an 16TB ACS10, would net me N10 sound quality, 16TB’s of storage (if I use my Synology NAS as RAID backup and no RAID on ACS10) and the ability to rip CD’s and additional features and do all of the above for $2,000 less than the cost of an N10? I do understand, this means USB out only, however that’s all I have available via N100H anyhow and if I can increase my playback quality to N10 levels, this seems like a no-brainer upgrade for me! Please try and confirm if I’m interpreting your review correctly to confirm this. Thanks again! * note - I also asked this same question in comments of your review, sorry for posting twice, but wanted others in this thread to chime in and not sure they would all see my comments in your review.
  10. Chris: Great article, very detailed and it touched upon most of the areas I was confused about in regards to the ACS10. If I am interpreting your review correctly, it seems to me that you’re saying that for myself and other N100H owners, that replacing my N100H with an 16TB ACS10, would net me N10 sound quality, 16TB’s of storage (if I use my Synology NAS as RAID backup and no RAID on ACS10) and the ability to rip CD’s and additional features and do all of the above for $2,000 less than the cost of an N10? I do understand, this means USB out only, however that’s all I have available via N100H anyhow and if I can increase my playback quality to N10 levels, this seems like a no-brainer upgrade for me! Please try and confirm if I’m interpreting your review correctly to confirm this. Thanks again!
  11. A few of the newer releases with deceased artists paired with the Royal Symphony Orchestra (Buddy Holly, Aretha Franklin, The Carpenters), Artetha Franklin Spirit In The Dark, Otis Redding - Otis Blue, a few renditions of Bartok and Shostakovich recent releases, Grease Soundtrack, Charla - EVO Sessions (this is really great in MQA and a new artist discovery for me, check this album out!), Norah Jones - Come Away With Me, and also a series of Choral albums (I can’t recal the name of Choral group, but they were in Qobuz top rated list ). Let me know your thoughts on these because it seems like I’m on of the few people that prefers Tidal MQA to Qobuz Hi-Res. I will say that I tested the iOS apps of both tonight with 16/44 for both and the Qobuz 16/44 via the app does sound very nice.
  12. I know I tried a few of the recent releases by Naxos 2xHD (Buddy Holly and London Symphony Orchestra, The Carpenters and LSO, etc. since I own these from HDTracks and they’re in Tidal as MQA and Qobuz), also (don’t laugh!!), the Grease OMP Soundtrack ( this one I actually felt like the two diff 16/44 CD quality Tidal versions actually sounded better than my own original CD rip and the Tidal MQA, with Tidal MQA still sounding better than the Qobuz Hi-Res version). I also tested several newly released classical albums (one I recall was Yo-Yo Ma solo Cello playing Bach ), once again the Tidal MQA sounded much better to me. What DAC are you using? I have a Mytek Brooklyn DAC with very good MQA unfolding capabilities and I’m using an Aurender Music Server feeding the Mytek DAC and doing all these tests via Aurender’s own Conductor app. I definitely believe that which service will sound better is going to be system dependent. If someone doesn’t have a good MQA DAC for example, I doubt Tidal Masters / MQA are going to sound as good as Qobuz. Also, playing Tidal MQA and Qobuz Hi-Res through the Aurender vs. using a PC or MacBook, etc. also going to affect the sound quality.
  13. It’s funny, I’ve been doing the exact same “A/B” testing between Tidal MQA and Qobuz Hi-Res, and I’ve actually come to the firm conclusion that the Tidal MQA version of the same Qobuz Hi-Res album sounds significantly better almost every album I’ve tested between the two!! I also have concluded that where I have the same hi-res version of an album stored locally in my Aurender HDD vs Tidal MQA and Qobuz Hi-Res, that my own copy local within my Aurender always sounded the best, with Tidal MQA second, Qobuz dead last.
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