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  1. 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.
  2. agladstone

    The "Official" Aurender Discussion Thread

    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.
  3. I’ve been testing Qobuz this past week and comparing some albums between my locally stored copies on my Aurender Server, Tidal MQA (with a Mytek MQA DAC), and Qobuz hi-res and overall, I’ve actually decided that Tidal MQA sounds better than the Qobuz hi-res version. Most of the time, my own personal and locally stored version sounds better by a little bit than either the Tidal MQA or Qobuz Hi-res versions, but almost always Tidal MQA sounds considerably better than the Qobuz version. As all things, I’m certain this is entirely system and set up specific and will vary from system to system. But with my combination of Aurender Music Server / Streamer -> Mytek Brooklyn MQA DAC, Tidal is definitely the clear winner! I was really excited to try Qobuz and couldn’t wait to start my free beta trial, but I definitely will not be extending it past my 30 day trial, I’m glad to be keeping Tidal at the lower cost and superior sound quality!
  4. I have almost every version listed and discussed in this excellent and very detailed article/ post. Min my personal opinion and after far too many hours and days spent doing “A/B” testing, I’ve personally concluded that the 2010 Japan SACD is the best sounding version (to my liking/ opinion).
  5. agladstone

    The "Official" Aurender Discussion Thread

    Any chances that future updates will include something better than Wikipedia for album and artist info and liner notes, etc ? The Wikipedia link rarely ever works and it leaves quite a bit to be desired when it does. Even a link to allmusic or something similar would be better ?
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    Article: Qobuz Announces Opening of US Beta

    I actually received an invite to the Beta via email on last Friday (I had previously joined the wait list). I had to fill out a survey and I’m awaiting response for next steps!
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    Article: Audiophile 5: Aurender ACS10 in 5 Minutes

    Chris: Her are a few questions I have in regards to the ACS10 (perhaps you can address them in your upcoming review, or answer here)? 1. How does it sound / work as an actual player / streamer instead of using as a backend to another Aurender (in addition to its Server and Ripper functionality)? 2. Can the internal HDD’s be replaced / upgraded by the end user? (or by an authorized dealer if not by user)? 3. If you already have a NAS being used as a backup for all your music with a RAID, does it make sense to not configure the ACS10 in RAID and take advantage of double the internal space ? 4. If you currently own an Aurender, can you initially connect it to the ASC10 to perform a “copy” function to transfer all your music into the ASC10 as a starting point? Thanks in advance!!
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    Article: Audiophile 5: Aurender ACS10 in 5 Minutes

    Chris: if you’ve been following my inquiries in the Aurender thread, you know how happy I am to see this video and now I can’t wait to read your full review later this month. Thanks!!
  9. agladstone

    The "Official" Aurender Discussion Thread

    Thanks! This is very helpful! What “tweaks” are you referring to in regards to the ACS10?
  10. agladstone

    The "Official" Aurender Discussion Thread

    Thanks! I think you’re probably correct. Is it just me, or is the Marketing Material and info regarding the ACS10 and it’s functionality in addition to being a NAS like server very ambiguous and confusing? They do seem to make clear that if you’re pairing it with an N10 or W20, that it would be inferior as a streamer / player to them, but they don’t go into any specifics if you currently have an N100 model? I suppose they’re just assuming that given it’s price point, it’s unlikely someone would be pairing it with an N100? I was hoping that if it’s streaming and playing quality was above the N100, but below the N10, it may be the ideal “upgrade” to the N100 given all of its capabilities and features and at a $3,000 lower price than an N10.
  11. agladstone

    The "Official" Aurender Discussion Thread

    Thanks! I assume that you have both units? Seems like perhaps I should sell my N100 and upgrade to the new ACS10?
  12. agladstone

    The "Official" Aurender Discussion Thread

    Does anyone know if the new ACS10 would be a superior streamer vs. the N100H? i know they say the N10 & W20 are better than the ACS10, but I wonder if ACS10 better than the N100H?
  13. agladstone

    Allo Digione Signature

    It’s the best streamer ever !
  14. I actually recall Alex saying that a pre-owned LPS-1 would be a great addition / upgrade for the forthcoming EtherRegen actually?
  15. agladstone

    The "Official" Aurender Discussion Thread

    I’d like to hear about the same!! I’m anxiously awaiting Qobuz and curious if the high res will be better than Tidal MQA !