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  1. Here's another ECM jazz album with excellent SQ. You might not like the whole album but don't skip "Journey Of Life"! 24/96 or RBCD on Qobuz
  2. Seems to be available only on CD so maybe posted on wrong thread? SQ seems very good though. 30 second samples here
  3. You're absolutely right however it's not about going to any trouble. Amazon are good at pushing new stuff out on their website, but not so good at checking/ensuring quality, as evidenced by the millions of 1 star reviews. More specifically regarding Amazon music files I regularly find albums which are linked to wrong/missing digital versions while they can be found on their site by other search methods, so I'd definitely want to check any HD/UD files are as advertised, at least until they establish some credibility. It is the responsibility of the advertiser at least in UK/Europe to ensure the goods are as advertised and correct any mistakes, but mis-selling still happens. This applies to other music websites too. The good thing about Amazon is their no quibble returns policy and product reviews. But like others I don't think the portents are good for consumers: choice is good, monopoly is bad Latest comments indicate Amazon HD is streaming only, downloads are in mp3. I'd be very unhappy to have paid any money for the service if this is true and not a technical/start up glitch.
  4. Hi Richard, v.4 is more expensive but now has a 30 minute trial version (like Mac OS on v.3 IIRC) so you can hear/see for yourself. The new EC modulators are getting good reviews but are very computationally intensive so no current CPU can do DSD512. V.3 DSD512 capable CPU's will do DSD128 (which people say is better than DSD512 on v.3) and the latest CPU's do DSD256. There is a remote app to control the desktop version, although it can still be used as before. I see you've moved on from the KEF Blade2's ...
  5. Archimago has posted excellent reviews of RMAF 2019 on his blog with listening notes and links to many of the demo tracks he came across. If you're looking for more test track recommendations there's plenty good stuff to try
  6. Dirac support pointed me to this guide using the attached version of foo_vst.dll foo_vst.dll
  7. Nice one! From the web site: Provenance: Recorded in DSD128 and remastered using our proprietary SEA Process in DSD256. Album Credits: Geoff Hazelrigg - Bass, George Hazelrigg - Piano, John O'Reilly, Jr. - Drums Pity the 15% discount ended yesterday
  8. Comparing DSD512 on Linux versus Windows was it worth the wait?
  9. Is it possible to test the beta with foobar2000? There used to be support for VST plugins but nothing is available in the components web site now. I tried http://www.yohng.com/software/foobarvst.html and got the system tray application but selecting Dirac's VST2 DLL got me no further. Some instructions would be great TIA
  10. blue2

    HQ Player

    Nice info but was this with your ARMATURE Asterion (Holo Spring) DAC or T+A MP 3000 HV?
  11. +1 Thanks for another exemplary effort: great review.
  12. Read the article. Quote from Frans de Rond: "After recording we add a bit of reverb, little EQ and a tiny bit of compression to smooth things out, but we keep everything to a minimum." Must say I was disappointed to read that as I thought there was no processing whatsoever. SL did issue one or two tracks for free in all resolutions available so comparison could be made. Would be interesting if they did the same for the OneMic recordings with/without processing.
  13. Enjoying the music is what matters most so I don't buy everything in the SL catalogue but I do try to support them by buying good recordings that are less than a perfect match to my taste. Why post comments on an audiophile site and complain when excellent material is published ;p Support them and hopefully they'll be able to record more popular big draw artists! Check out Witmer Trio "Free" - another excellent recording although not OneMic.
  14. It's a very nice recording >> although not my favourite type of jazz
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