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  1. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    Aloha, In anyone’s opinion, including Jussi’s, which filter/ modulator produces the widest soundstage? Thanks.
  2. My “lossy-ish” comment was more about the quality of MQA than anything else 👍
  3. Here is an in depth explanation of Apple's Digital Masters program. It seems to me they are trying to make AAC be as super as possible rather than provide lossless, there must be a profit angle to all of that. And with Tidal's hifi user base being such a tiny fraction compared to Apple Music and Spotify, I interpret Apple's explanation of the Apple Digital Masters programs as them doubling down on AAC and making it seem like it performs like lossless. I don't understand the technical side of it enough to offer an informed opinion, but it seems a bit like MQA in that both supposedly offer audio quality that exceeds the amount of bandwidth necessary to transmit it, even though MQA is lossless-ish. It will be interesting to see what effect Amazon's supposedly forthcoming hi-res service will be. Hard to imagine Tidal surviving that one. And if we're lucky, Amazon's marketing could push Spotify and Apple Music in the lossless direction even though they presently seem disinterested.
  4. One can only hope its a stepping stone of some sort to lossless. But more than anything, it seems to be a rebranding of "Mastered For iTunes". With iTunes discontinued, they needed a different name for the segment of their catalog that has not been subjected to the loudness war stuff per Apple's specifications. Apple Digital Masters is that new name.
  5. I was wondering more about favorites on a particular album, not “all” my favorites in my whole library. In Roon, I really really like being able to go to one album and quickly just play all my favorite tracks in that specific album. Having that same function in A+ would be great.
  6. One feature I really like about Roon is that once I like (heart it) a track, or tracks, on a given album, once that curation is complete, I can come back later and “play favorites”. I tap one thing and only my hearted tracks play. A+ has the ability to love ❤️ a track, but does A+ have a “play favorites” feature?
  7. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    Its a Seinfeld reference. Its a joke...
  8. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    I have been trying. Sometimes I think 4 is better, sometimes I think they sound the same. I’m pretty sure I mostly like whatever was played second. It seems reasonable to ask the developer if he made specific changes between 3 & 4 that would make the same settings sound better. This would help me clarify if it's a placebo expectation driven perception. Jussi’s anti marketing approach can make things challenging. Why not spell out the exact improvements he’s made between 3 & 4? It’s seems so simple to me, “here’s HQP 4 and I’ve made xy&z better in this way”. Instead, it’s more like “here’s HQPlayer 4, I won’t say what’s been improved, and it costs twice as much,” There’s a certain “soup nazi” quality to it 😎 Now I’d like to preemptively disagree with my own opinion in an effort to undermine any forthcoming efforts to do the same 😉
  9. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    Aloha Jussi (and everyone else), If the same settings are used, the same filters, dither, sample rate, etc, in both HQP 3 & 4 Desktop, will the sound results be the same? Or is there something about HQP 4 that makes a meaningful difference? I understand HQP 4 combines various HQP iterations into one, and there are the new settings, but I’m wondering if there’s any reason to believe, in theory, that there ought to be a difference using the same settings? Thanks.
  10. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    I’m fairly certain that it takes Roon. Jussi himself listens to Tidal via the Tidal app, as far I understand. Roon is expensive, but the versatility to combine local and Tidal/ Qobuz libraries into one is very nice.
  11. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    Out of curiosity, if I disable both the filters and dither, but still run Roon through HQP, is HQP actually doing anything to improve or effect the sound with all of that disabled? A few posters on the Roon forum have said they prefer HQP with upsampling disabled, just wondering if HQP still does something or if its a placebo effect.
  12. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    For some reason, this confuses me. If I select "none" in the both the filter and dither settings, does the sample rate setting become disabled? Or, if I select "none" must I then manually set the sample rate in HQP to match that of the file being sent from Roon, which would be a bother? Thanks
  13. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    I have a DirectStream Junior DAC which upsamples to 20X DSD on its own. I greatly enjoy HQP and its upsampling, but have read various places about users not doing any upsampling in HQP and passing it on to the DAC. For instance, Roon —> HQP (no upsample) —> DAC. How do I try this out? I don’t see a specific option in HQP to “turn off upsampling”. I see I can select “none” in the filters and modulators, but that’s all I see. How do I turn off upsampling in HQP Desktop (4)?
  14. I have the update from a day or so ago, have been updating regularly. The “strip down” part is not as sweeping as it seems. Just took everything off the desktop, use launch pad instead of the dock, use a mono color desktop color instead of the dynamic ones in Mojave. But WiFi and Bluetooth were left the same. It freed up a bit of extra memory and reduced the processing load a wee bit, obsessive audiophile type stuff.....
  15. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    But isn’t the “Rasberry Pi” low level of computing power found in expensive music servers by design to reduce noise?
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