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  1. My attraction here stems from awareness the impermanence of US structures. This still young nation has yet to allow but a very few structures be built to, or as is the apparent case here, survive two centuries time unmolested. I find it deeply offensive this room would be destroyed in favor of a sub-basement auditorium lacking well conceived ability to provide enjoyment to large numbers, not so large there wasn't rampant competition, in a comfortably welcoming environment nobody could help but find pleasant. It's suggested replacement nothing more than an uncomfortable, bland and voluminous rental space for overamplified sound to die in at obscenely large hourly rates. A storage room for unwanted things; Musical, human, and otherwise. Outside concerns dealing with reproduction of live music. Idea those entrusted with the continued existence of this museum lack the wherewithal to insist throwing a cloche over this property is repulsively hebetudinous. Take the initiative of numerous other institutions faced with de-accessioning or finding the funds to open a farther flung new location. Grow more exclusive and more accessible in order to preserve and move forward at one stroke. Cannot imagine there being a more directly stated motive for avoiding entropy of cultural treasures and carefully built up resources. Even the construction of ugly, useless acoustical spaces provide enjoyment through disseminating where things went so catastrophically wrong. Hubris of trading money to overwhelmingly destroy any semblance of class never has a good taste. Someone(s) appear to be feeling rather inadequate in the short term here.
  2. Making a break with new construction using modern acoustic solutions to bring attention to a space which very well might disappear shortly. The John Russell Pope designed Frick Music Room, part of the Frick Collection located in NYC, is under threat of being demolished to fulfill a planned expansion which faces adverse voices of protest from multiple quarters. For over 80 years it has served as a home for chamber music and recitals of national and international importance. The most popular and longest running music series was free to the public for most of this time. Disney distractions and beaming screens staying at a remove hint towards the steadily high quality of performers capable of drawing crowds while other venues struggle to find relevance. Well suited performance spaces are already facing increased pressure due to the remodeling of Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall. Losing two well established concert halls in one year impacts even a city as large as New York negatively. This being 2020, there is a website established for multiple concerned parties to express their outrage and well founded reasoning in opposition to the plans being sold by Frick investors and trustees.
  3. I binned three audiophile recordings/remasters today. All new in the wrapper, two still are after tasting the first. Let me take this chance to congratulate our international corporate masters on their success casting a plague upon all current/future copies of the immense catalogs they own and everything else they soon will. DR reductions here, innocuous mastering decisions there, reusing old copy about master tapes when the flawed previous cd mastering was source, a drab of this followed by a drib of that.
  4. I think the gif from that MTV Unplugged performance said a lot about what they were facing. Much has been written and said about this series, by those involved or in attendance, that could be looked up. At least PJ can't complain it lent them inconsistent results. This level of homogeneity between an example official studio, stadium, and small venue acoustic recording could only result from control over production being exerted. If not offer proof rock stars enjoy their cinq à sept more than most.
  5. Could you please detail both your vinyl playback chain and the amount of times your (as unopened as it is complete, I surmise) PJ vinyl collection has been played. I'm willing to follow this conversation to the AS Vinyl sub-forum to avoid a lengthy in depth conversation here. The comment @Solstice380 made, not assessing how wonderful it sounds, about DR of a live studio recording using acoustic instruments had merit. Even if the delivery and subsequent responses were tinged with irrepressible amounts of smirking. In the last month I've bought a few PJ cd's; "20" and "Rearviewmirror" (Greatest Hits). Both albums contain a DR6 and a DR7 disc. Neither unexpected nor broadly out of line with the particular qualities of their other recordings/live performances. I enjoyed it for what it is and didn't wish for something on the order of a Beatles/RS re-imagining in an unbelievable quality the band duly swears is authentic and of impeccable provenance. Original CD release, not pristine vinyl or a modern remastering.
  6. About the time GL ramped up his campaign to "fix" his entire oeuvre. I took in my first movie on LD, the original Star Wars. Was shocking how much worse it was than a VHS/BetaMax copy. So I tried a movie originally released in the format and it was no better. Physically, they are pretty comical too.
  7. I suspect so. If anything Qobuz' response to problems has been gracious for having them pointed out. This UK example is what we have come to expect.
  8. @Blake Interesting stuff lately. Do you ever explore off the beaten streaming and release path into unofficial versions, remixes, live, or consumer edits like the dead slow version of a Men I Trust track I posted awhile back? Speaking of Men I Trust, acoustic effects present in uploads on this channel reminded me of the atmosphere from this handheld video of an unannounced fashion show taking place in an Australian supermarket doing normal business. White Lies - Peace & Quiet (33S Remix)
  9. How aware are you the speakers in your account profile picture look like a shaft with belhead from most angles?
  10. Have to wonder if this was out of frustration with attempting to play SACD .iso after updating his long out of date firmware.
  11. New update just launched this morning. Thought I found a bug which quickly resolved itself. Numerous attempts to recreate it failed leaving me to believe it was buffering or local storage verification related. @dmackta could you provide an overview, or link to version changelog, so we can see what this update addressed.
  12. Less about the 5 w/ch device than the idea not being new. Also exploring the idea to talk to an amp designer about whether a one off cord is technically a better decision than using a one off adapter. You might even find someone crazy enough to remove the speaker terminals and install the desired headphone outputs.
  13. Sorta like bending over and looking in the mirror. Only worse.
  14. @AudioDoctor Audiophile travels recently lead me to a McCormack design from years ago. https://www.stereophile.com/headphones/796mcc/index.html I'm cautiously interested in what happens here with your crazy idea. Or should I say how you are planning to go about this. In any case, since I saw the other thread I thought to provide alternative means of connecting the headphones to a stereo amp. In reverse of the above.
  15. Musically this was not enough to my tastes to post. On the basis of artistic merit and current events I found it an incredible simple piece of cinematography. Therefore I'm linking to the Vlog/making of video detailing what went into producing it.
  16. @RichardSF I believe they have a service going through their entire catalog (slowly and one expects accurately) removing duplicate albums/tracks and a separate or cooperative effort bringing artist listings into line. Security and core functionality have been noted as the primary concerns being tackled. Recompiling the entire catalog and fixing daily new entries is probably not a fast process even if given a high amount of attention. Just in case you don't get a timely reply from Qobuz staff over the holiday.
  17. I like the idea of doing multiple trials and deciding which of the bit perfect services is for you.
  18. I'm flashing back to a day few years back where I was called the king of snark on CA. 😇 You have a good night and I'll do the same.
  19. If he didn't take direct interest in what you attempted to write off I'd run. 40K after taxes for an Apple box as a for instance.
  20. Have to imagine your tax guy rolling his eyes over an Apple appliance more than a business workstation without the architecturally irreverent design charges. If ralf and I ever agree wholeheartedly on one thing it is Veblen goods and conspicuous consumption of the type you are licking your lips in anticipation over @AudioDoctor
  21. When the clock ticks over at midnight I'll be able to see the rest of your post to reply to it.
  22. @PeterSt The issue is not any of the optical drives or their powering. I appreciate you mentioning the need to take care of both these issues to avoid need for re-ripping an entire library at a later date. The level of improvements in optical drives has continually been quite marked. When I find a disc that doesn't work to the level I expect. Simply set it aside for tomorrow, or last night as the case may be. Maybe in a few more years hardware or software will overcome their issues.
  23. Take a month long trial of Tidal and do a side by side comparison of all aspects that concern you and your long term enjoyment. Then be thankful you have not only one but both services available to you in your country. Along with the unmentioned mass market option, also available to you.
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