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  1. Hmm I guess I did miss your point a bit, but since you mentioned that you do work with live classical music recordings I thought you might want to use as reference point how close to live PGGB or any other upsampling or recording method can get rather than using an LP as starting point and adding yet another ADC into the equation? To me your test reminds me a bit of " crossing the brook to fetch water". I am of course ,like you fully aware that the sound varies a LOT depending on both where you are and how you record things: But at the end of the day and in my book th
  2. Very interesting review and thanks for alerting me to Kivy. It seems he has even dared to write a book titled "De Gustibus" among many other interesting titles. I´ll definitely have to find some of his works once my nearest Univerity library is fully open again. Meanwhile I carry within two quotes from Beethoven: "Vom Herzen möge es wieder zu Herzen gehen" and, "Musik ist höhere Offenbahrung als alle Weisheit und Philosophie." Cheers Chrille
  3. Hmm, I suspect you still consider LP a better reference point than the actual live sound in the hall? What recording did you use? If it was a classical LP, there is a chance I may have it in my still over 10 shelf meters LP collection now mainly collecting dust since I got my Mscaler. Cheers Chrille
  4. Hi I agree regarding macrodynamics, very loud big dynamic peaks are not what electrostats thrive at. And yes I too used to own a pair of huge HORN coffins which could play much louder than my current electrostats can. But like all horns I have heard including the truly big Avantgarde Trios,they are just a bit too colored for my "acoustic music only please" ears. One of the best speakers I have heard with really large scale acoustic music where the Gryphon Pendragons,but they are way beyond both my wallet and room capacities. My compromise electrostats both economically and
  5. Thanks for your input Nick, the problem I have experienced with the only over 4GB track split into two parts is occuring seemingly at random, and it is not because I have not engaged gapless play. As a mainly classical music listener that was one of the first things I did years ago with both players on my MBP. I have now also figured out how to play both 24/705 and 32/768 PGGB via Pure Music. But I can´t figure out why that player insists on playing PGGB from disk instead of memory/ram as Audirvana does. My normal hi re files load into ram. Both my players are early vers
  6. Thanks again, while I do wish the answer was 42! if we are still "talking cents" here, I am happy to hear that there is not an 11 minute time limit involved. And if you could work out a reasonable cost alternative that sounds even better to me for the time being that would be great. But the random weird glitches with the only bigger than 4 gig limit testfile I have are still a problem with my players. Why does there have to be a 4 GB track limit with PGGB? And if so, could you recommend a player/solution that works around this problem with my current music players still u
  7. Hello Romaz, just a quick question after all these discussion around digital room correction . Why did you sell your elctrostatics and go for speakers with 4? problematic crossover points over just one crossover point? The only real problem I heard with the 15s you had was the built-in class D bass- amp and the crossover point there. With classical music I prefer electrostatic panels line-source over most conventional speakers I have heard even the most expensive. Ok if someone would give me a pair of Gryphon Pendragons or similar giants for free, I would not say no, but
  8. Hello again ZB, I have some questions about the PGGGB IO you have started. First of all why only 11 minutes per track? And how much would those 11 minutes actually cost to process? Please do the actual calculation for me. As a classical music listener I have big problems finding classical music tracks THAT SHORT! I normally listen to whole works,not short snippets. Snippets and intros only, are "me" at the piano. With real competent musicians at the helm, I want the full Monty! Most symphonies consist of at least four movements eac
  9. Like you obviously I also used to have problems with classical and digital and classical muisc both Western and Eastern is the music I truly love but Mscaler improved things quite considerably for me even to the point of enjoying many cds, which I could not do before Mscaler. So far I have only one cd rip/ PGGBd but it takes cd one noticable notch higher than even Mscaler in my humble Qutest /Mscaler based digital systems. But I have only compared Mscaler/PGGB via usb so far and would like to hear from another classical music listener if the SRC-DX might be the way to go? I am
  10. Hello Hans, a couple of things I have wanted to ask you are why you would want to involve analogue tape and now record LPs? when comparing Mscaler with PGGB? In your post you mentioned that you are a trained listener also doing video work with classical music. Did you upload music where you have direct reference to how the music played and recorded actually sounded to you live in the hall? If so I would say that is a MUCH BETTER reference point in real HIFI terms than involving tape or LPs in the comparison. Like you I am also a photographer who has worked with som
  11. Hello Roy, nice to see a post from you again here,and having seen your very nice and clean looking living room with the comment "I am not allowed..." I just could not resist attaching a close up shot of the equipment end of my own dedicated "Man-cave" living and music room. Warts and all! Sorry about the crappy shot, but this is the way it looks most of the time I am single now, but several of my girlfriends have had to cope with living rooms like this and even worse ones, for many years. One of them used to comment to visiting friends of hers "Oh those two B
  12. Thanks again, I am not sure I understand all of it theoretically, and it seems there is a bit of guessing and no firm facts regarding 24 bits or 32 bits? I am also a bit puzzled why some of you seem to prefer 24/bits and a usb to BNC converter over 32 bits directly via usb with your Chord dacs? Personally I wonder why digital audio has not yet fully employed 64 bit recording? As a Pro Photographer even my old Adobe Photoshop 5 works with 64 bits color with raw files on my old mbp. And one of my music players on my mbp, Pure Music Player, can be set t
  13. Please explain exactly how and to what extent , this version avoids memory issues with macs. Does it mean 16GB ram will be enough to process even long symphonic works with many taps even on a mac? And if so how many taps? Regarding the number of taps I am still a bit confused how important they really are. The best SQ from the three symphonic classical music tracks Rajiv very kindly helped me with, as far as low level but very resolved and realistic cymbals M3 from a DXD master has fewer than 200M taps but sounds very very good indeed in my systems. Possibly the most
  14. Hi again, do these new versions ,patches also make it easier to process long, really long symphonic movements with slower macs or not? The posts about a recent quite loaded new mac stalling on memory made me a bit wary of what to get. How can one mac owner with only 16 GB ram process a DSD album and another more capable mac not? Has that problem been solved? No new 64GB ram mbps expected in the near future have led me to look at second hand2014-2015 mac minis with 64GB ram again. They seem like my best and still reasonably affordable options. T
  15. Thanks , "not to worry",no plans to "throw away",my Wave Storm I use them on a daily basis with my Mscaler and I have no plans to dump Mscaler either. PGGB would be a complement and more travel friendly option for me. And I would of course be interested to hear how going from 32 bits to 24 via BNC instead might improve SQ. Even lower noise floor? One of the first things I noted with PGGB over Mscaler was a drop in noise. A bit like going from Chord stock BNC cables to Stream in lowered noise. And then a bit lower again with Storm. And also a bit fuller and warmer
  16. Thanks again ,but ideally I want to avoid buying a windows desktop just for PGGB. And if Jriver is avavailable also for Mac I will wait and see what WDDC announcements will be from Mac before making my decision. I want a laptop, not desktop really and if desktop then rather an iMac which I am used to working on with lots of other things as well. Cheers Chrille
  17. How does SRC-DX improve over 32 bits usb? My impression via my humble Qutest usb direct compared to Mcaler/Qutest/Wave Storm is that I get an even cleaner signal with a slightly lower noise-floor with PGGB/usb than mscaled. I have confirmed this thanks to Austinpop with one track Mahler´s 5th first mov where my reference point is the LIVE sound in the hall/mic feed at sessions/ native dsd 64,and now also PGGB via usb. And three other tracks jsut comparing mscaled with PGGB yield the same results. Ie PGGB sounds even better than Mscaled to me via my systems and easily audib
  18. Interesting! I am still thinking of how to go about this to be able to process PGGB myself, but impressed by what I have heard mainly thanks to Austinpop. I can play PGGB´d files on my old mbp via Audirvana+ but with recent developments on that platform and the need to get a more capable computer but ideally still a laptop this may be something to consider for me? My only experience with Jriver was via Rob Watts MSI laptop in Singapore a few years ago. Is Jriver still a player I can buy without having to pay annual subscriptions? If so, and if there are Windows laptops with at
  19. Thanks again , ok then I will have to look for something else. What about mac minis? Quite a few of those for sale second hand here. I have seen one with 64 gigabyte ram but I would need to put a bigger harddrive in it. But regarding taps I would like to know how many really matter for ultimate SQ? The testfiles I have max out at 255M I think . But with DSD one could run into billions right? And do those extra taps above 255M really count? I know little about the maths involved here but I asked Rob how many taps would be needed to fully recover a 24 bi
  20. Hi again not wanting to abandon the mac platform I have found a mbp with Big Sur a 1TB SSD but only 16 gigabyte ram that I could buy at a decent price. I am not really in need of top speed racing, I can patiently wait even overnight provided it will be possible to convert both hi res pcm and DSD 64. Or would there be a risk that it would go up in flames if I try to convert hi res? The only problems I have had on my current mbp with heavy photoshop jobs is that it takes time and the fan goes on working really big heavy photos at 64bits. But alas it can not be upgraded abov
  21. Hello , The Mahler 2 from DGG is definitely a native 24/96 pcm recording released on SACD. Like many other labels DGG never released anything recorded in DSD. All their SACDs are either 24/44.1 or 24/96 pcm masters. The commercial release on Channel Classics of Mahler´s 3rd originates from a DSD 64 recording mastered in DXD. And it sounds very good indeed PGGB´d from the DXD file. Very clean clear and virtually free of any audible noise. That very last lingering note of the Bim Bam movement is amazing in its clarity. There was also a test recording made at those
  22. Thanks for the info but which model of iMac 27" are you referring to? There are quite a few of those. I already have a 2011 iMac 27" but it does not support Mojave. And according to what I have been told or even better Big Sur is what is needed to do processing? Could you give me more details of yours, year model and which processor it has and can you process hi res 24/96 and 24/192 and DSD 64 and DSD 128 files. I do not care if it takes a while to process as long as it does not go up in flames! Another option for me could be to get a Mac Mini with 64 gigabyte ram.
  23. Hello again, I am beginning to look for a second hand iMac to be able to process ALL PGGB supported formats from 16/44.1 up to DSD 512 and DXD. But I don´t want to spend more than needed to get the job done. I already have three macs, two mbps and an iMac neither capable of PGGB processing but capable of playing back PGGB files with very good results. I would very much appreciate specific advice on ALL specs needed to get the job done without having to buy the latest most expensive new models. Here in Sweden a new mbp that might just be capable enough would set me back about
  24. Thanks a lot, I have now got three PGGB´d tracks to play via Audirvana on my MBP and yes ALL three sound clearly better and more realistic via my system than played in native formats via my Qutest. Very easy to hear with the 16/44.1 track Nick sent me although that music is not really anything I was familiar with from before. But the two tracks you sent me I know very well and the Sibelius I could keep conducting along to from memory for quite a while after the third movement abruptly ends. Listening to Suryodaya PGGB´d from DSD 128 native via my electrostatic speakers is pure j
  25. Thanks for your rapid response again. 1 Yes I was aware that might be a problem ie copyright issues, that is why suggested to Roy that he sits down at his piano and records something that could be uploaded here without any CR issues. 2 That would of course be an option for me the only one here I know of with similar tase and the same albums in some important and imho revealing cases would be Rajiv. 3 I would like to stick to mac if I go ahead with this so if someone could tell which MBP and specs to buy that would be helpful. 4 Good luck and hope someone bites on you
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