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  1. I myself have no experience with battery replacement, because my PonoPlayer LE still has no particular battery problems. I would rather ask the question in the RESono-Community as successor for the former PonoMusic Community, where the topic "battery replacement" has been discussed already, e.g. in the category PonoPlayer Tips. But to get access there you have to request an invitation.
  2. Statement from Highresaudio.com on Facebook about the AC/DC remasters: "AC/DC Remasters: as predicted and unfortunately the following albums are up-sampled: "Blow Up Your Video", "The Razors Edge", "Ballbreaker", "Stiff Upper Lip", "Live at River Plate" and "LIVE" (Collector's Edition). Please note, that will offer the albums in its native sampling rate of 48 kHz, 24-bit. The provided 96 kHz version was up-sampled and offers no audible value! We will not offer the album "Backtracks". There are to many tracks that look very suspicious. No further comments. That is truly a very disappointing result - considering that this is the biggest rock band in the world - and still playing. Celebrating 50 years of AC/DC should deserve much more respect for fans and music-lovers around the world." Even if I don't think that AC/DC is "the biggest rock band in the world", I can only agree with the rest of the comment. By the way, why did the "large" quality management team at Qobuz.com not notice this? Unfortunately not an isolated incident!
  3. This may well be true for the MQA filters, but many Ayre DAC users will disagree with you here because of other listening experiences with the Ayre minimum phase filters implemented. Perhaps it is often due to the speaker used rather than the DAC filter that e.g. voices are not reproduced true to life. Not least because of extensive listening comparisons of different filter types, Charley Hansen continued to choose Ayres special minimum phase filter e.g. for the DAC of the QX-5 Twenty as can be seen from this quote from an John Atkinson article on Stereophile.com: "In an e-mail, Hansen told me that, during the development of Ayre's digital products, "We have custom filters whereby we can load whatever coefficients we want into [the FPGA] . . . an external switch allows us to load different filter coefficients and hear the audible changes they make. This is a great test, as it allows for everything else to be held completely constant. I spent four solid months doing nothing but listen[ing] to the effects of various filters—corner frequency, stop-band response, minimum-phase vs linear-phase, apodizing, sharpness at the 'knee,' windowing functions, interpolation rates (eg, 2x vs 4x vs 8x vs 16x), dithering functions . . . every single factor I could think of." There is no MQA decoding, however, as Ayre is still evaluating the codec." Regarding the last sentence one more remark: I know that Charley already had a firm opinion about MQA and its minimum phase filters at that time, which he later expressed impressively in this thread and others.
  4. I know you and the Ayre team do their best to constantly improve the potential of your devices, even over many years of product life cycle, as we can see with the QB-9. Ayre still offers one of the best USB implementations for audio devices in the market, but there is always room for improvement. I know that new developments of audio grade Ethernet streaming devices are complex and expensive. These are very difficult times for everyone. Especially Boulder CO is a focal point of some of the best hi-fi manufacturers in the world. It's interesting to see that some of their Ethernet streaming implementations are based on the technology of the same external supplier and all of them are still not really happy with the result. These are special times and I suppose you are talking to each other (though with a proper distance). Why don't the manufacturers in Boulder take an example from some of the leading car manufacturers, share the development costs and develop a component together for this very special purpose, which really meets their high standards and those of their customers. I think there is enough know-how available to develop something comparable to the quite small Chinese or Korean start-ups, which are currently obviously ahead in terms of Ethernet streaming solutions. Anyway, I hope you and the Ayre team are well and I'll see you next year in May in Munich again. Take care and keep your distance. Best Thomas
  5. Hi Ryan, I fully agree with your MQA listening impressions. IMO, according to Charley Hansen, nobody really needs this closed black box format based primarily on marketing blah-blah except Bob Stuart and his investors, not even the major labels any more. Take the time necessary to improve Ayre's digital devices. I guess it's also about the performance and quality of the Ethernet module or the USB input concerning multiple DSD rates and I'm already looking forward to an update, especially for the EX-8. Speaking of my wish list: not really an hardware issue, but at least Airplay support would be nice and helpful e. g. to listen to Bandcamp streams 😉.
  6. It's the same for me. If at all, I bought some productions from Chesky Records or DSD 128 from 2xHD there. The HDT store in Germany was closed at the end of 2019. But at the same time HDT has lifted its strict geo blocking. I haven't tried it yet, but it should now be possible for Europeans and Brits to buy the albums in the US store for which HDT also has the distribution rights in other countries.
  7. According to today's announcements of the Bavarian state government it is very unlikely that the Hifi Deluxe will take place as still announced. Even if it does, hardly any international manufacturer will take the risk that their representatives will go into quarantine for two weeks afterwards if they want to return home. Not to mention the expected low number of visitors, since the corona epidemic in Bavaria will probably reach its first peak in May/June and the crowd puller HighEnd is missing.
  8. Bad news, the High End Show this year has been canceled because of the Corona virus. The announcement is currently published only on the German page of the High End Society https://www.highendsociety.de/high-end.html
  9. For this reason I have activation free licenses for Mac and Windows, but even this would not protect me from the fact the MusicScope will be out of time one day. I doubt that the provenance and HiRes fake issue will be obsolete within the near future after I notice a significant increase of fakes in newer publications, even in the genres Classical and Jazz, what had been rather unusual in the past. Therefore I hope that there will be a similar "easy to use" analysis tool being available not too far away in the future. By experience I have very limited confident in the very most download stores and streaming providers to protect their customers from upsampled content, even HRA is not faultless. As long as real provenance is not given, it is helpful to have a tool to ensure the promised quality of a downloaded and perhaps a streamed audio file. My hearing is still a quite reliable detector but finally not an accepted source for proven complaints.
  10. Good to know, this explains the constant drop outs with DSD 128. Thank you for the information!
  11. Will it include a stable DSD 128 support as well?
  12. Xivero.com, an innovative software developer for music and HiFi related software to analyze and improve music files like the widely-used music analysis tool MusicScope will shut down end of November. If you already own some of their software, you should send them a notice to get an activation free package. https://www.xivero.com
  13. Indeed, that is an option, but who will do this? It is much more complex than simply analysing the downloaded HiRes files frequently with appropriate tools and send a proven complaint to the download store. As an experienced listener you can notice a difference to the CD version of the same master in many cases, but the difference is usually subtle and for an upsample from a 24/44.1 origin even more. For Pop/Rock fans this fact becomes more and more unimportant because if new albums are available in HiRes anyway, they are in usually published at best in minimum HiRes resolution of 24/44.1 or /48 (perhaps in foresight of the MQA dusk and still protecting the crown jewels somehow). Anyway, it should be not the task of the consumer to evaluate the quality he has bought or streamed because the delivered quality is only verifiable with external analyzing tools. It is a matter of trust with the streaming portals as POS who are finally responsible for their content and legal have to ensure that they distribute the correct resolution, indicated in their stores and metadata of the files. Anything else is negligent fraud, IMO.
  14. I wonder if there will be a download option for HD and Ultra HD albums or even better, available as music download in the regular store, without subscription.
  15. Radio Paradise Rock Mix and Eclectic Mix are now available as FLAC streams: - http://stream.radioparadise.com/rock-flac - http://stream.radioparadise.com/eclectic-flac
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