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  1. You should ask this question the accountable local product managers from Columbia Records or Warner Bros. I've done this for several HiRes albums that are available in the US, but not in Europe or Germany. As well I asked about the reasons for price differences > 800 % for some HiRes box sets within Europe. Of course, I never got a feedback.
  2. Very unlikely. As far as I know, Qobuz use AWS (Amazon Web Services) as technical service provider for all covered countries.
  3. Even within the EU there is still no common market for digital rights. Providers like Qobuz must deal with the right owners, usually the labels, for each country to get the license for streaming and additionally the local price conditions for reselling.
  4. I'm afraid, you have to renounce within the next years to visit a concert at the Gasteig. From 2020 on it will be completely renovated and my experience tells me that time and budget planning is not very reliable for public building projects in Germany. During this time, a temporary Philharmonie elsewhere in Munich is scheduled, but nothing is certain right now because the permit procedure is a complete disaster, only comparable to the mess around the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
  5. In case of doubt, I would prefer Florence. 😉 Munich is the Italian outpost north of the Alps, unfortunately not always climatic.
  6. However, the show is over for this year and I'm sure, most attendees enjoyed the unique variety and quality of the presentation. For the overseas audiophiles, I hope that you've also had the chance to experience a little bit one of the most livable cities on this planet beside the show, even if the weather conditions could have been improvable this year. Welcome back next year!
  7. Two more tips for really great sounding and living room friendly designed active speaker systems: Grimm Audio, A 4.2 E216 Lyravox, A 4.2 F225
  8. Isn't it funny, but it seems as most of us are impressed by the "big is beautiful" effect. This oversized and overpriced speakers with nearly no serious buying interest of any audiophile with suitable income and listening room are playing in audio shows like the HighEnd in a much too small "show room" of max. 30 square meters with usually suboptimal room optimisation. Anyway, we tend to recognize them as impressive speakers, mainly because of the powerful and exaggerated impulse response in the low end, IMO. I've listened to many speakers, designed to be suitable for average living- or listening room conditions that sound more "natural" and overall better for this usual user environment than this big flagship speakers.
  9. Yes, I did. I know capabilities of the Lindemann Musicbook quite well, because a good friend owns the Musicbook 25 DSD and two Musicbook:55 for bi-amping his Piega Coax speakers. My motivation was to listen to the Lindemann source in combination with the Manger P2 speakers. Unfortunately the spacial conditions were suboptimal, a noisy AC on top of the listening booth disturbed frequently any listening efforts and a correct alignment of the speakers was not given. No place in the auditory space was within the sweet spot, what is very important to really enjoy the advantages of the Manger speakers.
  10. - Voxativ with the Voxativ Hagen system, Atrium 4.2 E222 - a little bit more than 10k€ (12.5k€) Manger P2, Atrium 4.2 F211 and at the Lindemann booth H 4 R08/S07 - Elac, A 4.1 F102, A 4.1 F103, A 4.1 F124 - T&A, A 3.1 D102, A 3.1 D103, A 3.1 D105 - Canton, A 3.1 D109, A 3.1 D110 - Boenicke Audio with the W5, Atrium 4.2 F215
  11. If it is really 24/192 and not upsampled 😉
  12. No, I didn't, because meanwhile I do not consider any special MQA event in my HighEnd show schedule. I attended frequently to "MQA Live stream" events during the past HighEnd shows and in my perception, they are complete nonsense. They cannot show in any way the fortunes of an audio streaming format. I can stream real HiRes from Qobuz.com or Highresaudio.com in 24/192 anytime with my home systems smoothly. I've visited the Brinkmann Audio, dCS, EMMLabs, Esoteric and Mark Levinson listening rooms, but before 3.30 pm when "this exclusive performance with Ana an Jaspar, and relay the studio sound in all its glory in real time" happened. Wasted time, IMO. I would prefer a one to one comparison of a live performance with real instruments or voices and the playback afterwards with audio equipment, like I could experienced formerly at HighEnd show events with e.g. B&M or Avantgarde Acoustic.
  13. Indeed, some of them are doing market research. My impression from contacts with this business is that they usually know their "real" customer base quite well and do not have any illusions about the "potential" market. Most of them expect a challenging future.
  14. I've spend the whole day today at the Munich HighEnd show, attended a lot of presentations with MQA capable systems, but never noticed any mention of MQA nor any audio demonstration during my presence. I think, that is telling enough.
  15. @left channel already mentioned the stream URL that you can add in Roon when you click on "Add a Station" on the "Internet Radio" page. Beside this beta FLAC stream, I'm using as regular and stable option the 320 kbps AAC stream: http://stream-dc1.radioparadise.com/aac-320 for the US or http://stream-uk1.radioparadise.com/aac-320 for Europe. If the FLAC stream is down, I simply switch to the AAC stream.
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