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  1. 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
  2. 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 😉.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. Good to know, this explains the constant drop outs with DSD 128. Thank you for the information!
  8. Will it include a stable DSD 128 support as well?
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. I agree, this does not show as a usual upsampling. The basic frequency range going smoothly up to a bit more than 48 kHz can scratch as a regular 24/192 file. The rest is really strange. I would post this example in the Xivero Forum https://forum.xivero.com/index.php?board=6.0. This guys are quite experienced in interpreting the samples from the charts of their software.
  14. @dmacktaGiven that we are talking about HiRes files and the impression that perceived at least 90 % of all new releases, except Classical and Jazz, are in minimum HiRes 24/44.1 or /48 anyway, not really so many. In my experience most upsamples are typically from a handful of labels, upsamples in Classical and Jazz are rather rare, IMO. There are efficient server based automated tools available to preselect suspicious HiRes files transmitted by the labels to support your department. I wonder what Qobuz is doing when you notice an incorrect labeling of a delivered HiRes file. I know from my own proven complaints that your customers get a compensation, but in my experience the upsampled HiRes files usually still stay in your catalog without replacement or any hint to your customers. For some time now, it is not possible any more to write a comment to an album to advice other customers about possible resolution issues.
  15. Qobuz claims to have a "dedicated department to check the content delivered by the labels".
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