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  1. I forgot to mention that the DR value of the Big Red Machine album is borderline and any DSP options, e.g. in Roon, should better be disabled.
  2. High on rotation for me are currently Eric Bibb - Dear America 24/96 and Big Red Machine - How Do You Think It's Gonna Last 24/88.2. Both excellently produced and sounding.
  3. @The Computer Audiophile Hi Chris, how can I edit a post that I have published here in the Clubs section?
  4. For me, John Darko is not really a trustworthy and independent reviewer and source. Like many pure internet services, he is far too dependent on his advertising revenue and other contributions. Those who place many ads or "invite" him to special events get more positive reviews or mentions. But to get back to the actual topic, I would like to remind you of a statement by Charley Hansen, which, as far as I remember, he one posted in the old PonoMusic forum. His point of view was that the DAC chip, regardless of the manufacturer, in its basic function has no significant influence on the sound quality of the digital/analogue conversion. What is important in this respect are the digital filters, the subsequent analogue stage, the clean power supply and other interferences from the device, starting with the display up to various radio signals. That's why Ayre chose ESS Sabre chips years ago, because ESS has the right interfaces to do only the actual D/A conversion. The sonically decisive steps are then carried out, for example in the PonoPlayer, with an FPGA chip for the individually adjusted filters and a discrete analogue balanced amplification. The number of DAC chips used is more marketing than technically necessary. As far as I know, most suppliers of not only "cheap" DACs, DAC dongles or mobile phone integrations use the pre-installed filters of the DAC chip manufacturers with downstream with simple OpAmps. No wonder that they sound more or less the same (badly), even if some measured values are excellent according to Audio Science Review, among others.
  5. My old Sublime subscription was up for renewal in October for € 220 again. A few days ago I changed my subscription to Studio Sublime. The remaining term of my old subscription was credited to the new one and I was charged € 178.30 for Studio Sublime.
  6. Currently listening to Elina Duni, Rob Luft - Lost Ships in 24/88.2. Excellently produced melancholic World music between Fado and Chanson. Perfect musical entertainment for after midnight.
  7. My PP is still alive after its start-up problems with two stays in Gilroy, although I must confess that I hardly use it any more. In recent years, I have used it primarily on holiday trips where nothing else was available to listen to music in good quality. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic situation, there have been no trips for me in the last 18 months. I also no longer change my internal memory. I have stored my music on several MicroSD cards with capacities between 200 and 512 GB. In the last few years I have had the opportunity to test various other top DAPs from A&K, Cayin, Cowon, Fiio to Questyle, but in terms of sound quality all were different for me, but none really better than the PonoPlayer in balanced mode. I just really like the natural sound signature of the Ayre Minimum Phase Filter in combination with the right headphones. No reason to spend € 1000 or more for them. Replacement batteries are unfortunately not available in Europe. That's why I'm thinking of getting a Chord Mojo in the future to use with my 256 GB iPhone. It's good enough for holiday trips.
  8. Hi all, good to see you on this new platform for the Pono community. I hope it will revitalise the rather meagre participation of late, including from me. Thank's to Chris for the opportunity. Thomas
  9. https://store.tidal.com but it is only mp3 and FLAC 16/44.1 and by far the most expensive download store, but sometimes the only legal download source. In the case of FLAC, you can't be sure with TIDAL that there isn't a lossy MQA CD in the container. With HDtrack.com, I'm not sure if it's still the biggest download store for high-res music and it doesn't have everything available in high-res in its catalog. For Europeans, the selection is rather limited. In any case, compared to Qobuz, it is also too expensive, especially if you have a Qobuz Sublime streaming subscription. Another option for a cross-genre high-res download store is Highresaudio.com, in my experience the only major provider, not only in Europe, with largely reliable quality control. @Tony GiglioUnfortunately, the vast majority of albums in the preferred genres you mentioned are released, if at all in high-res, then only in max. 24/44.1 or /48 by the labels in order not to throw the "crown jewels" on the market right away. These are then possibly available at some point as a "remaster", "deluxe edition" or similar. Better than in MQA "Masters" only but not really satisfying.
  10. Of course, the passing of Charley as a brilliant and disputatious mind with independent opinion is a bitter loss for the HiFi Audio community and Ayre in particular. Unfortunately, I was not able to meet him in person, but only had a stimulating email conversation with him now and then. I know Ryan, Ariel and Brent, and I am confident that they will lead Ayre Acoustics and its motivated team into a bright future. Charley knew what was coming and set the necessary course in time.
  11. Last Friday a HiRes version of Supertramps - Even in the Quietest Moments in 24/96 appears "nearly undercover" in several download stores. Of course I've downloaded it at once and I am not really sure about the overall bottom line concerning sound quality. The MusicScope Charts shows that it is OK, but In my perception there are some tracks sounding really good, others like behind a curtain. Overall for sure sonically not on the level of Crime of the Century in 24/192. What ist your opinion?
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
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