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  1. I also have let my 90 day free sub expire. I have contacted Amazon 3 times about the need of WASAPI / ASIO for their Windows app. Called them from Germany on the second day, told them through the app 'how they're doing' after a month and made sure they know why they've lost me. But it seems to be falling on the suits' death ears. Amazon has channelled the discussion about it into a 'special' thread: https://www.amazonforum.com/forums/digital-content/amazon-music/527033-amazon-music-hd-wasapi-asio-etc?comment=30
  2. @pkane2001, I think I need to mention first that, unfortunately, I do not have any degree in signal theory (or anything that would come close to it). So my hope was that the trained members of our CA community would happily jump on the cepstrum bandwagon and elaborate. ? As I understand it, the cepstrum, the "spectrum of the spectrum" can be used to analyse echos. If the different SFS settings e.g. had caused any repetitive pattern of small-scale signals, cepstrum analysis might be able to unearth the "rahmonic" peaks at the fundamental period (unit=time) with which they might occur
  3. @pkane2001 Impressive work so far! Are we still thinking about analysing the imaginary part of the fourier transform and could a cepstrum analysis help to uncover (or dismiss) possible differences of the A vs. the B captures?
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-44066139
  5. Yes, with the Stereo192-DSD one can choose from three IIR DSD filters: 50, 60 and 70 kHz with -18 dB/oct. I am using the 60 kHz filter with DSD128 and am happy with the result. (I have to admit I never scratched my head about the final analogue filter... uh-oh...) Thank you for the tip with the resistor pad! I wouldn't feel comfortable to chance a circuit myself, though. Cambridge Audio technicians were so kind to mail me the max. input level of the amp, my own experiments confirmed this and I also checked with Fs/4 PCM signals that ISPs clearly survive by the same amount
  6. Thank you barrows. :-) 2-ch 5,6448 MHz x 32 bit is a nice throughput. IIRC, ESS developers back then were talking about going with 29 bits into the internal pipeline (9008?), I think that was at the DIY forum. Again: IIRC, someone mentioned that everything is being modulated to ~20 MHz in the ES9016 (~40 MHz in the ES9018), but I could be wrong here. [T]he ESS volume control does absolutely nothing to the data when set to full scale, whether it is "on" or "off" Yes. My amp's inputs need the Stereo192-DSD's FS output to be reduced by a little less 1 dB. Attenuate 2
  7. Hello Miska, Wouldn't that also apply to the Mytek Stereo192-DSD DAC as well? I think you already answered that question when you listed the Stereo-192DSD as a recommended DAC for HQP. :-) Although my Mytek's 'Volume Control' is normally set to BYPASS I am still using the 'Volume Trim' (set to '-15 dB', corresponding to 3 dB attenuation) to adjust to my amplifier's input stage while also adding some headroom for ISPs (when using the S/PDIF inputs without the AD1896). Back to DSD: The Stereo192-DSD's 'Volume Trim' function is executed by the same volume
  8. You are welcome, also for clarifying my statement about the type and scope of watermark-free UMG content available. Of course, I hoped the other links might as well contain useful information about UMG's disturbing watermarking. Given the severity of the SQ damage done to paid content, especially when it comes to classical music, I am still scratching my head in bewilderment as to why - at least for all audiophiles - this doesn't seem to be as big a scandal as I think it still is. (Having put aside MQA for a moment, naturally.) The audible effect easily dwarfs other SQ impairmen
  9. These are some of the links I had collected 13 months ago (I updated the two CA links). http://www.rudyscorner.com/1102/disturbing-trend-universals-digital-watermark.html http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/is-universal-music-group-using-audible-watermarks-on-digital-files.334991/ http://www.progressiveears.org/forum/showthread.php/7424-Audible-watermarking-(intentional-degradation)-in-music-downloads-and-streams http://forums.linn.co.uk/bb/showthread.php?tid=30466 https://hydrogenaud.io/index.php/topic,111198.0.html
  10. You're right, I don't receive pre-releases or sample discs. But pointing at Tidal when they in fact are the ones who have been asking UMG for non-watermarked music misses the point. UMG will give out its files to AppleMusic, Amazon, Spotify, Tidal etc. only watermarked with a robust spread-spectrum watermark provided by a South Korean company, a watermark per provider. Downloads from UMG directly are the only ones that do not get a watermark. Since nothing is sacred to the labels (and has never been) I think it is not unimaginable that Universal could start using watermarking on CD r
  11. When I found out about that widespread watermark one and a half years ago I waa appalled. It is so clearly audible on classical music that I thought it was just scandalous. Then came the real shock: no-one I know seemed to care and a German manufacturer of expensive network players who knew about the watermarking mainly shrugged his shoulders: there's nothing we could do about it. We care about our low-distortion playback equipment only to be fed with up to –20 dB (10%) worth of fluttering noise in the signal? What a scam. Another poster suggested that UMG might be using watermarks on CDs as w
  12. How to paste an URL...? That one went terribly wrong, obviously! Here comes the full one, typed on mobile: http://www.springer.com/us/book/9789811042881
  13. @Miska @mansr @FredericV Did you acknowledge this book yet? http://www.springer.com/us/book/9789811042881 Maybe in 10 years from now audiophiles will have stopped talking about delivery formats, reconstruction filters and room correction. The real worry by then might have become the quality of the watermarks used... besides DR and mastering, of course.
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