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  1. Hugo9000

    Perhaps MQA isn’t quite dead just yet...

    The latest in the fraud investigations into Tidal's (alledgedly) falsified streaming numbers (benefiting Beyonce and Kanye primarily, at the expense of correct royalties to all other music acts on Tidal) : https://www.dn.no/musikk/okokrim-bekrefter-etterforsker-databedrageri-i-tidal/2-1-515215 https://www.whathifi.com/news/tidal-under-criminal-investigation-over-alleged-fake-streams (I'd say this is on-topic, as MQA has been using Tidal's adoption of their lossy encoding to claim relevance)
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    Article: Qobuz Announces Opening of US Beta

    I haven't received any emails at all, and nothing to my spam folder. One would think they would have an automated reply sent to everyone who submitted an email address to join the wait list.
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    Cable differences are real

    Leaving aside relevance of a known phenomenon to audio frequencies: For those audiophile cable companies that claim skin effect is an important consideration, do their products actually provide anything useful at the frequencies where skin effect is relevant, versus a conventional professionally engineered cable for such applications? For those audiophile cable companies that claim triboelectric effect is important, is there anything in their product that is useful versus a conventional professionally engineered cable for applications where triboelectric effect is actually relevant? And so on for the various scientific or pseudoscientific reasons why the audiophile cable companies say we should choose their products over another. Do they address the scientific phenomenon at all in the geometry/materials/techniques? Or is it simply "double bullshit" (not relevant to audio AND not even addressed effectively or at all).
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    CD players are back ?

    What happened to validity of claims depending on evidence and not the person stating a claim? The proprietors/marketers of PS Audio made a claim. It is plainly false, I provided a link showing another company was doing something PSA claim is so extraordinary, but other, more mainstream companies did it earlier. In the case of Denon, MUCH earlier.
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    CD players are back ?

    I would never buy anything from PS Audio after reading their bullshit about their DMP. Sorry, liars, your product is nothing special regarding use as a 'transport' for SACD. Denon was offering affordable players that were permitted by Sony & Co. to output raw DSD via their DenonLink. Denon did this as far back as 2005. So PS takes innards from Oppo, substitutes a few things and then pretends they are "one of the first" to do something that has been done for well over a decade...blech. Of course, certain types of "audiophiles" and the "press" let them get away with this because a brand like Denon is considered "junk" and unworthy of notice lmao. If your product is good, let it stand on its actual merits without lies and distortions. Of course, a PS Audio apologist might point out that their product is only a transport, while the Denon units all had onboard DACs that could also output analog multichannel and not just the raw digital DSD via Denon Link 3rd, so the Denons were all "players" and not "transports" haha! If anything, however, it makes Denon all the more remarkable for negotiating with Sony to include such a feature on mainstream products with reasonable prices, and at such an early date. From May of 2005: https://usa.denon.com/us/news/archive/7 There were also players that could output DSD over HDMI long before PS Audio's product came out, going back to 2012 or earlier, but I don't recall which brands.
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    Article: Qobuz Announces Opening of US Beta

    Too late to edit my post above, but it seems I wasn't using "music discovery" correctly. I don't use suggestions based on genre or tracks or albums I listen to. I look on arkivmusic.com by composer or performer or composition, and if a recording looks like it might be interesting, I try to locate it on Spotify, which is sometimes a chore as they don't list things consistently with classical. I do all the work, and then use Spotify to check if a recording meets my artistic standards and to get a basic idea of sound quality before deciding to buy the album on CD or SACD. So my use of Spotify is just a bit more convenient than using youtube haha! Qobuz is said to actually be useful for classical fans, so if they let me into their beta, I'll be giving it a try. No email yet to acknowledge my joining the waiting list. (If I don't get to join their beta, then I'll remember the snub for all time, and never ever ever ever use their service and will advise everyone I know to stay away! haha! )
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    CD players are back ?

    I think he means that the validity of the claims is based on the evidence that supports or disputes them (the claims). The person making the actual claims doesn't matter, it's the supporting evidence for the claims that matters.
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    Article: Qobuz Announces Opening of US Beta

    Thanks, Chris! I signed up for the beta. Nice to see that they want to compete with Spotify for the more casual streaming customer, by offering the $9.99/mo or $99.99/yr lossy tier, as well as having CD-quality lossless and Hi-Res tiers for those who want that. I currently use Spotify for music discovery and occasional times when I'm lazy or away from my CD collection, so as long as the user experience is decent on Qobuz, I'll probably drop Spotify. Who knows, they might interest me in the higher service tiers if the classical selection includes enough of my favorites to make it worthwhile. At any rate, the variety of tiers and choices of monthly or yearly plans is appealing!
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    Perhaps MQA isn’t quite dead just yet...

    Thank you, that's an extremely important point for classical music listeners, and it's especially shameful that the "press" has not mentioned this anywhere that I have seen. Gapless may be rarely needed in pop/rock (although even in my very tiny collection of those genres, there are a number of albums that transition smoothly between tracks, Crystal Gayle's classic Christmas album, for one off the top of my head lol), but it's essential for playback of opera recordings, any work with variations that are assigned individual track numbers, as well as plenty of symphonies and concerti where the composer eschewed silence between movements and the work continues seamlessly, such as the transition from the 2nd to 3rd movement in Rachmaninov's 3rd piano concerto. If MQA cannot handle such transitions flawlessly/inaudibly, then it is not ready for prime time and has no business being called or remotely considered to be high resolution/high quality at all. It is broken for classical just as non-gapless MP3 was.
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    Perhaps MQA isn’t quite dead just yet...

    Is that source any better than the National Enquirer? (I almost wrote Weekly World News, but then I remembered their expert reportage on the Bat Boy.)
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    Cable differences are real

    I used to have tremendous difficulty maintaining the normal spacing layer between my cables as well. Then one day, when my mother happened to mention to one of her Country/Primitive decorating club members that the twig wreath over her mantel was crafted from myrtlewood twigs, I knew I had the answer! I carefully culled precious myrtlewood twigs from the wreath and used them to space my cables, using natural raffia to tie them in place. I'm sure you can imagine the improvement this provided!
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    Is It Time For Moderators?

    See, this is a post where I could definitely have used the "offended" reaction, but since there isn't one, I had to just try to laugh it off!
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    Is It Time For Moderators?

    May I suggest two further reactions? One, perhaps a snowflake, to convey "your post has hurt my feelings," and the other, perhaps an image of crossed pistols, to convey "your post offends me."
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    Lies about vinyl vs digital

    Well, unless it's a specialist baroque orchestra with one instrument to a part, you really shouldn't be able to distinguish any individual violin from the ensemble of first violins in a full orchestra, for example! If you can, it must be one of the most awful and undisciplined orchestras in the world! If, however, hifitommy means any one instrumental line in the score, that's trivially easy* with well-recorded RBCD unless the orchestration by the composer was particularly muddy. Ravel's orchestrations tended to be extremely transparent, so his works such as Daphnis et Chloë are good tests of clarity of reproduction by a sound system. At any rate, I agree with Alex here. *Well, some exaggeration by saying "trivially easy" to distinguish even one instrumental line in a score lol. One of the ways we distinguish the same note as played by different instruments is the initial attack, another is from the overtones present. In a typical romantic work for orchestra, overtones by one instrument group will often be masked to some extent by the presence of other similar instruments, especially if they are doubling the line. Also, if you lose your way following the line after the attack, the sustained part can be similar enough that trained musicians (unless familiar with the score, or reading along with the performance).
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    Cow Music

    Never thought I'd need this here And then I saw that Humanure picture. Thanks for that, @christopher3393 😱
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