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  1. so how do I add the Tidal playlist to my Tidal account? It would be helpful to many if there was link to how to do so whenever you post a link like this.... similar to a recent article talking about using mono tracks to set up speakers... it drives me nuts when sites like this post just enough information to capture your interest but not not enough detail to follow up ....thx
  2. so are you going to share what he did to optimize with the mono recording or just tease us?
  3. my dear Mocenigo, if you spend enough time on audiophile forums you will see all manner of what any "reasonable" person would consider to be any number of outlandish claims about something that transforms a system. From placing small foam dots strategically around the room to small piles of marbles in the corners to just about anything you can imagine and many things you didn't even know existed. How about small digital clocks that can transform the sound of a symphony hall even when the battery is dead? The seller claims they work better when the battery is charged, but still amazing when the battery has died. I don't think these people are stupid. I think they want to believe and so they do. And it never ends... what was it that PT Barnum said? I truly don't want to turn this into an endless debate about what is or is not audiophile voodoo, just to point out that it exists in endless forms... how about $50,000 speaker cables? But then again, who am I to judge? If you've got the cash laying around and it makes you happy then go for it, I'm sure I've wasted more on less.
  4. For all the shows I mentioned we were in the first few rows. Relatively small venues, concert halls maybe 1500 seats, and it was ear bleeding loud. I got up and walked around the hall and went up to the balcony. Everywhere I went it was ear bleeding loud. It's not a case of where you can get in between the banks of speakers like at an outdoor venue.
  5. Glad you enjoyed the shows but I am done with it. I used to love to go to concerts. My first was Led Zeppelin in 1970 and have been to too many since to count. The real Dead a few times, Led Zeppelin twice, Yes, Steve Miller, David Bowie, Kansas, Bob Seger, the real Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, America, Seals and Croft, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mason, and probably 30 others, My recent experiences though have made me rethink the whole thing and I doubt I will ever go again. Why? Deaf sound engineers who turn up the volume so loud it makes your ears ring and distorts the sound so much it is basically unlistenable. I recently saw Tedeschi Trucks (who I love) in a great hall but left halfway through because it was ear bleeding loud. I saw John Hiatt at the Ryman and it was so loud and distorted you couldn't understand any of what he sang or said. The worst was an "acoustic evening" with John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett. At the same venue as Tedeschi Trucks where our local symphony plays, it was the 2 of them on stage sitting and playing acoustic guitars. They could have played un-amplified and filled the hall with sound, but again, they were miked and it was so loud and distorted you couldn't understand what they were saying. I could go on. The only recent exception was when I saw Glenn Campbell on his farewell tour at the Ryman and the sound was excellent. I hate to be Debbie Downer, and I used to say "if it is too loud you are too old" and maybe I am, but I will no longer spend the kind of money they charge these days for a garbled mess.
  6. may not be the answer you are looking for, but when I followed the steps from Tmtomh for my Sony BPD BX510 that I picked up cheaply on eBay it all fell into place. Rather than fight it, perhaps $100 or so on one of these would be a simple solution. Once I did what he suggested it worked as advertised. a HUGE thanks again to all who are working on this project and good luck on however you decide to proceed Report post Posted July 11 I have a Mac, and after retiring my beloved Oppo BDP-105 from my main stereo system, I decided to sell it (which I haven't gotten around to yet), and so I picked up a Sony BPD BX510 cheap off eBay to use as a dedicated SACD ripper. It works great! From your description, it's impossible to know what issue is causing your problem. So if you want to find the solution you might very well have to read through at least a portion of those 135 pages. However, since the Sony machines were only recently discovered to work for SACD ripping, you can easily start reading 5-10 pages back from here and fairly quickly find the Sony discussion. That said, here are the main pitfall areas folks (including me) have encountered, which could impact a Sony-based ripping setup like yours: USB Stick formatting: USB stick has to be formatted as FAT/FAT16, or FAT32, or NTFS. When formatting on a Mac, you want to choose FAT/MS-DOS. Macs don't offer NTFS, and they don't offer FAT32. (They offer exFAT, which is similar to FAT32, but the Sony machine doesn't read exFAT in my experience). USB Stick formatting - Mac-specific issue: If you format it on a Mac, you'll also need to make sure the stick is formatted with a Master Boot Record boot sector. The Mac default is GUID, and the Sony will not read a GUID formatted USB stick. AutoScript Folder Location: The AutoScript folder must be at the root level of the USB stick. The AutoScript and SACD Extract files must be INSIDE that Folder - they should not be directly at the root level of the USB stick. AutoScript Files: The SACD Extract file must be the "160" version (which works on the Pioneer BDP-160, 170, BFD80, and the Sony units including yours). A file named SACD Extract, without the "160" in the name, is for Oppo machines and will not work for you. In addition, the AutoScript file you have must be written to call up that "160" version of the SACD Extract file, not the non-160 version. Normally if you have downloaded a package of files that includes the sacd extract 160 file, then the accompanying AutoScript file will already be properly coded to work with the sacd extract 160 file. AutoScript File - Ripping Method: As detailed below, you can rip to the USB stick connected to the Sony (Telnet method), or you can rip over your network to your computer (server method). Which method you want to use will impact which AutoScript file you use. There are universal AutoScript files that enable Telnet for local ripping while also containing the necessary commands to enable remote/server-based ripping. However, I found that these more complex files did not work for me. Ripping with my Sony unit worked only when I switched to a super-simple, bare-bones AutoScript file that enables only the function I need (I use the server method). Sony Player Setup: For the SACD ripping app to work, the Sony player has to unmount the SACD - it has to "give up control" of it so the SACD ripping program can take control. There are two ways to do this. One is to have the Sony connected to a monitor, and each time you put in an SACD, navigate to the Sony's Settings menu and toggle the stereo/multichannel SACD setting. It doesn't matter what it's set on, just switch it. That trick unmounts the disc, and then you can go back to your computer and click "Execute" in the Sonore app. The other, and IMHO better, way, is to ensure the Sony is set to "quick start" mode in its settings. Then when you put an SACD in the tray, close it with the power button instead of the eject button. That will close the tray and turn off the Sony machine. But since it's in "quick start" mode, it's really only sleeping, not off. This status prevents the Sony from controlling/mounting the SACD, while still leaving it able to be "woken up" by the Sonore app on your computer. So the procedure would be to turn on the Sony, stick the USB stick in the machine, wait for the disc tray to open, remove the USB stick, put the SACD in the tray, then press the Power button to close the tray and prep the unit for commands from the Sonore app. The advantage of this "sleep" method is that you don't have to re-insert the USB stick as long as the Sony stays connected to AC power; and you don't have to keep the Sony connected to a monitor. How the Sony Player Names/Treats the USB Stick: This is among the most devilish of potential issues. In most cases, the USB stick will be assigned the label/ID "sda1" by the Sony machine, and so the AutoScript file is coded to look for sda1. However, if you are having other problems with SACD ripping, and you are repeatedly removing and re-inserting the USB stick in the Sony machine during troubleshooting, then the Sony will label the USB stick "sdb1" the 2nd time you insert it, and "sdc1" the 3rd time you insert it, and so on - thereby breaking the AutoScript file, which expects to find everything at "sda1." This is particularly devlish because in this situation nothing is actually broken - the AutoScript, the USB stick, and the Sony machine are all working just fine, and it's just a temporary problem based on the fact that you've re-inserted the USB stick instead of inserting it for the first time. There's a way to modify the AutoScript file to fix this, but the simplest solution for non-techie folks is just to turn the Sony off and on again before re-inserting the USB stick. That reboot of the Sony will make it revert to the proper "sda1" label for the USB stick when it's inserted. Telnet (local) mode vs Server (remote) mode: You always will be controlling the SACD ripping process remotely, from your computer. But you can do it so the SACD rips locally, to the USB stick attached to the Sony; or remotely, over wi-fi to your computer. I greatly prefer the latter method, but others prefer the former. You have to do some things differently depending on which method you use - for example with the Telnet/local method you can't remove the USB stick because the USB stick is where the ripped SACD data is going to be written. Location and Installation of Sonore app: There's another sacd extract app/executable, that lives on your computer's hard drive. (Some say this executable is included in the Sonore app, but that was not my experience). This app has to be in the same place/directory/folder on your hard drive as the Sonore app is. Also, to use the Sonore app, you need Java installed on your computer. Newer Macs no longer come with Java installed, although I do think they automatically prompt you to install it if it's missing and needed. I don't know what Windows machines do. So... it is very complicated in terms of the number of issues or factors that COULD cause the process to fail. On the other hand, it is unlikely that you will run into all of these issues, usually only 1, 2, or maybe at worst 3 of them. And they are all easily solved with careful reading and a little trial and error.
  7. I was also fortunate enough to attend the proms a few years ago. It was Bach night and they played Bach pieces along with what I would call Bach inspired. I was eagerly awaiting the Tocatta and Fugue in D minor and picked that night knowing the hall had a massive organ. I was surprised they played it with full orchestra and didn't fire up the organ. The other downside was we were just below the boxes and the people in them were busy drinking, clanking glasses, and chatting which detracted from the mood. All in all I'm glad we went, but I'm disappointed in how many people go to such an event and don't respect those around them. ?
  8. GOT IT! thanks for the response. I have an OPPO 203 that can decode the surround tracks. I was feeding it via HDMI to my AVR receiver. The receiver can't (or I haven't figured out how to) decode the multichannel from the OPPO over HDMI so it applied surround processing that wasn't proper. However, when I feed the 7.1 analog output of the OPPO to the 7.1 analog in of the AVR (actually using 5.1) all is well. The surrounds are now ambience and it sounds quite nice. Down side.... how much will I now spend on these files???
  9. thanks to everyone for the surround suggestions. I downloaded a sampler from Channel Classics. 25 takes from 25 years . I would say after a preliminary listen it is a mixed bag. The performances and sonics are consistently very good, the surround not so much. It seems to me your attention shouldn't be drawn to the side channels, but with some of these recordings you are sitting in the middle of the orchestra they are so loud, and on one I felt like was inside the piano. On one vocal track the voice was coming from everywhere. Perhaps the sound of a very, very reverberant hall but seems unnatural to me. I double checked and with test signals all 5 channels are very close to the same volume so I have to contribute it to the mix. I'll keep experimenting
  10. I am intrigued by the discussion of surround SACD or DVD-A as I recently acquired a player that can decode them. I will explore the link to the HiRez site. In the meantime, if you had to recommend 1 or 2 discs to start with what would they be? Any genre.. thanks
  11. That is always possible especially in a forum like this, which I believe I acknowledged in an earlier post. However, when someone quotes you and follows with "who cares" don't you think that if not scolding it is at a minimum being dismissive, which is defined as "feeling or showing that something is unworthy of consideration." Whether scolded or dismissed, it is IMHO a counterproductive way to engage in meaningful dialogue. The line about deleting the line then including the line was in my mind very humorous. An attempt at what I thought was irony. YMMV I apologize to all for taking the thread in another direction. Let's get back to discussing the original post. BTW very well written whether or not I agree with it.
  12. Austinpop, thank you for the considered response. I find it odd that the original poster apparently has no problem with my opinion but the moderator does AND he chose to denigrate me will commenting. As Austinpop stated "It was a fair question, and I hope I clarified my rationale for you" Computer Audiophile, I believe I was very clear that I was open to how people listened and made them happy was fine with me. I stated it clearly and alluded to it more than once. I'm not going to go back and dig through but I clearly stated that how one chooses to listen is their own choice and I wished them much happiness in doing so. The fact you choose to scold me for expressing my opinion about what makes me happy compared to others when I clearly stated I had no problem with the difference, shows how narrow-minded you are, not me. I don't often get riled up on internet forums but what I stated was an opinion about what I chose to do versus others. It was an observation, not a condemnation like your post about me. Yours was a snarky attack about me doing so. I suppose you will delete this and ban me from the site for firing back. If so I am happy to go if the moderator is offended by well reasoned opinions. BTW I deleted my original "kiss my ass" line so as not to offend anybody. Thank you, I feel better
  13. Then I misinterpreted his statement " I use these experiences to cast a critical eye at my system, and identify which aspects are weakest, so I can prioritize what to optimize, when I am able" I took "these experiences" literally since it is plural, not a one off event. Perhaps the problem with the written word versus a real time discussion to clarify our intent. Sorry to put a damper on the abundant praise for his analysis, but it just bothered me to think that someone had the opportunity to enjoy such a fine orchestra and obviously spent a great deal of the time making notes, at least mentally, about how it compared to his stereo. Perhaps he, unlike me, is fortunate enough to go to so many live events that he can use some of them in the manner described.
  14. Thank you. wonderful point about multitasking. It is well proven that a human mind can only concentrate on one topic at a time that involves any degree of focus or analysis. Feel free to do some research but it is indisputable. The only way that a human can do more than one thing at a time is if all but one involve no concentration. That is why so many think they can text and drive at the same time focusing on each. Forgive my bluntness, but they are fools. Look at the accident statistics on it. Bubblegum and walking, perfect example. Why can I do it? Because I've done both many times and it is ingrained, AND more importantly, I can do both without thinking about them because they are routine. However, if I want to focus on the taste of the gum it is impossible to focus at the same time on the comfort of the shoes, or to be aware of the shoes if I am aware of the taste of the gum. Try it. Can you carry on a conversation on two topics at the same time with two people, or do you have to stop and switch from one to the other? Can you answer questions from someone who is in the room while you are conversing on the phone with another without stopping to switch gears? Can you follow a movie when the person next to you is asking you questions about what just happened when you have moved onto the next scene, or talk on the phone and follow a movie at the same time? You can switch back and forth. Like at the symphony, at this moment I'll compare how the clarinet sounds to the clarinet on my stereo, but it is impossible to be completely absorbed into overall the sound of the orchestra, and be comparing an instrument in the orchestra to the same instrument on your stereo That may seem rather esoteric but it is true. If you go to the symphony you can't think about how this music affects me or to be absorbed by it at this precise moment and also think about how it compares to my stereo. It is your choice. Do you want to be completely focused on the music that the orchestra is producing, focus on on how the sound compares to your system, or switch back and forth. I am not condemning one or the other, it is a choice. . For me, being drawn into the music is my choice.
  15. This clearly demonstrates the difference between those who love music and those who love stereos.The mindset demonstrated in this thread is how does this live music I'm listening to compare to my stereo? Thinking about the "sound" rather than listening to the "music" is a terrible waste. If that brings you pleasure then I wish you great happiness. The real magic of live music is how it transports you into a world you can't otherwise experience. At a live performance your mind should not be in an analytical mode analyzing the sound. It should be in a mode where you are deriving maximum pleasure from the music. I also completely disagree with the experience of watching the Berlin streaming, unless they have changed how they present it which I gave up on a while back. At the symphony you have a fixed perspective.. one seat. The ones I watched there were multiple cameras moving about focusing on whatever was being highlighted at the time.. like a rock concert video. Lets look look up close at the woodwinds, then lets jump to the cellos, then zoom into the horns... an utterly distracting experience that completely ruins the experience you see at a live concert. Sorry to rain on your parade but it is about the music Thanks for entertaining my ramblings, feel free to disagree, won't hurt my feelings
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