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  1. The EMI issues are what I can appreciate most about WiFi routers. What I haven't seen is much consensus around routers and how they can be optimized for audiophiles. I see The Linear Solution has older D-Link based TCXO and OCXO Audiophile Routers but its not clear to me how their modifications are thought to improve the performance (e.g. are they designed to improve the router's performance as a switch but not necessarily WiFi? What makes them better than Netgear's flagship RAX120 etc). I have other devices that I would like to have on my network so I started looking at updating/future-proofing my network with audiophila in mind.
  2. What is the latest novel approach to routers and NUCs or high-end servers? I am considering purchasing a new router (e.g. NETGEAR RAX120 or R7800) but want to think through the this purchase from the audiophile's point of view. In the past I have been hardwired directly from my network drop and haven't employed any audiophile grade routers/switches. What yardage can I gain or lose?
  3. Yes and the albums I’m referring to have been removed and are unavailable. Several newly released albums I just added as favorites in Qobuz have been disappearing from their catalog and I only notice it when Roon throws the error message I screenshot in my earlier post. Roon and Audirvana+ retain the album under my albums which makes it obvious which albums Qobuz removed because I can no longer play them. I am also aware that Qobuz posts albums before they’re officially available and some tracks cannot be played before the release date (note: some tracks on unreleased albums can be played if the artist previously released the track on an EP). The issue I’m referring to above is different— Qobuz is straight up deleting albums they don’t have rights to play in the US after they accidentally made them available. Oops.
  4. All of the Mahler, Michael Tilson Thomas & San Francisco Symphonies were removed. I see the issue most frequently with newly released albums. You can compare the list of new albums in TIDAL, Spotify, Apple Music etc. to Qobuz and you will see exactly what I'm referring to. Qobuz US just isn't ready.
  5. Has anyone noticed the phenomenon of albums disappearing from Qobuz USA? I assume this is because they upload albums globally and their team lags in removing them from the USA catalog. Its enough of an annoyance for me to cancel my subscription because I'm tired of attempting to play an album in Roon and then seeing this message letting me know its been removed:
  6. At some point in week 8 2019, TIDAL made another change they are no longer posting FLAC versions of some albums recently added to their library-- only the MQA version available. I have tried in both Roon and Audirvana+ to play the FLAC version but to my dismay only one MQA version of the album is shown! TIDAL has never done this in the past and always made both the FLAC and MQA versions available. I am very annoyed by this and the only song I want to hear in MQA is ACϟDC's "Highway to Hell."
  7. As I continue to use the Qobuz beta and discover an insane number of albums that are not available, I am beginning to question if they are facing licensing and rights issues in the US. The availability is worse than indicated in my previous post and I'm afraid I will not continue my membership after the trial because TIDAL is exponentially more complete. With Qobuz weighing in as a featherweight, one can only hope that Spotify enters the lossless streaming ring for the title fight.
  8. I am using the beta through Audirvana+ and there is no appreciable difference in sound quality when compared to TIDAL. The overall selection of albums available in Qobuz is seriously lacking and too incomplete to switch from TIDAL. However, I have found the selection of classical music to be somewhat more complete than TIDAL after spot checking a number of rare and hard to find recordings. The only meaningful benefit of Qobuz over TIDAL is that I no longer need to avoid MQA.
  9. You may be right. The original thinking behind my post was find a way abandon my Synology DS718+ setup and utilize my gigabit internet service but it looks like the technology to stream a lossless music library from a cloud based service into Roon or Audirvana+ is still ways off (at least easily and economically). As collector of rare and out of print classical music, TIDAL and Qobuz will never fulfill my needs. I hope this thread continues and more people continue to contribute their solutions and ideas.
  10. This is really, really surprising. What do you feel is the reason(s) the HMS sounds better considering the both M Scalers are said to use identical filters and the Blu Mk II uses no-expense spared ancillary components?
  11. Thank you for the reply. I downloaded ExpanDrive but need to spend more time attempting to configure it. Have you been able to use ExpanDrive with success? And it seems Google's own "Drive File Steam" app would work and perhaps they will make it available to all users. https://www.google.com/drive/download/
  12. Has anyone figured out a way to stream lossless files from Google Drive to Roon on macOS 10.14.2? I'm thinking about moving to a cloud-based solution for my music rather than using a NAS.
  13. That is something I considered but sadly the AirPort is era dead and Apple does not support those products. I am considering the to move to a Netgear Nighthawk and adding a USB hard drive to it. Can anyone confirm if there would be speed/performance issues when playing music (e.g. DSD files) from such a network setup like this? My Time Capsules were not fast enough to handle DSD playback duties and the track would stop/buffer mid way while playing in Audirvana+ and Roon.
  14. I have used the Apple AirPort Time Capsule for many years and loved their seamless integration with OS X and the ability to store music files on the drive. However, given that my AirPort Time Capsule died and Apple discontinued the AirPort Time Capsule, I need to build a new home WiFi network from scratch. I would like to have recommendations and here are few details: Home Internet Speed: Gigabit Uses: Heavy TIDAL lossless streaming Computer and device OS used: OSX 10.14 and iOS 12 and later Connected Audio Equipment: Chord DAVE + Blu Mk II Storage Needs: I have approximately 2TB of lossless music files stored on my AirPort Time Capsule and I would like to find a solution that allows me to access music from the network using MacOS and iOS devices via Roon, Audirvana+, and iTunes. Therefore, the Network solution needs to be compatible with those players. Budget: None. I want the best of the best
  15. I am having the same issue and TIDAL's mobile and desktop apps as well as their web browser player default to displaying the Master/MQA (M) version. Changing the Streaming setting from Master to HiFi also makes no difference-- when searching for albums in the TIDAL app or web browser player, only the Master/MQA versions are shown. Audirvana+ shows two separate listings for the Lossless and Master/MQA versions of an album. However, Audirvana+ only displays the MQA icon during playback and this is something I have seen many users complain about. This problem is especially frustrating because any albums I have added to My Albums via the TIDAL app are defaulting to the Master/MQA version. In addition, when downloading an offline album using the TIDAL app it automatically adds the Master/MQA version to My Albums. Short of using Audirvana+ to unselect the MQA version I don't see any simple workarounds. I also wish TIDAL would add an option in their settings where the user could enable/disable a preference to hide/unhide the display of Explicit (E) albums from the listings. In many cases I have accidentally added the clean version of album to My Albums and going back to see if an Explicit version exists is a nightmare.
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