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  1. To be frank if I was the kind or person with enough spare money to spend circa. 4k ( $, £ or €) on a pair of cans I doubt whether the amp to drive them cost 799 or 1799 or even more would be a major consideration for me. I would probably be able to go with whatever it takes. in fact I wonder how many people might feel that matching a 4K headphone with a 799 amp would not be some kind of compromise, however irrational that may be?
  2. As the recent missing repertoire postings have related to the Belgium service I thought it worthwhile pointing out the the link and form appear to relate to the USA Qobuz service only ( note the question relating to other US streaming services).
  3. If Chris' report on Qobuz USA pricing was correct there were a number of conditions to be met: " There are some details to this new Qobuz Studio Premier pricing. According to the Qobuz website this is an offer that goes until January 31, 2020 for the first 100,000 customers. But, Some existing customers (HiFi and Studio Monthly subscribers) will automatically be switched to this new pricing. Yearly subscribers can renew for another year to get the pricing and receive either a discount or a refund depending on how much time is left in their subscription. " You say that you re-subscribed. That suggests that you cancelled your existing subscription and started again with the new pricing. However the offer to existing yearly subscribers appears to be that they should renew their existing subscription ( not re-subscribe). I recall from Qobuz price changes over here in Europe that we were all sent an email with a special link that enabled the renewal for a year at the lower price. Was there a similar process for this offer? Did you use it?
  4. Thanks for that. It added to my knowledge as I have moved away from JRiver over the past year as I now use a network streamer and its control app instead. So choosing Core Audio and disabling volume in JRiver should give bitperfect streaming to your DAC and volume would be controlled from your receiver's volume control. Incidentally the DACMagic manual does say that the volume control becomes operational when headphones are connected.I assume that you have a DacMagic Plus ( there are various versions of DAcMagic but the Plus has a volume control). See page 17, point 3: Digital volume control When headphones are connected, the headphone volume can be adjusted using the volume knob. However if the DACMagic is put into preamp mode ( maybe you haven't tried this?) the volume control will affect the balanced or unbalanced analogue outputs.
  5. You should use the USB connection between the computer and DAC. You have been told correctly; coax was limited to 16/48 in the early days of the S/PDif protocol. A later protocol incorporating S/PDif (AES3) allowed higher rates including quad rates or 192KS/s. USB data rates for audio were also limited during the time of USB audio protocol 1 . That was replaced with audio protocol 2 which allowed for higher PCM rates. USB 3 connections use audio protocol 2 ( there is no audio protocol 3). The volume control on a DACmagic only functions when headphones are plugged in. Output to your receiver is up to you and if you wish to use balanced instead of single ended/co-ax ( that is RCA which is indeed hifi) or optical that is fine although with the comparatively short cable lengths in use for home audio there really is no advantage of one over the other. There is an argument that optical offers galvanic isolation. On the other hand some cheaper plastic optical cables do not have a high reputation.However it is common that the forms of output do not sound identical to each other so choose which you prefer. I am unsure what you are doing with volume other than the fact that the control on the DACmagic is not associated with your problem as it is only for headphone use. JRiver has a volume control too ( go to "Audio/Audio Device" to check settings). So does your computer because all output from JRiver is fed through the MIDI music mixer in Mac computers ( or the similar sound engine in Windows machines). That is not a good thing as it means that bit perfect audio is not sent to your DAC, only that which may have been up or downsampled by the MIDI engine* which also has volume DSP applied. So you need to check those settings too. I do not think that JRiver offers any remedy but I understand ( I am not Mac user) that Audirvana allows bit perfect output to the DAC. * Unless you wish to manually reconfigure the MIDI engine every time that a file resolution changes.
  6. I am a UK Qobuz subscriber and our streaming plans are slightly different to the USA service. However I understand that Studio subscribers will be automatically upgraded to Studio Premier when their subscription renews.Premium is MP3. The Web player is what is says it is. A player that is not downloaded to your computer but is on the World Wide Web. This means that it is accessed though a normal web browser. It is inferior to the desktop player as certain aspects have been removed including gapless playing. It should not IMO be your default player. There are many aspects for which you can modify playlists on the desktop player. Open your playlist and look for the three dots in a white circle to the left of the screen and select it. IOS and Mac are not the same thing. IoS is Apple's operating system for portable devices and Mac is the operating system for full computers.
  7. Thanks for mentioning this. I hadn't read it anywhere before and until your remark thought that having this opinion was one of those " Only me then" things. Coincidentally I came across an old photo of some Maggies in my room only yesterday. It was from 1984 and I recall Sting appearing in a BBC radio dramatisation of Gormenghast . I heard it via the Maggies and remember being unable to mentally accommodate the 6ft tall speaking heads 🤔. So the speakers didn't stay for long. However I have a relatively small room and a friend with Maggies has a huge room with a commensurate far field listening position and I have not found the vertical imaging question so prominent as at my place. As for Spatial speakers I heard their entry level pair at the Munich show a couple of years ago and was knocked out with them, at least on rock repertoire. The top end was slightly too ragged on classical music for my tastes but, hey, this was the entry level and there has been over 2 years of development since including, I believe, new tweeters. They are high in my book of goodies.
  8. I am guessing from your reference to " nouveautés" that you have an account with the French service. If so that would presumably be outside of David's remit for the USA service as releases are territorial and differ from service to service. However your issue has also been occurring on the UK service too but for classical repertoire. Both UK jazz and pop/rock have been showing correctly in this week's new releases whereas the new releases for classical over much of December were a mixture of albums from across the entire year of 2019 ( back to last January) with the actual new releases missing. Both the France and UK services are run from Paris. I wonder if some re-training of a person was required ? It seemed to me that , for a period of around three weeks, an incorrect file was being uploaded to the "Discover" page. I have had a dialogue with customer services in Paris about this and the error has now been corrected - at least for UK classical. The desktop app shows the release date in new releases if you hover your cursor over the album artwork . The list can be expanded by clicking the "See all new releases" link up to 3 times. So you can then see all of this week's and the entire month's.
  9. David, may I add support for the suggestion. One problem arising from sorting composers by given name is that although the surname may remain identical country to country the given name is often translated to the local equivalent by the issuing record company. So although Liszt's first name was Ferencz (or Ferenc in modern Hungarian) many ( most) recordings refer to him as Franz. Or Tchaikowsky ( already a problem in converting from Cyrillic to Latin alphabet) is he Pyotr, Piotr or Peter? Dvorak , is he Anton or Antonin? One can go on. Of course there are exceptions and Bach, for example, has to be sorted both by surname and given name ( or at least initials) to distinguish the various composing members of the dynasty.
  10. 85dB is very loud listening for "most" at home and is at the safe hearing health limit . A live full sized symphony orchestra will have maximum peaks of around 96dB in a concert hall playing large works and an average SPL quite a lot below that . Over 85 dB as an average listening level for a reasonable period is considered as dangerous to hearing by most health authorities. Of course some rock acts will hit exceptional SPLs which is why some performers like Pete Townsend are basically deaf. Frankly I cannot imagine what listening to an average SPL of 85dB at home would be like aside from the bricks through my window from near neighbours. Other than that, good post.
  11. In regard to the first part of your question They are only rough guides and don't have a great deal of precise meaning. Take a typical spec " suitable for amps 10 - 100 watts". It is fairly meaningless. Suitable in what sort of way? Is 10 watts suitable for someone who only listens to solo lute recitals in a small room or is it also suitable for someone with a larger room who wants to play Led Zepplin " turned up loud"? We are not told. It all depends on how you listen. If your average listening level is, say, 65dB and the speaker draws 5 watts from the amp to /provide this level it doesn't matter if it is a 10 watt amp or a 500 watt amp, they are both providing 5 watts though the latter provides more headroom for peaks. So you can use higher powered amps than in the specification so long as you are not excessive. In any case given the latter then it doesn't matter what amp/speaker combination you have, the chance of creating damage will be there. As you say, by using too small an amp you have the possibility of trying to drive it beyond its capacity in which case it may pass DC and fry your speaker coils. If too big and you try to run it flat out you may exceed the mechanical limits of the drive units. But if you use a large amplifier properly then it will have power in reserve which can give a more satisfactory listening experience. Unfortunately few home speaker manufacturers quote a maximum SPL that the speaker can produce which may be more useful for knowledgable enthusiasts when used in conjunction with sensitivity and impedance specs . However that would probably be incomprehensible to average buyers so the manufacturers give an amp power range instead.
  12. Yes, I checked the Schubert on Qobuz UK and it is the same. I don't know if you have tried the greyed out tracks but they are 30 second clips at 320kbs MP3. This latter format is typical of pre-release embargoed albums where the record label will only allow tasters on Qobuz. This may be a case where the album was embargoed in such a way pre-release but the record company has not correctly authorised the freeing of the album post release or Qobuz has incorrectly actioned it. David Craff may be able to deal with this but I will notify Qobuz Customer Services in Paris tomorrow in respect of the issue on the UK service.
  13. I am just amused by the irony of the fact that the "W" in LS50W stands for "Wireless". Just look at all of those wires you bought 😉. And , at prices in my country (UK), your upgrades would have cost more than the speakers did in the first place.
  14. Offhand I can't think of anything that will do exactly what you want. You cannot just use a switch on the amp's output and connect speakers to one out socket and the headphones to another as the headphones will need attenuation. I do have a headphone amplifier that will switch but it is basically a studio piece of equipment that acts as a headphone amp and active monitor controller but it only has one single ended input and other inputs and outputs are balanced XLR. Plus it is rather costly. If I think of anything I will post again but surely plugging/unplugging a pair of headphones from the front panel of an integrated amp cannot be too onerous? I cannot see much difference in physical effort between inserting a jack plug compared to pressing a switch.
  15. I wonder if Linn allows third party streaming of their repertoire at all? They are not available on their home country service, Qobuz UK, either . If I am correct the reason may in part be that they run their own internet radio service to help market their records. It is a shame as other important UK independent classical labels like Hyperion will also not allow streaming.
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