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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Qobuz provides various versions of its player app. There is a version which is referred to as the " Browser " version as it is located on the internet and you use it just as you would use any other website via a URL entered in the address bar of your favoured browser e.g. Safari, Edge, Firefox etc. The other type of player ( including the mobile apps for Android or iOS) is an application downloaded onto your computer ( or device) from Qobuz ( Windows or mac) where it remains. That is the desktop player. The browser player and the desktop player look similar but are not functionally identical. For example it is not possible to get gapless replay with the browser version. So they are not interchangeable terms. AFAIK this is neither unique to Windows nor for that matter to Qobuz as other streaming services have similar player options. I hope that satisfactorily answers your question.
  5. I hope that I understand your problem and apologise in advance if I have got it wrong but if you are using the Qobuz desktop player and not the browser version here goes; Go to the task bar at the bottom of the player. Look along it to the far right and the last icon ( next to the volume bar). It looks like a drawing of a DAP and USB cable. Click on that and select e.g. Direct Sound or other preference instead of WASAPI Exclusive for your audio device and then go off to YouTube or whatever. Reverse the selection when you return to Qobuz. Is that of any help? I just tried and replicated what I think is your problem. The above works and you do not need to close Qobuz. I suggest that the reason that it does not switch from one to the other without making the change in "Audio Devices" is because to get WASAPI Exclusive to work the Win 10 sound engine has to be set to " allow applications to take exclusive control of this device" and " give exclusive mode applications priority". So Win 10 is doing exactly that whilst Qobuz is both open and set to WASAPI exclusive.
  6. Your needs are easily met. All that you need is an integrated amplifier with a headphone socket ( very common). When the headphones are not plugged in then the output to your speakers is active. When the headphones are plugged in the output to the speakers is cut off and the signal is routed to your headphones. Virtually all ( though not absolutely all) integrated amplifiers with a headphone socket work like this. Your budget is limited and as you price in £ I assume that you live somewhere on our beautiful islands. I think that your best bet is going to be the used market. Right now as I write there is a vintage Yamaha CA-710 going on UK ebay. Buy-it- now price is £299 but it may auction for less. I am a huge fan of Yamaha amps from this era ( 1970s) and my godson was bought one for his birthday earlier this year. Sounds fabulous into some recent Wharfedale Diamond 9s. Worth trying to find the extra £99 if you need to. NB: I am assuming that you do not have any unusual speakers that require special considerations and are not expecting high sound levels in a space the size of an empty barn.
  7. Not if you ask what the purpose of audiophilia is - or should be.
  8. Yes indeed. As soon as you enter the world of audiophilia things get complicated as the hobby is based on trying to improve upon what is commonly supplied and accepted and that often involves tweaks, different system architecture, custom solutions etc. Computer audio seemed originally to offer simplicity - no need to buy anything beyond a pair of headphones to plug into your existing computer and to download some kind of application to navigate and play your music collection which was stored alongside your other files on the same computer. It didn't take long for audiophiles to discover that model had too many inherent problems to provide great sound. So the solution to this just grew and grew and got more and more complex as further problems were discovered e.g. with network switches. Simple and good sounding solutions in, say, one box do exist out there but anything that plugs into a home network and attaches to the internet courts the need for occasional remedial action. It's not Qobuz' ( or Tidal's) fault - it is inherent to the computer medium as it currently exists. After all even trying to read your local newspaper online or pick up your email doesn't always work.
  9. Absolutely correct. But in my view, so what? Do ever higher rates make the music any better ? They may improve the sound marginally but that isn't my question. I know that is an unfair question for you as you have what Churchill called " a dog in the fight" given your business profile. You have to say " Yes" of course 😉.
  10. You can combine artist and composer but not, as far as I am aware, recording format. NB ; hi-res on Qobuz is not defined by sample rate but by bit depth. So 16/44.1 is not hi-res but 24/44.1 is.
  11. I have been able to transcode PCM to DSD for most of this century using dCS upsamplers and DACs. Initially impressed I have grown to dislike it so much that I now have a dCS upsampler packed away in its box in my spare room. BTW, dCS introduced new algorithms for this conversion with the Vivaldi range. Yet I still don't like it compared to unvarnished PCM when an appropriate digital filter has been selected as dCS equipment allows.
  12. You don't need an amplifier stage ( powered switch) between the DAC output and the headphone amp input. Otherwise you are feeding one amp ( which if cheap is not going to be too great) into another amp. You just need an audio switch box with two outlets. Unfortunately using a switch in this role has negative aspects ; You need three sets of interconnects, the switch itself can cause noise/distortion by making a poor electrical contact. The switch can raise the effective output impedance of the DAC as seen by the input of the headphone amp. I would not want to accept the sound quality penalty of using a switch and I would prefer to plug and unplug the headphone amp chosen at any given time. However you may rate the convenience of a switch higher than the potential loss of sound quality. Only you can judge.
  13. I am generally averse to using any proprietary backup software. Why? Because if you use an application to back up your files you also need to use it to restore them. Add in a dose of reality and this is what will happen: 1. You've been backing up for 5 years using an app. Suddenly your computer has a catastrophic failure. Everything is lost. OK you think, I have a backup and will buy a replacement computer. You get it home and try your backup. Oh, you haven't got the backup app on your new computer. No worries. Just download it. Then you find that they're not there, they went out of business six months ago. Or ; Great, here it is downloaded. Now just click restore and ... not recognised. You were using Fab Backup 3. Your new download is years later and they now have Fab Backup 7. Not compatible. Fab Backup 3 is no more and there are no obtainable copies. Your files are there somewhere but it now requires a specialist to retrieve them at some cost. Frankly IMO, although it requires more effort, it is more secure to just copy and paste your files to an external HDD or, better three of them. If you only make one backup then you have one shot at a restore. Then you find that your one backup drive is corrupt! Make two to try to avoid this using drives from two different manufacturers to minimise production batch errors. The third copy is kept offsite or alternatively try cloud backup for that copy even though it does risk some of the above downsides. It doesn't matter how many backups you keep at home they are not proof against fire, flood, or burglary. Incidentally this is obviously not aimed specifically at mac users but I think that the principles are more universal in application. You can already see people reporting difficulties in restoring from backup apps in this thread alone. That's why I do what I say.
  14. You can go straight to the Qobuz download store without passing through the desktop app. At least I can in the UK but there is no point in posting a URL as the one I have will only be applicable to the UK ( differing currency units, tax considerations and territorial availability of repertoire). But, yes, you still need to do this via a computer and not Mosaic ( and presumably Roon). You just sign in using your usual ID/Password to get your discounts ( if you are a Sublime+ member). Thanks for your explanation. BTW, I also use the Qobuz desktop to see the additional text items that they do not make available via their API and hence are not viewable with Mosaic. I also purchase via the desktop in preference to going directly to the store as you can link from the album you are playing or your favourites list in the desktop app without having to search again to purchase. You do have to sign in again to the shop though as it is a separate entity.
  15. Miguelito has a dCS Rossini DAC. So he already has the dCS streamer ( it's inbuilt). So I am puzzled why he isn't using it with the Mosaic controller. It will almost certainly sound better then feeding Tidal from a mac. Roon integration I suppose. But then he won't be using the Tidal app either.
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