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  1. firedog

    Jesus Wept

    No. China was, and is, still Communist. Not the same as communist. Under Communism, workers never actually had rights. Under communism, they do.
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    VinylStream Anyone?

    There’s also a There’s also a software called “Abbey Road Vinyl” which costs money but does a much better job. Makes your pristine digital recordings sound like vinyl, with lots of options.
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    Perhaps MQA isn’t quite dead just yet...

    You, me and others responded to his column and tried to set him straight. And he still doesn't get it. He responded by referring you to a list of MQA files supposedly in DXD resolution. I literally told him he needs to better inform himself about how MQA works. I don't think he is a "shill". He just assumes all sorts of things and apparently either hasn't read the technical descriptions of how MQA encoding works or is not capable of understanding it. Pretty amazing for someone who works as an audiophile "professional" and publishes on the subject.
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    Audirvana Plus 3 for Windows (Official Thread)

    And many in the field would say that's irrelevant. DSD is more of a marketing term of Sony's, than a relevant technical term. See Miska's post.
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    Audirvana Plus 3 for Windows (Official Thread)

    You can get around that by converting it to multibit DSD.
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    Sonore opticalRendu

    yes, but for instance what doesn't that show?: An example would be an existing setup that is NAS>conventional (non optic switch/router)>standard network renderer (or rendu)>DAC. Another thing that isn't clear (at least to me) from the above chart: what does "existing optical ethernet" mean? Just a switch with an SFP module? Or something else. I'm really not trying to make this complicated. What some of you don't seem to get is that lots of people have zero experience with optical in any form and don't understand what's involved. You can't assume everyone understands what an FMC or an SFP are and what needs to be connected to what.
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    Sonore opticalRendu

    Personally, I still find this somewhat confusing. I'd suggest you place on your website some diagrams showing people how to implement these optical devices in their setups. Some people have FMCs, some don't. Some people have a switch with a SFP port, some people have a switch without an SFP port. Some people have no renderer at all yet. I'm willing to bet there are numerous interested readers who don't understand what box(es) or cable(s) they need to buy in order use an opticalRendu.
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    VinylStream Anyone?

    And for those that want the "sound of vinyl" without the hassle: https://www.sony.com/electronics/walkman/dmp-z1 Give every track the sound of vinyl with Vinyl Processor Get lost again in the richness of the melodies and dynamics of your favorite albums by giving back the character of vinyl to your digital tracks. Subtle reproduction of the low-frequency resonance, tone-arm resistance, and surface noise deliver an authentic listening experience.
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    VinylStream Anyone?

    Tried this today. They have a pretty good selection of about 20k albums digitized. Picked out "Moanin'" by Art Blakey for comparison, as I have it in Tidal, CD, and hi-res remaster. It sounded fine, but I thought my hi-res version sounded much better. I also preferred the CD version from Tidal, and even the MQA version from Tidal. Clearly different masters, but that's what I heard and preferred. I'm not sure I see any real reason for this product. I assume anyone who really likes that vinyl sound would much prefer playback from an actual LP.
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    Article: Audiophile 5: Sonore opticalRendu in 5 Minutes

    Okay thanks. Sounds like I'll wait for that and see.
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    Article: Audiophile 5: Sonore opticalRendu in 5 Minutes

    That's just part of the "video experience" - and why I often think videos are a waste of time. It actually takes 50 seconds or so of the 5 minutes till you get to the actual content. Chris, that's not a criticism of you, but of the medium itself. Just part of the reason I often don't have patience for videos. Reading text is faster and allows skimming.
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    Article: Audiophile 5: Sonore opticalRendu in 5 Minutes

    Could be. Right now, with a conventional renderer I have NAS, non optic Switch, renderer, DAC. There's a limit to how many pieces I'd want to add into that chain to switch to an optical setup. That's all I'm trying to figure out.
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    Article: Audiophile 5: Sonore opticalRendu in 5 Minutes

    Okay, maybe I (and others) don’t understand the technology and terminology. How do you replace an existing USB to Ethernet renderer with one of these? Are you saying there is a cable that includes the SFP module you can plug into a convetional switch so that all you’d need to replace a convetional renderer is the cable, optical rendu, and PS for the OR? If so, then that’s not spaghetti, I agree. If it was me, (and I understand your approach is different) I’d rather have one box that includes at least the PS, in not also everything else.
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    Sonore opticalRendu

    Uh, price and diminishing returns. How much better is a $2000 supply than the “low noise” one sold by SMG for under $200? A lot? A little? 10% 50% 200%? If it is a relatively small amount, why do I want to pay 2X or 10X as much for something that may make a very small improvement in my end result.
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    Article: Audiophile 5: Sonore opticalRendu in 5 Minutes

    That was good. After telling you some previous videos were too long, I think this was about right. A format I'd watch. Video should essentially be a media for giving us visuals of stuff that doesn't translate as well to written description, or results in wordy description that isn't that clear. We don't need video for the "review" part. That's what text is for and it is more time efficient for that. You got the right mix here. The best "review", IMO, would be a text one with short video clips showing us the stuff that is less suited for text. I also didn't know what an SFP input was, so I googled it. As far as the unit itself, it seems like something I'd be interested in, except for one issue: It gets many of us back to the "spaghetti" setup: 2 PS's, a switch, and the OR itself.
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