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  1. 57gold

    HQ Player

    Thought ALAC HD was some kind oƒ hi def AIFF file. Tried to convert using XLD but it looks like XLD doesn't do ALAC either. Could have downloaded a FLAC version of same show, but since my entire library is AIFF... Any ideas on how to convert ALAC to AIFF or FLAC?
  2. 57gold

    HQ Player

    Downloaded an album off Nugs of Gov't Mule 12-31-19 show in ALAC-HD and it won't play on HQ Player. Shows up in iTunes. So what did I do wrong? Other Nugs downloads work fine.
  3. Check out these cables. Big sonic upgrade versus the stock Keces cable: http://www.ghentaudio.com/part/list-dc.html Seems like there are more options in terms of cable manufacturers, believe mine was Canare wire and Oyaide plugs. Looks like tehre some beefier/lower gauge wires now available.
  4. AV - So if I tried a full or high def streaming service over wifi, I'd get stuttering and dropouts or other forms of distortion? Have 2,400 CDs ripped to HD - Jazz, Blues, Rock...so I have plenty to listen to. Not enough time is my problem.
  5. Download 50 albums of AIFF files to a flash drive to download to the HD in my new X5 and nothing happened, except one of the files, a Rolling Stones live show from 1972 was actually an MP3, and that one was available for download. Nice folks at BMW do not provide an owners manual for the entertainment features of the auto, unless you ask for it, and in that mysterious document, it apparently identifies MP3s as the only acceptable music file format. Tried hooking up my old iPod, which plays through the car but no provision for downloads from an iPod have been made. Looking for conversion program that will do the job. Realize I can set up another iTunes library and use iTunes to compress the files, but that is not particularly efficient as I will not use the iTunes MP3 library for anything else. I tried an online converter, but after 5 minutes of trying to convert one album, I closed out of that. Anyone found good software for this process? My 2017 X5 had a CD drive and I just downloaded new CDs as I received them to the cars HD. No CD drive in the 2019 2020 X5s. Thanks.
  6. FWIW - Bargain priced to me is relative. $1,300 versus $4,400 qualifies as a relative bargain. DAC in question operates with 2 high end DAC chips that show up in $3-5K DACs, with only one of the chips. Wondered if lower priced units included good digital parts but fall short on analog outs, which member motberg seems to believe due to lack of dynamics of the bargain unit he checked out.
  7. Yup...I guess they all are ESS chip-based life forms. As are Sabaj, SMSL, Gustard... Other non ESS based ones aspiring to the bargain bin section of the DAC world?
  8. Seems like there are a bunch of newly introduced potentially high value DACs. Or maybe they are just low cost with impressive parts and test results but fall short on sonics? Would be cool to have one of the experienced reviewers run a handful of these units through their systems and ears comparing them to some more well-known AS endorsed units, say a Brooklyn or an Yggie or an Ayre...
  9. Nice design and features. Wonder how it sounds?
  10. Kind of odd that no one who has heard one of these good measuring DACs (Matrix, Topping...) has posted their opinion of how they sound versus some of CA's standbys like a Mytek, Exasound, Schitt, Ayre, Chord, Auralic...maybe they are scarce?
  11. Had to search TIM. TIM = Transient Intermodulation Distortion? Is that distortion with moving multiple signal frequencies as opposed to a measurement at fixed frequency?
  12. Friends of mine who like music but do not have the budget or a desire to spend $2k+ on a DAC have asked how to get good sound. Some of these $500 area options that seem to come from China (tariffs might make them $600?), seem to be a decent option if they sound as good as they test. Noticed Amir tested a $15K TotalDac against a $500 one and the cheap one beat the expensive one handily in every parameter he measured...though not sure if the magnitude of the delta means anything to human hearing nor do I know that what he is measuring is all the "important stuff". Seems like a lot of "trickle down" engineering happening.
  13. Anybody listen to one of these. The fellow at Audio Science Review who claims to have tested 150+ DACs reports this unit has the best performance specs of any he has tested. Since I do not understand all the charts and graphs on his forum, he could be fooling me. But the fellow seems seriously committed to his tests and whilst this DAC is @$2K, but he also recommends DACs as testing extremely well like one called a Sabaj D5 DAC, which uses top drawer parts with broad capabilities in terms of file resolution and connectivity for @$500. Any experience with these units? Happy with my Brooklyn +...but would have been happier if it cost $500 and could do DSD1024...which might mean I could use my Mini and HQPlayer to get to DSD256, for example.
  14. Not an audiophile. A musician since 1975 when I joined the union. Ted, one of the moderators here, recommended the Granite Audio cable. I believed the specs that up to 15 ft would be cool. Sounded like crap.
  15. Purchased a 3 meter Granite Audio USB to hook up quad core Mini and Mytek DSD192 and it had a very detrimental effect on sonics. It worked, as in music played but sounded bad (messed with cymbals, other percussion...) versus a 1 meter cable. Returned the 3 meter.
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