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  1. Fond memory of seeing John Abercrombie and Ralph Towner play in a small theater in Oklahoma many years ago - great concert, my friend knew the promoter so I got to go backstage afterward. A fan was waxing ecstatic at something Abercrombie had been able to play. Abercrombie told him what he heard had been an effects pedal. He said "If I could play that *without* the pedal, I'd be a motherfucker!", and cracked up laughing. 🙂
  2. Though Koln has a better reputation, Bremen-Lausanne remains my personal favorite. Of course it was the first, and one always remembers as special the first impression of being stunned by such beauty.
  3. If we want to get sophisticated, some of this stuff is extremely cool. But it could run into money if you need multiple terabytes of storage: https://www.backblaze.com/blog/rclone-power-moves-for-backblaze-b2-cloud-storage/
  4. It's not there because it's invisible as an anti-theft precaution. 😉
  5. Hey Alex 🙂 - A very valid concern. I and others I know of wind up buying a fair amount of music, probably more than if I didn't have the service to alert me to the existence of a lot of it. I try to buy from artists' sites or Bandcamp if my preferred version is available, and I also buy from Qobuz because I like to support the service as well as artists.
  6. That would depend on whether you were willing to pay for the necessary editorial staff time. Vanishingly few people would. What Qobuz does offer is sometimes one version of an album, but in other cases a variety of versions so you can decide for yourself which you like better. I've generally been very pleased with the price-selection balance offered, though of course you have every right to hold the contrary opinion. I can't disagree overall, since popular music recordings are incontrovertibly getting louder and less dynamic on average. But I don't lament the state of thi
  7. I applaud your attempt to simplify. However, electricity runs in circuits. While the LPS-1.2 will keep noise from its charging supply from directly reaching what it is connected to, it will not prevent that noise from reaching the wall and thus the rest of the system indirectly, for whatever effect that may or may not have. Edit: I should add that I hugely enjoy music through my system, which uses an LPS-1 charged by the included wall wart to power the DAC. But certainly nothing wrong with someone trying to get better sound by working with linear charging supplies.
  8. Here is a photo from LH's latest update purporting to be of one of the PCBs inside the Geek Wave digital audio player. The biggest chip on the board is an Eros E2, which is able to handle 32/384 audio data from what I understand, but whose primary use currently is for virtual audio environments for Eros gaming headsets. Is someone familiar with PCBs able to tell me whether this looks like a PCB lifted from gaming headset electronics, or might actually be a PCB for a DAP? Thanks.
  9. Ah, I see what you're saying. I think you would want to be going in the other direction in terms of your "Server" computer. By that I mean the most capable machine you can buy or build, not one that is particularly electrically quiet. Here's why I say that: The entire purpose of going through the Rendu as a UPnP/DLNA endpoint like Audirvana uses, or an NAA as is used with HQPlayer, is to have an electrically quiet machine physically connected to the DAC. The server machine isn't physically connected and is therefore electrically isolated from the DAC. It seems to me run
  10. I will add to this that the Signature Rendu was part of what I thought was the best system I heard at the last audio show I attended. The system sounded quite true to life, as if I were in the studio with the artist.
  11. My solution was a microRendu (recently bought the new 1.5 version) from Sonore/Small Green Computer. Much less expensive than any good server you would buy and can be used with any reasonably competent Windows machine anywhere in the house. That's how I listen in the living room, where my main system is located, to Audirvana running on a Win10 desktop in my office. If you care to go more expensive, there is an entire Rendu line to choose from.
  12. True. But believe me when I tell you that when I saw him live ('73 or '74 IIRC), he and that acoustic were a wall of sound all by themselves.
  13. Yes, in August. Terribly sad, I loved his music.
  14. I've now read the very fine and enjoyable article, and wanted to mention someone who's noted in passing there: John Martyn. He's not that widely known, at least in the US, but had an absolutely prodigal career of about 40 years. I had the pleasure of seeing him live a very long time ago. He might be the second best acoustic guitar player I've ever seen after John McLaughlin, and I've seen Clapton among others. His unique vocals were better than the guitar playing as far as I'm concerned. They were half-jazz-scatted, half-sung, and a bit mumbled, especially in his mid to late career. One of my
  15. Haven't even read this yet, but was introduced to Nick Drake by a roommate in 1980 and very much appreciate the opportunity to learn more about (and snag the best sounding version of) this album all these years "layter." (Also agree with @Superdad about Five Leaves Left.)
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