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  1. I have spend quite some time looking at various solutions, especially cluod solution that would avoid opening an access to your home and having a server running 24/7. Current solutions that work around discovering your music in a cloud account (i.e. google drive, etc...) are too slow and not very flexible, because they require a very lengthy process to scan your cloud storage and read tags. I would be happy with an application that uploads, from my home, all my music files and stores the tags and artwork in a cloud "database" as well. Doing the hard work when you load the cloud is much more efficient than doing it once the files are loaded... In fact, I would be happy to even stream my files from the cloud within my home, and just forgo using a network server all together. This would be the simplest solution. All the technology is available to do this, efficiently. To take it one step further, just give me a cloud solution and let me load files from anywhere, play them anywhere, and if needed download all the data back to a local storage for backup purposes. Having access to a Qobuz or other streaming service within the same app does not seem to be difficult either, provided you don't expect something as tightly integrated as Roon, where the streaming service metadata is adjusted. Having album grids, and other simple features like that with both purchased (own) and "rented" music from streaming services seems to be pretty basic.
  2. If you are a jazz fan, then this album by Patti Austin is definitely worth checking out as well: While we are at it, here is a fantastic record ("Being Myself") by a fantastic lady - Lena Horne: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Being_Myself_(Lena_Horne_album) Who remembers Donna Hightower ? Excellent album with Ben Webster
  3. A few more suggestions: - Joya Sherrill, discovered by Ellington - check out her album "Sings Duke" - she is accompanied by members of the Elllington band (Hodges, Nance, etc..). - Nancy Harrow. Her first album is great, with Buck Clayton, among others. Excellent swing session. Took a long break to raise here kids and came out in the 70s and 80s with a few more interesting albums - Better known, and one of my favorites: Rosemary Clooney (George's aunt). Lots of albums to discover.
  4. How much are you willing to pay for it ? I want exactly the same thing, BTW (though full disclosure, I do not drive!).
  5. I am selling my Harbeth P3ESR 40th Anniversary (limited edition). Perfect condition. Purchased a year ago from a reseller in Paris (invoice available). With original box. Shipment possible within EU. These speakers are no longer produced and are quite rare. They are a significant improvement over the standard model, with added transparency. Asking price: 2000 €, not including shipment. Do not hesitate to contact me if you any questions.
  6. When powering the DAC with this mod, does the usb input nees the 5v signal going through the usb as well to operate, or could one cut off the 5v in the usb (using a special cable or adapter)?
  7. This was already answered by Miska. Yes, with USB the DAC will decode 0s and 1s as send. However, that is not the end of the story... There are not many people who understand and can explain the way interference affects the performance of a DAC, so we are left to testing and listening. But there are not many systems that one can use as a reference/bemchmark. I don't think you are going to find answers here. When the miracle product comes out that solves all the issues with digital audio, you'll hear about it. Until then, whever someone incorrectly explains the effect of swapping two usb cables does not matter. Claiming something is an improvement when it is not does not disprove the premise that there are issues with digital audio and its not all about bits...
  8. Any electrical connection between the source and the DAC is going to pass some interference that is going to disrupt the DAC's precision. The only way out of this is using an optical connection, which offers perfect galvanic isolation. Current optical connections (Toslink through glass or fiber cables) have some drawbacks, as the signal is degraded as it goes through the cable. Though they may not always admit it, most DAC manufacturers today recognize the issues with digital audio. I have been following the work of the Brown brothers (ECDesigns) for some time, and they have done extensive research on this topic. They have developped a low interference source, playing WAV files stored on USB keys, with a very low power consumption processor, battery power supply. Their first model worked with an optical interlink to the DAC, but they have now developped what they call an "ElectroTOS" interlink, which basically solves the problem with signal degradation in the cable while offering complete galvanic isolation. I have tested this with a Denafrips Terminator DAC, and the results are spectacular - unlike anything I had heard before. These tests were conducted with several other experienced audiophiles, and everyone came to the same conclusion. What can be obtained from a "low interference" source has to be heard to be "believed" (and preferably with a high quality DAC and system...). So concerning "bits are bits", I think the reason why there is still so much debate about this is because there are simply very few solutions today that can let us "experience" a "good signal", and there are many solutions offered which probably have very limited effects, or only address part of the problem (i.e. witness everything being developped around network filters/reclockers). These solutions may not even produce the same effect in two different systems.
  9. I choose to own most of the music I like to listen to, partly because I have doubts about the viability of streaming services. I don't see how splintering services even more would improve things in that respect. But I struggle to understand why purchasing is not more widely available. Are labels hesitant for piracy issues? Or is it economic? I would be interested in understanding how the profit margins and marginal costs compare between various channels: sales of physical CDs or vinyls, downloads of albums (files), and royalties from streaming services.
  10. I would like to see a service offering cloud storage for purchases from various sources, to avoid having to manage my own "infrastructure" at home, and benefit from my purchases when i am not at home. This would provide the convenience of streaming for those who prefer purchasing.
  11. Various streamers in use over the years -- huge gap - - ECDesigns UPL usb key reader with ElectroTos output I guess it technically counts as a steamer, even though it uses wav files stored on USB keys. Edit: just noticed this thread is in the networking section, so the UPL is not relevant here - sorry
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