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  1. Updated Amarra Lux to version 4.3.500 and now the remote app does not work. Unlike some others, I have not had many problems with Amarra Lux until I upgraded to version 4.3.500. Now Amarra Play (the remote app on my iPad) now longer connects to Lux. The remote app for iTunes still connects fine and Amarra Play even connects with SQ+ if I open SQ+ on my computer. Before I spend more hours trying to sort this out I thought I would check and see if anyone else is having this problem. Regards Mark
  2. I contrast to some others my experience with the latest version of Amarra and the recently updated remote app has been most positive. For example last night I had a great evening listening via Amarra and controlling Amarra from my iPad. No issues or crashes for me and now with Tidal intergration it does add an extra level to the listening experience. I used my iPad to do a search for a song that I knew was in my library. Not only did Amarra come up with the version in my library the search results also showed a list of other versions of the song from dirrerenet albums and artists (from Tidal). I had quite a good time listening to dirrerent interpretations and versions of the song. I expect for those with Roon this is nothing new but for those of us don’t have Roon its great that Amarra provides this opportunity. A number of posts ago someone did ask what buffer setting I was using..The answer is 1024. Anyway back to the listening for me. Mark
  3. I will check what buffer setting I adjusted it too on the weekend when I next fire up the stereo. Because I do not need to sync to video or anything I just pushed it up to a fairly large buffer setting to ensure any clicks were gone. Like I said above I am having no real issues with the current version of A4L except for the remote app which as I mentioned in an earlier post seems like it could do with an update. Still I expect Amarra’s focus was on getting A4 working well for most of us. Perhaps they will now have the time to get the remote app loading faster. Did the larger buffer setting work for you ? Regards Mark
  4. When I tried fairly small buffer settings I received a few clicks. I just increased the buffer settings and no more clicks. In A4L settings you can adjust the buffer size. Regards Mark
  5. Yes works fine for me too. For me even tidal is working well through A4. Only negative for me is the remote app doesn’t work properly. From memory this is something Sonic Studios is aware of so hopefully there will be an update for the app soon. (please !!!!) Regards Mark
  6. Sounds promising. So do the DSD albums show up in the iTunes library with Audirana ?
  7. Excuse my lack of knowledge on some of the otherr playets but do any of the players that support DSD over DoP and DSD upsampling also provide itunes intergration ? Regards Mark
  8. Hi Chris, Looks like we are going to have to agree to disagree on this. I am used to reading HiFi reviews where the reviewer adjusts the positioning of the speaker/s to obtain the best sound and the response is not to rely on DSP to adjust for less than optimal positioning. These reviews usually even provide commentary on how the sound of the speaker changes with changes in positioning, particularly when initial placement resulted in a less than even perceived frequency response. Regards Mark
  9. I don’t know what the capability of the DSP in the HomePod might be. Do you know of any DSP that can currently correct for half the HF drivers output firing into a very close wall with the over half going over the wall ? Add to that perferations in the wall and then have all the calculations performed by an A8 chip ? Like many here I have used DSP to make final corrections but that has always been after trying my best to optimise my speaker placement first. ‘How have you found optimising speaker placement compares with relying on DSP to try and correct for less than optimal speaker placement. Regards Mark
  10. Chris, Having high frequency drivers firing into a half height wall located about 8 inches from the driver would not be my preferred option for critical listening. Of course if I want make it a bit tougher I can have perforations in the walls with the diameter of the peferations within the range of wavelengths cover by the high frequency driver. I understand the 7 high frequency drivers are mounted around the botom half of the HomePod. Yes you can rely on DSP to try and correct for speaker placement but as per my original post "I understand it does have does have DSP capability and some people will place it were the wife gives it the highest acceptance factor but like all audiophiles we will put more effort into speaker placement before undertaking critical listening." Hence my comment on it being a "tough ask" with that speaker placement when you are undertaking critical listening for a review. Regards Mark
  11. If position 2 is what is shown in your main photo that might be a tough ask for an omidirectional speaker that has the tweeters located towards the bottom of the speaker. It looks like the perforated sides of the amps are less then 12 inches from the sides of the speaker. Probably less of of a question mark when you only have a forward firing tweeter but with 7 tweeters firing around 360 degrees ? Of course it is a;ways easy for someone to look at things after you have done the hard yards and throw up options that may have given you a better result. But equally important it may be worth people reading your review, perhaps people with less experience, understanding that your speaker placement may not have been optimised and for most speakers speaker placement can make a significant difference. Particularly if your reference is a high end system. Regards Mark
  12. Chris, Could you share some details on the room placement of the HomePod for your listening tests. Given you seemed to have some fairly uneven frequency response from the HomePod it would be interesting to hear how it reacted to different speaker placement options. I understand it does have does have DSP capability and some people will place it were the wife gives it the highest acceptance factor but like all audiophiles we will put more effort into speaker placement before undertaking critical listening. Regards Mark
  13. Jos, Isn't Amarra on top of iTunes what we already had with Amarra 3 ? One of the main issues with Amarra 3 was that it sounded better in playlist mode without iTunes running. But for those who are looking to retain iTunes integration the existing Amarra 3 might be the answer for general listening with the option to use Amarra 4 (without iTunes and perhaps a much reduced library size) when you are looking for the best sound quality. Regards Mark
  14. Would iTunes intergration also preclude the use of many of the new features of A4 ? DSD playback,Tidal playback, upsampling, support for flac files. Regards Mark
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