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  1. I use an Allo Digital USBBridge for Shareport. Would prefer to go straight in. Roon via ethernet into the Ayre sounds better than via the USBBridge, but that's higher resolution than Spotify.
  2. A new net update rolled toady. I wonder what is on it? In other thoughts, we have spotify streaming to the qx-5, would it be impossible to get airplay to stream to the qx-5 via shairport? It's not top quality but 1. neither is spotify 2. neither is roon. i still prefer the turntable with the rest of my ayre gear, although it's pretty close 3. it'd be good for parties and the family.
  3. On a related note, what the heck with the eMMC card? I have been using Raspberry Pis for years and have only encountered this now. I guess it's less prone to corruption (that's a great thing), but why not include a reader/writer or at least include one as an accessory or give an approved model to find on the usual sources? Is anyone using a Microsd card for updated software?
  4. At least as much on Qobuz (US Beta), if not more.
  5. Just noticed that there's no Robert Ashley. Also no Zoviet*France, which is less surprising. Well, at least they aren't ramming music I hate down my throat.
  6. Thanks! I have never lived in a Qobuz country so I don’t know what I’m missing but the days of actually good curation on Apple/Beats are long gone (experimental music curation!!!!!) and I’m tired of having music that offends me shoved in my face courtesy of Tidal. I have a lifetime membership in Roon, so thank you for thinking of that.
  7. Well, I've got my gorgeous QX-5, it's burned in for a week and a half and it's sounding great. Thoughtful to put in the three myrtle blocks! I've got an all-Ayre (KX-5/VX-5/QX-5 all Twenties plus a P-5Xe for my Clearaudio Performance DC) and Vandersteen 5A (not original owner, can't upgrade) stack now, very much the Audio Connection way and that's ok by me. These units are made for each other I don't know what happened today, but I played it in the morning and then went to return the 7' Audioquest Aspens that I had borrowed from Johnny R and picked up the 8' Aspens that I had ordered. After installing the Aspens, the system sounded a bit better. You'd think the cables would not yet have built up a proper dielectric charge… Some thoughts… When I swapped out the cable, I also moved the KX-5 from the top of the console they were in (a vintage 1960s Swedish wooden thing) to the bottom. Maybe it's a better base? I tipped the myrtle blocks on their shortest side, they were on the slightly bigger one. Light corrosion on the earlier Aspens? 8' sounds better than 7' Who the heck knows. Anyway, it's a great system that's going to last me many years. Heck, after this I can't afford to upgrade!
  8. For any owners out there, I have been in contact with Ayre and Logitech and the both KX-5 and QX-5 are updated in the Logitech Harmony database. Since we use our Ayre stack in the living room, we like to use the Harmony Elite system to control it, the TV, Oppo UDP-205, cable box, and so on. With the update, you can go directly to an input without having to hit up and down buttons endlessly. Perhaps a small thing, but an important one. On another note that I hope is more interesting, having upgraded from an Ayre Codex and Ayre K5xe to a KX-5 and QX-5 (it's coming this week), I've gone from nowhere near enough inputs (two balanced into the KX-5 and one Toslink into the Codex) to an absolutely crazy amount of inputs, both digital and analog. There have got to be some interesting things people are connecting to these units. I guess my AppleTV (via HDMI de-embedder), Roku, cable box, and UDP-205 will all get their digital inputs, and of course my turntable and (my never used) FM Tuner (which just looks cool more than anything else) but I wonder what other mad things I could hook to this system. I've long since abandoned having a Mac Mini directly in the mix since a Raspberry Pi with Hifiberry Digi+ handily beat that (which in turn was beat by the UDP-205, and in the end the QX-5).
  9. I've auditioned one. It was superb. Had been using my Ayre Codex. I realize I could have spent another 2 months auditioning different gear, but this just made the system shine like never before and Roon runs so well on it. It's on order. It is a great tragedy that @Charles Hansen has passed, but I have been in touch with Ayre about a few things lately and I have to say that the company is very much on top of things. Apparently he had made careful plans for the transition with the team. This is far from the end of Ayre. Unfortunate that he won't be able to see what they are doing, but I think the company is hitting its stride so well. That is what legacy is about!
  10. That's an interesting idea. I might try that when I get my Ayre QX-5 (in a week I hope, but I won't be able to try for a month). That said, I have a Synology NAS that I run Roon off of. I kind of doubt I'd go to this, but who knows. Roon on the QX-5 was amazing though.
  11. What do you use Moode for now? Shairplay would be useful for me, although there are other solutions for that.
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