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  1. wdw

    MQA is Vaporware

    Brinkmanship?
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    Album of the Evening

    Just have to thank you for Blue Mitchell...been groovin’ to the music after reading your recommend.
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    Qobuz streaming MQA CD's?

    So one file with embedded ownership information and tiered access...will it be that we won't be able to play music unless the file can phone home? Call me paranoid or what? 😗
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    Qobuz streaming MQA CD's?

    So begs the question...do we know what Sony's position is on MQA? I am assuming UMG is fully on-board, correct?
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    MQA is Vaporware

    Lee, The salient point is that you were simply quoting from a form letter but implying, with the use of selective quoting, that you have the skinny on this one and can report from your position of a more significant relationship with the industry, a pose you are often inclined to affect. The primary concern with MQA is exposed very clearly with this debacle with 2L. They are releasing MQA only in varying levels of resolution. The fear is this will perminate the industry as a whole. At that point the very real possibility of tiered access via DRM will have arrived but like so many frogs in the warming water we never truly noticed.
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    MQA is Vaporware

    Lee, As per the post on the MQA CD thread, you are selectively quoting from a form letter from 2L...see full letter below. Hi #####! For two years now we have distributed MQA16 in WAV 16-44 to all services limited to CD-quality like Spotify, Apple, and low-tier Qobuz, simply because it sounds way better than regular RedBook. For true HiRes download and streaming services we provide both MQA24 and straight PCM up to and including our DXD source without MQA. I believe in full transparency and for our customers to make their own choice with premium subscriptions. We use MQA technology as an embedded tool in our mastering process for 16/44 WAV, just like any other sonic tool used for a mastering process to produce the intended sonic delivery. There is absolutely no proprietary limitations or DRM to our distributed 16/44 WAV files. Just the added bonus of a potential unfold to those customers who use Roon, Audirvana, Amarra and/or an MQA enabled DAC. To be precise: What streaming customers at Qobuz now experience is our 16-bit 44.1 WAV with embedded MQA-technology, not our dedicated 24-bit MQA encoded masters. For HiRes download service Qobuz have our 4*fs FLAC without MQA, but due to the migration from Phonofile to The Orchard I believe Qobuz is now in a limbo with our HiRes FLAC files only available for download but not for streaming. Morten Lindberg
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    Isolation feet for Audio Gear

    Will be interested to read your observations following the install. I have an SBooster PS used with my ROON ROCK and have been wondering about the efficacy of a set of Bronze underneath that power supply. Cheers
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    Qobuz streaming MQA CD's?

    Sent my comments to the email above and very shortly there after received this in reply: Hi ######! For two years now we have distributed MQA16 in WAV 16-44 to all services limited to CD-quality like Spotify, Apple, and low-tier Qobuz, simply because it sounds way better than regular RedBook. For true HiRes download and streaming services we provide both MQA24 and straight PCM up to and including our DXD source without MQA. I believe in full transparency and for our customers to make their own choice with premium subscriptions. We use MQA technology as an embedded tool in our mastering process for 16/44 WAV, just like any other sonic tool used for a mastering process to produce the intended sonic delivery. There is absolutely no proprietary limitations or DRM to our distributed 16/44 WAV files. Just the added bonus of a potential unfold to those customers who use Roon, Audirvana, Amarra and/or an MQA enabled DAC. To be precise: What streaming customers at Qobuz now experience is our 16-bit 44.1 WAV with embedded MQA-technology, not our dedicated 24-bit MQA encoded masters. For HiRes download service Qobuz have our 4*fs FLAC without MQA, but due to the migration from Phonofile to The Orchard I believe Qobuz is now in a limbo with our HiRes FLAC files only available for download but not for streaming. Morten Lindberg
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    Isolation feet for Audio Gear

    The cost of the items I am recommending are in the range of $60 each with a minimum of three required. Are you suggesting $180 is a significant cost when discussing audio gear? Hell, it is a bargain.
  10. wdw

    Isolation feet for Audio Gear

    So you are the fas42 whisperer? I see a pattern here where he will post a comment which is a best obtuse, if not divisive and insulting then you show up to attempt an explanation of his true intentions. Easy to simply assume you one and the same person. Further to the “push back” you mention, just from you two so far.
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    BlueNote Album Art

    +1 my thoughts exactly...fill the back space with acoustic foam or similar
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    BlueNote Album Art

    Great idea. Are they in a wood frame or similar?
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    Isolation feet for Audio Gear

    Not my fight but Chris could look at stuff like this...I have the greatest respect for him and his administration of the site. Not sure how he can judiciously deal with these time wasting mofos. Isn’t around 49C all day long in Aus? So there may be an excuse for this particular loopy Aussie. Perhaps he has a similar disagreement with AC and won’t just turn it on. Perhaps it is so just too fxxking hot for our dear boy.
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    Isolation feet for Audio Gear

    likely to get me banned but you are a serious asshole
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