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  1. I keep my music library in iTunes in ALAC format - is there an easy way to export an iTunes playlist to a folder (on a thumb drive) in MP3 or FLAC format? Something analogous to the iTunes command to Burn Playlist to Disc perhaps. I know I could just convert the albums 1 at a time but I'm hoping there is something less labor intensive. I don't want to convert the iTunes library itself - just make copies in MP3 format of 1 or 2 playlists. Why? If Covid goes away, we might get a chance to spend some time with friends on a boat but the sound syste
  2. Would be good news - anything that gets genuinely high quality audio out can't be bad. I personally don't have Apple Music mainly because there has been no "Hi-FI" option.
  3. Radio Paradise is a fantastic "station". I've been listening for several years now and my musical horizons have broadened considerably in that time. It always astonishes me how many great bands are out there that I would not have even heard of without Radio Paradise. I love what Bill and Rebecca are doing. I hear more new music on RP in an hour than I would in a month of algorithm driven playlists on Pandora, Roon etc. p.s. If you like what you hear, become a member.
  4. Look in Lowe's or Home Depot (or on Amazon) for something like a fence post or mailbox ground spike or anchor that you pound or screw into the ground. These will take standard 4x4's which you can paint to match your house and mount whatever hardware your speaker needs. Should be about $20 each.
  5. Where did you see that the Xeo 10 is discontinued? It seems to be still featured on the Dynaudio website.
  6. I would also be interested if any others on here have any comparison info on these two. This seems like a more equal comparison than comparing the Buchardt to the Kef LS50 Wireless II for example.
  7. Thank you. I think I'll upgrade to Big Sur and see what happens.
  8. What happens with albums for which Apple Music cannot find artwork? I have many albums that I had to obtain artwork from (for example) Google images or by scanning the CD insert. There are a lot of albums that fall into this category e.g. older classical or jazz albums, fan club CDs, one-off concert releases, remasterings etc. I didn't upgrade from Mojave (10.14.5) to Catalina because I didn't want to lose all this.
  9. I don't think I'm going to download something which has no information from someone with exactly 1 posting.
  10. I have a number of supposedly hi-rez music files purchased from various places that don't sound very hi-rez to me. Clicking command-I to get info just tells me it's an ALAC file. What I want to know know is the quality of data in the file - is it just a poor quality mp3 that's been resampled and put in an ALAC file format? Are there any - preferably free - programs that will run on a Mac that will analyze these files? Best regards & stay safe.
  11. Well, I have to say that my pair of LSXs have been flawless in terms of connectivity. Now that I'm working from home due to Covid-19, they are streaming for perhaps 10 or 12 hours a day. And they look great too - I have the piano gloss white.
  12. I have - and LOVE - the smaller Kef LSX and was recently (literally last weekend) thinking of upgrading to the original LS50 Wireless. I was also considering the Dynaudio Xeo 20 or the ELAC Navis ARB-51. There is a lot to be said for a small form factor plug'n'play speaker for living room music. Same point as Chris made. I'm definitely in the frame for these new mark II models. p.s. Any idea as to availability - it just says pre-order on the Kef website.
  13. All, I thought I would let you know that I recently bought the Bluesound NODE 2i. They have a 30 day risk free trial so nothing to lose except a bit of time - of which I have plenty these days in lockdown! Setup was easy and, so far, it sounds really good. Not out of this world great but certainly good enough for condo/vacation home system which will mostly be used for background music. I'm using it directly wired to my router and in my home system. I haven't tried wireless yet - apparently some users have had problems with wireless - so I'll leave that pl
  14. How hard is it to configure something like this? I don't have any interest or the technical skill to become familiar with the nuances of the software and hardware.
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