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  1. Thank you. I think I'll upgrade to Big Sur and see what happens.
  2. 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.
  3. I don't think I'm going to download something which has no information from someone with exactly 1 posting.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. This is just the end point. Though it does look very good.
  10. This is just the end point? I'm really looking for a 1 box Roon endpoint + DAC to feed an amp.
  11. Thanks for the ideas everyone. Keep them coming. As an aside, my current endpoint is a microRendu feeding a Bryston DAC but I want to keep the cost and box count under control.
  12. Thank you jiminlogansquare. That's very valuable data. Since we haven't bought a condo yet, we don't know the layout so I think it's probably best to plan for WiFi connectivity. Bluesound was just what my own research had found. I wonder if there are any better solutions? Best regards & stay safe.
  13. Hello all, We may (or may not - depending on Covid19) be acquiring a condo soon and I'd like to repurpose an old amp and speakers until we get a more bespoke system. I need a simple 1 box Roon endpoint + DAC to feed the amp. Needs to be out-of-the-box functional not something I'll need to spend time experimenting with. Cost? Preferably $500 to $1000 as this will be an interim solution. My own research led me to Bluesound NODE 2i which seems good value at $549. Anything else? Best regards & stay safe.
  14. You reviewed all these obscure players but omit the most ubiquitous one of all: iTunes?
  15. Thanks Chris. Very nice review. I have the microRendu. As you say, this class of device allows one to preserve any investment in DACs, amps etc and yet keep up with playing and streaming developments like Roon, Tidal, NAS and so on.
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