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  1. Excellent work on this review Josh "Phd quality". I've never seen this depth of writing on a recording ever. Certainly I will check my CD to see when it was done. I suspect it was a Diament version. It is as you descibe it, light on bass slightly bright treble. Certainly very disappointing the so called HD release. I've stopped buying them as a direct result of poor sound compared to original CD unless its recorded in HD from scratch. KD Lang's 25th Anniversary Ingenue is a good example. The HD 24/96 I thought was excellent until I listened to the original CD. Gosh what an eye opener there was small details on the CD missing from the HD plus sound seemed more natural and involving. Robert
  2. Thank God they are not listening to music throught this nightmare cable network!!!!
  3. Thats interesting Jim. I run Xxhighend in RamOS I wonder if running both your OS and audio program in OS may make a difference. When I restart this Ram OS it always sounds better from a fresh start. I will try what you have experienced. Going from the audio program running on a normal computer to all running out of Ram is huge in sound upgrade something you could trial. Robert
  4. Carlmart you most certainly would want to try and get hold of any of them to try in your setup first. Personally the Intona can on the surface make a difference but after listening for a while it takes something away which is hard to explain. I've had similar results with power conditioners and filters. But after 2 years mine resides in the cupboard with other power conditioners and filters that changed the sound but did not improve it with repeated listening. I have retried the Intona but I rejected it easily. It is DAC dependant.
  5. Super conductors!!!!!!!! Imagine no resistance how efficient things could improve. Japanese still spending billions on this one. Hows this a couple of scientists in New Zealand claimed to have it for a few seconds but failed to note down the actual ingredient quantities using ceramics. Never repeated this one.
  6. Try Xxhighend out its best sounding on Ram disk and with music on a separate server. I,ve not tried Jplay to know the difference. Certainly sound quality of Xxhighend is excellent. Also Wtfplay is better than Daphile Linux. It's just had an update.
  7. I'd disagree with this. XXHE has the capacity to cover all shades of sound. Recent adjustments in the software have given me more bass to the point of having to reduce bass output to subs in an active system with active crossover. This software needs work to get right, not including a dedicated computer for source audio and a DAC that can support up to 32/768. I recently tried JRiver and do largely agree with your comments for general use but still find XXhighend sound much superior more musical information cleaner detailed bass even for background listening. Robert
  8. I suggest you download EAC and compare with dbpoweramp first. I have both but prefer the rips from EAC. It is finicky with some marked or scratched discs but you can change settings. The odd disc with no perceived imperfections can give problems. I ripped my 100's CD's in dbpoweramp initially but have steadily re ripped with EAC. I do use slow HQ rip settings on EAC. So it is slower. Slower is better in the long run. Anyway both do the job well.
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    I suggest you run no security software including Windows on your Audio PC. They all detract from the sound. This does mean never using this computer to randomly search for unknown sites that could be a problem. I have run no security software for years but this is on a dedicated audio computer. Even my AV only computer hard drive has Windows security nothing else, but I only run secure sites at a minmum(Netflix, Amazon, Spotify). If I'm searching to download some random audio download I use an old laptop which does have Kaspersky and Malwarebytes or my main online machine(for HD tracks, various audio music sites) but even this I'm very careful with. Have to say have not had any problems in a while. I do think twice before hitting the search button these days since a major hack virus which resulted in reformating hard drive after spending days trying to rid my computer of it. This proved to be impossible actually. Malwarebytes has been problematic on my main online machine, often turning itself off and have to restart to put right. Kasperskys latest version does crossover with Malwarebytes now so I wonder if I'm getting conflicts with the software. Robert
  10. I subscribe to Stereophile digital only but find little in it for me these days, save odd industry news items and music reviews. I do enjoy reading Kal Robinson's digital reviews and a recent review in the August issue Herbert Reichert Power Cords and puzzlements. I mostly read online HiFi reveiws/articles of interest from a variety of sites. I will keep subscribing though at the low digital rate. If you don't subscribe, you have to rely on someone in an online forum mentioning it. Strangely one always looks forward to the next issue with bated breath. Experienced this years ago with the printed TAS mag when Harry P was in control. Always something to tickle your Audio brain. Never Stereophiled in those days but always bought the "Recommended components yearly" issue. I guess you take out of it what you will. Robert
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    Well you can learn a new thing. I certainly didn't know this feature existed. Not sure its the right answer but at least one has the option if one gets annoyed. I prefer to glaze over these comments and dismiss the topic/s which I have to say is all too common for me lately. It would not be in my interest to ignore or block others but they have lost my respect. Its getting hard to find the meat in the sandwich. Robert
  12. This whole blog is bent out of shape from the original, gosh this is happening all too often these days on these forum's. Shame we can't meet in person to sort it?????
  13. I believe the Cables were the Nordost Odins. Very interesting article in the latest August Stereophile re power cords by Herb Reichert.
  14. Have to say Mark does bring it on with his incessant opinion on any cables more expensive than Zip wire being "snake oil". I do agree, the unbelievable pricing on cables like the Nordost Odins does make us all wonder, but really if you spend $150,000 on a system you have to have these cables and well, money is probably not an issue!!!!!! Generally on most audio issues I do support Mark and he is a lonely voice in the industry. His book is well worth reading if you havn't already. He is totally behind 24/96 pcm digital audio files as a minimum standard but the recording industry doesn't seem interested. His audio files compare all formats. Just today I was emailed a sales blog from Bandcamp with Cassettes now available from some artists. Gosh are we going backwards now. They really were the worst audio format. Well some on this forum today are extolling Reel to reel tapes another backwards step, at wait insane prices. Really its not the audio quality is it, its about having something no one else has. You could put vinyl in this camp. But I have seen it all now after spending $1000's over 40 years to get better sound???? Robert
  15. Gosh havn't heard the latest Jriver but in the day when comparing to XXhighend, XXhighend easily beat it in sound quality. Jriver is trying to satisfy a broad band market of needs whereas Xxhighend is all about the quality of sound. At the end of the day you need to compare and try different software setups. And I guess it needs to suit your setup and convenience factor. Often convenience over rules sound quality for some.
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