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  1. It depends on your definition of digital music. As AudioDoctor already pointed out, CDs are digital music, and I bought my first CD player in 1987. I bought a MiniDisc Walkman, a MiniDisc home deck, and a Sony CD player with optical digital out in 1994 so that I could make digital "mixtapes." Basically the same thing as listening to MP3s except that it's disc based. I think I discovered MP3s in 1998, from a variety of sources all over the internet. I recall MP3.com having a service that would authenticate any CD you put into the drive, then give you access t
  2. Not sure if serious, but that's Sinatra.
  3. A bit of medical trivia; in the old days rheumatic fever was treated with high-dose aspirin, which was titrated by increasing the dose until the patient's ears started to ring, then backing off a little.
  4. Oh, thanks Kal, I'm not familiar with that device. I agree with Kal, though, that ripping it a better long-term solution. I ultimately bought a Pioneer Elite BDP-80FD for ripping my SACDs.
  5. Just to clarify, you are wanting to extract the DSD bitstream from the HDMI signal and send it to your DAC over ethernet? There are plenty of HDMI audio breakout boxes on the market that extract PCM, but none that I know of that support DSD. The majority of them only have optical digital output and a handful also have coax. Not sure I have ever seen one with ethernet output. There are AV preamps that can accept DSD over HDMI, but that would defeat the purpose of trying to send the DSD bitstream to your DAC.
  6. My understanding was more that they canceled it because they couldn't get it to consistently charge a phone, watch, and AirPods all at the same time. Rumor is that they are still working on it, though. If Steve were still around, there would have been daily beatings of the engineering team until they got it to work. The latest rumors that I have heard are that the iPhone 12 will still have a Lightning connector. There is some speculation that future models will not be truly portless, but rather will have a "smart connector" similar to the connection between an iPad and its keyboard
  7. Followed by: ...assuming it becomes available in about 2 minutes.
  8. Everything up through 24/96 can be synced onto an iPhone or iPad using iTunes and will play back at native resolution through the DragonFly. iTunes will not transfer 24/192 and above to the iPhone, so I have to sideload those files into the Onkyo app.
  9. I keep all of my files at their native sampling frequency and bit depth, converting to ALAC with either XLD or Max. I've never had a problem with iTunes or my iPhone playing back high-res files. They are automatically downsampled when I use CarPlay; I assume a limitation of the car's DAC.
  10. I personally use ALAC, but a lot of people will also recommend AIFF. It's a non-compressed format and just as taggable/compatible as ALAC. I use ALAC on an old iPhone to playback lossless over CarPlay and with the Onkyo HF Player app and a DragonFly Red for portable listening.
  11. A man walks into a crowded bar, takes a seat right in front of the bartender, and loudly exclaims, "Anyone want to hear a blonde joke?" Almost before he can finish his question, a rather large female bouncer walks up behind him and says, "Before you tell that joke, I want you to know that I'm a former SWAT officer. I'm 5'10" and weigh 180 lbs., and I'm a blonde." Pointing, she continues, "My friend at that end of the bar was a Marine. She's done 3 combat tours and has 15 confirmed kills. She's 5'11", weighs 185 lbs., and she's a blonde. And at the other end of the bar, my friend is
  12. The year is 2029 and the first female President-elect of the United States is a former three-term congresswoman from Indiana. She sends a senior campaign staffer to escort her parents, who are well into their 80's, to the inauguration. At first her parents decline, stating that it is too far of a trip at their age and really just too much trouble, but they acquiesce when the President herself speaks to her father on the phone and insists, explaining that she has arranged for a private jet, a limousine, and a luxury suite for their trip. At the inaugural dinner, the President is sea
  13. Tsk. No self-respecting redneck would risk damaging his truck.
  14. I would use a WAV editor to check the peak dB of the ripped files. Assuming they are significantly below 0, you can normalize to a peak dB of 0 without losing dynamics or causing distortion. I would rip the CD in XLD using the BIN+CUE format so that you are normalizing the entire CD at once, then you can use the CUE file to split into individual tracks after normalizing.
  15. Onkyo Music is shutting down on October 6. One of the few places in the US to download MQA tracks. RIP
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