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  1. Just curious, are there specification data that reflect why silver would/should/could sound different than copper? I'm not disagreeing as I've heard the same thing, but I can't recall someone showing that the response curve for a siler cable is deomstrably different than the same cable but in copper.
  2. That's a weak response. Any legal action would go to whether or not LH Labs defrauded their customers. You are simply trying to legitimately gather information on how many customers deposited their money in the expectation of receiving a product and got nothing in return. That, without or without fraud, is something any subscriber/visitor here or on Head-Fi should want to know about. Thanks Jud, for at least keeping this audience informed.
  3. I think we are jumping to a lot of conclusions on limited data... 1. If you have Roon with both Tidal and Qobuz pick out some individual songs or classical pieces and check how many versions of each one (not that recording, but the piece, i.e. Piano Sonata No.3 in B-Minor) are listed for each of Tidal and Qobuz. At least in the U.S., Tidal almost always wins out (has more albums containing that piece). That being said, in looking through my own collection I have been surprised that, particularly as to Classical, there are far more albums that are only in Tidal or only in Qobuz than I would have thought. 2. Using just the standalone Tidal app or the Standalone Qobuz app (on a built for music PC and through headphones), I hear significant differences and prefer Qobuz. 3. BUT, comparing Tidal through Roon, Qobuz through Roon and ripped 16/44 through 24/192 through Roon they sound extremely close (with the "Roon Sound" being in the middle between the more euphonious Tidal and the leaner, more articulate Qobuz. I do prefer 24/192 in Qobuz over the same album in MQA through Tidal, but I really have to listen extremely carefully to think I can hear a difference between native 16/44 played as ripped, Tidal or Qobuz. 4. Adding either Audirvana or HQ Player changes things once more, but it soon becomes clear that what matters are my Izotope settings or HQP filter settings, more than what the source material was. 5. SO, while I was looking to drop one of Tidal or Qobuz in the next month or two, that now looks like a less obvious conclusion. 6. I 100% agree with Miquelito that Ethernet (in my case fiber and hopefully soon through the OpticalRendu) to the DAC is the way to go!
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    Article: Audiophile 5: Roon 1.6 in 5 Minutes

    The discussion about Roon 1.6 is so civilized here. I think in part because this audience was waiting for the Qobuz integration and we may better understand what scale of effort was required to put together the new release and integrate both Qobuz and Tidal seamlessly. By contrast, check out this thread on Roon's site: https://community.roonlabs.com/t/roon-1-6-feedback-thread/58664/613 -- the cacophony of voices screaming from 100 different, extremely personal perspectives, can't be pleasant for folks at Roon who have put a lot of effort into getting this done in time for the Qobuz US beta trial. Compared with how angry I often get at a new release of Microsoft Windows or Apple OX, I have just been sitting back and listening to Roon 1.6 with a big smile on my face....
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    HQ Player

    Fixed the issue. Upgrading Roon to version 1.6 reset the setting in my NAA from HQ Player as "Active" to Roon ready as "Active." Just needed to find that setting and reset it to HQ Player.
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    Article: Roon 1.6 With Qobuz Integration and More

    As to the above: 1. I notice that if I favorite the hi-res version in the Qobuz app itself, when I open Roon it shows up as say 24/192 and plays as such. If, on the other hand, I'm in Roon and search for that title, even though it shows as 24/192 when I choose it that way it plays as 16/44. So it appears that Roon isn't distinguishing between low-res and hi-res licensing rights when you search in Roon, but Roon does pick up the difference for albums selected in Qobuz itself. I have tried this across about a dozen albums and the difference is holding up. 2. Interestingly when I listen to the Tidal standalone app versus the Qobuz standalone app, i hear significant differences. When I listen to Tidal vs Qobuz vs actual downloaded files, all three sound more alike and I'm having a hard time telling any difference at all between a Qobuz 24/192 file and the same album downloaded in 24/192 from ProStudioMasters (which is as it should be). Similarly, I can hear the same minor differences between Tidal 16/44 and Qobuz 24/192 as I hear between originals at 16/44 and 24/192 (again as it should be). 3. Give me unadulterated 24/192 over MQA any day...
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    Article: Roon 1.6 With Qobuz Integration and More

    I fixed it. Upgrading to version 1.6 seems to have reset my NAA to Roon ready rather than HQ Player as the default. Going into the NAA setup and resetting it to HQ Player fixed the problem.
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    HQ Player

    For some reason Roon 1.6 with Qobuz seems to have broken the ability to work with HQ Player. I'm now getting an error message in Roon: "Playback failed because $ couldn't connect to HQ Player." In HQ Player under settings I also suddenly can't see my DAC anymore even though in my NAA settings the DAC clearly shows up. Any ideas?
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    Article: Roon 1.6 With Qobuz Integration and More

    Oops...Although it works great on my desktop system, Roon version 1.6 seems to have broken the ability to work with my HQPlayer/NAA setup as HQPlayer no longer recognizes the NAA and Roon gives an error message in connecting to HQPlayer: "Playback failed because $ couldn't connect to HQ Player."
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    Article: Roon 1.6 With Qobuz Integration and More

    Wow, can't wait till the weekend -- loooong listening session coming up switching between Tidal and Qobuz versions. So far the integration is seamless (of course my library got almost twice as big overnight). Roon has handled this extremely professionally -- not getting out ahead of itself, but getting the timing perfect to coincide with the US beta period for Qobuz. Congats! Very nicely done!
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    Relative importance of differences in stereo systems

    With the big Magnepans I can't disagree with your percentages, but the 10% that came from DSP, with calibrated microphones and lots of testing in REW that got fed back into Roon and HQP and keeping adjustments below the 500hz level (adjustments above that seemed to lose the PRAT) made much of the difference in creating that last little bit that allows you to fool yourself thinking you are there in the venue...
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    Qobuz USA launching soon!

    I think you are right that the MQA mastering accounts for a lot of the differences; particularly the boomier bass; but the greater air/clarity on Qobuz versus more euphony/smoothing on Tidal seems to occur across same versions of a recording on both (at least after a dozen or so comparisons mostly on classical music). Almost like the difference between PCM 16/44 and DSD64. I'm doing these comparisons on headphones so I'm probably being picky at a level I wouldn't be through speakers, and, as with most differences, I can't say I uniformly prefer one over the other.
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    Relative importance of differences in stereo systems

    I find that to be far less true, and even less so when I go to audio stores looking to hear something that will wow me. I used think it might be that my system was just that good; now I realize it is that I'm just that used to how my system sounds. Inasmuch as I tried to build an "audiophile 7.1 system" I also used to think that good surround sound recordings on BluRay sounded better than stereo, but that was before I started optimizing my stereo sound in terms of room treatment, DSP to address room modes, upsampling through HQ Player, getting speaker distances and timing exactly right, etc. Now the sound of my stereo is far far better (clear and with better soundstaging) than my 7.1 system. But it is theoretically possible that if I did all of those tweaks on all 8 channels that surround might once again sound better -- but I doubt it.
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    Qobuz USA launching soon!

    In listening to the "same" recording on Tidal and Qobuz I'm surprised at how different they sound. Tidal seems to have a more rounded bass-heavy sound to it compared to a clearer but bass light sound to Qobuz. The difference is greater than I normally hear when listening to a 16/44 and a 24/192 version of the same recording. Anyone else hearing these same differences?
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    Qobuz USA launching soon!

    Does anyone know what happens to Qobuz hi-res content you buy for download during the beta period if you don't continue to subscribe afterward? Is it treated any differently than content I might purchase through HDTracks or ProStudioMasters? Thanks
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