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    Album of the Evening

    Also availaible on Primephonic. Interesting how some jazz is infiltratiting this "Classical" music source
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    Is Primephonic still in business?

    I should add here that I learned from a representative of Roon that my enthusiasm about Primephonic integration with Roon was perhaps misplaced. Roon indicated there is no definitive timeline or certainty regarding that possibility. I guess I read too much into the statement from Primephonic that "we aim to integrate with Roon starting early 2019." The message from Roon boils down to "it takes two to tango," and apparently "we" meant just the folks at Primephonic speaking aspirationally for themselves, not making promises for Roon. I continue to enjoy the SQ more than that of TIDAL, both iOS and Mac OS browser based players while not much caring for the design and user experience of either of the players -- especially the lack of metadata and, as steveoat observes above, lack of bitrate/resolution info on individual files. I will remain cautiously optimistic about an eventual Roon integration. Roon didn't categorically deny they and Primephonic were in discussions at all, only that it was by no means a done deal and I would be mistaken to believe otherwise. And Primephonic has promised upgrades to its metadata presentation. We shall see!
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    Is Primephonic still in business?

    After a week or so testing the new Primephonic, I was pleased enough with the sound quality to take on a monthly renewal subscription. The SQ seemed markedly better than TIDAL when listening to the same tracks, with and without MQA for the TIDAL tracks (more detail, better spatial cues, better in the high frequencies) and the track loading time also is a bit faster than TIDAL. Some notes and observations: 1. No desktop app or remote control app for phone/tablet to control the desktop app. Primephonic promises a desktop app "in 2019." They didn't respond about a remote control phone/tablet app to go with the desktop app, so I can't say what they plan in that regard. But read on! 2. The Primephonic player is, for the time being, seriously lacking in metadata both for reading and for searching. It also doesn't display info regarding recording quality (sampling rates, bit depth). Just very basic info is available regarding artists, album titles and track titles. And there is no way to do an "advanced" search on metadata (or even a simple search, actually; there is only a way to browse various categories of music). In general this state of affairs is not consistent with Primephonic's dedication to Classical music and the needs of Classical listeners. Primephonic is aware of this and reportedly is working to remedy the situation. Specifically, Primephonic indicated to me that "[m]ore metadata will be added to the Primephonic apps, we already have most of it in our database." Based on the excellent way in which the old Naxos service incorporated tons of metadata fields into its outstandingly functional advanced search feature, and given the fact that OraStream (who powered the Naxos system and likely programmed the metadata search feature for them?) is also powering the new Primephonic service, I am optimistic here; but I haven't directly asked. Perhaps OraStream's rep who posts in this forum might be able to provide insight. But this might ultimately prove an irrelevant concern given the following: 3. I have saved the best for last: Primephonic is planning to integrate with Roon(!), which should of course remedy all the issues noted above! Primephonic indicated to me that "we aim to integrate with Roon starting early 2019." I plan to enjoy excellent sound (better than TIDAL in native resolutions without MQA) at a decent price ($15/month) and see what comes -- and when -- with respect to metadata and Roon integration.
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    Is Primephonic still in business?

    As one of those lamenting Naxos' late streaming system (back in its heyday it had literally hundreds of labels streaming in MQA-free >CD hi-resolution), I was super pleased by this. I was one of those not too impressed by the original Primephonic service, but when I receiced an email inviting me to try the new version, I gave it a shot. Still evaluating the new service, but I was intrigued when I saw a credit to OraStream, who created the platform for the late lamented Naxos streaming site. OraStream provides a lossless streaming option (up to 24 bits). Will be testing and listening at home and on iPhone for the next two weeks and will check in here with my impressions.
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    Outdoor music listening system?

    I have a $40 Oontz Angle Bluetooth speaker that has given me and my spouse hundreds of hours of listening pleasure on our deck, at our cabin, and in a multitude of hotel rooms. It's really all I want or need in those applications. And when I am done using it, I just grab it and bring it inside or throw it back in the suitcase. My home stereo system has the high SQ to make up for its inconvenient location; the Oontz has the convenience and mobility to make up for its low SQ. Just my calculus; YMMV.
  6. Undoubtedly just adding complexity, but here are my data points. Two months ago, I purchased an Yggy with all the current bells and whistles, including Gen 5 USB. This replaces a Bifrost Multibit without the Gen 5 USB. I have used the USB input only for both DACs. BUT ... I have also been using an ISO REGEN powered by an LPS-1. After lots of experimentation with the Bifrost and ISO REGEN, I became pretty fully convinced that the sound was much better with the ISO REGEN than without. When I upgraded to the Yggy with Gen 5 USB, as a control, I first used it for a month or more with the ISO REGEN, powered by the LPS-1, exactly as I had been listening to and enjoying my Bifrost Multibit DAC for a year or more. The Yggy in this configuration sounded vastly better than did th Bifrost Multibit (which was no slouch). After allowing my ears to become fully adjusted to the Yggy/ISO REGEN sound, I took out the REGEN and just plugged my no-frills Belkin Gold USB directly into the Yggy's Gen 5 USB input. The sound was underwhelming. Shrunken soundstage, lack of air, constricted percussion sounds; a basic downgrade in sound compared to Yggy+REGEN. DefInitely still a step up from the Bifrost Multibit+REGEN, but not nearly the step up I got by combining Yggy and REGEN. So, just my data point, and I don't have a pre-Gen 5 USB Yggy to use as a control. But in my experience the Gen 5 USB offers little, or at least can be greatly improved by means of the UpTone Audio REGEN equipment described above.
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    Album of the Evening

    I am going to add this one with certain reservations. The music is intriguing, fascinating. But the randomly and suddenly inserted rests, some lasting a dozen or more measures, are really annoying. But sometimes it is OK to let art annoy us.
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    Article: Schiit Audio Yggdrasil Analog 2 Released

    I just purchased an Yggy with all the current bells and whistles included. I plugged it in two hours ago. I am now listening to it and finally understanding what all the rave reviews really were about. This is a fantastic piece of equipment that is worth every penny. I have never listened to an earlier version of the DAC, and I therefore withdraw and unilaterally disqualify myself from the upgrade hand-wringing. The Yggdrasil DAC as currently provided by Schiit is a remarkably great addition to my humble system.
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    What's on your Christmas list this year?

    Roon actually finally got me one of my long-term wishes when they let me turn my iPhone into an end-point in new release 1.4. Thank you, Santa Roon. My other wish will be finally to get my stereo equipment out of storage where it’s been since September. A necessary step to “stage” our home in Chicago for sale; real estate agent and “Stager” saw the speakers and wires and those ugly black boxes as pure clutter. Gotta say, the living room has looked like a set piece for HGTV these past three months, so maybe I cannot argue that point. Still, I look forward to getting my system set up again after our cross-country move finally is consummated in early January.
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    Album of the Evening

    My potential new favorite Pops Christmas album, also starring Kunzel and the Cincy Pops
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    Album of the Evening

    My very favorite Pops Christmas album, the Telarc release from 1990. On TIDAL.
  12. Preliminary notes are that chaining together the USB REGEN and ISO REGEN doesn't degrade functionality or SQ. Too early to say whether I think it is an improvement on just one or the other REGEN. Maybe one improvement I would be willing to affirm at this early point is that soundstage seems better, larger, and less connected to the speakers; more like sound coming from an actual source in space. That's a nice thing. But I am just getting started, so who knows. I certainly am hearing nothing here that would incite me to encourage folks who own one or the other type of REGEN to rush out and by the other version. But if you do happen already to own both versions, consider getting another USPCB to hook them together. And if you do, note that, on Superdad's advice, you will want to have the ISO REGEN attached to your DAC with the USB REGEN feeding it, and if you use an LPS-1, have it power the ISO REGEN.
  13. I am going to try chaining together my old USB REGEN and ISO REGEN, as I have tried twice with no success to sell the older model. If I think it affects the sound, whether for good or ill, I will report back here in a few days.
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    Album of the Evening

    I think that argument would be something along these lines: "How many people picked up the CD with our photo on it? How many picked up the one with Vivaldi's picture on it? Which one sold more copies? You say it was ours that got picked up and sold more copies of your ancient music that basically nobody alive cares about?" That is what they would argue. And I abhor that argument and hate the circumstances that make it a sound argument (especially considering Vivaldi was something of a feminist with his all-female orchestras). But from the perspective of someone charged with selling as many copies as possible of a Vivaldi recording, it's a winner.
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    What Are Some Great LIVE Jazz Recordings?

    Louis Armstrong's 1962 live show in Chicago is great (the '56 show is mentioned above, and it is great, too, and probably a better performance overall). The SQ on the '62 recording is notch or two better, though; the '56 recording was notoriously botched by amateurs from a local Chicago CBS station who apparently lied about their capabilities in recording live performances. The 1962 show, by contrast, is extremely well engineered. So, listen to both!
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