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Boy Howdy

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  1. I'm sticking with Tidal. It has performed very well for me. Several years ago I had a subscription to Qobuz, which was having some serious technical issues maintaining a connection. After a couple of interactions trying to get them to address my connection issues, Qobuz just dropped me even though I had just paid my month's subscription fee. So without any technical support for their on-again-off-again streaming service, Qobuz just went silent, ignoring me and keeping the money. I was not happy... I can tolerate start-up technical kinks but not terrible customer support. Just sayin... Mike
  2. Bluesman: Wow, what a cogent effort! Thanks, Mike
  3. The “easy” characterization is ambiguous for me. I find that predictable/repetitive gets old in a hurry. For example, I find that Tord Gustafsen does some very interesting stuff which is not obvious or repetitive yet neither is it simple(easy?). Sometimes easy is very good indeed, e.g., Kind of Blue. Didn't Miles say that less is more?
  4. IF the decision is made to have moderators, I suggest a list of qualities that we would like to see in our discussions as well as a list of community values. These could be nominated and discussed (probably not without some discord) and then have every member re-join CA and agree to adhere to the values and qualities. Finally I would suggest procedures for administering the moderating, such as, either a moderator or a member who feels that a post violates a quality or value can initiate a private response to the poster indicating what/where and have the original respond/clarify his/her intent. This kind of open-minded intervention can be tracked through a member database and it will become clear if someone is discordant. The moderator (perhaps with Chris’ cuncurance) gives that individual a “time-out” for a short period of time. Then three strikes and a longer period of posting banishment followed by permanent site exile. Moderating is dangerous and I would like to believe that (IF that is decided) we could make it less onerous all around with some civilized, out-of-the-spotlight small conversations with the moderator as an anonymizer who links specific qualities/values we all agreed to at the outset. Vive les differences (mais doucement)! Mike
  5. I would prefer to let Chris handle such issues. Mike
  6. Folks: Is it appropriate to leave the Signature powered on all the time? Thanks, Mike
  7. Well, I’ve currently got the Signature hooked up with an Audioquest Cinnamon spdif to a Schiit Bifrost. Allo power in the dirty side (although can't be sure because of the sparse to non-existent documentation and customer support) and an UpTone Audio linear power supply in the clean side (see my preceding parenthetic comment). I managed to get the Signature Volumio software set up through the web page and have Roon playing to the Signature but NO SOUND output. I tried a couple of different spdif cables between the Signature and the Schiit as well as a few different interconnects between the Schiit and my integrated amp but still NO SOUND. One possibility is the “Dac selection” on the web UI, the only close choice is the “DigiOne” which seems unlikely.... No Signature option and no Schiit option. Anybody got any ideas? Thanks, Mike
  8. Keihin: Thanks for the response. I'm going to try the Signature with a Schiit Bifrost and see what it sounds like. Mike
  9. Folks: I'm trying to get my wife's office system a decent (though not state-of-the-art) connection to our network. The network is driven by an iMac with Tidal (hires) and Roon. I have an ethernet connection in her office and her stereo is quite nice. I am thinking about the Allo DigiOne Signature (with the Volumio system card) and an SPDIF connection out to a Schiit Modi Multibit to her stereo. Any concerns about this set-up? Any cautions? (Hopefully) without too much controversy, what digital cable would you recommend? Finally, what kind of power source for the "clean" board? I've seen discussion about the iFi iPower (both pro and con) and the prices of linear power supplies can go quite high. I don't see the logic of a beaucoup bux power supply for this implementation but I don't know anything about power supplies except that they are important. Please advise. Thanks, Mike
  10. Folks: I know there is an Allo support thread here but I am looking for a "perspective" broader than just the DigiOne. I'm trying to get my wife's office system a decent (though not state-of-the-art) connection to our network. The network is driven by an iMac with Tidal( hires) and Roon. I have an ethernet connection in her office and her stereo is quite nice. I am thinking of an Allo DigiOne Signature (with the Volumio system card) and an SPDIF connection out to a Schiit Modi Multibit to her stereo. Aside from wanting to see if this will work, I'm also interested in a recommendation for a digital cable appropriate for the resolution of this streaming solution and power supply for the "clean" board power input on the DigiOne. Other suggestions are welcome, of course. Thanks, Mike
  11. I got into Quobuz a few years ago which involved contacting them and letting them set things up from their side. Selection was pretty good although not even close to what Tidal is doing. Quobuz had lots of streaming issues and after a few months of really unresponsive customer service and ineffective technical support, they just cut me off and stopped responding at all. I had just paid them for the next month of service, too. They just went deaf and dumb. Gotta say I’m not very excited about doing business with them again... Mike
  12. We're going to see Madeline Peyroux at Jazz Alley tomorrow evening. Mike
  13. Of course, my May issue of TAS arrived in today's US Mail.... Sigh, Mike
  14. Folks: I just got off the phone with The Absolute Sound subscriptions department (888-732-1625 published in their masthead) and the guy who answered the phone was phishing for information from me, e.g., cell phone number, credit card details, etc. that had NOTHING to do with my questions AND he wanted $4.00 to tell me where my May issue was and why my subscription expiration date went from November 2018 to October 2018 between TAS issue 280 and issue 281. I hung up and notified TAS of the situation. Mike
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