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  1. Chris, shouldn't your forum account be changed to "Audiophile Stylist" ?
  2. Thanks. That's intriguing, so I had to check it out (I don't frequently listen to Beethoven sonatas). Here's the passage, starting at 5:08 in this recording: It indeed sounds unusually jazzy, as if the pianist became bored and started improvising Here's what Wikipedia says: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piano_Sonata_No._32_(Beethoven)
  3. I needed a 4.5m connection between my PC with a T+A DAC8 DSD, beyond the usually indicated safe limit of 3m. Supra USB cables were recommended by some audiophiles online for being suitable for longer lengths, so I got a 5m cable , and it works without any problem, up to 24/352 PCM or DSD128 (I haven't tried higher DSD rates yet) http://www.supracables.co.uk/digitalaudiocables/usb-digital.html So for my system and my ears, 5m USB cable length is not an issue.
  4. The Louis Armstrong / Duke Ellington 1961 session is also very well recorded (stereo) https://www.discogs.com/master/view/498133 There was a hi-rez version available on Classic Records (DVD with 24/96 PCM sound) https://www.discogs.com/Louis-Armstrong-Duke-Ellington-The-Complete-Sessions/release/10987059
  5. For fans of straightforward contemporary US jazz (not "smooth" jazz), I recommend the downloads (mostly 16/44) from the two related High Note and Savant labels. Many are 70% off, 3€ or less per album. https://www.qobuz.com/lu-fr/search?q=highnote-the-big-download-sale-2019
  6. Actually, Jarre already did sequels 2 and 3 to the Oxygène album, in 1997 and 2016 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxygène_7–13 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxygène_3 So it could well be that an "Oxygène 4" album comes out next year. The text on vimeo says "copy#2, pre-masters alb.Oxy#4 trks 5/7/6/4 (snippets only - sched. 3/2020, pls confm)" Not a very creative idea really, but it will probably sell well enough because his stuff from the beginnings is the most popular. And if this upload is just a hoax, I don't think people will be that disappointed ...
  7. I don't think it's in the interest of the readers when reviews are written by people who are mainly interested in receiving free review copies. Check the reviews at Audiophile Audition https://www.audaud.com. They read like promo texts. Hardly any critical word. Which is very unhelpful for example when people want to know if a new expensive reissue is worth the upgrade in terms of sound quality,
  8. https://www.whathifi.com/advice/what-are-hi-res-audio-headphones-and-do-they-sound-better In the late 1980's, some headphones had a "digital ready" logo, which was just marketing nonsense. The Hi-Res Audio logo at least has objective, measurable criteria, but it doesn't make much sense either. There is no relationship with the actual sound quality of the headphone. A headphone could reproduce 40kHz, but sound like crap, and another one just go up to 30kHz but sound great. No human can hear 40kHz, and one could argue that hearing 40kHz would not enhance your enjoyment of the music, since you could hear ugly electronic noises that the recording engineer would have filtered out if he had been able to hear them. In fact, many hi-res releases have such noise beyond 30kHz, which can be seen on the spectrogram.
  9. Yes, the duration of copyright on music recordings is longer in the US. In the EU, it was 50 years from the recording date, and has been extended to 70 years in 2013. But not retroactively. So everything recorded until 1963 is in the public domain, and the later recordings will be protected for 70 years. I just checked on Qobuz France and found more than 10 versions of Kind of Blue (with that title) ... Here's the BNF stereo version: https://www.qobuz.com/lu-fr/album/kind-of-blue-stereo-version-miles-davis/3610154015569
  10. What is annoying on Qobuz concerning jazz oldies is the large number of unofficial releases of material that is in the public domain in Europe (pre-1964). Just search for any jazz legend and you'll get dozens of compilations and sometimes knock-offs of complete albums. These type of releases have existed in european CD stores for years already, but with downloads it's much worse, because anyone can start a public domain reissue label now and offer his files online. Experts will detect those of course, but most people probably can't see the difference with official releases. Soundwise, these can be all over the place. Straight CD rips from the official releases or LP rips. There are also the BNF releases, vinyl rips of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France archives. These are in hi-rez, but the sound quality is not good, given that the digitization was made on an industrial scale (thousands of albums in a few years). There is simply no point in getting a 24bit rip of a french "Kind of Blue" LP pressing when the official hi-rez download, made from the master tapes, sounds so much better. BNF releases are a great addition for rare material, but most of them just duplicate widely available official reissues.
  11. dbx decoders were actually a different range of products of the dbx brand. The dbx dynamic range expanders were meant to be used with any signal, without previous dbx encoding.
  12. On a related note, there is a japanese music collector - Tony Narumiya - who organises "record concerts" for up to a dozen people in his listening room, playing records on his high end system. Here also, the main focus is on vinyl. I wonder how difficult it must be to keep people quiet for an entire LP side. https://www.instagram.com/p/BxWEYu1A1K9/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BsmNCShAmxb/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BtHgqAxAMM4/
  13. I follow the "Jazz Kissa" (= "jazz cafe" in japanese) account on Instagram ( https://www.instagram.com/jazz_kissa/ ) The pictures show the philosophy of those bars: vintage equipment, vintage music (mostly 1950's and 60's jazz), vintage decoration. It's obvious that the people who run those places and their customers are interested in stuff from the "glorious" past. It's not about hearing music in the best possible sound with the latest technology. Vinyl is of course an important part of the experience. It's comparable to car lovers. Some are interested in the latest, "fastest" cars, others prefer oldtimers.
  14. Is there anything the PS3 can do better than MediaTek-chip players, in terms of SACD ripping?
  15. A McIntosh system without this light is like a Rolls Royce without the Spirit of Ecstasy
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