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  1. Can you play the SACD layer on hybrid discs, by switching manually to it? SHM-SACDs are single layer, so the player can only play (and rip) the SACD part, but with hybrids you can choose the layer. My BDP-170 managed to rip hundreds of hybrid SACDs, but with a few discs, I needed to open/close the tray a few times before the player finally recognized it as an SACD and not a CD. Failing to read hybrid SACDs is also a common problem of many SACD players (related to the laser), so it could be that your player has a hardware problem.
  2. Better not be able to wear your Oppo or Pioneer out by ripping CDs and Blu-rays, since you'll probably never find another player capable of ripping SACDs, except on the second hand market (as with the first-generation PS3s earlier). Those players are now several years old, and no newer player on the market could be hacked to rip SACDs. To be on the safe side, I have two players that can rip SACDs (an Oppo 103 and a Pioneer BDP-170), and I use the Pioneer only for that. It has ripped more than a 1000 discs so far.
  3. Maybe not impossible, but nobody has developed a solution for that yet, since PCs can do it so easily.
  4. I would also recommend a drive that reads Blu-ray discs, since it's very convenient for ripping Blu-ray discs, Drives that write Blu-ray discs are usually twice as expensive as those which just read BD (and write CD/DVD) - 60€ vs 120€ -, so you may skip that option if you don't need it.
  5. Chris, shouldn't your forum account be changed to "Audiophile Stylist" ?
  6. 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)
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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,
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
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