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  1. 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.
  2. 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/
  3. 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.
  4. Is there anything the PS3 can do better than MediaTek-chip players, in terms of SACD ripping?
  5. A McIntosh system without this light is like a Rolls Royce without the Spirit of Ecstasy
  6. I stopped taking them seriously when they released their first "vinyl revival era" turntable. The MT10, an OEM turntable made by Clearaudio, with an unnecessary frontplate added. https://www.mcintoshlabs.com/products/turntables/MT10 It really showed that for them the brand look is more important than the function.
  7. DSD The ideal DSD to PCM conversion uses sample rates which are a multiplier of 44kHz (44, 88, 176, ...). It's a mathematical thing. Maybe the white noise that you are hearing is a flaw of the DAC, or can be solved with different settings. There is only one SACD plugin for Foobar, which exists in different versions. Here's a page that explains the plugin settings: https://diyaudioheaven.wordpress.com/digital/pc-software/foobar-2000-for-dummies-part-3-
  8. Some sessions have been recorded in mono, others in stereo. I think the majority is mono (not sure though) 1958 was the year during which most US jazz labels switched to stereo recording, although mono LP pressings were still released for years to come. The good thing about this set is that the sessions are now released chronologically. Initially, the tracks were mixed together on various albums, some released years after the recording took place (when Coltrane had already switched to other labels). You can see that in this list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Coltrane_discography#Prestige_Records
  9. It's not a bad sounding disc, but I think the sound quality of the 2003 MFSL SACD of John Coltrane "Soultrane" has been surpassed by the 2014 Analogue Productions SACD. MFSL seems to have boosted the upper treble and bass a bit. The AP SACD has a dryer sound with more pronounced midrange, which in my experience is closer to how those late 1950's Prestige recordings sound https://www.hraudio.net/showmusic.php?title=901 https://www.hraudio.net/showmusic.php?title=993 On the other hand, the MFSL Bob Dylan SACDs sound more natural than the earlier Sony SACDs of the same title. The MFSL Miles Davis SACD are also an improvement over the earlier Sony SACDs. Sometimes subtle, sometimes vast. I can add more specific info on those, if needed.
  10. I recently ripped my entire CD collection. There were some HDCDs among them, some with peak extension, some without. I found this ripping procedure (using EAC and CUE Tools) on the Steve Hoffman forum and it worked well. https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/ripping-hdcd-sacd.301966/#post-8265734 Maybe there are quicker procedures, but for my collection (about a dozen HDCDs among 3000 CDs) it was fast enough. I haven't yet done a comparison between the non-HDCD rip and the 24/44 rip.
  11. This is especially bad when download stores charge significantly more for 24/192 files than for 24/96 files, such as HDtracks ($25 vs $18, for a regular album) Since upsampling is easy to detect (it takes a minute to check a track in a spectrum analyzer software) , I don't understand why download stores don't verify this before selling the albums. Concerning the Coltrane set, there is so far only this upsampling claim by Highresaudio, which could apply only to the files they received. It would be great if somebody could check the 24/192 files offered by other stores.
  12. I probably won't get this, as I already have most of the tracks in hi-rez, with the original albums released in 24/192 in 2016. These sound very good. Highresaudio offers the new set in 24-96 only, with this explanation: "Please Note: We offer this album in its native sampling rate of 96 kHz, 24-bit. The provided 192 kHz version was up-sampled and offers no audible value! " https://www.highresaudio.com/en/album/view/re4yfz/john-coltrane-coltrane-58-the-prestige-recordings-remastered It's sad that no booklet is included with the download.
  13. Thanks, I did not know that. It would make an interesting comparison, if both were available digitally. The vinyl set contains a download code for a 24/192 download. It is most likely the multi-miked recording, but it this could be checked.
  14. Most of the Nick Cave albums were reissued in 2010/11 as CD+DVD sets, with new multichannel remixes. AFAIK the DVDs contain a stereo track in 24/48 PCM. But these are not available for download. Check each album and browse for the 2010/11 reissue. https://www.discogs.com/artist/36665-Nick-Cave-The-Bad-Seeds
  15. CatManDo

    Foobar v1.4 beta

    For me Foobar is very relevant because of the SACD plugin, which handles SACD ISOs. I have ripped all my SACDs (more than 1200 discs) to ISO because I don't want to bother with conversion to individual tracks, which is an additional step and creates new problems. Most other DSD-capable software players cannot handle ISOs.
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