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  1. “Why did audio stop being about audio?” Probably around the same time for some folks that listening to music started being more about listening to their gear, and obsessing about what they think they might be missing, not doing right, not having the latest and greatest new piece of gear, etc. Couple the insecurity that might flow from that obsession with the relative anonymity of the internet providing a forum for the obsessed to exercise their demons, and things can sometimes get nasty. That said, I think it’s the relative few that derail discussions or engage in attacks. Most folks come to audio web sites as lurkers. Some choose to engage in the forums and a smaller number engage more frequently. So, it’s the relative minority that cross the line into incivility. But when they do cross that line, their comments seem to get an inordinate amount of attention. So, it’s not all bad, and most of what I read here and elsewhere is pretty darn educational, or at the very least an interesting read. Thanks for the editorial. And an extra thanks to those who engage in civil discourse here and elsewhere.
  2. Just an FYI: I've been using powerline networking now for about a year. At first, I was having limited success with it: slow file transfer speeds causing dropouts during playback. Then one day, on a whim, I decided to pull the old AC recepticle from the wall and replace it with a new one. It wasn't any kind of specially constructed "audiophile" recepticle. Just a well constructed AC duplex from a local electrical supply store. I replaced the it where the network signal entered the house's electrical system from the router. I noticed an immediate, very significant improvement in network speeds. So, for those who are having issues, it might be helpful to check the quality of the electrical connections in the house.
  3. I was following this thead on my iPad so I decided to go check out the Mastered for iPad offerings. When I went into the iTunes store to check out the offerings, I felt like I had just opened HD Tracks homepage. It's not just about offering an "enhanced listening experience for the iTunes crowd IHMO. Rather, it's about continuing to find new ways to sell the old catalog of music for the record labels. Look at the titles that are for sale, and I think it tells the story.
  4. Tipper - I hear you. This thread was about attempting to get a very specific application - mpd, which is stipulated to be not for the faint-hearted - working under Linux. If mpd is removed from the equation, things get MUCH, MUCH easier for those who might pursue bit perfect audio via Linux. I don't have a client/server environment for music, though at some point it might be interesting to play with. Chris steered my in the Lubuntu direction several weeks ago. The experience has been pretty straight-forward and the results are very pleasing to the ear. I've got a dual boot set up on my laptop with Windows 7 and Lubuntu, and I've not booted into Windows in weeks. For "serious listening" is use Lubuntu's default music player: Audacious. Simple, lightweight, easy to set up, it makes for a great listening experience. When I'm looking for more of a "jukebox" listening session, I use gmusicbrowser, which is more "iTunes-like", but still sounds quite good. I've also played around with Mepis, Ubuntu, Mint, and a few others. All of them can be easy to set up, but may require slightly different approaches. So, you're right. Let not the posts of those who are well versed in Linux mechanics, and attempting to help others who are stuck, dissuade others from trying out a Distro of their choice. Those who are technically astute are a gift to this forum and to the Linux community of users. But in most cases, doing a small amount of homework and them installing and setting up the distro of your choice is all that is needed to achieve musical bliss.
  5. If this issue kicks up again, see if it clears up by using the WASAPI output setting in J River, or install Foobar with the WAsAPI plug in. I suspect your issue was similar to mine, and mine resolved with WASAPI.
  6. The biggest favor you can do for yourself when trying to learn how to set up a Linux box is not to expect Linux to look, act or behave like Windows. If you have Windows expectations you'll get frustrated quickly. Windows had its own learning curve when you were first learning how to use it. Windows was/is also far more ubiquitous at work and at home for most folks, so people just get used to it sooner/faster. Linux is a bit less user friendly, but it's far better than it used to be. While Windows aims to be point and click simple, all that simplicity comes at a price. Lots more code running and lots more overhead is typically the cost. So, if you can accept Linux on its own terms and take the time to learn how to teach it to do what you want it to do, you'll be rewarded with a very satisfying listening experience. Chris is offering some great guidance and deserves kudos for going the extra mile to assist other forum members in their efforts.
  7. And that's the point - its easy to do. You can specify ALSA as the preferred sound system in the playback software I noted above VERY EASILY, without opening and editing config files, and without the up-sampling / down-sampling issues that you get with Pulse Audio. In fact, Ubuntu has a folder for start up applications much like Windows, and you can set Pulse Audio to not start up when Ubuntu boots.
  8. I followed as much of this thread as I could before I started to go blind reading the Linux-ese. As a current computer user and Linux novice, I have to say that there is an easier way than messing with mpd to get where you want to go. I say this not to DISCOURAGE folks from trying out mpd in Linux, but to ENCOURAGE those who, like me, may not be technically inclined to give Linux a try. For novices, I think Ubuntu or one of its variants (like Mint for example) is the way to go to get your feet wet in Linux. Since Ubuntu is the most widely installed and arguably the most well-supported Linux flavor, it has a plethora of apps that work well with it and plenty of supporting documentation available on line if you need it. If you want to sweat out an mpd installation, go for it. Frankly, if you're simply playing CD's and hi-rez FLAC files, I doubt you'll hear any differences between mpd and any other music program that is correctly set up under Linux to play back hi-rez. For those comfortable in the Windows environment, there are several good choices of Linux software that are easy to set up for bit-perfect playback. For low overhead and uncomplicated (also minimal featured) playback, try deadbeef or Audacious. For a more "i-Tunes like" experience, try Clementine or Guayadeque. For all the programs mentioned above, you do need to edit the set up in the "Preferences" section of the software to achieve bit perfect playback. This is not unlike tweaking foobar or J River in Windows to set the output parameters for bit-perfect. Instructions are available in line, but are covered in some detail in this thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/561961/bit-perfect-audio-from-linux Don't get discouraged if the posts above in this lengthy thread look like techno-babble. No offence at all intended to the posters above. In fact, I applaud their expertise, and they've provided some great info. However, that level of technical detail is not necessary to get bit-perfect playback in Linux. Linux can be as simple and as complicated as you want it to be, which is one of the many attractions that users have for the OS. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. The sound that I'm getting from my Ubuntu 10.10 set up is, to my ear, terrific. I've performed some additional tweaks, like installing the low-latency (or real time) kernels. This tweak is WAY easier than it sounds - as simple as installing a program in Windows and re-booting, for example - and produces excellent results during playback.
  9. "Since the subject says "24bit/88.2khz playback in Windows 7" I can say that there's absolutely no problem playing back 24-bit 88.2 kHz on Windows 7 through WASAPI Exclusive with any good piece of hardware and software. Same goes for 176.4 kHz. Natively, no conversion needed." I've been trying to get the 24/88.2 files to play with foobar using WASAPI exclusive with no luck. Last night, just for kicks, I switched output from WASAPI to DirectSound, and the 88.2 files played just fine. Now I'm scratching my head.
  10. I've tried the ASIO4ALL software with limited success. It worked OK sometimes with Foobar2000 (and sometimes not) but I couldn't get it to work at all with a trial version of J River.
  11. fmak: First thing to know is that I'm a relative novice with Linux and PC - based audio, so feel free to regard my post against that backdrop. Also, my DAC is limited to a 96khz sample rate. However, if your Linux distribution of choice comes with a Linux kernel that dates from mid-2010 or beyond (which would include most Linux distros), Linux will support playback of files with sample rates up to 384khz. Therefore, playback of hi-res files is limited only to the ability of your DAC. You might also imagine a DAC that interfaces with your PC via proprietary software should be avoided with a Linux set up. Its one of the "drawbacks" of computing in the "open source" world. My USB is a Furutech GT40 DAC. The DAC is plug and play with both Linux and Windows 7. My laptop is nothing fancy - an Acer 5736Z. Is has only USB (3) and HDMI (1) connections, so I'm accessing my music via a Seagate Go-Flex external USB drive and playback through a USB DAC. Supposedly, a USB hard drive and USB DAC combo is a no-no, but it sounds great to me. I chose Linux Mint for my Linux distro, through frankly any number of distros would have worked out. Due to its orientation for Linux newbies - though it is also well suited for advanced users - Linux Mint and Mepis Linux were the two final candidates in my search for the right a Linux OS for my needs. At the end of the day, I picked Mint because of a personal preference for the Gnome user interface. There's also a bit more software that integrates well / easily with Gnome due to the ubiquity of Ubuntu. Generally speaking, the selection of playback software in Linux doesn't matter quite as much with the default set up. That's because most versions of Linux come with a single back-end processing engine that handles the conversion and output of the signal. Therefore, the software is simply an interface that allows the selection of the media files that the back-end will process. As long as the back-end processing sounds good to your ears, then the playback software is simply a matter of personal taste. Linux Mint comes with a pretty full featured music player by default: Rhythmbox. I prefer the interface of this particular program, but again, its more about personal preference: http://guayadeque.org/forums/index.php?p=/wiki/page/Home Hope this helps answer your questions.
  12. Thanks for the feedback. I guess I still don't get why playback in win 7 is glitchy. The easy solution I guess is to stick with playback under Linux for now.
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