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  2. Amazing Music of the World.

    Introducing Amancio D'Silva ... Amancio D'Silva was of Goan Indian descent but settled in London, England. "Hum Dono" is available on TIDAL
  3. JVS Cheerleads an MQA CD..Sis Boom Bah!

    I don't know. Personally, I liked "Mean Girls" better. Perhaps "Angry Mean Beavers Club" would be a good compromise? I'm thinking "Girl Beavers" is redundant.
  4. JVS Cheerleads an MQA CD..Sis Boom Bah!

    "he is a compensated liar."
  5. JVS Cheerleads an MQA CD..Sis Boom Bah!

    Yeah, I get this: The Angry Beaver Club. Not playing this game.
  6. JVS Cheerleads an MQA CD..Sis Boom Bah!

    Wait a minute, wait a minute - how is pointing out Bob L's explicit, public relationship with MQA - that is his explicit affirmation of their goals - "slander"???
  7. JVS Cheerleads an MQA CD..Sis Boom Bah!

    Trolling? Piling on? Can you support that statement?
  8. Allo Sparky USBridge

    Agreed...its a shame because the USBridge does sound pretty good though I cannot do a more detailed comparison because of all the stutters. BTW, I love your speakers! Its on my list to eventually get a pair of Harbeths for a second system.
  9. JVS Cheerleads an MQA CD..Sis Boom Bah!

    Yo! I thahnk da boys jus' pahnahng for da old days of da forum. 'S coo', bro. Yo! peep need ta move on I
  10. JVS Cheerleads an MQA CD..Sis Boom Bah!

    As you have often said to me, you have again ducked the question. VERY convenient. And you are so often so very critical of those who don't respond to your demands to answer YOUR questions. I could provide ample textual evidence for this. Isn't this hypocritical. Take a dose of your own medicine. "I'm sure almost everyone on the forum would agree that it's excruciatingly banal." Can you really speak for the forum? You continue to respond to fair, reasonable challenges with insults. How is that good faith? It is not good faith and you do not provide the minimum respect that every person here deserves.
  11. JVS Cheerleads an MQA CD..Sis Boom Bah!

    You might have a point. He would make a great Gort.
  12. Allo Sparky USBridge

    Amazing @pgbcincy succeed (without Gigabit Ethernet to USB3 adapter)
  13. The Best for the Least

    Thanks, @Spacehound, I suspected as much.
  14. JVS Cheerleads an MQA CD..Sis Boom Bah!

    He should just go join Steve Hoffman or SBAF then.
  15. Contemporary Piano Music

    Absolutely ... great stuff. Thanks! Regards.
  16. Allo Sparky USBridge

    we do have a gigabit to USB ethernet adapter... please PM me .
  17. JVS Cheerleads an MQA CD..Sis Boom Bah!

    I think he's just pining for the old days of the forum. At some point, a crusade against incivility becomes quixotic.
  18. Allo Sparky USBridge

    Well that sucks. Seems I will be returning/selling this then. Anyone want to buy a very lightly used USBridge???
  19. SOtM SMs200 Ultra, 4th place in my test. What am I doing wrong?

    Hi Bullitt, that is a lot of question. It is a learning curve and the computer audiophile journey is still ongoing while for instance for Vinyl I have arrived and I am happy. So bare with me and my opinion on these topics: I had the iFi first and bought the Ultra out of curiosity. In my system it is a lot better than the iFi but they do different things. I am watching out for Hans B. to test them in a chain which he announced a few days ago. SOTM themselves are selling a USB re-clocker to combine with the Ultra. That does not mean it makes sense only because it makes money for SOTM. However, I first started off with the Ultra alone. I really hate all my USB-cables (which is why I had bought the iFi a while ago) and I am not prepared 700 Dollars on a USB cable although it would not bother me. So the USB-topic remains and that is why I have integrated the iFi into the signal path again. I am not going to try the Ultra with the stock PSU, I have just bought me a second sPS-500 to power my MacMini and maybe I am going to get me a third to power the network switch and the Asus media bridge, both run on battery right now. I like these boxes they fit nicely into my rack and I can have plenty of them and it does not look odd. Just go and order the SPS-500 and return it if you don't like it, which you won't do I am sure. Battery power is a lot cheaper, I got mine on amazon for 90,-€ and it works really fine, powered the iFi for days, also the Asus bridge and well, the switch forever... A comment on HQP and upsampling with Lyngdorf. You might know that the 2170 converts all signals to 24/96 internally, also my turntable analog in and also the CD-in, even when it comes through a digital cable. Everything is turned into 24/96. So I can hear changes when using HQP for PCM upsampling but I agree with the Lyngdorf support saying that it really does not make a lot of sense because then the Lyngdorf processor really cannot do much anymore, a signal once upsampled cannot be optimized anymore... Anyway, so only in this case, it all sounds best when streaming files the way they come. Downsampling to 24/96 also does not help, everything just the way it comes. To the CD-2. I believe it is pure luxury to have it. My 10 year old Rega Apollo used to be as good as at least. But it did not fit the chain anymore being a top loader and surrounded by all this computer-audiophile stuff. Then I got me the CD-2 for reference purpose only. Whenever I believe there could be something wrong with the computer-audiophile chain and I do not have the Vinyl version, I play the original CD from which I once ripped the FLAC to compare. This helps me with root cause analysis. Other than that I have become too lazy with Roon and the advantages of computer audio, my CD-2 might have run 30 hrs in one year only. If you like to round things up, buy it. If you do not really need a CD Player you do not need this one either... Chris
  20. JVS Cheerleads an MQA CD..Sis Boom Bah!

    And by civility, he actually means non-dissent.
  21. SQ or SNAKEOIL

    So you've backed off it being the VM?
  22. SQ or SNAKEOIL

    Which means nothing as far as I'm concerned. The only point you are scoring here about audio is basically saying that audiophiles imagine lots of what they hear. I don't care what anyone listens to or what setup, add ons, file formats, speaker type or amp class anyone listens to and likes - and thinks "sounds better". Even if they are 100% fooling themselves. Their business. I do object when they turn their personal preferences into some kind of rule about what must sound better - that A is by definition better than B. All the time, for everyone. Then they try and make it my business and to enforce their personal taste on me and everyone else. It's like when every time Class D amps gets mentioned, a certain poster says "they suck". Well no they don't. That person thinks they suck. It's not a universal truth.
  23. JVS Cheerleads an MQA CD..Sis Boom Bah!

    Alright, then. I see you included and even italicized "IN MY OPINION" to your slanderous remark about Bob Ludwig, who is not here to defend himself. Is this merely a legal way of insuring that you (and CA by extention) can wrap first amendment protection around you? Is it merely to avoid being banned? Doesn't this still leave an ethical dilemma? More generally, regarding some of the remarks against MQA on this forum doesn't this quote apply to some extent? "Persisting in a charge which one does not know to be true, is simply malicious slander." If not that, then at the very least, malicious gossip?
  24. SQ or SNAKEOIL

    That they are not obviously being intentionally fraudulent.
  25. Don't know if this was a rhetorical question along the lines of "What's wrong with kids these days?" or if you're looking for serious answers/speculation, but I'll throw some input in. I played the video through MusicScope. The peaks are at -6dB. The loudness range (similar to dynamic range) is 10.0 - which is a pretty high value; this indicates the song has a mix of loud & soft passages, and even wide volume range within a passage. There is definitely some hard limiting at -6dB, but it is mostly the snare, kick, & bass that hit the limiter. Compare that with Bruno Mars' "That's What I Like" from the album 24K Magic (winner of the 2018 Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical): The peaks are at 0dB - all the way to the top. MusicScope says the "True Peak Level" is even higher than zero (this means after the DA conversion the signal may distort the analog stage; i.e. it's really loud). The LRA is 3.6 - pretty tight. And it's not just instantaneous signals like drums that hit the peaks; the vocals sit at 0dB most of the time, too. IMHO, this track is designed to be listened to in headphones in a gym or in a car; i.e. It is designed to block out ambient sounds - it is pretty white noise. Also, the Bruno Mars track is not a live performance. It is assembled from individual, isolated recordings (stems), and heavily edited. It wasn't played, it was built. If you are an this site, I expect you are aware of "The Loudness Wars". Music is no longer something you are expected to sit down & listen to in a controlled (read quiet) environment. It is something you listen to while going about your day. It must compete with all the other ambient noise going on around you. Therefore it is mixed loud & stays loud - you control the volume with a button. It's a culture problem. I don't think any one group can be blamed.
  26. SQ or SNAKEOIL

    How is it not a textbook example of mass hysteria?
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