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  1. 24/96kHz ! No, you are mistaken. Anyone seeing an indication of 24/96kHz for a track from TIDAL's MQA version of the LedZeppelin IV remastered album is observing it after it has been decoded to the MQA core, aka 'first unfold' (hence the doubling of the TIDAL online server supplied undecoded MQA track's sample rate). That only happens at the user end, with appropriate MQA supporting software and/or hardware, after the MQA track's audio file data has been streamed and received over the internet from TIDAL's online server. I repeat:
  2. Not necessarily - remember undecoded MQA as streamed directly from TIDAL's online server is either 24 bit/44.1kHz or 24 bit/48kHz. From the manual, the Audioquest Beetle's green light appears to only indicate sample rate at 44.1kHz, so no mention of bit depth. You may have just happened to choose an MQA album's tracks that the TIDAL server supplies at 24/44.1kHz. Is there any indication of bit depth on the Beetle DAC? Off the top of my head, I believe the TIDAL MQA version of the Led Zeppelin IV remastered album tracks are supplied from TIDAL at 24/48kHz. Of course even if the mConnect player app's internal player is playing the correct MQA (ie, at either 24/44.1kHz or 24/48kHz) tracks, that does not necessarily mean that you'll be getting a bit perfect output from the iPhone - the only way you'll be able to tell that is if the MQA indicator lights up on a connected fully decoding MQA DAC! No - TIDAL were referring to their own software, not third party TIDAL supporting applications. Otherwise, how do you explain the current reports of TIDAL MQA supporting software such as Roon player, Audivana Plus player, Lumin iOS controller app, Bluesound controller app, etc?
  3. Not necessarily - the mConnect Player controller app can be used to allow MQA tracks undecoded/passthrough from TIDAL to be streamed by its built-in/local audio file player, as well as by networked renderers that support standard UPnP/DLNA, Google Cast (includes Chromecast) and AirPlay. The mConnect Player Lite version is free and also supports MQA from TIDAL - missing some (minor) features of the full version, eg track sorting, folder bookmarking, and remembering the last used renderer: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mconnect-player-lite/id507379024 No idea if its built-in player can get the iPhone to output bit perfectly via the CCK (I don't have either), but it's certainly worth testing it out. AFAIK, the mConnect Player app is currently the only TIDAL supporting 3rd party UPnP/DLNA & Google Cast device controller that allows you to identify & stream MQA tracks (albeit undecoded).
  4. Cebolla

    Has anyone got BBC iplayer on Daphile

    Ok, then the lower bitrate appears to be just the result of the BBC's current internet radio stream archiving policy.
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    Has anyone got BBC iplayer on Daphile

    It's possible that you happened to be listening to an on demand stream which the BBC decided to provide at 127kbps max, for some reason. All the ones I've recently tried with the plugin stream AAC at 320kbps. Certainly the BBC live internet radio streams all do, both via the HLS and the MPEG-DASH options. Also, check to make sure you have the "Bitrate for Live stream DASH" and/or the "Bitrate for On Demand DASH' options set to "Use highest available bitrate DASH stream", if you have the "Live Stream Preference" and/or the "On Demand Stream Preference" options set to "DASH" - in Daphile's LMS config settings: Settings -> Advanced Media Server Settings -> Advanced -> BBC iPlayer. Note: there are no equivalent options for HLS, so I assume you should automatically be getting the highest bitrate streams if you have the "Live Stream Preference" and/or the "On Demand Stream Preference" options set to "HLS".
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    dCS Network Bridge

    Absolutely amazing! What were dCS Ltd thinking in apparently designing the Network Bridge to not support gapless playback when operating as a standard UPnP/DLNA renderer? The UPnP A/V Standard SetNextAVTransportURI method is required by standard UPnP control points and renderers to support gapless playback, as implemented by both the BubbleUPnP Server and the UPnPBridge LMS plugin. Does the dCS Network Bridge not actually support the SetNextAVTransportURI method at all, or is it just that it's not implementing it correctly?
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    MQA is Vaporware

    Indeed, although you have to be very careful that you have explicitly selected TIDAL's actual standard CD resolution tracks for the playlist in the comparison and not just re-used a playlist built from MQA tracks - in the hope that the CD res versions will automatically be used instead because you've adjusted the output quality from Masters to HiFi. TIDAL's online server will not swap the MQA version for the CD res one for you. It will instead provide you with a doctored version of the undecoded MQA file track, resampled from its original resolution (either 24/44.1kHz or 24/48kHz) to 16/44.1kHz!
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    Has anyone got BBC iplayer on Daphile

    Hi diode84, I'm not using Daphile, but the old v1.3.1 alpha 3 of the BBC iplayer plugin by Triode is still working on my (Windows) LMS 7.9 setup - I'm also UK based. I had to revert to that version from the current version (v1.5.3 beta), which being newer may work better for you. It is available from bpa's plugins beta releases repository at: http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/bpaplugins/betarelease-repo.xml More info at: https://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?106409-BBCiPlayer-V1-5-2-beta-test BTW, even though the official BBC iPlayer apps have for several months now required you to sign in, the LMS plugins have never had that facility and yet still function. John
  9. Nope - it's your interpretation of 'only', though I can see how it can easily be confused. TIDAL were referring to just using their own software, ie, MQA is currently not available from the official TIDAL iOS & Android apps, nor from accessing the TIDAL player webpages on a web browser.
  10. Absolute twaddle - MQA TIDAL tracks are officially available both undecoded (passthrough) and decoded to the MQA Core (aka first unfold) on software other the TIDAL desktop app. The MConnect Player and the (free) MConnect Player Lite standard UPnP/DLNA controller apps, mentioned by the OP, are produced by conversdigital, an official MQA partner: http://www.mqa.co.uk/customer/our-partners/conversdigital-partner-page Both the paid and free versions of MConnect Player app provide the standard UPnP/DLNA supporting network audio file player it is controlling with MQA TIDAL track streams undecoded, at the correct resolution as available from TIDAL's online server, ie, at either 24/44.1kHz or at 24/48kHz. Currently only the the iOS versions of the app support gapless playback, though support for gapless playback is planned for the Android versions. conversdigital also produce the MQA decoding proprietary MConnect network audio file streaming hardware/firmware, as used by by PS Audio in their Bridge II Network Audio Card. The MConnect streamer is controlled with the similarly named, but not to be confused with, MConnect Controller app.
  11. That's more like it. So we now seem to have the same microRendu skipping issue, occurring with a known upmdpcl setup and it is unlikely to be anything to do with the TIDAL & Qobuz stream proxies, ie, BubbleUPnP Android app, BubbleUPnP Server and UpMpd-mediaserver. Ok, though this mpd buffer issue is likely to be restricted to instances when mpd is decoding compressed audio file streams or may be just FLAC file streams, since the Sonore devices have been reported to behave themselves when playing WAV file streams from Audirvana Plus, which always transcodes the original FLAC file streams from TIDAL to WAV. So may be the buffer problem is what's causing the FLAC decoder that mpd is using to abort:
  12. The idea is to get the Marantz CR611 to appear as a Squeezebox type device, so that it can be controlled by Daphile's LMS, rather than use its LMS's (limited) capabilities as a UPnP/DLNA media server for the Marantz. You should then be able to use the same Squeezebox controller for the CR611 that you are using for the Daphile's player. You need to install the UPnP/DLNA bridge 3rd party plugin by Philippe, to allow LMS Marantz CR611 to be used as if it were regular Squeezebox, in: Settings -> Advanced Media Server Settings -> Plugins Don't forget to Apply & Restart. Once LMS has restarted, you need to configure the UPnPBridge plugin for the CR611 by going to: Settings -> Advanced Media Server Settings -> Advanced -> UPnP/DLNA bridge Start the UPnPBridge by ticking the Running box. Generate a Configuration File, by pressing the Generate button. If all's well, after a few seconds all the UPnP/DLNA streamers on the network should be listed as a player at the bottom of the page, hopefully including the Marantz CR611 (assuming its connected to the same network). The Marantz CR611 will likely require a more sophisticated profile than the default [common parameters] one, that will allow it to play properly. I'd suggest using the profile for the Maranrz CR603, as it is an older version of the CR611. You'll first need to stop the UPnP/DLNA bridge, select the Marantz CR611's settings and then apply the Maranrz CR603's profile to the Marantz CR603.
  13. Oh, right. As you must have originally gone to the Qobuz settings to set up the account's login & password, I'd already assumed that you had seen & set the audio quality to FLAC 24 bits!
  14. I don't have a Qobuz sublime+ account, but I am able to get the BubbleUPnP Android controller app to get all the hi-res FLAC supporting UPnP/DLNA renderers I've tried, to stream all of the tracks on the free Qobuz Sublime+ Playlist at their correct resolutions. The only problem is that the BubbleUPnP app's Now Playing display always indicates a resolution of 44.1kHz | 24 bits, regardless of the hi-res track's actual sample rate. Could this be your actual problem, ie, did you double check what resolution the microRendu is actually playing and/or outputting to your DAC (assuming no resampling with a bit perfect output setting)?
  15. The 'special' Qobuz Sublime+ Playlist is free to use for anyone to try/test hi-res streaming from Qobuz: http://try.qobuz.com/sublimeplus_en/clkn/http/open.qobuz.com/playlist/1452463