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  1. +1. As I stated in a few reviews the DSD sweet spot is clearly 512
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    New Cowboy Junkies - All That Reckoning

    Yes, I get all of their emails due to being on the newsletter list. As I said, I've seen them numerous times, some of them being very small clubs I found via those same newsletters. They do a good job with them, like when they documented their Nomad series.
  3. If you are looking for a KISS, then CA is the LAST place on earth you are going to find it. (I could read about five meanings into that, and all of them would be right).
  4. It goes without saying that all music files/libraries/collections need to be backed up. That is a somewhat different point, though. I was merely pointing out that one shouldn't use their somewhat fragile spinning disc player/rippers to do more than necessary when computers can do a lot of the heavy lifting. DSD tagging is done well by a number of products, MP3Tag being a favorite. Set a file naming convention, let the web find your main tagged fields, cover art, etc etc.
  5. As I've posted many times, as have others, it is not advisable to use precious spinning life to rip to anything but ISOs. Save the players for ISO rip only, and use a computer to then extract to DSF (via things like ISO2DSF). Also, ripping to ISOs means you never have to rip again, cuz ISOs contain both 2 channel and (if available) multichannel content, and are perfect for archiving.
  6. Thx. It's been 5 and a half years since I did this, but from recollection I would be slightly pessimistic about doing this on the Mac. Why? Because the Mytek Windows ASIO driver is the key here. It is the traffic cop that makes a simple USB hub into a 3 dac solution, taking each dacs serial number and assigning l/r, c-lfe and ls-rs to the dacs respectively. And to answer the word clock question, I simply used the internal clocks and cabled them together (wclk in, wclk out) to keep them in sync, as per Michal at Mytek. As I documented in the mini-review, I tried them without the clock cables and the presentation lost musicality. I have never done a proper a/b between this multi-dac solution and my exaSound e28, which is my current go-to for multichannel playback. Yes, the more modern e38 is no doubt better than my e28.
  7. ? There are many of us already doing I2S with PCM at rates well above 192k and at DSD bit rates (DSD64 through DSD512). Moreover, Metrum deciding to use RJ45 as the I2S vehicle is a hurdle that removes quite a few dacs from the compatibility discussion...so not sure what you meant by "anyone with any sense". But yes, for a Metrum companion, it makes sense.
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    J River to HQPlayer (a very limited solution)

    This is not for embedded hqplayer!
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    J River to HQPlayer (a very limited solution)

    Geoff, Thanks. What is new, fixed or different about this release? Didn't expect to see a changelog from you, but asking anyway.
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    New Cowboy Junkies - All That Reckoning

    Larry just saw them recently and I'm seeing them (for the sixth time) in Boulder in July. Love them!! The new song is a nice preview. As I've posted many times, if anyone is a Trinity Sessions fan, the SACD remaster is clearly the best its ever sounded (incl Canadian redbook, etc). Amazing.
  11. Two different ways to skin a cat. In the case of many DACs (not necessarily the EMM/Meitners) the upsampling tech used internally is somewhat of an afterhtought, with cheap chipsets. In those cases, doing that heavy lifting in powerful cpus with dedicated upsampling software like HQPlayer is way more effective and musical. However, many of those same dacs will not get out of their own way and let you upsample into NOS mode, so it's a hybrid approach of sending high sample rate material to them and then they still do some ineffective heavy lifting anyway. In the case of great (and expensive) implementations like what is probably in Ed's designs with the V2, they do a good job. But, in theory (and in practice in some cases) for much less $$ one could postulate that you could provide a strong silent cpu, great dedicated and flexible software and an appropriate NOS-capable dac and be to the same musical conclusion a different way.
  12. Yes, he used what he had laying around (of sorts). He knows its significant power overkill, but a clean ATX supply nonetheless (Seasonic Titanium).
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    HQ Player

    Then what are you trying to accomplish? If you unfollow then you will not get emails with links, and will not be tempted to come over here. What else is going on that has you trapped here?
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    HQ Player

    GVL responded to your same question two weeks ago! Simply go to the top right of this page, click on "following" and click the big red "unfollow"!! Or just don't respond.
  15. Butifull01, can you describe how you tested the dacs? What front end was used, and what sample rates or bit rates were listened to? I ask because so many dac comparisons try to do single variable tests (i.e change dac only, everything else the same) and IMHO that is soo wrong. Many dacs shine in only very specific environments. I use the US baseball analogy of trying to compare pitchers striking out batters. Some use very high speed fastballs, while others use changing velocity curve balls. To ask one to use the other would be foolish (and unsuccessful) For example, the only way I was able to rate the Holo Spring Lv3 KTE so highly was to use NOS mode, HQPlayer, I2S (via SU-1) and some very good HQP upsampling techniques. I'm sure other dacs shine in completely different environments. So...I wonder how you tested these dacs, and did you allow each of them to use their best strengths? Thx