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  1. Two new ways to save money on music downloads: NativeDSD's "Buy A Record Label" program and Blue Coast Prime. https://positive-feedback.com/audio-discourse/blue-coast-prime/
  2. The Dream Series from Playback Designs is being demonstrated at AXPONA this weekend. Followed by demos during High End Munich next month.
  3. MQA is Vaporware

    That's what I was wondering. Are PCM 768 and DSD 512 not "optimized" (probably wouldn't want to use such features unless they were optimized) or are they gone altogether? From your research, it looks like they are gone altogether. Not what I would consider being a ROM "upgrade"!
  4. MQA is Vaporware

    From the firmware download page for the iDSD Micro BL and iDSD Micro, it says that the downsides of changing from 5.20 to 5.30 are: SPDIF output deleted (MQA does not do SPDIF pass through). For optimised DSD512/PCM768, please use firmware v5.20. I'm wondering what happens with the future iFi Audio products like the iDSD Pro where they presumably will be released with 5.30. Does that mean no "optimized" PCM 768, DSD 512 and above features? Hmm....
  5. MQA is Vaporware

    That sounds like very good advice. Stay away from any DAC - or any DAC's ROM upgrade - that does MQA. (Also explains why PS Audio is handling MQA in their Bridge product vs. in their DirectStream DAC). https://www.psaudio.com/askpaul/mqa-is-it-any-good/
  6. I was wondering the same thing. Would love to continue with the DSD 512 upgrades w/out any MQA.
  7. Does the new firmware also add third-party USB Audio 2.0 DAC support for the new PlayPoint Mk.II model?
  8. DSD downloads in Europe

    The licensing agreements that Acoustic Sounds has signed with the major record labels (Sony, Warner, Universal) only cover the U.S. and Canada markets. Hence the geographic restrictions on DSD Downloads from Acoustic Sounds. In contrast, the smaller independent labels tend to license music downloads worldwide vs. by country. That explains how NativeDSDMusic is releasing new Stereo and Multichannel DSD albums every Friday from over 50 different record labels. https://yarlungrecords.nativedsd.com/ https://channelclassics.nativedsd.com/
  9. I'm guessing that you could set up a JRiver view with Ted's instructions to access those DSD ISO files for playback as a separate category using the video tutorial mentioned above.
  10. That's how I do it as well. Rip to ISO images first. And then generate Stereo and Multichannel .DSF files with ISO2DSD.
  11. 15% Off all 63 London Symphony Orchestra albums in DSD Stereo & DSD Surround Sound during the month of March. From NativeDSD Music and the orchestra's LSO Live label. Use offer code LSO at checkout to get the savings. Through March 31, 2018. https://www.nativedsd.com/information/lso-live-sale-march-2018 https://lsolive.nativedsd.com/albums/LSO0807-mozart-violin-concertos-nos-4-k218-nos-5-k224 https://lsolive.nativedsd.com/albums/LSO0808-haydn-an-imaginary-orchestral-journey https://www.facebook.com/NativeDsdMusic/photos/a.765895486802195.1073741827.497854580272955/1678535372204864/?type=3&permPage=1
  12. High-Resolution Downloads to die for…

    Now available in Pure DSD 256 Stereo and Multichannel: En Silencio from guitarist Ricardo Jesús Gallén - 2 weeks ahead of the official release date. And in the original DSD 256 resolution - with no DXD processing! Nice. https://eudora.nativedsd.com/albums/EUDDR1801-en-silencio https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=60W9VXZKBGY http://blog.nativedsd.com/producers-note-for-ricardo-gallen-en-silencio/ https://eudora.nativedsd.com/albums/fernando-sor-guitar-sonatas https://www.facebook.com/NativeDsdMusic/posts/1676716932386708
  13. DSD Discounts

    Over 75 albums in DSD Stereo - and many in DSD Surround Sound - are on sale this week at NativeDSD Music during their "DSD Sale Week". Check the link below for details on the sales and albums in DSD available at a discount for a limited time. https://www.nativedsd.com/information/nativedsd-sales-week-late-feb-early-march
  14. In the new edition of Brian's Corner at the NativeDSD Blog, there are articles on the 15 Free DSD Demo Tracks (available when you sign up for a free NativeDSD membership), audio equipment for Multichannel DSD playback and a mention of the 4-Channel Multichannel DSD 256 recording of Chopin's Last Waltz by Robert Silverman. http://blog.nativedsd.com/free-dsd-tracks-playing-multichannel-dsd-chopins-last-waltz/ https://www.facebook.com/NativeDsdMusic/photos/a.765908406800903.1073741828.497854580272955/1657713364287065/?type=3
  15. Business Insider reports that Apple Music now has 36 Million subscribers. It could pass Spotify in the US market later this year. http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-music-is-about-to-overtake-spotify-in-the-us-2018-2