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  1. There's no need to make judgement how I listen to music, for that, you have no authority or any expertise.
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    Album of the Evening

    Talk about setting the scene at the end of Winter. Just superb cello and very good sonics. Zoe Keating - Snowmelt. The recording from Bandcamp site is a 96/24.
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    Audirvana Plus 3 for Windows (Official Thread)

    OK, where's the command to install Audirvana totally skipping the MS runtime, since the runtime install is already on the machine and A+ can't see it's installed.... The log for the install. 'Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.1 (x86 and x64)' RunCheck result: Install Needed EULA for components 'Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.1 (x86 and x64)' was accepted. Installation of components 'Visual C++ "14" Runtime Libraries (x64)' was accepted. Copying files to temporary directory "C:\Users\XXXXX\AppData\Local\Temp\VSDDE69.tmp\" Downloading files to "C:\Users\XXXXX\AppData\Local\Temp\VSDDE69.tmp\" (17/07/2018 07:39:47) Downloading 'vcredist_x64\vc_redist.x64.exe' from 'https://aka.ms/vs/15/release/vc_redist.x64.exe' to 'C:\Users\XXXXXX\AppData\Local\Temp\VSDDE69.tmp\' Download completed at 17/07/2018 07:39:49 Downloading failed with HRESULT=-2146697208
  4. The main reason for having the shield on the cable is to avoid HF being emitted from inside the cable and avoiding RF to get in the inside conductors. The problem arises when the shield is a different potential at the source and the receiver in a classic ground loop. A second conductor run in parallel with shielded cable’s shield will achieve the same potential at both ends. It may not be attractive, but it works.
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    JCAT Net Card Femto

    Interesting post this one on the comparison between Tidal and locally stored music. I listened to the music and the preamble by the presenter first, then stopped at the presenter's judgement to review the tracks. In every case when the Tidal version was played, the SQ took a dive and an increase in the annoyance factor, and couldn't wait for the change to a different track to take place. This was listening on my laptop's in built speakers. I agree with the presenter's findings, and one of the (many) reasons that I don't continue to use the Tidal service. The video would have taken some time to prepare and I commend the presenter's efforts. While I'm not convinced the microphones and recorders create more of an issue with their A/D, these differences didn't matter since the system didn't change and the SQ between the two sources are very clear. Notes : I use a JCAT USB PCIe version for a few months now, and it's still installed, haven't needed the incentive to remove it, highly recommended.
  6. I see your point, the ultimate SQ is dependant on the amount of reduction of noise and garbage that outputs from either (player digital or physical disc). The OP and myself are using the CD player analog out to an amp, and this difference is clearly distinguishable. Even though a DAC, in the CD player or Streamer can process a digital stream in a similar if not identical manner, way, the DAC (see the bolded A) is the ultimate zone where the most influence occurs, typically power supplies, construction of the transport. In a CD player the signal paths are very short compared with a Streamer which is several metres and multiple crappy power supplies in routers, switches. There's room for improvement for either system, for my ears for a few years, the physical medium from the Accuphase still leads. I've managed to come close from a computer, but the effort and cost I could have spared and bought another spare (SA)CD player in hindsight. I do keep my digital collection up to date and it's a great convenience, even made CD-Rs of decent downloads, and they're better than through a PC-DAC combo.
  7. That’s exactly what I feel. Can play physical discs all day, and enjoyable right to the end. Congrats on the amplifier, in future years it will be difficult to b satisfied with another brand, will not be possible but only use Accuphase. The integrateds are fine instruments, enough drive for even difficult loads, the choice is wide open. For speakers i find KEF reference very good, BW models also there, so Accuphase tends to be leaning towards a neutral speaker. Anyway something to keep in mind down the track.
  8. Well, no, your judgement is based on not hearing the Accuphase CD player, so the post is in error. @mblssmp2 prefers the sound of the player versus the digital setup, which is not an average setup. In comparison to Tidal streaming and the Accuphase player, Tidal loses dynamics and ‘musicality ‘ to a point where the sound is nowhere near the player’s capabilities. I would recommend to @mblssmp2 to audition the DP-560 as it is SACD capable.
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    Can you persuade people to believe things with evidence?

    Thank you for the link, studying now.
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    Can you persuade people to believe things with evidence?

    I will ponder on the sentence “All ravens are black” instead of reading this thread and ignore this thread which will still run after 30 pages and resolve very little, like other no audio topics in the top 5 general forum.
  11. Hey OP, aren't you finding a server than is capable of DSD512? As far as I know, Linux of many flavours outputs via ALSA but ALSA needs to be certain version. Volumio has claimed to have native DSD512, so maybe stick with them for the time being. A USB stick working perhaps 24/7 may give off a lot of heat...? I would question the the long term reliability and venture to go with any Volumio compatible computer with a hard disk
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    Audirvana Plus 3 for Windows (Official Thread)

    Report Large library lag is now gone, thank the stars for that one! Resizing windows now works quickly, memory used is 0.554 Mb, CPU time is less than 0.4 %. The new version uses the same database as before, didn't need to rebuild that one. Currently mobile, DAC is a Sony PHA-3 (Senn PXC450) using the ASIO driver. Leaving the upsampling well alone, cause upsampling to DSD128, makes the mouse even crawl to molasses. What I do hear though compared to JRiver is tighter and more pronounced bass, better detail on reverb. Overall a more engaging sound, I'll be home in 48 hours, so will try again on the main system. If the sound is better, I can dump Roon, but a remote control is essential rather than mess with RealVNC. Am confident Audirvana can be installed on WinServer2016. Back to usability issue.... where's the now playing button that brings you back to the album listing? Using the < button to navigate. As far as a stripped down version is concerned, the items are missing are AU plugins as I can see. Upsampling uses SoX and usual power of two, quad or custom, DSD. I don't use Tidal or Qobuz, so can't comment on that although access is available. Of interest will be the uPNP streaming ability to very modest audio equipment eg Radios. And where's the remote? Even on iOS is OK.
  13. The HD820 item is pre-ordered, due to arrive in 08-2018. For now the HDV820 is on ice, have enough to choose from. The cabling consists of the 4 pin XLR and a 6.5mm TRS. The dealer advises that the same connector in the headphone fits the HD 800 & HD 800S. Creates a nice choice for cabling.
  14. This is the very reason I'm sticking with PC->USB->DAC.
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    Audirvana Plus 3 for Windows (Official Thread)

    Well, it IS Friday the 13th. True to form, the latest build from memory 1.0.1.x (sorry couldn't remember all the dots) had this to say. Is 140GB not enough space? Who wrote this merde? 1RAZCHPI.log