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    Article: McIntosh MS500 Music Streamer Review

    After emailing McIntosh I found that the DAC board itself is much more advanced than the images show, so I have to adjust my opinion on that part of the device. I actually like that. I'm still bothered, a lot, by the computerboard; I have build devices like this and know the long-term caveats. If McIntosh would have gone for 'just a DAC' and used a very good power supply I probably would have agreed with the asking price. The computer board is degrading the performance both because of its power supply and all the noise issues, and the long term outlook isn't that great, not even if they try everything they can. If they'd sold it as 2 half size devices, one with the motherboard and one with the DACs, using an ethernet connection, it would have been so much more elegant, maintainable and upgradable. Also, it would have given people the chance to just go for the DAC's and choose their own frontend.
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    Article: McIntosh MS500 Music Streamer Review

    You could remove the motherboard, replace it by any other of the same form factor, install the Linux distribution of your choice on the SSD, add Kodi and just connect the power-cable between the motherboard and DAC-board and plugin the USB cable again, and it would work just as well. You are really overestimating the amount of R&D by Autonomic; the motherboard is -not- designed specifically for this device, it really is a bog standard one, with all the lousy interference issues that a bog standard motherboard has. So what remains is some software to scroll through a music library and play that. What remains is the box, and I'll admit that it looks better than a laptop with a Hugo DAC attached to it. You could actually replace the DAC board by a Hugo or even a Firefly and have a cost effective upgrade come to think of it. I have designed computers like this, and I have no issues with the idea, but with this price tage, this really is a severe case of the Emperors cloths.
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    Article: McIntosh MS500 Music Streamer Review

    Looking at the internals of the MS500 we see a bog-standard mini sized computer motherboard, worth something like $200, maybe $250, with an added 2GB of memory and a very standard SSD drive. Total cost, somewhere south of $350 if shop bought. On the right side we see a USB-DAC chip made by Tenor, not even a brand, but a label which only claim to fame is to be budget friendly. The DAC board doesn't even come with its own power supply, but it borrows its power from the motherboard and uses a muRata chip and largish condensator to cleanup the voltage a bit. Unless the housing costs over $5000 to produce, this device looks like a total ripoff.
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    MQA is Vaporware

    Yes, I wasn't sure if I remembered the name correctly, but he was indeed abusing mr. Douglas creation. I could have made the url more specific, but I'm very lazy and as there were requests for long reads....
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    MQA is Vaporware

    No, if I remember correctly he was using the name Arthur, but no idea about his real name. But I really wanted to test my logic here, so could you comment on that?
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    MQA is Vaporware

    This is the long story (which like this thread is also contaminated by a lot of opinions, including my own): https://forums.linn.co.uk/bb/showthread.php?tid=35574 A slightly shorter version is that the beforementioned marketing director used a false identity to ask 'interested questions' about MQA while obviously trying to steer the answers. His problem was that he lacked the basic technical knowledge to discuss the subject, and when he was forced to reveal his true identity all that left was a somewhat sad sales guy in a room full of agitated audiophiles.
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    MQA is Vaporware

    On another forum I used a less technical but a more logical approach to be critical about the claims that MQA makes: - if MQA is designed to battle ringing effects caused by ADCs, it will break digital recordings and recordings using samples. - you need to have access to the original recordings to be able to distinguish analogue and digital parts, effectively meaning you need to manually remaster most if not all studio recordings after 1980 (or 1930 if you start at the rhythmicon) to be sure you don't fix things that aren't broken. The amount of effort that will take means MQA cannot get a huge library. - if MQA does have a large library, it means they just used a somewhat generic filter over an already mastered album, which will have very unreliable effects. Bonus question: - lossy formats have ringing effects because math tells them they should. How weird is it to introduce ringing while trying to battle ringing? A marketing director of Meridian (long story) wasn't able to find faults in my reasoning, and obviously neither can I. So, does my reasoning make any sense or am I wrong?
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    MQA spectrum plots

    On the Linn forum we found the following link: http://images.computeraudiophile.com/ca/utimaco_mqa.pdf. DRM and MQA does not seem to be strangers to one eachother. I hope this helps. (Hi guys. )
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