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dsnyder

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  1. Can MQA encoded CDs be ripped?

    Apparently, this works in Audirvana Plus 3.x, but you have to rename the files. Goofy, but I'll give it a try this afternoon.
  2. Revisiting/updating my server from WS2012+AO+JRiver?

    I understand what you are saying; however, it does not look like the folks at roonlabs are in any big rush to add convolution support that's compatible with Acourate filters. Conversely, if you add your Squeezebox Touch and Raspberry Pi based media players as zones in JRiver, you'll be able to stream your local library to all of them via JRemote and use BubbleUPnP to do the same for TIDAL (two app interfaces instead of one...but not horrible). If the rest of your family would prefer to use the roon client to manage listening outside of the big system, that's easy to accommodate also. You can run both roon and JRiver on your server (looks like it's powerful enough). You would use JRiver + JRemote + BubbleUPnP for playback in the big system and roon client in the rest of the house. My home setup is actually kind of similar...we use JRemote + BubbleUPnP in the Loft system. However, to play music in the rest of the house, we have five SONOS zones, so we use the SONOS mobile app instead. SONOS has access to our local music library on the Synology NAS plus TIDAL (and actually a lot more via Interent radio stations, etc). The SONOS systems sound surprizingly good for what they are and would be easier to setup than Raspberry Pi + powered speakers for your teens' rooms. :-) I'm looking forward to hearing about what you put together!
  3. Revisiting/updating my server from WS2012+AO+JRiver?

    BTW, I was initially put-off by the notion of using DLNA, but as far as I can tell, there's no lossy compression, re-encoding, or other bit manipulation involved when things are setup correctly. JRiver just gets a FLAC stream from the tablet via the TIDAL HiFi service. In my configuration, this stream is uncompressed to PCM in RAM by JRiver before playback begins. I don't have an easy way to verify it, but the contents in memory should be identical to local FLAC file playback. Pretty cool.
  4. Revisiting/updating my server from WS2012+AO+JRiver?

    My setup is similar since I'm using JRiver's convolution engine with FIR filters generated by Acourate as well. I managed to get TIDAL to stream through JRiver by taking advantage of JRiver's integrated DLNA Renderer. I've posted the details here: HOWTO: Streaming TIDAL via JRiver Media Center This solution does require an Android tablet or smartphone, but it works surprisingly well. I have JRiver configured to "Play files from memory instead of disk" and "Load files into memory at the start of playback". As a result, it takes a few seconds for a track to start playing because JRiver has to slurp it all in from my tablet over wi-fi; however, once playback begins, the sound is indistinguishable from the CD rips that I have on my Synology NAS.
  5. Hello, In case you're not aware, you can use J.River to play tracks that you download from Real's Rhapsody music service. This includes not just mp3 purchases but also DRM'ed WMA files that you have access to as part of your active subscription. In this case, you're paying $10-$15/month to "rent" access to their music library rather than actually purchasing the albums. This is different from streaming in that the actual files are downloaded to your local PC's hard disk. Most complete albums are available for download, but sometimes one or two tracks may be configured for streaming only. Once the tracks are on local disk, you may import them into J.River's library and play them on your big rig using ASIO, Kernel Streaming, WASPI, etc. through your high-end DAC. Although the files are 16-bit, 44.1 kHz WMA at 160kbps, the sound quality is fine for exploring new albums before you decide to order the physical CD from Amazon. It actually sounds a lot better than I expected and it's a huge improvement over streaming the files through the web client or playing them via the Rhapsody thick client. If your primary playback rig happens to be a Windows PC based transport that feeds a nice DAC, I encourage you to give this a try. Go to Rhapsody and sign up for a free 14-day trial of one of their Premier plans: http://www.rhapsody.com/-discover/plans Don't bother with the streaming web player. Instead, download the Windows application (not great, but you need it for downloading tracks) from here: https://order.rhapsody.com/rhapsody/free/real?src=rcom_foot Login to your account and then search for a new album that you'd like to explore. Click the play button to add the tracks to your Rhapsody mixer. Select all of the tracks (CTRL-A) and pick "Download Track(s)" from the right-click pop-up menu. Once the download is complete, right-click on one of the tracks and pick "Show Track Location". Select all of the tracks from the explorer window and drag them into "Now Playing" in J.River Media Center (you may need to re-sort the tracks). Enjoy. You can setup J.River to watch your Rhapsody folder so that new tracks that you download with Rhapsody are automatically imported each time you start J.River. Effectively unlimited music to play on a high-end DAC for $10 or $15/month seems like a good deal to me. I'm not sure if this service is available outside of the US, but please chime in and let us know.
  6. Hello Chris,<br /> <br /> Thanks again for doing the research and sharing your findings. I have been a long-time Rhapsody subscriber, but I have signed up for MOG and will give it a try for a week or two.<br /> <br /> One of the things that I have really liked about Rhapsody is that I can download the tracks to local disk and then play them using Mediamonkey, foobar2000, or J.River using ASIO or Kernel Streaming drivers to my USB DAC. For whatever reason, this produces the best sound with the fewest glitches on my systems vs. using the (somewhat flaky) Rhapsody application or web interface.<br /> <br /> As far as I can tell, MOG does not support a similar model, and I have not discovered a way to configure the browser based player to use ASIO or Kernel Streaming. Although MOG should be streaming 320 kbps audio, the sound quality that I'm getting sounds a lot more like 128 kbps. If I can get the sound quality up to Rhapsody levels, this will be a great way to explore new music in addition to or instead of Rhapsody. Otherwise, I suppose that Rhapsody is not too bad.<br /> <br /> Thanks again.<br /> <br /> -- David<br />
  7. Hello, Quote: Oh, 5 TB, that's nothing. The latest price for a 2 tb drive I spoted was about 125. True, but that 2TB drive will store about $85,000 worth of FLAC'ed CDs. Happy shopping...
  8. Hello, I've been impressed with my LAT International USB 2 Signature cable, but I would love to also hear the new Wyred 4 Sound USB cable. As these go, both are fairly low cost (less than $200 USD). -- David
  9. Do i need a DAC

    Howdy, Well, to state the obvious, if you are delighted with the sound of your current playback system, you may be better off allocating discretionary funds towards purchasing more great music. Over the past couple of years, I was pretty happy with the sound of my Creative E-MU 0404 USB audio interface with upgraded power supply (pretty amazing sound quality and functionality for less than $200 USD), but at times the presentation of upper mids and treble left me wanting. So, once I had saved up a bit, I went DAC shopping. As my signature shows, I recently started using a Wyred 4 Sound DAC, and the improvement in soundstage and treble presentation has been dramatic while still preserving what I loved from the old pro audio interface (which I now just use for recording and portable playback). Since adding the W4S DAC, I have renewed my subscription with the B&W Society of Sound, joined Audio Fidelity's club and started buying more DVD-Audio discs from Amazon, etc. As audiophiles, many of us go through phases where we're not quite happy with what we're hearing through our playback systems (sometimes after hearing a really great setup elsewhere). During those times, we swap things out until we get back to a place where we consistently enjoy what we're hearing. If we are successful, it's back to the music. Otherwise, we move on to another hobby for a while. If you're happy with what you're hearing, you don't need a new DAC...you just need more music. Otherwise, there are lots of excellent DACs out there in the $1k +/- range that would likely be a noticeable improvement over what you are using today. Borrow or buy a couple and give them a try! -- David
  10. Hello,<br /> <br /> I have heard the Cambridge Audio DacMagic a couple of times in different systems, and it sounds very nice indeed...especially for the price! If you're looking for a tangible step up from the DacMagic, you'll probably want to budget around $1k (USD). Although they are not (yet) on the C.A.S.H. list, I would consider the <a href="http://www.rega.co.uk/html/DAC.htm">Rega DAC</a> and the <a href="http://www.wyred4sound.com/webapps/p/74030/117839/396494">Wyred 4 Sound DAC-1</a>.<br /> <br /> Which you choose depends on the characteristics of your existing playback system. If you already have a big open midrange sound, the W4S DAC-1 will give you a larger soundstage with extended and wonderfully realistic but not overdone treble. If your system has a relaxed midrange presentation, the Rega will help you open things up a bit. Both deliver tight extended bass. The USB input in the W4S supports 24-bit 88.2/96 kHz playback, so if you're into high-rez digital audio you can avoid the extra expense of a USB to S/PDIF adapter.<br /> <br /> To really make the upgrade worth your while, I suggest that you save up to avoid disappointment. Your DacMagic is no slouch, so it's not like you will be suffering intolerably in the meantime. :-)
  11. Hello, Quote: ...I'm trying to get a sense of that presense/weight while having a listening [position] of only about 4 feet [away] in an office system... Hmmm, I'm having a little trouble parsing this sentence, so I've added some words. Let me know how I did vs. your original intent. :-) Flanking a 42" LCD screen is going to result in some diffraction unless you can put some distance between the loudspeakers and the screen. If possible, I'd suggest positioning the loudspeakers at least a foot in front of the screen and a foot or two wider than the screen. Will the speakers be on a bookshelf or in an entertainment center? That can have a large impact on smoothness of bass reproduction as well as imaging. You'll want to find loudspeakers that are specifically balanced for bookshelf placement if possible. Some active monitors have switches on the back that can be used to tailor the bass response to accommodate different placement options. For example: An active monitor might be a good way to go anyway. There are lots of interesting options available for not too much money. There are a few other threads on CA that discuss this in a lot more detail, so I won't start a new discussion here. :-) -- David
  12. Article: Bel Canto Design DAC 1.5 e.One Processor Review

    Hi,<br /> <br /> Quote: <cite>Edit: Ah, was on your list.</cite><br /> <br /> Haha. Yes. My Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2 arrived just last week.<br /> <br /> I'm sure that the 2.5 is great gear...a bit out of my reach this time around though.<br /> <br /> Happy listening!<br /> <br /> -- David<br />
  13. Article: Bel Canto Design DAC 1.5 e.One Processor Review

    Hello Chris,<br /> <br /> The 1.5 was on my short-list of ~1K USD DACs. If it had been equipped with an "HT Bypass", there's a good chance I'd have one in my listening room right now. For those like you who are installing the DAC in a dedicated two-channel system, it sounds like a great value. Thanks for posting another great review!<br /> <br /> BTW, what's the "Tuner" button on the remote for? Just curious. :-)<br /> <br /> -- David<br />
  14. Hello, Quote: how do I know if I need a dedicated analog preamp? Good question. You don't if you're using the Denon 4308's built-in amplifiers to drive your loudspeakers directly. However, if you ever decide to add a pair of monoblock poweramps to your system just to drive the front left/right loudspeakers, you could use either a dedicated analog preamp or a DAC/pre to drive the amps directly when listening to music. In this situation, you'll need an "HT Bypass" mode on this dedicated analog preamp or DAC/pre to route the Left/Right preamp outputs on the Denon to your poweramps when you're watching movies, etc. The W4S DAC-2 will do this for you. Hope this helps,. -- David
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