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  1. Still available, I just bought it 3 weeks ago. https://m.dvdfab.cn/passkey-for-blu-ray
  2. firedog

    Article: A New Listening Room Part One

    https://www.gikacoustics.com/acoustic-room-planning/ They will go into as much or as little detail as you'd like. Will also give you different solutions based on budget. I found them easy to work with. They gave me 3 solutions, each at a different price and effectiveness level. Absolutely no hard sell. They were happy to help and answer questions, even if I didn't buy.
  3. This is clearly a rip-off, as they say they are using ADH technology, which is patented by Devialet. For the Phantoms, Devialet reduced it from board to chip size. I don't think these guys suddenly figured out how to do it, and I doubt the Devialet electronics are that easy to copy (maybe I'm wrong). Hey, but if they successfully copied the chip, maybe they have a working copy of the Phantom. I doubt it is well built for that price, and it may "work"; but I bet the sound won't be the equivalent, and I bet it won't last long.
  4. This is an attitude I don't get. It's a recording of a sound. You are digitizing and remixing the album anyway, so how is re-recording the same sound any different, or breaking some "rule"?
  5. Some early user reviews are up: reaction mixed. The compression on the 2 channel is apparently moderate: DR8. However the 5.1 supposedly has much higher DR or 13. Anyone know how to rip the 5.1 to 2 channel?
  6. I used the method Chris posted a while back with Passkey for Blu Ray on Imagine. Worked fine.
  7. Mine's on the way. Anyone getting theirs by Monday? Would love to hear how it sounds.
  8. That's a good price and those kind of prices might make me a Sublime subscriber someday. Nothing to do with Qobuz, but it does bug me that these high res downloads (and especially the digital "box sets") rarely come with any digital booklet - even when there is one in the physical disc release. The record labels obviously have the booklets in digital form, so it's just another example of their contempt for their customers. Some of the classical labels do make an effort to include the booklet with downloads, but that's about it.
  9. I'm listening on my secondary system right now, and the MQA version from Tidal (Roon doing first unfold) - but the remix sounds really good. Even though it's a totally different kind of project, Giles accomplished something similar here to what he did with Sgt. Pepper: kept the essential sound and feel of the original - but improved it and brought it up to modern standards. The clarity here is fantastic - you can hear more detail even on a mediocre setup. Doesn't sound digital or harsh, either. Can't wait to hear the bluray rip on my main system.
  10. firedog

    Mytek Brooklyn Bridge

    Certainly the value of the built in streamer is debatable. For some, it's a pure cost calculation: "I can get a decent streamer and cables for less than $7-800"; or they want the flexibility of picking a streamer; for others, the one box solution and and lack of cable spaghetti is an added value in and of itself; or they may assume the built in streamer has some potential sonic advantages also.
  11. firedog

    Article: A New Listening Room Part One

    Chris, really interesting. In terms of the topic, excuse me for saying so, but I think it is great that you are resource constrained - both physically and financially for this project. That makes it a lot more like what most readers have to deal with. My present listening room is quite small, but sounds good. I think you will be amazed at the difference those acoustic treatments will make. Done right, it will add lots of clarity and you will wonder how you thought the untreated room sounded good. The once a year or so I play the lottery, I dream about having the funds to setup a no - holds barred listening room with a system to match.
  12. firedog

    Article: Kii THREE Loudspeaker Review

    Yes, you get AD/DA conversion. But the conversion of the Kii is really world class. Your analog source will sound like your analog source. As far as I'm concerned, it's transparent to source. Ask some of the people feeding an expensive turntable to the Kiis and who are quite satisfied.
  13. Just saw it on sale at ProStudioMasters.$80 for the super deluxe, $44 for deluxe. Considerably cheaper than HDTracks, even with coupon.
  14. Album is available at Tidal and at HDTracks. Mine shipped from Amazon.
  15. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/07/magazine/placebo-effect-medicine.html?action=click&module=Editors Picks&pgtype=Homepage