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  1. No More Audiophile Hassles

    Maybe that is the key: you are looking for euphonics. In other words, lack of accurate reproduction, a type of "nice sounding" distortion. That's fine if that's what you like. But it probably doesn't mean that "All Class D sucks" - it means that it is more accurate, and with less euphonic distortion, that what you like.
  2. Unless you have your music library literally sitting in the memory of your tablet, all of these tablet apps just work as controllers. Your music library is sitting somewhere else. In all these cases you need some kind of server/playback software on the server/NAS/PC of the library for you to have playback. Possibly you are unaware that there is an install of such software on your server/NAS (maybe it is pre-installed), but it is there. Yes, LMS software can be installed on a NAS. Depends on the configuration of the NAS.
  3. Roon app can run as a controller on an iPad or Android tablet. Works great. You need another Roon installation running on a server that the controller app “controls”. In this it is no different from lots of other software. Installation on server/library PC, app on tablet as user interface. Just like iPeng and LMS, or MPD/DLNA programs.
  4. Where did MQA Neil Young go ?

    That’s why you use streaming services for supplementary listening: Hear something for the first time, see if you like something enough to buy it, listen to albums you want to hear but know you don’t want to buy.
  5. MQA is Vaporware

    Again, silly speculations that don’t answer any actual criticisms of MQA.Uh, do you not realize that every manufacturer of audio equipment is a competitor with Meridian? So by your logic, all of them have to attack Bob Stuart? Obviously not, so your point makes no sense. BTW, again Bruno didn’t “attack” Bob Stuart - he made a technical criticism of MQA that belies it’s marketing claims. I guess since you don’t actually understand anything but marketing claims, that sounds like an attack to you. Of course you don’t have any relevant answer to the actual technical criticism. Your posts and their circular “logic” are really a waste of time. Ignore list.
  6. MQA is Vaporware

    NO most speakers and DACs aren't tested that way. But they also aren't doing what MQA claims to : a) claiming their product is revolutionary and sounds better than anything available today. Sayng your product is "really good" or "sounds great" isn't the same thing; and b) aren't demanding the rest of the industry and consumers adopt a proprietary format.
  7. MQA is Vaporware

    You clearly cannot get out of what's going on inside your own head. The discussion here has nothing to do with the price at Tidal. Many of us were subscribing to the hi-fi version before MQA. The person who can't seem to give it up (passion?) is clearly you. You keep repeating the same argument about how great you think MQA sounds, and don't answer any of the comments that involve facts, and not opinions. Apparently you aren't able to counter any of the arguments, so you ignore them.
  8. MQA is Vaporware

    Really, the younger people want hi-res so they can ask their Alexa to play it back? I'm sure they will hear it over the Alexa and swoon from the hi-res nuances they hear from their volume compressed tracks. Did you actually read the article? Rarely have I read such a bunch of baseless bull.
  9. MQA is Vaporware

    Get real. It has nothing to do with getting decent sound out of 2 channel, it has to do with all sorts of other marketing issues in high end. Show super expensive gets you more sales at show, more pub, and reputation. How many people want to be "immersed"? They don't, because they listen to music as a background/lifestyle activity. In the actual universe of getting people to buy things (not the 0/0000001% of the market you reside in), the market wants inexpensive, wireless, small, unobtrusive, match to decor, and as few boxes as possible-or some combination of at least several of those, if not all. The kind of systems you are talking about will remain a niche of a niche.
  10. No More Audiophile Hassles

    If Lukasz Fikus liked it, that's quite a recommendation. My actives have custom NCores (made for them, not sold commercially). The last thing you'd say about them is that they don't do soundstage well. Other users and reviewers have agreed.
  11. Mytek new dac Brooklyn.

    I have the same issue with my Meridian Explorer2. I just get no sound when I play MQA files in the Tidal app. No blue light. All other playback works fine. Have notified both Tidal and Meridian.
  12. No More Audiophile Hassles

    Pretty much everyone around who still says "Class D sucks" in on an audio Jihad. While it may still be true that the very best amps in the world aren't Class D, those amps tend to cost north of $10K. The better Class D amps today cost a fraction of that and successfully compete with pretty much anything under $10K. This is born out by lots of users and reviewers (even those who previously didn't like Class D). Sighted listening often ruins the sound of Class D amps for many people. But more on topic: I think these days your hypothesis would result in what I'd call "very good sound" for not much money. Something way better than what I thought sounded good 40 or even 25 years ago. But not what I'm looking for as an audiophile. That last 10, 5, or 1 percent is a VERY steep curve of diminishing returns, which is how we get to the 10, 20, and $30K systems.
  13. No More Audiophile Hassles

    I think you will be very happy with the results
  14. MQA is Vaporware

    +1 and not to hijack your point, but it doesn't have to be an R2R DAC. There are various DACs out there where the D/A and analog output stages are so good "even Redbook" sounds good. The real problem seems to be finding well mastered Redbook. Even when it seems well recorded, they tend to volume compress it and decrease it's SQ
  15. MQA is Vaporware

    HQP not good enough for you? Maybe the difference is not so much what we hear, but how we react and describe it. I tend not to describe differences as dramatic.