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Paul R

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  1. WAV or FLAC

    (grin) That was not inadvertent. I just meant you do not need a burner, and any old CD player will do for copying / ripping digital files from a Music CD, when hooked up to a computer. I am aware you disagree with that. -Paul
  2. Album of the Evening

    The music here is almost as fun as the album cover. Borderline pre-loudness wars too.
  3. Blue or red pill?

    Not really - are you talking about electrical noise or jitter? If so, nothing new there, just economic and technology limits. There isn't anything particularly mysterious about this stuff that I can see. Just improved implementations.
  4. WAV or FLAC

    Not if you are doing digital copies of course. Tracks are already separated, and almost all player programs will look up the tracks for you. Are you talking about actually doing analog recordings? If so, I applaud your patience, but might suggest keeping it digital until it is time to turn it into electrical signals is probably a better course to follow The DA and digital world has improved tremendously over the past decade. Partly because of the vast increase in computer power. -Paul
  5. WAV or FLAC

    Or, use any old reasonably well working CD player to RIP to fast storage, and drop the transport entirely. Problem solved. Or rather, turn the transport into Ethernet ,Wireless, Fibre, etc.
  6. WAV or FLAC

    Nice trick that- thank you!
  7. WAV or FLAC

    LOL! Is this subject still going on, after all these years? My $0.02 - use DSD format if you want the most excellent playback. High sample rate AIFF next, then high sample rate FLAC. IF you are a die hard Windows guy, reverse those last two. If a Linux/Unix guy, just go with Flac and avoid the ornery comments from your peers. Yep, it matters just *that* much - essentially, not at all. In the actual real world of course, there may be some small playback differences in the formats, depending upon your system, software, configuration, and operational choices. So just choose a player than plays all the formats you are likely to find, including streaming and MQA, then isolate it electrically by using a network connection, pick the format you like this week, and enjoy. (Says the guy with fibre connected servers and a VPN in the house that prioritizes music playback over Netflix. )
  8. Album of the Evening

    I love this album, but it is odd in some ways. The performance is great, the recording, perhaps a little cloudy. Still well worth a listen. Greenland Whale Fisheries is my personal favorite, with the Orchestra playing Adagio for Strings a very very close second.
  9. Album of the Evening

    A bit of Joe McQueen tonight. Amazing how soothing music is.
  10. Album of the Evening

    Hi Alex - you have no idea how good it is to have the time to be back. Even at 2:52am in the morning. -Paul
  11. Album of the Evening

    Gerry Rafferty - City to City Just relaxing tonight with old familiar music... sounds even better these days than it did when it was new. Perhaps a new definition for "classical" music?
  12. Newbie help with software choices

    Well, I am not sure why you would want anything other than JRiver running, say one copy as the server and "master" and another copy as the remote target player (renderer). I believe the license allows you to install JRiver on multiple computers as long as you own them all. A master license allows you to run on Windows, MacOS and Linux. You can even use JRiver over the internet. I can stream from JRiver at home, using JRemote , to my iPhone and then over bluetooth to the audio system in my Jeep. Works great pretty much anywhere I can get connections to the internet. Have not quite got that same kind of setup worked out with Roon yet, because they don't have a player on iPhones or iPads. There are work arounds, but they do not work very well for me at this time.
  13. Newbie help with software choices

    I usually think that people are upsampling PCM to DSD, which isn't a problem. And for me, I don't discern much difference between DSD128 or above and high sample rate PCM. But you are 100% correct of course. If upsampling DSD to higher rate DSD is a priority, then another package might work better.
  14. Newbie help with software choices

    I would have said because it is French, but... (grin) Seriously, don't discount a program because it is Mac only. Mac Minis can be great music servers, though they get a bit tangled up with HDMI audio. Also, if you use it at the office, using it at home would probably be a familiar and pleasant experience. Roon is probably one of, if not the best choice in this case. Cost? Yeah, it is expensive. Either $200/year or $500 for a perpetual license. However, that gives you a lot of flexibility. And it handles and even upsamples to DSD just fine. JRiver the company can be a bit frustrating at times, for example how they purchased and then went about trying to kill JRemote. (The "Driver"/"JRemote" combination is what sold me on the software. I neither like not want to subject myself to their web based "improvements." However, the sound from JRiver is pure dynamite, and it upsamples to DSD just fine, and sounds great. Especially on an iDSD. It is a damn fine player at a very fine cost. Either one would probably give you great and enjoyable sound. I like my Pulse here for headphones a little more then the iDSD. However, that could be because I use Planar headphones and they need a little more oomph.
  15. USB audio cracked... finally!

    Snort!! I think you will just need to stop Engineering things with science that the most vocal patrons of SCIENCE can't explain.