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  1. Audirvana 3.1

    That worked—THANKS SO MUCH!!! (I had forgotten about the command-j trick.) Now back to enjoying music!!!
  2. Audirvana 3.1

    Thanks, Jud, but that’s not the answer, unfortunately. As I mentioned, it goes through all the motions of syncing in that the progress bar moves and I can hear the external HD chugging away. But the albums/tracks just don’t appear in the window, either in cover view or list view. In A+ 2, they would appear one-by-one when being added for the first time. I’m thinking there’s a corrupt library-type file somewhere in my system (I’m on 10.13.1) but I need to know where to find it and delete it. I tried deleting the app itself and re-downloading a new copy, but the same thing happens. Help, Damien!!!
  3. Audirvana 3.1

    Help!!! I just decided to upgrade to 3.1.7 from 2.6.8. Downloaded the trial version as instructed but didn't enter the license key (haven't purchased yet). Everything was fine (well, almost everything--more about that later) and it sounded great. I was pleasantly surprised that the new version displayed my music library (I thought I might have to re-sync). However, I then decided to delete my synced music folders and re-add them, just to do a sort of "fresh" install. (I periodically did this with version 2, as I sometimes updated the album art and A+ wouldn't pick it up unless I deleted and re-added the music folders.) However, with 3.1.7, when I re-added my music files, the albums were NOT appearing in the library window one-by-one as expected, despite it seemingly going through the motions (the external HD sounded like it was being read, the progress bar in the upper right moving along). (I've attached a screen shot--you can see the progress bar is about halfway through, but no albums are shown.) Quitting and re-opening A+ or restarting my MBP didn''t help. What's going on?
  4. Album of the Evening

    An old favorite, newly remastered at 96/24. (Sounds great!) Worth it for Helen Donath's gorgeously sung "He shall feed his flock" alone.
  5. Album of the Evening

    Yep--I'm in the US as well. This is what comes up after you click the dark blue "ab" button to the right of "download":
  6. Album of the Evening

    I usually rip my CDs to ALAC (the Apple equivalent of FLAC) and typically get bitrates in the neighborhood of 500-800 kbps, so this seems about right to me. (For comparison, for 96/24 conversions to ALAC, I usually get around 2000-3000 kbps). Russell
  7. Album of the Evening

    Both violinist and conductor are new to me, but darned if they didn't produce one of the sweetest and most compelling performances of these works I've heard. Gorgeous sound as well. Plus, at only 5.99 euros (even less if you're outside the EU) for the 96/24 stereo download directly from Audite, it was a no-brainer. https://www.audite.de/en/product/CD/97733-prokofiev_violin_concertos.html (watch the making-of video!) Russell
  8. Album of the Evening

    "Limp" is the last word I'd use to describe this performance. I find that Janowski really moves this work along with great muscularity.
  9. Album of the Evening

    A new release from PentaTone (I got the DSD64 download from ProStudioMasters). Easily the most exciting Missa Solemnis I've heard in years!
  10. Album of the Evening

    Love Piemontesi's Debussy Preludes. How's his Mozart?
  11. Audirvana Plus 2.6

    No "pauses" as such, but I still get occasional dropouts when playing DSD files. Running A+ 2.6.8 and OS X 10.12.4.
  12. The Bruckner 3 is terrific, and can compete with the "big guys", IMO. At that price, it's a steal, though it's an original DXD recording and can be had in that format from The Spirit of Turtle (as well as up to DSD256) and DSD64 from Native DSD, albeit at a much higher price, of course. Too bad eClassical doesn't do DSD. Russell
  13. +1 Let me reiterate that I'm also very, very happy with my micro iDSD, even with the adapter. I'm pretty certain that I'll have one of these Black Beauties before too long. However, this strikes me as a missed opportunity. How about making a custom, high quality USB cable so we desktop users can forego the adapter? Russell
  14. Audirvana Plus 2.6

    On another note, regarding the snap/pop issue that I mentioned a few days ago with DSD256 and DSD128 files: I re-applied the latest firmware update (v2.6) to my DAC (iFi micro iDSD) and the snap/pop is now gone. DSD256 files are still playing without dropouts, so now I’m a happy camper! Russell
  15. DSD Downloads to Die for?

    Here are a few really outstanding performances/recordings, off the top of my head: CHANNEL CLASSICS (available from Native DSD Music) Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Fischer CHALLENGE CLASSICS (The Spirit of Turtle) (up to DSD256) Bruckner: Symphonies 1, 3, 6 - van Zweden (There's also a Bruckner 8, but I'm not as impressed with it, interpretively speaking, as with the others.) Britten: War Requiem - van Zweden Prokofiev: Symphonies 3 & 4 - Gaffigan LAWO (Native DSD Music) Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet - Petrenko RCA LIVING STEREO (HDtracks, Acoustic Sounds, Primephonic) Iberia - Reiner Spain - Reiner Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Reiner Prokofiev: Lt. Kije/Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale - Reiner Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade - Reiner SFS MEDIA (SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY) (Blue Coast Music) Mahler: Symphonies 1-10 (Adagio) - Tilson Thomas (very individual, sometimes mannered, interpretations that may not appeal to all tastes, but generally great sound quality) Incidentally, eClassical doesn't offer DSD downloads, so no bonus points for me or anyone else. ;-) Russell