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  1. This is true. As far as I’m concerned tidal can die. I’ll still search out and find new music, and if I like it, I buy it. The “all you can eat” subscription model is just wrong, and its crippling new artists. You’re paying for nothing. Far better to support a service like Bandcamp.
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    What are your "WOW" moments in audio?

    I’d have to say this too. It was absolutely incredible after growing up with tape hiss and vinyl crackle and pops. And you could instantly change tracks too. Magic!
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    MQA is Vaporware

    If there's anything that 16 months and 342 pages of "MQA is Vaporware" has shown, is that it isn't.
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    VLC for Chromebook?

    VLC is available on the Chromestore: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-chromeos.html But, this is probably not the way you want to play FLAC audio, as VLC is optimised for video playback.
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    The $3K all in exercize.

    I'd normally agree, but Auralic and Aurender are reputable companies commanding premium prices. However, Classé audio moved their production from Canada to China and it pretty much killed them.
  6. http://www.merging.com/news/news-stories/aurender-joins-ravenna-community Looks like an easy way for Aurender to offer multi-room with audio over IP.
  7. AIFF is perhaps more Apple and tag friendly, though otherwise I don’t think there’s a reason to choose one over the other. Aurender will display and play either. Personally, I’d choose AIFF simply because it has nothing to do with Microsoft.
  8. Do you/your ears find that FLAC converted externally to AIFF, and saved back to the Aurender for playback, sound better as well? I just can’t face re-ripping everything, but manually converting my favorite stuff might be an option.
  9. Do you mean what I told the wife, or what it really cost?
  10. @Brinkman Ship Excellent, thanks for the news and link! I had wondered if/when a 64-bit version would be released.
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    European Region

    Exactly! As tempting as everything is, most (if not all) is “US shipping only”. Hence, is it possible to make a “European” shop front?
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    A Little Help To Stop Spammers

    Well, anyone with an email address @ outlook.com should be banned on principle, and they’re the most prominent baddies in your list
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    Why!? Please Tell Me Why!

    What I think is amazing is that there’s 20 pages of discussion over an obviously manipulated image.
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    My understanding is, a field programmable "gate array" is programmable in the way the internal hardware is configured or wired to perform a specific logic task or calculation. It doesn't run software (which could also execute a logic calculation) in the way that a micro-processor does. FPGA's are "field programmable", allowing the logic to be changed after manufacture, where as an application specific chip (ASIC) cannot - ASIC's are hard wired. FPGA's are much simpler and cheaper than using a microprocessor for a unit dedicated to performing one specific task. In other words, an FPGA is a big box of NAND gates which are strung together or configured according to some field programmable instructions, to perform a specific task in an extremely efficient manor. I'm not sure of any user "security" concerns with FPGA's. Someone might try to reverse engineer or steal the application config to copy it, but thats not a user problem.