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  1. My good friend and fellow audiophile Gerald k and I have made a compilation of music files which we feel are perfect for testing new equipment. We wanted to use music that we not only enjoy listening to but which also has the abillity to reveal flaws in the signal chain. I listen mostly on Headphones (Sennheiser/ Audeze/ Audio Technica) while Gerald listen only on speakers (Tad, Kharma/Linn/Naim). We have spend many an evening and several bottles of Cotes de Rhone wines arguing and eventually agreeing on this list of audio equipment test music. This is what we came up with, please feel free to comment or post alternatives, if possible with a link as to where to purchase the music that you feel is ideal for this purpose. We also looked for reviews that we felt agreed with what we hear in the recordings. Sound stage and definition 1. Carmen Gomes inc; '' I'm on fire'' from Thousand Shades of Blue Sound Liaison Music Shop Placement is perfect on this young audiophile classic as well as the near perfect natural recording of the voice, but the real test for audio equipment when listening to this recording is it's ability to separate the kickdrum from the upright bass. The two instruments are playing the same pattern. On less than optimum equipment it might be difficult to separate the two, but with good setup you clearly hear the upright at 10.00 and the kick dead center with a nice decay that one generally do not hear on commercial recordings. There are lots of speakers and headphones with ''extended lows'' but low with definition is a whole different ballgame. Hifi; 2 Alban berg Quartet; Bartok String Quartet no.1 in a minor 1th movement. (LP,EMI) in the beginning of this movement the 4 instruments all play mainly in the same middle and upper register. Despite all that mid and high information the music should not sound harsh. This recording has the same perfect sound stage as the Carmen Gomes recording. We believe that this kind of sound stage with such a sense of depth and realistic placement is only attainable when you are recording the musicians in one room at the same time. Amazone Intelligible representation 3. Frank Sinatra; ''What's New'' from Only the Lonely. Frank is maybe a bit too prominent represented but one should still be able to notice all the different lines played by the various instruments in this incredible Nelson Riddle arrangement. 4. Me'Shell Ndegéocello; ''Levictus:Faggot'' from Peace beyond Passion. Here we have the opposite, the voice is a bit too soft in this optimum funk piece yet you should still be able to hear every word. easily optainable http://www.amazon.com Depth and Space When talking about depth and space we had to include a couple of Reference Recordings tracks. This label has allways done justice to it's name and consistently produced recordings of very high quality. 5. The Concord Chamber Music Society;''Danza del Soul'' from Brubeck and Gandolfi works. 6. Doug Macleod '' the Night of the Devils Road'' from There's a Time here you have two completely different pieces of music, one by The Concord Chamber Music Society and one by blues legend Doug Macleod accompanied only by guitar and kick drum. But the depth and the space of these two recordings is simply outstanding. Enjoy the music.com; Audiophilia; Reference Recordings Complete Audiophile Classical Music Orchestra and Jazz HDCD Catalog 7. Andre Heuvelman; ''Oblivion'' from After Silence 8. Joni Mitchell; ''Comes Love'' from Both Sides Now Andre Heuvelman's rendition of Astor Piazzolla's master piece have a great sense of depth. Every instrument sounds rich and full with a gorgeus natural decay. On lesser equipment the sound of each instrument can become a bit of a blur while on good equipment the sound of each instrument should be clearly defined with a clear sense of the room this recording have been recorded in. Same goes for Joni's wonderfull standards collection, it is a big hall you are listening to. Sound Stage on the Sound Liaison recordings; Sound Liaison Music Shop Both Sides Now won a Separation 9. Miles Davis; ''Stella by Starlight'' from the Complete 1964 Concert 10. John Scofield; ''Just Don't Wan't to be Lonely'' from Uberjam Deux we use these recordings to check for spill between left and right channel. The Miles recording was done on a 3 track tape machine and therefore there is this very wide sound stage and separation between the instruments; piano complete left, horns and bass dead center, drums completely right. drummer Tony Williams sometimes does not play at all and on those moments all one should hear on the right channel of the piano is a faint echo. All Music; John Scofiel's cover of the old Main Ingredient hit has a complete left right separation. The organ is audible on the left channel only and the rhythm guitar is on the right. The separation is so extreme that if you were to disconnect the right channel you would not hear any rhythm guitar at all, just like on the early Beatles stereo LP's. Jazztimes; Imaging 11. Trevor Pinnock; Mahler symphony no. 4 this delicate chamber orchestra arrangement of the great Mahler Symphony is a real beauty. the all music review said; Linn Records - Mahler: Symphonie No. 4 12. Iona Brown and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra;''the Spring'' from Grieg two Elegiac Melodies. the Grammaphone review puts it well; http://http://www.naimlabel.com/recording-grieg--tippett--beethoven.aspx Batik; '' The Bird'' from the Old Man and the Sea just about perfect imaging, left to right evenly laid out for your eyes and ears to see, piano, bass, drums, guitar and again a one room recording. Unbelieveable why sofew companies do this when it can yield so very satisfactory results. http://http://www.soundliaison.com/ Audio Stream; John Scofield;'' Never Turn Back'' from Piety Street the drum intro has a small imperfection, there is a soft ringing sound on the left channel probably coused by a sympathic resonance in the drum set or in the room. The moment the organ enters it kind of cover up the problem, although if you really listen for it you can hear it through out the track. Wonderful old fashioned sound stage. All Music;
  2. Sound Liaison has released a handy sampler to test your DAC's preference. http://www.soundliaison.com/all-categories/6-compare-formats Test your DAC! Format Comparison sampler Which format is best for your DAC? Every DAC has it's own character, some sounds better using PCM files and some sounds better using DSD files...... Some people find the convenience of FLAC files more important. Here on this page is a list containing 2 minutes of a song in 11 different formats. The song is called 'A Fool For You' and is performed by Carmen Gomes Inc. It’s taken from the album 'Carmen Sings The Blues'. http://www.soundliaison.com/studio-showcase-series/276-carmen-gomes-sings-the-blues All the different formats have the same source file, DXD 352kHz (Studio Master). We used the AUL ConverteR 48x44 for the conversion to DSD and Wavelab for the conversion to the other PCM formats and FLAC. When you compare different sample rates always start with the lowest resolution. During listening don't focus too much, hearing is as individual as taste but hearing is also something which can be acquired, like the taste of good wine. You can choose from the following formats: 1. DXD 352kHz 2. PCM 192kHz 3. PCM 176kHz 4. PCM 96kHz 5. PCM 44kHz 6. DSD 256 7. DSD 128 8. DSD 64 9 . FLAC 352kHz 10. FLAC 192kHz 11. FLAC 96kHz
  3. I must say I find this download very impressive. This really sounds as if being there. The label has a very good track record. Their previous releases has all been 96 pcm, and very very good indeed but this DXD takes it all up a notch. If this is exemplary for DXD recordings then that is what I will be searching for. DXD recommendations please! Sound Liaison; Carmen Gomes sings the Blues.
  4. I have just read a positive review in July number of Italian magazine AudioReview about this new little DAC from Project http://www.box-designs.com/main.php?prod=preboxs2digital&cat=s2-line&lang=en A very reasonable entry level price for experimenting with MQA, but apparently not at all entry level performance. Main specs from Pro-Ject infosheet: • Dual mono construction • High end ESS Sabre ESS9038 dual DAC • Proprietary clock circuity design • Organic polymer capacitors and thin film miniMELF resistors • MQA hardware decoding • DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 & DSD512 (DSD over PCM) • Up to 24bit/192kHz for optical & coax inputs • 7 selectable digital filter characteristics • 1 proprietary optimum transient digital filter • Headphone output on the front (6.3mm) • Synchronization of all internal oscillators • Jitter as low as 100 Femtoseconds! • Gold plated four layer PCB • Full alu/metal sandwich casing in silver or black SRP: € 349,00
  5. MPD, JRiver and DSD

    Hello Have a question regarding playback of DSD files on non-DSD DACs thru conversion with MPD and/or JRiver. I actually found by accident that MPD did the conversion. Once in a while, I use JRiver - reading on JRiver's support for the same conversion, JRiver indicates that it applies a filter to DSD to PCM conversion on non-DSD equipment to eliminate low frequency content that could be harmful. Started looking for indication that the same was true of MPD's conversion; however, have not been able to find any indication that MPD applies a filter of that kind - anybody knows if that is the case? if it is true that DSD conversion can produce frequency content that may damage equipment (as per JRiver) guessing is would be irresponsible for MPD not to do so. I might be stoopid, because my searches did not turn up the info so I ma daring to ask. I assume, the damage might occur at high volume, but wanted to double check just in case. Thnx! v
  6. Hey CA, As of today I pulled the trigger on this new USB -> IIS/AES/Coax interface from Matrix (literally as in the past week or less, purchased from Shenzen Audio): MATRIX X-SPDIF 2 32Bit/768kHz DSD512 Hifi Audio USB Interface From their (Matrix) website, this is under pre-release / first batch status as of this month. I couldn't help grabbing one to try after reading the spec sheet and the native power topology - meaning the default method of supplying DC is external. Searched around on here and could only find impressions of the V1 (matrix x-spdif), so I'd thought I'd start an impressions, thoughts, etc thread on the latest rev.
  7. Price is negotiable within reasonable limits. Serious buyers may contact me for a number or skype or WhatsApp line for further info. Purchased 2 DACS and 1 Server from a Authorised Dealer for Playback Designs. Keeping 1 DAC and 1 Server for my Main listening room. Potential buyers can skype me and I can give a small tour of my current setup. This unit up for sale is a second DAC I have, since I love the sound of this DAC I went ahead with out thinking about it carefully and purchased 2 DACS, thinking one can be used for my office. Was supposed to be installed for my office setup. Started to realise I'm not using this enough to justify its cost. I have a Syrah Server with another Merlot for my main listening room. My Feedback speaks for it self. Any questions please email me. I can speaker over the phone or communicate via Email. Skype Calls are welcomed if you need a live view to check it out. Virtually Brand New Open Box, Tested Working. Comes with Paper work, Wooden box. Will Ship Via FedEx World Wide. Payment accepted Via Bank Wire, Paypal. Paypal fees has to be covered by the buyer. I prefer to ship to Confirmed address only if paypal is selected as a form of payment to protect both buyer and seller. Condition is 10/10 I have rated it 9/10 Under 10 hour use. Reasonable Offers will be accepted. Shipping in wooden crate hence shipping price is slightly high as FedEx will calculate this shipment based on Dimension. Invoice and Customs paper work can be figured out to ease purchasing. Just let me know what you need put on the invoice prior to shipping out. No questions have been asked about this item. Retail Price: $6500.00 (My unit is virtually brand new! Mint!!) Asking Price: $4850.00 Plus Shipping (Paypal is accepted but fees need to be covered by buyer) Shipping Via FedEx: but I can also ship via EMS.
  8. Sublime Christmas Music

    My top 3 music for December 2017; Linn has a 3 for the price of 2 offer through out December :Linn Sound Liaison has released a magnificent follow up to the 1st Enghave Barok download, with a sublime recording of one of Bach very best cantatas the Bwv 39. Sound Liaison The download is on special offer for $/€ 10 this month. That is steal for that kind of recording quality.
  9. I just got the hyped T+A DAC8 DSD (second hand). My first impressions are not as good as I expected.So far I used it for a few hours with PCM only (redbook & hires). It is connected to source using USB and I use the BEZ2 + Wide settings.The sound seems to be very forward, with mids being too dominant, bass being too heavy and tweeters sound without sparkle. It is as though the sound comes from behind a screen. It sounds dull/muffled and not exciting and even causing some listening fatigue.It does seem to have a big soundstage and dynamics but it does not have the finesse and sparkle I expected from hi-end DAC. This DAC is compared to very well known and respectable DACs in the market so I was expecting a much more refined result.As comparsion, my old cheap DAC, EE Minimax plus (with dexa), sounds much more refined and definely not as dull.I wonder if anyone else has the same impressions and if this is related to burn-in time or anything else I should be aware of.
  10. Strange problems with HQ Player

    Dear Audiophiles, I've been using fb2000 for long time, just try HQPlayer for few days. I have a strange problem when playing DSD64 file. - When play on HQPlayer version 2.8.0, uncheck DirectSDM, filter = poly-sinc-short-mp, modulator= DSD5, rate = 5644800 , mode = SDM (DSD), the sound is very good - On the latest version 3.19.1 (same PC) also uncheck DirectSDM, filter = poly-sinc-short-mp, modulator= DSD5, rate = Auto , mode = SDM (DSD), the sound is so terrible. My GPU is nVidia GTX 1060 3GB. Do you know what the problem is and how to solve it?
  11. I'm sure a few of you have already read over it, an I'm sure each side has their rebuddles ready. An maybe I'll burn at the stake for even posting/suggesting it But all things aside, I've you've not read over this it's a nice article to explore. Also, since I'm bringing it up, what papers or studies have been conducted that contradict the findings of this one? It would be nice to have a larger pool of data to read over on this subject than just a single paper. Also another question I have, assuming all things equal can or do hardware manufacturers prioritize or optimize firmware/hardware to provide a better quality of sound with one file format over the other? Is there gear designed to sound BETTER with DSD than PCM and vice versa? An for the record I don't listen to either... still in RedBook land my self with the occasional 24Bit Vinyl Rip from trusted friends...
  12. I am a little confused by the positioning of the new M12 Source Controller from Bricasti. I do not own a Bricasti, but was about to pull the trigger on one to replace my current DAC when I learned of the new M12 – which left me a little confused and believing that Bricasti’s best DAC is now not actually their DAC, but rather their new “source controller.” The new M12 would seem to be far superior for D-to-A conversion for DSD files and also features some new tech in the form of a network adapter to use the device as a streamer (something I presume will ultimately trickle down to the M1 – hopefully with support for the same range of file resolutions offered in their USB interface). I saw a video with Bricasti’s president (Brian) saying they created the M12 to meet a need in the market, specifically, the person who enjoys both analog and digital and wants a minimum number of discrete components. Hence, with the M12, no separate pre-amp needed. Certainly understandable, I imagine there is a real need for this in the marketplace. HOWEVER, in my view this leaves behind the person who chooses to operate a multi-component system as the M12 would not appear to be a reasonable choice to use strictly as a DAC. In my case, I have a sophisticated high-end tube preamp which I want to continue to use as my source and volume control. It appears there is no “line level/unity” out on the M12 which would be suitable for connecting to an input source on my pre-amp. This doesn’t really make sense to me from a product positioning perspective. A company offering a stand-alone DAC should reserve their best DAC technology for that unit and offer similar or lesser capabilities in their all-in-one integrated products. After all, is not the buyer for separates likely to be the most demanding of functionality? Buyers for integrated units are willing to trade a little bit of capability for convenience. I am interested in thoughts or opinions. Am I missing something? Are there others thinking about using the M12 with a pre-amp? Or pre-amp users who don’t care about the missing higher quality DSD and Ethernet connectivity?
  13. DSD Native 10% off on all downloads https://www.nativedsd.com Hd tracks 15% off on one download http://www.hdtracks.com/ Sound Liaison 50% off on 6 downloads https://www.soundliaison.com/
  14. A Free DSD Stereo & DSD Surround Sound download for NativeDSD Music listeners. The favorite DSD demo track from the recent Salon Art & HiFi Show in Lyon, France. From “The Argentinian Album: Piazzolla, Ginastera, Golijov" - by Amsterdam Sinfonietta, with lead violinist Candida Thompson on the Channel Classics Records label. https://www.nativedsd.com/user/home https://channelclassics.nativedsd.com/albums/the-argentinian-album https://www.facebook.com/bmoura8/posts/10155030531838091
  15. Lampizator is planning to enter the Analog to Digital (ADC) market with a modified Tascam DSD128 ADC. Looks interesting. https://www.facebook.com/FikusLampi/videos/2044940989071162/
  16. I could not find discussion regarding this topic in the archives, so I apologize if it's been discussed before! I have a DSF 5.1 album (DSD) and I want to convert it to DSF Stereo, I was hoping this could be done using dbPoweramp's conversion software, but it is not an option (I could convert it to 2 channel FLAC with dbPoweramp, but not 2 channel DSF). Anyone know what conversion software will allow me to do this? Thanks in advance for any help!
  17. This looks interesting. Bach's Goldberg Variations performed with a vocal ensemble rather than piano. New from Cobra Records in Europe. Not on SACD, DSD Stereo, Binaural and Surround available by download ahead of the Stereo CD release date. https://cobra.nativedsd.com/albums/COBRA0050-padam-sings-bach-goldberg-variations https://www.facebook.com/NativeDsdMusic/photos/a.765908406800903.1073741828.497854580272955/1543561529035583/?type=3
  18. Sony HAP-Z1ES has arrived

    I just received this new unit, ordered via Amazon.com yesterday. So far, I have been listening to DSD64 files (DSF's) purchased online - plus those ripped via PS3 from my SACD collection. Headphone listening only thusfar - with my Schiit Valhalla/Senn 650 combo and my Grado RS-1/Grado RA-1 amp. Very good sound; better than my Schiit Loki, for sure. I haven't placed it in my big system as yet since my wired network is in a different spot, and still have a lot of files to move over. Speaking of which - the Sony "HAP Music Transfer" application leaves a lot to be desired, in my opinion. You can only sync a folder - rather than select subfolders (i.e.: albums) to transfer. And since there is a 100 subfolder limit on each sync - and I have over 300 albums each in it's own folder, it has turned into as bit of a pain. Any other HAP-Z1ES owners out there with suggestions, tweaks or other relevant comments? Would love to compare notes. Thanks. Merko
  19. Indian Summer Sale at Sound Liaison and a generous Blue Coast offer Sound Liaison has started their sale with 33% off on all files and BlueCoast has a 50% off offer if one spends more than 40$. The 2 labels have a number of highly recommendable files.... https://www.soundliaison.com/ http://store.bluecoastmusic.com/
  20. I was wondering if anyone else is facing the same issue I am with HQPlayer. Recently I received a new DAC and finally I can upsample to DSD 512. Everything seemed to be ok, but when the song comes to an end and player stops, I get a loud pop (as loud as the volume on the amp is set). The pop happens some 2 secs after the song ended or stop was pressed on the player. I am still not sure if this is a HQPlayer's bug or something with the USB drivers. I made various test and there is no pop when PCM is used, also, even if I use DSD upsampling but click on the X in the window to close HQPlayer it shuts down without the pop. From the HQPlayer.log I noticed if I stop the music by clicking on the HQPlayer's windows X: & 2017/10/08 07:26:59 Stop - 2017/10/08 07:27:00 ASIO engine stopped - 2017/10/08 07:27:00 Playback engine stopped * 2017/10/08 07:27:00 Exit Stop, ASIO engine and Playback engine stop at almost the same time. There is no pop (maybe really subtle, barely noticeable noise). But when I stop the music by using Stop button within HQPlayer (Loud pop): & 2017/10/08 07:30:23 Stop - 2017/10/08 07:30:25 ASIO engine stopped - 2017/10/08 07:30:25 Playback engine stopped ASIO and Playback engine stop some 2 seconds after the Stop, and this is exactly when the speakers pop. I truly hope this could be somehow fixed.
  21. DFF/DSF file errors (repair)

    I converted my .dff source files that are DSD256/11.2MHz to .dsf with dff2dsf (2manyrobots) as well as the sygnalist executable and what I ended up with is a header size of (538165608), that is not the real size of the file (538168422). The files play normally, however, they do cause some issues when it comes to different tagging applications. I have been in contact with the developer of Kid3 because these files were crashing the program and he realized what was up with the converted file. This is a link to that convo https://sourceforge.net/p/kid3/bugs/166/ I have found this program that might fix the file but I cannot run it on my Mac. https://confluence.merging.com/display/PUBLICDOC/Media+Recoverer This is my original file https://www.dropbox.com/s/rbylzf6mb1xb3wf/Symphonic Suite AKIRA 2016 - KANEDA.dff?dl=0 This is my converted file https://www.dropbox.com/s/89d4w04ty4sbg23/01 - Kaneda.dsf?dl=0 If anyone can tell me what is going on with the conversion or if the source file is corrupt please let me know what I can do. Thanks
  22. Hi all Im looking for a cheap (sub £100) but good DAC that’s... - Mac compatible - Capable of playing back DSD 128 5,6Mhz .dff and .dsf files - Will also allow me to get the best out of my first pair of open back headphones (Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250 ohms) Thanks
  23. Downsampling DSD 5.6

    My DAC won't play DSD 5.6 but it does play DSD 2.8. I need software to downsample some 5.6 files to 2.8 so I can play them. I am assuming something like this exists. Does anyone have a suggestion?
  24. I am investigating how to improve the SQ from USB for my DAC8. Until now I have used a decent Chord USB cable, Jitterbug, ISO REGEN + USBPCB + TeraDak LPS, PUC2 lite + TeraDak LPS. So far my conclusion is that using a PUC2 lite with AES connection give the best sound. The only drawback is that it is limited to PCM 24/192. Sound quality is great, very clean, vert balanced with every instument in place. Using ISO REGEN or Jitterbug did not work for me. Jitterbug did not add or removed anything. ISO REGEN which is highly praised, sounds a bit better than USB only but it is not very significant as I expected. ISO REGEN + PUC2 lite is even more surprising. It is not as good as PUC2 alone. It emphasizes the lows but veils a bit the highs. It would nice to hear similar experiences and any recommendation for USB/DDC components that did significant improvement the T+A DAC SQ with USB. I am not looking for subtle improvements but ones that are significant, similar to what I get from PUC2 lite. Experience using Isolated/balanced power can be interesting as well.
  25. I use a Rotel RC-1590 preamplifier with an embedded DAC. The DAC uses an AKM Premium 32 bits 768 kHz DAC, probably an AK4495. I play music from Audirvana+ 3.0.7 from a MacBook Pro with macOS Sierra 10.12.6. When I play PCM music, everything seems to work fine, but when I play DSD audio, a click sound can be heard at the beginning and at the end of the playing. The same happens when I play music from the MacBook with Roon as an output. In both cases I use DoP 1.0. I also have attached a Roon Core over Linux using DoP 1.0 and the same happens there. I don't know if it is quite common this click sounds when playing DSD audio or, on the other hand, it is something related with DoP, Rotel or AK4495 chip. I have not tested the system from a Windows box with native DSD.
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