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  1. Hello, members of Computer Audiophile Forum! I’m the founder of International Classical Music Database, a non-profit organization exists to promote, educate, and archive classical music (don’t panic, the discussed topic is not limited to classical music). We are looking for some pilot users for a new online service. If you’re a music collector or audiophile with a Mac computer, I believe our new solution “Tonal” could bring you a better music experience: With Tonal, your complete digital collection is organized in one place and is ready to be streamed anytime, anywhere. That may sound unfancy, but there’re three foundational innovations which clearly differentiate the Tonal experience from the competition: A managed cloud-based music locker service with audio quality verification built-in. An innovative metadata solution which focuses on standard, quality, and community collaboration. A well-crafted playback engine which ensures highly predictable audiophile performance. Download initial version: http://binaries.ton.al/app/Tonal-20180315.zip Anyone interested please read the introduction article: https://medium.com/tonal-app/introducing-tonal-74c748f200b9 And three separate articles explaining its internals: Audio Pre-Processing Music Metadata Playback Engine This thread will be monitored. Feel free to ask me any question. Screenshots attached:
  2. Hi all, On the TIDAL app, I am now seeing multiple albums for the same album release. Search for Brad Mehldau or David Byrne for example. I presume one of them is an MQA version (which I recall would not show on iOS at all). I am away now and cannot check on my computer, only have an iPhone and iPad. How can I tell on an iPad - on the TIDAL app or otherwise - which are MQA? Thx.
  3. Spotify going public

    https://gizmodo.com/spotify-is-officially-going-public-ceo-says-they-will-1823416676 "Spotify now claims to have 159 million monthly active users with 71 million paid subscribers, which is impressive growth"
  4. I have three locations where I want music available and where the “ultimate” Audio quality is not all that important. In addition the ability to voice control music is of great interest. Voice assistant to other things such as alarms, weather, etc is also important. To that end I have removed the three amazon echo devices and put Apple HomePods in the same places: Office, Master Bedroom, and family room. Note that I am getting more and more concerned about what Amazon and Google do with information gathered by my using their devices. (I am also worried about Kindle but that is another discussion). I got the “space gray” ones as they seem to fade into the environment better. The family room space is at corner of a 20x13 room that is open to the eating area and the kitchen. The bedroom is a much smaller space. And the office is a MESS so I did not take a picture of that!! Setup is “just like” the AirPods. Operation is pretty normal If you are used to Siri and Apple devices. There are folks that have written a lot about the setup and operation. Check out the coverage over at http://imore.com I have the three devices in place and I have 14 days of the normal Apple bring them back for any reason warranty. So this will be a lot of testing and listening over a very short time frame. First Notes: The space that the family room HomePod has to “feed” is just too big for the current location. While the voice assistant can hear me just fine from the kitchen it is too far away for a “good” listening experience. I am going to have to find a different location for testing at least. In the bedroom and the office there are no issues of that sort. I have been able to do some basic listening of a few tracks and conduct some initial testing of Siri. The Amazon Echo seems to have some advantages in the voice assistant things it can do over Siri. That will not be a primary part of what I am talking about but it is important to the overall experience. The overall initial impressions are very favorable (comfortable). I will be setting up Roon to talk to them shortly... 1774A41B-64A4-42CE-9325-2099DC7C302B.MOV

    On the Audiostream site Mr. Lavorgna states: (QUOTE)As I've been saying for years, MQA's value proposition is in streaming, not downloads. If we look at how people listen to music today, this makes sense since streaming is the predominant form of music consumption and every indication suggests this trend will continue. Well, except for vinyl ;-) Your MQA objection is rooted in the notion that non-MQA hi-rez content will be unavailable at some point in time. While this is certainly within the realm of possibilities, if you fit into the 'audiophile' demographic, I'd suggest you have nothing to worry about ;-) Read more at https://www.audiostream.com/content/mqa-drm#2VEV4LKUKH3f1M4S.99(UNQUOTE) Well, I wonder if some of the fear and loathing regarding MQA on ComputerAudiophile is misplaced? If MQA's "value proposition" is for streaming, do we have to worry about DRM, crappy sound, and other technical bugaboos? When I stream music, it is NOT for critical listening. I am exercising, cooking, washing the car, whatever...... Like the TV commercial: "I don't listen to music critically often, but when I do, I listen to vinyl"
  6. Business Insider reports that Apple Music now has 36 Million subscribers. It could pass Spotify in the US market later this year. http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-music-is-about-to-overtake-spotify-in-the-us-2018-2
  7. I am putting together a system for listening to Deezer or Tidal streaming flac and possibly MQA. My budget is $2,000 and am considering a Bluesound Node 2, Rega Brio amp and SVS Ultra Bookshelf speakers. That's $500 over my budget so really can't spend more than that. My listening space will be mostly a seating area that occupies about a third of a 27' x 20' room that is a combination kitchen-dining-living room. There's no carpet and a plastic laminate floor with a lot of glass plus some, not a lot, of stuffed furniture and drapery so am trying to stay away from overly bright equipment. There's a tenant underneath so am not looking for high volume or strong base so am not planning on a sub woofer. My wife and I listen to all kinds of music. I am kind of rolling the dice here since I live on Maui and can't audition equipment before I buy...and I am a noobie at this so...I would really appreciate any advice that I can get. Thanks.
  8. Hi All, I have for some time now been considering designing a DAC that is capable of only one sample rate playback - so as to optimize the circuitry for this particular sample rate. Yet, to make this feasible in practice I will have to use my computer to perform the sample rate conversion from any and all of the sources that I would like to play. And this may include tidal, CD, youtube, the National Danish Radio, etc ... I have previously asked Miska (the HQPlayer developer) if it would be possible to stream music from these sources using HQPlayer as the "sound data handler" towards the USB-to-DAC converter, and his reply was affirmative - this is doable. I wonder, though: - how simple/easy it is to set up a "streaming system" on the computer, i.e. is it also simple/easy to add new music sources (e.g. tidal)? I much prefer it to be simple so that I can enjoy the music instead of having to focus on the technical aspects. - what it requires in terms of software (preferably only a software & USB-to-DAC solution) besides HQPlayer ... (Roon, JRiver, something else)? Again simplicity and an intuitive use is key. - How stable it is ... That is does such a setup often experience interrupts, drop-outs, or some other "issue" that interferes with music listening? Besides the single sample rate DAC another option is a DAC that is capable of sample rate switching - like what a normal DAC does ... I just happen to be intrigued by the single sample-rate DAC - and before deciding which path to take - would like to hear if someone here has experience with such a setup from the perspective of reasonable simplicity & stability in practical use ... Cheers & thanks for any insights Jesper
  9. I just ran this news through Google Translate and it does indeed say what I thought it says: the Qobuz hi-res streaming and download service is preparing to launch in the USA next year! https://www.rtbf.be/culture/pop-up/detail_qobuz-prepare-son-arrivee-aux-etats-unis?id=9772232 Many have signed up from outside the current service area via VPN (then streaming without VPN once set up), but this will make it official.
  10. Neil Young’s online music archive is here, and it’s fucking incredible Every single song ever recorded by Young is available to stream for free in high-resolution quality http://www.neilyoungarchives.com It is a trial as free it seems, but interesting anyway.
  11. Just signed up to Deezer Premium (320kbs) and it sounds better than Tidal Hifi, anyone tried Deezer Hifi?
  12. Hi everyone, I'd like to know if I'm getting what I can from my FLAC files - CD rips and HD - while listening at work. My setup: Synology server at home (wired connection-5 meg upload) -> work pc (wired connection-huge bandwidth) -> Audeze Sine headphones. I log into my Synology through FireFox and use Synology Audio Station. I've been considering getting a DragonFly Red usb DAC for my headphones. Am I missing anything else that would improve my listening experience here at my cube? I lock my headphones up at night and could do that with the DragonFly, too. Should I get the JRiver media player? I appreciate your thoughts on this. Aaron
  13. linn kazoo has stopped connecting to the Rpi3 Picore player, it sees the LMS and music folders, but no player so no sound... for no apparent reason, worked fine a few days ago.. Ipeng still sees the picore player on the pi... any thoughts?
  14. I went onto Tidal this evening and recordings listed as Master recordings were not loading that way. The Master indicator on the lower right of the file screen stayed on HiFi and the MQA blue light didn't come on upon my Mytek Brooklyn. I checked all my settings in the setup area of the program (which was working correctly 2 days ago) and they were correct. I also checked my other computer which has the app and MQA wasn't loading there either. I sent a note to Tidal about the problem. If you are having the same problem please do the same. Thanks.
  15. Mint Micro Rendu unit with latest v2.5 OS card. Package also includes: Wireworld Starlight 7 USB Cable. 1m iFi iPower 9v Low Noise PSU 2 month Roon trial coupon USB hard adapter Original packing $475 and I'll split shipping in the US. Check 'ismarket' on Audiogon for feedback. No paypal please. Thanks for looking. I pack carefully and ship quickly.
  16. Hmm, this looks serious. Some major changes at SoundCloud to try and stay afloat https://arstechnica.com/business/2017/07/soundcloud-cuts-nearly-half-of-its-staff-in-order-to-stay-afloat/
  17. Hello Fellow Computer Audiophile's. Now I use a old PC Laptop, with Roon, Signalyst HQPlayer, NAS (with ripped CDs and DSD) and of course TIDAL HiFi mostly playing the new Masters, I love the sound from MQA? But I need new hardware, please help me to chose that I shall buy! I'm open for any suggestions as long as it's a hardware, that I can use for a longtime and upgrade after needing!!! Well as "Newbie" here so do I hope that people on Computer Audiophile's are helpful and trustworthy! So I put my faith into your experience and knowledge, when it comes to that I need and shall buying! Remember that I now how music shall sound, but my skills in the computer world are so I managed to get a pc laptop run I have been a professional musician and studio producer, studio and live engineer since 1978, so almost 40 years! I hope that you will help me with my new hardware, so I can get everything running smooth and better! Just so you know!!! I have everything else! Like amps, DAC's, speakers, the best different cables, electric supply and Entreq grounding products. L&R String
  18. Tidal Loses CEO

    Billboard Magazine reports today that Tidal has lost their CEO. A replacement will be named soon. http://www.billboard.com/articles/business/7809477/tidal-ceo-jeff-toig-departure-jeffrey-new-executive
  19. Hello, Fairly new to this and would like your recommendations please. I have the KEF LS50 Wireless and would like to build a streaming system around them. I am using Roon on a MacBook Pro with quality USB cable direct. The computer will need to go away. (It's my wife's). So....I would like a computerless solution to running ROON. Thinking NUC to Sonore MicroR. Raspberry Pi? Would a one box solution suit me? ELAC Discovery? Aurilic, OPPO Sonica (would require a streamer yes?). NAS with Roon core? I do not have too much stored music but plan to change that. My budget is under $2K. I thought about Chord MOJO w/Poly but not liking the idea of going analog out from the MOJO back to digital for the KEF's. I guess that's a concern of mine--not going to ananlog needlessly. Help Would be very appreciated... Much Thanks and Respect in advance. Tony
  20. Hi, I have an old Sonos ZP80 (Connect it is now called I think) and also a uRendu+roon+MacMini setup. Im not sure why, but I have always found the Sonos so much more logical to use and accessible given its HW based, always on and 'just works'.. I am frustrated a little with the need for a Mac/PC to be on, cabling ok. Rendu on, PSUs on. App opened etc and then likely I will stream Tidal or Spotify (which I cannot with Roon). I'm now thinking that my 'high-end' chain isn't good enough, so bought a new PSU for the DAC, PSU for the Rendu, optical GbE cabling. Now looking at ROCK and potentially another machine (the Mac Mini is my office machine not dedicated for Hi-Fi. A bit of me is thinking this is madness given all the plumbing. I am wondering about whether the Bluesound/ Auralic etc and other platforms offer a simple streaming experience when I really own almost no music and like immediacy of access? My DAC is a Brooklyn and I did want to stream MQA and Hi-Res. I would love your opinions & experiences of different platforms for playing music. Best wishes Simon
  21. As discussed in the thread, Qobuz will be soon offering full high-res streaming, with access to all titles at master resolution (probably still without our usual friends of ECM, Hyperion, etc. who don't support streaming in general) in a subscription program called Sublime+. Annual cost will be €349, or about €29 per month, compared to my current Sublime subscription cost of €219. It's really only €130 more, for unlimited highres streaming access to 60K+ albums. (Highres streaming already works right now, and quite well, but only for albums you purchased at that resolution). I'm seriously tempted on one hand, as I'm already spending more than that per year with them anyhow. On the other hand, I like to own those albums I really care about (I'm still unconvinced that the streaming model will have a long term future financially), so this would buy at least one album monthly at the typically discounted Sublime subscription prices for high-res titles (these significant 30-40% discounts on highres downloads also apply to Sublime+). I know many of you are not in Qobuz territory (which by the way will expand a bit in Europe, but I don't see them entering the US that soon), but I'd be interested in what you think about this model.
  22. Introducing the Chord Poly Wireless Streaming Module Mojo just got smarter – Connect. Play Go. with Poly – the Wireless Network SD Playback Module. Poly allows the award-award wining Mojo DAC/Headphone amplifier to become a high resolution wireless network music player, streamer, and SD card playback device, removing the need for a wired link. It’s based on a condensed high-level PC, with data server, DNLA streamer, Wi-Fi hub, Bluetooth module, and SD card reader/player. Poly acts as a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth hub and can access music in a number of ways including streaming over Wi-Fi, network storage devices (NAS) and collections stored on SD cards (using MPD). Bluetooth connectivity and AirPlay functionality provide real flexibility with smartphones and enable multiple Mojo/Poly combinations to be used throughout the home, providing a high-quality multi-room streaming playback solution. Poly removes the original need for a wired link between the smartphone and Mojo, and is controlled wirelessly from Android and iOS apps on your phone. When connected to Mojo, Poly conveniently slips into pockets, bags and handbags — it doesn’t need to be hand-carried or regularly checked like other players. Poly is compatible with the latest high-resolution-audio file types and supports PCM files up to 768kHz resolution and DSD64 to DSD512 (Octa-DSD). Poly’s high-quality SD card reader/player frees up smartphone memory and storage, so vast libraries no longer need be kept locally on phones. Poly integrates with advanced music players such as Roon (excluding SD access) and supported file types (at the time of writing) include: ACC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, OGG VORBIS, ALAC, WMA and MP3. The device includes a rechargeable LiPo battery giving around nine hours playback from a sub-four-hour charge using the device’s fast-charging circuit; both Mojo and Poly can be simultaneously charged. How to Add a Network to Poly How to Connect to Roon DLNA Playback Micro SD Card Playback Apple AirPlay Playback Bluetooth Playback For more information on the Chord Poly or Chord Mojo, visit here and here
  23. AURALiC Polaris Wireless Streaming Amplifier ($3799) “POLARIS defines the AURALiC brand: innovative technology, great sound, superb user experience, and excellent value. It is a wireless streamer, a music server, a DAC, a pre-amplifier and a stereo power amplifier – the ultimate solution for music lovers seeking high quality streaming from a single, compact audio component” The POLARIS offers seventeen inputs channels comprising streaming, digital and analog sources. The internal DAC, incorporating AURALiC Flexible Filters and Femto Master Clock, supports Quad-Rate DSDand PCM up to 32Bit/384K. The powerful internal stereo amplifier module can deliver 120 watts per channel into 8 ohms, 180 watts per channel into 4 ohms continuous power with exceptionally low distortion- sufficient for the most demanding loudspeakers. The internal DAC, incorporating AURALiC Flexible Filters and Femto Master Clock, supports Quad-Rate DSD and PCM up to 32Bit/384K. The powerful internal stereo amplifier module can deliver 120 watts per channel into 8 ohms, 180 watts per channel into 4 ohms continues power with exceptionally low distortion- sufficient for the most demanding loudspeakers. POLARIS utilizes AURALiC’s award-winning Lightning Streaming Platform. Launched in 2014, Lightning Streaming is industry’s first streaming solution that supports Quad-Rate DSD, PCM up to 32Bit/384K through Wi-Fi network. Lightning Streaming offers several innovative and unique features such as Gapless Playback, On-Device Playlist, Memory Cache and Bit-Perfect Multi-Room functions. This on-going platform is maintained, and continually developed by AURALiC’s in-house software R&D team to ensure customers are regularly updated with new features through the product’s automatic software update system. The products streaming function is operated by AURALiC’s Lightning DS control App which is at the heart of all the companies streaming products and available on iOS platforms, with Mac and Windows versions in development. It is also compatible with other third-party OpenHome or UPnP control software for playback and also works as a RoonReady endpoint to use with Roon software, bringing you an alternative way in which to discover and listen to music. AURALiC is introducing another innovative technology: Hybrid Volume Control for POLARIS. The Hybrid Volume Control uses both analog and digital volume control together for optimum audio performance and the best possible sound quality. The analog attenuators reduce the signal level in 12dB steps whilst the DAC's internal digital volume control handles small amounts of volume change within each step. By using this technology, the DAC chip always operates in the best performance range, bringing much lower distortion, better dynamic range and high sound quality at low volume levels. POLARIS is equipped with two pairs of multi-function RCA connectors - these two stereo pairs of analog channels can be configured as a phono stage input, a line stage input or pre-amplifier output through the product settings menu. Digital inputs include AES/EBU, Coaxial, Toslink and a USB connection to a computer working as a standalone USB DAC. When purchasing POLARIS, you can specify a 1TB SSD for internal music storage as an option at extra cost, turning POLARIS into a fully functioning Music Server. To purchase, arrange for a home trial or for more info click here
  24. Thought I'd start a thread on this forum, as I see it in many other places with little to no expert analysis. Since the release of the TV app, and its replacement of the Video app on iOS, I have been unable to get Home Sharing to work with video content. I have iTunes (12.5.5) running on a mini. Home Sharing is turned on. I use an AppleTV 4th and can connect using the Computers app to this shared library no problem, see and play my mostly DVD-ripped movie collection. The TV app on iOS, however, is broken. My Shared Library shows up in the TV app, which is signed in to the proper iCloud account, but touching the name of the library on the iPad does nothing at all, and touching it on an iPhone SE brings me to a new screen and a spinning "wait" icon, but that lasts forever. Neither app can produce a list of my shared video content. Can anyone elaborate on their own experiences here?
  25. So, I've written this music server which has a free version and two paid upgrade feature sets. Is this a good place to mention it? It's a networking server - a bit like GrooveBasin. I did casually add it to the HydrogenAudio Wiki over the Christmas break but was immediately banned and my edits deleted so I'm a bit reluctant to end up the same way here, but I can see that the CA forumship is rather more computer savvy and I don't get any feedback if no one tries it out, and to do that I have to first tell people it exists.. Fingers crossed! My website is here: Silk: CuteStudio Ltd. SeeDeClip4: a DeClipping Multiuser Digital Music Server over HTML5. I have sold a stand-alone declipper for years but I wasn't able to access the music very easily with that and the concept of batch conversion isn't as useful as just-in-time processing. Also because I ripped all my CDs into WAV format I found that iTunes ended up with an unintelligible list thousands of tracks link without any context. Plus my laptop has a very small disk. So the basic idea is that it's a server/client model with the server sat on a PC with all the music on, and the client is any modern web enabled device. This can be an iPad, tablet etc or another PC. The key benefit for me with this architecture was: 1) The noisy server PC can be banished to a spare room 2) Writing for the HTML/CSS/JS plane is simpler than battling with all the native APIs in the devices. So there you are, it's early days but the current version should be quite stable but I'd expect it will take a couple of months for all the wrinkles to be ironed out. The free base version allows you to set up a full multi-user networked audio server and has some nice playlist and DJ stack features so it should be a good centre to any DIY system too. And it's free, which is always handy. The paid for bits are mainly for the declipping bits which is of limited interest to many. I find it most convenient to prop an Android tablet up against my HiFi box to use it (on the wifi), at some point I'll put the effort in and get a Toslink sorted out - but I think I may need an iPad for that. In the future I'll create an ARM build too for the Raspberry PI, I've had an earlier version run on the Seagate 1TB wifi disk so it does fit! If you love/hate/don't understand any feature please let me know, all feedback is useful! It's written in C for the techy among us, not the latest python/rails/etc. because that's what I'm used to, and requires HTML5 audio on the browser (i.e a modern, non Microsoft client). In fact the real product is not the music server but rather the embedded website inside, but the server is great at shaking stuff down and it does what I need it to do for me so it should be useful for others too.