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  • nicoff's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:49 AM
    Agree that there are many digital solutions that are very easy to use. One such product that rarely is mentioned here is the Sony HAP-Z1ES. It has a built in hard drive, does Spotify Connect, it can play any type of music file including high...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:23 AM
    Yes
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  • nicoff's Avatar
    June 16, 2021, 10:42 PM
    Sorry I was not clear: What really matters is the ďquality in recording and masteringĒ. But of course you already knew that since those are your own words!
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 16, 2021, 08:37 PM
    No, I donít have any. Sorry. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 16, 2021, 07:51 PM
    Iím actually not sure of the brand. I think one of our members may know and commented above. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 16, 2021, 05:54 PM
    They are actually subwoofers Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • nicoff's Avatar
    June 16, 2021, 12:20 PM
    I am running BOTH Roon and HQP on the same computer. The processing power varies depending on what you want HQP to do. For example, the combination of converting everything to 512DSD, using full-blown poly-sinc filters (unlike the -2s filters),...
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    June 16, 2021, 10:13 AM
    You do not need a "gaming" PC. But you need a powerful computer and having a very good video card helps. It turns out that "gaming" computers are built with both. The processing power of video card is used by HQP to handle some of the processing. I...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 16, 2021, 08:34 AM
    Just so I understand. In order to improve the sound of Roon, you install and configure HQP on another computer. Then, in HQP, you set it to upsample everything, even PCM red book to DSD 256/512 using a ASDM7EC modulator with a poly-sinc-ext2...
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    June 15, 2021, 07:06 PM
    In my case the issue is with the way my T+A DAC interacts with Linux but not Linux itself. I have confirmed that there is beta firmware for the T+A that would allow 512DSD via Linux. Given that the firmware upgrade is still in beta (and...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 15, 2021, 06:12 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender N30SA in Aurender
    Watch our YouTube Channel for an unboxing tomorrow! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • nicoff's Avatar
    June 15, 2021, 03:05 PM
    I am using a Windows PC. Using Windows 10 you could upsample everything to DSD512 when using the right computer and DAC if you want to. Mac and Linux are limited to 256DSD if not mistaken (something to do with the operating system). That said,...
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    June 15, 2021, 02:50 PM
    I am running Roon/HQP together with zero issues. My set up consists of PC running Windows 10. I bought a computer built for gaming (Falcon Northwest) with fast processors just for this purpose. Both Roon Core and HQP are installed in this machine....
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    June 15, 2021, 02:35 PM
    Inside Roon settings, you will see an option to enable HQPlayer. Then when using Roon, you will see HQPlayer as an available endpoint. I do not think that HQP supports Esoteric directly. However, there are ways to do so. Like sending the...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 15, 2021, 10:11 AM
    LinQ? Taiko? Or do I need to add a PC/Mac? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • nicoff's Avatar
    June 15, 2021, 10:05 AM
    Would love to hear the outcome of that. Just beware that the Nucleus+ that you have is not going to be powerful enough to properly run HQP with the better filters. You will need a much more powerful computer to do that.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 15, 2021, 08:56 AM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender N30SA in Aurender
    Sure! We are going to unbox (and do a video) today. We were so slammed with demos yesterday, we didnít have time.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 15, 2021, 06:22 AM
    Anyone who hasnít compared Roon to TAS or Aurender or NAIM, really should. Hopefully some folks who have made this comparison based on sound, will chime in. We have a Nucleus+ and a Taiko Extreme for running Roon. It sounds like HQP really can...
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    June 14, 2021, 07:10 PM
    The thing is that many "crazy audiophiles" as you call them, are finally realizing that much if not all of their digital personal library is available via streaming. So why bother? (Incidentally, when I hear of folks having terabytes-sized library...
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    June 14, 2021, 06:43 PM
    Record companies make it very difficult not to say impossible for anyone to be able to to tell the provenance of an album. The consumer is not told if what seem to be an identical album has been tweaked in a way that makes the listener lean one way...
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    June 14, 2021, 06:32 PM
    If you are streaming directly from the internet (Qobuz, Tidal etc.), I donít think that an SSD drive would make any difference. That is because the streamed data is temporarily cached in RAM (not in a hard drive or SSD) before it is processed and...
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    June 14, 2021, 06:02 PM
    Are you streaming from the internet (Tidal, Qobuz), if so, I assume that the server is connected to the internet via an ethernet cable.
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    June 14, 2021, 05:41 PM
    nicoff replied to a thread MBL 101 E MK II install advice in MBL
    Just for reference, currently mine are: - Side walls - 50" - Front wall - 82" - Tweeter to Tweeter - 123" - Speaker to Seating - 168Ē - Rear wall - about 80 inches behind seating position Speakers toed-in toward listener.
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    June 14, 2021, 04:56 PM
    nicoff replied to a thread MBL 101 E MK II install advice in MBL
    What is your sitting distance from each speaker (from center of tweeter to listening position)
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 14, 2021, 09:53 AM
    Mike started a thread Aurender N30SA in Aurender
    Has arrived! Will try to unpack and setup today. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 14, 2021, 09:03 AM
    I havenít written much about this brand, even though weíve been selling it for years and Iíve been living with it for years. In the store, we have a significant investment in NAIM equipment from the UNITI series products like the Core and ATOM...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 14, 2021, 08:16 AM
    Congrats on the new headphone amp Randy. They make great products. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 13, 2021, 09:38 PM
    Totally agree! HQP costs just a few hundred dollars. Some folks will spend thousands of dollars on fancy cables. When you realize how HQP filters can actually (i.e., measurable) affect the sound, it is quite a bargain!
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  • nicoff's Avatar
    June 13, 2021, 09:32 PM
    I use Roon interface to control HQPlayer and love it. I am also using HQPlayer NAA running on an inexpensive Raspberry Pi. Playing around with the upconverting capabilities of HQP and the different filters has been amazing.
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 13, 2021, 03:21 PM
    Those features and meta data come at a cost: sound. Best interface hands down is Roon. But far from the best sounding. Actually, quite a choke point sonically. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 13, 2021, 02:50 PM
    nicoff replied to a thread MBL 101 E MK II install advice in MBL
    Nice set up! What is your center to center dimension? (Tweeter to tweeter) You can try removing the plastic inserts that attach to the top of the box and check if you like the change.
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  • nicoff's Avatar
    June 12, 2021, 10:26 PM
    Roon offers metadata that no-one else offers. Totally agree. However, others now offer multi-room capability (Sonos, Amazon). So the question becomes: is metadata worth $100+ dollars per year to a regular subscriber (in addition to the music...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 12, 2021, 09:52 PM
    Stereo Magazine: Limited to 600 Units Worldwide Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    June 12, 2021, 06:43 PM
    On the future of Roon... Disclaimer: I am a lifetime Roon subscriber, and would very much like for Roon to succeed. I have been using Roon for several years now. For a while I used Roon with my local library only. Eventually I subscribed to...
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    June 12, 2021, 05:32 PM
    Impressive!!! Good job! You may want to suggest to the owner to lower/relocate the top component on the right side of the shelf. It hides part of the painting/picture! Just an opinion!
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    June 12, 2021, 02:45 PM
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    June 12, 2021, 02:44 PM
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    June 12, 2021, 02:41 PM
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 12, 2021, 08:05 AM
    I watched it. Was good and sad all at the same time. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 11, 2021, 06:48 AM
    Great little system, but at the volumes I listen, I would blow the 30.2ís to smithereens in my room. 40.3ísÖfor sure would work. 260.8ís then. I have some Franco Serblin Accordo Essence coming next week to go with the little Accordoís in the...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 10, 2021, 08:41 PM
    The trioís wonít fit. I would love the 4Dís, but that might be a goal for next year. Thinking an Artesania 2+2+2 and a 3 shelf on the end. But thatís as far as Iíve gotten. LOL. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • nicoff's Avatar
    June 10, 2021, 07:18 PM
    Agree about the lack of classical listings and also limited number of jazz recordings. Whoever put that list together had pop music bias.
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    June 10, 2021, 05:53 PM
    Cool story!
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    June 10, 2021, 04:42 PM
    nicoff replied to a thread just for fun in Amplifiers
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 10, 2021, 12:19 PM
    And that would be? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 9, 2021, 09:24 PM
    Iím my own worst customer. Nothing decided. My system currently comprises two turntables and a reel to reel sitting on the floor. Thinking: Kharma, Harbeth, Pass, Luxman, Sim, Classe, Boulder, NAIM, Block, MSB, Aurender I have Vivid and...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 9, 2021, 08:19 PM
    Influential Albums - How many of these 150 influential albums have you heard? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    June 9, 2021, 02:15 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Aurender N30 in Aurender
    Yes. Donít forget about the new N200. We have one on order too. Reportedly beats the N10 and nips at the heels of the N20. Two user installed storage (ie 2 x 8TB SSDís) The N30 comes with one 8TB SSD and one bay available for a second one. ...
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    June 9, 2021, 11:27 AM
    nicoff replied to a thread Nightmare! in Headphones & Earbuds
    Have you checked sites that specialize on headphones like headfi?
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  • nicoff's Avatar
    June 9, 2021, 10:25 AM
    The original article is old news and has been superseded by announcements from Apple Music and Amazon in the past several weeks. Both of them have announced CD quality streaming at no extra cost (Apple) or lower pricing (Amazon). That makes me doubt...
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