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    Re: Critical Listening Mode

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    Re: Critical Listening Mode

    I think that this might be good way to do a blind listening test:
    Sit down and listen (without looking) while someone else does the display on/display off test.
    The listener has to pick which...
  3. Thread: Drives for NAS

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    Re: Drives for NAS

    Yep, sounds like it was not a motherboard failure after all and those hard drives that you replaced could have been saved. Chalk it up to a lesson learned. Good thing is that you now know how to...
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    Re: Physical Media Sales are Booming

    Totally agree. CDs are dead. Vinyl managed to resuscitate from the dead and show minuscule growth, but whether that’s sustainable remains to be seen.

    Streaming is IT. No surprise there.
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    Re: Roomplay Reference With Jim Smith

    Very nice and honest post. The description of Jim Smith’s change of view is not unusual. Many of us start in this hobby pursuing some goal that we eventually learn is not possible to achieve. Along...
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    Re: Tesla Model Y Test Drive

    How did Mike’s OP review of a Tesla car became a discussion on climate change?!

    Mike didn’t like the Tesla. Others do.
    Both opinions are valid and ok.

    If anyone wants to discuss climate...
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    Re: Tesla Model Y Test Drive

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  8. Re: Hqplayer Pro configuration with Roon Server

    I recommend that you go to the Roon Labs website and post this request under the HQPlayer forum. The developer of HQPlayer follows that thread regularly and can offer a solution to your situation.
  9. Re: HDtracks vs Qobuz – Hi-Res Downloads (not streaming)

    I get it. You still like to hoard stuff (I still have my physical library so I understand); you don’t enjoy driving (!!), and you could also improve on your math.
    It is all good though! [emoji110]
  10. Re: HDtracks vs Qobuz – Hi-Res Downloads (not streaming)

    I realize that you are not interested in “streaming” and that you prefer physical media. But if you are already buying downloads and enjoy listening to them, you are actually streaming (albeit from...
  11. HDtracks vs Qobuz – Hi-Res Downloads (not streaming)

    If every penny counts, buying two downloads a week costs more than a monthly subscription to Qobuz.

    Not to mention that when subscribed, you would be able to stream all the high resolution albums...
  12. Re: HDtracks vs Qobuz – Hi-Res Downloads (not streaming)

    Congrats on your new player.

    If the downloads are both the same resolution, most likely they are the same. One way of checking is finding out when they were remastered and/or the remastering...
  13. Thread: VPNs

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    Re: VPNs

    +1
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    Re: VPNs

    You should have said from the get go that you also wanted it for free… [emoji51]
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    VPNs

    Windows Vista? That OS has been discontinued for many several years now. MS is about to release Windows 11 so you might want to consider investing in a new computer first. That will solve your...
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    Re: Apple AirPods MAX

    Yep, exactly. High resolution audio is overblown. Who needs high resolution when you can get spatial audio?
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    Re: RMAF is Cancelled Forever - so sad

    Only in the last 6 years did I become aware of the existence of these audio shows when a friend invited me to Axpona.

    I was really impressed with the offerings and how crowded it was. I also...
  18. Thread: Drives for NAS

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    Drives for NAS

    Meant to add that I am using Drobo 5N with 5 Seagate hard drives (four 6T, and one 12T).
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    Re: Drives for NAS

    Years ago an IT person I know suggested to use drives that were at least 6TB. His reasoning was that those drives were geared toward commercial applications (as opposed to consumers) and were built...
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    Re: Hexmat turntable mats

    Hexmats? Are we getting into magic stones or green marker territory again! [emoji51]
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    Re: Mahler Live: Ain't No Substitute

    Mahler Live: Definitely, there is no substitute!
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    Blind comparisons of speakers, amps, and DACs...

    [emoji115] there!! As stated by a full-fledged Golden Ear”audiophile. I rest my case.
  23. Thread: Qobuz and Tidal

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    Re: Qobuz and Tidal

    There is a lot of change in the works in music streaming. Apple now offers high-end audio. Spotify announced a couple of months ago that it will start offering lossless CD-quality streaming soon....
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    Re: Blind comparisons of speakers, amps, and DACs...

    The "Golden Ear" audiophiles posting on this thread have concentrated their arguments on the validity of blind tests for high end audio. Since the title of this thread specifically asks about "blind...
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    Re: Done with Synology

    What?! You mean we are dependent on parts from China?! Who knew!! [emoji15][emoji51]
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