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  1. I think when it comes to digital audio files or streams, there’s bit perfect and “bit perfect”. The former is easy to understand – all bits in two audio files or streams have to be exactly the same, just like with data files on a computer. This is easy to determine (as long as one can find the same playback location in both samples) by applying a checksum algorithm. For audio, “bit perfect” makes more practical sense. It means that two audio files or streams represent the same waveform, but possibly at different volumes. That’s much harder to determine, and the series of bits in bo
  2. Are you sure they’re just using water? Normally you would prepare a stock (dashi) from dried kelp and bonito flakes. That will give the soup a nice base to go with the miso taste. We keep it fairly simple, and just add wakame seaweed and tofu, before stirring in the miso paste (white, “baby poo”, red, spicy, or whichever you prefer – we normally use white). Then just finely sliced spring onions to top it off.
  3. The way we make it is, we first infuse a bit of water with spices (cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves), lemon peel and slices of orange, by boiling them for 10 minutes or so. Then we add the wine (I prefer Cab-Sav, but Pinot Noir would also work), and heat up to about 75 degrees. Adjust the taste with sugar and lemon juice. There are many alternative methods about all across northern Europe, including some using white wine.
  4. It’s already getting nippy again at night, single digits for the last few nights 🥶 On weekends I would make Glühwein, which works really well, but I’m avoiding alcohol during the week now. My first winter warmer this year has therefore been a nice hot miso soup. This is surprisingly fast and easy to do from scratch, and very delicious and warming.
  5. Now’s the Time – Charlie Parker (comp.)
  6. They’re not #1, they’re a distant #5: (https://www.carsguide.com.au/car-advice/australian-car-market-car-sales-statistics-and-figures-70982)
  7. I’ve got an older dual-mono version with silver connectors and tiger ebony knobs, it was (quite unexpectedly) one of the best HiFi purchases I’ve made. Never selling mine either.
  8. How current are these figures, and what is their source? WSJ has just reported that Apple revealed for the first time what they pay to artists: https://www.macrumors.com/2021/04/16/apple-music-pays-one-cent-per-stream/
  9. That’s a dangerous assumption to make. Evil never sleeps
  10. FLAC 192/24 requires just 4Mbps to stream. Perhaps MQA is meant for people with dial-up modems.
  11. The thing is, he wasn’t testing a codec, he tested specific claims made by MQA Inc.
  12. Thanks all for your replies, very interesting indeed!
  13. Yep, Johnson also goes into how to dimension those. You only need one RC across the secondary. The one cap for each diode thing probably works slightly differently, and is also seen occasionally (e.g. in that Rotel amp). It might be considered as easier, because even though you need more caps, the dimensioning seems to be rather non-critical (~4.7-47nF foil, or something like that). For a proper RC (or CRC) snubber you’d need to know the inductance of the secondary winding. It looks like the Linear Audio article are behind a paywall, so here’s a link to the article I do
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