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  1. The bad news - as promised, as of today, Spotify is no longer available through the Logitech Squeezebox - by the old Spotify app plugin. The good news - Spotty (as mentioned above) works perfectly - I think - haven't given it a complete workout yet but, so far so good. Many thanks to the genius (Michael ?) at LMS for writing this plugin for the Squeezebox - brilliant !!
  2. I think the plugin he refers too is in the actual software "Advanced Settings" menu, which you can get to once you've installed the latest version of the LMS software - I think but it sure is puzzling. I'm holding off for the moment.
  3. If you believe the fellow in my LMS forum quote above, they already have "come up with a solution" !
  4. Doing some research into "Spotty" and found this LMS forum information - hopefully useful. http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?107615-Announce-Spotty-v1-1-0
  5. Squeezebox & Spotify Dilemma

    Thanks RockandorRoll ill check this out and see if it suits my setup requirements cheers Des
  6. Hi All - yes I received the same email from Spotify and have been looking at alternatives. I posted here about it. I'm not sure which way to go with this one. My alternatives are either using something like the iEast streamer just for Spotify or replacing my Squeezebox Touch with with whole new multi purpose streaming device. Interesting quote about the Apple IOS upgrade not supporting the Squeezebox app - is this referenced to the iPeng app or just the free Logitech App ?" cheers Des
  7. Squeezebox & Spotify Dilemma

    Thanks Happy - yes that's part of the dilemma. I still want to stream Spotify in it's compressed format, but not compress my own audio collection which is 99% flac in either redbook or 96kHz 24bit HD, which is what would happen using the iEast device. I'll have a look into your suggestion though unless of course you mean using an Apple PC. I do use Apple iPhone & iPad but not PC. Cheers Des
  8. Hi All I hope I'm posting in the right forum. I have struck a dilemma with my current audio streaming setup and am not sure what the best alternatives and possibilities are. I have been streaming my digitised audio collection in flac format (both redbook and HD quality), for some time to my system via our home wireless network, and my Logitech Squeezebox Touch and external DAC. No problems so far and for the last 12 months or so I've been streaming from Spotify (premium) via the Squeezebox app. I've now received an email from Spotify saying that in the very near future they will no longer be supporting the Squeezebox speaker (their term) and that I will have to get a streamer which they do support. This is a pain in the you know where, as I'm happy with my current setup for all audio streaming including the current Spotify source. I guess my dilemma then is to either replace the Squeezebox with another streamer, or forget about streaming from my Spotify account. Pity, as I quite like Spotify for "exploring" music and artists etc and don't really want to just use it via my iPhone/iPad. I've looked into the iEast streaming device which seems really good for what it does and has been reviewed by Marc here on StereoNet, but according to that review, it's output either via RCA connection to an amp, or SPDIF output to an external DAC is limited to either a compressed format, or redbook standard only. I'd really like to continue streaming to my system in HD flac when required, so I don't think the iEast is for me even though it's quite cheap and good for what it does do. I'd really prefer not to have to have two separate streamers ie the Squeezebox Touch for my collection and the iEast for Spotify only. Any alternate suggestions which aren't going to break my bank account ? Any help appreciated. Regards Des
  9. Speaker Apartheid

    Interesting concept that I've wondered about too. From my experience, electrostatics like Quads etc sound particularly good when playing classical music but less convincing playing rock music. I guess it's horses for courses to some extent, but I agree that any well engineered speaker should sound pretty good with all music genres. The amount of real bass is a telling factor however.
  10. Agreed - a very enjoyable evening with some great sounds coming from the mighty i93's Thanks again to Philip, Simon and the rest of the VAF crew present for a good night. Now to save up for upgrading my i93 Mk 1's - good though they are Cheers all Des
  11. All being well I'd like to attend ! Cheers Philip Des
  12. The Duntech Speaker Thread

    Thank you for your reply. I have a pair of VAF i93s Mk 1s and am generally very happy with them given that they cost me much less second hand than the full price even though that's not high by some standards. I used to admire (love) the Duntech Soverigns but could never have afforded them - cost or size For what it's worth, I'm bi-amping the i93s with an Emotiva XPA 5 amplifier - ie using 4 of the channels to drive the speakers. This seems to work well. The only reason I'm doing this though is that I'm no longer using the Emotiva for multi channel HT, so thought I'd try the extra outputs to bi-amp the VAFs following advice from Simon. Thanks again. Des
  13. The Duntech Speaker Thread

    How do Duntech speakers compare to VAF i93's or i66's ? They seem somewhat similar in design concept and share some of the same attributes. I believe VAF's Simon ? (who I think designed the latest i66) once worked for Duntech - true ??
  14. Thanks for your responses fellas (aechmea & rmpfyf) You're right in that I don't really need 32 bit floating point, but in Adobe Audition 1.5 (which is quite old now and basically the same as Cool Edit Pro) only gives you the choice of 8, 16 or 32 bit floating point resolution - hence my reason for choosing the highest rate - just being pedantic about it really, I strongly suspect it makes nil difference. You have given me some avenues to explore which I'll do in due course, but my current thinking is that the AVS Audio editor software is causing the anomaly as it's a new version and now will sample at the various rates ie up to 190kHz and will now do 24 bit resolution whereas it used to only do 48kHz 16 bit downsampling to FLAC - if that makes sense. Anyway, it's now more a curiosity than a problem, so thanks again for your responses and thoughts. Regards Des
  15. Hi All I hope I'm in the right forum for this question. Firstly a little background. Over many years I've been successfully digitising LP vinyl records. I've always used Adobe Auditon 1.5 for the capture process and recorded at 96Khz and 32 bit floating point in Windows PCM format ie. WAV. I usually then convert the edited audio files to flac format - either CD redbook standard or higher resolution using AVS Audio Converter or dBPoweramp on occasions. This process has always worked successfully with no issues. However, I recently had a major hard drive crash on my desktop PC and had to replace and hence rebuild my HDD. I reinstalled Adobe Audition and the AVS Audio Conversion software (latest version). Yesterday I digitally captured an LP record as described above with Adobe Audition which worked successfully as expected. That's when I struck the problem I'm asking about. I used the AVS Audio Converter to convert the files to redbook standard flac, which appeared to go successfully with no error messages, but on replay, the files were obviously corrupted and extremely noisy - first time this has ever happened and I have no idea why. To correct the problem, I first had to first convert the WAV files to CD standard ie. 44Khz 16 bit, and was then able to convert the subsequent WAV files to flac format successfully. I've never had to do this extra conversion before. I tried dBPoweramp conversion, but it wouldn't convert the 96kHz 32 bit WAV files to flac at all, stating that "FLAC accepts only PCM audio source" - which they are anyway. I was able to us dBPoweramp to convert the 44kHz 16 bit WAV files to flac. Does anyone have any idea what the hell is going on here ?? I'm totally at a loss to explain or correct the problem. Prior to the HDD crash I was running Windows 10 updated from Windows 7, and then the new HDD had a new Windows 10 installation. Any hints to the problem in that situation ?? I'd appreciate any help I can get as I'd like to resume the process as described initially ie. capture at 96kHz 32 bit floating point, and then convert to flac format for digital playback. Apart from that, I'm dead set curious as to what' happened here. Thanks for any help or thoughts you might have Des