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  1. I have a pair of these and they still sound amazing. Set up in a nearfield arrangement the 3D soundstage is very impressive. They're pretty rugged, so I'm sure they have years of service left. Absolute bargain at this price.
  2. Another update from Volumio. Looks like Q2 might actually be accurate. Still no word on if it will be available with the free version of Volumio, or one of their paid tiers. Good news. The TIDAL Connect integration in Volumio is completed and it works beautifully. Before releasing it, we are required to have it certified by TIDAL. So, next Monday we will send a unit to TIDAL to have it certified. We hope this last step goes quick so we can release it soon and enjoy it
  3. is that the plan? hard to argue with that John Darko suggested it may be no extra cost above Spotify Premium. I hope he's right, and they may do this as a differentiator against Apple and others. I suspect they'll charge more for it though, but hopefully it's only 25-50% more, not 100% more like Tidal.
  4. Re: Cadogan. I haven't had the pleasure before today, and I won't jump into the fray of the comments above, but to me there are two clear and complimentary business models at play here: Car broker, and YouTube audience to sell wares. Car brokers have a pretty wonderful business model. They make most of the cream that a car dealership makes, without most of their costs. They make a margin on the new car sold (yes, most make something on top of the discounted rate they source it for), a margin on your trade-in, a margin on the finance, and sometimes even charge you a fee for the pri
  5. I believe the difference in availability on streaming services (and region to region) is based on the agreements with labels. Which is why some artists come and go on different services, and what is on Spotify may not be on Tidal (and vice versa). I pay for Tidal so listen to that 99% of the time, then listen to some of the missing stuff on Spotify. This is just another reason I'd happily move to Spotify HiFi - they seem to strike better deals with the labels and have more available.
  6. It really is a versatile amp for the price, that's for sure Yep. Originally bought my P5 for the subwoofer capability. I run mine with the smaller A23 but I'm still amazed by the sound - and the A21 is another level again.
  7. https://newsroom.spotify.com/2021-02-22/five-things-to-know-about-spotify-hifi/ https://darko.audio/2021/02/spotify-to-launch-hifi-tier-in-2021/ Launching 'later in 2021 in select markets'. No details on exact timing, pricing, levels above CD quality, etc. Hopefully it is only 50% more expensive than Spotify Premium (rather than double, like Tidal), and arrives in Australia this year. For those of us battling away with Tidal or Qobuz, this is yuuuuuge news.
  8. I still like my V-Moda M100. RRP $359 but often on special and about $200 second hand. On the bassy side, but still very clear. Be sure to get the thicker sheepskin pads ($30). They sound good driven by an iPhone, and even better with a little USB DAC like a Dragonfly. I'm not a fan of the M50, I found them quite muddy and lifeless.
  9. That's really interesting stuff to learn. It's a shame that the Venn diagram of electronic music lovers and audiophiles doesn't overlap much, because it does sound amazing on a good system.
  10. Other than at audio shows, I haven't had the chance to listen to the all-in-ones - although the Kii's with BXT were best in show sound for me. I'm also watching the Buchardt story closely, as I can see a pair of those in my future. My two cents on 'punchy' bass is that is more about air movement, and not necessarily just at the lowest frequencies. I have standmounts with single 6.5" drivers, which I then supplement with a sub. I'm happy with the sound for the investment (good soundstage, speakers disappear, sub makes for a 'full' sound), but I know that single 6.5" drivers won't g
  11. Nice! The guy I bought my Audioengine A5's off in Canada 12+ years ago had big Genelec monitors on stands, plus their sub, set up in his flat. He was over the moon at the performance for the money. I still remember how great it sounded.
  12. That audiophilestyle review didn't really say much at all. Looking forward to your review @wikeeboy
  13. Great units, amazing sound quality for the price. Google the Darko review if you're interested. Pretty bomb-proof also - once they're set up (which is simple) they just keep working.
  14. Estimate is Q2, 2021. Update on the Volumio forum three days ago: volumio Good news, the first step is done. We’ve had a call with TIDAL technical team (very pleasant meeting, BTW) and we’ve been approved to have TIDAL Connect SDK. We’re now in the process of implementing it, but it won’t be quick. The implementation is quite complex and there is a certification process involved, so my best estimate would be Q2 2021
  15. This is a fantastic piece of kit and arguably under-rated, especially at this price point. Check out the Darko review to get a good feel for the sound.
  16. Thanks for the interest. I already had a previous enquiry via DM, so I'll put you 2nd and 3rd in line. I'd still prefer local pick-up in anyone in Melbourne is interested?
  17. Further information: Apple iPhone 6 16GB Silver. Original battery at 92% capacity. No charger, ear buds or cable. Unlocked. Would prefer pick-up, will consider mailing at buyer's expense if it doesn't move in a week or so. Photos:
  18. Looks like Volumio are already trying to make this happen. It isn't clear how much effort this is, or how high on the priority list, but actively asking Tidal for approval is a very positive sign. https://community.volumio.org/t/adding-tidal-connect/42022 Two days ago: "We are waiting for an answer from TIDAL for our request to integrate TIDAL Connect . Now we shall be patient, as everyone is struggling to cope with this pandemic and remote work might increase response times We will keep you posted"
  19. Yes, similarly with Volumio, they won't rush into it as they know they will lose many My Volumio subscribers (like me) who only pay up for the Tidal integration. On the positive side though, there are plenty of music OS's out there for RPi, so at least one of them should be motivated to work on this.
  20. Hi Pete, I like the Allo. I bought it secondhand here on SNA, it's a 3b. I was coming from an old Dell desktop with an Uptone Regen + LPS, and the Allo did seem to be a step up in terms of being more organic. Apart from an issue recently with an SD card dying (probably my fault, just pulling the plug instead of powering down properly), it has been rock solid. My only gripe is paying for My Volumio to use Tidal, along with a pretty crappy interface. Hence this thread. I'm pretty confident the audio OS makers for RPi will get there, it might just take them a little longer. As you sai
  21. +1 for Late Night Tales. I think the Trentemoller one was my first. Will try out Cinematic Orchestra. Agnes Obel is pretty great on her own - check out some of her albums.
  22. These are an amazing speaker for the money. Like most great speakers, they sound good with most gear and just keep getting better as you add higher quality electronics upstream. GLWTS
  23. I just added a comment on the Tidal Pricing thread, but I think this is pretty big news for Tidal users and deserves its own thread. https://www.stereonet.co.uk/news/tidal-connect-launches-on-bluos and https://darko.audio/2020/10/tidal-connect-who-what-why/ Essentially, it appears that Tidal have finally launched their own version of Spotify Connect, an app that any device manufacturer can add that enables you to stream Tidal to a device (e.g. streamer, AVR, TV, whatever) and use the Tidal app on your phone as the controller. This was a big gap previously, with very few devices abl
  24. Yes, you use the Tidal app as the controller. Just like I could do with Rdio (remember that one!) many years ago. Spotify has been making this easier for streamer makers for years with Spotify Connect, but adding Tidal to a streaming app has been tough for streamer makers as they essentially had to code it all themselves. That's why with Google Chromecast Built-In there is no gapless playback for Tidal (obviously in the too hard basket, even for Google). So until today, I would have avoided buying most streamers and all-in-one speakers like the Buchardt A500 as there was no gapless playback wi
  25. It's a fair observation, given the assumption "Class D is inferior to Class A or A/B" is still being held by many. I can only go by what I've read, but for me it feels like Class D is being unfairly branded as inferior due to early versions - just as early CD player reviews caused many long term views that digital audio was inferior. Being poorly implemented in AVRs probably hasn't helped its cause either. Class D seems to have caught up in terms of sounding relaxed and organic, while still retaining better overall performance specs. Again, this is what I've read, because I'm not fortunate eno
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