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  1. From the second link I posted " MQA is in fact “lossy” because it alters the bit-depth and frequency response (magnitude & phase) and therefore time domain appearance of the original high resolution audio file by applying none-linear-phase filters impacting the critical audio spectrum (e.g. 4dB attenuation at 40kHz)."
  2. I keep seeing the subject of MQA come up, so I get interested and do some reading each time. I am left wondering "Why MQA?". I am seeing it as a niche product where better (than MP3) quality audio from smaller data is absolutely required. Meanwhile, for nearly every other purpose, Flac is better. Then there is the whole proprietary thing... Here's a couple of interesting links (might have been posted before) that I just looked at http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/highresaudio-to-stop-offering-mqa/ https://www.xivero.com/blog/hypothesis-paper-to-support-a-deeper-technical-analysis-of-mqa-by-mqa-limited/#6
  3. Bluetooth turntables - a waste of time?

    We could certainly do with a large dose of that around here at times !
  4. Have you seen this https://www.jaycar.com.au/raspberry-pi-media-player-kit/p/XC9012
  5. Another Hi Fi shop to close?

    There is one in Brisbane where I will never go again. He defines the term 'cranky old bastard' for me.
  6. I still haven't decided between Volumio and Moode. It isn't about the best sound, as both sound very good. My choice will be based on features and support/stability. However, I just went through the experience of building the latest Moode 4.0, and it wasn't nice. There are instructions on the web site, but they only tell you how to start the script, nothing else, and it isn't straightforward. There are quite a few questions to answer to get the build underway and a couple of them make you have to think a bit. Basically it is deciding whether you want to build in place, on the SDcard of the current Raspbian install, or on a separate "Boot" card, by which they mean a USB drive you have plugged in (only after the script tells you to though). There will be long periods where it may appear to have stopped, but it needs to write a lot of data to the drive and it takes time. From what I read, I thought the script would build a working image of Moode. It doesn't, it builds an image which you need to transfer to your boot SDcard, then boot an RPi from that, then let it boot and then rebooot, many times, and take a very very VERY long time to install/compile/build finally, a working system. I read people reporting failures where they can't connect to their new Moode via a browser - this is almost certainly because they didn't wait 30 minutes or more for it to do all the things it has to do. But, no-one tells you this. The lack of instructions bites again. Halfway through the process you can actually connect via a browser and you will get the default web server new-install page. Very confusing to a new user. Just wait longer Meanwhile, if you are in this situation, you can use ssh to connect to the RPi (if you can find out what the username/password is -not well documented). Once there you can monitor the mosbuild.log file to see the progress. Of course you'll get chucked out a few times as it reboots multiple times, but you can reconnect each time and further monitor progress. Or you can just walk away and come back in about an hour (to be sure it is all finished). Again, some documentation about all that needs to happen would have been nice. Hope this helps somebody willing to try Moode 4.0.
  7. Catman's Analog Musings

    Can't ever imagine hiss being superb sounding.
  8. Catman's Analog Musings

    I thought Schiit was supposed to be good gear. Even my cheapest phono stage does not have "plainly audible hiss". Perhaps a faulty unit?
  9. Bluetooth turntables - a waste of time?

    OK, this is not to justify the AT60 at all, but I wanted to note that there are always ways and means. For audiophiles - nothing to see here, move along now I had to deal with a Crosley that used this same magnetic cartridge (AT3600L) but also had little adjustment, and was able to lighten the tracking force to under 3 grams using 20 cent coins behind the pivot point (stuck on with blue-tac). It didn't seem to be spring based either, just a static balance. However, spring loaded arms can also be adjusted by altering the spring length/force.
  10. Nearfield listening in the middle of the room?

    A diagram might make it plainer, but really, I wasn't seeking suggestions. I have sorta been there done that. I was just saying that I found a solution finally. Thanks anyway
  11. Bluetooth turntables - a waste of time?

    Fully agree. No problems at the spec'd forces. If it runs at 5g, the main problem will be the cartridge suspension will be flattened and this will probably degrade the sound. I am wondering if this (5g) is a quality control variant, not a design point. Not uncommon for bad QC in cheap equipment.
  12. Nearfield listening in the middle of the room?

    Of course not My room is in the shape of a fat L with the stereo at the top on the upright. But there is an always open door halfway along the upright, and a fish tank protruding into it, and sliding glass doors on the other side. There are tables and chairs and couches too. Floor is polished wood. Many reflections. As I said, far from ideal.
  13. Nearfield listening in the middle of the room?

    I too, wondered if I would get any comments, but nothing has been said about the new placement here
  14. Currently Spinning

    One of Enoch Light's later albums I guess, but extremely good sound.
  15. I have one of my systems in a room that is far from ideal acoustically (long narrow, lot's of reflections, and odd shape at the far end), but it is a room where we like to sit and read and enjoy some music at the same time. So I have been persisting with speaker placement and isolation methods to handle the feedback to the turntable, and improve the lack of bass at certain points (nulls) in the room, mostly where we like to sit. Today, I moved the speakers, yet again. I moved them them right out into the middle of the room, closer to my chair than the walls, and way in front of the turntable and amplifier. I guess that almost makes it nearfield right? Anyway, the sound is now the best I have experienced in this room. I think I can get used to walking around behind the speakers to change a record