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  1. Soundiz is a God Send. It is so easy to move between streaming providers thanks to this. I Have been using them over a year now and it works like a charm.
  2. Hey Guys - I started this thread but then I did a trial of Qobuz and I was hooked. So after 4 years of being on Tidal, I signed up for Qobuz. The sound quality is much better and there is no MQA voodoo to worry about. Gives me the flexibility to use any hardware of my choice! Good luck as I am no longer chasing the above manufacturers.
  3. This is what I mean as a luxury brand. There are way more expensive gear in the world but there is really no other brand that even non audiophiles recognise and crave for. There is simply no other brand in HiFi that has a bigger brand recall among non audiophiles.
  4. Those who are planning on streaming Qobuz to your streamer via Chromecast be informed that there is a known bug and there are drop outs. Roon is your best bet till the time it is fixed. This is only with the IOS app. Watch the audiophilestyle forum for the Qobuz thread. All known bugs are there. I jumped to Qobuz after 4 years with Tidal. The sound quality is definitely an improvement over Tidal. So be patient of move to Qobuz. It will improve and if not the big daddy is getting ready for you.
  5. The whole argument of MC not being a value buy is rudimentary because it is not supposed to be. It’s a luxury brand. You don’t say my gym bag can hold more stuff than your LV. MC is for doctors and lawyers and Hollywood traditionally. The luxury Bose if you will back in the USA. Looks are subjective so I won’t use that as an argument but in terms of engineering it is over engineered. It is built like a tank. Macs made in the 60s are still running and are supported by the company till today. They hold their value well. For some these are more important and saying there are
  6. I have not done any placements yet. Just letting them run in. I have taken this pic from my listening position. Are they positioned correctly based on how Wharfedale wants us to place them? Thanks
  7. I got my lintons today. Out of the box the bass was just too boomy for my room. I hav them about 12 inches from the rear wall. I had to put a sock in each port and the boominess had gone. However the treble was very harsh. I then realised that the speakers were placed on opposite sides since the box had them labelled incorrectly. Putting the speakers in such a way that the W logo is on the outside surely changed the treble. The harshness reduced drastically. I still feel that the speaker feels a little constricted. Forums all over say that 150 to 200 hours is a good time for them to be at thei
  8. Why should someone who only wants to stream music use Roon? Like I am paying for Roon only because almost all streamers come with crappy software. Once streamers have Spotify connect built in which most already do, Roon becomes redundant for people like me and I’m sure we contribute to a decent chunk of the roon’s subscriber base. There doesn’t seem to be any word on that. But my guess Is that if Chromecast can support 24/192, Spotify Connect should also be able to do that without any additional hardware.
  9. @Hydrology: Your pics of the Linton is very encouraging. I’ve been trying to figure it out how they perform in a small room and mainly the distance from the side wall. I have very little room on both sides. Less than half a feet. Will that be workable? I have about 1 feet from the rear wall. Your thoughts?
  10. New Tubes for this beast. Replaced the stock 6SN7 with Psvane CV-181 MkII. The 12AX7 replaced with Psvane 12AX7 TII
  11. Not really. I created in almost 5 years back and have been regularly using it since. You can follow this link. https://ioshacker.com/how-to/create-us-apple-id-for-free-from-any-country
  12. I created an account in the US store to download it and then I returned to my country store. It works well. They update the app once a month or so during update you can log back into the US store. It is some effort but I stopped using Roon and a much better experience imho. Cheers
  13. Thanks! For smaller rooms, the Leak 130 still should get the job I’m guessing! Visually they both look so good though.
  14. Ah ok! What according to you is the right amp that will take it to that level? Anything in the price range of the Leak? On a separate note, Leak is planning to launch an amp with streaming. Could be the Quad Vena Play in leak’s clothes. This info was given to me by their customer care.
  15. Sorry to hijack the thread. @Hydrology Have you had a chance to pair the Leak 130 with the Lintons?
  16. O How MqA works is a mystery. In fact after using Tidal for 4 years, I moved to Qobuz. Takes all the Guess work away. At least I can be sure that 24/192 sounds better than 16/44 on Qobuz. Cheers
  17. I can only talk about the Luxman 509X. It is a great amp. It doesn’t do anything spectacularly well. It just does everything right. Doesn’t add anything much on it own. Tonally I would call this a neutral sounding amp compared to the MA8900. Accuphase to me is a mix of both. Has the details of the luxman and the warmth of the Mcintosh. i have only heard the rega amps when I went to buy my rega turntable. I didn’t necessarily find them bright. I found them to have this get up and go attitude. I find that a trait in many Brit amps Like Naim, Exposure, etc. Fast and Nimble. Better paired wi
  18. @Irek I had the focal aria 926 for a year and I didn’t find them bright. I know how we define brightness would wary to a certain extent but I don’t think I will call any of the current Focal speakers warm. The sopra is bright. the kanta when I heard It with Naim gear it was bright. Just was not the pairing for me. Kef Ref 1 and the new Kef R series are less bright than the focal speakers that I’ve mentioned above. I will happily live with any of the focal speakers but I just won’t pair them with neutral or forward sounding gear. That’s just my preference. Cheers
  19. I have extensive experience with a Kef Ref 1 with a Mcintosh Ma8900 and a Luxman L509x. The Kef’s are bright speakers. Maybe not in the range of the focal but I would still want to pair them with something slightly on the warm side of neutral. I’ve not heard the Hegels with the Kef but I’ve heard Kefs with Accuphase integrateds with Kef R series and above. They are a good pairing. I was also told that Kef use Hegel for development so there might be some synergy there.
  20. Pontus seems to offer the best price to performance in the Denafrips Range. No wonder its in high demand and always sold out. Which do you find to be warmer? The Ares or the Pontus?
  21. Absolutely. I never said that higher the price ,better the product. I only said if you are going to compare then a fair comparison is between products that are in the same price range. Cheers
  22. This becomes a subjective comparison. We all like a bargain and the reviewers also hype things about. The May is a very good Dac under 5k. Probably one of the best. We should judge its merits on those parameters. Also ive heard all 3 DACS but never next to each other and not in the same system. From what I can try to sense is that they all sound different. I cant say one is better than the other because it would depend on what you are looking for. Similarly the May is not the best dac under 5k because again it would boil down to what you are looking for and the May surely will not please every
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