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  1. Hi all I need to rip approx 900 CDs (all standard Redbook) on a Mac Mini Server running Yosemite OSX. I intend to rip to FLAC. Interested to hear from Mac users about what ripping and tagging software they use. I was leaning towards dbpoweramp but the artwork, metadata and accuracy-check app - PerfectTunes - is Windows only. Is this a deal-breaker? What are my other options? Opinions on XLD? Playback might deserve its own thread but if you want to share opinions there too I'm all ears. Keen to give iTunes a miss (because FLAC). Audirvana Plus? Sorry if these questions have been asked before - I did search the forum first, but please feel free to direct me to older topics. Cheers, Dylan/Art
  2. Audirvana updates have been released, Audirvana 2.4 + remote app 1.5, installed both last night and listened to music for a few hours with no major issues, DSD album art no longer displays which is odd. The remote app is now terrific, I won't go into the specific improvements/fixes, it now has all the functionality I would expect in a quality remote app. Audirvana 2.4, I think the SQ has changed quite a bit, the mids and highs are improved, more clarity and air around each instrument and voices, very nice indeed. But where has the bass gone, in my system the bass is less prominent, has no impact, and the definition has taken a hit also. I'll have another listen tonight but if the bass is the same it will be back to 2.3.2, which is a real shame as it sounds great otherwise. Has anyone else upgraded, what do you think of the SQ?
  3. The August 2015 meeting of the Sydney Audio Club sees us once again gather for an afternoon of fine music, great sound and amicable company. Each month, the Sydney Audio Club presents the finest in high end audio systems for our members and guests. It's a bit like a private audio show once a month where you can hear and discuss equipment that you might not otherwise have the chance to audition. And you can bring along your own music to test the capabilities of the system or to just share with like-minded music lovers in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. This month we will be focussed on computer audio and music server products. We’ll compare Audirvana V2, Pure Music V2 and JRiver V20. Pure Music and Audirvana are available only for the Mac platform, so to ensure a level playing field we’ll compare them to the Mac version of JRiver. (Sorry, no Amarra comparisons.) We’ll also compare the FLAC and WAV version of the same recording. We’ll compare high-res PCM to DSD. Lastly, we’ll also compare a CD disc, the same CD ripped to disc and a high-res version. Time permitting, we’ll also compare a CD ripped with XLD (on Mac) and to the same CD ripped with dbPoweramp (Mac version). Everything will be presented “blind†so you can determine what sounds best to you without preconceived ideas getting in the way. Admittedly, hearing a disc player whirling away or me fumbling with the disc player controls might give the game away! But most things can be hidden from you. And although the emphasis will be on Mac based products, that won’t invalidate what you can expect to do and hear with a Windows platform. Details of the system…. Kudos Audio C20 speakers – Refer to http://www.kudosaudio.com/loudspeakers/c20/ and http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/kudos-audio-cardea-anniversary-super-20-loudspeakers/ Audible Illusions L3A preamp – Refer to http://www.audibleillusions.com/products/l3-line-stage-preamplifier/ Plinius SA100 Power amp – Refer to http://www.stereophile.com/solidpoweramps/497plinius/ and http://www.audioreview.com/cat/amplification/amplifiers/plinius/sa-100-mk-iii/prd_116087_1583crx.aspx Mac Mini (late 2012 version) – with i7 processors, 16GB memory, SSD system disc. Music on SSD with Thunderbolt connectivity. Connected to DAC via Vertere Pulse HB USB cable. Bricasti Design M1 DAC – Refer to http://i.nextmedia.com.au/avhub/australian-hifi_reviews_2014_2014-07_bricasti_design_m1_dac_review_test_lores.pdf and http://www.audiostream.com/content/bricasti-design-m1-dac Oppo BDP-105 Universal player – Refer to https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-105/ and http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/oppo-bdp-105-universal-blu-ray-player-and-dac/ Nordost Red Dawn speaker cables and interconnects and WireWorld interconnects. The second half of the music sessions will be our popular BYO. Members and guests are welcome to offer music to share with us all. So bring along your favourite music on CD/SACD or flash drive. (Sorry, no provision for vinyl this month.) All we ask is that the music and recordings be interesting. We'll ask you to tell us a little about the artist/recording before it is played. Tracks over 6 minutes will be faded out, to give everyone a fair go. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran, you will have the opportunity to listen, learn and share your experiences with others of a similar mind. Guests are always welcome – we are a very friendly club so you don't need to know anyone to join us for an afternoon of fine music and sound. We will welcome you at the door. Venue: Epping Creative Centre, Dence Park Address: 26 Stanley St, Epping When: Sunday 16th August 2015 Doors open 1pm Meeting starts at 2pm Best regards, Tom Waters President Sydney Audio Club www.sydneyaudioclub.org.au tomwaters@sydneyaudioclub.org.au
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