Sam Vimes

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Sam Vimes last won the day on March 29 2018

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About Sam Vimes

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    North Yorkshire

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    Yamaha WXA-50
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    Proac Studio 148
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Sam Vimes

    Is HiFI Dead?

    Hi-Fi isn't quite dead yet. However, it's definitely going to seem that way if you have fixed ideas about hi-fi having to involve multiple dirty great boxes. Plenty won't have it, but I suspect that the only thing that really can't be effectively miniturised (yet) are loudspeakers. When there are still plenty of audiophiles that refuse to accept that CD is worthwhile, they are unlikely to see any merit in Hi-Res DAPs, quality head/earphones, streaming, NAS, and small footprint class D amps. It's no surprise that such folks will see the hi-fi fat lady singing.
  2. It's set up as a "collaborative playlist". I can't find any other settings that might make it inaccessible to others. Naturally, if I search for it, it's the top find every time.
  3. I created a playlist of test tracks culled from a few different threads on here. No idea how to link it to the forum, but a search for "Wam Test Tracks" should find it unless I've buggered up the privacy settings.
  4. For an uncritical casual listen, Bluetooth is just about adequate, it's not high fidelity though. If anyone with a half decent hifi set up can't tell the difference, I'd be surprised.
  5. You are not alone. I have a similar Prog aversion and Pink Floyd in particular. However, I gave Steven Wilson/Porcupine Tree/Blackfield a whizz based on the wall to wall coverage on here. I actually found myself really liking much of it. The downside is that the bits I like best are probably the least proggy. The bits that disappear up their own fundament, for ten minutes plus, are somewhat less appealing.
  6. Take a streamer to your gear, rather than taking your gear to an unfamiliar room. As it stands, I wouldn't conclude anything from a disappointing demo in an unfamiliar room with totally unfamiliar equipment. You've given no indication that you even know what the quality of the source files were. There's no clue as to whether the source of those files was the iPad itself, or the like of Spotify etc. If either the files are low quality or the connection to the streamer is from the iPad (via AirPlay?), it could easily explain being underwhelmed, even if the system and room were perfectly familiar. The reality is that, if you are someone that can be happy with the sound of a CD, you could be just as happy with a streamer. You need to know that the source files are better than MP3 and the connection isn't AirPlay, or Bluetooth, to give it a fair chance of comparing. As it stands, it appears as is if your demo was pretty much pointless.
  7. I have the odd minor niggle with the Yamaha app. However, I've found it to be stable and suffers no drop outs (though I did tinker with my hub settings after a week or so of initial unreliability) even on wi-fi. It's slick enough, but some of the functionality could be improved a touch (the often criticized search facility could be better). I found it nowhere near as unusable as some users report. Not for one moment am I trying to suggest it's better than anything else, nor is it perfect. However, it's a similar scenario to those that love apple phones over Android. It's largely a question of what you get used to and what works for you.
  8. No, iOS is unique to Apple devices. Only apps intended to run on Android will work with your Samsung phone.
  9. It's likely to depend on the unit concerned. In the case of the Yamaha, a phone/tablet controller operates the unit via Wi-Fi. All the bluetooth is for is to receive audio that it isn't possible to send via Wi-Fi (Spotify free in my case, because I'm too tight to subscribe. If I did pay for Spotify Premium, using bluetooth would not be necessary) or to send audio to another bluetooth device (speaker/headphones).
  10. It would appear that no one has suggested anything somewhere in between the price of the Google CCA and something like the Bluesound Node 2, so I'll chuck in the Yamaha WXC-50. It should do all that the OP wants in a single box and an app that works just fine on android phones/tablets. It has Bluetooth (send or receive), Wi-Fi and wired capability.
  11. Has anybody actually heard a really bad Proac speaker? I've heard some that I consider better than others, but I've never heard a pair I couldn't live with. The only time I've been a little underwhelmed by a pair of Proacs was by a pair of Response D2s. Even then, they weren't bad, I just didn't like them enough to justify spending more than double the price of the Studio 110s I ended up buying. However, I appreciate that call was hugely influenced by personal taste, depth of pocket and partnering equipment.
  12. Shawn Colvin - A Few Small Repairs
  13. They had two further top thirty hits in the UK, Afternoons & Coffeespoons and The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead (yes, an XTC cover).
  14. Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine.
  15. Maggie Rogers - Heard It In A Past Life.