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    Validity of AB and ABX Testing?

    Isn't this audio illusion more evidence of the value of ABX testing? The goal being to eliminate the visual and other non-audio clues which affect how we hear. Despite the risk of the brain overlaying sounds from one sample over the next similar sample, it seems that ABX is successful at discriminating between two similar that are very similar. Tim
  2. You may be confusing the fact that the controller runs in a web browser, with "internet based". A web browser can work on a local network without being connected to the internet. When I have had a room at Scalford, I have always used LMS for streaming without having an internet connection, often with the Touch. I took a wifi-enabled router and set up my own local network. Tim
  3. The difficulty with this topic is that there are many viable routes and each individual has their own experiences and preferences so you tend to get a cascade of conflicting advice for something which is in essence pretty simple. So much so that I'm hesitant to suggest my solution even though it is obviously the best [JOKE :-)] One answer is to do some experimentation if you want to be less "technologically out of touch" and form your own preferences. Otherwise maybe get a friendly local Wammer to help, or get one of the pre-packaged solutions which are not the best value but should do the job without fuss. Tim
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    New PC required??

    This is fun! I personally wouldn't use either CCleaner or Norton; IMO they are as likely to make matters worse as better. My view is rather than the random, let's run some stuff and hope it fixes it approach, try to discover what is wrong and to fix it. Tim
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    New PC required??

    Well, you need to determine whether the fault is hardware or software. If it is a hardware fault then no amount of fiddling with or reinstalling Windows (or Linux) will help. Starting point is the event viewer, look for clues about why it is hanging. Most common faults are disk or RAM, both relatively easy to diagnose. MemTest86 for the RAM, for example. Disk errors usually show in event viewer. Tim
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    What is best format to rip to?

    My recommendation is to use a lossless format and use a ripper that checks the accuracy of the rip. DbPoweramp does this nicely with AccurateRip, an online database that recognises the CD and verifies that your rip is the same as that of others who have ripped the same CD. Both ALAC and FLAC are great, though the only reason I can think of to use ALAC is because you want to play back with iTunes. Personally I don't get along with iTunes but it is a matter of taste. You can convert between ALAC and FLAC later if you need to. Tim
  7. Deleted as I am not a Super Wammer Plus! Tim
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    MQA Lossless or Not?

    Stuff that was well mastered in the first place sounds great, stuff that was badly mastered still sounds bad. I am not hearing big differences between MQA vs non-MQA. Tim
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    MQA Lossless or Not?

    I made several samples from Tidal using the MQA masters but using the ploy of turning off exclusive mode in Windows, which disables MQA decoding, thus getting non-decoded vs MQA-decoded output. It's a reasonable approach but not definitive since it would be better to compare the MQA decoded with the PCM not encoded, however we don't have this source available. Another flaw is that I was recording the output into a new 24/96 file which of course meant an additional A/D D/A process. However the two sound very close though I think there is some tiny difference between the two. Of course I also compared the direct output (before the dub) but this I could not do blind and it was much less satisfactory for testing. We tried some of these experiments at the MQA bake-off in Nottingham recently. Tim Apparently a significant number of the Universal MQA-encoded files are new masters made from the analogue source (in cases where the master is analogue). We can't do this properly until/unless we have an MQA encoder as well as a decoder. Tim
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    Do I need a streamer or will a storage device do ?

    You do need a streamer but this might be built into something that is primarily a storage device, or you might have something that is primarily an amplifier, say, that also has the capacity to stream from a storage device. A Raspberry Pi is ideal for sitting between your storage device and your DAC. Or you can use one of the excellent on-board DACs for the Pi. I personally regard a full PC or Mac Mini total overkill for streaming, waste of power and money. Which doesn't imply that they don't also work well. The dedicated streaming devices have some benefits in terms of ease of use, but tend to be more expensive and less flexible than a Pi. As for the storage device itself, there are lots of options, varying from cheap and cheerful external drive directly attached to a Pi, or standalone NAS which can have extra features like RAID resilience. Tim
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    MQA and downsizing bake-off Nottingham 29 Jan

    Thanks for coming along, I enjoyed it, even if the MQA testing wasn't quite as scientific as I would like :-) Should I risk a warm water clean on the record? Would be interesting to try a clean. Tim
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    MQA and downsizing bake-off Nottingham 29 Jan

    Great, see you there! Tim
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    Scalford and SBT

    I've used the SBT many times at Scalford. I take a spare router. Tim
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    MQA and downsizing bake-off Nottingham 29 Jan

    All noted, space for a couple more. Tim
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    MQA and downsizing bake-off Nottingham 29 Jan

    Sounds good! Tim