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Nestor Turton

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  1. Great call - Deep Purple was one of the first rock bands to work with an orchestra: The Book of Taliesyn contains not only one of my favourite Purple tracks “The Shield”, but also the symphonic “Anthem”. Jon Lord also wrote The Gemini Suite. Some more great calls above by @Fitter Stoke and @Rich9600.
  2. Is Atlas a cable manufacturer (e.g. like van Damme, Doncaster Cables, Canare, Belden or Connectix) or a boutique cable company (e.g. like Blue Jeans Cables or Mark Grant Cables)? If the latter then I’m surprised Linn would go to Atlas, but not saying they don’t. I don’t know anything about Atlas, but they have some interesting products: solder free plugs for instance. [Please can I emphasise I do not mean boutique as a negative adjective, but rather to distinguish a company that adds value to create solutions from manufacturers products. Indeed I worked for a boutique networking company]
  3. How about the Nightwish album “Century’s Child”, the Enid album “Aerie Faerie Nonsense”, the Barclay James Harvest album “Once Again” or perhaps try “Days of Future Passed” by the Moody Blues or “Five Bridges” by the Nice with the wonderful playing of the late great Keith Emerson. Then you could always give “The Guessing Game” by Cathedral a spin though it is more metal than classical. And should you want to be more classical than metal, but with a similar feel then why not the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Charles Mackarres playing Leos Janacek’s Sinfonietta (if you know ELP’s Knife Edge or used to watch ITV’s Crown Court, you’ll be familiar with this magnificent music). Sorry I’m a bit last century with my recommendations.
  4. It was about a year ago I downloaded an album using Apple Music. I’m not a subscriber so bought the album. I’d not usually buy from iTunes as it’s lossy, but couldn’t find it elsewhere. I’m pretty sure file type was AAC with M4A extension. I got JRiver to transcode it to FLAC - not because I thought it’d sound better, but because I keep all my music as FLAC. I don’t think I’ve come across M4P files. However, they seem to be same as M4A, but with DRM. Didn’t know Apple still used DRM. Don’t think JRiver can play M4P files directly, but can if you configure it to play M4Ps through Quicktime rather than its own engine. Doesn’t help if using JRiver Media Server to server a Linn DSM. You need a connection between Mac and DSM (USB to SPDIF converter): not an option for Synology. I use 2012 Mac mini as a NAS.
  5. https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/music/mus69248042d/mac I use JRiver Media Server and asking it to import the folder set for Apple Music enables my Linn system to see downloaded music. It should work the same for other Media Servers.
  6. It was the early 70s, I had my Garrard Zero 100 and was proud. I'd saved money from summer holiday jobs. A school friend inherited some cash and decided to spend it on a system like mine. I went with him to REW London who suggested he buy a better turntable, an old fruit box - now everybody knows a TT just goes round whether its Ariston, Fons or ERA and this LP12 didn't even have a snazzy tangential arm, nor did it automatically drop the stylus on the record and return it to its arm rest at the end of paying Black Widow’s Come To The Sabbat and no fine speed adjustment or strobe. So I had my Garrard/Sinclair (with active tone controls)/Super Lintons and he: his LP12/Cambridge P60/Dittons. Mine looked so more 20th century, but annoyingly his sounded better. And I don't mean just a little bit better. So I had to start saving again ... sometimes you just can't win.
  7. I wonder if it will run on 2012 Mac mini or it's for Big Sur's and what comes next only - if it'll run I'll give the 30 day trial a go. Though this would have to be only Mac n DAC other system. I'm not a Roon user so that option would not work for me.
  8. BT (British Telecom) owns Connectix who manufacture the cables BT uses in Braintree (England). Cable Monkey is the retail arm of Connectix. My home network consists of Connectix Cat 6a around the cottage so I have network ports in every room (I bought this from the Connectix factory, but could have ordered it through Cable Monkey). It can support 10 Gb/s Ethernet traffic. However, my in-room HP switches only facilitate 1 Gb/s (I've had them for ages and they are reliable so I've not thought of upgrading). If I connect a computing device then I use a Magic Patch Lead (Cat 6a) bought from Cable Monkey. To connect my Linn kit (including the Exakt link between LP12 and ADSM) I use Blue Jeans Cat 5e. Before retiring, I worked on creating secure networks for fussy customers and a common concern was always RFI/EMI and heat dissipation. These are known as side bands: hackers do not think in the same way as regular IT folk (i.e. they don't think it's only 1 and 0s) and can make deductions about communications if they are able to measure these parameters. I don't profess to understand how they deduce things, but naively if somebody could measure an increase in EMI on a leg of my network they might be able to deduce I am streaming from my music server to my ADSM. In the context of Government rather than home audio, customers worry about RFI/EMI fingerprinting and want shielded networks so they do not reveal their secrets (check out the US TEMPEST standards if this all seems fanciful). I have no trouble accepting some networks (routers, switches and cables) emit more noise than others. I do think Linn kit is excellent at filtering out this noise. I doubt using boutique cables and switches will have a discernible effect on sound quality, but I see no downside (other than cost) of minimising RFI/EMI. However, I have a hard time believing audio cable companies sell better networking kit than manufacturers like Connectix and HP. In the end, you can listen and hear or not hear an improvement and make the appropriate buying decision. An unshielded 3m Cat 5e cable from Cable Monkey will set you back £1.15 + VAT, but you could splash out on a 3m Shielded FTP Cat5e RJ45 Ethernet Patch Lead for £4.24 + VAT. Of course you can buy a 3m audiophile streaming cable for £7,599, which. although unlikely to measure as well as one from Blue Jeans Cables or Cable Monkey, will sound just as good.
  9. As I have the Hannl then adding a Degritter would seem a good move for me. Thanks @Nrwatson and others who have commented. For me ease of use is very important.
  10. Response as requested: LP12 Urika II with SOV2 - best of both worlds. Sometimes records sound better and sometimes playing those good old ripped CDs does. And sometimes me singing and playing my xylophone sounds better. Hmmm actually the last one isn’t true, but I’d sooner be happy than right. DACs are part of the chain to reconstruct the original music from all those 1 and 0s. DSP is another part of the chain. How do we join up the dots to make a nice smooth analogue wave. The interpolation is different from one implementation to another. There are manufactures who go in to detail on how they do it. Linn gives some insight, but the mantra remains if it sounds better then it is better.
  11. I have a Hannl, which although does a very thorough job, I do find a bit of a chore to use. I liked the idea of an ultrasonic cleaner, but the one I saw demo’d from Kirmuss, seemed even more of a chore. Do you find the Degritter easy to use? Is it as easy as https://degritter.com implies? How does it compare with the AudioDesk? Thanks in advance, Nestor.
  12. Chord Music will probably work, but it doesn’t meet Linn’s recommendation which is to use Cat 5e, 6 or 6a. Chord Music doesn’t qualify for a Category rating as far as I know, but as long as you can return it if it doesn’t cut the mustard then why not give it a punt. I’ve not bothered trying lots of cables and simply followed Linn’s advice. I did splash out on Blue Jeans Cat 5e for my Exakt link between Urika II and ADSM and to connect ADSM to my HP Switch. Otherwise I use Connectix Magic Patch Leads, which are Cat 6a compliant. I have been lucky in that I was able to test all cables in my network for compliance and so far it has been very stable and problem free.
  13. Yes you can - I used to do it with a Naim SuperLine (unbalanced), but it wasn’t a success. I now use Urika Ii and wouldn’t dream of changing it as it made a huge improvement for me. But there is no reason you couldn’t use non-Linn phono stage and amplifier if you prefer.
  14. I use Van Damme cables in my non-Linn system and find them a significant improvement over the Chord Company cables they replaced. I use the 6mm HiFi variety made up for me by Mark Grant. I’ve never tried them in my Linn system as they are too short. For a Linn system I would go with Linn K200 if you’re happy to pay the premium or Van Damme if you want something more affordable. A half way house would be Rega Duet, which works really well in a Linn system and is very flexible and, being flat, easy to hide.
  15. There is no route from a host on the Internet to a device connected to home LAN. Most home LANs use the same private address space – So when my Mac mini connects to the Internet, its address is translated to a routable IP address in my ISP’s unique address space. Network Address Translation enables a host on the Internet to respond to requests from a host on the home LAN (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_address_translation#One-to-many_NAT) A host on the Internet cannot initiate a communication with my Mac mini: assuming no forwarding to my Mac mini has been configured in to the router as could be done if I wanted to access my music library from the Internet, not something I would ever set up. So my Mac mini must initiate the connection. So to pick up ransomeware, a device on my network would need to initiate the request. And yes a malicious application that had gotten on to my Mac mini could do this, but the only applications on my Mac mini music server are ones from Apple and JRiver (in my case as I do not use any Internet streaming services), the only time my Mac mini needs to attach to the Internet is for updates (JRiver can do Internet lookups, but I have removed these links so I don’t use them inadvertently). So if my logic is correct then something on the QNAP server must be requesting the ransomware. I don’t know who supplies the QNAP Roon Web App, but if it has been compromised then it could do this. Makes me glad I’m not a Roon user. if I were running Roon on QNAP then I would use a service like Shields Up (https://www.grc.com/shieldsup) to do a quick scan of my network. If I found it was listening for incoming connections from the Internet this would worry me. I am far too paranoid to use cloud services or trust proxy servers from Internet VPN providers. It is a while since my time in the industry and I have not kept myself up to date with trends so there may be ways to circumvent NAT that I no nothing about.
  16. Exactly what I did and no regrets at all. Mine was Synology: I never got on with it. I use a 2012 Mac mini with Thunderbolt Attached Storage as a music server. The only way I can think I could suffer from Ransomeware is if it came bundled with JRiver or XLD or an Apple update, which I sincerely hope will never happen. There is no other reason for it to connect to the Internet. How does the Ransomeware get on to the QNAP? Does Roon use get things from the Internet even if you're playing music stored on your NAS to a DS sitting next to it? Has a nasty so-and-so managed to embed the Ransomeware in the the web interface of the QNAP Roon Server app?
  17. Blue Jeans Cables or Connectix for me. I tried AQ Vodka and sent it back. I did order QED aerial cables from the shop linked above, but they couldn’t supply and asked if I’d accept expensive AQ cables at a bargain price. I regret agreeing as these were poorly made and packaged. I can’t be certain, but they may have been a return. I wonder about a policy of return if you don’t like them. What happens to returns? Are they skipped ? They don’t seem to sell used cables, but if somebody has tried them then they’re second hand and should be sold at half the price. if you’ve bought AQ and are happy that’s great, but they’re not for me.
  18. I definitely do not listen to MQA. To me it’s simply a trick to make money as per excellent video and Linn’s blog. I’m very glad Linn doesn’t support it as if it did then as a consumer I’d be contributing to propping up MQA. In a demo I preferred Apple Music to Tidal. Qobuz was clearly better, but I’ll be staying with CD rips and FLAC downloads and avoid the streaming wars https://www.musictech.net/news/industry/apple-eu-antitrust-laws-fine-music-streaming-spotify/ Still if it is in the hands of the European Commission then I’ll be long gone, there will be a new way to buy music and you’ll be able to holiday on Mars before anything happens.
  19. I have a MacBook Pro and use Screen Sharing to connect to the headless Mac mini. Both connect to my home network as does my Linn ADSM. I’m using MacOS Catalina. i also use file sharing so I can rip a CD or download an album and tidy up the metadata before dropping the files on Mac mini’s Thunderbolt Attached Storage (WD Duo). I have also used a VNC app on iPad (VNC could also be from a non-Apple device). You could use VNC to view the desktop and perhaps wake your HDMI connection without having to reboot. I have not used HDMI from Mac mini to TV. i have used a Samsung monitor in the past, which held the connection. Problem with latest MacBook is its lack of connectivity. You need a USB-C dock to provide Ethernet, USB A and HDMI. My WD Duo cannot attach to my MBP because it is Thunderbolt and not Thunderbolt 3. Apple’s tendency to change what can and can’t connect to various models is not always helpful.
  20. I use a 2012 Mac mini in preference to a NAS with JRiver Media Centre to manage my music collection. I have also used MinimServer, as an alternative. I use XLD to rip CDs and Metadatics for editing metadata in music files (though JRiver also supports ripping and editing so you could use it as a one stop shop). I prefer XLD to Apple Music or iTunes for ripping because it uses Secure Accurate Ripping and reports on the quality of the rip. So you know if you have a perfect rip, which is the case most of the time. You could use this with KazooServer, but I’m not familiar with KS configuration. I can use the Linn app, Kazoo, Kinsky or Lumin app to play music, but prefer the JRiver interface, which I have customised to match the filing system I have used for years with my CDs.
  21. Think you're right, but when Selekt launched Linn demo'd it with B&W speakers to show it was for non-Exakt customers too. Does new MSDM have Exakt ports? Of course, Linn would like customers to move to its speakers, but wonder if it will upgrade amplifiers for non-Exakt speakers. An ADSM level box in new case with Organik and on-board Solo modules: I'm in the queue. However, no idea how long that queue would be.
  22. Perhaps if there's no great demand for Klimax Radikal & Solos in slim boxes, the price of ex-dem and s/h will drop and become affordable.
  23. And what of the Klimax Radikal and Klimax Twin: neither will look quite right in their old fashioned Klimax boxes. So will everything get the new look? Perhaps the Twin and Solos will go the way of the Klimax Kontrol. I think I'll put potential upgrades on hold until ....
  24. Probably to be replaced by the great audiophile fibre cable debate. AQ already sells a £520 optical cable, I’m sure they won’t want to miss out on this new opportunity. And Melco already sells an audiophile fibre optic switch. https://www.melco-audio-masters.com/uploads/1/0/1/5/101505220/mel_2073_s100_a4_2pp_info_sheet_v3.pdf There are lots of exciting debates ahead. I am often told I should upgrade my Mac mini with its Firewire Attached Storage to an audiophile NAS, but lots of folk use Tidal & Qobuz these days. I wonder what audiophile music servers Tidal & Qobuz use? But then folk laughed at my suggestion of audiophile wire socks https://smile.amazon.co.uk/PureMounts-Universal-Binding-Diameter-Polyester/dp/B008KL836Y/ref=sr_1_1
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