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MartinC last won the day on December 25 2020

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  1. Just in case you care there are limitations of the Series X as a UHD blu-ray player (the PS5 is closer to the performance of a dedicated player) but I totally get being happy with it. For context I don't buy or watch UHD blu-rays by the way, just regular blu-rays that I play on my Oppo.
  2. It's definitely worth you changing this as odds are you are HUGELY missing out. Not really a discussion for here though. A simple Google for recommended settings for TV would probably get you a long way. HDTVtest (on YouTube) and Rtings are good sources. Optimising settings like brightness will require a simple calibration disc like Spears and Munsel, although on my LG C9 the right picture mode (isf Expert - Dark Room) was very close 'out of the box' for me. The default picture mode however was utterly crap, as they are with most TVs.
  3. I'm not clear what sort of quality options you'd have been comparing there as it will depend on the download quality, which could be identical to UHD blu-ray or lower quality. On-demand streamed content is different as it will typically be more compressed to allow home broadband connections to cope. For context blu-ray bitrates are around 40 Mbit/s and UHD blu-ray can get as high as 144 Mbits/s (based on a 30s Google). The TV, the picture calibration settings, viewing distance and conditions will all affect comparisons. Not saying you're 'wrong' here but just giving context. There
  4. I buy blu-rays, in part for better audio quality with my specific setup than is possible with streaming (using analogue outputs on an OPPO player rather than an AVR). For people after the ultimate picture quality then UHD blu-rays are better than any streaming service I'm aware of, but they are relatively expensive. Regular blu-rays are higher quality than what many people stream of course.
  5. Yes: sort the crossover first (including time delays) and then apply EQ to the combined result of sub plus main speakers.
  6. For info. Google suggests it is which is why I asked the question: https://tidal.com/partners/amazonalexa
  7. Possibly a larger memory buffer is required?
  8. This has presumably been ruled out but just to make sure a simple solution isn't being missed I'll ask. I take it that if the Echo Dot itself is used to stream Tidal that this isn't gapless?
  9. I'm struggling to understand your issue with a Raspberry Pi from a gapless playback point of view? Any phone or tablet is used purely as a remote control to tell the Pi what to stream, rather than being actively involved in the streaming process. You can start an album playing and then switch the phone/tablet/laptop off and the music will keep playing. I don't own any Apple devices though to know about possible iOS control apps, although a quick Google suggests there are options. Hopefully someone with direct experience can comment... This still leaves the analogue pass-through issu
  10. As @greybeard has said though Tidal plays gaplessly using LMS on Raspberry Pi hardware. (I tested DSOTM just now for you to be certain.) I don't know if there is a simple 'hat' and software support to give you the analogue pass-through that you want though, and there is a bit of setup required with a Pi.
  11. That won't provide Tidal playback without paying for an ongoing Volumio subscription though I believe? In case it's of interest to you there is at least one non-Volumio option that does this for free and there may be more. I use PiCorePlayer with LMS to provide this functionality on my Pi, although I rarely use it as this is just in my kitchen where generally I use if for radio streaming. Consequently I'm not sure if it's gapless or not.
  12. You didn't actually answer my question about why you wanted to connect your Amazon Echo Dot? As I said, I was asking in case a streamer could achieve the same result but without the restriction of requiring an analogue input.
  13. Does the Stream Box S2 support MQA unfolding? I can't quickly find anything that says it does...
  14. Why is this something you want to be able to do? I'm asking in can get a streamer to achieve the same thing on its own. Analogue inputs on basic streamers are rare. You're going to struggle to get MQA capability in budget too. Have you tried Qobuz? It's cheaper than Tidal and would remove the MQA requirement.
  15. Just in case you aren't aware, you can get 6 Music via Freeview and Freesat, which is at higher quality than DAB but lower than streaming: http://www.astra2sat.com/radio/uk-digital-radio-bitrates/ I haven't used it much recently but in the past I've used digital outputs from PVRs for radio a fair bit. On the 'I don't like BBC radio' front personally I'm a fan. If BBC TV disappeared I'd miss their news output but nothing else in particular. If BBC radio went I'd feel it was a huge loss.
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