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  1. I’m more inclined to suggest a machine running the Nucleus like ROCK OS. Although now I know the size of your collection it doesn’t require masses of power. An i3 with 8gb RAM would do the job flawlessly. An i5 would build in future proofing. This can be done cheaply, more so than an updated NAS and give a decent use experience still using the old machine as a store if you want. However it does require DIY input. The alternative is to buy one of the offerings out there that offer Roon builds without the Nucleus price tag.

  2. How many tracks do you have? If you have a small library and want to do no more than curate that library (no DSP or room correction) then it is adequate assuming you expand the ram above the standard 2gb. If your library is larger or you want to leverage more of what Roon is capable of then you’d be better off getting a dedicated core tailored to your needs. 

  3. Just now, Madvinyljunkie II said:

    I have a pair of the Gold 8's myself they are a very good speaker for their price. I have them as spares in case I have any issues with my Event Opals. Being front ported they are very forgiving when it come to positioning there is still the Tannoy DC sound but a bit faster & deep bass considering their size. I like them👍

    Mine are substituting for my passive monitors at the moment. I’m not going to judge them yet, I’ll get them properly loosened up and then get them REW’d up and see if I like the results. 

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  4. Tannoy Gold 8. Interesting active speaker if you are into the DC concept. Highly specc’d, relatively inexpensive and pretty to look at thus meeting the HiFi use remit. Class A/B rather than digital amplification but powered by a switching supply. I’m giving a pair a run at the moment.

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  5. It is illegal if your method of payment avoids paying tax. In the case of the U.K., VAT. It’s enforceability is the only thing in question. One change in the process as a result of Brexit is vendors abroad now collect on behalf of the Government rather than leave it to Customs. This enables Customs and Excise to go after Companies rather than individuals making enforcement a lot simpler. I expect the loophole will be tightened if not closed completely at some point in the future. 

  6. 3 minutes ago, bigfish786 said:

    Could well be that Audiolab has discovered a way to part people from their money too. I’m sure if filtering was cheap and effective, then it would already be implemented, it’s not like all the R&D guys just wrote it off as an idea, not when they could sell another box with the idea in there instead of inside the affected product. Or am I just being cynical 🤷‍♂️

    Some people do need help. They market it as a DC blocker and DC can be a real problem for some. Not by any means everyone, but some can benefit. The only issue here is if we surround this product with “giant killing, above weight punching fairy dust” meaning people who don’t need one try it anyway. 

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  7. 1 hour ago, Tony_J said:

    Exactly - if you leave your amp on overnight you don't find it up on bricks the next morning.

    Living in a world of standby generators, they are kept at operational temperature 24/7. You don’t have to run an engine to make it ready to go! 

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  8. It is pretty much what I thought would happen. The only question being was it because it was simply a racing incident or was it because they backed the Stewards publicly? 🤷🏾‍♂️

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  9. Max didn’t brake until way too late to make the apex. It was the driving equivalent of a professional foul, mistiming an event which would cause him to go wide and force anyone outside him even wider in my view. 
    I think that any penalty should only apply to the race in which the transgression took place. I don’t think it should be brought forward. However, my instinct is that the Race Stewards will be backed publicly even if it is recognised they got it wrong on the day. No further action taken.

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  10. 1 minute ago, bobovox said:

    As I understand it, MQA will not licence products with digital output of fully unfolded MQA. The Wikipedia MQA article states that Auralic have said this to be the case but no source is cited. However, if it were untrue, MQA would be able to set the record straight.

    It is the case and it isn’t a secret. The second unfold in MQA is claimed to be DAC specific so can only happen legitimately in that DAC. Auralic were supposed to adopt in the first tranche of MQA products but fell foul of MQA’s specified requirements and had their licence pulled.

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  11. For anyone wondering what fire was being referred to this was an industry piece on the event. Asahi Kasei Microdevices were making the DAC chips that were making massive in-roads to the market lead held by ESS and were in the process of pushing a third generation of flagship chips through in as many years when the fire halted them. Their chips are now unobtainable and manufacturers have re-engineered most active production lines to use the ESS product. 

  12. 1 hour ago, nomore landings said:

    Waiting for the TEAC ud701n to arrive, but is months late and wary of it being stuck in a container in a hostile environment for months.

    Have you actually ordered one or are you waiting for dealers to declare them in stock? I’m very interested having been thoroughly won over by the NT-505.

  13. 29 minutes ago, bencat said:

    Would the same things have been done to Michael Schumacher ?

    The problem isn’t so much Lewis being Black. It is Mercedes being dominant. At stake is the notion that the very best advertisement for new entrants in the sport is the notion that a late comer can rise to the very top. But the very worst advert is someone the size of Honda can come in and still ‘only’ be runners up. What happened over the weekend targeted the team. The matter of the driver was largely coincidental. My reasoning is to target primarily on the basis of race would be utterly stupid. I think their problem isn’t personalities. It is Politics.

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  14. 1 hour ago, Gwantommo said:

    The Esoteric X-05 seems a good choice on paper, so just wondered if anyone has any experience of how good they are as a pure transport.

    They output optical and coaxial spdif limited to CD resolution. If you want to experience their full capability it is via their analogue outputs only.

  15. 24 minutes ago, MartinC said:

    You're both talking about Spotify Premium I assume, rather than the lower quality free version?

    I am talking about the paid advert free version, but I am also talking about 2016. I know watermarking has been ceased or made less audible in most cases since then. 

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  16. 1 hour ago, StingRay said:

    I could not get on with Spotify after using Qobuz, Deezer Hifi and Tidal for a while. 

    I’ve got to say, I was the same but it was back when a lot of tracks were badly and very audibly watermarked. I don’t know if I’d feel the same now, but I remember playing a single track on Tidal and cancelling my Spotify subscription before the second track selected had started to play. 

  17. 3 hours ago, MartinC said:

    How long term is the Amazon contract? I'm just asking in case a switch to Spotify might be a possibility. I think most would rate Spotify's user interface as better than Amazon's, and Spotify Connect offers a very simple way to interact with a wide range of streamers.

    I’m pretty sure there is no contract. Join, run it for as long as you need and cancel if you’ve decided to move elsewhere.

  18. 23 hours ago, MartinC said:

    Do you have any good recent data to demonstrate how Tidal and Qobuz compare in this regard? Whenever I've looked into this before I've failed to find anythng meaningful but I haven't looked recently. 

    This link is for July. The list isn’t by any means exhaustive so don’t presume that because Qobuz isn’t on the list they pay less than the lowest in that list. More likely because they are a specialist service with a limited reach. The names there are very well financed (yes, even Tidal despite constant rumours of their impending collapse in the hands Mr. Z.)

  19. Try not to forget that Tidal are pretty good with regards to artists payments.
    When Qobuz launched I signed up for their extended trial and then ran the app for a good six months alongside Tidal, accessing both through Roon. I’ll not deny that the most beguiling sounds I heard were a few HD tracks on Qobuz but that was balanced against the fact that Tidal had more of what I liked, was more reliable via Roon and a lot better on a phone linked to my car. 

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