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  1. Yes, that's an interesting question on 'only MQA',albums. If these albums are available on the HiFi Tier then are they separate FLAC files, or 'downsampled' versions of MQA? MQA is just trouble all around, imo. I much prefer Qobuz. I have both with Roon at present, although working to transfer Tidal favourites to Qobuz where poss, with a view to ditching Tidal. I do like the concept of artist direct; it does seem like a way to know where some of my subscription goes. Needs further research though.
  2. If you're on the £9.99 HIFi Tier then you won't get MQA (if that's a concern) and you won't get Direct Artist payment, whereby 10% of your subscription goes to your most listened to artists. I quite like that idea. Dolby Atmos is also abilable. For these you need HiFi Plus, which is £19.99 pm.
  3. Well, one of the many advantages of older age is that you have longer to have experienced many things, inc Class D amps! My first experience was 15+ years ago with a Bel Canto Evo 2i. I was amongst the first in the UK to buy a Tact iintegrated amps. So, nothing new in Class D so no reason that it would only appeal to 'youngsters" Class D has certainly come on a ways and is now a credible alternative; not necessarily better or worse, merely different.
  4. I think all we can say is that solid state amps are around twice as popular as valve amps.
  5. As alluded to above, this sounds as if this is either hard drive failure, or firmware corruption during the delete process. Have you seen the dedicated Encore support site, below? It does make reference to remote session support. I'm not sure if that remains available but worth checking, I would have thought. The recovery disc might well sort this. If not, I'm sure Henley can arrange a repair. http://encore.musicalfidelity.com/
  6. Have you seen this? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Music-First-Audio-Baby-Reference-V2-Pre-Amplifier-MFA-Passive-Magnetic-Amp-6120-/165184752964?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m2548.l6249&mkrid=710-127635-2958-0
  7. Why is there a separate Hypex and Class D category? Hypex is a manufacturer of Class D amplifier modules.
  8. I have a fair few SACDs and what you're proposing was exactly my dilemma. The trouble with Esoteric SACD players is their cost! The X series is now quite old and cost of repair if any problems with transport will be high. The X series could also be noisy in operation, if that bothers you. Furthermore, Esoteric have come on a fair bit; the K series players are noticeably 'better' than X series. The original K05 became K05x and currently K05XS. I ended up buying a Technics SGL700 which has turned out to be an excellent choice. Very good SACD performance and acts as a quality CD transport in to my Esoteric D07x DAC. It also has digital inputs and a streaming functionality, which all add to flexibility. It's also very nicely put together; a quality bit of kit. Having said that, if Esoteric bring XD tech to the K07 then I'll probably buy one and sell the Technics and D07.
  9. I can add to that, having tried a dcs Bridge against my Auralic Aries G1. The Auralic was the clear winner for me, plus it is much more flexible and featured than the dCs. Additionally, the dCs is a modified commercial OEM streaming board; the in house Tesla G2 board in the Aries is one of, if not the, best out there. I think dcs dropped the ball with the Bridge; now discontinued I notice. Some might be interested in a other comparison I made; Aries G1 plus Innuos Phoenix Net vs Aries G2.1. Former came out easily on top. Mind you the Phoenix plus G2.1 was superb, but too spendy (I was investigating where £2k or so would give optimum results, as I could add the Phoenix or upgrade to a 2.1 for around that sum)
  10. Some possibilities: As above, improve your streamer. That only i proves streaming and file play back. Your 501 is a very nice bit of kit. For a no cost possible improvement try using the inbuilt upnp streaming functionaility of the Weiss, rather than the Melco. If the above are your only sources, then try a dCs Bartok in place of Weiss and BHK, i.e direct out of Bartok in to ATCs. With the funds from your Weiss, Pre & £5k you may even be abke to contemplate a dCs Rossini. Upgrade your Cd Transport; a Moon 260DT for example.
  11. It's definitely a generational thing. Young people don't need to join a forum to "learn about streaming'. It's easy. Use the app of choice on your 'phone, tablet, etc and listen via the device itself or via Bluetooth/Airplay to an external device. This is instinctive behaviour. My 7 year old nephew streams music with no problems at all! You only join a forum to "find out about streaming" if you want to incorporate that functionality in to a high quality sound system, comprised of separete boxes. The vast najority of younger generations have no interest in this at all, for the reasons outlined by many in tnis thread.
  12. This is an excellent pre/dac/streamer; perhaps a little 'left field' for you but worth taking a close look at: https://www.audioemotion.co.uk/bel-canto-e1x-dac--control-pre-amplifier---ex-demo-32381-p.asp
  13. Careful of this comparison. The Node output voltage is around 2V whilst the Mojo is 3V. Levels are important in a/b comparisons. I always suggest listening to one component for a week or so, then the other for the same time and then judge the differences, if any.
  14. Some interesting observations. Remember though, it's important to differentiate between hifi as a hobby with hifi as a means of listening to music. Of course, many, many people want to have good quality music replay available in their homes. There are now many excellent ways of achieving this (the rise and rise of 'lifestyle' systems). However, how many buyers of that type,of equipment are going to be considering multiple boxes, comparing specs and technology in great detail, obsessing about how to connect it, etc? (the hobby side of hifi). More or less none. The purchase decision will be quite quick: short list, quick google for reviews and then buy, with perhaps a listen first.
  15. No surprises there at all. HiFi as a hobby and interest is fading away rapidly; it has been doing so for many years now. That is the prime driver behind hifi inflation over the same period; as unit volume sales decrease unit sales value increases in an attempt to maintain profit. It's commented above that it never felt middle aged as interest started as a teenager. That rather misses the point. Many here started as teenagers (at 15 for me) and have stayed with it in the long term. These people are now middle and old aged. How many teenagers today are in to hifi? Virtually none. Good quality means of listening to a vast array of music are now easily accessible and affordable. They're also very portable. Lifestyles have changed with so many other activities vying for our leisure time. Jobs have become far more encompassing. Very few want to sit on their own listening to music. As far as I'm concerned, these are the days of miracle and wonder (to borrow from a song) for music availability. Millions of albums available at the click of a button. 1000+ albums easily portable on a device that also allows video calls, pays for stuff, interacts with the world. This was science fiction not that many years ago. On forums like this it is easy to become deluded that hifi is a mass interest hobby. It isn't and never will be again. Most people have no interest in kit at all, other than as a means to enjoy music. Sorry to report, but we're all dodos here.
  16. I would take the return and refund. A repair/service will likely be in 3 figures. Not really an economic prospect for an amp that has a value, when working, of a couple of hundred pounds. If you can find someone who'd do it on a hobbyist basis for a few quid and cost of parts, then maybe. Your best bet is return and refund, imo
  17. Gato use modified Pascal M Pro Class D modules, not IcePower. You're spot on with the sound though; 'something missing' is my general experience of various Class D amps.
  18. My multi-tasking skills know no bounds; I can do both simultaneously!
  19. I completed this yesterday; thanks for organising this. Even as a cynical,old sod who's been on and around here for many a long year, through various ownership/management phases, I'd still be interested to learn of the results. One thing I can predict with some certainty though; late middle aged to old aged men will be a very common trait!
  20. The question posed by tne OP was "Blu Ray Player with SACD and Analogue Outs?" I linked to a very good player that is a potential answer to that question. The question wasn't "what convoluted method can I use to rip and play SACDs, involving circuit boards, computers and general faffing about?" Had it been then your reply may have been apposite.
  21. RMSD is best ootion for small to medium sized parcels, with insurance to £2500 available at reasonable cost. Overland Express has a specific service for HiFi https://www.overlandexpress.co.uk/courier-for-hifi-equipment
  22. Qualcom aptX HD is a very high quality transmission product. Those who are not aware of how far away from the Bluetooth of old should read up on it; https://www.aptx.com/aptx-hd
  23. These have been on sale for a very long while. Boenicke are another example of forum favourites that burn brightly for a while then fade away. I rarely see any discussion of them on forums these days. These speakers are apparently open box returns and unused. Who on earth buys a pair of speakers and then returns them unused? No, I think this is merely Elite moving on excess stock without being too obvious about it. Elite regularly use their distributor and retailer status to offer what look like great deals. I suspect virtually nobody paid full price for Boenicke speakers and that is reflected in their used price. I also note that Elite has started inventing words; un-new. What on earth does that mean? It also appears that stands are not included.
  24. The Vega G2 has been around for years; latest version is G2.1. Quite a few various G2.1 models coming on the market as ex dem, etc. The G3 versions will probably arrive next year. An Aries G2.1 with a Vega G2.1 is quite something. To be fair, if you want a very capable DAC/streamer then the Naim ND5XS2 is very good; definitely worth a look.
  25. https://www.analogueseduction.net/multi-channel-audio/reavon-ubr-x200-4k-ultra-hd-universal-disc-player.html
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