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Streaming Players / Re: QoBuz High Res vs Tidal MQA
« Last post by tmazz on October 19, 2018, 08:57:51 PM »
W, great first post. Well thought out and informative. I look forward to hearing more from you in the future. I heard similar thing between the two service and will also be interested in seeing what the Qobuz US library ends up looking like. I wonder if some of the differences right now are driven by what is popular in the US vs the EU. Hopefully the Us version will launch soon and we will all know. There were all kinds of news articles on the net saying it would launch at Rocky Mtn, but that never happened and no news as to why or when the launch was moved to. Perhaps we will get some insight in two weeks at Capital Audio Fest.
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Album Reviews / Re: What are you listening to right now?
« Last post by etcarroll on October 19, 2018, 01:25:11 PM »
Horace Silver quintet/sextet - The Jody Grind
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Classified Ads / Re: Modwright KWA 100SE
« Last post by jimbones on October 19, 2018, 12:37:03 PM »
Sold, Sold, Sold!
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new members and introductions / Re: New member wushuliu
« Last post by Nick B on October 19, 2018, 09:28:33 AM »
Welcome to the forum! A nice group of like-minded guys. If you wish, you can add your equipment to to your profile. Any current diy projects?
Nick
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Streaming Players / Re: QoBuz High Res vs Tidal MQA
« Last post by wushuliu on October 19, 2018, 09:18:15 AM »
I've had a few hours time to compare Tidal to Qobuz (thank you shadowlight!). My main listening rig is packed away, so I am using a heavily modded ES9038Pro DAC and Sennheiser 599s from my PC. To my ears the two streamers most definitely do *not* sound the same. It's not a difference of masters/source as the presentation is consistent regardless of music. In fact I'd liken the comparison to certain types of DACs. Tidal leans neutral/cool whereas Qobuz is neutral/warm. Qobuz for sure comes across as more 'analog'. That said I'm not really which I like better. Tidal seems to have really engaging clarity in upper mids and treble without being harsh, whereas with Qobuz I am hearing slightly more prominent lower mids or conversely, a slight rolloff in high frequencies. Dare I say a little 'tubey'? If I was to guess with my gear which is the most 'neutral', it would be Qobuz. If I had my speakers setup for demo-ing I'd know for sure, but that won't happen anytime soon.

The reference to a 'house sound' seems accurate to me. I'd be curious to know why that is. Maybe the Qobuz team will shed some light and provide some transparency where Tidal and others have not.

But my biggest worry for Qobuz is the catalog. They do not have as many titles as Tidal. Tidal may *seem* hip-hop centric as far as marketing but they also have, for example, a massive discography for the classic rock band Heart. Qobuz does not, including one of my favorite albums. Tidal also has a massive collection of Yes titles, including original cd releases, not just recent remasters. Qobuz does not (however, Qobuz does have the Steven Wilson remixes which is pretty f'in cool). Lastly, I am a  fan of classical Indian music, e.g. Ravi Shankar/sitar, etc, and Tidal has a huge catalog of one of my favorite musicians whereas as Qobuz just has a few titles. That's a big deal for me. I would have thought Qobuz would have been the winner in that regard.

Hopefully, Qobuz will expand their catalog dramatically once they are officially in the U.S.. They have the potential to win over the majority of the audiophile market. Great sound quality.

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new members and introductions / New member wushuliu
« Last post by wushuliu on October 19, 2018, 08:45:26 AM »
Hi. New member, longtime lurker over the years. Just another audiophile, with a strong streak for diy.
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NY Audio Rave / Re: Audio Gathering - Oct. 27th - Princeton NJ - Start Time - 1pm
« Last post by shadowlight on October 19, 2018, 06:01:30 AM »
Holy S! I hope you have a big place lol! Sorry I could not attend. Hoping for the future I can meet you and hear your system.

Most likely we will end up with people sitting in each other's laps  :rofl:
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NY Audio Rave / Re: Audio Gathering - Oct. 27th - Princeton NJ - Start Time - 1pm
« Last post by jimbones on October 19, 2018, 05:41:14 AM »
Holy S! I hope you have a big place lol! Sorry I could not attend. Hoping for the future I can meet you and hear your system.
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NY Audio Rave / Re: Audio Gathering - Oct. 27th - Princeton NJ - Start Time - 1pm
« Last post by shadowlight on October 18, 2018, 11:12:41 PM »
I have sent out the relevant information to everyone who had said they planned to attend.  If I missed anyone please let me know.  We currently have 70 folks confirmed to be attending.
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Analog Devices / Re: Impact of a Mono Cartridge
« Last post by S Clark on October 18, 2018, 08:05:47 PM »
"One of the reasons it rough records more cleanly "
What I meant to say was it PLAYS rough records more cleanly.   
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