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Partly by pushing and being pulled by the desire for portability and flexibility across it's hardware. So, many "audiophiles" are parting from Apple.
In the past and present on the audiophile side without a monopolist or even a few oligopolists with market power, nothing new is fully compatible with anything else and demand is fragmented across many different preferences in terms of formats and hardware.
Will this ever changed, or are we doomed by the low and fragmented level of demand? What will be the next new...low? Where is Superman?
Those of us who still favor the Red Book format and NOS Dacs don't have quite the same problems, but the competition seems healthier and demand is more uniform in terms of preferences. Is there something more to be found, there? Something to do with changes in bit depth + technology?
The rant is strong in this one.
When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it. ~ Bernard Bailey
I am old enough to have a reasonable collection of hi-fi, Marantz, McIntosh, etc to have resisted going digital. You could never find comparable CDs until the SACDs but limited titles. I hoped Pono would catch on but alas.
It seems convenience is more appealing to the young than the quality.
I hope for this superman.
-Mel J. Andros
There are only two things I want from Apple: FLAC and industry standard input and output ports e.g., USB.
I much prefer the Apple Lightning port which has reversible orientation compared to micro-USB which always 'sticks' if you get the orientation wrong. They also stick if you don't get them aligned just perfectly.
If Apple goes with USB-C on future iPhones as they did on the MacBook, that will be fine as USB-C ports also accommodate either orientation.
This may seem trivial but it makes a big difference in how easy the plug is inserted w/o having to see what you're doing or fumbling to get it aligned just-so.
It was meant to be about I-this and that + MP3 vs. the Hi-Res world and the rise and fall of multiple formats.
I agree with you that most of Apple's customers couldn't care less about hi-rez - but I suspect that's true with the buyers of any PC or smart phone. OTOH, I've just been playing multi-channel DXD and quad DSD (DSF) files on my Mac Mini (with third-party SW of course) and I'm really bowled over with the results.
...as his initial ramblings made no sense to me.
"I agree with you that most of Apple's customers couldn't care less about hi-rez - but I suspect that's true with the buyers of any PC or smart phone."
I'll take that even further. Most of the world's music listening population couldn't care less about hi-rez. ;-)
Someone talking about MQA here was listening to Beyonce.
Miley Cyrus is my kind of "Artist." The Imaging on her Butt can be amazing!
I need some Justin Bieber in DSD 100000000000000000.
Just can't get enough detail otherwise.
Every good thing has a small but dedicated following.
It's foolish to expect more.
What are you using for DXD?
Seems iTunes with the Bit Perfect plugin can play DXD (PCM) at 352.8kHz / 24bit however Bit Perfect will not play FLAC in iTunes.
And I'm not sure how to convert 24/352.8 to something iTunes with Bit Perfect can play.
I suspect VLC will do it but that's not my favorite music player.
iTunes is not involved in the 24/352.8 DXD playback. This SW also allows for playback of quad DSD. No downsampling necessary.
In contrast to my post a couple of weeks ago on Digital Drive (where I was having all sorts of problems initially - since worked out, except for a slight hum I'm still working on), I am now a happy camper with my purchase! ;-)
As oldmkvi says below, HQ Player will also do downsampling if you need it.
Is one of your MC Amps Tube?
Could be the source of hum.
I'm glad you are liking your new setup!
I still haven't had a phone conversation with George at exaSound support yet - only a couple of e-mail exchanges. He seems very confident he can steer me to fix whatever hum problem I have, and I haven't even tried all his e-mail suggestions yet.
And, yes, one my amps (used for the center and the two rear channels) is a hybrid design.
The E22 had a Wall-Wart type DC Power Supply.
If yours uses the same thing, maybe it's faulty.
Mine was only 2-prong AIR, so Ground -Loop isn't likely.
Not that I actually know...
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