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In Reply to: RE: What you need to do is posted by E-Stat on May 16, 2017 at 19:03:12
Yes, I can have Qobuz via squeezelite. Thanks for the tip!
But the interface really sucks ...
Now that I've gone to all of the trouble to get rid of the laptop and go with the Raspberry Pi in my living room headphone system, QOBUZ introduces Hi Rez streaming that I suspect requires running their player on a computer.
not a problem for me:
i) I can't live with squeezlite GUI anyhow;
and ii) I am not big on hi-rez incremental SQ: 16/44.1 is good enough if the recording is good; if it is not, adding bits/KHz does not help
The one demo track I tried with QOBUZ was from the album above, which I already had listened to a few days ago.
What I have no way of knowing would be exactly what resolution they are sending and my DAC has no display of sampling rate and the QOBUZ web site is in French and I haven't written or read French since high school over 50 years ago.
That said, Sublime+ demo track sounds better than the normal 16/44.1 of the album on my favorites list.
Still haven't decided.
Squeezebox app on my iPad works OK, but only for playback, not for anything serious like search or 'Voir le livret num
Qobuz have informed me, in English, that they have a fault with Sublime+ sample tracks in that they " shows only 24/44 while actually it plays 24/44 > 24/88 > 24/96."
However my DAC's display ( more accurately my master clock input display - this also being the USB receiver) and my sample rate converter (which the clock feeds) both show the input from Qobuz as 16 , not 24 bit ( frequency on all boxes shows as 44.1 - I use the sample rate converter to pad 16 to 24 bits by default).
I have a 24/96 download of the Les Siecles Daphnis & Chloe and this sounds superior if compared to the Sublime+ stream sample.
So, what is going on? Qobuz promise me some kind of fix but right now I am sceptical of what is going on as they seem only concerned about sample frequency display and have so far ignored my report about displayed word depth being incompatible with their claim.
Unfortunately most of the other samples are of current pop type music so I have no abilty to pass comment on SQ. In my ignorance the couple I have tried sound good (?) but still show as 16/44.1.
Just in case it is thought that this may be a bi-product of the Windows 10 sound engine, I am running WASAPI sessions with Qobuz. Could it be that the Qobuz option of a WASAPI session is actually not functioning correctly in which case my setting of Win 10 to 16/44.1 would explain it? On the other hand if I set Win 10 sound to any other frequency then it will upsample the input. So then I would still be unable to work out what Qobuz are sending.
At this point in time they are not getting my 350 quid.
EDIT: I have now tried the Sublime + sample of Dapnis on my Samsung phone/AQ Dragonfly Red. It seems to confirm that I am getting 24/96. Both the display says this and the Dragonfly is lighting up in the correct colour for 96kS/s.
So my problem is with the desktop.
Oh, remember to set your personal setting in your account to <24/96 and not plain FLAC.
I have a Cheapo S.M.S.L DSD DAC capable of 32/352.8 PCM and 512DSD and though it sounds like crap compared to my Audio-GD Master 11 it does display bit depth and sample rate so I'll give that a try later today and report back.
I'll be using the QOBUZ OS-X player on my MacBook Air.
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