chocaholic

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Pontus ii and Hi Res
@fuzztone Well, yes. I had no idea what MQA was, so it wasn’t a consideration.    Thanks again to all for your help. Happy holidays!  
Pontus ii and Hi Res
@rockrider DUDE!!!!  If you are in the Atlanta area, I owe you dinner. You nailed it. I had no idea I was to control the source through the Blusound app. Problem solved. DAC recognizes high resolution just fine. All is good. Will stick with Qobuz ... 
Pontus ii and Hi Res
@rockrider Yes, using a Wireworld coax cable currently. No difference. Could it be because I’m streaming via Bluetooth from my iPad to the Node?  
Pontus ii and Hi Res
Yes, am on Qobuz now (free trial).  Currently streaming at 24 bit 192 kHz but DAC doesn’t seem to recognize anything above 44.1 kHz (x1 multiplier). That’s my concern. As such, Qobuz is no better than Spotify. Concerned my new Pontus is malfunctio... 
Pontus ii and Hi Res
Ok…on Qobuz. DAC still shows 44.1kHz x1 multiplier. Streaming “best of 192kHz” playlist. Tried with optical and coax inputs. Now what?  
Pontus ii and Hi Res
@vthokie83 That sounds like good advice. Qobuz is the one piece of the puzzle I haven’t tried. Will do.    BTW…disconnected my Node from the Pontus and ran the analogue outputs to my amp (PrimaLuna HP Int) and you are correct…it sounds considerab... 
Pontus ii and Hi Res
@vthokie83 If I’m understanding correctly, it sounds like I should have stuck with the streamer’s DAC and not sprung for the Pontus since most of our listening is via the streamer. Bottom line…the SQ is amazing either way…quite happy via either s... 
Pontus ii and Hi Res
@rockrider Yes, I turned that off. Just spent the last hour+ directly comparing Spotify set on its highest resolution to Tidal Hifi+. Opera, jazz and classical. Back and forth between the two with the same exact recordings on each. Guys…maybe it’s... 
Pontus ii and Hi Res
@bkeske … considering your comment: Yes it does, when playing hi res files from my server it indicates that higer resolution, including DSD. But it always shows redbook rates using the Tidal HiFi plan, not the HiFi+ with MQA, which you are using.... 
Pontus ii and Hi Res
@marco1 … monthly rate is $19.95. I purposely signed up for the highest SQ they offer. @bkeske Does your Aries2 indicate the resolution being played? My concern is the Pontus seems to recognize everything as 44.1 x1. Hi res or not. We have a fam... 
Candidates for best speakers in the $2000-5000 market
Also using PrimaLuna for amplification (Dialogue HP Integrated) and settled on a used pair of Focal Aria 936’s and couldn’t be happier. Well within your budget. SQ has exceeded my expectations and scored well on the WAF scale (wife acceptance fact... 
Has anyone been able to define well or measure differences between vinyl and digital?
Depends on the quality of the recordings. Way too many variables to make a logical comparison. Cables, cartridges, preamp, setup, room acoustics but mostly, quality of the recordings (or lack thereof).  
Recommendations for good sounding streamer
Another vote for the BS Node. I have a Denefrips Pontus ii on order and look forward to running the Node through it to see what happens. Mostly I got the DAC for CD sq.  I stream Spotify for the same reasons mentioned. Note that you can select you... 
Only two tracks to test your system, forever!
Mark Isham - That Beautiful Sadness (texture, range and ambiance) Bela Fleck - Flight of the Cosmic Hippo (serious bass)  
Disappearing Jazz?
The Japanese jazz scene is alive and well. And amazing. Check out Hiromi - Alive. Or anything by Junko Onishi.