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回覆 (270): Computer and/or Network as Source
there is a rumor that Apple will soon offer 24/192 hi-rez download through iTunes .........  
 
well, let's wait and see. :-)  
 
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What do you think is the ramification? Do you think with the highly efficient distribution network - the iTune store that Apple created, major labels like EMI, Philips and like would be more willing to bring out their 老本 master tapes from the Golden days and produce 24/192 files?  
 
I have NOT bought a single songs from iTune store? Is there any Digital Rights Management shit (to prevent privacy) attached to songs bought from iTune store?
icefox
11-02-28
20:54:47
回覆 (269): Computer and/or Network as Source
there is a rumor that Apple will soon offer 24/192 hi-rez download through iTunes .........  
 
well, let's wait and see. :-)
mdlover
11-02-27
22:29:09
回覆 (271): 跟大家拜個早年!!!
恭喜發大財,玩嘢玩到冇停手!!!
icefox
11-02-03
11:41:51
回覆 (270): 跟大家拜個早年!!!
Save the best for last!  
 
屎忽撞棍嘅,越撞越正,越撞越應!哈哈!!!!!!  
icefox
11-02-03
00:00:05
回覆 (269): 跟大家拜個早年!!!
icefox 跟大家拜個早年!!  
 
玩嘢嘅,越玩越有  
做嘢嘅,为所欲为  
必嘢嘅,一擊即中  
搞嘢嘅,越搞越旺  
食嘢嘅,食極唔肥  
 
^____^
icefox
11-02-02
23:24:41
回覆 (268): Computer and/or Network as Source
For those of you who are looking for one of the best DAC money can buy, Metric Halo is offering 25% off their ULN-8 and LIO-8!  
 
http://www.mhlabs.com/metric_halo/  
ackcheng
11-01-26
00:03:51
回覆 (267): Computer and/or Network as Source
Anyone try this? Real deal? I failed to get it going with my lowly 10.5.6 Mac Mini :(  
 
http://huryo-work.cocolog-nifty.com/bin/iTunes_Sync_afplay148.zip  
 
http://huryo-work.cocolog-nifty.com/  
http://mac.hk/appletalk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=59549
icefox
11-01-22
11:38:45
回覆 (266): Computer and/or Network as Source
Talk is cheap....... Limage, after your new home project, you may want to consider this to kill some time.  
 
MusicServer DIY Consulting Service
http://cgi.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cl.pl?dgtltran&1300257740
icefox
11-01-15
23:57:09
回覆 (265): Computer and/or Network as Source
Do we need to look elsewhere?  
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Limage, this may be an option. But not for me......... thanks and no thanks ^__^. Its asking price probably would be enough to acquire a set of HQD.  
icefox
11-01-10
11:11:05
回覆 (264): Computer and/or Network as Source
 
再試數碼CAS 聽後感,別具一幟的Consonance D-Linear 7 和 D-Linear 8  
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For HK $10,000 the whole set, this is an absolute steal. What's more, improvements will be coming at the rate of 100% every 3 months, to expect the least!  
 
Do we need to look elsewhere?  
 
I have 6 months to fabricate my CAS and so by the time the system is up, it could well be 300 percent better.  
 
limage
11-01-10
10:45:24
回覆 (263): Computer and/or Network as Source
There are indeed TWO more write-up from this author. Interesting read!  
 
http://hk.myblog.yahoo.com/chowhwk2002/article?mid=4716  
 
http://hk.myblog.yahoo.com/chowhwk2002/article?mid=4717
http://hk.myblog.yahoo.com/chowhwk2002/article?mid=4717
icefox
11-01-10
01:04:24
回覆 (262): Computer and/or Network as Source
Recently, I have an opportunity to have a brief encounter of a 強國 CAS solution. It is an offer from the company, Opera, in beijing. I believe they own the Consonance brand. Base on the brief encounter I came out being impressed with the features being packaged in a very presentable manner. The sound quality is more than decent (it's a not so familiar setup). I look forward to the opportunity returning for a deeper look of this interesting product.  
 
I would also be quite interested to see how this China product would give a run of the money for some foreign products that comes in a similar (or even lesser) package with some insane price tags.  
 
The most surprising fact is the LOOK (I'm under 40) of this product is exceptionally presentable.  
 
 
 
So happen there is indeed an insider from Beijing already written a review of this product in his blog. It's here for share.
http://hk.myblog.yahoo.com/chowhwk2002/article?mid=4687
icefox
11-01-10
00:27:07
回覆 (261): Computer and/or Network as Source
AFAIK, it can not.......
Vash
11-01-05
07:51:46
回覆 (260): Computer and/or Network as Source
Vash,  
 
Do you know if it can be used as standalone without the computer?  
 
icefox
11-01-05
00:25:36
回覆 (260): Computer and/or Network as Source
Hey Vash, what's cool about that Plextor? The price seems to be very 克制 by today standard. I still recall back then I was still buying those SCSI based external Plextor for my DIY PC. I still have one around that can be used as standalone CDP. Never have the time to do an AB with the Sony Studer. May be u get going and buy this BR and then we can have an ABC test at your den.  
icefox
11-01-04
09:38:38
回覆 (259): Computer and/or Network as Source
Icy the Fox,  
 
Will you get one to see if it can par with your ref. Sony top-loading ?
http://www.plextor-digital.com/index.php/External-Blu-ray/px-b120u.html
Vash
11-01-03
19:49:42
回覆 (258): CleanMyMac
Hi Dr. Cheng,  
 
It's great seeing you guys having an active discussion of these CAS things, I will keep my eyes on it and learn something new along the way. However, I would like to thank you for the recommendation in an utility to slim down a Mac OSX at your personal blog.  
 
I bought a life time license for CleanMyMac at 51% off. I think that's a great deal. I wasted a lot of time on PC and have been a Mac-convert in the last couple of years. How to fine tune and slim down the OS has always been a question in mind. Your info was absolutely spot on.  
 
Thanks.
icefox
11-01-03
15:50:17
回覆 (258): CleanMyMac
Hi Dr. Cheng,  
 
It's great seeing you guys having an active discussion of these CAS things, I will keep my eyes on it and learn something new along the way. However, I would like to thank you for the recommendation in an utility to slim down a Mac OSX at your personal blog.  
 
I bought a life time license for CleanMyMac at 51% off. I think that's a great deal. I wasted a lot of time on PC and have been a Mac-convert in the last couple of years. How to fine tune and slim down the OS has always been a question in mind. Your info was absolutely spot on.  
 
Thanks.
icefox
11-01-03
15:50:02
回覆 (258): CleanMyMac
Hi Dr. Cheng,  
 
It's great seeing you guys having an active discussion of these CAS things, I will keep my eyes on it and learn something new along the way. However, I would like to thank you for the recommendation in an utility to slim down a Mac OSX at your personal blog.  
 
I bought a life time license for CleanMyMac at 51% off. I think that's a great deal. I wasted a lot of time on PC and have been a Mac-convert in the last couple of years. How to fine tune and slim down the OS has always been a question in mind. Your info was absolutely spot on.  
 
Thanks.
icefox
11-01-03
15:49:59
回覆 (257): Squeezebox Transporter
Limage c-Fu,  
 
In the mean time, I use iPad to search the internet for the required information. It is really easy to find what you need in the WWW. But there is still a lack of input field for your "study notes"  
 
ackcheng
11-01-03
13:55:03
回覆 (256): Squeezebox Transporter
Afternoon Master Limage,  
 
Some people "post process" the audio rips by normalization so all tracks are normalized to the -3db point. My engineering friend (a recording engineer in LA) recommends normalization to -5db point. This will eliminate the volume issue. One can use Adobe Audition to achieve that. However, it'll not be the same data bits if you're absolutely concerned about bit accuracy. But Audition's conversion is as transparent as it can be, so you're unlikely to lose sonic quality after normalization. This will eliminate your need for putting a remark for the volume setting.  
 
You can of course keep both the original rips and the normalized rips for comparison purpose.  
 
There is a standard called ID-Tag. One can attach this ID-Tag header to the audio files. The ID-Tag allows one to include all sorts of information about the album/track and custom fields as well.  
 
But one can only edit ID-Tag on the PC, not on the playback device. So it is possible to have all the information recorded when ripping the CDs, but a lot of manual editing will be required to achieve what you want.  
 
My friend paid someone in the US to do it (there are paid services for that). He shipped all his CDs to them and they ripped them and preserve the ID-Tag to his requirement. I don't know how much it cost, but this will save you from doing it manually yourself, which is very time consuming.  
 
I've upgraded my source playback device, and sonic quality too a quantum jump from your last visit. You're welcome to check it out and I'll show you my playback system using iPad and all these ID-Tag if you want to know more about it.
Kuro
11-01-03
12:19:48
回覆 (255): Squeezebox Transporter
>> But actually it was a Sony R10.  
 
Sony R10 sold for 2 million Yen in 1996. Or $188K in today's dollar.  
 
See:  
 
http://thevintageknob.org/SONY/sonyesprit/CDPR10/CDPR10.html  
 
It was the ultimate reference from Sony. It was used by Absolute Sound as reference CD transport for a number of years.
Kuro
11-01-03
12:04:06
回覆 (255): Squeezebox Transporter
 
Morning Kuro,  
 
No system can satisfy all, no doubt about it. If, however, there is an audio file management database that allows user input fields, it would then be perfect for me.  
 
Things like recording venue, date and engineer mean nothing to the average consumer, but are of great value to me, not to mention my curious habit of keeping the exact volume setting for individual recordings!  
 
First up, audio quality counts of course, but I also want to make sure I start with the right thing that would facilitate my usage with the minimum of fuss.  
 
Isn't it too much to ask?  
 
>O<  
limage
11-01-03
11:56:01
回覆 (254): Squeezebox Transporter
Morning kuro, maybe I misread your message since you quoted that "some" expensive cd transport..... But actually it was a Sony R10.
Vash
11-01-03
11:10:54
回覆 (253): Squeezebox Transporter
>> I have to make sure a comprehensive index system is available for music retrieval from possibly a thousand albums. Things like types of music, composer, artist, recording engineer as well as volume setting etc. are all important to me.  
 
Most systems can do most of what Limage requires, but none of them have all the info as required by Limage. Most of these systems use freedb or such databases. Accuracy is up to the person uploading the album info.  
 
And many even lacked the comprehensive classical music collection that Limage has. PS Audio is trying to build up their own comprehensive database, more akin to what Limage requires. I don't know if there is a database that also includes recording engineer and would allow a field to store the volume setting. They're now actively promoting hard disk based system using their PWT Bridge.  
 
The system I use has index on artists, albums, songs, etc., so I can search easily from my small collection of 660 CDs. I know a friend who has over 3500 CDs using the same system I'm using and has no problem.  
 
As of this moment in time, I think the more important things would be sonic quality, gapless playback over having a comprehensive indexing system.
Kuro
11-01-03
10:40:30
回覆 (252): Squeezebox Transporter
>> Wow ! It should be a very good experience. Would you mind share us which 'expensive' CD transports put into the hell by you ?  
 
It was the Sony R10 transport.
Kuro
11-01-03
10:11:21
回覆 (258): Sooloos
>>>Most of the commercially available programs have excellent features including those you specified  
 
Arthur, not exactly. Those programs ignore the info. of 'recording engineers' that limage would concern....  
 
Vash
11-01-03
00:42:02
回覆 (257): Sooloos
Very true indeed Limage. Most of the commercially available programs have excellent features including those you specified. But then every program has its own sound. Of those available, iTunes, JRMC and Vortexbox are very good options.  
 
However, many comment that they are not audiophile enough and so wrapper like Pure Music and Amarra come into scene. And there are debates as to which OS is better, which wrapper is better......  
 
Weiss will develop his own server, not sure if he is using computer hardware or he write his own codes though.
ackcheng
11-01-02
21:36:33
回覆 (256): Sooloos
 
Yes, you are right Arthur, but before I decide on which system to follow, I have to make sure a comprehensive index system is available for music retrieval from possibly a thousand albums. Things like types of music, composer, artist, recording engineer as well as volume setting etc. are all important to me.  
 
I have not seen the Sooloos in actual operation and I suppose it should have a good index system built-in to save me the trouble of making one myself.  
 
 
limage
11-01-02
20:45:25
回覆 (255): Sooloos
> Sooloos is not ,much more than a home brewed CAS with a high price tag!  
You bet. But it sounds better than most home brew set ups.  
I wouldn't mind buy a set just for the fun of it for US$2K. At the existing price, no la!!!  
 
 
 
feikeung
11-01-02
19:34:30
回覆 (254): Sooloos
ackcheng
11-01-02
19:18:46
回覆 (253): Sooloos
Sooloos is not much more than a home brewed CAS with a high price tag!  
 
http://thewelltemperedcomputer.com/HW/HD_players.html  
 
ackcheng
11-01-02
19:16:12
回覆 (252): Sooloos
CAS is still a far cry from the better CD players, say, the Meridian 808.2i.  
I just can’t wait to have all my CDs ripped and stored on my Mac Pro…………..  
 
feikeung
11-01-01
00:33:23
回覆 (251): Sooloos
> Have you not got one then, feikeung?  
Sooloos is nice and sounds much better than all the home brew CAS's I’ve heard but digital audio depreciates faster the speed your pants drop hence no go.  
 
feikeung
11-01-01
00:22:24
回覆 (251): Squeezebox Transporter
>>>...Beats the hell out of some expensive CD transports.  
 
Wow ! It should be a very good experience. Would you mind share us which 'expensive' CD transports put into the hell by you ?  
 
 
^___~
Vash
11-01-01
00:19:26
回覆 (250): Squeezebox Transporter
I use the Transporter with modded low jitter clocks and low noise PS. Beats the hell out of some expensive CD transports.  
 
I use iPad as remote controller for all my music.
Kuro
10-12-31
22:51:49
回覆 (249): Sooloos
 
The Sooloos are from Meridian, a favourite of Dr. Feikeung.  
 
To have everything in one package is highly attractive. Have you not got one then, feikeung?  
 
 
limage
10-12-30
15:42:11
回覆 (248): Merry X'mas
20 years later .......... like Dr Feikeung at a KTV or Sauna place @[email protected]
daiwok
10-12-28
17:42:59
回覆 (247): Merry X'mas
would you like to be that kid ? ^__^  
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20 yrs ago may be.
drwkng
10-12-28
17:31:18
回覆 (248): Computer and/or Network as Source
Back to the topic.  
 
There are still lack of good "download' music since the CAS phenomenon appears.  
 
My current picks goes to the Society of Sound that featuring LSO with some old big names such as Colin Davis, Hartink, etc.
http://blog.bowers-wilkins.com/music/new-music/london-symphony-orchestra-join-society-of-sound/
Vash
10-12-28
17:25:39