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Change of subject:  Feeding the A17 into amplifiers.  Tried two setups:   1.  In our kitchen/dining area we have a Cambridge Audio Topaz AM10 integrated amplifier connected to a pair of ancient A7 Polk Audio speakers (I recently upgraded their crossovers).  The Topaz AM10 has a front panel MP3 socket so connection was simple.  The sound - great.   2. My "Male Den" headphone listening post normally has balanced digital feed from a Meridian Sooloos server -> M2Tech...
UPDATE ON THE CHEAPIE 128 CARD   It turns out the previous attempt at loading this was a complete waste of time, not the fault of the card nor my fault but because the latest Meridian Sooloos software update introduced bugs so downloading from the server did not work.  So, while thinking the card was loaded up, it in fact had a heap of "false" music files with the actual ones only amounting to around 32GB (and they played OK as expected).  Bummer.  So, until they fix the...
Thank heaven I had the Sony NWS A17 with me.   I will not bore you with all the detail but I took the Sony and Cardas EM5813 ear speakers with me anticipating some tedious waiting abound prior to dental surgical implants.  What followed was concern at a heart condition, which aborted the dental work and ended up with me overnight in hospital for observation.  Nothing dramatic and all is OK for the moment but I was sure glad I had the music with me for 2 reasons - * the...
Let me repeat IT WAS MOST LIKELY MY FAULT THE LOADING WAS SLOW - not that of the card. No doubt it would take longer than the fast cards, but not to the extent I experienced.  Apologies for misleading people.
$AUD45 (around $USD32). Note I said it took 12 hours, not the 2 days as originally anticipated and that long time was most likely not connected with the card at all but the inefficient way I was loading it.  I should have loaded the music files from the Meridian server (hooked up by LAN in the network) direct to a special file in this PC and then copied those files across to the card.  What I did do was to load the card direct from the server via this PC but that involved...
CHEAPIE 128K CARD   Well it did not take to fill up as long as previously anticipated but, maybe because of the USB2 connection, did take around 12 hours.   Anyway now installed the card in the NWZ A17 and I can report it is behaving normally.  So it does seem a waste of dollars to use a fast card for audio although I have no doubt it would be necessary for video.   I'm currently feeding the audio into a pair of Sennheiser HD 650 cans using special cable I hooked up...
Yes, I'm using USB 2.  Maybe I should use a docking station (has a card slot) with an e-Sata link?  However it was only USB 2 previously with the Transcend card so the cheapie card is the basic problem.
Cheap Memory Cards   Just purchased on of these 128 GB efforts off e-bay to see how it would behave in the NWS A17.   The "price" one pays for cheapness appears to be download speed which would make them unusable for video but maybe OK for audio only.  I'm currently downloading FLAC files into the card from the Sooloos server and the uptake by the card IS very slow and will take many hours, something which compares very negatively with the Transcend 128 GB card used...
The Bispa BSP-HPCL-SYPGLWMS adaptor cable costs around $USD40 + freight at https://bispa.co.jp/661 .  Not sure it is worth that for me as I cannot picture using it to feed a portable amplifier to drive the Sennheiser HD800 phones although I can see it could be useful to feed quality music through a an amplifier and speakers.  But I have a Meridian Sooloos system networked with a massive library on board so am not tempted.   And for use in say a car, why not use the...
I just ordered two more Transcend 64GB microSDHC Class 10 UHS-I 300x (Premium) at $AUD45 each.  That will give me two more alternative sets of around 200 albums on each.   I'm wrapped with the Sony A17, it is so convenient and yields such superb audio quality if the original recording is up to that level.  On that note it is quite a jolt to suddenly hear an inferior quality track.   On headphones the Cardas earphones are far more sensitive than the Sennheiser 650s or...
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