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I must have an earlier BA, mine has "B" and an implied "A". The B is down. And a handwritten message in Tip-Ex (Wite-Out for americans) that looks like "16" or "1b". Hopefully someone will produce PX4s around the time mine wear out so I don't have to guess which "B" is.
Californication Gets lots of abuse over in "Worst recorded/Mastered Albums" on account of compression, where did it all go wrong!
Just to report, I got the "white light of DSD" with modest effort using my MS Surface Pro 3. Used JRiver as a client for music on my NAS and was able to play 2x DSD with no drama.  I used USB.
Good point. Now that you mention it a lot of DACs put out a lot more than 2V. A PSAudio outputs 2.8v which is a bit hot for some amps, I run it at 75%.
You can switch off the preamp in the Hugo, risky idea if you are forgetful & use headphones but good if you want to bypass the Hugo's amplifier.From the manual:"Volume BypassPress and hold the Crossfeed switch whilst turning on to activate volume bypass mode. The volume control will illuminate light blue to indicate line level output. Using bypass mode, Hugo can be used as a standalone DAC"
"Between heaven and earth"?Cinematic stuff.Bit puzzled here, A R Rahman did do the soundtrack for the film "Warriors of Heaven & Earth", Qobuz lists an album called "between heaven and Earth" with a track Dacoit Duel.
You are harsh. A wikipedia page on psychoacoustics puts it nicely; "Hearing is not a purely mechanical phenomenon of wave propagation, but is also a sensory and perceptual event". A small example might be that people who spend time comparing systems have a list of test tracks, which they have no music emotion about, but can hear all the detail. You choose stuff you don't care about so you don't get distracted when test listening. There is plenty of reading out...
Having cold weather headphones and warm weather headphones in the UK is like having specific headphones for Barry Manilow's Bell Records releases, i.e. the first 2. I'm in Dublin so I can hardly plead any different.
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