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  1. Arnav Agharwal

    CES 2017: MQA announces TIDAL Masters, and more

    Distinguishing Master albums just got easier -- TIDAL has added an "M" icon against the Master versions   
  2. Arnav Agharwal

    Chord Electronics - Hugo 2 - The Official Thread

    Implementing in an add-on would make sense since a lot of users would not want to bear the burden of licensing fees for a technology they don't need.
  3. Arnav Agharwal

    Chord Electronics - Hugo 2 - The Official Thread

      FYI. From the Poly thread. Sounds like something is going on.   Note that I'm only referring to MQA support as a feature here and do not intent to trigger a debate about the technology itself; to do that, please visit the relevant thread...
  4. Arnav Agharwal

    Chord Electronics ☆ Poly ☆ (wireless & microSD module for Mojo) ☆★►USEFUL INFO on 1st PAGE!!◄★☆

    But Roon can do one layer of "unfolding" at best, just like any other software like TIDAL. The second iteration must be implemented in the DAC, at least that's what the MQA specs entail.
  5. Arnav Agharwal

    MrSpeakers ETHER Flow and ETHER C Flow -- Inspired by Electrostatic Headphones

    That's the most confidence-inspiring post I've seen till date!  This was a pretty big subconscious roadblock.
  6. Arnav Agharwal

    MrSpeakers ETHER Flow and ETHER C Flow -- Inspired by Electrostatic Headphones

    I've seen only positive reviews for these cables. But compared to DHC's much more expensive offerings, would these sound "inferior" in any way? Or is DHC over-priced?
  7. Arnav Agharwal

    MrSpeakers ETHER Flow and ETHER C Flow -- Inspired by Electrostatic Headphones

        Thank you, gentlemen  The website lists $2499-something for the Platinum speaker wires, but I'd expect those to have a much thicker gauge. Wasn't sure what that would translate to for headphones.
  8. Arnav Agharwal

    Chord Electronics ☆ Poly ☆ (wireless & microSD module for Mojo) ☆★►USEFUL INFO on 1st PAGE!!◄★☆

      Yeah, I meant using Roon as a workaround to stream offline TIDAL content without Internet connectivity.   @rkw's link is helpful. While it states that the desktop app disallows offline content (I'm on Linux and can only use the Web player on Chrome), there isn't information about mobile use.
  9. Arnav Agharwal

    Chord Mojo DAC-amp ☆★►FAQ in 3rd post!◄★☆

    Think it was something about watching his daughter play at a river bank with flint.
  10. Arnav Agharwal

    Double Helix Cables Thread

    I was pretty much set on purchasing DHC Complement4 Flagship for my Ether C Flows, but this inconsistency in delivery times has been quite a turn-off. I see all these glowing reviews, and wonder how much uncertainty and hassle I will have to go through between the time I place and order the the...
  11. Arnav Agharwal

    Chord Electronics - Hugo 2 - The Official Thread

    I'm not sure how much tech will be "given out". Rob Watts has been open-minded about MQA, which he wouldn't be otherwise.   There are some comparisons in the TIDAL MQA thread around this post: http://www.head-fi.org/t/831291/ces-2017-mqa-announces-tidal-masters-and-more/360#post_13209704  ...
  12. Arnav Agharwal

    MrSpeakers ETHER Flow and ETHER C Flow -- Inspired by Electrostatic Headphones

      Thank you, gentlemen. I'm having a hard time figuring out which brand to go with -- Wywires, Nordost Norne, Double Helix. I'm looking to get one with the most "transparent" sound, regardless of expenditure involved (this doesn't make much sense). Would love to get some opinions on this, or...
  13. Arnav Agharwal

    MrSpeakers ETHER Flow and ETHER C Flow -- Inspired by Electrostatic Headphones

    Thank you very much for the impressions. I wasn't aware that Dan uses different cables for his demo; any idea which ones he prefers?
  14. Arnav Agharwal

    MrSpeakers ETHER Flow and ETHER C Flow -- Inspired by Electrostatic Headphones

    Oh, I see. In my mind, I was comparing to DHC's fancier options; I ought to have been explicit.
  15. Arnav Agharwal

    Chord Mojo DAC-amp ☆★►FAQ in 3rd post!◄★☆

    Even with Prime, it depends on the seller; Amazon policy lists re-stocking fee for laptops and such at 20%, but sellers need to be explicit to levy it on other items. The first seller I purchased the Mojo from had put a sticker on the box, putting a 20% re-stocking fee on an opened box, so I...
  16. Arnav Agharwal

    AEON, MrSpeakers' New Closed Back Planar Magnetic Headphone

    FWIW, I just wanted to add some perspective to an earlier debate on quoting Tyll that ATH-M50X is 95% Ether C Flow. Note that this is intended more for newbies (like myself) reading these threads. Here are some other quotes from Tyll's YouTube review: "This is one of the most outstanding sealed...
  17. Arnav Agharwal

    CES 2017: MQA announces TIDAL Masters, and more

        Interesting. Since they advertise their DACs as modular and upgradable, this might be an attempt to keep the design future-proof.
  18. Arnav Agharwal

    CES 2017: MQA announces TIDAL Masters, and more

    Very interesting perspective! And I cannot deny that the "Master" versions of tracks (software-unfolded) sound better than their "Hi-Fi" counterparts on TIDAL.   What I understand from your description is that MQA is part of the A2D chain, rather than simply a method to "package" existing FLAC...
  19. Arnav Agharwal

    CES 2017: MQA announces TIDAL Masters, and more

    My understanding is that correctly down-sampled, high-res music should sound no different from CD quality (44kHz), and there are off-the-shelf softwares that can do that. ABX tests have confirmed this (sourced from multiple online forums). Doing so to the Master recordings should eliminate the...
  20. Arnav Agharwal

    Chord Mojo DAC-amp ☆★►FAQ in 3rd post!◄★☆

    Absolutely. I ought to have phrased my response better. While optical, by nature, is not susceptible to noise due to interference, ground loops, etc., a well-implemented USB cable (as in your case) can do just as well. Thank you for refining my answer  
  21. Arnav Agharwal

    MrSpeakers ETHER Flow and ETHER C Flow -- Inspired by Electrostatic Headphones

    If you mean the power supply, the Jotunheim has its own power supply unit within the chassis, and uses input from the household mains (right-most port in the image below). So yeah, cannot be powered by USB.
  22. Arnav Agharwal

    MrSpeakers ETHER Flow and ETHER C Flow -- Inspired by Electrostatic Headphones

    The Schiit Jotunheim has a fully balanced implementation, and going by one of Jude's YouTube reviews, it has the best noise floor and distortion specs of all Schiit amps. Given the science behind Mojo's output stage (some measurements...
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