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  1. emmodad

    very worthy kickstarter project - short film re illness / hardship / rebirth

      hello all,     a very dear friend of mine, John White, is in the home stretch of preparation for filming a fascinating story of inspiration and rebirth. Limantour is to be an independent, narrative short film, focused on a key event in the evolution of a critically-ill woman...
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    with kudos to Steven Wilson - "Are these really reviews or just an endless noise of opinions..."

      "Are these really reviews or just an endless noise of opinions—and is there a difference?"     ---   nice thought piece by Steven Wilson on the evolution of music "reviewing" as impacted by broad internet publication... much of it garbage attracting eyeballs, as it were.   only...
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    amp suggestions please - balanced input, single-ended cans; under USD 600

    hello all, title says it pretty succinctly: looking to solve a small system integration issue requiring multiple installations of a reasonably good quality (and good value) headphone amp with balanced inputs (XLR connections preferred but TRS acceptable). Single-ended cans only, generally hi-Z...
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    HDCD playback -- grateful dead - Road Trips full show FLAC downloads - HDCD-mastered sources?

    HDCD playback -- grateful dead - Road Trips full show FLAC downloads - HDCD-mastered sources? it seems the dead.net strategy with the "Road Trips" CD releases is moving forward: looks like those CDs are being issued as a "teaser" for full-show downloads (or more precisely, the CDs were...
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    HDCD -- playback options for hardware decoding and digital output

    so there have been several threads on Head-Fi that in one way or another touch on options for HDCD decoding. Many of us unfortunately couldn't afford the USD 15,000.00 typical price for a used Pacific Microsonics Model 2 -- even if we could find one for sale (hint: rather rare). A Berkeley Alpha...
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    cost-effective offsite online backup -- suggestions for large amounts of data

    have been looking recently at adding some "in the cloud" online encrypted storage to my backup plan (on-site and off-site hard drives, incl in bank vault), both for data and for the ever-increasing media collection (slowly ripping 20000-plus CDs, and doing lots of SACD digidrops). was...
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    oppo USB input + USB drive for audio playback incl HDCD decode?

    recognizing the limitations of using an external hard drive with the USB input of Oppo players (FAT / FAT32 formatting; somewhat limited number of files recognized), I'm curious: can anyone share experiences using the Oppo USB input for playback of disk-based audio files? Specific interest here...
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    SACD - opinion pls wrt SQ comparison of these budget players: T-585 v 980H

    A friend has become rather enthralled with versions / masterings of certain works she has heard on several of my SACDs, and wants to add SACD playback capability to her system. Her budget is en moment however rather limited, so no emm, Esoteric, or Cary.... Looking for opinions regarding SACD...
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