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  1. With the recent news article of Warner using Tidal for MQA, I've been re-searching for albums that need a remaster to see what's changed. 1) Stevie Nicks - Rock a Little. Now in 'MQA'. My educated guess by comparing meta data, waveforms and basic spectral info is that it's a much louder version of the CD master. The pre-gaps are identical to the CD. Give it a miss, the old master has gone from Tidal with a louder one. The UDTEXT 'ORIGINALSAMPLERATE' meta field documents the source frequency as 44100 so that also adds to the 'just louder' hunch. This is a shame as 'Bella Donna' is spectacular, night and day improved over CD but is noted as remastered and on HDTracks etc. 2) Tracy Chapman - again her whole album section is suddenly Tidal Master with optional MQA. Interestingly the now 'MQA' self titled album is dramatically different to CD. I own 2 original pressings of this album and am hearing new things/announciations of instruments. This is great but it is much louder on certain tracks. The UD text shows 44100 as the original sample rate and MQAENCODER as 'MQAEncode v1.1, 2.3.3+800 (a505918), F8EC1703-7616-45E5-B81E-D60821434062, Nov 29 2017 18:21:55'. 3) Bronski Beat - again the whole album releases are now MQA. And again I find some albums with big loudness changes, other's are very similar and are 24-bit 44.1khz MQA. Not noted as a remaster but are technically different. Tidal used to have the originals on there but now that things are being encoded for MQA and it's a silent remaster (e.g louder but not labelled as a remaster, just now a TIDAL Master), they over-write / delist the original and replace it. So I'd say stick to your CDs if you want the original dynamic range. I use open-source software to rip Tidal tracks for comparison only and am a subscriber otherwise. Files used in my screenshots are for SNA interest and do not fuly answer the golden question "what does it sound like though?". And I gave the context of 'MQA' - it can be a 2008 remaster but now MQA encoded. This confuses me.
  2. Hi Everyone I just came here to rave about The Matrix in 4k HDR when viewed on an LG OLED CX. Since owning this TV I've seen a small mix of 4K UHD movies and found Disney Plus to be a good source, along with some jaw dropping Apple TV+ content. However we have to appreciate the visual masterpeice of the Matrix. I've watched it on Laser Disc and DVD and not since. This new transfer literally dropped my jaw and I looked around the room as if to say "WHAT is that!" WOW! The night scenes are so perfectly subtle in brightness, the TONE of skin colours is perfect and I could go on and on. A must see for HDR grading, subtleties in tone and general polish in presentation. I don't know how it gets much better.
  3. I'm probably a day 1 PS5 kinda guy, but it's not for the games necessarily. I actually want 60fps PS4 upgrades.
  4. Just on your point (above) about online purchases - I too strive to buy physical copies. I have been burnt by Sony's refund policy (it's no better despite the press and fine) for games that are crap or don't work. One example is Superhot VR for PS VR. The controls are so god awful that a friend and I literally couldn't progress becuase it couldn't see one of the move controllers properly. Never got a refund and I persisted! And friendship among gamers is swapping titles, I just gave away my Horizon Zero Dawn disc to a friend - why is there no game sharing with digital? I like the fact that friends can also lend me a game for a week or so and I give it back after trying. Seeing the pretty titles on my self reminds me to play them, but digital seems like a pile of too much things to try haha. We need physical releases to support local stores, second hand industry and fellow gamers.
  5. Thanks for creating this thread. I too am enjoying the game so much that I can't wait to play it! Suckerpunch have built in 'quality of life' improvements in the mechanics from day 1 which makes the game so polished to play. The fact fast travel takes ~6 seconds, I can pick up supplies without jumping off my horse, it has guiding wind and a clean hud are just some examples of best in class ideas that they execute perfectly. There is an obvious display of respect for the fallen Japanese at the hands of the invaders, while at the same time reminding you that just becuase you're on the other side (samuri vs mongol), you too are a killer. The rewards of exploring around the map just never end, whether it be a hot spring reflection moment or writing a haiku, it's all there to balance what is a awesome combat hack and slash. I almost never pay launch prices for games but I regret nothing, it's worth twice what I paid ($68). 10/10 recommended masterpiece. Playing on LG OLED 55" CX / PS4 Pro with SSD / obsessively tweaked settings haha.
  6. Item: EDID HDMI Minder/ Dr HDMI Price Range: $0-40 Item Condition: New or Used Extra Info: My LG OLED disabled picture options on 'PC' signals that I would like to turn on. I would like to borrow or buy an inexpensive EDID Minder that takes HDMI input, and adjusts the signal information to be something else. E.g I am outputting 1280x960 but I want to trick the TV into thinking it's a video signal such as 720p or 1080p so I can reveal the extra settings. I am located in Canberra.
  7. Further information: Hi Everyone For sale is a Belkin Thunderbolt 2 dock to suit Mac computers. I used it with a 2011 17” MacBook Pro where the dock offered me much faster USB 3 speeds and a single cable to connect everything up. My monitor connected to the dock, as did my Time Machine HDD, Ethernet and so on. Great for working at home. Also has a headphone jack on the front with Burr Brown DAC. I am offering to the group first as I know there are plenty of us with USB2 Macs as daily drivers. The unit self is the best quality around and ‘just worked’ 100% of the time for me. I came from an OWC dock that was a lemon and took months to get a refund on. I never looked back from the Belkin. The sale comes with the original box/packaging, dock itself, genuine Thunderbolt 2 cable (black colour) and power supply. Asking price as noted above or nearest offer; I’ll cover postage costs and double box it. Thank you Photos:
  8. Item: Sony CDP-30 with service manual Price Range: Free Item Condition: Front bezel in very good condition, electrically sound, does not play discs. Extra Info: A wealth of parts inside for servicing Sony players of it's era. Unfortunately the eject gear on this has disintegrated and I think the laser has gone out. I had it on display in my collection room but need the space for other items. Nice 80s accents to buttons and logos. Sony CX20017 DAC. On the smaller size in width, nice compact unit (not midi). Located in Canberra and happy to post for $25. Will include service manual (nice copy)
  9. Wanted Item: A very compact in size, plain stereo RCA / 3.5mm line to speaker amplifier Price Range: $50 Item Condition: New or Used Extra Info: I have two small bookshelf speakers that need to be amplified, intended task is low volume, very occasional use only listening. I have games consoles routed through a switcher and want to use some spare speakers for the sound opposed to the tiny 2-watt one in my monitor! Has to be very compact to fit in to existing space. Please don't forget to report your post as FOUND when possible. (You can now delete this text).
  10. Item: HiFiBerry Digi+ Pro Pi HAT including 4GB MicroSD card, receipt Location: Canberra, ACT 2606 Price: $60 (Price drop!) Item Condition: As new (3 months owned from new) Reason for selling: Upgraded to amp with streamer built in Payment Method: Pickup or postage for $9 - Cash, Paypal, Direct Deposit (CBA) Extra Info: Special dual clock and galvanically isolated Pro version of the HiFiBerry SPDIF Pi HAT. Bypasses the Pi's PLL fixed clock and uses I2S to generate it's own master clock that is appropriate for both 44.1 and 48kHz integers. Seamlessly supported by Pi kernals and worked so well for me that I'm sad to see it go. I have simply upgraded to a Primare amp with streamer built in. I used this HAT with a Pi 3+ connected to my previous DAC via Optical. It was the first SPDIF source I've had that correctly 'expressed' output to my DAC, correctly lighting up 88.2kHz which with a previous SPDIF source would come up as 96kHz. So it does confirm nicely to SPDIF spec and it was a pleasure to use. Software was Moode and source was Audiravana using uPnP streaming. Photos:
  11. I just don't know who to trust. I bought the last revision of the Mazda CX-5 before the new look came out. It was the middle of a Canberra winter and heater worked amazingly well. Summer came and there was literally no cooling to the air conditioning. The dealer took 3 booked appointments to figure out what was wrong. First they said it could be low in gas, topped it up as it was low and off I went. Still not cold so I went back and they put a dye in to monitor for leaks, none found so off I went. Still not cold at all. Third time they got an infrared heat gun and confirmed no difference to was being made with the AC on or off and kept the car for 10 or 11 days. They gave me a loaner car thankfully but it was an effort and minimal communication all along. They told me it had a blockage and that they'd never seen it before. It's been working beautifully ever since, ice cold air con and instant. I went with the CX-5 for a few reasons but indeed the real automatic transmission was a selling point along with reputation among family and friends. I am unhappy with the car a year in due to everything having little vibrations. The rear-view mirror squeaks, the sun visors material friction against the roof makes a rubbing sound, perspex in front of odometer/tacho vibrates and so on. Great drive, uber powerful in sports mode, great posture to drive in but poor quality control for a $40,000K car. My partner's Volkswagon Golf 2015 is a complete disaster and has left us on the side of the road not once, but twice with transmission failure (!). We paid once $3K and free the second time, only the second time we paid for other nonsense on the invoice for workshop materials worth hundreds of dollars (I didn't inspect the service report on pickup). The car stalls at traffic lights regularly as the stop-start thing is faulty which has been replaced already. When we raised this at the dealer they blamed us for not using them consistently as there was a number of recalls on the car that weren't attended to (no evidence). I explained there was one time we used a non-VW dealer and he was fantastic but the car had in fact been back to the dealer once before the first transmission failure. Again it was our fault and the mechtronics unit never fails. I got home and googled this fault and far out - seemingly every other country in the whole world, expect Australia, has a recall on the mechtronics unit. Why are we being treated like idiots? Why is german engineering no longer enough? The last service revealed a line on the service report suggesting the water pump chassis was cracked and could potentially leak, but would cost about $1000 to repair. When I found this out I searched google and sure enough it seems a common problem but to wait until you do the timing belt as the process is similar and can in labour. We are nursing the car until the timing belt and don't want to drive it basically.
  12. YES Just press the Amp button. There are 3 circular buttons that change the universal remote to send IR codes for the AMP, CD player and something else. Press AMP and try again
  13. Item: Kenwood HiFi Stereo KR-711 with matching speakers and complete Location: Canberra, 2606 for pickup or see note Price: $150 negotiable Item Condition: Used but in excellent cosmetic and working condition Reason for selling: Upgraded Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: For sale is a complete Kenwood KR-711 and KS-711 HiFi stereo. Accessories such as the Room EQ microphone; original remote; speaker wire and manuals. Speaker grills taken off for photos and are included in as new condition. As posted from Kenwood Australia (at the time) is their home entertainment glossy brochure which features this model. Single owner from new and working very well. Built in CD player supports CD-TEXT, and is best used with Optical in with support for high resolution 24/96 PCM. I have a digital copy of the service manual. Chipsets used internally are: WM8776 Wolfson Micro ADC WM8716 Wolfson Micro DAC AKM-AK4122VQ Digital Interface (Optical In and SRC) AD 1940 Sigma DSP Supports turntable input with ground. Tone control across low, mid and high frequencies available in + or - 1db increments, as well as +1 to +1-db at 60Hz for bass boost. FM radio works well with RDS. Single owner from new. For the size it's a solid package from Kenwood that far exceeds current models. Photos:
  14. Item: HiFiBerry Digi+ Pro Pi HAT including 4GB MicroSD card, receipt Location: Canberra, ACT 2606 Price: $75 Item Condition: As new (1 month owned from new) Reason for selling: Upgraded to amp with streamer built in Payment Method: Pickup or postage for $9 - Cash, Paypal, Direct Deposit (CBA) Extra Info: Special dual clock and galvanically isolated Pro version of the HiFiBerry SPDIF Pi HAT. Bypasses the Pi's PLL fixed clock and uses I2S to generate it's own master clock that is appropriate for both 44.1 and 48kHz integers. Seamlessly supported by Pi kernals and worked so well for me that I'm sad to see it go. I have simply upgraded to a Primare amp with streamer built in. I used this HAT with a Pi 3+ connected to my previous DAC via Optical. It was the first SPDIF source I've had that correctly 'expressed' output to my DAC, correctly lighting up 88.2kHz which with a previous SPDIF source would come up as 96kHz. So it does confirm nicely to SPDIF spec and it was a pleasure to use. Software was Moode and source was Audiravana using uPnP streaming. Photos:
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