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    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    The 2013 live performance in Salzburg! The first movement starts out slower than usual, but buckle in, it's quite a ride. Baden-Baden doesn't even sound like the same orchestra as in the famous cycle on Hänssler, and it's live!
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    What are you currently listening to (Classical)?

    Never thought I'd like this work (concerto), let alone say a version was gorgeous:
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    Taiko Audio XDMS - Extreme Direct Music Server Software

    I had some new music, Ormandy/Philly late 50s-60s stereo hi-res, anxious to hear it, and so I didn't start out very scientifically with NSM. But as I listened I thought, wow, Sony is improving, they did a killer job with the Tchaik 1812/Polovtsian album, but then I remembered, no-no-no, it's...
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    Introducing Olympus & Olympus I/O - A new perspective on modern music playback

    It all makes sense Nenon. Thanks for the response. Out of curiousity, how many boards are custom in the Olympus? God help my bank account. I really like this (makes me think of it broadly as a peer to what MSB did with the Digital Director)
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    Introducing Olympus & Olympus I/O - A new perspective on modern music playback

    It's nice that an Extreme owner can upgrade to Olympus IO now, then later upgrade to full Olympus and still have use for the IO box, but what is it about Olympus IO that also improves Olympus? Something about battery power focused exclusively on interface cards (like we used to plug an external...
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    Introducing Olympus & Olympus I/O - A new perspective on modern music playback

    Thanks for that (makes me think of the DAC cables with your networking stack). This is a brilliantly thought out product offering Emile. The Extreme+XDMS is already so d-mn good!
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    Introducing Olympus & Olympus I/O - A new perspective on modern music playback

    The graphics in posts 2 and 3 say 30 years.
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    Introducing Olympus & Olympus I/O - A new perspective on modern music playback

    What is the umbilical to the I/O chassis with the 4 interface cards?
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    Taiko Audio XDMS - Extreme Direct Music Server Software

    This is great news, and I'm happy for Taiko that the risky software development investment is going to pay off like this.
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    New MSB Owner

    Thanks for the helpful opinion. My most recent project was to pull 6-gauge from the main panel to the media room. I'd highly recommend this upgrade, for practically pocket change compared to the other gear we have.
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    New MSB Owner

    A little late to the party, but glad you're enjoying things. I've been partial to Shunyata for a while, but my dealer informed me the Omega bettered his Nordost (if you can afford either!). I guess most of us reach a point where the wishlist is not so attainable, but my mine includes an Omega...
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    Shunyata Omega Cables, a review

    Thanks for a very helpful review. Not long ago I wanted to do this same thing, but other priorities intruded. Given the exhorbitant pricing of this line, Shunyata recommended prioritizing power first, so it's interesting you went the other way. But I was really drawn to the above statements...
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    Record Label Honesty In the Download Era

    Okay, we made our point. Let's hope consumers can push back on this and demand better. The following companies are welcome to provide an explanation: Universal Music Australia, Pty Ltd. Alexander Bak Reference Recordings Praga Digitals
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    Record Label Honesty In the Download Era

    I believe this may be the case with the numerous Praga Digitals releases on Qobuz, as many sound better to me than prior releases, though they seem to have a heavy hand on the reverb. Good outcome. In the case of HDtracks, it was early on as far as retail hi-res download sites, and they also...
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    Record Label Honesty In the Download Era

    On the original example, and to make this a little more interesting, how would you approach the analysis if you had a 24/44 offering on Qobuz, and you were still suspicious? I wondered why, if you intend to deceive, would you use 48kHz and make it so easy to discover, unless you don't believe...
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    Record Label Honesty In the Download Era

    In the era of high-resolution digital music downloads, classical music collectors are often confronted with a confusing array of formats and sampling rates within formats. One eventually learns about the different sampling rates available for PCM releases, and does his best to make an informed...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Forgive me if I've lifted this out of context, but we've found many cases of digital albums advertised as "remastered" when a spectral analysis reveals little more than repackaging 16/44.1 in a 24/96 container. A wav track could then have the edge over a flac of implied higher resolution. I...
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    QSA LANEDRI Series

    Yikes, did you get your city inspector to sign off on this Roy? Sure you're not voiding your homeowner's policy? ;)
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    The beta release is imminent. And before Munich, Emile wrote that he'd like to move beyond beta even this year (the plan seems aggressive to this software developer). We were also recently encouraged to see one of the more challenging technical aspects, gapless playback with XDMS SQ, now...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Any estimate for the mat silver finish?
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    For those not aware of details on the new networking products, Emile was so thoughtful as to PM me a link to a PDF with a wealth of detail on his product. Taiko-Network-Card-Switch-Summary_v26.pdf (taikoaudio.com) You're a classy guy Emile, and thank you. Darryl
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    I'm not taking sides here, but he's actually a nice guy, and wasn't being silly, but seemed to be seriously considering buying one for his own use. Having disclosed his own designs, I think he wanted to see some justification for the price given the number of other switches available. On the...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Thanks Emile. A competitor has expressed disappointment you've not disclosed more detail on the switch, though it now seems there is a synergy between router, switch, and NIC. Can you say anything about what you've done in the design to achieve this competitive advantage? Something you...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Were you guys streaming, local, both?
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    As marvelous as XDMS sounds with small files, I hope we can have the ability to play larger files (2GB ±200K) soon. The more I play through my library, the more I find I can't play.
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Thanks. I see you're in Florence. Love it! I was just there last month! My profile thumbnail is a sunset in Cortona.
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Anyone consider doing a comparison of the Taiko switch and the Uptone EtherREGEN?
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    I had similar thoughts a few years ago, thinking then that the early fiber NIC in the Extreme mitigated the noise. The only other thing I could think of was having the control UI on the server too, but then we're back to needing peripherals in the listening room (a setup I had years ago with a...
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Thank you all for confirming this. I probably should've added "... with a USB-connected DAC" but I'll assume this was the case for most. The NIC and switch are on my list.
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    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    Several of the newer HDTT releases are favorites here as well! These electronics seem hypersensitive to every change. Thanks for the input!

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