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    LMS and MQA

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    Congratulations on your successful rabbit hunt! The Tidal plug-in does not support MQA pass-through, so there's nothing else to do but sit back and enjoy the music - perhaps with a beer and a nice plate of rabbit. Or rarebit. Or something.
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  2. #32

    LMS and MQA

    Quote Originally Posted by left channel View Post
    Congratulations on your successful rabbit hunt! The Tidal plug-in does not support MQA pass-through, so there's nothing else to do but sit back and enjoy the music - perhaps with a beer and a nice plate of rabbit. Or rarebit. Or something.
    Well, I've had things up and running for a few days now. I've got 30 days left on my Trial period from Music Direct on the Pro-Ject, and my initial impressions are that MQA has definitely not bowled me over and for the other 99% of my music, the majority of which is 44.1 FLAC or AIFF files, I'm not sure that my old HRT Streamer isn't more listenable, more natural. The Pro-Ject has a clarity and perhaps a resolution that the HRT Streamer II doesn't have, but listenability is probably more important to me nowadays, and occasionally I hear some artifacts with female vocals through the Pro-Ject that bug me a little. Could be more accurate, but over the years i've changed into someone who doesn't want any pain while listening. It's a fine line. I think I'm pretty secure in saying that the Allo USBridge Streamer with the iFi Power supply is a fairly significant improvement over the Raspberry Pi. I definitely like the Pro-Ject, but if I take MQA away, then there are other very good options - I'm personally thinking of Schiit or Chord - say Mojo. But I've still got time. It took a few days to get the transition from one DAC to the other down. The Allo has settings in its gui that you have to change, which is what they send it with now, but at times other settings get changed when the switch is made that you can only get to from the terminal based DietPi Launcher. Without knowing a little about how to navigate that, I'd still be scratching my head. As much as I say I'm not a techie, I kind of think they should have left well enough alone.

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    @dainapoo you may be able to improve the S2D's performance by using external power from a linear PSU, if you're not doing so already. But in the end it simply has a sound signature that is different from the other DACs you mentioned. The S2D has a neutral crisp resolving sound typical of DACs designed around ESS chips. I much prefer the "velvet sound" of DACs designed around AKM chips, including my Schiit Modi 2U and NuPrime DAC-9. I also prefer warm-sounding tube-like amplifiers. The vast majority of S2D owners really like its sound though.
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