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DIY for audio / Re: Technics SP10 MKII Plinth Build
« Last post by FranZAR on Today at 02:31:06 PM »
Francois, it's been nearly a month!  Any update?? :pray: :groovy:
Doing a bit of sanding every weekend. Almost there, but won't seal until I'm satisfied that it is perfect.





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Digital / Re: The day has arrived!
« Last post by lanshark on Today at 02:12:41 PM »
Hi, I have had thoughts about this for a while (as well as Zidoo a competitor) from what I gather Nvidia shield, Apple TV 4K devices are primarily media streamers while these are primarily media players using your stored media/ files but can stream but that is not their primary function.

Possibly I should address my questions to the local suppliers but if I may ask a few here?
1) If you rip your Blu-ray but not into a Mkv container,  as you wish to maintain all the menus and extras etc (for instance Movie concert Blu Rays) and thus save as is with the BDMV structure intact, and not as an ISO file, does this device see the BluRay menus in this case and are they operational when playing the disks?  Or is ISO the requirement?
2) If I rip my Blu-ray to my HDD and not bother with removing the copy protection (I play now from a Media PC with KODI as the library manager and using PowerDVD as the player which is an approved paid for legal BluRay player which does not require the removal of copy protection when ripping, it has all the keys) does the Zappiti still play them or do I have to remove the copy protection when doing my rips in order to play on the Zappiti.
3) How flexible is the UI/  Movie Library manager as for example in Kodi which is my Movie manager and gives me my wall, I have a separate Node for Music Concerts and another Node for Movies which are not Movie Concerts and another for Documentaries.  I get a Movie wall for each node. Under the Movie Concert Node it is sorted by artist and not Movie Title and when there are many concert Blu Rays by the same artist then it sorts by concert date which I manually update the Meta data with.

Sorry its a lot of questions but as a Zappiti user of years maybe you can answer otherwise I will speak to Ultra Sound & Vision.
Feel free to ignore if too much.

Hi, You are right about the Nvidia and ATV's, they streamers only. I would not say Zidoo is a competitor...

So to answer question 1, Yes! It plays it. It's called BR-DISK (bd structure with menus) in folder format or ISO, doesn't matter. I cannot comment on question 2 as I have not ripped any discs with cp still active, but I cannot see how the Zappiti player will be able to remove this.

So your question 3 is where Zappiti uses "collections", each collection has its own settings, view, storage location, type and it is exactly how you used it on kodi. I also have multiple collections and organised my media by quality type in folders.

Regarding the movie titles and concert, You can set the filters on the main screen on each collection. Remember that you can still install Kodi also on the Zappiti if you want  :2thumbs: as well as showmax, netlfix and so on.

See here how the collections work: http://licence.zappiti.com/general.html and here https://zappiti.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/1874464--collection-how-to-create-a-movie-collection

See user interface screenshots here http://licence.zappiti.com/zappiti_screenshots.html

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General Discussion / Re: Fixed my first ground loop
« Last post by Zilch on Today at 01:45:59 PM »
Mods can delete / lock / whatever this post.  Seems I got a tad too excited as the issue is now back :facepalm:

Now I remember why I got that Theta :shh:
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General Discussion / Re: Tidal Hifi and Tidal Hifi Plus
« Last post by Trompie67 on Today at 01:40:16 PM »

*snip*

When it comes to PC (while working), it's no contest: iTunes on PC does not support Apple Lossless - so Tidal works, and always sounds better than Itunes (YMMV).

*snip*


I assume you're talking streaming only? iTunes supports ALAC (m4a format) perfectly for music on my HDD and phone.
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General Discussion / Re: Tidal Hifi and Tidal Hifi Plus
« Last post by floydthebarber71 on Today at 01:36:09 PM »
I keep reading all these highly technical articles on how rubbish Tidal and/or MQA are, and my ears keep telling me differently.

I haven't had the time to go test Spotify or Deezer, and I don't want to set up physical hardware just to run Roon.

My whole family uses an Apple Music family subscription, and I use it too. But I also have a personal subscription to Tidal.

When it comes to PC (while working), it's no contest: iTunes on PC does not support Apple Lossless - so Tidal works, and always sounds better than Itunes (YMMV).

When it comes to the phone, streaming Apple Lossless vs. streaming Tidal Hifi (I disabled MQA), it's no contest - Tidal sounds much better (YMMV). I've tried this on wired headphones, bluetooth headphones, Airpods Pro, streaming via Airplay to speakers - same result.

The other issue is that a lot of my Apple Music is downloaded to the phone in lower quality (for listening while travelling), so I would think you then listen in the downloaded format anyway.

I'm not religiously tied to Tidal, but I'll keep my subscription until I find something that is a) as easy to use and b) sounds as good.

I've found the same. So far it's the best sounding to me from whatever other streaming services I've checked. I could hear the difference so it's my problem really.
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Open Talk / Re: World Chess Championship
« Last post by zer0 on Today at 01:30:25 PM »
I watched the documentary Magnus a while back and he's a such an amazing player. There's a scene where he plays simultaneously against 12 other players sitting on a chair with his back facing them and memorizing every move on every board. He won all 12 games.
I don't recall if it was in this movie or elsewhere when a few players were asked who they consider the greatest ever. Some chose Fischer, Kasparov or others, he picked himself when he was younger :)
Out of interest, he does seem to have Asperger's/high functioning autism.

Another very enjoyable chess documentary is Closing Gambit: 1978 Korchnoi Versus Karpov And The Kremlin.
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General Discussion / Re: Tidal Hifi and Tidal Hifi Plus
« Last post by Tonteldoos on Today at 01:17:15 PM »
I keep reading all these highly technical articles on how rubbish Tidal and/or MQA are, and my ears keep telling me differently.

I haven't had the time to go test Spotify or Deezer, and I don't want to set up physical hardware just to run Roon.

My whole family uses an Apple Music family subscription, and I use it too. But I also have a personal subscription to Tidal.

When it comes to PC (while working), it's no contest: iTunes on PC does not support Apple Lossless - so Tidal works, and always sounds better than Itunes (YMMV).

When it comes to the phone, streaming Apple Lossless vs. streaming Tidal Hifi (I disabled MQA), it's no contest - Tidal sounds much better (YMMV). I've tried this on wired headphones, bluetooth headphones, Airpods Pro, streaming via Airplay to speakers - same result.

The other issue is that a lot of my Apple Music is downloaded to the phone in lower quality (for listening while travelling), so I would think you then listen in the downloaded format anyway.

I'm not religiously tied to Tidal, but I'll keep my subscription until I find something that is a) as easy to use and b) sounds as good.

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Digital / Re: The day has arrived!
« Last post by msch997 on Today at 01:14:26 PM »
Hi, I have had thoughts about this for a while (as well as Zidoo a competitor) from what I gather Nvidia shield, Apple TV 4K devices are primarily media streamers while these are primarily media players using your stored media/ files but can stream but that is not their primary function.

Possibly I should address my questions to the local suppliers but if I may ask a few here?
1) If you rip your Blu-ray but not into a Mkv container,  as you wish to maintain all the menus and extras etc (for instance Movie concert Blu Rays) and thus save as is with the BDMV structure intact, and not as an ISO file, does this device see the BluRay menus in this case and are they operational when playing the disks?  Or is ISO the requirement?
2) If I rip my Blu-ray to my HDD and not bother with removing the copy protection (I play now from a Media PC with KODI as the library manager and using PowerDVD as the player which is an approved paid for legal BluRay player which does not require the removal of copy protection when ripping, it has all the keys) does the Zappiti still play them or do I have to remove the copy protection when doing my rips in order to play on the Zappiti.
3) How flexible is the UI/  Movie Library manager as for example in Kodi which is my Movie manager and gives me my wall, I have a separate Node for Music Concerts and another Node for Movies which are not Movie Concerts and another for Documentaries.  I get a Movie wall for each node. Under the Movie Concert Node it is sorted by artist and not Movie Title and when there are many concert Blu Rays by the same artist then it sorts by concert date which I manually update the Meta data with.

Sorry its a lot of questions but as a Zappiti user of years maybe you can answer otherwise I will speak to Ultra Sound & Vision.
Feel free to ignore if too much.

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General Discussion / Fixed my first ground loop
« Last post by Zilch on Today at 01:00:07 PM »
Sometime back in July I got a new Dell laptop plus a matching Dell monitor of pretty decent specification.  Needless to say I was very excited!  First up, I remove and throw away the 500GB 7200RPM drive (hehe, not really) and replaced it with a WD Black SSD.  This SSD was gifted with a fresh new license of Windows 10 Professional.  With Windows configured and my usual software installed, all is going very well now, until later that afternoon I connect my craptastic JVC headphones to the 3.5mm socket.  It sounds fine; what you'd expect from a laptop DAC.  Fast forward approix. 10 min, and a funny crackle sound has started to develop.  Naturally this annoyed me :nono:.  Quickly, I connected it to my phone and listened... but the crackle was not there.  This meant the laptop was the source of my trouble.

Jumping ahead by a few months 'till today, and I somehow got an idea that it could be a ground loop.  Normally this would not be the case, as the ground from the laptop charger must not be connected to earth.  With that said, I took my multimeter and checked between the earth on the monitor's IEC socket and the ground on the 3.5mm headphone socket on the laptop for continuity (with both connected via an HDMI cable and a USB cable for the built in hub).  Success, I think, as I see zero resistance between the two points. :facepalm:

Thankfully the fix was as easy as drinking water.  I got an extra cable which has an attached 3 pin plug with a female IEC connector.  I cut off the mold injected IEC plug and replace it with the last mechanical one I had lying around.  Success, again!  Now the crackle is completely gone.

I was rather surprised that it not only worked, but that I also didn't blow up something... as is all too common here :sh1tstirrer:

This thread here helped me understand some of the details of how grounding works.
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Digital / Re: iFi Zen Stream User Experience
« Last post by lanties on Today at 12:27:20 PM »
I received mine this morning.

1. Plugged it into my network (not wifi)
2. Connected it with USB to my ARES II dac.
3. Powered it on.

It was immediately visible to Roon as an endpoint. I enabled it and from there I went to http://ifi.local and updated to latest firmware. Under sources I turned off all the functionalities that I do not need. That is all other than Roon.

Been streaming ever since. I am sure WIFI maybe a bit of a different experience but even then. Configure it via Ethernet and then use WiFi only if that is what you prefer.

I have subsequently changed to Coax/SPDIF. The reason for my ZEN Stream purchase. Must say SPDIF to Ares II is just better than anything else I have heard before. Now just waiting for my Pontus II arrival.
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