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    Default Re: Wise Words - Audio Fidelity Moves to Selective Multichannel SACD Releases

    Not an easy one to do comparisons with as DSD is very different from PCM. However I believe most SACD disks contain lossless files in DST format (a lossless compression form of DSD) or we would not get stereo & 5.1 on a single disc (someone please correct me if I'm wrong!). A SACD can hold the equivalent of 4.7GB, so assuming 5.1 has 6 full channels, that is 8 channels into 4.7G using DST. So my guess is a 5.1 SACD DST stream would take around 3.5-3.6GB of disk space for 80 minutes of 5.1.

    I wired my house up with CAT6e Gigabit Ethernet cable (and a large Gigabit Ethernet switch in the loft), so I don't need to use Wi-Fi and its error prone transmissions (especially if there is a lot of Wi-Fi nearby). Wi-Fi is Ok for computers but its not that good for audio/video, and don't bother with Wi-Gig either!

    PS: Moore's Law is for Silicon, so valid for Solid-State Drives, but not for Hard Disk Drives which use magnetism to store data (at incredible densities now).

    Quote Originally Posted by ar surround View Post
    Anyone know how much more storage space is taken up by a 5.1 SACD compared to a stereo hi-res download? I hope that Moore's Law will still apply as we are going to need oodles more storage. I also have this mental block that beaming music through the air from a tablet to an audio system can yield anything nearly as good as hardwiring, so please keep the physical media coming.
    254 SACD (219 Multi, 35 Stereo), 218 DVD-Audio/DTS/DD, 27 Blu-ray Audio (19 Multi, 8 Stereo), 14 SQ LPs, 2218 plain old stereo CDs

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    Default Re: Wise Words - Audio Fidelity Moves to Selective Multichannel SACD Releases

    Nowadays, I would rather spend the money on physical product than to pay the prices on digital downloads. Just because it's hi-res, it doesn't mean it's good quality too. I've learned that the hard way with too many digital download files. And with physical product from the so-called audiophile labels like Audio Fidelity and Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, I know what I'm hearing from the artists I like from the 60's, 70's and 80's are usually from a master tape, not some inferior 1st, 2nd or 3rd generation tape. Though, I would settle for a 1st generation tape copy if I had to.

    I don't really like to store physical product but I know I can always sell it and make a profit later. How do I do that with a download?

    It's funny how in the past several years, I'm listening to artists I used to never like and a few of the artists I used to like, I don't listen to much anymore. With the artists I never cared for before, it's like discovering a whole new artist. Though, I have discovered a few good artists out there today that are good but they are harder to find than before pro-tools.

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    Default Re: Wise Words - Audio Fidelity Moves to Selective Multichannel SACD Releases

    Quote Originally Posted by DuncanS View Post
    I wired my house up with CAT6e Gigabit Ethernet cable (and a large Gigabit Ethernet switch in the loft), so I don't need to use Wi-Fi and its error prone transmissions (especially if there is a lot of Wi-Fi nearby). Wi-Fi is Ok for computers but its not that good for audio/video, and don't bother with Wi-Gig either.
    Sounds like you haven't found the right wi-fi router. I finally did, last September.

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    Default Re: Wise Words - Audio Fidelity Moves to Selective Multichannel SACD Releases

    Quote Originally Posted by 4-earredwonder View Post
    AGREED. BTW, Jon, any indication that Marshall has a few more QUAD SACDs forthcoming?
    Nope. Not a peep. Brian would know before I would, but I would have to say that ship has sailed - unless something special falls into their lap. Marshall still is a M/C fan, so there's always a chance. But it would be an outlier, not a given.
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    Default Re: Wise Words - Audio Fidelity Moves to Selective Multichannel SACD Releases

    Quote Originally Posted by Perpendicular View Post
    Sounds like you haven't found the right wi-fi router. I finally did, last September.
    Or you can use an Ethernet switch. Works very well here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perpendicular View Post
    Sounds like you haven't found the right wi-fi router. I finally did, last September.
    Can you tell me the brand and model?

    I'm doing my own work now wiring with cat6 all my house but I still need a great Wi-Fi router for around the house that also covers my yard and pool.

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sperezmore View Post
    Can you tell me the brand and model?

    I'm doing my own work now wiring with cat6 all my house but I still need a great Wi-Fi router for around the house that also covers my yard and pool.

    Thank you.

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    Sure. It's the Portal Router. You can purchase it off Amazon too. Available in white but has limited edition black. One unit covers a 3,000 square foot home easily. Any bigger, you may need two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perpendicular View Post
    Sure. It's the Portal Router. You can purchase it off Amazon too. Available in white but has limited edition black. One unit covers a 3,000 square foot home easily. Any bigger, you may need two.
    Thank you so much

    I was thinking to get this,

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    Probably will try yours first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sperezmore View Post
    Thank you so much

    I was thinking to get this,

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    Probably will try yours first.

    Kind regards,
    Don't really think you'll need three devices to cover your area but if you want, you can use two Portals as a MESH, which is similar to bridging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Q-Eight View Post
    Looks like Dutton-Vocalion is picking up where Audio-Fidelity gave up. Musicmagic is coming out on D-V SACD along with BOTH Pure Prarie League Quads, a Santana and The Jimmy Castor Bunch. All for around 11 Quid each. But remember folks, there's NO market for this stuff and the titles you suggest aren't worthy. *wink*wink*
    I just ordered six titles from there. I hope the quality is as good as Audio-Fidelity. The prices are excellent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by par4ken View Post
    I just ordered six titles from there. I hope the quality is as good as Audio-Fidelity. The prices are excellent!
    The quality is excellent.


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    Quote Originally Posted by par4ken View Post
    I just ordered six titles from there. I hope the quality is as good as Audio-Fidelity. The prices are excellent!
    I have just about ALL of Dutton Vocalion's QUAD/MULTICHANNEL releases and the quality control and mastering is definitely on par with that of Audio Fidelity.

    And, as you said, the prices, especially for the two~fers, represent exceptional value!

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    Default Re: Wise Words - Audio Fidelity Moves to Selective Multichannel SACD Releases

    FWIW : I'm still holding out hope for more AF quad or 5.1.

    Perfectly normal they should take a break in those releases. For my opinion I though they issued too many too soon for the average joe like me.
    Like others I'm certain, some titles did not impress me while others did, so probably only 50% of those titles were on my want list and all but 2 I've aquired, to date.

    So looking fwd to the FUTURE---hopefully near.

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    Come on Audio Fildelity, I need more Quad Multi Channel SACD release from you!!!!!!




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