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Eliminating the supposedly noisy Macbook w/ a dedicated streamer should in theory improve SQ.  Right now I don’t find the MacBook noisy but you never know until you hear an improvement right?

When I play Tidal, Roon identifies MQA tracks as MQA.  Not sure if that means my Hugo TT2 is MQA ready.  BTW, MQA tracks do sound better to my ears.
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I read the Bluesound Node 2i improves a lot compared to the Node 2.
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Eliminating the supposedly noisy Macbook w/ a dedicated streamer should in theory improve SQ.  Right now I don’t find the MacBook noisy but you never know until you hear an improvement right?

When I play Tidal, Roon identifies MQA tracks as MQA.  Not sure if that means my Hugo TT2 is MQA ready.  BTW, MQA tracks do sound better to my ears.

So upgraditis it is hehe.

MQA is a standard of recording, encoding and decoding music, so technically speaking, if Rob Watts doesn't decode the music to the MQA standard, then it's not MQA. Any DAC can still play MQA files, but it won't "sound" MQA as it may not follow MQA standards. So the MQA files you hear that sound better, is better because the music was converted to 24/48 and not because it's MQA per se, and of course, the Hugo is a nice DAC.

I read the Bluesound Node 2i improves a lot compared to the Node 2.

Let me know how it turns out against the MBP.







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My friend just asked me to compare in depth the Chromecast Audio and his CXN, and I take back what I said about streamers not making a lot of difference. After volume matching, the CXN is definitely cleaner sounding and immediately noticeable... the pace is also very slighlty slower and vocals and midrange have a little more body, highs are more extended and have a little more bite.

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question sa mga experts natin...

currently, i'm running my plex server installed on my seagate personal cloud. medyo di maganda ang user experience kasi mabagal siya. may lag when scrolling through the library and playing songs. akala ko nung una, it was just the system reading the media library. pero mabagal pa din after it has cataloged the HDD.

would the performance improve if i use another device as the plex server? something with higher specs than the NAS? Eto lang kasi yung specs ng Seagate NAS ko: 

CPU           Marvell ARMADA 370 88F6707 A1 SoC @ 1.2 GHz   
RAM   512 MB Samsung K4B4G1646D

I was thinking of replacing it with a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

CPU:  Broadcom BCM2837B0, Cortex-A53 (ARMv8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.4GHz
RAM:  1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM

If I use that, will the performance improve? 

By the way, I only use it for music, not for videos
 
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Try ssd?

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Try ssd?

you mean for the network storage? actually, if you're just accessing yung music files direct, mabilis naman. pag pinadaan mo through the Plex server, dun bumabagal

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Eliminating the supposedly noisy Macbook w/ a dedicated streamer should in theory improve SQ.  Right now I don’t find the MacBook noisy but you never know until you hear an improvement right?

When I play Tidal, Roon identifies MQA tracks as MQA.  Not sure if that means my Hugo TT2 is MQA ready.  BTW, MQA tracks do sound better to my ears.

both tidal and roon can do the first mqa unfold up to 24/96 so it will work with most dacs.
i find qobuz to sound better and best of all it does not need any proprietary encoding/decoding to play hires music.

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both tidal and roon can do the first mqa unfold up to 24/96 so it will work with most dacs.
i find qobuz to sound better and best of all it does not need any proprietary encoding/decoding to play hires music.


If you have an all MQA system (streamer and DAC), is it supposed to sound the same as all MQA systems? It is a standard right, so the sound should be standard as well? So in that case, my bluesound Node 2 should have the same sound signature as a full Meridian MQA system? Not including THD improvements due to higher quality parts of course.

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If you have an all MQA system (streamer and DAC), is it supposed to sound the same as all MQA systems? It is a standard right, so the sound should be standard as well? So in that case, my bluesound Node 2 should have the same sound signature as a full Meridian MQA system? Not including THD improvements due to higher quality parts of course.

i don't have an "all MQA system" so i wouldnt know for sure. am no expert just an enthusiast but i know dacs and streamers have their own sound mqa or not, well to my ears anyway.
for 24/96 tracks (in general, it really depends on how it was recorded or mastered), i prefer the sound of qobuz parang mas "lively" vs tidal na it sounded "veiled" or dull. very subjective and others may hear differently.
ang importante lets just enjoy the music and whatever gears we have.