[dba-Tech] OT: A big day

Gary Kjos garykjos at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 14:50:16 CST 2013

Hi Peter,

I found this when searching the Yamaha Website for FLAC and so it
would appear that it supports that format

This was under the heading
"High-resolution Music Enhancer Further Heightens Musicality From the
Original Content"

"Hi-bit high-sampling extension up to 96 kHz / 24-bit can be applied
to lossless 44.1/48 kHz content such as from a CD (2-channel PCM) or a
FLAC file for further heightening of the musicality in the original


On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM, Peter Brawley
<peter.brawley at earthlink.net> wrote:
> Hi Gary,
> A receiver that incorporates network & settop box logic is terrific.
> Firmware that doesn't support FLACs, not so much :-) .
> PB
> -----
> On 2013-02-20 1:30 PM, Gary Kjos wrote:
>> Hi Peter,
>> Thanks for the input. The receiver - a Yamaha Aventege RX-A2020 - has
>> built in networking and built in Airplay - so I'm using those
>> capabilities with no added hardware excepting the PC acting as a
>> server. I probably didn't choose the right format when i ripped all
>> the CD's to WAV using Windows Media Player. While Media Player does go
>> and get album art and store it along with the music tracks, not
>> everything will take advantage of the separate file with the art in it
>> or use the naming convention used for the individual tracks. My
>> receiver uses the track names fine though and displays the track being
>> played on it's front panel or on the TV connected to it if I'm not
>> watching another video source. In "play from network server" mode it
>> won't play random tracks from the entire library though - or at least
>> I haven't figured out how to make it do that.  So that was why I went
>> back to iTUNES which does a fine job of selecting random tracks as I
>> want it to. I'm not really feeling caged in by Apple, I have used
>> iTunes and continue to as a iPOD user although I sync my IPOD's to
>> libraries on different systems than I'm using for this. The space
>> isn't currently a problem for me but I suppose over time that could
>> change.
>> My neighbor is a musician, has a recording studio in his home and a
>> lot of high end gear and he also has recommended the FLAC format. When
>> I go to my next ripping exercise I will have to consider that as a
>> better choice than what I've been messing around with I suppose.
>> GK
>> On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 11:29 AM, Peter Brawley
>> <peter.brawley at earthlink.net> wrote:
>>> If you can free yourself from Apple's control, FOSS software (like
>>> mediaMonkey and maqny others) losslessly compress CDs to FLAC files,
>>> approx
>>> 50% of CD filesize; then a small settop box like the Kdlinks HD700 will
>>> stream them all from your server to your receiver or preamp, with no
>>> corporate predator restraining your choices.
>>> PB
>>> ------
>>> On 2013-02-20 8:46 AM, Gary Kjos wrote:
>>>> Congratulations!  I'm jealous. So nice to have a system that you can
>>>> play at any volume level and not need to wonder about distortion or
>>>> what is being left out due to sampling constraints etc. I recently
>>>> bought a new receiver which has networking built in and so could
>>>> listen to the music on my PC's. I hadn't bought in to the MP3s are
>>>> noticeably degraded idea and so thought all would be well and good as
>>>> I had enjoyed these same tunes via my iPOD and from memory stick in my
>>>> vehicle without noticing significant loss of quality. When I listened
>>>> to them on the Big System though I certainly noticed!  So I've since
>>>> reconverted all my CD's to WAV and am in the process of doing them
>>>> again another time using iTUNES Lossless format for playing via iTUNES
>>>> Airplay which I like for it's random play capability and have been
>>>> enjoying the music as it was intended to be heard again.
>>>> Enjoy your new speakers!
>>>> GK
>>>> On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 11:47 AM, Gustav Brock <gustav at cactus.dk> wrote:
>>>>> Hi all
>>>>> More than 30 years ago when in the audio business, two of our clients -
>>>>> audio-visual producers - asked for new top-notch monitor speakers for
>>>>> their
>>>>> studios. We toured several suppliers listening to the well-known
>>>>> brands,
>>>>> quite expensive, and then we stopped by at Technics as they had gained
>>>>> much
>>>>> attention due to a major lift in quality.
>>>>> That settled it. I still recall how we listened carefully to our
>>>>> selection
>>>>> of "difficult" music but our real test was the reproduction of
>>>>> high-quality
>>>>> recorded human voice which is far more difficult to reproduce than most
>>>>> are
>>>>> aware of. There was no doubt - the SB-7000 speakers with the
>>>>> phase-correcting speaker alignment were convincing and the price
>>>>> couldn't
>>>>> be
>>>>> matched:
>>>>>     http://www.thevintageknob.org/technics-SB-7000.html
>>>>> At that time I neither had the money nor the space for such speakers
>>>>> but
>>>>> ever since I've dreamed of obtaining a set of these. By pure accident,
>>>>> Saturday I browsed a local second-hand site, and there they were, right
>>>>> in
>>>>> front of me on the screen, at a bargain price - and I have the room.
>>>>> Through
>>>>> the years I have struggled with some compact wife-friendly speakers -
>>>>> very
>>>>> good of course, but still - nothing beats a 15" high-quality speaker
>>>>> (except
>>>>> an 18" but they are so rare).
>>>>> Now, this set could really be anything - burned out units or misbehaved
>>>>> in
>>>>> many ways. So I had to go and listen: I brought some music that can
>>>>> bring
>>>>> down most systems and reveal any sort of misbehaviour: Chick Corea, My
>>>>> Spanish Heart, and Miles Davis, Tutu, on CD:
>>>>>     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Spanish_Heart
>>>>> It was like coming home! They reproduced perfectly and exactly like I
>>>>> had
>>>>> imagined with the transparent and completely neutral sound I
>>>>> remembered.
>>>>> They've two owners only, and no disco youngster had succeeded
>>>>> destroying
>>>>> them.
>>>>> So, today I picked them up and can hardly wait to get home and power
>>>>> them
>>>>> up. Should this day come? From time to time I thought No and resigned
>>>>> ...
>>>>> but today: Yes.
>>>>> Through the years I've kept (some sort of intuition or instinct?) this
>>>>> bright Sony amplifier to power them:
>>>>>     http://www.thevintageknob.org/sony-TA-N86B.html
>>>>> Though I have quite decent equipment to feed this, I might be looking
>>>>> for
>>>>> the matching preamp:
>>>>>     http://www.thevintageknob.org/sony-TA-E88B.html
>>>>> But that's another story.
>>>>> /gustav
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Gary Kjos
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