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  • Re: Streaming Audio Quality, Harmony vs Core

    hi all, thanks for all the input! ended up going down the wormhole and educated myself on the topic and I've found that the answer is not all that straightfoward. Here's what i've surmised.... By BT, which i erroneously used, i actually meant using Airplay 2 from my phone to the Core/Harmony. Next, there may be actual differences between the two but i chose to go with the harmony instead of having another source such as the core. This isnt to say that its a better solution. From the sounds
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by pastaj on Fri, Apr 30 2021
  • Re: Streaming Audio Quality, Harmony vs Core

    and sorry about being AWOL on this post, i unfortunately had a small moto accident and have been recovering and whatnot. Looking back at some of the replies, i wanted to clarify my original question. I noticed a difference in sound quality, whether it was just the volume of the source but what also seemed to be a less "dynamic" sound when i had the core connected to my 50s directly with a decent audioquest optical cable. I then switched back to using the skinny black PL cable that came
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by pastaj on Fri, Apr 30 2021
  • Re: Streaming Audio Quality, Harmony vs Core

    my only problem with that solution, and correct me if im wrong, is that the core was only able to stream (natively) spotify and deezer? i dont know if qobuz was supported. but either way, it doesnt overcome the issue of me "casting" my material which is immediately capped at 24/96, so optical transmission at 192 wouldnt ever happen. Am i correct? it just seemed that the core didnt seem to support the direction i was heading in, and for $1000, there were other options that would. I would
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by pastaj on Fri, Apr 30 2021
  • Re: Streaming Audio Quality, Harmony vs Core

    another question that comes up, which i understand sending the digital signal from the core and PL being analog, but lets say i use an optical to the main 50. what about the connection from the main to the secondary 50? its the same "cat 7" cable. Is that a digital signal being sent over that? if so, why doesnt BO just send the same signal from the harmony to the 50s. Why send analog from the harmony to the 50 with a cat 7 cable and then allow digital transmission from the primary to the
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by pastaj on Fri, Apr 30 2021
  • Re: Streaming Audio Quality, Harmony vs Core

    ok, so could you confirm that my thought process is correct? here is my goal: get the best sound out of the 50s for listening in stereo... First: Source: so far the only source i plan to use is streaming audio. So far, for my purposes, it seems Qobuz is the best option for loseless HIRES (24/192) streaming. Obviously this is accounting for the original source recording quality and im not talking about upconverting or anything. Qobuz seems to be the only loseless 24/192 out there, MQA is not loseless
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by pastaj on Fri, Apr 30 2021
  • Re: Streaming Audio Quality, Harmony vs Core

    thank you! your first sentence is what i was just going to post. SO, i was unaware but by directly cast Qobuz to the harmony, the harmony immediately converts it to 24/48 so all of the above points i mentioned seem MOOT. lol It sounds like, according to the kind gentleman at my audio shop, I would get a streamer with a DAC such as a bluesound or similar and then transmit the HIRES analog signal to the harmony via the analog input that it apparently has. That should then bypass the Harmony downsampling
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by pastaj on Fri, Apr 30 2021
  • Re: Streaming Audio Quality, Harmony vs Core

    i will look into this! i currently have my 50s plugged into the PL port on the back of the harmony
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by pastaj on Fri, Apr 30 2021
  • Re: Streaming Audio Quality, Harmony vs Core

    hot damn, ONLY $39,000, ILL TAKE TWO... lol. what linn do you have. thats a LOT of cashola
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by pastaj on Fri, Apr 30 2021
  • Re: Streaming Audio Quality, Harmony vs Core

    Sandyb, so if i hear you correctly, i stand to notice some improvement by just appreciating a higher sampling rate and the D-A conversion on the cheaper units isnt exactly a benefit. Just use them as a way to get the higher res sound to the 50s. Where the streamer/DAC like the Linn comes in is that not only does it have the ability to stream HIRES audio but it also converts the digital source internal and outputs a far more refined analog output to the 50s. That analog output, after the Linn special
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by pastaj on Fri, Apr 30 2021
  • Re: Streaming Audio Quality, Harmony vs Core

    Carolpa, how would this work, again, my understanding would be that you run this Audirvana on a computer and then output that to your Harmony. But how do you connect it? a high quality minijack? the issue, to my understanding, is that anything connected to the harmony via wires or googlecast/airplay2 is automatically downsampled by the harmony. So how does Audirvana bypass this and play at 192?
    Posted to General Discussion & Questions (Forum) by pastaj on Fri, Apr 30 2021
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