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  1. #11
    Join Date: Jan 2008

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    I'm Rob.

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    Looks like the menu has changed...

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    Ben Duncan Mains Conditioner > Mac mini running Fidelia / Samsung 55Ē TV > Audioquest Crimson USB / QED Reference Optical Quartz > Leema Acoustics Elements DAC > Chord Clearway XLRs > AD Audio bespoke balanced valve buffer stage > Chord Clearway XLRs > Bel Canto Ref500S > Chord Clearway speaker cable > Reiver Acoustics Edingdales > Audioquest SLiP Neutrik Speakon > BK Double Gem sub

  2. #12
    Join Date: Jul 2015

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    I’ve seen that menu. I access Tidal through my iPad. I don’t use the app because that menu doesn’t appear. I sign in to Tidal and Incan see that page but against Master it won’t allow me to check it as it says I need to use the Tidal desktop application. I click on that but it won’t download in IOS so I can’t get any further forward.

    I can select Masters Quality Audio in the app, but the screen is different and it still only plays some files at the lower sampling rate. I have put an email into Tidal support and hopefully they can help. Thanks for your support so far

  3. #13
    Join Date: Jul 2015

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    I’ve gone back to the laptop. I downloaded the drivers that are for Microsoft and above and now get playback through the DAC and speakers, result. I downloaded Tidal again, logged in and selected Masters. On the DAC when I play a masters file it shows MQA in the top right hand corner, however, it still only shows sample rate as 44.1kHz.

    Is this right ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by supapeet View Post
    <snip> Iím using Windows 8.1 software <snip>
    To upgrade for free to Windows 10, go to:

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/soft...load/windows10

    Download the media creation tool and use it to create installation media
    in case you need to do it more than once.

    A USB stick of big enough capacity (at least 8GB) is easier than DVDs.
    Chris

    QuietPC > iGalvanic3.0 > iPurifier3 > ADI2-DAC > EDGE A2-300 > Cesti MB

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    Join Date: Jul 2015

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    Quote Originally Posted by technobear View Post
    To upgrade for free to Windows 10, go to:

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/soft...load/windows10

    Download the media creation tool and use it to create installation media
    in case you need to do it more than once.

    A USB stick of big enough capacity (at least 8GB) is easier than DVDs.
    Thanks will do, although I have Tidal working through my DAC now on Windows 8.1. Iím impressed with the Topping D90 MQA itís performing better than the MDac+ in my opinion


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    Join Date: Jul 2015

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    Iíve got Tidal working through the laptop and iPad now. Some Masters files play in 44kHz, some in 96 and one earlier in 192 so I assume this is something I should expect as not all the masters files are available at the same sampling rate. Some shows as MQA and others as not.

    I have the free trial version of Qobuz for now but I am going to stay with my Tidal subscription.

    Thanks for all the helpful suggestions and comments.


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