With each successive upgrade (the latest being the new firmware), I’ve noticed that whilst good recordings sound even better, some formerly good or even acceptably-sounding recordings suddenly drop into the “nause-up” category.
Examples: Better - “Stanley Clarke & Friends Live At The Greek”
Crikey. I don’t think I’ve ever had a system of any kind that made Rumours sound bad. There are of course many variations in quality depending on source, mastering, re-mastering, cutting, pressing etc.
Best I reckon was the vinyl 45rpm version released a few years back. However, on digital it was also very well served and there was even a rather good hi res version on DVD-A.
The opener “Second Hand News” now has less separation between instruments and a harder sound lacking in bass definition, whereas “Dreams” retains it’s sparkle. Similarly from track to track through the album.
Jimmy Page’s Led Zeppelin remixes remain a desicration for which he should be hung drawn and quartered however, but at least that’s consistant.
Worryingly, there’s still plenty of potential for @MikeD to upgrade. Depending on the exact upgrade / ‘nause-up’ transition ratio in play here, he could end up with a Statement-level system and only one listenable album…
More seriously, I’ve observed the same phenomenon moving from 272 to NDS / 252. No regrets though!
So I’ve reset and all appears well with the app functionality except that now my NAIM DAC is not functioning.
If I power down the DAC and then switch on, the “sync” and “hd” indicator lights flash back and forth then go dead. Album input is running, but nothing is happening. Pressing the front panel buttons does nothing. Everything is plugged in exactly as it was before reset. The DAC manual offers no indication. What am I not getting?