very clear and thank you-I have the 2L on TIDAL and will download the same and compare. What I am listening to now is the DEAD’s masters( and there more than just what appears on the MASTERs page ie 30 Trips… and more not listed which is a real PIA). I actually think playing through ROON sounds ‘better’ than through the TIDAL app.
Thanks again for the quick reply-very helpful.
Hi Ronnie. As you can see here, I have 8 separate DACs around my house running either direct connected to my core i7 server or via 5 RPi3s I am using as Roon bridges, plus 5 SONOS boxes (they aren’t getting much use any longer). Crazy setup. The screenshot I posted in the last note for the Explorer 2 is an RPi3, even though Roon doesn’t identify it as such except by ALSA usage for the output. JCR
But at this distance, I cannot tell you why the Exclusive Mode option doesn’t show up for your Explorer 2…someone else with an RPI to Explorer setup, or one of the Roon guys may be able to help
By way of consolation, I posted my screenshot of the Explorer 2 settings as above…if I disable Exclusive Mode, then I no longer get the Blue light, or any lights indicating anything above 44/48k, when playing MQA or other high res material
So in others words, the fact that you are getting the Blue light shown indicates the your system is running Bitperfectly all the way to the Explorer, which is what you want…still worth chasing it down however
I’ve not tried it but don’t see why not. The sonicorbiter has a USB output afaik, so you should be able to plug in an Explorer2. I’m using an Explorer 2 plugged into an old Macbook Air (used as Roon remote) and it sounds spectacular. I’ve just added a Jitterbug to it and that improved a bit as well. Amazing how much you can accomplish with good headphones and these cheap gizmos.
That’s correct. The lights prove out you are listening and decoding an MQA file. The 2L is 24/384, folded down into a 24/44.1 streaming package. 24/44.1 is the usual giveaway that it is an MQA file. JCR
That 2L Sampler Album is an MQA Album…with all the Tracks in a FLAC container wtih 24/44 data
When fully unfolded, that album [along with just about all the 2L albums on Tidal] will unfold to play 24/352 music
When playing thru the Explorer 2, the Explorer will output to its maximum capability, which is 24/192…and you will see 1 Blue plus 2 white lights to indicate that
Tidal currently is not sharing its Format data with Roon…and thus Roon will only display the native “FLAC container” data…which is 24/44 for this and other MQA albums…and 24/48 for the majority of MQA albums on Tidal
If you wanted one pointer within Roon that you are playing an MQA album from Tidal, the the “24 bit” is the “giveaway”
Non-MQA Albums within Tidal are all 16 bit / 44 material…with the vast majority being Lossless
So if you see Tidal 24 bit in the Roon Signal path as above, then that means you’re playjng an MQA album
Hi Roon fellows,
Thanks everyone who showed/shared screen dumps and wrote great explanation, how to put up Meridian Explorer 2 with Roon so it works with TIDAL Masters. But everyone is with Wasapi and not Asio!
I run my Roon, Meridian, B.M.C Pure Dac, Signalyst HQPlayer and Nas.
On a “old” pc laptop and doesn’t get Wasapi working as well as Asio!
Is there some “program etc…” or changing I can do, so Wasapi works better?
I love Roon, TIDAL yeah streaming and can the basic things with a pc computer!
But in the bottom I’m a “analog” person, I’m a professional studio producer/engineer who started in 1978 on a Neve 8086 mixing console, 2" 24 track recorder, 1/4"-1/2" Studer/Revox master tape machines. With that I can do anything but when the computers came, I let another guy handle that! I’m also a professional musician, so I now everything about how it shall sound!
But a little behind in the digital computer world, but I’m working on it .
So if someone could help me out with my “problem” with Wasapi against Asio, would I be there happy and thankful .
Thanks from some one that loves Roon and streaming.
So almost a year later I’m playing the same album and getting a different problem. The Signal path shows TIDAL FLAC 44.1kHZ, 24 BIT, 2 CH, MQA 352.8KHZ. In my previous post my explorer 2 had the blue and white lights lit. Now all I see is the single white light.
Other tracks (such as Coldplay’s Trouble) which yesterday lit the 192kHz light now just light up the one white light.
If I go into my Mac’s Audio Devices for the Explorer2 for output it shows 2 channel 24 bit 48kHz which I understand is correct.
When Roon was lighting up the correct lights it turns out my Mac Desktop Tidal app did not. I have a support ticket logged to Tidal which they have assigned to development. But now I’m thinking that maybe there is a problem on my end since Roon is doing the same thing today. I just don’t know what.