Wow that’s a tough schedule, good luck! I really hope for a great SW and a competitive Bridge III! Still a fan of the integrated concept.
Are there plans for Octave to allow for Qobuz or Tidal to download files to local storage before playback?
When I use the Deezer application on my Mac, it’s very easy to noice a significant improvement in SQ if I trigger the application to download the file before playback vs streaming from the provider during playback.
Since Deezer currently has a closed API model, it’s unlikely this service will be an option for Octave unless the music service makes some changes. But if I were to consider Octave in the future, the ability to interact with online music services in a manner that can bring the file to local storage before playback would be important to me. And presumably others. I’m not sure if or how either Qobuz or Tidal allows for this functionality in their most recent releases.
Since the Octave servers should have digital lenses built-in (so everything that is played through them is buffered), I would hope that would take care of it.
I thought that the Lens dealt with jitter caused by clock issues.
With Deezer, what I’m guessing contributes to the better sound quality I’m hearing after the file is on my local disc is that my CPU isn’t multitasking to attempt to write to disc while error correcting the file being downloaded and playing the file simultaneously. There’s also less demand on the memory in that simultaneous read/write process. And then there’s less of the possibility of WiFi or Ethernet noise as the upstream network is actively engaged. From what I read, fewer system processes helps SQ.
I’m not disagreeing with the benefits of a Lens but would like to understand how the Lens makes streaming more like native file playback with respect to system resources used. Wouldn’t many of the same things still happen when streaming even with a Lens in the mix?
All that stuff is happening before the Lens. Plus I believe they plan to electrically isolate those parts of the server from the output using an internal optical connection. I’m just speculating.
Is the system still for sale?
Is there a timeline when Octave software will be released?
We’re still planning on an Alpha launch end of this month to middle of November. That puts beta sometime in January.
I’m so keen on getting first impressions if I can get around buying a separate streamer some time by moving to Bridge III. I’m always open to comment non public only But how to get an impression without the new HW…maybe there’s an option to just checkout the app with some test data…
And regardless of the SW quality it then would really help to get a few halfwise objective sound quality comparison notes vs. common external third party streamer solutions.
Thanks Paul. So probably public in Q1 then? Will Octave work with Bridge II?
That’s the plan, yes. Octave will not work with Bridge II.