The Orb Box set
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Enclosed within this lined gift box you will find a majestic orb emblazoned with a Queen logo and gothic designs. Top crest removes to reveal a USB drive containing ALL Queen studio albums and photo gallery. Inside of the orb lies a pendant necklace resting in a red velvet collector's bag. Audio content will be provided in 24-bit FLAC (44.1 kHz) and MP3 (320 kbps) formats, fully compatible with PC and Mac.
Queen II (1974)
Sheer Heart Attack (1974)
A Night at the Opera (1975)
A Day at the Races (1976)
News of the World (1977)
The Game (1980)
Flash Gordon (1980)
Hot Space (1982)
The Works (1984)
A Kind of Magic (1986)
The Miracle (1989)
Made In Heaven (1995)
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Also, I use Windows XP on a laptop that is almost 6 years old as my home computer and a brand new Windows7 laptop that is just about 7 months old, and the WAV files were easily accessed from both machines. I did not need to turn on any sort of "show hidden folders/files" features, or anything of the sort. In both I simply plugged in the USB and pressed on "open folders to view files." The main USB directory opened: from there I opened the "music" directory where the MP3 and WAV folders were placed. I opened the WAV folder and in it you will see a second WAV folder. Once this is open you will see all album folders (by album titles). From there I was able to play all files with Winamp, VLC media player and Windows media player (I do not use Itunes and never will).
The steps I took to convert the WAV files to FLAC were the following:
1. on main USB directory open "music" folder.
2. select "WAV" folder and copy it to clipboard. (it will not work if you try to cut and paste the folder since it is "read-only").
3. paste "WAV" folder either to harddrive or an external harddrive. (I copied the folder to 2 different externals and 2 different harddrives to ensure backups and encountered no problems copying the folder).
4. On your chosen directory, select "WAV" folder you have jus copied and right click on it then go to properties.
5. Uncheck the "read-only" box which will be in a "partially" mode.
6. Press apply and follow the dialog box which will come up asking to apply settings to entire folder, subfolders and files.
Your recently copied WAV folder will now be read-only free and you will be able to use your program of choice to convert the WAV files to FLAC if you wish, or just move the files or organize files as desired. I recommend using "FLAC frontend" to create bit perfect FLAC files from the WAV files available on the Royal Orb. NOTE: with FLAC frontend your FLAC files will be 48kHz24bit stereo FLAC files just as the WAV files but save you about 3GB of space on your harddrive.
As for the physical bonuses included: I don't find them anything close to essential, but the WAV files at 48kHz24bit stereo were too great to pass up. The velvetlined box is cool and a nice touch, and the orb is pretty cool to look at, but extremely useless otherwise--as is the goldplated neckless thinggy. I also will probably never again use my USB drive since I already have copied the files on to my external harddrives and laptops harddrives to ensure I always have a backup.
Oh, yeah, though you could very easely do this yourself after creating your read-only free WAV folder, the USB also includes a MP3 folder which you can copy from the USB without any issues and you are also able to access the album artwork digitally from the USB.
Overall I would give this a 4.5 simply because it does not include the bonus music which is included on the second discs of the physical CD editions of the remasters.
Note that I own the Beatles USB, and had absolutely no problems copying/converting files. I am also very adept with PCs in general and with computer-based audio (I own a dedicated music server and DAC, and have downloaded/converted/imported thousands of files from HD Tracks, DVD-Audio disc, rips from my hi-res Blu Rays, rips from my SACD collection.) I have had no issues with anything other than the Queen orb. Zero stars.....it obviously has serious manufacturing/compatibility issues.
If I imported the files into iTunes then tried to create an Apple Lossless version (as described in the link referenced by the documentation page included in the orb), my PC locks up upon the first file that is attempted to be converted and no useable files are created. Via a standard copy and paste method, the few files I could actually copy and convert into Apple Lossless were mostly corrupt with clicks and distortions (ie. unlistenable)
I have run into the same issues with a Windows XP PC, and Window Vista PC, and a Mac. I returned my useless Orb for a refund, as I ran out of PCs to try.
Maybe you'll be lucky and get a non-defective orb. Maybe not. I recommend you save yourself the frustration. The mastering doesn't seem very good anyway (loud). If you really want Queen in Hi-Res (the music itself is great, the problem is the Orb), there are expensive Japanese SACDs (of the same mediocre mastering) and potential future downloads from E-Onkyo.
I had some promblems with the "hidden wav files". I solved it, by clicking on my computer -tools - folder - view - scroll down - show hidden files - (CD drive Queen orb) right click -open queen orb- music.
Great music and remaster from one of the greatest rock bands, with many milestones albums(Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack, A Night at the opera, A day at the races, Innuendo, Made in heaven). Also albums like Jazz sound better, brighter and bigger - they gain their glolry which they deserve.
The Wave files can`t be copied into iTunes not even played back