HDCD is a whole 'nother thing that is weird and can be done offline (outside of JRMC) to let you hear what's going on. I'm not even on here that much these days and I'm generally your Friendly Neighborhood Midwesterner, but as a member in the Before Times, when Changstar still lived, I hereby call for b0dhi to shut the fuck up unless you have something clear and concise to say. Yes, they sell an annual license. You can upgrade or, crucially, not upgrade at your leisure. If they only add something you like every three years, then upgrade every three years. Too cheap to do that? Well, what do you want? They are building a do-everything audio and video application. The number of use cases is limitless. As a software engineer, I'd think you'd appreciate the ridiculous scope of what they're doing and adjust your expectations for a small company accordingly. I don't use JRMC as my central music library anymore but damn if it isn't useful. I've also used their forum over the years when I had a question or wanted to advocate for a particular feature and "toxic" and "cult-like" are not how I would describe it. Are the devs resistant to feedback or feature requests that require hundreds of hours of labor? I'm sure they are. Are they so incompetent they clip all audio at the first stage of the signal chain? No. I really don't think so. JRMC has been used by thousands of anal-retentive audio nerds for years, including people like Archimago who love to measure and chart everything. The burden of proof is on you for that sort of claim.