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  2. And yet the switch did do this... As did the cable... Hm... I'm sorry you feel the need to dismiss my experience so dogmatically... Not sure what else I can say... My eyes are as delusional as my ears I guess...? Anyway I would ask if you have ever tried either of the products that I mention but I'm certain the answer is no so until you have I will kindly ask you to STFU. Ah now there you couldn't be more wrong. A photo is static. Streaming music is temporal. That is the heart of the issue. We are talking about timing issues here. The "bitstream" and the "1's and 0's" you and your cohorts are so keen on claiming are incorruptible are actually quite susceptible to various kinds of timing errors that present as jitter and effect the conversion to analogue. And I will kindly refer you to the suggestion above if you have not heard the product in question.
  3. That's what it is all about friend! Enjoy! -Paul P.S. Wait till you hear DSD.
  4. It was about 5 1/2 years ago that I was lucky to "meet" Superdad when he opened this thread. Nearly all of his proposals I tested with the result that I am still using an - SD card for MacOS - a RAM disc being created on every boot of the OS using a script that Jud - as far as I can remember - once has written. In order to keep things easy to handle I only use A+ within the RAM disc. However you are free to also copy music into it once you have attributed sufficient RAM to the disc. As to abulr´s question concerning the importance of speed of the SD card: A long time ago I compared a few cards, the outcome of which was, that - higher speed was more comfortable (concerning booting time) but at the expense of shifting the sound a bit more to the "digital", harsher side. "Slower" cards sound a bit more analogue, warmer. - Another aspect touched the "golden" contacts on the back. To my ears those cards that don´t have matte golden contacts sounded more analogue (as I have have written before in this thread on a page I can´t remember - so, sorry for repeating old stuff). To sum up I still use a SONY 1-10 90MB/s SDHC I 32 GB. As an alternative I can recommend a Transcend 90MB7s 600x SDHC 10-1 32GB. Both are a good compromise between SQ and booting time. Last but not least another point is also helpful to follow - a point Superdad once mentioned - : - how to remove Spotlight - how to turn off Spaces - how to turn off Safe Sleep - as Superdad pointed out: "file is at least half the size as your system RAM; so for my 16GB machine that's an 8GB file written!" Kind regards, Uwe
  5. Depends on the connection scheme. I'm just sharing things I have seen in the past. What you can try is a new SD card available from our website. https://www.sonore.us/SonicorbiterOS.html
  6. That’s kind of the point here, isn’t it Alex? Even though I’m not strictly an objectivist; I do all of my audio evaluation by listening. But I certainly do not expect to hear things that the laws of physics tell me are impossible, and therefore, you are right, in many cases my mind doesn’t want to hear what isn’t there and I either don’t hear it, or I ignore it as a figment of my imagination (interconnects, for instance). Bottom line here is my “ears” are my main tool for evaluating audio, but like all tools, they are limited to the tasks at which they are good. I try to keep that in mind when I use them. If my ears tell me something is going on that simply cannot be, I look deeper into the subject using other tools such as the analytical part of my brain, and where applicable, test instruments. Why just a couple of weeks ago a friend of mine brought over some ultra expensive power cord from Furutech. I explained to him how it was completely impossible for that cord to change the sound of his amplifier. My amp had a different connector than his cord, so we used my headphone amp to test it. After letting the amp warm-up, we listened with a pair of HiFiMan EditionX v.2 headphones; first with the cord it shipped with and secondly with his new Furutech cord. He said that he “thought” he heard a slight increase in transparency with the Furutech over the stock IEC cable, but I didn’t hear anything that I could put my finger on. So I pulled out my trusty Tektronics 100 MHz Solid State ‘scope. We took the top off of the headphone amp and connected the probe across the incoming AC signal (with ‘scope AC coupled). First, we looked at the AC with the stock IEC cable and then with the expensive thick-as-a-baby’s-arm and as stiff as rigor mortis Furutech cord. With the scope sensitivity on maximum there was absolutely no difference in the look of the mains voltage with either cable. The test I made were with the headphone amp plugged directly into a wall outlet (you might recall that my mains for my stereo system goes through a massive hospital grade isolating power supply with LRC filters in both end bells of the transformer). I didn’t want the transformer “pre-cleaning” the mains between the wall outlet and the two power cords. I was interested in seeing what the Furutech cord could do to improve mains quality (after all, that’s the only thing a power cord could possibly do to “improve” the sound of an audio component). After this test showed absolutely no difference between the AC current through either cable (and just as I predicted), my friend returned the Furutech cable for a refund. I suspect that he will think twice in the future about buying “snake oil” audio products! Of course, YMMV, but I doubt it. 😉
  7. For 1. Yes. For 2. It's still Bata and all remain as such. For 3. Yes or least 2.5 or above if memory serves me correct. FYI Spotify is presently not working and I suggest you look at Tidal or Qobuz. For 4. Yes. Its one output mode at a time. For 5. I'm not sure what that is. It would work if it support Airplay.
  8. Why would I delete your post. BTW I have several DAC here to test with. I also have a Synology NAS and almost exclusively use DLNA. I use JRiver, A+, and Kazoo all the time here. I'm not hearing any clicks or pops with DSD because the unit does not send them to the DAC. Those clicks and pops come from the DAC not muting at all or not muting quick enough to avoid it during transitions. Code was added to Linux some time ago to resolve this, as a work around, and there is nothing more we can do on our end. It's time for some DAC manufactures to step up the plate and test with Linux and make the changes needed in their firmware. If you have issues with other DACs you need to present them one at time so we can discuss them. Maybe record the noise so we can hear it for ourselves.
  9. OTOH, recent data show that the universe s expanding FASTER than expected by theory. That may explain the high noise levels that keep infesting our bits.
  10. "" currently accepted science and engineering principles "" And you can't find any of what you may call "audiophile" component that does not.....
  11. From the Kanex website (the unit looks identical and I'm sure it comes from the same OEM): Toslink(SPDIF)Out: Supports LPCM [email protected] 24bit/20bit/16bit, 192kHz/176kHz/96kHz/88kHz/48kHz/44.1kHz/32kHz AC3 5.1ch, 48kHz/44.1kHz/32kHz DTS 5.1ch, 48kHz/44.1kHz One bit audio 5.1ch, 44.1kHz
  12. I suppose that depends on where you consider the ordinary to end. Personally, I draw the line at supposed phenomena at odds with currently accepted science and engineering principles.
  13. The PS Audio Sprout 100 is an integrated amp with a DAC and phono, priced at $599. PS Audio pairs the Sprout with Elac’s B6.2 speakers for $899 https://www.psaudio.com/products/sprout100-elac-system/. I've not heard any of these components. But reviews, especially at the Elac's price, point are superb! Of course, the Sprout 100 could be paired with any speakers.... I've been looking for these sorts of components for a friend that is new to computer audio and on a limited budget. The Sprout and B6.2's both for their price and company's pedigrees, seem to be almost incomparable; making for a good primary system for some and a great secondary system for others.
  14. Possible, sure. Metal shielding is a bit of an art form, small changes can make big differences, but you are always reflecting or dissipating energy. Dielectrics (insulators like wood/teflon/PVC) will always absorb/slow down airborne wave forms, but not reflect much energy if at all. Whether these effects are audible to most people is open to debate. In an ideal world, an all dielectric solution MAY work better, but there are things to consider there. Dielectrics work best when there are air gaps between signal/power wires, and the dielectric material itself contains a fair % of air in it's composition. Kind of like foam. When you foam an insulator like that, it gains volume/thickness quickly. So you may gain performance but at the cost of added bulk, not to mention this route is more expensive to design. I would imagine that a MDF entertainment center should do an OK job of keeping interference between components minimized, as it is quite thick and contains a good % of air. The enclosure for this DAC is probably most of the cost, just due to material selection. And like I stated earlier, subject to debate as to how much of an effect there actually is.
  15. Observing the 'Music in General' forum I slowly come to the conclusion that maybe it's high time for 'Animal Music' subforum here BTW Masha Scream from Arkona band indeed not only screams but also growls. As for me - respect! IMO her 'low end' sounds even better than Nina Hagen's!
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  17. I’ve also found the remote to be hit and miss when it comes to connecting. And the doubling of the dsd’s in my library remains unresolved.
  18. Kindly educate yourself on the issues of jitter Vis-a-vis the timing domain.
  19. Yes, I had seen your reply. But my upsampling option is deactivated and I cannot activate it.
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  21. OK. I could not find any useful PCM audio specs but, in this case, the less it does, the better. Good luck.
  22. "As the art of reading (after a certain stage in one's education) is the art of skipping, so the art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook." ---William James, Principles of Psychology So true for the audiophile and the forum reader as well. 😊
  23. Actually I do hear some difference on the other server as well. Double checked now. It's just not as pronounced as it is on my NUC. The interesting thing is that my streamer connects to a 100 Mbps fiber media convertor (tweaked by me with some MUSE capacitors and feb by LPS2.1). I never played with hardcoding the speed/duplex. But I also always found the sound quality better when using the media convertor. I always thought it sounded better because of the further isolation. But now I am thinking it has double effect as it also forces my streamer to negotiate at 100 Mbps. I have compared AudioLinux / Roon vs. Euphony / Stylus on a standalone server in my system. I prefered Euphony / Stylus. But again, I did not compared apples to apples as the software and the OS were different.
  24. All good except... have to agree with tobes, there is less real estate, too much wasted space and some fonts are too big and don't work well with retina displays scaled to half the physical resolution. And that blue theme, the background of the albums shouts at you, maybe should be darker and greyish, definitely much worse than the old grey.
  25. To be clear - I'm a Roon user. So all my comments have been about Roon Core on the server, and Roon Bridge/SL/SL+large buffers on the endpoint. However, to answer your question: yes, I've tried all the combinations of AL and Euphony, both on server and endpoint. The latest AL is now very close to Euphony SQ, but Euphony still sounds a little better to me. Squeezelite with large buffers is possible on both AL and Euphony. It makes the same improvement on Euphony as it does on AL. Standalone server is a new use case for me, and I''ve just started to explore that, comparing Euphony/Roon and Euphony/Stylus. Too early to say much other than Stylus sounds very, very good. I've asked Euphony if they can make Stylus an endpoint to Roon, and they said they'll consider if it's feasible. Here's hoping!
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