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Every once in a while you stumble across something that's just amazing, cheap, but amazing with excellent synergy.

 

I'm on travel and have a Cubox -i4 with a Fiio E-17 DAC and a set of Beyerdynamic Tesla T51p headphones. I have the Fiio hooked up via USB but I could certainly and should hook it up SPDIF via Toslink. Probably even sound better. Streaming via LogitechMediaServer.

 

I'm absolutely blown away right now. I'd like to say this system sounds good for what it is but the truth is it sounds good for what anything is. I think the synergy is coming from the Tesla cans. Probably pick an optical cable tomorrow and see what that does. If nothing else it'll buy me a little more cable length.

 

Wow. This is one of the joys of Computer Audio. And this is a low profile system which takes up almost no weight or space in my bag and it also serves extra duty as a web and print server on my hotel room network. Great traveling companion.

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Every once in a while you stumble across something that's just amazing, cheap, but amazing with excellent synergy.

 

I'm on travel and have a Cubox -i4 with a Fiio E-17 DAC and a set of Beyerdynamic Tesla T51p headphones. I have the Fiio hooked up via USB but I could certainly and should hook it up SPDIF via Toslink. Probably even sound better. Streaming via LogitechMediaServer.

 

I'm absolutely blown away right now. I'd like to say this system sounds good for what it is but the truth is it sounds good for what anything is. I think the synergy is coming from the Tesla cans. Probably pick an optical cable tomorrow and see what that does. If nothing else it'll buy me a little more cable length.

 

Wow. This is one of the joys of Computer Audio. And this is a low profile system which takes up almost no weight or space in my bag and it also serves extra duty as a web and print server on my hotel room network. Great traveling companion.

 

I love having a great system with me when I travel :) I've gone a completely different route, but getting comparable results, I suspect.

 

I usually take my KEF-M500 headphones with me on the road (I also have a pair of vSonic IEMs and a V-Moda XS, but those are less frequent companions), and all it takes to complete a killer system is my Toshiba laptop > USB > iFi Micro iDSD DAC. The Micro has (of course) that killer "octa-rate" PCM / DSD DAC + 4,000mW headphone amp + built-in "iPurifier" technology. I've recently added a LightHarmonic split (data + power) USB cable to that kit, which I fancy adds even a bit more refinement.

 

So for the "cost" of carrying headphones (which I would anyway, if only to use them to make iPhone calls) and the Micro, I've a complete, great sounding system!

John Walker - IT Executive

Headphone - MacMini running Roon Server > Netgear Orbi wireless > Blue Jeans Cable Ethernet > mRendu Roon endpoint > Topping D90 > Topping A90 > Dan Clark Aeon 2 Closed / Focal Elegia

Home Theater - Mac Mini running Roon Server / AppleTV > Blue Jeans Cable HDMI > Denon X3700h > Anthem Amp for front channels > Revel F208-based 5.2.4 Atmos speaker system

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I needed a speaker based setup for an extended sailing trip in the Caribbean.

 

What I ended up with is nothing short of breathtaking and "Out of the Box".

 

 

My priorities:

 

- Stellar sound quality

- Low energy consumption

- Low weight

- Sturdy construction

- 12V DC capable

 

 

The 12V turned out to be the biggest challenge, so I just bit the bullit and got a small inverter.

 

 

Final setup:

 

- Genelec 8010 White active 2 x 25w class D and 1,5 kg each and adaptive voltage 100-230V AC

- Dragonfly 1.2 USB stick DAC with analogue volume

- 150w Inverter 12V DC -> 230V AC

- Minijack -> XLR 3m cable

 

 

 

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Promise Pegasus2 R6 12TB -> Thunderbolt2 ->
MacBook Pro M1 Pro -> Motu 8D -> AES/EBU ->
Genelec 5 x 8260A + 7271A sub
Genelec 8010 + 5040 sub

iPhone SE 2 ->  Sennheiser PXC 550 II
Blog: “Confessions of a DigiPhile” at http://www.computeraudiophile.com/blogs/digipete

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I needed a speaker based setup for an extended sailing trip in the Caribbean.

 

What I ended up with is nothing short of breathtaking and "Out of the Box".

 

 

My priorities:

 

- Stellar sound quality

- Low energy consumption

- Low weight

- Sturdy construction

- 12V DC capable

 

 

The 12V turned out to be the biggest challenge, so I just bit the bullit and got a small inverter.

 

 

Final setup:

 

- Genelec 8010 White active 2 x 25w class D and 1,5 kg each and adaptive voltage 100-230V AC

- Dragonfly 1.2 USB stick DAC with analogue volume

- 150w Inverter 12V DC -> 230V AC

- Minijack -> XLR 3m cable

 

 

 

14768d1412495838-amazing-travel-setup-dragonfly-genelc-8010-8010.jpeg

Nice!

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I would consider my system also perfect for traveling. HDD -> MB Pro -> iFi iDSD nano -> Sennheiser HD700. I can even change the MB pro for an iPhone 5s with Onkyo player, connected to the iDSD nano and play hi-res files. Sounds awesome.

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