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The qutest runs on 5 V.

The 2qute on 12 V.

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AMP: Electrocompaniet ECI-6D; DAC: Oppo 205 (modded); ECI-6D

Streamer/endpoint: Zen MKIII/ultraRendu; Speakers: Proac Tablette Reference 8 Signature; Cables: Speakers (Acoustic Revive) + RCA (au24sx) + RJ45 (Vodka Audioquest) + USB (Diamond Audioquest) + Power (Pangea's + Actinote's) + iR&oM (Neotech 16AWG OCC Silver + DC 4); Filters/reclockers: Jensen VRD- iFF + Pink Faun Isolator + Acoustic Revive RGC-24 + HMS “The Perfect Match” + isoRegen; Switch: etherRegen + opticalModule; Cisco 2960; LPS: Sboosters MKI & MKII (+ ultra) + HDplex 200 + LPS 1.2

 

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I don't use either, but I do believe you need a plugin for native DSD playback on Foobar.  Does Foobar show the track playing?

 


(JRiver) Jetway barebones NUC (mod 3 sCLK-EX, Cybershaft OP 14)  (PH SR7) => mini pcie adapter to PCIe 1X => tXUSBexp PCIe card (mod sCLK-EX) (PH SR7) => (USPCB) Chord DAVE => Omega Super 8XRS/REL t5i  (All powered thru Topaz Isolation Transformer)

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10 minutes ago, soupcampbell said:

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Anybody here using Foobar2000 & microRendu with their 2Qute? I am unable to get the combination to play DSD files.

Any assistance would be appreciated!

You may want to read some of this thread or ask Jesus if the 2Qute is supported natively. I don't see it on the recently updated list on page 1. Hope this helps.

 

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AFAIK (and according to its user manual) the 2Qute only does DoP, not native DSD


Qnap HS-251+ NAS (powered by an HD-Plex 100w LPS) > Cirrus7 Nimbini v2.5 Media Edition i7-8559U/32/512 running Roon ROCK (powered by a ZeroZone 19v/5A LPS) > Lumin U1 Mini (powered by a Vinnie Rossi Mini Pure-DC-4EVR LPS) >  UpTone Audio ISO Regen (powered by an Uptone Audio UltraCap LPS-1.2) > Metrum Acoustics Adagio NOS digital preamplifier + First Watt SIT 3  power amplifier (or Don Garber Fi "Y" 6922 tube preamplifier + Don Garber Fi "X" 2A3 SET power amplifier, both powered from an Alpha-Core BP-30 Isolated Symmetrical Power Transformer) > Klipsch Cornwall III

 

headphones system:

Cirrus 7 > Lumin U1 Mini > Metrum Adagio > Pathos Aurium amplifier (powered by an UpTone Audio JS-2 LPS) > Focal Clear headphones

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Foobar 2000 for Dummies (Part 1) – General Setup

https://diyaudioheaven.wordpress.com/digital/pc-software/foobar-2000-for-dummies/

 

Foobar 2000 for Dummies (Part 2) – Playing DSD – New SACD plugin (0.9.x and 1.x.x Series)

https://diyaudioheaven.wordpress.com/digital/pc-software/foobar-2000-for-dummies-part-3-new-experimental-sacd-plugin-v-0-9-x/

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Hi all,

 

I’m a very happy owner of the 2qute. I’m only using the stock PSU right now.

 

I could get a used SBooster LPSU with SBooster Ultra. Would it be worth it? What would I gain with a better power supply? 

 

Cheers

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Hi Smith! It  definitely improved the sound, but if you really want how good the 2qute is, try first an ultrarendu with an Sbooster. Of course the price is higher but be sure that you will be surprised... 


AMP: Electrocompaniet ECI-6D; DAC: Oppo 205 (modded); ECI-6D

Streamer/endpoint: Zen MKIII/ultraRendu; Speakers: Proac Tablette Reference 8 Signature; Cables: Speakers (Acoustic Revive) + RCA (au24sx) + RJ45 (Vodka Audioquest) + USB (Diamond Audioquest) + Power (Pangea's + Actinote's) + iR&oM (Neotech 16AWG OCC Silver + DC 4); Filters/reclockers: Jensen VRD- iFF + Pink Faun Isolator + Acoustic Revive RGC-24 + HMS “The Perfect Match” + isoRegen; Switch: etherRegen + opticalModule; Cisco 2960; LPS: Sboosters MKI & MKII (+ ultra) + HDplex 200 + LPS 1.2

 

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On ‎5‎/‎4‎/‎2018 at 9:03 AM, smith123 said:

Hi all,

 

I’m a very happy owner of the 2qute. I’m only using the stock PSU right now.

 

I could get a used SBooster LPSU with SBooster Ultra. Would it be worth it? What would I gain with a better power supply? 

 

Cheers

 

You will wonder why you have been listening to it all this time without a LPSU...


2015 MacBook Pro > SOtM tX-USBultra > Mutec MC3+USB > Chord Blu Mk2 > Chord Dave > ATC SIA2-150/P1/P2 > ATC SCM50 PSLT

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just bought one of these second hand and am now wondering how to best integrate it into my system.  Because all inputs on the 2cute seem to be very capable after reading, I think I'm "spoilt for choice" here and really can't decide which way to go.  Of course I'll do the A/B testing, but having limited mobility, it is more challenging for me.  So I'm looking for some helpful shortcuts to help me determine which input to use based on your guys' experience.

 

For my metrum amethyst, I find that coax spdif is by far better than USB.  It has a very focused, clean, tight center image and the imaging is improved.  Attacks/decays are more pristine.  No contest here vs USB.

 

I run a Mac Mini with Aurdirvana+ (direct mode 'hack').  For the metrum, I use a Singxer SU-1 bridge, with which I am very pleased.  The SU-1 accepts USB and spits out spdif (optical or coax bnc/rca).  I also have an iFi iUSB 3.0 reclocker - power injector that I put between the computer and the SU-1- just because I have it and it doesn't harm the sound.

 

So I figure these three input options are available - but which would you recommend?:

 

1. USB either direct or with the iFi reclocker in line

2. BNC coax passed through the SU-1

3. Optical passed through the SU-1

 

I did a search on this thread but didn't read all 16 pages yet.  I'll be caught up soon enough and thank you guys in advance for sharing your experiences again.

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^^^ so after reading all these pages:  the consensus here is to use USB but avoid double galvanic isolation.  Also, avoid choking off the 5v power feeding the 2Qute.  Any of these will cause issues.  

 

I'll play around and report back - if requested.  

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ok, I hereby request a report back...

 

esp. if you compare different inputs


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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okay @Ralf11 - early results with the 2Qute suggest that the USB with iFi iUSB3.0 between the computer and DAC work the best.   More holographic and weighty without any blur or lack of imaging focus.

 

USB without the toy in line is very good too - I don't know if I'm hearing a difference, or it's placebo.  I keep the toy in there, because why not?  It certainly isn't doing any harm that I can hear.

 

Coax BNC (via SU-1) was good too - it had a harder, more percussive sound with very good imaging, but not as enveloping (3D) and didn't layer depth as well.  Soundstage wasn't quite as grand.  The sound was more 'familiar' to me having lived with this converter for about a year - So I think I'm hearing a bit of its sonic character.  

 

Honestly, I could live with either input.  Sadly, I was wrong about my converter... it doesn't output optical, so couldn't test that.  

 

So far this DAC is very good.  It's warmer and richer than I thought it would be.  I think Qutest is in my crosshairs over the next few months.

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Thanks much


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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