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Morning all

 

Im currently using a 2009 Mac Mini running Audirvana + upsampling all PCM files to DSD 128 which then gets converted by a Lampizator Atlantic DAC. Having read so much about how good the Microrendu is Ive been contemplating buying one. My questions are;

 

Does the Microrendu upsample to DSD 128 without the need to run HQ Player?

 

Has anyone used a microrendu with a Lampizator DAC? I understand that some DACS are not compatible with a Microrendu.

 

Finally will the sound quality improve over a Mac Mini?

 

Hopefully someone will be able to provide me with some answers

 

Best regards

 

Lee

Sources are: Mac Mini 2010 / Nottingham Analogue Hyperspace c/w Jelco 750 D and Denon DL 103 MC cartridge. Phono Stage: EAR 834P. Power Amp: Audio Note Empress Silver into a Hattor passive pre. DAC: Lampizator Atlantic and Humming Board NAA Speakers: Horns.pl Mummys. Cables: Duelund DC 16 GA  - Audionote AN-SPX 27 Strand RCA and Albedo Silver RCA and Western Electric WE 16 GA. All digital music played through a Mac Mini using Roon and HQP. Power Supply: Gigawat PC2-EVO

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A: Does the Microrendu upsample to DSD 128 without the need to run HQ Player?

Q: No. You need a separate computer with HQP to do that. Your 2009 mac will not be powerful enough.

 

A: Has anyone used a microrendu with a Lampizator DAC? I understand that some DACS are not compatible with a Microrendu.

Q: Yes. Works up to DSD128.

 

A: Finally will the sound quality improve over a Mac Mini?

Q: Absolutely. With the new LPS-1 even more so. IMHO.

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A: Does the Microrendu upsample to DSD 128 without the need to run HQ Player?

Q: No. You need a separate computer with HQP to do that. Your 2009 mac will not be powerful enough.

 

A: Has anyone used a microrendu with a Lampizator DAC? I understand that some DACS are not compatible with a Microrendu.

Q: Yes. Works up to DSD128.

 

A: Finally will the sound quality improve over a Mac Mini?

Q: Absolutely. With the new LPS-1 even more so. IMHO.

 

Hi, Thanks for that, I didn't really want to run a separate computer to upsample, ideally I wanted to do away with the Mac altogether, I may have to have a rethink in which way to go

Sources are: Mac Mini 2010 / Nottingham Analogue Hyperspace c/w Jelco 750 D and Denon DL 103 MC cartridge. Phono Stage: EAR 834P. Power Amp: Audio Note Empress Silver into a Hattor passive pre. DAC: Lampizator Atlantic and Humming Board NAA Speakers: Horns.pl Mummys. Cables: Duelund DC 16 GA  - Audionote AN-SPX 27 Strand RCA and Albedo Silver RCA and Western Electric WE 16 GA. All digital music played through a Mac Mini using Roon and HQP. Power Supply: Gigawat PC2-EVO

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