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It doesn't get much simpler than this. A Toshiba netbook from several years back with a fresh install of Windows 7 Starter, a new Meridian Explorer 2 and a Tidal hifi subscription. CPU usage is minimal with the Tidal desktop app and Windows Task Manager minimized, no burps or stutters even with 192kHz MQA (playing some Miles Davis at 88.2 or 96 when I took the photo) and the mofo even runs on battery! I decided to try this just to see if it would work and it doesn't just work - it sounds bloody amazing!

 

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Toshiba Satellite P300 laptop--Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit--M2TECH hiFace USB-S/PDIF interface-->coaxial output cable-->

 

MacBook Pro--Sierra--optical output cable-->

 

Raspberry Pi 2--Pixel--USB output cable-->

 

Simaudio MOON 100D DAC (USB, coaxial and optical connections in use)--Yamaha RX-V640 receiver

 

--Grant Fidelity Tube DAC-09 (with NOS Raytheon 5670)--used as bypassable vacuum tube preamp stage--Topping TP60 stereo power amplifier--one pi bass reflex speakers--homebuilt--plans from Wayne at pispeakers.com

 

--QSC model 5.1 stereo power amplifier--ACI Rage 12" subwoofer in homebuilt sealed 2 ft^3 enclosure

 

--Denon AH-A100 headphones

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