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Hi Guys - As the title says, this is your chance to vote for the best products and/or music of 2017. 

 

I’ll compile the results and publish a front page article when voting is finished. To make this easier, if you list several items, please rank them 1, 2, 3, etc...

 

I cant wait to see what has been increasing your enjoyment of our wonderful hobby this year. 

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1- Roon

It is so much a part of my system that I forget not everyone has it!

 

2- microRendu and it's variants

An amazing way to completely obliterate needs to optimize a computer for computer audio - simple, amazing, in my opinion a next generation, and it doesn't hurt that it works with Roon so well. I actually don't use the microRendu anymore because I now use a Rossini (that's a little more expensive than most setups so I won't put that on this list).

 

3- ECM's move to allow streaming of their catalog

 

 

mini+Roon > dCS Rossini DAC + Rossini Master Clock 

SME 20/3 + SME V + Dynavector XV-1s > vdH The Grail

Audio Note Kondo Ongaku > Avantgarde Duo Mezzo G2

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1. Roon - as you use it more, you appreciate it more.

2. Audiophile Optimizer - great piece of software that truly elevates the sound quality of your system.

3. Schiit Yggy - great dac at great price and built like a tank.

sources:  intel nuc8i7 (audiolinux, roon core) (server) | simaudio moon mind 2 (renderer)
headphone rig:  chord qutest > bryston bha-1 > audeze lcd-3
main rig:  chord dave > parasound jc5 > kef reference 1
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1. Sonore MicroRendu and its variants - brings high performance streaming to a more affordable price. And gets better as you improve whats connected to it

for source, power and DAC solution.

2. Uptone Audio USPCB - there's no contest between it as a USB interconnect and the other USB cables I've bought for $100 or less. It won't fix

a weak setup but swap it out in a good one and you will regret it.

3. Audeze Sine headphones - brings you much of the Audeze sound at about half the price of their next step up, weighs less, and makes even cellphones

sound great

 

growing the audiophile community requires price affordability; when rankings largely feature products made of "unobtainium" at stratospheric prices it discourages interest

 

Regards,

Dave

 

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1. Focusrite Rednet D16

2. Schitt Yggdrasil DAC (who names these things): a remarkable value and remarkable from any perspective

3. Linear Tube Audio ZOTL 10 amp - David Berning designed

4.  Audiophile Optimizer

5. The Computer Audiophile (not necessarily behind these others)

 

Coincidentally I am using all of these. Go figure :-)


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1. For me personally it’s the Chord Blu Mk2. Don’t listen to one if you’re not ready to buy one. It’s that good. I do, of course, realize that few have heard one with the Chord Dave and that even fewer can afford to buy “BluDave.”

 

2. SOtM sMs-200Ultra

 

 

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This is without a doubt one of the best album releases 2017 IMO.

 

Manchester Orchestra - A Black Mile To The Surface

 

http://tidal.com/album/76466264

 

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Auralic Aries Mini, Ariston RD40 & Mytek Brooklyn DAC system with Fostex TH900 & Gibson Les Paul 8 reference monitors.                           

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to do them all yourself. Graucho Marx

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Schiit's 'Gen 5 USB' technology has got to be up there IMO

Main System: NAS or QOBUZ > BlueSound Node 2i > Schiit Gungnir MultiBit > PYST XLR > Schiit Mjolnir 2 or Gilmore Lite MK2

 

Office System: iMac > Audirvana > Schiit EITR + Audiophonics LPS25 > Metrum FLINT NOS DAC (DAC TWO chips) > Schiit Magni 3+ > Aeon Flow Open

 

Loudspeaker System: NAIM Muso Gen 2

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Hardware:

1. Kii Three

 

Music (restricted to 2017 releases):

  1. Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band: 2017 Remaster
  2. Tony Allen: A Tribute to Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
  3. Bill Evans: The Hilversum Concert
  4. Van Morrison: Roll with the Punches
  5. Shelby Lynne-Allison Moorer: Not Dark Yet

 

Main listening (small home office):

Main setup: Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>QuietPC Low Noise Server>Roon (Audiolense DRC)>Stack Audio Link II>Kii Control>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.

Secondary Listening: Server with Audiolense RC>RPi4 or analog>Matrix Element i Streamer/DAC (XLR)+Schiit Freya>Kii Three .

Bedroom: SBTouch to Cambridge Soundworks Desktop Setup.
Living Room/Kitchen: RPi 3B+ running RoPieee to a pair of Morel Hogtalare. 

All absolute statements about audio are false :)

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1.  sCLK-EX by SOtM

2. Uptone USPCB

(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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9 hours ago, The Computer Audiophile said:

Hi Guys - As the title says, this is your chance to vote for the best products and/or music of 2017. 

 

I’ll compile the results and publish a front page article when voting is finished. To make this easier, if you list several items, please rank them 1, 2, 3, etc...

 

I cant wait to see what has been increasing your enjoyment of our wonderful hobby this year. 

JRiver Media Center 23.

Schiit Yggdrasil. Best DAC this audio nut has ever heard and by a wide margin. The fact that J.A. of Stereophile didn't like it, makes it all that much better!

 

George

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1. Roon

2. HQPlayer

3. Channel Classics mch Downloads from Nativ DSD

Analog-VPIClas3,3DArm,SoundsmithZephyrII+MiyajimaZeromono,Herron VTPH2APhono,2AmpexATR-102+Doshi3.0+MerrillTridentMaster TapePreamp  Dig Rip-Pyramix,IzotopeRX3Adv,MykerinosCard,PacificMicrosonicsModel2; Dig Play-Lampi Pacific, mch NADAC, Roon-HQPlayer,Oppo105  Electronics-DoshiPre,CJ MET1mchPre,Cary2A3monoamps Speakers-AvantgardeDuosLR,3SolosC,LR,RR

Other-2x512EngineerMarutaniSymmetrical Power+Cables Music-15KRecs(90%classical),1.3KR2Rtapes,1.5KCD's,500SACDs,50TBripped files

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