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What do you use as a source on your "main" system?  

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What do you use as a source for your main system?

 

Also, if you are planning on buying something this year, what are you contemplating, and what are you waiting on?

e.g. not sure what you want yet, money, you feel it is worth waiting for something new for either better price or newer technology?

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8 minutes ago, plissken said:

I wouldn't consider the choices a source. Sources are CDP's, Computers, Turn Tables etc...

 

Personally, i would consider the source the music itself, but I couldn't think of a better word that would capture both renderer and dac....i thought about using interface or transport, but that didn't sound right either.  Anyway, thanks for voting.

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I use Roon on a mini, streaming to a RoonReady dCS Rossini (+Rossini external clock).

 

I previously used a Sonore microRendu (+LPS1) which was in my opinion way better than any of the other USB streaming pathways from the mini (including both Uptone and W4S reclockers). The mini is on an Uptone JS-2 (+MMK board), btw. 

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

system pics

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1 hour ago, Ralf11 said:

iTunes, iMac via WiFi to Apple TV3 > Cambridge Dac

JRiver Mediaplayer 23 on a MacBook Pro via WiFi to a Logitech Squeezebox Touch to a Yggy by way of a Toslink SPDIF. Sony SCD-XA777ES SACD player via coax to Yggy for RedBook CDs, and directly to amplifier for SACDs. I can go directly from MacBook Pro to DAC via USB for Internet radio, and in fact, used that connection last summer for the BBC PROMS, streamed in 16-bit, 48 KHz FLAC.   

George

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2 hours ago, loop7 said:

I don't consider DACs source components but I am likely in the minority. 

 

Seems like an optical transport, computer, server, streamer, bridge, etc. are sources.

 

Ok, allow me to re-word...

Of the options provided, what components do you use the most often in your Main system.  Select USB DAC if you don't select one of the network, coax, or optical solution.  Use "other"  if you cannot apply any of the choices as to the component you use the MOST on your MAIN SYSTEM.

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Usually

 

Tidal -> Internet -> FiOS -> Router ->Windows computer ->Wireless or Ethernet back to router -> Wireless to Airport Express -> Optical to DAC -> Analog to Integrated amp..............All at the speed of light :)

 

Or

 

NAS -> Ethernet to Router ->Windows computer ->Wireless or Ethernet back to router -> Wireless to Airport Express -> Optical to DAC -> Analog to Integrated amp

 

Sometimes

 

CD Player -> Analog to Integrated amp

 

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2 minutes ago, grelcar said:

Usually

 

Tidal -> Internet -> FiOS -> Router ->Windows computer ->Wireless or Ethernet back to router -> Wireless to Airport Express -> Optical to DAC -> Analog to Integrated amp..............All at the speed of light :)

 

Sometimes

 

 

CD Player -> Analog to Integrated amp

 

wow, first post!  welcome aboard...

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Sources for music and video files:

- rips, downloads from 54 TB Synology NAS

- PC optical drives for CD, DVD, BD, but not SACD

- TV from Silicon Dust HD Homerun Prime Cablecard tuner via Ethernet

 

Library/Player/Renderer/Controller:

- Win 7 PC, I7 CPU, 16GB RAM, 2 TB system hard drive

- JRiver

- Dirac Live VST plugin

 

Digital Output:

- Audio USB to DAC, up to 7.1 channels

- Video HDMI from AMD R9270 GPU to TV/Monitor

 

Analog Audio Output:

- Exasound E28 DAC directly to amps, subwoofer via XLR interconnects

 

Note that there is no preamp/prepro, player or cable box in the system.

 

 

 

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MacBook Pro running Audirvana

Audioquest Jitterbug

DAC M2Tech Young DSD 

Amplifier Exposure 3010S2

Speakers Dynaudio Contour S 1.4

MacBook Pro with Audirvana - Qobuz Studio

M2Tech Young DSD MKIII - PSU M2Tech Van Der Graaf MKII

Octave V70 SE

Harbeth C7ES-3

Lector Edison 230/8

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