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I am looking to get a digital-to-digital streamer for my new office system. I currently have a Sonare microRendu and that unit will move to another room once my new office system is built up. I also use ROON. I was originally considering getting a DAC with Ethernet streaming built-in but I may require a DAC with DSP and those DACs do not have this feature. I should add that the Linn SELEKT DSM streamer/DAC has Ethernet streaming and DSP but lacks the analog inputs I need (it also sounds excellent).

It has been suggested to me to buy an Innous streamer to get my music across to the DAC. However, I am trying to understand why these products are better than my current noisy computer combined with the micrRendu digital-to-digital type products. Anybody done a comparison? Is it because of noise on the Ethernet wire polluting the DAC?

http://innuos.com/en 

In no particular order the following streamers have have come up in my research as being better than the microRendu I currently own (I have not heard these) :

Simaudio Mind2
https://simaudio.com/en/product/mind2-network-player/ 

Sonare Signiture Rendu
http://www.sonore.us/Signature-Rendu-SE.html 

Auralic G2 Aeris
https://us.auralic.com/products/aries-g2 

I am interested in the feedback or thought process of people who were making the same streamer decision as me. What did you guys end up getting or looking to get? I know there are a lot of lower costs alternatives and I am open to anything that will take my to the top tier sound level.

My preamp/DAC choice is looking like it will be the Anthem STR.

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In my opinion, nothing speaks against a PC. Only this should meet the following requirements:

 

- Sole use as an audio PC
- slimmed down operating system, with Windows for example with AudiophilOptimizer and Fidelizer
- For a USB connection reclocking and galvanic isolation is mandatory (see for example USB cards from SOtM or JCAT)
- no rotating hard drives like HDD, but SSD
- linear power supply
- at least Intel Core i3 or better (for Roon)

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When I tested DSP on ROON it was not that good. I imagine there are improvements with each release. I tested about 6 months ago.

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USB to optical (optical network) is something I just learned about. I am going to explore this more. Sonare Signiture Rendu is supposed to now support this.

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I've been using a Sonore microRendu since the end of 2016, and I like it quite a lot. Even more so, recently, when I connected it directly to my router using a mix of Ethernet (copper) from my routher to a 7M run of optical fiber via upstream and downstream FMCs. The last part of the configuration is an audiophile-grade Ethernet cable to the Sonore. Installing the fiber brought a notable reduction in noise and improved clarity, spaciousness and presentation, overall. 

 

I just ordered an SOtM UltraNeo, however, to replace the microRendu, and also a Sonore OpticalModule to replace my downstream fiber media convertor. 

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You have the Selekt? It has space optimisation which works quite well. 

If you use Roon then you can add convolution filters from free programs like REW


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On 6/1/2019 at 1:48 PM, yyz said:

USB to optical (optical network) is something I just learned about. I am going to explore this more. Sonare Signiture Rendu is supposed to now support this.

 

The opticalRendu is shipping and sounds very good, at least in my system. 

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