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  1. I'm in Canada, and unofficially enjoy Qobuz via VPN :-). For me it's Roon's single pain of glass view on Tidal, Qobuz and my local collection, as well as the integration of Metadata. Nothing else like it, it has changed the way we listen to digital music. Roon Radio on its own should deserve product of the decade, only for the sheer amount of new music we discovered with that feature. If it wasn't for roon radio, there is allot of music I would not have met.
  2. I think it is a great idea. I have been bi-amping my Von Schweikert VR 5 Anniversary MK2s for several years, and it is always a giant PITA trying to match the top amp with the bottom amp, and takes allot of trial and error to get right. I love the idea of an all-in-one tubes on top, SS on bottom, best of both worlds. What would be interesting is if this amp will work with KT150 tubes. I'll bet this amp will sound fantastic on speakers designed to be bi-amped.
  3. How to use ASIO from Tidal player for Windows Users: Like many here I use a dual PC setup with JRMC 19 and JPLAY with control PC and Audio PC. I have been able to test (on my laptop at least) the following configuration with the Tidal app being able to stream via ASIO out to JPLAY. Here is how: 1) Download (it is a payed tool) WDM ASIO Link or the WDM ASIO Link Pro (WDM ASIO Link Driver Pro - Linking Windows Audio to ASIO and the network) 2) Install the Tidal App 3) Select the virtual WDM audiocard installed by the WDM ASIO Link (it will install 4 virtual devices) 4) Within the ASIO control panel for (ASIO Link Pro) you will be able to select your output device - in my case JPLAY (already configured). I have also tested going direct ASIO out to my GeekOut and this works, as well as the JRiver Virtual ASIO driver. 5) detailed instructions are available here: http://midithru.net/Content/The%20WDM%20Asio%20Link%20Driver%20v2.1.pdf Tonight (time permitting) I will try at home with my dualPC setup
  4. Hi Roboss, I also own a PWD II I use I2S input from a Sonore USB to I2S converter, and love the sound. Just wondering what you upgraded to? Thanks Lou
  5. I couldn't agree more, for the 100 Euro / 135 CAD you cannot go wrong with AudioPhil's Optimizer, it is well worth the price, and the improvement is not subtle, even with JPLAY. FYI, I was never able to use UltraStream before running the optimizer on my AudioPC. I am in the process of building out a new AudioPC and ControlPC, both dedicated, and both will be optimized. I cannot wait until I am all done the new build :-) Great work Phil! looking forward to 1.24 :-)
  6. @cubbie5150 - thanks for providing feedback. For me, stock AK100 with Westone 4Rs, is fantastic. I just changed the cables to the W4Rs to Moon Audio's latest Silver Dragon IEM cable, and that has made a nice improvement. Biggest improvement was surprising for me, it was in the bottom end. More detail, yet a smoother more organic audio experience. I am really pleased with the AK100. With 2 64 G mSD cards (plus the built in 32), there is plenty of space. For my rock and jazz redbook collection I store the audio at 350 kbps OGG (ogg Vorbis), all the high-res and audiophile stuff in FLAC. Great balance of taking a lot of music, and having the audiophile / high-res recordings in lossless. I would never store my collection in OGG for loudspeaker listening, but seriously, at 350 converted directly from lossless, I actually cannot hear a difference on headphones. At high bit-rates, OGG sounds transparent to the FLAC file (again, this is on headphones). If any of you are bored, give it a try. I wouldn't encode at anything less than 350 kbps for 44.1/16.
  7. To users of the AK100 with 64GB mSD cards, is anyone finding they are having issues with the AK100 not consistently being able to read from a 64GB microSD? I am formatting FAT32, and occasionally the files disappear from the AK100, re inserting the card and rebooting usually does the trick, but this is annoying. The memory brand is Kingston, I do not have the same issue with my 32 GB Kingston card. I am wondering if this is a firmware bug, or a compatibility issue with Kingston 64 mSD cards (class 10). Interested to hear feedback from other owners.
  8. Thanks Chris, let me know how the RWA mods sound. My cheap no name 64 GB is useless, it doesn't matter how or where I format the card, the files become corrupt after first write to the card. So I have a 32 GB card in the AK100 now, and will buy a 64 GB card, which should be enough for what I want to carry around with me. At some point in the future they may come out with 128GB microSD... So, I have done some listening, and I have to say with the Westone 4Rs the sound directly out of the headphone output of the AK100 sounds better than being driven by my Practical Devices XM6 headphone amp. The PD XM6 is great with my Sennheiser HD650s, actually quite stunning for a portable rig. The Westones have better base drive and definition directly out of the AK100. Going out of the XM6, the Westones take on a more woolly sound, and I find are not as well balanced. The top end has more sparkle directly out of the AK100. The Sennheisers being driven from the XM6 connected to the AK100 is a great sounding combo - especially on high-res material, the top end has a lot of air, and almost an electrostatic type sound signature. I can see how with some armature type IEMs the 22 ohm output impedance would not be ideal, I think it is a good match for the Westones. Too low an output impedance with the westones, and I find the base is too lean.
  9. Hi all and Chris, been lurking here for several years, big fan of the site. My A&K 100 arrived yesterday from Japan. I agree the interface is a bit cludgey, but, with my Westone 4Rs the sound is fantastic directly out of the headphone jack. I think some of the quirks will likely be fixed in upcoming firmware updates (at least I will hope so). I live south east of Toronto, and the majority of the Canadian / US eastern seaboard were blasted with a nasty snow storm, yesterday. It was a pleasure listening to digitized vinyl at 24/96K on my portable, while snow blowing the drive. My preference will always be listening to analog LPs and digital via the big system in the basement, but with a newborn it is becoming tougher and tougher to find time(s) to listen. On a slightly different note, I have been playing around with a cheap no-name 64GB microSD card - the AK100 is having some issues reading files written to the 64GB cards... I think the problem is the Micro-to-SD adapter that came with those no-name micro SD cards. I am testing with a Kingston microSD adapter, and so far so good. You will need to format to FAT32 and not exFAT as exFAT doesn't seem to be recognised. I will keep this thread posted. If anyone else can share brand's of microSD cards and any issues that would be great. I guess you get what you pay for ;-D.
  10. Basically I disconnected both the power connector and FireWire without powering off the TC. Then I connected everything back up - with the power switch not turned off. I believe the inrush of DC current and FireWire power smoked my IT. And yeah the instructions do say not to do this. This is what happens when you are in a hurry and don't pay attention.
  11. I have lurked on CA for sometime, and figured it was time to give back. I have owned a TC Electronic IT for a couple of years. Replacing the stock switching supply with an after market linear makes a very noticable improvement. The TC accepts from 12 - 18 volt DC. I used the Nuforce Linear Power Supply (LPS-1), with a custom made cable (as the polarity on the TC is reversed from what the NuForce stock cable outputs). Improvement was heard even on the SPDIF out. Big mistake I made - as I was moving cables around was that I unplugged (both firewire and power) without turning off the unit... So my TC Impact got fried... I replaced it with a TC Studio Connect 48, which sounds just as good. Power Supply is built in, so replacing with a nice after market cord made a noticable difference.
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