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  1. OK, Tim just contacted me and said he has what he needs with above info. I will get back on the differences, if any between balanced and unbalanced connections, although it may be subjective. I like that this preamp can be modded for upgrades.
  2. Thanks for your input on this Martini. I'm having some issues getting information to him (see post above) Appreciate your thoughts.
  3. Thanks for your input on this Martini. I'm having some issues getting information to him (see post above) Appreciate your thoughts.
  4. OK looking for further help here. In order to get this preamp in my hot little hands, I am going to have to answer certain questions. I tried numerous messages detailing my setup, but I'm not an audio engineer, and I feel like I have to pass a test where I have no knowledge or background. I have an HRT Streamer HD as a source, which feeds a KRK 8s sub, ,which then feeds Two ADAM T7V monitors. All I can do is relay these stats: HRT USB DAC: Full Scale Output 2.25 V RMS (RCA), 4.5V (XLR) Output Impedance 50 Ohm (RCA), 50+50 Ohm
  5. I pulled the trigger a couple of days ago after doing some additional research and reading. Again, for the use of balanced connections from the HRT, and the balanced inputs and outputs on the KRK sub and ADAM T7Vs. This is the first tine where all the components have balanced inputs and outputs. Another issue is that, after isolating the USB DAC to a seperate, powered hub, and putting the speakers on a seperate circuit I still hear faint but perceptible "artifacts" when the volume on my current NHT Passive Volume Control is maxed with no signal is coming through the chain. It's been driving me
  6. Links: https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Release-LUMINOUS-AUDIO-Axiom-Mk-II-passive-pre-amp/130678286565
  7. Hello: Seeking some advice. I hope I'm in the right place. I started experimenting with Computer Audiophile sources and components (albeit MODEST) over the last 7 to 10 years. I currently have JRiver Media Center 27 on a Windows 10 64 bit system. That signal goes to an HRT Streamer HD>NHT Passive Volume Control>KRK Rokit8 sub>ADAM audio T7V powered studio monitors. I want to use the HRT's balanced outputs, and balanced connections, exclusively, so that will require a different Passive Volume Control/Passive preamp.
  8. Well, it turned out that the problem (unfortunately) was hardware related. I had a failing PSU (although it was a high quality one by PC Power And Cooling) which finally manifested in the computer not resuming from standby and then not powering on at all. This Winter took a toll in terms of power outages and over voltage. A replacement (refurbished) unit died within a day. That (second) failure took out a back up hard drive and probably inflicted unknown damage on the motherboard. So I replaced the PSU with a Seasonic model and installed a new motherboard as well. The new build is "pop fr
  9. Well, the problem randomly and spontaneously returned, most noticeably on playback of You Tube videos. My latest (successful? we'll see) attempt was to disable numerous Windows Services in order to allocate more resources to the CPU. MY OS is Windows 7 Professional, and I found there were numerous unnecessary services running in the back ground. Applying this has made audio playback smooth out again. This is a problem, apparently, with all Windows platforms and affects PCs that are demanding High resolution audio or audio and video playback. (as in gaming) Here is the link: Imp
  10. I am dating myself, but I have to chuckle at some comments here. At the the time Led Zeppelin I and II were released, a majority of people heard these songs over tinny, low fidelity, MONO SPEAKERS compressed through AM radio. Then, vinyl versions on cheap stereos, dodgy tape playback via 8 Track or cassette without Dolby NR. More sophisticated audio playback systems with true high fidelity were a few years down the road, but even then, few could afford them. The recording technology paralleled this, four track was the standard and 8 track relatively new. I have heard these recordi
  11. Thanks for the replies, the Ethernet port is integrated into the motherboard, and has the latest appropriate driver. If the popping and clicking return (Which was the scenario when returning to a particular iteration of Windows from standby or hibernation) I will consider getting a network card. They are cheap, and since I built this computer and regularly clean the fans and cards, and replace the thermal paste as well, it won't be a big deal. NDIS.sys is a Windows (Microsoft) driver that is part of the network protocol.It is a core Windows system driver that works in conjunction with netw
  12. After doing a lot of research, I have found no solid solution for the suspect drivers. (whether they are NDIS.sys or ataport.sys one of which is related to network activity) DPC Latency checker still gives a clean bill of health while Latency Mon reports my system has problems streaming real time audio. I found some tweaks, including disabling file indexing on your storage drive (Constant polling of your hard drive state taxes CPUs) Changing power settings to "High Performance" Disabling Intel Speed Step Technology in system BIOS (Which throttles back CPU speed in low power states), et
  13. I am doing further research into this. Apparently, Latency Mon is telling me that NDIS.sys is the culprit, and another similar analytical program called DPC Latency checker shows no issues. However, over time, (by that, I mean leaving an iteration of Windows in place by putting the computer to sleep or in hibernation as opposed to rebooting) DPC latency checker shows problems, the clicks and pops return. I have found a thread which generally addresses all DPC latency issues, by using the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit. A bit complex, but it could help find the drivers which
  14. This is definitely the unglamorous, least aesthetically pleasing part of PC computer audio. I am running Windows 7 32 bit and have run into issues with clicks, pops and dropouts when playing You Tube videos. When running J River Media Center, the problem is not nearly as evident, although sometimes, playing a a 96/24 file will cause horrible skipping and/or popping, and resetting the track to the beginning clears it up. I have been poking around the internet, and downloaded the latest version of Latency Mon, which is telling me which threads, services, or drivers are creating hard
  15. I downloaded (again these are authorized by the artist) an outstanding performance by The Steve Kimock Band from the Internet Archive, very clear 24 bit performace that sounds like it might be tapped from the mixing board, as the audience sounds far in the background picked up through onstage vocal mikes. At any rate I playback using JRiver Media Center,IMHO, FAR superior to iTunes.They have a tagging function so I simply inserted the titles in manually: Audio
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