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  1. I enjoyed your article and want to try it myself. What is the name of the DSP VST file? I cant seem to find it anywhere?
  2. The Teac editor is converting to PCM then back to DSD. If you bring in the files and compare them in Audition, you will see changes to the file even without doing any editing at all
  3. Pros: Really removes record pops and clicks without messing with the underlying music Only 1/10 second delay from real time You can monitor what was removed Easily defeatable Easy operation and set up Control from front panel, phone app and/or browser Digitize music onto network attached storage or usb attached storage Metadata including cover art retrieved via internet and embedded into digitized files Browser based track splitting and editing included Quality adc and dac included Built-in headphone jack for listening/monitoring Pushed or pulled firmware/software updates Company continually supports all products including discontinued Hardware upgradable (at a cost) Cons: Does not include a phono preamp (can be a good thing) Use with a pre/pro/AVR that has a built-in phono preamp takes some cleaver wiring/setup Firmware updates require re-pairing of computer browser. Wow! I am impressed with this product. I backed it in it's crowd-funding stage on Indiegogo and am glad that I did. This product is now discontinued but they have several products that replace it with even more features (at a cost increase). I will have the option to upgrade mine to the new feature set for $500 when available. The company owners provide great support and are very visible. They come to many trade shows. I often use the product just for listening to old recordings. I am amazed at how well the pops and clicks are removed without bothering the underlying music. The removal monitoring lets you listen to just what has been removed to make sure. You can also change the aggressiveness of removal for yourself. The recording and metadata retrieval works very well and all of my audiophile friends ask me to help them with digitization of their prized vinyl. The audiophiles that have seen this system at my house have all purchased one. It is not the cheapest add-on, but it has made a big difference in my system. This product will also work with any other analog source such as cassettes, tape, FM radio, etc. It was interesting that it actually removed pops and clicks in real time from cassette recordings that i made in the 80s of old records!
  4. Line-in/line-out two channel real-time recording and click and pop removal component for vinyl LPs. The SC-2's flawless Click and Pop removal process benefits from the latest algorithm updates with version 2.0 software including SweetVinyl’s Track Splitting and Metadata Tagging Software.The iOS and Android apps and web interface provide remote control of Click and Pop removal and Analog Bypass, Advanced track splitting and metadata functions work in a web browser. The SC-2 has a front panel USB 3.0 Port for transferring digital recordings of your favorite LPs.The soundstage is virtually indistinguishable when engaged or in Analog Bypass.The SC-2 provides hours of enjoyment from previously unplayable vinyl records in any collection, while creating digital copies in virtually any format. Front Panel: Headphone Jack with Volume and Mute, Bypass Mode, Click and Pop Algorithm Engage and Disengage, Click and Pop Monitoring, Algorithm Threshold Control. Rear Panel: Audiophile Grade RCA Left/Right Input and Output, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, Two USB 2.0 B Ports, Power and On/Off Switch. Internal A/D and D/A – 192k/24bit. Includes WiFi USB adaptor and iOS/Android mobile apps for control. FEATURES Integrated real-time, non-destructive, digital click and pop noise algorithm Bypass mode to disengage digital processing with audiophile grade relay Built-in 192/24 bit Hi-Res ADC and DAC Ethernet and USB digital interfaces for local network and internet connectivity WiFi USB module included Front Display indicates click and pop removal strength and unit status Buttons engage click and pop removal and monitor of removed noise Supports virtually any external phono stage Includes iOS and Android mobile apps for remote control option BENEFITS Listen to vinyl LPs without distracting clicks and pops Remove clicks and pops without degrading musical content Installs in virtually any configuration of components with RCA interconnects Easily bypass digital processing when pure analog listening is preferred Hi-Res digital processing provides warmth and detail of analog without unwanted noise. Software updates via SweetVinyl.com Connect to SweetVinyl mobile app and other audio devices on home network Operates with manual front panels or smartphone remote control https://sweetvinyl.com/collections/legacy-products/products/sc-2-legacy
  5. Should I post reviews for products that are no longer for sale by the manufacturer? In other words it may be available on the used market but cannot be purchased new. Also, what about subwoofers? What category would a product like the sweetvinyl sugarcube products go into? https://sweetvinyl.com/ They digitize records in real time to remove surface noise as well as allow recording of the records along with retrieval of metadata. Is there a method that people could use to ask followup questions to the contributors of these reviews?
  6. Is there any way to go back and edit my own review? That might be a good thing as opinions may change as one uses a product.
  7. Pros Excellent sounding speaker... with good amplification Low cost for a good 3-way speaker Cons Requires good amplification Cheap vinyl finish Low efficiency and low impedance I tried this out on the Marantz NR1200 AVR and was not blown away by the sound. It was good, but not great. I then looped in the Benchmark AHB2 power amp and wow, what a difference! Therein lies the conundrum. How do you rate a budget speaker that doesn't sound amazing until you drive it with an expensive high-quality amplifier? It does sound much better than the price would suggest, but only if you use a great amplifier. I rated it 3 stars because the real value case isn't there.
  8. Pros: Great sound Solid build Feature rich HDMI 2.1 upgradable One of the few pre/pros with an 8-channel analog input HEOS streaming is excellent Many integration options including web-based remote control High quality DACs Very flexible configuration options Runs cool Cons: 100Mbps ethernet connection No USB-B connectivity HEOS is only 2-channel and doesn't yet support Qobuz Audyssey room correction downsamples to 48khz prior to output Phono stage is just adequate One of the most flexible and feature-rich pre/pros currently available. It is very stable even with all of those features and "just works." A dizzying array of integration options and still simple to use. The manufacturer has said that they will make an HDMI 2.1 upgrade available via send-in for a nominal fee sometime around summer 2020. I tested this unit with a Piega speaker array consisting of 2 Piega P10 for the front, Piega Coax center, 6 Piega 1.2 for the surrounds and Atmos overhead channels. I also used 2 Sherbourn 7/2100a amplifiers, a computer, exaSound e38, Studer Revox 795, Studer A80 and Sugarcube sc-2.
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    Pioneer SX-N30

    Pros: Low Cost Simple to use Good and clean power Pre-outs Subwoofer support Streaming ability - local and internet based Plays DSD without conversion Cons: Streaming does not include many services Network stability is not the best No room correction No filtering and crossover settings available for the subwoofer output Android control app is not great This integrated amp is a low-cost way to support analog as well as digital sources with plenty of power. There are several ways to stream both local files as well as internet sourced files and services. None of the "hi-res" streaming services are supported although you can stream local "hi-res" pcm and dsd files. I had a few instances where high bitrate files stuttered while streaming even though the integrated amp was ethernet connected to a 10Gbps network. When I did get a steady connection, the sound quality was very good through my connected Elac Unifi B5 bookshelf speakers. This is not an audiophile product, but would be a decent choice for a bedroom/garage/office type of system.
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    Pioneer SX-N30

    The networked audio hub at the center of all your music The Pioneer Elite SX-N30 Network Stereo Receiver delivers exceptional sound quality that dramatically enhances hi-res audio from a wide variety of digital sources, including compatible TVs, turntables and DVD players. Built-in Bluetooth® Wireless Technology, DLNA™ Certification (1.5), AirPlay®, and built-in Wi-Fi® allow you to easily stream songs from your smartphone, laptop, network-attached storage, and other compatible devices Power and Precision for Hi-Res At the heart of the Elite SX-N30 resides a Direct Energy amplifier that uses short signal paths for purer and more dynamic sound quality—a superb choice for listening to High-Resolution audio files. With a discrete high-output amplifier, the SX-N30 achieves a high S/N and signal transmission through component layout and individual circuit block optimization. With 85 watts per channel, you get sound that's not only powerful and dynamic, but also bass reproduction that's deep and sustained. Hi-Res Audio as it’s meant to be heard With the increasing emergence of high-resolution audio files, Pioneer’s Elite SX-N30 delivers High-res audio via Wi-Fi with Direct Stream Digital (DSD) streamed through your Ethernet connection. Compatible with WAV and FLAC files at 192 kHz/24-bit as well as DSD files at 2.8/5.6 MHz, the SX-N30 supports Apple Lossless, WMA Lossless, WMA, AAC, OGG Vorbis, as well as MP3. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Spotify and AirPlay Stream, connect and share music libraries from an array of digital devices via Ethernet or Wi-Fi from your home network. With Apple AirPlay as standard compatibility, you can easily connect and stream from virtually any of your Apple iPhones®, iPads® or other iOS devices; or pair any smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC using the built-in Bluetooth receiver to wirelessly stream your music. Access to your favorite Internet radio stations like Spotify, TuneIn, and Pandroa is easy and seamless. Direct Connect to TV, CD and other digital sources The SX-N30 features an array of connectors for most of your compatible digital devices, including a range of analog RCA and phono inputs. The front USB interface makes the receiver ideal for connecting mass storage devices for easy access to all your music libraries. The networked audio hub at the center of all your music The Pioneer Elite SX-N30 Network Stereo Receiver delivers exceptional sound quality that dramatically enhances hi-res audio from a wide variety of digital sources, including compatible TVs, turntables and DVD players. Built-in Bluetooth® Wireless Technology, DLNA™ Certification (1.5), AirPlay®, and built-in Wi-Fi® allow you to easily stream songs from your smartphone, laptop, network-attached storage, and other compatible devices. https://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Home/2-Channel+Components/SX-N30 pioneersxn30.pdf pioneerSX-N30_Single_Sheet_final.pdf
  11. Pros: Covers a niche market segment Good amplification internally and includes pre-outs in case you need more power Subwoofer outputs with filtering Low profile design HEOS streaming system works very well and has broad support including Amazon Music Ultra HD Good quality DACs Low cost Cons: Converts DSD to PCM prior to playback HEOS does not yet support Qobuz nor .iso files Not HDMI 2.1 upgradable No Dolby Vision support This is a very unusual unit. It is built for 2-channel audio, but it also has HDMI inputs and output. The combination of these two makes this unit very well adapted to a bedroom or office system that also has a Television or other HDMI sources. The sound quality is very good for a system of this cost. It even has tone and balance controls that can be bypassed. Up to 2 subwoofers can be added. The HEOS software that this unit uses is a great system and is continually being updated with more streaming options. Google and Alexa integration is included. It is hard to beat this AVR for its cost, good sound and flexibility.
  12. 2ch Slim Stereo Receiver with HEOS Built-in Indulge in high-resolution sonic perfection with the Marantz NR1200 two-channel slim stereo receiver that powers detailed, high-fidelity audio from a compact chassis. At half the height of a traditional receiver, the NR1200 drives impeccable sound for your movies, shows, Hi-Fi audio and more. The NR1200 supports the latest HDMI connectivity with its 5 inputs, each one supporting HDCP 2.3, 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, HLG and more. Stream music from leading music services and control the NR1200 with voice control compatibility via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Siri. Key Features Bluetooth Headphone Transmission: Connect any pair of Bluetooth Headphones to the receiver and enjoy music or movie sound with pure freedom. With or without speakers turned on. Slim profile that’s half the height of a traditional AV receiver: Delivers exceptional performance and sound quality Power to suit your audio preferences: Two-channel discrete power amplifier with separate L/R power amp circuit and power transformer with 75W per channel (8-ohm, 20Hz – 20kHz, 0.08% THD) Hi-Fi construction and performance: Engineered with dedicated Hi-Fi parts for two-channel Hi-Fi performance, including custom designed power capacitors, sound parts exquisitely tuned by sound masters and dual DAC circuit design Versatile HDMI ARC connectivity: 5 HDMI inputs with full HDCP 2.3 support plus one HDMI out with ARC support for single cable connection with your television Flexibility for all configurations: Speaker A/B, tone control to tune sound to your exact specifications and dedicated dual subwoofer output for evenly dispersed bass, and no audible peaks or dips AM / FM tuner: Hear all of your favorite radio stations with exquisite detail Play vinyl with exceptional clarity: Integrated phono input that easily connects to your turntable Drive an exceptional gaming experience: Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) ensures Xbox One users have a more responsive and immersive gaming experience when connected with select TV models that also support ALLM Smart TV connectivity: Control the NR1200 with your TV remote, and HDMI-CEC support for seamless pass-through of the latest picture and audio coding from your TV to the stereo receiver High-performance, high-resolution audio playback: Ability to decode high-resolution audio ALAC, FLAC and WAV lossless files up to 24-bit/192-kHz — plus, DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks for high-resolution listening HEOS Built-in: Enjoy more flexible music streaming in one room or many Stream your favorite music from popular services: Play music on Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, Deezer and many others via Bluetooth, AirPlay 2 or the HEOS Built-in app Integrate with your home-network: Built-in Wi-Fi with 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band support (dual antenna) Speak your commands: Supports all major voice control agents and streaming services for seamless control NR1200_NA_EN (2).pdf
  13. Overview The versatile Marantz AV8805 pre-amplifier redefines audiophile home cinema and music listening with an unprecedented 13.2 channel processing capability, and supports virtually any high-resolution multichannel audio format. Immerse yourself in three-dimensional audio with the latest surround formats like Dolby Atmos, DTS:X or Auro-3D. Enjoy enhanced audio quality supported by our proprietary current feedback and HDAM technology that passes signals through 15.2 channel XLR or 15.2 RCA outputs. Stream music throughout your home with HEOS multi-room listening and full wireless connectivity through the HEOS app or Amazon Alexa Voice Control, supported by Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Apple Airplay. With the Marantz AV8805, you get incredible fidelity and unparalleled audio precision. Key Features 13.2 channel processing with 15.2 channel XLR and RCA outputs and flexible pre-amplifier stages — ideal for the advanced home cinema enthusiast Enjoy immersive, three-dimensional sound with the latest surround formats including Dolby Atmos (up to 7.1.6 or 9.1.4), DTS:X and Auro-3D (up to 13.1) High-performance 192kHz/32bit D/A converters for all channels provide the highest resolution for music and movies Audyssey MultEQ XT32, LFC, Sub EQ HT, Dynamic Volume and DynamicEQ deliver equalization to best suit your listening environment Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band support offer improved network stability even in Wi-Fi-crowded homes Listen from any room of your home with HEOS wireless music streaming technology and the HEOS app Ultimate visual quality with 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 color resolution, HDR, BT.2020, Dolby Vision and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) pass-through eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) functionality via firmware update supports the most advanced surround and object-based audio formats, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X via single HDMI connection between AVRs and compatible TVs Eight HDMI inputs, including one on the front, with full HDCP 2.2 support, plus three HDMI outputs (zones), plenty of inputs for your digital devices and the ability to support different video in different rooms Analog to HDMI conversion and SD to HD/4K Upscaling for legacy video sources, plus full HD and even Ultra HD video quality from existing DVDs or analog sources Stream music from AirPlay, Bluetooth, TuneIn Internet radio, Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, Amazon Prime Music, TIDAL and more via the HEOS app Network music streaming supported via DSD (2.8/5.6MHz), FLAC, ALAC and WAVsupport for high-resolution, Hi-Fi listening Installation and operation are seamless with the Setup Assistant and Marantz AVR Remote app https://www.us.marantz.com/us/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?CatId=AVSeparates&SubCatId=0&ProductId=AV8805
  14. Where would you put a product such as the Marantz AV-8805. A preamp with both digital and analog processing with no amplifier built in? It is a preamp but not analog only. It is not an AVR as it has no amplifier.
  15. Perhaps a category for Preamps/Integrated Amps/AVRs
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