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John Yow

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  1. Sorry if this has been covered before. I have not read this thread for a while. Is there a 4K Blu Ray player out there that works with SACD ripper? thanks
  2. Is there a release note to the latest firmware update after the support for the dCS Mosaic "platform"?
  3. It would be cool to have a comparison review of the different streamers. I would love to read how my dCS Network Bridge compares with other streamers. A blind listening would be quite interesting. Candidates could include low end players like the Squeezebox Touch, Chromecast Audio and may be direct from a Mac Mini. And of course between same class players like the dCS, Linn, Naim, sonictransporter, etc.
  4. As far as I know, Lumin is a product of Pixel Magic which is a 100% Hong Kong company based in Hong Kong's Science Park. Which is a high technology incubation hub. Their bread and butter products are set top boxes for terrestrial digital TV which I consider to be the best out there. Hong Kong is part of China, but the business practice cannot be more different. I thought I would like to clarify that because there are a plethora of electronics coming out of China, but only a handful of hardware companies from Hong Kong, and Pixel Magic is one that I personally am rather fond of.
  5. I am speaking as a long time addict of naim separates and Naim DAC, and a current Devialet 200 owner, the two approaches are diametrically opposed. With Naim you should be prepared to be forever climbing up the upgrade ladder with multiple boxes, and still feel somehow shortchanged glancing up the Naim upgrade hierarchy. With Devialet the general consensus is all three model sound pretty similar except for power outputs. And there is really not much point in adding equipment. At the minimum all you need is a networked computer as source. One of strengths though of the Devialet is of course the ability to add pretty much any source you want, be it a turntable or pretty much any digital or analogue sources In fact adding a Hugo DAC and hook it back up to the Devialet A to D would be kind of a pointless and potentially lossy exercise. Often times I miss the heady days of spending $ to upgrade in the Naim days. But then the Devialet's recent free firmware upgrade kind of quenches the thirst, without adding a cent. To satisfy my upgrade my upgrade urge, I am thinking of adding a DDC like the Audiophilleo or a Weiss INT204. But even those I suspect are just necessary toys. Different strokes for different folks i guess. Sound wise they cannot be more different, both are lots of fun.
  6. My experience is the opposite. Both Wireworld Starlight and Audioquest cables feel very loose connecting to different DACs and source components. So loose that I was concerned about the integrity of their contacts.
  7. Does anyone know if Amarra and Amarra HiFI play DSD transcoded to PCM and natively?
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