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Kevin M.

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  1. View Classified Minidsp U-DI08 USB to SPDIF interface up to 8 ch. I purchased this for multi-channel into my stand-alone dacs. Works great but sounds identical to my Lynx AES-16e card. Used only for a few hours. I don’t need both interfaces. This is SPDIF version which comes with BNC comnectors. Price includes shipping. Check Stereophile for review. Seller Kevin M. Date 05/02/21 Price 250.00 USD Category Digital to Digital Converters  
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    I purchased this for multi-channel into my stand-alone dacs. Works great but sounds identical to my Lynx AES-16e card. Used only for a few hours. I don’t need both interfaces. This is SPDIF version which comes with BNC comnectors. Price includes shipping. Check Stereophile for review.

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  3. I like the new site. Like the look. I mostly come here to read the great information. It remains my favorite site. You do a great job of reviewing products and interacting with the users. I love that too. This site is unique in that respect. Keep up the great work.
  4. What connection where you using? It seems the XLR of the Dave is limited to 24/96. What about higher than 24/96 sample rates with BNC? Do you have to use dual mode to get higher rates with BNC?
  5. I've owned the Wireworld 7 Platinum, Straightwire, Supra and now have D H Labs Mirage. I found the Wireworld Platinum and D H Labs Mirage to be the best. Seems like the cables with a separated power wire, sound better. My favorite is the DH Labs Mirage and the one I kept. It's the most neutral cable I have tried. I notice the Curious cable also has a separated power wire.
  6. I am just a consumer. You might be able to ask the designer/builder of the power supply. I am confused however. Isn't the 1khz tone expected for the dac being used? Sent from my iPhone using Computer Audiophile
  7. I too am baffled. The theory of isolation between the devices and the core server seems to be refuted by the fact that the sound improves with a direct LAN connection. Yet, there seem to be a consensus that it does work. Do you know of anyone that has compared the Paul Pang V3 vs the mrendu and the host of tweak devices connected to it?
  8. Here's the graph of the supply from the builder of the linear supply I use. UH7000-New_PSU-192_zpssxyrdrd1.jpg Photo by projectile | Photobucket Here's the graph with the original switch mode powers supply, http://smg.photobucket.com/user/projectile/media/UH7000-Old_PSU-192_zps7ttvbjbe.jpg.html?sort=3&o=42
  9. It's the external drive itself going to sleep. Try a different brand like Seagate. I have 4 external drives. The Lacie drives are the only ones I have that do this. I contacted them to see if I could have them stay on but was told no. Sent from my iPhone using Computer Audiophile
  10. I think I need to qualify, "expensive." The linear supply is expensive compared to modifying the existing supply. The cost was $160 plus shipping from Singapore. I felt that reasonable for the supply considering the design work. The designer was very helpful and provided directions. I think the directions actually made it seem more complicated than it was to install. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx_GtKC7_I2HUjVHN0pULXJmZDA/view
  11. Expensive but fairly simple to install. It fit. Bigger than the original for sure but the guy who designed it also owns the Tascam. This was easier for me. I wanted everything inside the box. I'm not opposed to external supplies but I already have enough of that.
  12. Yes. It's seemed more difficult to use an external smps with the Tascam. Sent from my iPhone using Computer Audiophile
  13. I replaced my power supply with a custom made linear supply. Fairly easy install but much costlier. Still I'm quite pleased with the results especially when I use it as a dac. Sent from my iPhone using Computer Audiophile
  14. My guess is that the room would be smaller than is optimall. It's also close to being a perfect square in width and length which is not good for room modes. Some type of room correction could help. The problem is that because of the size of the room, it will limit seating and speaker placement positions. As you know, this can have a great effect on room acoustics. With all of this said, I have seen guys make a room this size work. I can't imagine it working well however without some good room correction. Unused speakers or other boxes with holes in them like instruments can interfere with good room acoustics. In the future, technology like Dirac Unison will seek to use others speakers to assist the performance of the speaker playing audio. As for your TV, perhaps you can find a throw or blanket to put over the TV when listening to help reduce reflections. You can try this to see how much of an effect it is having. Placing the speakers further out into the room away from the TV can also reduce the problem.
  15. New HERE indeed . I'm just stating the obvious about his set-up. I'm not sure what a professional audiophile is? If "professional audiophile" means I place my speakers away from boundaries within reason even if it would look neat all in line against the wall or rack, I am guilty. I only state that I have as much electronics so one would know that my criticism is not jealousy nor am I constrained by envy. I will not get personal. It's just hard truth that you'd tell any beginning audiophile. Don't push your speakers against the rack or near the wall. There are boundary effects and that can't be solved even by the best room eq or correction. Do you disagree with my advice? Perhaps I'm off base but it would seem to be acoustics 101, the stuff I posted. Nothing really outlandish? From my perspective, guy comes in with a lot of beautiful gear and room that you'd hate to mention the "elephant in the room" or "Emperor has no clothes." Aesthetics are nice but set-up and just the very basic things one would do to tame boundary effects and acoustics are all WAY off. All the criticism posted by all are accurate.
  16. I have no agenda. It's just acoustics. I don't have to hear it to know that your speakers are too close to the rack in one, for aesthetics I guess and the boundaries in the other among other things. I don't have to hear it to know what sidewall reflections are. What I posted is just the truth. I am not going to get personal. I'm just discussing what I see from purely an audio perspective.
  17. I have an equal amount of expensive electronics but would never set it up like that. You really are not optimizing your system when you do that. It's harsh to say but it's amateur for the amount of money being spent.
  18. I use a M.2 drive with an Asus Hero VII. I don't hear any sound quality difference between it and a conventional SSD drive. With the M.2 drive actually being on the motherboard, you lose the ability to add a SOTM noise filter, however. I've used a SATA SSD as well but never with a filter.
  19. I totally agree. I have had several and my favorite before this one was the Wireworld Platinum. I like the DH labs Mirage much more. All the note decay and resolution is there as with the Platinum but it seems a more neutral cable. It's really superb. My past experience with Dh labs cables were that they were OK. The USB is stellar.
  20. I use McIntosh XR200s. Look on http://www.audioclassics.com . They have a used pair and you can return them if you don't like them. IMO they are several levels above the 10t and considerably better than the current 7t. The highs on Aerial 7t are excellent but the XR200s offers much more resolution and dynamics,MUCH more. I compared the XR200 in same system with B&W N802 D2. In terms of resolution, the N802 offered just as much. Highs were more extended on N802 but I found them harsh. XR200 offered extremely wide and deep sound stage with much broader sweet spot. There is no comparison with the XR200 much greater dynamics as well. If you look on audioasylum, another owner chose XR200s over Revel Salon 2s. I'm not surprised. A few of my friends snicker at McIntosh speaker. " I didn't know they made speakers!"[emoji38] But I wish I had taken a pic of the look on 3 of their faces when they heard them. With Audioclassics, you'll only lose shipping if you don't like them. They take trades too, so you can trade in your Aerials.
  21. I'm afraid many do support MQA. I am not one. However, I think that efforts should be directed at the labels and manufactures to not support it. Those who do certainly have contacted many companies asking when will they get support for MQA. I suggest that those who do not support MQA do the same. Chris should not oppose MQA in my opinion. If he does, people like Bob Stuart will never participate on this forum. Seldom is there a universal consensus on anything. I remember the debate about motorcycle helmets many years back for example.
  22. No, I think you may be missing my point . That company will provide a digital out for licensed MQA products that do not have a digital output. For example, you can bypass HDMI audio restrictions that way and get 4 SPDIF outs. You find a licensed MQA product and then have that company create a digital output and get around the MQA restrictions.
  23. What's locked can be unlocked. It MQA has widespread use on consumer electronics devices, this company JVB Digital for all your MultiZone MultiRegion Codefree Blu-ray and DVD players. Including 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, SPDIF and Darbee is sure to provide a digital out on at least some of them. Not a cheap solution however, but at least you could use Dirac Live or other room correction on the decoded signal sent to the dacs and intercepted by the digital out board.
  24. I asked the Dirac help desk . Response was that they didn't not know but felt it unlikely Dirac would implement MQA. Mentioned licensing fees and gave me a good link that's not positive for MQA. http://www.metal-fi.com/meridian-audios-mqa/ This was just help desk and I wouldn't consider it an official position. I guess, someone could play back a decoded file without Dirac live and compare that to an un-decoded file with Dirac Live and see which technology offers the greatest improvement.
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