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  1. I’m not sure why album art would introduce any more noise than displaying text of the song and artist. Unless you completely shut off the display altogether and I don’t think that’s an option. Besides - it didn’t seem to affect the sound quality much based on the review. Would Ld still love to know the answer to my original question if anyone knows if album art will be an option on other Aurender units?
  2. For a number of years I had wondered why Aurender didn’t include album art information on their front panel OLED displays. I’m curious, since I now appear to see album art in the review photos, if it will be applied across their line of music servers or just for this one? Does anybody know that answer? It would seem to be an option much more related to software and not in the OLED panels and thus hopefully it will be a front display option on their other servers. I just updated my conductor app and did not appreciate any album art feature on my now somewhat antiquated S10 unit anybody know?
  3. Does anybody know if there’s any ability to move playlist off of the Aurender software to other software platforms? For example, I would love to transfer some of those playlists from Aurender onto my Roon stuff, or even in Tidal/Qobuz so it could potentially be used when I’m not at home and streaming to someone else’s device for example or camping and what not.
  4. Sure does help. Thanks! My analog stuff is nowhere near as nice as my digital, but even with an entry level Project turntable, it puts out amazing sound so I definitely won't be giving it up. I really do appreciate your thoughts. I will have the Rossini and Berkeley both in my system shortly, and try to get a sense of how much I like them and their different tonal characteristics. I may or may not try to directly drive my audio research amplifier but I can't really think of any other way to listen to the vinyl without a quality preamp and phono-pre, so don't see much point and driving the speakers directly with the DAC, and likely will continue going through the preamp..
  5. By the way, as an aside, love Dylan. Absolutely would start with Blood on the Tracks. There are certainly songs on other albums that I prefer but man the sound on that album is just awesome. It’s so eminently listenable and just makes me feel good right from the first notes of Tangled up in Blue. Its an an easy entrance point to Dylan. Also, as a shameless plug for my present DAC, I will be looking to sell my Meitner MA1 on this site in the near future for those interested-I am the second owner (the first owner being Ted here on CA) Thanks for thoughts. By the way Chris, I really value your reviews-I don’t believe you have ever reviewed any of the MSB offerings and I don’t even know where there is a dealer near me but it would be interesting to read one of your reviews on their equipment.
  6. I have been reading the comments with great interest as I am presently considering either a Berkeley reference 2 MQA or DCS Rossini (and trying to figure out how much stuff I can sell /trade to be able to purchase either of these. Hence interest in eliminating my pre for sale/trade and having either go directly to my amp) I just listened to both of them at Quintessence Audio in Chicago. I liked both, and ultimately ended up leaving there telling them I would like to hear them in my own system. I tremendously agree with those here who have said you need to live with a product in your own system. It is very difficult to tell the acoustic signature of an isolated product in a full system at an audio show. There are so many other uncontrolled variables present. You are ultimately hearing the acoustic signature of the entire system and environment. The same goes if you are hearing it at an audio store and tremendously agree with those here who have said you need to live with a product in your own system. It is impossible to tell the acoustic signature of a product at an audio show. There so many other variables that are not controlled. You are ultimately hearing the acoustic signature of the entire system, and environment. The same goes if you are hearing it at an audio store in their system. I love the idea of having the DAC directly drive the amplifier but I’ve never tried it. Most people whom I have interacted with in audio circles tend to not be computer audio folk like us. They universally have been against this. I am curious for a number of reasons, not the least of which it would allow me a lot more money on trade-in, as well as Rackspace, to get rid of my audio research REF 6 preamp (which I happen to think is the bees knees and absolutely amazing by the way ) So my question stems from my love of vinyl as well. I’m one of these odd guys on this forum loves computer audio, but does also love vinyl, and appreciate what it brings to the table which clearly is different—Even from world-class digital reproduction. This is off-topic to get into a discussion of vinyl versus digital, but I would like to continue listening to vinyl which would seem too obviously necessitate the use of a preamplifier. That being said, there are some pretty clever people in these forums and maybe somebody has other thoughts on another way to accomplish said task as most DACs do not have analog inputs So, I guess my question is whether or not there are any slick options to have a turntable and somehow get that signal to a digital preamplifier if I would abandon my ARC REF6. What sounds like is the only option out there is some sort of a DAC /pre that has a phono input-I believe someone had commented on this being a possibility with MSB? Just curious if anybody has any thoughts on this specifically. For those of us who have a love for vinyl, it sounds like we probably need to have a true preamplifier and not remove it from the chain? Thanks all. Have a great weekend. Present system: Aurender S10–Berkeley alpha USB—Meitner MA1–ARC REF 6 Pre—ARC REF 110–Vandersteen Quattro CT Project Debut Carbon — ARC REF Phono 3–ARC REF6–etc.
  7. Thanks. The MA1 does have a BNC. I would definitely try all the options- agree wholeheartedly that is the fun. I would ideally have a situation though where both the Aurender and the DCS network bridge could be connected to the DAC at the same time to avoid the hassle of repetitively unplugging the ARS (likely best off both DCS and Alpha USB) each time I listen to one or the other path. Given the ideal set up of having both connected to the DAC at the same time, I’m guessing it likely would be SPDIF off the Bridge. Perhaps the DCS re-clocking helps with jitter issues known to SPDIF?
  8. Ive decided I'd really like the DCS Network Bridge but don't want to ditch my Aurender setup. Presently I run Aurender S10 (USB) --> Berkeley alpha USB (AES out) --> Meitner MA1--> ARC Ref 6 Pre Since I am already using the Meitner's AES input from the Aurender/Alpha USB would I then use SPDIF from DCS Network Bridge to Meitner MA-1?? Or would sound quality suffer versus AES off that DCS Bridge? I am concerned about jitter issues with SPDIF (less of a concern with DCS clocking?)and the quality of a SPDIF input o the Meitner or other DACs as I have only used USB and AES previously. or should I just run USB with iFi filter from Aurender to Meitner and then AES off the Network Bridge?? I figured I'd post this here as well as the DCS Bridge comments. Thoughts...help...Thanks!
  9. I am finally intrigued enough to consider this in addition to my Aurender but appreciate help. I presently run Aurender S10 (USB) --> Berkeley alpha USB (AES out) -- Meitner MA1 Since I am already using the AES off the Alpha USB to the Meitner, should I then use SPDIF from DCS Network Bridge to Meitner MA-1. I am concerned about jitter issues with SPDIF (less of a concern with DCS clocking?)and the quality of a SPDIF input o the Meitner or other DACs as I have only used USB and AES previously. I figured I'd post this here as I am guessing others that would consider adding this would have similar possible issues Thanks!
  10. Lydon- your comments are interesting. I just spoke to Michael the other day and he was incredibly generous with his time. I use an Aurender S 10 with AES and he thought that it would sound better going through the Alpha USB converter rather than straight AES into the RS2 MQA. Personally I don’t really understand this-but he thinks the Alpha USB would even further isolate noise from the server. My goal was to stay away from USB all together and go straight AES but he said it is a noticeable difference going with the alpha USB. Does anybody else have any thoughts on that or has anybody tried it? I’m guessing many people here have
  11. Interested in learning more about your "stack of Schiit". My Freya is also interested in learning more about your Freya
  12. I got it off amazon. 4cds, DVD and Bluray I still have no way of knowing if XLD is comparing it to other reps of the new CD release. Despite trying various databases. It doesn't look like it changed anything or found any errors in the ripping report though
  13. Well-when I inserted the new stereo mix, DISC 1, it came up with "Sergeant peppers lonely hearts club band (Mono)". And in searching all the metadata options, I don't see one that clearly labels the new remaster, or the correct year-so I don't know how to choose the correct comparison or if there actually is one in their database. -I don't readily see it there. So, hence the problem. It doesn't appear to be comparing apples to apples. Additionally --in the interest of learning, What does XLD do for the very first person who tries to rip the remaster? What then happens, that first time, when XLD detects errors?? Does it correct them, or simply accept that this is the new version and save that new version for comparison for other people's reps? Im assuming it later looks at all rips for a given CD and if they are all equal they set that as standard??
  14. I just got the Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band remaster Deluxe 4CD and DVD set. Giles Martin remaster. So, Im getting ready to Rip the 2 channel mix using XLD and was wondering, what is XLD using in the CD database to compare Rip Accuracy to as this just was released? And, I am hoping that it does not detect errors simply because the new remaster is different than whatever version they have in their database. For that matter, this probably applies to any Mofi etc remastering sessions. To accurately assess the rip, does that not depend on a perfect copy in the database to compare to? For a new release, how do I know they actually have it already in said database? and yes...I realize I am exposing my ignorance to the ripping algorithms. Help Thanks
  15. I ended up using Aurender N100 with 4Tb internal HD into the LS-50's. Absolutely amazing setup, and I haven't even dialed in the LS-50's yet. It barely takes a back seat to my main rig with a Meitner DAC and Vandersteen Quatro CT's. Very, very, very impressive.
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