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  1. it's an adaptor for using IEMs that are very sensitive with amps that they otherwise would have a lot of hiss with. Nothing magical and it does what it says it does.
  2. I used to be staff on HF, and while I wont go into details as to why, anything mentioning lawyers or legal matters is forbidden. They simply and absolutely don't want to have anything to do with any legal matters whatsoever.
  3. Much of that issue is Roon, among others, are using a version of the Chrome browser, essentially, to provide the user interface, instead of taking the time to probably write good software. Since browsers are massive bloatware, it can easily end up using 1GB of memory.
  4. Posted as much on Roon's forums, but this whole provenance thing -- well, how hard would it be for labels to checksum files and set up a server with an API? Of course, that would assume that their real interest was actually serving their end-customers....
  5. If you're a potential target for a SIM-swap attack, the solution would be to get a second phone with a number that you ONLY use for account recovery. Then even if someone does a SIM swap attack on your regular phone number, since it isn't connected with any of your online accounts, it can be used to break into them.
  6. Is it me, or is that Stereophile article that comment quote was taken from, full of numerous contradictions? One moment it seems to be about preserving stuff just above the audioband, then it seems to go back and forth from what is preserved being lossless or lossy. Hundreds of dozens?
  7. It appears that Roon needs to have code added that asks for permission to access external drives the first time it is run. That is what I guess the devs are working on implementing right now.
  8. Wow, that income is amazingly poor. Heck, I knew headphone amp makers that were making over $1m/year. Heck, years back, one guy who was making portable headphone amps was raking in so much he bought a Lambo. And if you want talk about tiny markets, headphones amps are a poster child.
  9. No, only sitting around thinking about what fake updates can be posted until the end of the statute of limitations for a fraud lawsuit.
  10. I've noticed a trend that people with painful physical ailments tend to get very angry online.
  11. I haven't tried the high-end MSB DACs yet. I'd like to, but nobody local stocks them. I've had more experience with R2R DACs under the $5k mark, which were all somewhat soft and euphoric in their presentation. Yggdrasil Analog 2 measurements, including comparisons to the original, are here: http://www.just-hifi.com/Schiit-Yggdrasil-V2-upgrade-Technical-Measurements_10487560.html The problem is, as I understand it (from explanations by both Rob Watts and Benchmark) is that the chips output a lot of noise alongside the audio signal, which has to be removed. I suspect that is where the limitations are when it comes to resolution, and where Rob Watts succeeded by using an FPGA + discrete converter that doesn't have these problems, nor many others that affect conversion. Of course, it is more complex than just programming a filter in an FPGA, as the digital processing is completely unique. There's nothing stopping anyone else doing what Mike did and figuring out how to use those chips for audio. I noticed that the actual chips used aren't mentioned. Though sooner or later someone will open one up and take a picture.
  12. I didn't ask. I don't know what is going on within the Japanese hi-fi scene. With the Tokyo show coming up I'll ask.
  13. As far as I can make out the "euphoric" sound of discrete resistor ladder DACs is the result of harmonic distortion. The measurements I've seen suggest that the harmonics are too low to be audible, but I cannot see any other explanation, especially given that the Yggdrasil doesn't have that typical R2R "sound". The Chord DACs seem, to me, to break the usual issues of deciding whether to go for accuracy or musicality, compromising one thing for another. The DAVE gave me the kind of goosebumps that I feel at a live performance. It is as if, instead of the typical "black background", that the background is filled in with the underlying substance of the music that a typical DAC has lost, and left silent ("black") instead.
  14. I think this the crux of the issue. I was talking to a dealer here in Japan the other day about MQA and he was talking about how the only people who buy MQA CDs were old audiophiles who wanted their "high res" without having to deal with a computer. The real issue is the one below (along with the forum not allowing me to put my cursor after the quote), not whether or not MQA's authentication can potentially be BS. "Bit perfect MQA" is rather like saying "A perfect fake".
  15. I was lucky enough to be able to borrow a Chord DAVE, which I used directly to headphones. In that case, it was a very significant upgrade over the Yggdrasil. The problem with the DAVE is, once you go through other electronics, you lose a bit of its resolution and magic. The ideal thing would be to borrow one, as I did, and see if it is a significant upgrade in your system. Other ladder DACs I've tried, such as the Kitsune/Holo Spring and Audio-gd have been a side-grade. They are more euphoric-sounding, which can be highly pleasant. It would be interesting though, to try an Audio-gd HE7 as the maker reckons that the built-in power regeneration is a significant upgrade over the regular R7.
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