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  1. Image is shifted heavily to the right for the Evo recording so you are not getting a good centered image like you have on the turntable sound. I would doubt that was the experience in the room so maybe how it was recorded. It does not help in determining which sounds better.
  2. Good review for the QA361 and fits with my findings. Pity they did not try an SLC card with the WAV firmware and line out which to me was the hidden treasure of this unit. Needs at least 2 days of continuous play and then it sounds amazing.
  3. If you google SLC v MLC you will find a lot of good information on why SLC costs more than normal MLC SD cards. My read is that a lot more processing and electrical activity takes place getting data off an MLC card and I think many of us have discovered that less is more when it comes to reading digital files in preparation for and during playback. In the journey to best sound I have found that the following are super important: fast clean power (super-caps at end stage) good clocks with re-clocking just before DAC (not ultra cost clocks but good and potato chip at end of I2s) Minimum bit processing of digital audio files (stripped back control software, wav only single tread real time operation) Storage medium with least data processing activity to deliver digital files (SD SLC card) I am no electrical engineer and my conclusions are defined by a long journey of listening tests so YMMV. I also spent a lot of money and time on USB out and while it has significantly improved with lots of add ons in recent years, after hearing SD playback done at less than one tenth the cost it became my go to for lights out being there listening.
  4. The best value you will get for an SLC card is here and various US sites on Ebay https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-M2MD6-8GB-SD-Card-R720-SC8000/283348922030?hash=item41f8e96eae:g:wIYAAOSwuwlcRzBn https://www.ebay.ie/itm/Dell-M2MD6-Compellent-SC8000-8GB-SLC-SD-Flash-Card/302681130297?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649 These are reclaimed but worth it for an improved sound with SD Card playback. Hard to come by but great value for money. Needs some work once received to merge and reformat to a single partition. If you do commit to SD Card playback then going i2s out from a simple SD card player into the Lampizator will astonish you compared to the best you can do with USB with all the bells and whistles. I have given up on USB in after discovering SD Card playback. My Big7 will be retired after discovering what a €700 micro sd player can do direct to Pre amp. The QLS361 line out with slc card out performs my Big7.
  5. Sad to say I had to use the Ignore button for the first time at CA....hope Ralf relaxes a bit and can see that we are all just trying out things here that do not make sense much of the time, all that is often asked is just to try it out and if it does not work for you then fine but if it leads to a better experience then great. I will leave the reasons why to others with more expertise and desire to root out the subtle effects that DC can have on digital chains.
  6. I am speaking from experience after spending 7 years wringing the neck out of USB with power supplies, cables, isolation and regeneration devices from 3 different sources including Uptone. And while all the USB items work in accumulation and gives improvement it was not until I tried playing redbook and Hires files without USB and over I2s with cheap cables (successfully used 1 metre cable) that I found the real magic in playback from both a Lampizator Big7 and Meitner MA! with mods.
  7. Find a DAC with good I2s inputs and avoid USB if you can. USB has served its purpose over recent years but is ultimately flawed even with all the add ons. It will take a while for more playback hardware to implement I2s outputs but its coming and will take off over the coming years.
  8. I do not want to side track the thread so this is all I will say on this as Google can be your friend here. I prioritize sound quality over functionality and a NAS solution is not available yet, hopefully hacking Wireless Sd cards with micro sd slot will open up this possibility. I do not up-sample, mainly redbook direct read off SLC SD card reader/player to I2s on DAC, best sound ever.
  9. All the above help improve USB but ultimately no matter how much money, time and effort we throw at USB it is flawed and will never be the ultimate solution. Time to get rid of USB altogether and I really mean that after 7 years of trying to get past all its issues. Playback from SLC SD cards though I2s has provided the best sound I have ever heard in digital and at a fraction of the cost. RIP USB.
  10. Shame yourself or John did not follow through on the simple test of the passive POE setup at the start of the thread to see the positive difference as i thought you had already ordered the pieces for test some time back. Would have been good to get either a yea or nay from either of you on this simple cheap test....other reasons i guess!
  11. I think you have taken this thread to a whole new level Cornan and I have enjoyed reading about your journey despite the usual distractions on any thread here where doubters and naysayers feed on any heavily active topic. Keep doing what you are doing and do not heed those trying to debunk or distract, all the attention shows you are making good waves here.? I am waiting on a delivery of Kemet's myself for testing so we are taking heed. Tight or loose connections are only a minor distraction on what the thread is about so I take no notice of these discussions...for the record I default to soldering. I have been distracted working on SD playback through I2s and give up on USB for the moment, but saying that good DC power and cables are still a a key feature of current experiments. Keep up the good work.?
  12. Lets no confine this thread to just supply by the LPS 1.2 as this was never the point of the thread or was never inferred in the title, I started this thread not ever having an LPS 1.2. I stated i used the Meanwell SMPS and a Paul Hynes Linear 5v supply and still heard improvements so lets keep the focus on what the cables do irrespective of source of supply.
  13. Wow....never seen a thread get so derailed....seems like we need a venting section or pub car park around here!
  14. And if a $10 piece of cable helps mitigate that then that is a win in my book....which is what the thread is about!
  15. Could not let this go...gave me a chuckle when i seen it ?
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