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  1. You covered it all pretty well in that post. It's worth a shot to try it out in a qualified listening environment, as in, not just with budget gear or something you don't care much for. I think it's a decent Linux OS for audio and more than qualified to play the part. But as you said, can I unequivocally say it's the best and beats all the others, no. I just think it's comparable and totally worth a spot in the list given what's being covered here. And I must say thanks for all the effort you put into this 😀
  2. That was A LOT of content about operating systems. I'm sure there are many other ones and I assume other people will mention ones they figure you missed, but I want to throw Snakeoil OS (https://www.snakeoil-os.net/) out there as another 100% audio dedicated Linux distro. And it has Roon and HQPlayer configurations now too. I've always thought the lead developer Keith was a great guy and very focused on being an audiophile and making an audiophile OS.
  3. Maybe shoot for 150hrs each? You could do that by running the DAC ~24/7 for 1 week on each circuit. I think that'd be a safe way to start and not cost you much time. And you're very welcome. I do have 24/192 PCM white, pink, and brown noise files now, but before I had them I just cycled playlists with various music, trying to reach that 150-500hr target on my new components. Even now that I have the noise files, I still put them in a playlist with real music. The best and "official" way is to use a conversion transformer, the likes of a Jensen ISO-MAX or Radial _____. They both use Jensen transformers and come from the pro-audio world, but that's the ticket to real XLR-> RCA conversion. However, another approach is via a pigtail style adapter. I don't have any, but they just take 1 side of the balanced signal. I've heard good things about both, and better things about the transformer route, for various reasons. But then you're at the whim of the transformer quality and sound~ I'd probably just give the standard Terminator RCA outs a shot first, then pick up a conversion transformer from Amazon (about $150-300 USD) and try. If it's not worth it, you can return it. And in the meantime, you get nice music.
  4. I believe USB and i2s HDMI LVDS are the 2 favoured inputs, with some preferring/hoping the i2s input is better. I have sided with the I2s input so far, from sources like the USB->i2s DDC Singxer SU-1 or new SU-6. What you just described may be what's called the "USB receiver handshake", and after that the USB power is supplied from another source. If so, then it means the 5V power leg from the USB source device can likely be disconnected after the USB handshake successfully occures. This was a common tweak that many people said improved the sound quality of these kinds of USB implementations back a few years ago. Might be good here too? - Pink noise, white noise, brown noise. - 500 hours. - PCM and DSD circuits are not the same, thus need to either be burned in separately if you're going to rotate or just go with the one you need firstly and then burn in the other one after you get to 500hrs on the first. - Don't forget connecting the desired output as well. XLR seems to be preferred. Me included.
  5. Thanks. Never heard of them before. I did a quick Google and that model is called OMA Monarch, and costs £60,000. I didn't bother hunting down the centre stack too. Pricy stuff.
  6. What are these? And what does that system cost, including the centre stack?
  7. What's wrong with the Tektons? They're pretty run of the mill multi-driver looking tower speakers. And once there's a grill on the front, even more so. I listened to these about 6 months ago, they were fantastic. They look worse in person.
  8. It was raised several times in that thread that there was a small list on maybe 10-20 people who were making things difficult. When you read that, didn't you consider you might have made the cut for that team? I was sure of it. On topic: I'm pretty surprised to hear this, I figured the DA2 module would just enter production and completely replace the DA1. Sure, that leaves them to figure out what to do with whatever stock they have of the old ones, but this result seems like the wrong choice. Thanks for bringing it up.
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    I like this idea too. It could become a total gong show, but an unmanaged channel where manufacturers didn't need screening and could post there garbeled English and whatever links without worrying about passing some kind of test would be nice. There's lots of gear out there, like the Denafrips stuff, that was on the scene for a while before it caught on and got digital love. If there had been places where manufacturers could have posted it for any willing party to have a look, that would be cool. It could even become a platform for upvoting which could entice reviewers to take on new gear that wouldn't otherwise consider. But it would need policing because for sure assholes would abuse it and try to game the system.
  10. I like new shit. The DA1 module got better reviews than I expected, and if they've moved on to a DA2, that's awesome. The more varieties and configurations that're out there, the happier I am.
  11. Looks like the new DAC might be an ESS Sabre 9038 Pro. I couldn't find it written anywhere yet, but looking at the DAC performance specs listed around, they look like top-end Sabre ones. Not that that means a whole lot, but it's something to mention. I'm always on the fence about the MHA150, which I feel is pretty similar to the their low range pres. This C53 has a headphone amp onboard too.
  12. That's interesting to hear. I hope to get around to some comparisons myself in a year or 2. Work just can't get out of the way long enough to let me bring another DAC in for a listen. So far I'm completely in love with the T+A and I'm counting on getting the Linux+Windows DSD512 firmware update any time now.
  13. Thanks a lot, that was a great review and a good read. I must also compliment you on actually picking a winner for each comparison. That really kills me when reviewers don't do that and call it a draw or say something like "you'll just have to listen for yourself and decide"... I really wonder how an optimized DSD512 chain feeding a T+A DAC 8 DSD compares. The people who own them (like me) all praise its performance, but there aren't too many out there with matching chains that ever make it into a shootout.
  14. Just to understand more clearly, is this coming with 1x JS-2 1.5m custom DC cable? One of the 2 that came with the previous JS-2 you bought? And is this for sale because you got the other JS-2 for $525 or is there any issue with this unit?
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