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  1. I actually bought an iPad Pro 12.9" Gen 3 so that I could replicate an experience kind of like this on Roon. I think what I've got is good, but for sure there's a ways to go and it's not quite up to the level that I'd like, which I think is pretty much aligned with what OP Chris is talking about launching. But for me, I like the flexibility Roon gives me, especially how I can use the hardware I know and love compared to just something they make and bundle with a software suite. I like that this part of Roon came out of Meridian, which was "locked" into that approach.
  2. Superdad's company UpTone Audio makes a competing "hub-chip-based USB regenerator" called the ISORegen. He's certainly very familiar with the topic and I don't think there's anything in your reply that helped him get a better handle on the perspective he needs to understand what Innous is offering with the Phoenix. But what kind of rubs me an odd way is him taking the time to comment on and insinuate that the Connor-Winfield clock used in the Phoenix are substandard or somehow not good enough. Most of the MOT follow the unwritten rule to not throw shade at competitors
  3. It's a nice little setup you've got there. Why have all the speakers? Why not sell all of them and get just 1 "better" pair? And what kind of target sound are you after with the bookshelves? Just on my side, the smallest I have been able to go and get the sound I like are 8" drivers + 2" ribbon tweeters on a pair of now-discontinued active EmotivaPro Stealth 8s.
  4. Thanks for the feedback on both fronts, Will. That's interesting that they're for resistors to flavour the highs. I haven't looked into it, but I haven't see any Tekton owners talking much about that. That seems like a prime Tweekers Delight opportunity~
  5. Hi Will. Thanks for posting up all the pictures and detailing your journey with the Ulfberhts. I'm also awaiting a new home to be built and I've pretty much desided on the Ulfberhts for my combination music/entertainment room. My home won't be done for another 2 years in order to line up with a few other schedules, so I've got a bit of time to figure out the details. I already got in touch with Eric about the build several months ago and I'll be getting back in touch with him in another few months to work out some more details. I wanted to ask a couple questions: 1. I am also
  6. I might have gotten it wrong, but I'd prefer the big dog to weigh in on the effect of the GPU for pure upsampling modulators and filters on his software, without room correction or other DSP plugins. In any case, I'm looking forward to those new Nvidia 3090 TIs to release so I can buy one up and see if it makes any difference.
  7. I wasn't sure if you were kidding or not. FYI to anyone else who didn't know what tthe HSA-1b was, it's another dedicated, direct drive amp for the SR1a, but it also has outputs for a standard dynamic or planar headphones too. Certainly makes it more interesting. I'm excited to see these dedicated amps coming out for the SR1a. Hopefully Schitt has some competition soon or they just might take up all the orders themselves.
  8. Haha, I figured it had to be in there. I read over it once again before posting, but I guess I didn't give it my all. I did go find some pictures, just FYI for anyone else wondering what $3,900 is going to look like from RAAL for a dedicated amp:
  9. That's quite the rave review, Chris. I am one of those fence sitters for the SR1A, but we'll see how that goes down the road. I want to head further down the Abyss AB-1266 Phi TC path for a while before thinking about the SR1A and maybe the Jotenheim R. You mentioned that the Jotenheim R is ~$3000 less than the nearest direct drive/no RAAL Interface Box amplifier, but I'm not sure what product that is not how the performance compares. Could you tell me the model and if you've heard anything about it?
  10. Can you PM me about that too? John was one of the first guys I bought something from about 10 years ago. He provided great service and great sounding gear for the money. That'd be terrible news if he's decided to throw the towel in.
  11. Looks like a hit and run by the OP. I thought the ad was ridiculous when I read it. I wasn't sure how whoever thought it up was going to be able to realize any capitalization on the COVID-19 topic. It's too dumb to even talk about, yet I also talk about it? Marketing success! Maybe the angle was an OCR hit from a Google search for both audio AND COVID-19...? But I wouldn't fan these flames any further. I'd open my own thread if I actually disagreed with this enough to bring it up.
  12. For HQPlayer, the CUDA offload helps out for optimizing convolution filters for things like DSP room correction. It doesn't directly help with music upsampling. For the upsampling part, getting the best performance requires the highest 2 core clock speed you can get. More cores doesn't really make a big impact. The CPU with the highest 2 core clock speed is the new i9-10900K at 5.3GHz, if you're lucky. 5.1GHz for sure. Compared to the recent i7-9900K, it's probably a very close game. But in either case, neither can yet run DSD512 at the highest HQPlayer settings/modul
  13. Not that the method is the same, but separately and directly powering the ram was a top flight modder's mod back 4-5 years ago on the JPlay forums. Everyone who did it said it was a critical mod, but I never saw it catch on with any "commercial" music PC offerings and it seems to have drifted out of the limelight now. I always thought it was an interesting sounding mod. [/edit] I followed the link, Sligolad, Nige2000, and some others. Those are all the same guys that were blazing that trail on the JPlay forums before. Even if back in 2018, nice to see they're sti
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