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  1. Bryston's approach to active speakers seems to be wasteful and completely behind the times - big metal boxes with expensive heat sinking and A/D/A processing (meaning D/A/D/A for those of us who are primarily focused digitally stored music. However, the approach the preamp/crossover/amp combos outside of the speaker boxes offers great flexibility and opens up myriad potential upgrade paths. One could start with a simple 2 or three way system, with a capable multichannel digital crossover/preamp, and over time, independently upgrade: 1) speakers ; 2) crossovers; 3) digital filters; 4) D/A conversion; 5) preamplification; and 6) amplification. Of course, many of these functions might be combined (crossover + digital filters in and HQ player server, or Exasound 8 channel DAC straight to amplifiers, for example). I am intrigued by the possibility of just such a sytem, but the interesting question to me is "what passive speakers" would I want to try this out on, i.e., who has a great box and great divers with an OK, not great crossover?
  2. Picturing a Sonic Orbiter Pi in every room! Kids can have it getting Spotify and I can run Roon + Tidal on others.
  3. Curious as to why care needs to be taken with motherboard? Is if because of the limitations of the case (i.e., heat pipe routing), or the power supply? I currently have this case and PS, so am wondering. Gigabyte Aorus seems good, as do ASRock Z390 and Asus ROG STRIX (with that one heatsink removed).
  4. John J, drop a Sonos Connect into your system. It would extend the Sonos universe to your system and you could run something else for quality listening. Or buy a modded Connect by Wyred 4 Sound and maybe it would be good enough.
  5. If this works with MicroRendu, I think I've found my next system - for several thousand less than I anticipated!
  6. I haven't used that. Perhaps a miniDSP unit might fit the bill for a car install?
  7. Just wanted to give Jesus a shout out! He remoted in to my micro Rendu and fixed the problem. The same day I sent the email. On a Sunday. Amazing customer service!
  8. I'm experiencing a strange problem - I am getting very low output volume output from MicroRendu through Audioquest Dragonfly, almost as if the software volume control in MPD is set down at 10. I just moved, so most of my audio equipment in storage, and other DAC at hand is not seen by MicroRendu (Schiit Modi). Plugged MicroRendu into Dragonfly, volume out to both a Schiit Asgard 2 and a set of powered speakers. Using Kazoo, set volume at 100 and still barely get any sound. Have checked the powered speakers and Asgard - all is functioning normally. Was thinking there's a miscommunication with the Dragonfly volume control, as Kazoo has a software volume. Any thoughts, Jesus?
  9. No Tidal in JRMC. No Tidal Music Service in MC I can't speak to the business decision without knowing what was objectionable to JRiver, but I'm moving on to another platform . . .
  10. Any chance of selling Sonic Orbiter Licenses? I built an Atom based CAPS Topanga+ and would happily move to a lightweight Linux/Sonic Orbiter setup without rebuilding an ATOM machine.
  11. Afraid not. No Mac, no Spotify, no expertise. Got the idea to try the Bubble control point from reading a post of TedB's on the Sonore Signature Rendu.
  12. I have BubbleUPNP installed on an old Android phone as a control point, pointed at my CAPS as the server and a BBB as a renderer and am sending Tidal to my Volumio/BBB/Dragonfly combo ethernet in from a wireless range extender. Working like a charm.
  13. Volumio has evolved into more than an MPD server platform, based on user input. Recent builds of allow for the ARM devices to act as DLNA renderers, probably because there is a significant market for people who want inexpensive renderer options with good audio quality. I built a BBB MPD server after the Computer Audiophile article came out, but it was glitchy and the control point options did not work well or consistently. I downloaded Volumio, plugged the card in and ran it as a JRMC zone with no problems, using Gizmo on a tablet and JRemote on a phone. I plan to purchase another BBB and Dragonfly to run a bedroom system this way. As far as I know, the Volumio "app" is a browser window control app, which I consider much less convenient then JRemote or Gizmo.
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