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About mrvco

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  1. I ping (8 hops, Cloudflare) at 12-15ms from my home network connection via Wifi (Comcast). (10 hops, Google) and (7 hops, Comcast) are each a few ms higher on average. I'm not sure how that translates to actual DNS performance, but as long as the DNS server in question is up and working, the difference between each of these isn't perceptible of course.
  2. I know local DNS caching used to be a thing when you were more dependent upon your ISP for DNS. I can imagine it still speeding things up a bit for people with sub-par ISPs and/or high-latency Internet connections.
  3. It can be a bit faster and work if your chosen DNS servers are down. There are also the privacy concerns related to informing Google of your every interaction with the Internet. Cloudfare's / DNS servers are a good alternative that are a bit faster without directly contributing to Google's already vast db of information. It's slower than Cloudflare, but I also use quad9 DNS as well without issue.
  4. THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT AND NOT AN ACTUAL NEWS ARTICLE, BLOG, OR CONSUMER PROTECTION UPDATE The linked site is click-bait trash. On the topic of legit wireless range extenders, I used a wireless range extender for a while (Netgear something or another) and it was better than nothing until I invested in a proper wifi setup and got all the consumer junk out of my network, but it wasn't reliable and required periodic reboots. I highly recommend Ubiquiti Networks and their UniFi WAPs and Switches as well as their EdgeMax Edge Routers. Even if you have zero tech ability and need to pay someone to do the initial setup, it is well worth it.
  5. I was using mine as a preamp, but got the itch to try a DAC without preamp functionality. So I bought a Wyred4Sound STP-SE. I have yet to buy another DAC, so I set the output on my Brooklyn to fixed output rather than variable and use it as a standard DAC / Phono pre. I haven't tried going back to using the Brooklyn as the pre to compare yet, but I didn't notice a dramatic difference when I added the STP-SE. Having high-efficiency speakers, I've never run the STP-SE anywhere near getting beyond its passive output stage. With the Brooklyn, I used the balanced outputs to connect to my amp and the unbalanced outputs to connect to my sub. Works great. The updated Brooklyn DAC+ and the Brooklyn Bridge are supposed to have an improved 'dual mono' preamp than the OG Brooklyn. While I like the flexibility of having a preamp back in my system, the simplicity of the Brooklyn Bridge is really appealing... taking the LPS-1, µR and preamp out of my rack.
  6. You can 24x7 audiophile pimp without wearing out your tubes I suppose.
  7. Quite a bit less expensive than the RME, but the Pro-ject Pre Box S2 Digital w/ the optional remote is an option (if the codes aren't already in the Harmony db). Used OG Mytek Brooklyns are showing up for what the RME DAC sells for new (Harmony says they support RC-5 commands).
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    Depends on your rig and its power requirements of course, but if you have a local PS Audio dealer, you could demo one of their Power Plant products (e.g. Stellar Power Plant 3) and determine whether you hear any benefits. That should provide a good baseline for comparison with other company's products.
  9. I'll withhold judgement until the pro reviews are published.
  10. Looks like an interesting (and less expensive) alternative to the Pre Box S2 Digital if you don't need a headphone amp. What is the 'in house chip' that you see? As far as I can tell it uses an ES9038 DAC chip.
  11. Where would MQA be today if it were not for being 'free and optional' to Tidal HiFi subscribers? There's a reason why Tidal isn't charging extra for MQA and Qobuz Studio costs $5/month more than Tidal HiFi. I'd love to know how many MQA downloads that ProStudioMasters has sold when the 192/24 FLAC and AIFF versions are the same exact price.
  12. Two more comments: 1) While Darko doesn't mention specific prices, it's truly the rare exception that $$$ doesn't beat $$ in audiophile world. I do wish there was an acceptable way to review hifi gear without knowing or intuiting the price. 2) The PS Audio DS DAC / Memory Player comparison is valid, but IIRC the Memory Player isn't a traditional CD transport in that it copies the data from the disc, stores it it in memory and streams it (hence the name 👍). And an aside, how does Darko end up with a $6k NIB PS Audio Memory Player (and DS DAC?) sitting in a closet untouched for two years? Did he buy that and forget about it or does PS Audio ship reviewers gear on perpetual loan with no expectations of reviewing or returning it?
  13. He really needed to add a comparison of the Hegel transport + DAC to the Hegel transport feeding the Brooklyn DAC via coax. $5,000 CD transport + DAC vs a $3,000 network transport + DAC doesn’t tell me much when attempting to make the case that one digital transport is superior to another digital transport. I have to wonder how the $5,000 Hegel would compare to the $7,000 Manhattan streamer card + DAC combo... or even the Brooklyn paired with a quality LPS (still less than the $2k price delta).
  14. I would have voted for www.manicallyqualitativeaudiophiles.com (and yes, it is available!).
  15. If a hi-res version is released, does Qobuz allow you to pay the difference to upgrade from the 16/44.1 version?
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