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  1. Not really splitting hairs. As I acknowledged, any "chip" is really a computer, but my comments were directed at the direction of this website which I think was for years the source of all things audio for the computer geek. It's not my site, but I don't think it is controversial that it really does not address the same topics it used to. If we will never see a new CAPS or description of the benefit of various NASs, so be it. Right now you have to delve deep into the forums to get much of a hardware discussion, or a description of the benefits of various operating system tweeks. I have generally concluded that if you get a sonic transporter I5 with a microrendu, you are close to maxing out the potential of server sound quality. But how about a discussion on say whether the newer I5's are capable of handling roon DSP, since they have the computing power of older I7s? Or how to modify linux on the base transporter or roon nuc to add an app to access Qobuz or Deezer. Or how to . . .
  2. Chris: I have been a reader (mostly passive) for years. Your website was always my goto when deciding how to set up a NAS, or network, upgrade my computer, or tweek my software. Unfortunately, the articles are now mostly just digital audio reviews that I can get from any of a number of websites. I know that any silicon is basically a computer, but in the sense of how Computer Audiophile was started and its early readership, I think it no longer addresses in any consistent way, the original focus on using a personal computer, and generally available hardware and software to access great sounding music. Is it you view that the PC is finished or simply at a deadend? I will admit that since you started mostly posting sporadic reviews of digital servers and dacs, and dropping discussion of basic computer equipment, I tune in, or log in, a lot less. Where is this site headed and should we just consider it "digital audiophile" with little or no emphasis on the computers, software, and accessories that originally made this place unique?
  3. I have been looking at amps as well, especially ones that handle 4 ohm loads. The ones I would suggest are the PS-Audio S300, or if you want to skip class D, the Audio by Van Alstine (AVA) Synergy 300 and 450. They also have their Ultravalve line if you are interested in tubes. Finally, I have heard nothing but praise for the Cambridge Audio 851W which has recently been featured as various online retailers at about the same price as the Stellar S300. I hear it runs a little warm, but has great sound and a lot of power. And of course there is always the Odyssey Stratos. To bad it is almost impossible to compare amps side by side anymore. Here is a list of power amps in the +/- $1500 range that will handle the Elacs. PS Audion Stellar S300 AVA Synergy 300 (450 for about $500 more) Cambridge Azur 851W Odyssey Stratos If you want an integrated you might look at the Rogue Audio Sphinx V2
  4. Really enjoyed the review, but I feel a little left out with your opening comment on the CA audience. "Given that this site has a large contingent of readers with very high end audio systems and discerning ears, this usually helps narrow the scope of items to address in the review. However, writing for the faithful readers only..." Reading the forums, it seems you have far more readers who are building CAPS servers, and waiting on reviews of the Aurelic Aires mini so they can touch that audiophile sound on their budget. The quote seems to imply that only owners of high cost equipment are your faithful readers. I am a regular and long time reader (although an irregular poster), and keep my gear on a tight budget. When I can, I build my gear and love the sonore's, ifi's, and schiits for the chance to have great sound for less than the cost of car. I would be really surprised if it was any where near the majority of the "faithful readers" who are rocking $10K plus amps, $5k dacs, etc. More Vidar level gear reviews please. Thanks for all the info that comes from your efforts.
  5. Any guess as to how well the i3-8100k will handle dsp with roon? They recommend an i7 for this, but some of the the newer i3's appear to be faster than old i7's. Its not clear what roon thinks is the minimum processor power needed.
  6. Glad to hear they are similarly stable. I'll try running the android version on my Galaxy S8 and also load it on the old iPhone5 and then decide which tablet to get. Some of the android tablets are relatively cheap.
  7. Node 2 came today, and as I think about setting it up, I have a question. Which BluOS app do you think works better, both using a tablet, and/or a phone? I have an old iPhone 5 to use right now, but I intend to buy a tablet to leave out as the main remote to operate the node. Since the Node 2 will be in the equipment room, there will be no line of sight, or set top operation. Your opinion as to whether the android or ios app is more stable, easier to use, or just looks better, would be appreciated. Thanks.
  8. Any word on potential Roon integration, or when you can start accessing the higher audio tier on something besides Sonus (in the US)?
  9. The aries web site notes the following: "Both ARIES and ARIES LE are sharing exactly same software structure with same DSP engine and Roon Endpoint support. They will have DSD upsampling, room correction functions available coming in the future. The ARIES MINI, due to hardware limitation, will not coming with those audiophile features." This seems to imply that the mini does not have the endpoint functionality. Is the mini an endpoint?
  10. Are you planning to use one of the Raspberry Pi's as an endpoint?
  11. Are you using Roon Rock on the Beelink or staying with Windows 10? If windows, how hard is it to optimiaze to run roon server?
  12. I have a QNAP TS 251 with 2gig memory. Part of my goal is to eventually end up with a roon server and three endpoints. To that end, I was thinking of starting with the node 2 which I can eventually shift to an endpoint in the bedroom. The aries mini's lack of endpoint capability limits its use for ultimately building a system. Does the cell phone to chromecast interact well with Tidal or Deezer apps? And, is it easy for the wife to operate?
  13. I have read this site for some time and some topics are quite intimidating. I am hoping to jump into the streaming fray but would like to dip my toe in slowly. I have some competence with computers, but nothing like most participants here and hesitate to try setting up software on my own. Further, I hope to be somewhat future proof--I bought a 4K ready a/v receiver only to have the HDMI standard changed by the time everything was hooked up. I'm looking to spend about $600 to get started streaming to my stereo, with an ultimate goal of having a roon server with multiple endpoints. For now I plan to use the Marantz SR7008's DAC until my next purchase, but can also use a Dragonfly Black that I use with an old iphone. My thoughts regarding options follow, but am really here asking, begging, for advice on how to get started with streaming uncompressed audio to my stereo. (1) Sonic Transporter - requires big budget stretch (and with an Allo Digione player as endpoint it 50% over budget), further, would like to use Deezer's new hi-end service with mqa over Tidal's due to larger catalog, and flow - not sure when or if Roon will eventually incorporate more steaming services; (2) Roon Rock NUC, - Does it need an endpoint or can you stream directly from NUC to DAC until adding one later? Cost is close to transporter, but less sound quality and I would need to build and set it up myself; (3) Bluesound Node 2 appears rather "buggy" from online posts about it, and based on opinion at local hi-fi shop that couldn't get it to run when I went to listen. However, just yesterday they announced they would be adding new "Deezer" premium and it can function as a roon endpoint if I ever get a fully functional Roon server going; (4) Auralic Aries Mini - the lightning DS appears to be more stable than the node, but it has limited streaming service options (no Deezer premium) and will not work as roon endpoint if its moved to a bedroom in the future; and finally (3) Sonos connect with SPDIF ipurifier - plus includes WAF level software, and multiple streaming service options. Concerns include little in the way of upgrade path and lowest sound quality of the lot.
  14. I was interested in the discussion regarding the need for reclocking the SPDIF signal and was curious as to whether or not you have reviewed the SPDIF ipurifier? This thread started our as a discussion of various signal path tweeks, and was curious what your opinion is. I have an AV receiver that while 4k ready when purchased would not work with the new HDMI standards. I worked around this by taking the optical toslink connection of my Roku Ultra to the receiver and HDMI to the TV. To get better sound I inserted the ipurifier into the digital coax input of the receiver, and connected the optical cable to the ipurifier with it being powered by the ipower. I didn't see the need to convert back to optical between the ipurifier and the Marantz receiver's DAC. One useful benefit it the Ruku ultra lets me access and control the music on my NAS in my study through the TV using both the Plex and the Roku media app. Intend to upgrade the DAC next, but found the SPDIF ipurifier to be an amazing ~$150 reclocker, that really was worth the cost.
  15. I know this doesn't get addressed to often on this forum, but do the Dragonflys make a difference if you are streaming compressed files such as the non-audiophile version of Tidal, or you use Spotify?
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