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  1. Great article. My question is the overall merit of doing PoE. I can get a PoE switch that injects power into the system relatively cheaply, but does it also add noise generally or otherwise degrade other parts of the system. If its one device, maybe just adding power to the R Pi would be better?
  2. These may be way below your price point, but the ASR review of the new AK 4493 based Topping E30 for $129 was quite positive in the signal/noise tests, as well as the new SMSL Sanskirt 10th MKII also using the AK 4493 DAC chip (as long as you use the USB input). If you want to spend a little more, buy a linear 5v power supply for the unit and clean it up just a little more. My understanding is that the AKM chips convert DSD natively while the ESS chips effectively convert the signal to PCM. I have no DSD files, so it is not something I pay a lot of attention to and may be wrong.
  3. Thanks for your reply. I keep coming back because you still do things like the reviews of the various remasters of classic CD's and occasionally describe how to set up software. As to reviews, I really appreciated the recent Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro DAC review since this is an example of a product that tested extremely well. I think with reviews we are saying the same thing. My point is that good and bad tests are evidence of how it might sound and it is important to consider that when doing the critical subjective listening. I also believe that tests should indeed cause you
  4. Then why relegate the tech oriented crowd to a sub-category? They have an opinion that is often useful. As I noted above, I have been coming to this site less and less since it shifted focus to reviewing rather than helping work with and adjust computer software and hardware for audio use. There are lots of review sites, but unfortunately, few for computer audio. As to the general tenor of arguments, I find the tone here to be about equal to ASR, with a recent shift here towards ad hominem comments against anyone that suggests objective testing has merit. It is a hobby and go
  5. "cesspool"? Apparently you don't read the same content I do. However, it is this kind of generalization that really makes it difficult to have a discussion. I recently built a hypex nc400 amp based on the measurements and reviews at ASR and love it. Paired with my Schiit Freya + it sounds much better that what I have owned before. I hesitated, however, to go with the hypex due to the harsh anti-class D subjective comments on this forum. Encouraged by the objective measurements, and actually listening to it, I am thrilled. From my subjective point of view, the hypex with the Freya in tube
  6. I will quietly put in my 2 cents. I have been a fan of Chris' site since I first learned of it. I eventually signed up in early 2013 but rarely commented since my computer skills are fairly limited as compared to most who posted at that time. CC and this site have drifted from its original mission and I think this move is an abandonment of the techies who started out with CC when he was evaluating computer hardware for audio use. Whether this was due to computers becoming a mature audio platform, or CC losing interest in tweeking computers, software, and networking gear, I can't say. Howe
  7. Great review. I use the node 2 with the SPDIF out to the DAC and find it easy to use and can access my NAS, Tidal and Deezer apps very easily. The one thing that was unclear in your review, especially to a non-roon user, was what exactly does roon add or what is the BlueOS missing compared to roon? Also, did you try the Alexa voice control integration? I find it a little finicky to use.
  8. I just read the review of the Topping D90 at Audio Science Review, and it measured better than all but one or two of the 200 some DACs that have been tested. The SMSL M500 using the XLR outputs also measures extremely well on the site. I agree partially with motberg above that it would be nice to have some subjective comments to confirm the measurements. However, while good measurements may not prove a DAC will sound great, I think a DAC that measures badly should be avoided. Since both the D90 and M500 measure well, it really puts the onus on the reviewer to conf
  9. A good place to start are the comparison charts for portable DAC/headphone amps at https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/master-index-of-measurement-comparison-charts.8246/ While you may not think objectively good measuring equipment necessarily sounds good, I would argue that badly measuring equipment probably does sound bad and should be avoided. If the signal to noise ratio is at a level that it can't even fully resolve CD quality audio, it is not a good option. The measurements at Audio Science Review (ASR) look at both the signal to noise resolution (SIN
  10. 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.
  11. 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 sou
  12. 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 almos
  13. 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 hig
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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