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  1. 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.
  2. 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 confirm any deviation from a good sounding result since the DACs are reproducing the signal with a high degree of fidelity to the original input. I would be hard pressed to explain what is being heard if it does not sound good.
  3. 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 (SINAD) for the DAC and amp separately and it looks at the output measurements of the small amplifiers. Its a good place to start and is helpful to at least eliminate some of the choices.
  4. 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 . . .
  5. 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?
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Any word on potential Roon integration, or when you can start accessing the higher audio tier on something besides Sonus (in the US)?
  12. 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?
  13. Are you planning to use one of the Raspberry Pi's as an endpoint?
  14. 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?
  15. 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?
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