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  1. How do you know the difference in quality of each source material? Also, it seems both are not level matched. And, as sligolad mentioned the digital is image shifted to the left so not apples to apples. Also, if you want to compare analog vs. digital sources what's the cost of each complete source fed to the preamp including the DAC, cables, etc. for digital vs. the cartridge, phono preamp, cables, isolation, etc. for analog? My guess is the analog (as is in almost every case) is 1.5+ times the cost of the digital, but no one seems to account for the full cost and ends up stating ignorantly, "analog is better".
  2. Congrats on your purchase, the Wilsons were among a few speakers on my short list but I ultimately went with what I felt was the most natural, balanced and effortless - the "elf hats" which I aesthetically love. IMO better than garbage cans, but to each his own. 🙂 Happy listening!
  3. Thanks for the assessment rickca. Considering the Zenith SE Mk II cost $6k+ that makes perfect sense. I was also wondering how about the urendu + LPS 1.2 versus the regular Zenith Mk II at ~$3K which is much closer in price to ur/LPS1.2.
  4. If I can pile on the bandwagon WRT Innuos vs. rendu what might be an interesting comparison is the ultrarendu with LPS1.2 versus Innuos Zenith Mk II. Any comparisons out there?
  5. It would be interesting to see if changing the CAS latency has any sonic affects. My gut says yes.
  6. Just had mine upgraded, well worth the $. My review from WBF: Two years after purchase I finally had the Aqua Formula xHD upgrade performed. In somewhat of a nutshell here's my experience: With Alex's help I shipped the DAC to Aqua in Italy which was returned upgraded in about 3 weeks which went flawlessly. Also, while having the DAC upgraded to xHD I had the fuse replaced with a Blue Quantum fuse. In terms of break - in, while most of the upgrade goodness occurs after ~120 hours of break - in I found that at about 200 hours it settled down. A few setup comments: Before the upgrade I found upsampling PCM to sound best, however with the xHD I now find DSD upsampling to be superior. In my experience hearing quite a few DACs I always thought that upsampling to DSD sounded a bit brittle and thin whether upsamping DSD or PCM. On several Esoterics I noticed this and as such I stayed away from DSD upsampling. That's not the case with the xHD - DSD sounds fabulous upsampling to Quad DSD. More below. The difference between the non xHD upsampled to 384K PCM versus xHD also upsampled to 384K PCM (highest upsampling capability before the upgrade): Added bass weight and tightness, ability to hear further into the music (more detail), further effortlessness, more detailed spacial cues and in a nutshell just plain more real. The difference between the non xHD upsampled to 384K PCM versus the xHD upsampled to 768K PCM yields additional information without sounding overwhelming, fatiguing or overly analytical. xHD upsampling to Quad DSD: I know many folks swear by DSD files (and true native DSD recordings) and I'm now a believer. Playing DSD upsampled to Quad DSD is other worldly good. The amount of information is staggering, the sound stage layering in depth and width is another level better and again, the realism is better than I expected my speakers could articulate. Net - I'm quite satisfied with the upgrade, worth every penny. I'm in no rush for a DAC upgrade and if I did jump, it would be to the TD12 in the distant future. Thanks for the assistance Alex!
  7. Completely untrue. Google it and ask those that are professionals. Also, perusing your other posts, I think we are done here...
  8. Really? Since you seem to be the expert please enlighten me.
  9. Irrespective of what / where the storage mechanism is the data passes through the switch, NIC and computer where it is prone to jitter and noise.
  10. I assume you used the stock wall wart and internal PSU for the Cisco? Curious if you have you ever tried the Netgear with a LPSU versus the Cisco with it's internal PSU?
  11. Please help me understand something - The Sonore rendus accept ethernet in and USB out, D to D converters. If you are using, say HQplayer or Roon, what's the benefit of the rendu if it requires a cleaned up signal (e.g.: not from a stock computer with a noisy switching PSU, D to D MB converters, etc)? If I spend the time and $ to clean up the signal at the source (the computer) then why do I need a rendu versus connecting an optimised PC direct to the DAC? Isn't that one of the main reasons for the rendus coupled with a LPSU and internal femto reclocking? I'm not trying to dismiss the qualities and benefits of the rendus, but want to ensure I understand the rendu's purpose for my configuration.
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