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  1. Thanks Dave, There are a few things to consider here, one is that you're comparing a SDCard, SSD connected locally and the HD was connected over network. Did you try connecting a HD directly to the NUC and were the results the same? Also, in your second post you mentioned you moved to RAM mode. I assume you mean RamRoot. However, in your tests were you caching to an Optane drive and buffering 100% song to RAM before playback. This is the use case that I'm trying to test. The question is: if audio files sound different played directly from SDCard, SSD, or HD, does this difference hold when the files are no longer being played directly but from cache/RAM?
  2. I'm finding this too while buffering songs to Optane cache and then Apacer RAM in Euphony. The sound is different depending on where I get the source file, in my case, an SD Card vs. SSD. I don't actually hear an appreciable difference when I disconnect the drive. So, it's not additional noise from the drive. It's an artifact somehow preserved during the buffering–weird! I know SSD is anathema, but all my audio files are upscaled 768PCM weighing in at 1GB-4GB per track. So, I need the speed if I'm buffering the entire song before play. The thing is SSD sourced files sound significantly better those from SD Card, which are hazier. I've been trying to discern if I'm just picking up induced excitation from noise, and I don't think so. Željko suggests that not all SSDs are alike and some may sound fine. I'm using a Sabrent SSD and it's working out well so far.
  3. This is the message I got from Željko: "I often hear that people avoid SSDs because they think SSD is noisy even when not being actively read but that probably varies from one SSD to the next and I don't really expect you will be able to hear the difference when playing from RAM unless your system is already ultra resolving." I spent some time comparing an external SD Card and SSD. My system is very resolving, and I do think there is a slight difference. There did seem to be a–slightly–excited upper mid/highs which is consistent with increased noise. It also just sounds a bit more clear. However, as he said, playing from RAM, it was not a major difference. Since the audio file is not playing directly from SSD but RAM, we are talking about just the noise emission of having it plugged in and powered.
  4. So, if I'm following this correctly: All the traditional SQ benefits of using a NAS instead of a directly attached drive, and the sonic issues of an SSD, no longer apply with Euphony buffering songs to RAM?
  5. I'm using Euphony/Stylus installed onto Optane and RamRoot on Apacer RAM. I have both full song buffer and cache enabled. Since the tracks are being played from Optane and RAM does this mean that it doesn't matter where the song files are coming from. I've been using an SD Card to avoid issues with SSD and Hard Drive. However, it is of course pretty slow, and my song files are upscaled PCM768KHz so are about 1GB each. Would I not lose any SQ using a faster drive?
  6. I am totally guessing by looking at the internals as well as what Denafrips has produced in general. It is just speculation on my part, but if you know what you're looking at, you can make some educated guesses looking at the components and PCB. Without hearing it, I could be wrong, of course. But, there's enough there to get excited about even while blocking out any online hype. Most of all I was careful to add "factoring in cost." The Gaia comes in at just about half the price of the Phoenix, and given the benefits of I2S, I would be shocked if it didn't provide better value, if it fits your DAC. Don't get me wrong, I–love–my Phoenix, and I can't use the Gaia since it has no USB. However, if it makes sense for your system, I think it's safe to say that it has a lot potential, especially at its price.
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    Audiophilleo 2 MKII USB to SPDIF converter w/ Synergistic Research Core USB Cable. In perfect operating condition/ some light scratches and scuffing cosmetically. Original Packaging and connectors included. USB cable comes with optional power supply for active shielding. Audiophilleo 2: retail $579Synergistic Research Core USB (1M): $299Asking: $300 for combination My seller feedback is under edwardsean on Headfi.com.

    300.00 USD

  8. View Classified FS: Audiophilleo 2 MkII + Synergistic Research Core USB Cable Audiophilleo 2 MKII USB to SPDIF converter w/ Synergistic Research Core USB Cable. In perfect operating condition/ some light scratches cosmetically. Original Packaging and connectors included. USB cable comes with optional power supply for active shielding. Audiophilleo 2: retail $579Synergistic Research Core USB (1M): $299Asking: $300 for combination My seller feedback is under edwardsean on Headfi.com. Seller edwardsean Date 08/02/20 Price 300.00 USD Category Digital to Digital Converters  
  9. I love my Phoenix, but I would bet the Gaia would give it a run for its money–for a lot less money. The internals show a pretty impressive build and Denafrips has done a marvelous job in providing value through their direct to consumer model. The only fundamental limitation is the lack of USB output, which for me is a deal breaker. If your DAC can accept I2S, I would think the Gaia would be a better choice factoring in cost.
  10. View Classified FS: SOtM tx-USBUltra SE + SMS200 tx-USBUltra SE USB Regenerator: This is the Special Edition from AudioSensibility (producers of some of the finest silver cables). We use 20AWG OCC silver for the internal DC wiring upgrade. As an added bonus we incorporate JSSG (John Swenson Shield Ground) 360 double shield on both of the internal DC cables. The standard Evox capacitor modification and eABS-200 EMI/RFI absorber addition is also included. Voltage is set at 12V. A number of people believe this is best of SQ, and after experimentation, I agree. However, it can be reset to either 6.5-8.5V or 9V. [SOLD - SMS200 Network Player: This is the standard version. Also included is matching Edimax Wifi adapter.]The tx-USBUltra SE is in pristine condition cosmetically and functionally. It is less than a month old, used for three weeks.All original packaging and accessories are included (Power Supply, USB Cable). My seller feedback is under edwardsean on Headfi.com. Seller edwardsean Date 08/01/20 Price 800.00 USD Category Music Servers / Streamers  
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    tx-USBUltra SE USB Regenerator: This is the Special Edition from AudioSensibility (producers of some of the finest silver cables). We use 20AWG OCC silver for the internal DC wiring upgrade. As an added bonus we incorporate JSSG (John Swenson Shield Ground) 360 double shield on both of the internal DC cables. The standard Evox capacitor modification and eABS-200 EMI/RFI absorber addition is also included. Voltage is set at 12V. A number of people believe this is best of SQ, and after experimentation, I agree. However, I can set the jumper to either 6.5-8.5V or 9V before shipping if desired. [SOLD - SMS200 Network Player: This is the standard version. Also included is matching Edimax Wifi adapter.]The tx-USBUltra SE is in pristine condition cosmetically and functionally. It is less than a month old, used for three weeks.All original packaging and accessories are included (Power Supply, USB Cable). My seller feedback is under edwardsean on Headfi.com.

    800.00 USD

  12. View Classified FS: SOtM tx-USBUltra SE tx-USBUltra SE USB Regenerator: This is the Special Edition from AudioSensibility (producers of some of the finest silver cables). We use 20AWG OCC silver for the internal DC wiring upgrade. As an added bonus we incorporate JSSG (John Swenson Shield Ground) 360 double shield on both of the internal DC cables. The standard Evox capacitor modification and eABS-200 EMI/RFI absorber addition is also included. Voltage is set at 12V. A number of people believe this is best of SQ, and after experimentation, I agree. However, I can set the jumper to either 6.5-8.5V or 9V before shipping if desired. [SMS200 Network Player - SOLD]The tx-USBUltra SE is in pristine condition cosmetically and functionally. It is less than a month old, used for three weeks.All original packaging and accessories are included (Power Supply, USB Cable). My seller feedback is under edwardsean on Headfi.com. Seller edwardsean Date 08/01/20 Price 775.00 USD Category Digital to Digital Converters  
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    tx-USBUltra SE USB Regenerator: This is the Special Edition from AudioSensibility (producers of some of the finest silver cables). We use 20AWG OCC silver for the internal DC wiring upgrade. As an added bonus we incorporate JSSG (John Swenson Shield Ground) 360 double shield on both of the internal DC cables. The standard Evox capacitor modification and eABS-200 EMI/RFI absorber addition is also included. Voltage is set at 12V. A number of people believe this is best of SQ, and after experimentation, I agree. However, I can set the jumper to either 6.5-8.5V or 9V before shipping if desired. [SMS200 Network Player - SOLD ]The tx-USBUltra SE is in pristine condition cosmetically and functionally. It is less than a month old, used for three weeks.All original packaging and accessories are included (Power Supply, USB Cable). My seller feedback is under edwardsean on Headfi.com.

    775.00 USD

  14. Synergistic Research Orange Fuse View Classified I heard that SR is going to have a buy 2 get 1 free sale in August. I only need 2 of them, so if anyone in CONUS wants one please PM me. We would just split the cost of 2 fuses 2/3 and 1/3. So, the cost for one fuse would be about $105 instead of the regular $159. I'll cover all shipping. Seller edwardsean Date 07/30/20 Price 1.00 USD Category Accessories  
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    I heard that SR is going to have a buy 2 get 1 free sale in August. I only need 2 of them, so if anyone in CONUS wants one please PM me. We would just split the cost of 2 fuses 2/3 and 1/3. So, the cost for one fuse would be about $105 instead of the regular $159. I'll cover all shipping.

    1.00 USD

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