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  1. Really? If true that's worrying for Mytek, not least because the USB input of my Brooklyn is a bit disappointing, at least connected directly to a Mac Mini. My external streamer through AES/EBU sounds better. Who will buy this thing if they haven't got the streaming part to sound as good as anything external?
  2. I have used different Squeezeboxes, the latest being an EDO-modded Touch through USB, plus various computers through USB with and without various s/pdif interfaces. So far nothing have been able to reach the sq of the Moon MiND 180 through AES/EBU and with the original 12v SBooster. Curious about the ultraRendu though, but can't really find any fault with the MiND. Good control app too.
  3. Mytek has announced an updated Brooklyn DAC+ preamp/DAC with network capabilities. https://mytekdigital.com/hifi/products/brooklyn-bridge/
  4. No mention of Mytek's Brooklyn AMP yet? Been using them, in mono configuration, for a while and like them. The lack of coloration was something that struck me from the beginning (or rather after a quite hefty burn-in period). The AMPs don't even try to smooth things over with bad recordings/mastering or in any way "sweeten" the sound. It took a while to get used to this characteristic but now I really appreciate it. Whether or not this quality has do do with the class D thing I don't know and it doesn't matter. They sound great, period. Part of my decision to try out a class D amp was the small foot-print thing. Don't really know if this was valid though, since the AMPs get quite hot and in my experience like to be powered on all the time to sound their best.
  5. As I wrote earlier, Foobar reads MKV-files (ripped by MakeMKV in my case) and lets you convert each chapter (track) to flac or wav or whatever. Use the Discogs tagger plug in and things become even easier!
  6. The difference between uncompressed flac and level 5 flac should average around 30-40 percent. You shure the files you have are uncompressed and not level 0 compression? Uncompressed flac files are actually marginally larger than the original wav files beacause of the added chunk that stores metadata. Fwiw, I convert my level 8 flac files to 320 kbit/s AAC files for use with my Android phone (128 GB card). Sounds good and saves quite a lot of space even compared with flac 8.
  7. This is exciting news! Been holding off upgrading from my Brooklyn DAC (-) since I've had a feeling something like this was on its way. Absolutely love the Brooklyn DAC and AMP with my network streamer through AES, but if the Brooklyn Bridge's built in streamer is good and the analog volume control is still there I will definitely upgrade. Here's hoping they have upgraded the USB input too. It's the one obvious weakness of the DAC IMO.
  8. I installed the trial version on my W10 machine yesterday and things look (and sound) promising! Works both with USB directly to the Dac and via my streamer. Will evaluate the SQ compared with J River and Foobar (with the upnp plugin that basically seems to to what A+ does) this weekend. Two issues that have been mentioned before but don’t seem to have been addressed though: 1 1. It doesn’t seem to be possible to view the library based on the album artist tag instead of artist. This is possible with A+ 2.x that I use on my Mac. 2. In the library view A+ doesn’t show album art based on folder.jpg. I don’t have, and don’t want to have, album art embedded in the files. In this case A+ only shows the folder.jpg album art in the small “playing now” area once an album is playing. Both these issues make the experience flawed for me and I will not go ahead and purchase the Windows version before knowing they will be addressed pretty soon. Hope they will! Keep up the good work!
  9. Agree. It sounds fantastic. Engaging and "right". I never even tried upgrading the firmware (from a measly .14 or so...), since the read-me file for the v 1.0 firmware daownload said units with certain serial numbers (mine fell into that category) would need to be upgraded in order to work with it.
  10. Regardless of the potential improvement in SQ, the size and look of the AMP almost scream mono!:) Yeah, it's great to be able to manage the amp and update its firmware through USB. But I had to send my unit to Poland for a hardware upgrade in order to be able to do that. I recieved one of the very first units and it had a board that couldn't handle the latest firmware.
  11. Thanks for the links. Especially interesting to read the Stereophile one, since I've been considering buying another unit and use them in mono (bridged) configuration.
  12. Which is probably why the SQ of the USB input of my Brooklyn benefits so greatly by powering it with a 5 v linear PSU instead of the 5 v from the Mac mini. Still potential issues with GND though I suppose.
  13. Foobar can read MKV files (created by MakeMKV) and convert each chapter to a flac file. That's how I rip blu-ray discs. I add metadata manually with dBPoweramp if Foobar fails to identify the artist/album. Sometimes use VLC with the original MKV file for identification.
  14. Good post. I have aways been disappointed with the USB interface for audio although in theory it should have some advantages over S/Pdif and AES. Only by stripping a cheap USB cable and connect a linear 5v PS to it have I reached a point where Audirvana and USB can compare with the SQ of my streamer with AES into the same DAC.
  15. I tested different options when I recieved my Brooklyn (-) ages ago. I use AES/EBU so IN is the "correct" option. According to some design paper from Mytek that I found on the net, selecting "44.1", "96" etc. instead of "IN" with AES or S/pdif means that the dac uses the internal wordclock, otherwise used with the USB input. With USB and the INT option the DAC takes the role of "master" in the digital chain. With AES and S/Pdif it acts as a slave device. When I managed to get a "lock" (which I did with most but not all sample rates) I found that it sounded a bit better than with the IN option. More controlled and "organic", especially in the higher frequencies. My conclusion was that USB (or rather the internal wordclock) should be the way to go with this DAC. Only problem is that Audirvana or J River on my Mac Mini and USB out don't sound as good as my streamer with the AES input of the Brooklyn... But the potential should be there. Perhaps something like the uRendu is the perfect match?
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