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  1. My old review of the Level 3 Spring1 (on this website) goes into a lot of this (PCM, DSD, NOS). Personally, I like the DAC at both DSD512 and PCM 384k (via HQplayer upsampling in NOS mode). To this day I don't convert formats (neither PCM to DSD nor DSD to PCM).
  2. This review, along with the link for more info, says it pretty well. I find most isolation devices to over-dampen live dynamics. I find the Sistrum approach to do the opposite, while allowing bad vibrations to go unimpeded to ground. YMMV https://www.dagogo.com/sistrum-stands-review/
  3. I have found nothing more effective than Sistrum stands. Their logic, their simple (but all in; don't use other isolation devices that get in their way)) technology works fantastically. Yes, I am a customer; but no, I am not an investor. Many of my audio friends (incl folks like Terry London) would highly agree.
  4. Doubt it, as 48k based PCM sounded great (to my memory)! Again, the Spring uses two paths; one for PCM one for DSD. I'm gonna assume here the issue is 48k based DSD. Just my $.02
  5. Chris, They "48k" they are referring to is 48k-based DSD rates, like DSD64 being 3.072Mhz instead of 2.822Mhz. It's used in software like HQPlayer when one supposes the DAC's own 48k clocks are more accurate or less noisy (oversimplified). My Spring is still boxed up from the move or I'd confirm that it doesn't work. I assume Jussi knows best (but from memory I'd swear it worked).
  6. Ashok, I will email you since most of what I need to ask is OT. Thx!
  7. Very clear! Thanks! I may indeed opt for the largest endpoint NUC Larry recommends, assuming no SQ hit, since we don't know what additional renderer requirements are coming down the road (nothing too cpu intensive likely, otherwise defeats the purpose of isolated renderer...but who knows).
  8. Larry, Thanks. When I was dabbling in HQPlayer embedded I understood the USB boot flexibility. My real question was, given that HQPlayer will be the player, and that a NUC will be the endpoint, whether this table stake affects NUC choices (Celeron, Pentium, i7, etc) and choices within the NUC architecture (RAM, etc). I'd hate to have you build a NUC based on what sounds best for Roon endpoints, for example. My other question is about the server OS and whether I should change not only the OS (Windows vs Linux) but possibly the hardware. In either case I don't expect the server to be in the room with me (assuming we settle on a 2 box solution with NAA Linux-flavored) and can be open to Al ramroot'd monster-NUC (oxymoron) server if necessary. I plan to continue to do NOS-based dac seeing up to DSD512 via HQPlayer.
  9. As soon as I get my new home's audio room built I plan on having Larry build me a NUC for HQPlayer NAA (I already have a powerful upsampling server, currently running Win10 but likely running whatever you guys tell me, aka AL ramboot; Note: I ran HQPlayer embedded and started that thread in my past life, but then went back to single pc Windows for whatever reason). But, I'd like to ask those of you (johnseye, elan120, Em2016, etc) who are instead running Jussi's own bootable Linux ramroot NAA image (and comparing it favorably) two things: 1) would my endpoint NUC decision be any different if I focused on Jussi's bootable ramroot NAA image instead of AL (i.e smaller, larger, different RAM, etc) as my goal; 2) what are you folks running as an upsampler machine, and how connected to the ramroot-NAA? Thx Ted
  10. ted_b

    Article: Why Can't Music Artists Do This?

    Agree that the ridiculous soap opera effect is an epidemic in the flatscreen tv world (my sister's new tv had it and we spent quite a bit of time finding the damn toggle setting). And agree that Neil is a unique spokesperson for high quality audio...we need more of them. While I'm no fan of Tom Cruise's life choices, his acting is usually quite good! Hell, he played Jack Reacher (6'5" large blond character in the books) and made it work ok. And one of my fave movies of 2014 was his Edge of Tomorrow, a guilty pleasure sci-fi piece of great movie entertainment. Back on subject, the issue with audio optimization is that it is not a simple setting or toggle switch (as the hundreds of thousands of CA posts prove out).
  11. So you are not contemplating Larry's wifi approach during testing?
  12. Thanks Rajiv! That description is more than I had hoped for. Great feedback!
  13. If it risks slowing down the discoveries and innovations, just to explain $#it to us dummies, then...no! We'll figure it out when you guys get to some sort of end game (said somewhat seriously).
  14. Rajiv, Can you describe a little more, in musicality terms, what you are hearing with RAM residency (and to a slightly lesser extent, music on the Optane)? Blacker background, better tonality or timbre, tighter etc etc. Thx
  15. I just checked; looks like everything is still there on my db. Anyone else have issues? I could be wrong.