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  1. ted_b

    My System is So Good that...

    I can smell the sweet Maryjane wafting through the rafters of EMI studios as I listen to Revolver. Oh wait, that is me.....nevermind.
  2. First off, I owe this forum an apology. I probably once knew most of the answers to the questions in this post, but as I've been in audiophile limbo for over a year (moved across country, system is still in boxes awaiting final design and build of new audio room, etc) I will ask the stupid questions. One nice aspect of our new Colorado home is a recently-finished new deck overlooking the front range of the Rockies. I'd like to have music out there (and later out to even more remote corner of yard) that is my own library, mainly. I have my complete library on a NAS, and a large subset of it on an external hdd attached, currently, to my desktop, so access is not an issue per se. I've also, just this weekend, uploaded quite a bit of the redbook stuff to a free Google Play account, as I wanted to test whether parts of my library could be accessed by the cheap Google Home device in our kitchen (answer is yes). Main question: are there decent outdoor speaker systems that allow for DLNA or worst case Google Home access. I say worst case, cuz my first goal would be to use wifi, an iPad, JRemote and a zone or something within Jriver. Second question: do they make outdoor wifi extenders, or should I plan for wires going out to areas of the backyard (fire pit, deck, etc)? To be honest, I haven't measured wifi signal out there yet but assume the worst. Thanks. Can't wait to get back to being involved in REAL audiophile discussions.
  3. Ted B,


    For a guy professing "limited knowledge" of the new digital audio world you seem VERY knowledgable!

    Since, I too, majored in the same three subjects in college AND took Firesign Theatre as a minor, my poor ole analog brain is overwhelmed!!

    Would you be kind enough to help a struggling soul who was just "gifted" a SU1-DDR and Kitsune "Spring Edition" level 3?? I unashamedly admit I have no idea how to integrate this in my system, thanks to my generous but non digital siblings!

    PLEASE HELP!!!!!



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      Hi.  I'd be glad to help.  Let's chat in the next day or two.  Email me at [email protected] as it will be easier.


  4. ted_b

    Album of the Evening

    I did NOT know that comedian Bill Burr was such an accomplished guy!
  5. 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).
  6. 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/
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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).
  10. Ashok, I will email you since most of what I need to ask is OT. Thx!
  11. 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).
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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).
  15. So you are not contemplating Larry's wifi approach during testing?