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  1. Yes, Roon takes a fair amount of time to load. I never turn it off, but then again I don't run anything else on that computer.
  2. I am not sure what to tell you about making Roon faster... I don't think it has anything to do with your CPU since mine is the same and runs idle most of the time.
  3. So I got the SHM-SACD and ripped it to DSD (with my dedicated PS3). Sounds fantastic BUT... The tonal balance of the mix is still very 80s, that is the bass needs a little help... So in Roon I apply my "80's eq" curve (see below). Headphone setup: Roon > microRendu > Schiit Asgard3 multibit > Aeon 2 closed BTW... The SACD is single layer - so it will not play on a regular CD player.
  4. When you choose the port to use, make sure the DAC is the only device on the port. Easy to do with System Information on the mac. Yes, correct. Look on ebay or usaudiomart.com... The microRendu or similar devices are a great simplification and make use of Roon so much easier.
  5. Possibly, but that's not necessarily a problem if the signal is very stable (ie little jitter and precise voltage) and the detection is always on a up or down slope.
  6. dCS master clocks generate two sources separately for the 44.1 and 48 families, and in fact there are two cables to the component that determines which to pick (in my case the Rossini DAC).
  7. Your mini is hosting the Roon Core, so in that sense it's a server. I presume your mini does not have a linear power supply or any other tweaks? I think you can improve the sound of your system by using a streamer. Something like a microRendu (which only has Ethernet if that's good enough) or one of the other variants from SoTM (some of which have wifi). I think this would improve on the sound of a stock mini quite frankly. I have an Asgard 3 with multibit board as my desktop headphone amp. I tried these: 1- Direct connection to my mac pro 2- Connection to mac pro via a Wyred4Sound USB reclocker 3- Connection to Roon via microRendu powered from a stock wallwart Sound quality: 3 > 2 > 1. Using Roon and also used Audirvana 3.5 for 1 & 2. More importantly, sometimes I am doing something computationally intensive on the mac pro and it can affect the sound, so using the microRendu completely eliminates this issue.
  8. Understood. It is a funny answer though, because it is technically better in the sense it will sound better as long as it doesn't reach the point where there's a gap in sound. dCS uses a double-cable SPDIF (AES) connection between separates, but they also use a master clock orchestrating all the signals, so issues with clock recovery are not present. Interestingly, I2S separates data and clock signal. However, since SPDIF spec has a transition on every clock cycle (a 0 is a "no transition" between clock cycles while a 1 is a "transition" between the cycles), then I frankly don't see why I2S is any better than standard SPDIF... In the dCS case it is because the clock master comes from a precise stable clock box rather than the source component. In I2S, you're slaved to the source essentially, so your jitter will be at least the one in the source.
  9. I don't think this is possible since both clocks run freely. I am thinking of the case where I have the source clock and a dCS master clock, which is certainly running freely in its own. I don't know about the case of a USB implementation, but I presume it is the same. What you do do is fill up a small buffer before you start playing. As @Miska said, if the discrepancy between the two clocks is small enough it will take some time to produce a buffer issue.
  10. It is technically better in one way and worse in another. Better: Clock is more precise. This matters a lot for the quality of the sound. Worse: Buffer over/under runs are inevitable eventually, so you could get a gap/glitch in the sound. The simpler answer is: I don't give a feck which it is, if it sounds better it is better to me.
  11. I have used it two ways: one way is as standard SPDIF: clock recovered from the signal. The other is setting the dCS Rossini to use the dCS Rossini Master Clock as clock source (I have both a dCS Rossini and separate dCS Rossini Master Clock). The second method sounds better. However, the perennial question: How can you a make a separate clock work reliably without issues? Should not be possible! The two clocks are running at different rates. So if the source clock is slower the buffer runs out, and if it is faster it will overflow. @Miska Please answer this question.
  12. Thank you for this. This is one of the important albums from my childhood. I just ordered the SMH-SACD from cdjapan.
  13. No no no... It’s more like listening to music and drinking some Yamasaki 12 yo whisky, darling.
  14. Ok sure... If this piece of wood is flickering constantly, it would surely alter my mind: it would irritate me...
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