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  1. $50...or i forget how much the actual cost of the linux was....but i followed it as much as i cared to and bought the linux...I still have not implemented it though, but it was the only thing i thought was worthy of consideration in that entire 1000 page thread. In all seriousness though, if i would opt for the sotm or the sonore, i would likely buy the sonore because i don't believe the digital front end should really make a difference and sonore is less....not because i thought the sonore got better reviews....it's nice the enet->usb intfc supports roon, but i am not a roon user. It would be nice if archmiago's blind test in other thread included both the sonore and sotm...but i doubt he did....my guess is that honest opinion would not be able to distinguish, given same ps, dac, amp, speakers....so might as well go with what's less.
  2. >>What's the consensus on ethernet cables? who cares
  3. I have ALWAYS had a very difficult time believing that the digital front end would make much difference, that if there was any difference that it would be very difficult to distinguish even in a blind test....that said, i do believe that cd's will sound different based mostly on their dac, but if you used a digital output into the same dac, that again, it would be very difficult to distinguish differences, let alone which one sounded better for all types of music. My guess is that if you do get enough people doing the test, that there will be no concensus as to one digital front end being superior to any other. as always...put your money in your speakers and your amp!
  4. i must admit that sounds awfully tempting....
  5. every review i have read that compares the sotm to the sonore preferred sotm...i never read computeraudiophiles review...but it doesn't sound like it was a comparable review if the PS was not comparable....plus many of the people in the monster thread ditched their sonores to go to sotm, and then later to just go to a $50 linux solution...that's where i would look, if i was looking.
  6. down to $400... https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/1/9/18176089/lexar-first-1tb-sd-card-price-date-ces-2019
  7. I was very curious myself as imho, no other amplifier sounds like a mcintosh. Instruments seem in their own space and has a deep and wide soundstage. It is warm and tubelike in comparison to other amps. Pass labs threshold sounded closest to me than any of over 2 dozen amps i tried to come even close to comparing...but none bested the mcintosh (at least in a 5K budget or less). it also is well known for giving full range even at very low volume (i believe that is due to autoformers, not sure). I did ask an amplifier designer what he believed was in the circuitry that made mcintosh stand out from others...his response was that the magic to house sound is in the windings....that may or may not be true, but that is what he told me....
  8. finally saw it tonite...even better than I anticipated! highly recommend
  9. wireless isn't the answer, because you will still need a reciever. The music should reside in the player and properly isolated. Wireless will be the most used method (since youngest generation use their phones for everything), but for ideal SQ, the music will reside in the player and be properly isolated....I like idea of sd card. Of course with option of both wireless and network input for convenience with circuitry that is turned off when not in use.
  10. there should be a thrid option in the poll.... for those that voted no, have you been accused of being a troll or an idiot before. More than likely, more than half of those that voted no, are the ones that have been called out as the troll idiots. I have no problem with opposing or objective/subjective views, and do not think those should be censored. My problem is when it resorts to name calling, or useless troll posts designed to stir the pot without any meaningful information on topic...
  11. Yes...suspend those that do blatant personal attacks and obvious trolls...It ruins the hobby, and has been allowed far too long.
  12. Does anyone know what some of the most expensive SACD or CD players were and what DAC technology they incorporated? I am sure there were some very expensive decks back in the day and most likely related to the internal DAC? I don't think external DACS were that popular for the most sophisticated audiophiles before computer audio....i am assuming most audiophiles had a highend player plugged into their preamp?
  13. speakers don't need a line out....you go to sub first and line out on sub to the speakers.
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