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  1. The Holo Audio hot outputs must cause clipping problems with a lot of preamps/amps and input sensitivities are not a common published spec. I reached out to my integrated amp manufacturer last year to get a maximum Vrms figure for the line inputs and finally got a response that indicated that the 5.8V and 2.9V balanced/SE outputs of my now incoming Spring 3 won't be a problem in my speaker setup. To test that info and satisfy my audio nervosa, I've been running my RME ADI-2 with it's output adjusted to the Spring output levels without any hint of clipping and associated harshness. I wonder how many of the reports of harshness are attributable to output > input mismatches?
  2. 38.96 AU cents/kWh where I live.....but I guess I can live with that 😄
  3. Just giving it the benefit of the doubt based on all those additional & unique parts needed for R2R ladder DACs (as described above by @Extreme_Boky) compared to a simple DS chip architecture 😉 I'd better start saving for my next electricity bill!
  4. Opinions can only be based on personal experience and in my case - count me in as a semi-sceptic on the issue of burn-in. I don't discount the premise out of hand but I do question the number of hours that sometimes get quoted and at what point the burn-in is psychological versus mechanical. I read on Audiogon where someone said that their Holo DAC went to "another level" @ 3,000 hours of playing time.....it's posts like this that give this hobby a bad name. Burn-in is also used by fanbois on forums to try and discount another person's dislike of a particular piece of equipment that they themselves DO like or recommended: "oh you need to burn it in for 500 hours and then it will all fall into place". I bought the original Auralic Vega DAC when it first came out and in my particular setup at the time I found it fatiguing after an hour or so each time I used it. Forum advice went from 250 to 500 to 750 to 1000 hours of burn-in each time I noted my dissatisfaction. After 1000 hours, it sounded exactly the same as it did within the first 2 hours - like a pencil being pushed into my ear drum 🤣. In hindsight I can understand that system matching and/or the infamous ESS Sabre glare was to blame (yes I do subscribe to that in older applications). I am not discounting the argument for burn-in on an R2R DAC as it makes some sense, at least compared to a Delta Sigma application and I am not discounting out of hand some of the impressions here, as they at least all seem to be around the same time frame. The logical side of me questions exactly what is burning in after say 50 or even 100 hours and it will be interesting to experience it for myself when my Spring arrives later this week 🤙
  5. I tend to use mine with Apple Music air-played to my streamer for discovering new music or or occasionally playing a bit of EDM (a guilty pleasure). It's a shame that they no longer come with an optical out. For YouTube I have another digital set top box (Fetch TV) that comes with the YouTube app and has an optical out that I feed to my DAC.
  6. The same issue here except I am sending audio from my Apple TV 4k to either an Allo Digione or an Auralic Aries. I get audio for a few seconds then it stops. Airplay works fine with everything else on the Apple TV, including Apple Music....just not YouTube. So it's not your MicroRendu, I think it's a YouTube glitch?
  7. Kudos to those giving Studio a try. I only adopted and paid for AV 3.5 a month or so ago, so I was in no rush to try anything new from a value perspective. The metadata issue is a real concern as I have put a lot of time and effort into tagging my files manually. I have a lot of albums that were produced as CDs in the early to late 80s that have specific masterings and are tagged as such, in some cases I keep multiple versions of particular albums. I'd hate to have that screwed up.
  8. Both my DAC and integrated amp are fully balanced and I can use balanced XLR or single ended RCA. Apart from the 6dB volume difference I cannot distinguish any difference in SQ between them using cables that are the same brand and model, so I assume I have no issue to fix. I agree that using XLR interconnects is the "safe" option and maybe earthing problems are more prevalent with the USA AC supply as sandyk suggested? I have no experience with grounding boxes.....but I strongly suspect it is just an absurdly overpriced box of dirt and wire praying on the audio nervosa of the audiophile world. I also think that people have probably heard a difference using them, as attaching a wire (antenna) to your setup would more than likely introduce a level of noise or distortion, which can sound euphonic to some.
  9. I'm setting up two small 5V DACs in my system with only one set of RCA outputs from each. One to my integrated amp for speaker listening and the other to a headphone amp. Both being fed by the Allo Digione Signature. I assume it's fine to power both DACs from the (2) JS-2 outlets without creating any sort of problems associated with isolation or loops?
  10. Well that's it....I give up 😵 I see you posted the problem in a thread on the Volumio forum with no reply but there were other suggestions in that thread that worked for others?
  11. OK, one more thought - have you installed SMB1 as per the link below? Starting with Windows 10 version 1709, the network protocol SMB1 required for accessing storage (NAS) connected to the FRITZ!Box is no longer installed by default. Therefore, make sure that SMB1 support is installed on your Windows 10 computer https://en.avm.de/service/fritzbox/fritzbox-7490/knowledge-base/publication/show/543_Configuring-storage-NAS-on-the-computer-as-a-network-drive/
  12. LOL - I didn't even know what a Fritz Box was....I thought it was a NAS but I now know it's a router (thanks Google). What OS are you using, is it Windows or MAC and which version? As you have a Toshiba hard drive connected to your Fritz Box router. Have you: Set up the NAS system in the Fritz Box settings? Made sure the NAS user access settings in your Fritz Box are both read and write? I assume you have done number 1 because of the path you show.
  13. I dunno but it seems to me that your overall path is way too long and you basically have your IP address in twice by putting in the number of your IP address ( AND the name of your IP address (FRITZ.NAS). As you can see from mine the NAS IP address has the name of the connected device, this could also be the number and the path is only the path AFTER the initial path to the NAS. In your case I assume the info you insert into the path field should only be: #\files\TOSHIBA_EXT/Fidelity I'm not sure what the hash or number sign is all about?
  14. Here's mine that works. In the path field I only have the path AFTER the initial NAS IP address:
  15. BTW, you should have posted this in the dedicated Allo forum to get better responses: https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/forum/88-general-topics/ There is also a lot more info there for your situation.
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