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  1. My 2 cents: The road analogy actually works pretty well. While the individual domestic conditions do not change drastically (apart from e.g. daily power fluctuations), globally the circumstances vary greatly. Power grid in rural areas vs inner city grid, PowerLan in the house or not, number of shared networks / access points, all variables that affect the final outcome. There is no one size fits all solution (=ideal tires) which will be best everywhere, Ray has found his optimal settings (so far) through an incredible systematic approach, however that does not necessarily mean his current solution will be the best in everyone's system. Cheers! Christoph
  2. Alan, imho that reasoning is a fallacy, in my experience the reverse is actually true: The better the components get (meaning lower noisefloor, higher dynamic range,...), the more all other shortcomings (or improvements) in the system will shine through. I wouldn't expect a $1m formula1 race car to be immune to choice of tires 🙂 I don't argue with it being nuts though :) Greetings Christoph
  3. If you have a standard CAPS-like computer with linear power and audio grade USB card, Intona is the way to go, imho. I compared the usual AQJB/Regen combo against Intona and in my system the Intona was the winner. The T+A is less affected by poor sources, but not immune. Only if you bring on the big boys like an SGM, no additional devices are needed. As a side note, Intona, AQJB and Regen together was not better than Intona alone, in my system at least.
  4. To be fair, the US price is before taxes, the euro price is after taxes so wisnon's number is indeed more accurate. I agree however that SGM + T+A is pretty close to audio nirvana and still very good value overall, considering what's all included in the SGM package.
  5. I propose you give Srajan's piece a read, this is not questionable or dubious in any way imho: 6moons audio industry features: A broken system For me personally, 6moons is the publication I trust the most, especially Srajan's own reviews float my boat. Additionally his taste in sound reproduction (and price area) kind of reflect my own, which gives additional weight to his words (for me at least). If I had to choose one online mag, this would be it. Cheers Edit: The T+A @ DSD512 gets my vote as well!
  6. Last week I had the honor to host a TotalDac six as my guest, not the tube version but the transistor one. This was a rather lucky coincident, because normally this unit is way outside my financial happy-zone. However, the loaned TotalDAC was part of a big DAC shootout and after the event took place, I was able to integrate it in my system, if only for a few days before it had to go back to France. To be completely honest, after the shootout I had very little hope that the TotalDAC would be an adequate match to my system. We had a plethora of high end DACs available (Lampizator 7, tuned Linn, PS Audio DS, T+A, Artistic Fidelity, Soekris, Lynx and the TotalDAC) and were able to compare those (via A/D conversion) to a master tape copy. Strangely enough, the TotalDAC was one of the worst contenders in this field, although being by far the most expensive. However, having heard Vincent's DACs at various shows before, I just couldn't get my head around what I heard, leaving me with the conclusion that something in the shootout wasn't to the TotalDACs liking. Possible explanations could be that the unit wasn't fully burnt in or that the TotalDAC is sensible to certain cables or power issues - I don't know. To make a long story short, what I heard at home was so completely different than at the shootout, it was an ear-opener. My system consists of a T+A DAC8 DSD - running of course in DSD512 mode. From there I go directly in my Gryphon Antileon Signature amp, which drives a pair of MBL 116. The system is Entreq'ed, cables are from Sablon and Gold Note and power conditioning is handled by Vibex. Because I listen exclusively to digital, I refuse to invest in a preamp and instead look for DACs with a competent output stage and volume control. The T+A has a resistor based vc, the TotalDAC handles vc in the digital domain. All my files were upsampled via HQPlayer to either DSD512 or high res PCM for the TotalDAC. So, what did I hear? The TotalDAC is a very relaxed sounding DAC. Directly compared with my T+A, the noisefloor drops to almost non-existent levels. Considering that noisefloor is one of the hallmarks of the T+A, that is saying something. IIRC, the French's noisefloor is at a record-setting -160db and I believe you can hear that. Along with lower noisefloor, you get the usual suspects, like more resolution, more air around instruments and finer decays. Additionally I found the TotalDAC to be the least fatiguing DAC I heard in my system by a comfortable margin. That includes DACs like Lampizator, Electrocompaniet, Lector, PS Audio and my resident T+A. I could listen for hours without feeling the urge to stop. Great stuff. In a nutshell, the TotalDAC sounded simply pleasant and very appealing. The comparison with my T+A was very interesting, because I believe both are targeted to different customer groups, as the sound is very different. The T+A makes music exciting, raising the adrenaline level and delivers the wow-factor. It sounds bigger and more dynamic in an absolute manner (although I consider the TotalDAC to be the winner in the micro-dynamic discipline). Also the bass goes lower and is more powerful, but less refined and articulated. A friend of mine said that - based purely on sonics - 60% or 70% of all audiophiles would prefer the TotalDAC, the rest would choose the T+A. Generally I would agree, but I made a slight alteration for myself: For 60%-70% of my music collection I would like to have the TotalDAC around, for the rest I would choose the T+A. The TotalDAC is clearly the more refined DAC. However, when the music demands a kick in the behind, the T+A just makes it more fun and exciting. If I just want to relax and get lost in the music, I can think of no better choice than the TotalDAC. Having both on tap would be my ultimate dream, choosing either one depending on the mood or the music material. As this will probably not become reality, I'm more than happy with my T+A, especially considering the enormous price gap between both. As a final word I would like to add, that I didn't felt the need for a preamp with both units at all. Judging from the 6moons review, the tube output has to be more problematic with a direct connection to the poweramp. As my Gryphon is very picky with who delivers the signal to him, I can attest that both the T+A and the TotalDAC are decent preamp replacements. Here's a little picture of the music pyramid, lucky me: Cheers Christoph
  7. Could you also make a test with and without your Intona/Jcat isolator in the chain? Since it isolates and does reclocking, I'm wondering how much effect better upstream components still have... Thanks!
  8. I would like to know if it's possible to use roon and Alchemy together. To be more specific, I would like to use roonserver with the ipad remote, but would also like to take advantage of Alchemy's scriptable source format - output modulator/frequency routing at the same time. Both roon and HQPlayer haven't yet implemented this very very helpful logic. I'm already a roon lifetime subscriptor, but I would definitely buy Alchemy for this feature.
  9. I made my decision based on listening with my CAPS Pipeline without NAA. Although I had a SGM in my system for a weekend and therefor know what it can do with the T+A, it already works brilliantly with a computer built to normal audiophile standards (e.g. linear power, audio USB card, isolation devices, etc). I have exactly the same expectations for a DAC as Keith, therefor my Lampi was balanced and with volume control as well (although with Mundorf silver/gold/oil caps instead of Duelund). The T+A did outperform it and did so at a considerably lower price (in Europe) and until then the L4 was always the price/performance champ in the DAC market for me. The money I gained from the switch I spent on some room acoustic treatment that should be arriving soon. The Atlantic does seem like a great DAC, although with comparable features (balanced, with volume control and PCM/DSD512) and after EU/US taxes, it costs almost 3 times as much as the T+A (based on list price, actual price may be lower). This makes the T+A for me the steal in the current DAC market.
  10. Hi Phil, I wasn't assuming, just hoping :-) Is there a chance that this could be a working scenario at some point? I'm planning to upgrade from 2012 to 2016 once it's available.
  11. Hi Phil, does the screenshot suggests that we will be able to run Roonserver + HQPlayer in core mode with server2016?
  12. The heat in my CAPS is under control now, but I might try this out in order to reduce stressing my power supply which operates at it's limit and does get very hot. Does this have a direct effect on the CPU performance? I need every GHz I can get. Edit: Nevermind, just looked it up myself, I'm going to try this out, hopefully my HDPlex will thank me for that. Thanks!
  13. I didn't, that's really awful. Hope they are able to rebuild it, fingers crossed.
  14. There you go, not pretty but it does DSD512 fanless and without a 6700k (but with a xeon e3 1271v3). Without the extra two, the CPU would eventually heat up, now it can play 24/7. Ascoli is a beautiful city, on the square there were 3 weddings going on at the same time! Watched the scene while drinking my Anisetta and eating Migliori Olive Ascolana. The whole region was fantastic, especially Castelluccio was out of this world.
  15. Great news Bibo, would love to hear a T+A with a sotm sms200 or mR. Finally, I'm getting my T+A next week. I sold my Lampi, get better sound and even have some cash left over. That's new to me. By the way, do you still want to see a photo of the inside of my CAPS with the additional heatpipes to the left? I'm back home and could make a photo now. (I visited Ascoli Piceno 2 weeks before the earthquake, so sad what happened there...)
  16. Hi, as Miska explained elsewhere, HQPlayer can't use the virtual cores to full extend. That means, 45% load equal almost 90% of load, so you are right on the edge with your CPU. As a HQ rule of thumb, roughly multiply the percentage by 2 and you arrive at the actual load. FYI, in my CAPS I use a 1271v3 with 3,6Ghz, 3,9Ghz turbo and 80W TDP. I can upsample everything except DSD to DSD512 with the non -2s filters including room correction. Caveat is, my HDPlex PSU gets very hot as it's operating on it's limit.
  17. And the way I read the price list, the 3.900€ are before tax, so add roughly 20% on top and you're at 4.700€ in Europe.
  18. The T+A was better than my Level 4 in pretty much every aspect. I didn't compare it to the Mytek but I assume the T+A is ahead of it as well.
  19. tsaett

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    Miska, it's been some time now since my initial request, may I ask if you already started with the script implementation for auto source format and samplerate grouping? Or could you provide an estimated timeline? I'm eagerly waiting for this. Thanks!
  20. About 30% with redbook. This seems like not much, but with HQPlayer 50% equals almost 100% actual load.
  21. Bibo, I'm sorry I can't take pictures because I'm not at home for 2 weeks, touring your home country. All 8 stock pipes are installed, but because the cpu socket is located too far towards the left chassis side, the pipes don't reach to the outer limit of the copper block. So there is some unused space free where I could place 8 additional pipes if I wanted to, but I went with 2 as they suffice. Hope I made things clearer now.
  22. Bibo, due to the cpu socket location on the supermicro board, the HDPlex heatpipes are only reaching about 75% of the mounting platform. The remaining 25% facing the left case side are holding the two additional pipes. Well, if I think about this now, it could be due to this circumstance, that the cpu overheated (not 100% heat dissipiation surface used). But the outer heatsink already got so immensely hot, that I would not want to raise that heat further. Therefor I think I found an elegant way to solve this. Marcin, I have the Xeon equivalent to the 4790 installed, the 1271v3. My tests were also with the T+A, it's an awesome machine!
  23. Sure, my observations are stereo only. Multichannel is of course even more demanding and you certainly would need a powerful graphic card then.
  24. In my CAPS v4 with HDPlex H5 I could only handle 512 (but with simultaneous room correction) by adding 2 long additional heatpipes from the CPU to the left heatsinks intended for graphic cards. Otherwise the CPU eventually heated up after 2 hours or so. Keep in mind that the CPU I use is an 80TDP one and works at 3,9GHz (turbo) while the 6700k is considerably more than that. 512 is immensely computing-intensive and nowhere near 128. The main problem for the CPU is changing source material, as the most heat must be dissipated when the CPU sets up the filters. So if you only have Redbook source files you may be ok, but if you have lots of different ones (like I do) and like to skip through your library, the case will eventually heat up too much. With my additional pipes I can let the CAPS play on a whole day without issues, so I recommend this to all who want to go 512 fanless. With an 6700k however you might want to use rather 4 instead of 2 pipes. You do not need a graphic card if you use a 6700k, there is only one real world scenario where the 6700k will not suffice and that is upsampling DSD128/256 source material to 512 and doing simultaneous room correction. For all other cases the 6700k on it's own is more than enough.
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