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  1. I am planning on driving down the California coast from San Francisco to L.A. next month. If I do, I will most certainly stop at the Schiitr and do some comparative listening!
  2. I agree. I have two Schiit Modi's (Modi 3 + multi-bit) and their Freya pre-amp. I also just got a Topping D10s and have an Allo Boss 2 on one of my Raspberry Pi's. Would love to know if I could hear a significant improvement in my main sound system with one of these new Yggy's, but I don't want to spend the time and possible expense of a restocking fee to find out.
  3. Entertaining that they have a 14 day return policy, but recommend burning the unit in for 20 days. Just bought a Topping D10S ($99) and the sound is awesome.
  4. One of the major reasons Spotify chose the Ogg Vorbis file format is it's open source, and therefore royalty free: https://www.quora.com/Why-does-Spotify-use-the-relatively-obscure-Ogg-Vorbis-file-format There is zero chance Spotify would choose any compression scheme that required paying a royalty.
  5. It was several years ago, but I remember when I talked to the Bryston tech on the phone he mentioned how they fully measure/test every piece of equipment sent to them for repair and ensure the product meets their measurement criteria before shipping it back to you. I thought that was really interesting. I think Bryston tech repair in the U.S. is one dude working in Vermont. If it's the same one, he's very friendly, and would probably tell you in more detail what their process is here.
  6. I have no idea, but that certainly would be interesting to find out. I believe when I sent the amp for the frayed chord back to Bryston they "tuned up" everything, perhaps upgrading some capacitors and other things. And I know they did do measurements on it before they sent it back to me. If I could get my hands on some Schiit Aegirs and Vidars I would love to A/B them compared to the Bryston. But I'm not confident enough that I will hear a difference to risk having to pay for the restocking fees.
  7. Yeah, I shipped my amp back to them after 17 years due to the power chord fraying. Fixed for free. Unfortunately my Bryston pre-amp died at 22 years or so. I like brands that back their stuff. I got some KEF powered desktop speakers a few years ago. Sounded great, but one died after a week. KEF sent me replacements, but they died after 14 months. KEF had a one year warranty. It would have been cheaper to buy new speakers over getting them repaired. So I replaced them with a pair of Sonos One's for my home office here. Love the sound. Sonos only has a one year warranty too, but I've
  8. No need to take action, it was this: What Allan F totally missed is I am sitting here thoroughly enjoying my music, and I have people telling me I need to upgrade my Raspberry Pi to a Lumin stream to get better sound quality. I need to upgrade my 22 year old Bryston Amp. I need to upgrade my Modi's to Yggy's. No, I don't, I am happy as is. And when someone tells me I need to do an expensive upgrade to achieve better sound quality, but it won't, I challenge them to prove it to me with a simple bet. Nobody has ever taken me up on this.
  9. As you can see from my profile, I don't post a lot here. And I don't post on any other audiophile forum. So when I'm not listening to music I try to do something useful for the community at large. I spent many hours nights and weekends creating Volumio's Spotify plug-in a few years ago. It was a lot of work, and my first major project coding in Node.js. But it was a lot of fun and it feels good to know that many of the 400,000 active Volumio users are enjoying listening to Spotify with the code I wrote. And as for my original post here, it itself was bit of an experiment. I was cur
  10. It's interesting Chris, I actually first made this point back in 2015 to, of all people, Michael Lavorgna, when he was the editor of Audiostream. I posted a comment on an article of his, questioning whether he was being objective or catering to his advertisers and he went ballistic. He emailed me with a really obnoxious message, threatened to ban me on Audiostream should I ever question his intentions again, etc. This was the year before Trump won the presidential election. I told ML I thought what I observed in much of high-end audio was similar to what I was seeing in the politi
  11. For the record, I've been concerned about the growing antiscience movement since 2015. And as I mentioned previously, I see a lot of commonality between the audiophile "trust your ears" subjectivist camp and the larger antiscience movement. Instead of saying you are an objectivist or subjectivist, the better question is what method do you have for acquiring knowledge. And what makes you think your methodology is valid? It's clear that I am firmly in the camp of using the scientific method of acquiring knowledge. And this involves careful observation, rigorous skepticism about what
  12. I love Spotify for all kinds of reasons. Compared to Amazon Music, Apple and others, the one area that Spotify shines is its open-source Apis and libraries. Quite a while ago I overhauled the Spotify plug-in for Volumio, an open-source Linux distribution made primarily for Raspberry Pi's. I believe there are over 400,000 active users of Volumio now. Spotify's JavaScript libraries are fantastic, and their APIs are very easy to learn and well documented. It's unfortunate that most other music streaming providers have not opened up their systems more. I've made a few compa
  13. And don't forget, no matter where you go, there you are.
  14. When Archimago tried to determine whether people could hear the difference between lossy and lossless formats he determined some could. And especially for those with higher-end systems, they actually preferred lossy MP3 over lossless: https://archimago.blogspot.com/2013/02/high-bitrate-mp3-internet-blind-test_3422.html
  15. Back when Michael Lavorgna was the editor of Audiostream, I found his commentary to be among the most obnoxious "Trust you ears" reviewer out there. Although not a day job for him, Jay Luong of audiobacon.com has now taken over. Check out his posting on the 27 Best Audiophile Power Cables: https://audiobacon.net/2019/08/17/27-audiophile-power-cables-reviewed/ So of course he could never distinguish any of these cables in a blind test, so he needs up front to deflect this: Read the comment thread and audiobacon describing objectivists as "measurement morons". E
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