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  1. Zorntel confirming that the Larry Magic juice on a LUSH is a huge leap forward from the cheap USB cable...which has been retired...I have two modified LUSH's now, one for each system. One is feeding an IFI Black label and the other goes to a HOLO Cyan, both running DSD512. Robert
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    HQ Player

    If anyone is interested in trying DSD512 upsampling for cheap I'm selling an extra IFI micro iDSD Black Label here: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575378759&campid=5338273189&customid=&icep_item=153058533677&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg&toolid=11111 Robert
  3. Original Brooklyn for sale: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575378759&campid=5338273189&customid=&icep_item=153057695736&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg&toolid=11111
  4. Thanks to my SU-1 friend I now have a SU-1 loaner for a week. It has Kitsune's mods but without the power supply. Instead I'm feeding it 5V power from a HDplex 100w LPS running through a LT3045 7V to 6V to 5V chain. The sound is definitely different from that of the Cyan's USB board. In general transients are better, but I think that comes from better high frequency response. Specifically good old 14K tape hiss is coming through stronger. The net effect is that the SU1 sound is a little thin but great attacks on percussive instruments. Tim is sending his fully modi
  5. Sorry, I never replied to this. My LT3045's are free ranging. I use plastic risers with metal screws and plastic washers to mount them to each other to give some stability....don't really see a reason for cases.
  6. 7V LPS-1 output into a 6V LT3045 into a 5V LT3045. I use a splitter out of the LPS-1 into two of these chains. One goes into the isoregen while the other goes into an IFI idefender positioned after the isoregen before my modified LUSH cable. I don't think the idefender really makes a difference, its just a way to inject power into the USB chain. Robert
  7. The key with the iso-regen is to feed it clean power. Thus the LPS-1 and double LT3045s (6 V and 5V in series) and then to inject cleaned 5V power (also LT3045s) after the isoregen. I imagine they will eventually upgrade the iso-regen with better chips, but in the meantime this is how to get the most from it. I use a single LPS-1 for both purposes. My USB is also coming from a startech USB 3.1 PCIe card that is also fed cleaned LPS-1/LT3045 5V power. All of these changes make incremental differences, but the net effect is staggering. What I've learned in the last year is that a couple of
  8. I'm wondering if any Cyan users out there have experimented with Digital interfaces like the SU-1? I know this is a very common approach with the Spring. I had about 30 minutes with an SU-1 yesterday in my Cyan rig and the results were inconclusive. Sound was definitely different, but I didn't have enough time to judge whether I liked the sound better or not. I'll hopefully have a longer period to evaluate it again in another week, but I'm curious who might have done a similar experiment. My friends and I did a bunch of AB testing yesterday between the IFI micro iDSD Black Lab
  9. Given Jussi's measurements comparing the Cyan between DSD128, DSD256, and DSD512 input I'm curious if anyone on the list (including Jussi) who actually has a Cyan has upsampled identical files to these rates in HQplayer and done any comparative listening tests. I've done this with both the T+A and the IFI Black label DACs and DSD512 is astounding compared to the lower rates. I also know people with the Holo Spring and they also prefer DSD512. Measurements are fine and welcome, but when you're an audiophile listening is what matters in the end. Just curious. Robert
  10. Jussi, Just to confirm, do your Linux NAA builds have the necessary LINUX drivers for the Cyan? Robert
  11. Does anyone know if the Cyan requires power through the USB cable in order to connect to the computer?
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    HQ Player

    Turns out it was a hardware problem...dying ISO Regen. I'm back in business. Thanks, Robert
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    HQ Player

    Jussi, Not sure if there is a Roon/HQplayer thread or not, but I'm having playback problems since the Roon 1.4 update. I’m using roon server on a windows 10 PC running Audiophile Optimizer. Since upgrading to 1.4 I’m experiencing random drops when playing to HQplayer 3.19.1 running on the same machine. I just upgraded to 3.20 and I'm having the same problem. I’m outputting to a IFI micro iDSD BL at DSD 512. Once playback stops I can’t restart…hqplayer stutters. Disconnecting and reconnecting the DAC followed by restarting HQplayer and then Roon server (in that order) restores playb
  14. Thanks. Ended up with a conventional 2.5in hard drive on SATA with an external power supply. Seems to be working great and as you suggested way more reliable than windows! Interestingly my windows machine is also working with the ASIO driver at 48k x 512. They must have lifted the 44.1k limit...at least for the IFI anyway.
  15. Jussi, Interestingly the IFI clunks in Linux went away and now your image is working perfectly. Thanks! I have a question about IO, however. Would your image be writing at all to hard disk while the NAA is running? Or just during boot up? I'm curious about what the best hard drive delivery mechanism is to minimize noise. Robert
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