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  1. I would suggest getting something that measures well. Here is a site that shows measurements of audio great, including DACs: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/master-index-for-audio-hardware-reviews.2079/ If you don’t mind gear from China, the Topping D50 received very good marks: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/review-and-measurements-of-topping-d50-dac.2403/ It does DSD, and was selling on MassDrop for $199: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/topping-d50-dac Most audio chips in regular PC computers do not support native DSD. So the software converts your DSD file into PCM and then plays it on your PC. The signal from your DAC must be fed into an amplifier, then to your speakers.
  2. The following review (11 Oct 2018) of the Exasound E32 DAC maybe useful information for this thread: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/exasound-e32-dac-review-and-measurements.1990/
  3. Here is a handy list of DACs. Many are under $800: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/master-index-for-audio-hardware-reviews.2079/#post-114509
  4. Subjectively, there is no comparison between DirectStream Snr and Yggdrasil. The DS Snr is a great DAC, and each firmware upgrade pushes the envelope a bit more. If you don’t like a particular upgrade, you can re-install the previous version. But, a new DS Snr is about 3x the price of the Yggdrasil. On the plus side, there are lots of used DS Snr in excellent condition for up to half-price. It’s a well-engineered DAC done by a very knowledgeable engineer (Ted Smith). FYI here are some measurements of the Yggdrasil: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/review-and-measurements-of-schiit-yggdrasil-v2-dac.3607/
  5. Let me try giving a more serious (partial) answer: (a) The market in the US has become small, for the type of gear you are talking about. (b) Mobile devices (i.e. mobile phones) are the main consumer platform. (c) Demographics and population high mobility (i.e. if you move a lot, less need of large audio gear). (d) Expansion of engineering disciplines. The last one (e) is just my theory. A freshman college engineering student today in the US has a broad range of choices of subjects/topics across the EE/CS spectrum. A student might find solving the self-driving car problems or the Bitcoin/crypto-currency mining problems more rewarding/cool/job-promising than solving a 50-year problem of better audio gear.
  6. Agree. Amir is already making significant contributions to the audiophile world. One way to help is to loan your gear to Amir to measure.
  7. duxservit

    Why Roon?

    I also have a large collection of FLACs, ALACs and DSFs. Been using JRiver MC and Audirvana. Started using Roon a year ago. All music files are on an external drive. No no issues with installing Roon core on my main Mac. Roon took a couple of hours to “index” my music, but no glitches. Been running there almost 18 months. I’m now experimenting using an old MacBookPro as the Roon Bridge that connects to my DAC. Works beautifully.
  8. ‘Standards live is excellent. Haven’t heard Changes as yet.
  9. Seems Tower Records in Japan has sold out. My understanding is that it was a very limited run (900 sets). Best try might be eBay or Discogs.
  10. Three more ECM SACDs announced for September 2018. — Pat Metheny, Travels, 2 discs. — Charlie Haden, Magico. — Gary Peacock, Tales of Another.
  11. This is an apple vs orange comparison of two VPN technologies at different layers of the IP stack. IKE is the cryptographic key establishment protocol (RFC2409) used for IP/IPsec layer (at layer 3, or better “layer 3.5”). OpenVPN is an SSL-layer VPN established above the TCP layer. (RFC5246 for TLS1.2). For home use (short TCP bursts, tear-up, tear-down VPN), I suggest using OpenVPN. If if you want a long-term VPN (e.g. home to office) that’s up 24x7, then you would use an IKE/IPSec VPN.
  12. How’s about this one: “Your speech offends me, has triggered a biophysiochemical change in my brain, and has thus caused me physical harm... “ (etc, etc, blah, blah, blah). ? Kidding aside, for you lawyers, would this hold up in court?
  13. That’s fine. I have the DS and ISO. For my ears the ISO didn’t make a difference to my DS, so I stopped using it.
  14. The PS Audio DS does not need any “cleaning” devices for its USB input. It’s one of the best engineered DACs out there. It does have a $6K price tag for a new one. You maybe interested in this ASR measurements of the ISO: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/uptone-iso-regen-review-and-measurements.1829/ For me the moral of the story is that there is a price-point for DACs, above which “USB cleanliness” is expected.
  15. duxservit

    FURIOUS!

    There was a thread a while back mentioning a vendor selling a power cable for USD$28,000 per meter.
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