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  1. My wife preferred the Logitech Touch to Roon until I started to make it easier for her to access her favorite music and showed her how to search for more of the same kind of music. With Quobuz via Roon, there is a very wide universe of music for her (and I also do searches and try out new music with her). She doesn't care about gear at all (as long as it stays the same for a while ) but she loves her music presented with better fidelity. The Touch is still connected to the DAC, but I noticed she hasn't used it in a few weeks. I think it only practical to embrace both kinds of interfaces. A part-time musician friend at work uses Alexa. He has good ears, but enjoys the convenience. And he also has his sax and piano standing by for the kind of live sound that IMHO cannot be reproduced, regardless of cost (but I haven't hear the system that cost more than the average U.S. home). If it is music that matters, then it doesn't matter how you enjoy it. Who hasn't rocked to a song on their car radio? It is great to have so many choices and falling prices for excellent sound. This is a great thread.
  2. As ednaz mentioned, this will be important information for answering those "what should I get?" questions. When the question comes from a millennial who doesn't have many resources, I don't really have a helpful response. It seems their generation has made the case for vinyl and turntables, which I haven't had in a very long time. Helping these folks would help our hobby. A wonderful and interesting generation!
  3. Those brands appear on his website: https://my-sound.net/product-overview/ Nice website.
  4. More like this! Wonderful read and photos. Thank you. I have found it rare in the states to find a store that gets the sound right, never mind having a broader vision of music and art.
  5. Currently with the Kalugas, and previously with Hyper-based amps, I have found one strength of the brand is low-level listening. Now, adding the Tambaqui, that quality has been enhanced. I still like to crank the system (my wife thinks I will damage my hearing), but I listen at a lower level much more frequently than before the Tambaqui. So much of what I value in music is preserved at low levels. That is quite to my surprise and it wasn't on my wish list when shopping for a new DAC. I'm not advocating for getting rid of preamps when they float your boat. Our hobby is all about personal preferences. Just mentioning this Tambaqui quality for those looking for low-level listening. Of course, your speakers have to cooperate too.
  6. That was fun. Thank you. Interesting that one can hear distinct differences among the equipment shown, even given the differences in the music each played (some simple and some more demanding).
  7. From Mola Mola website: Signal to Noise Ratio: 140 dB (Tambaqui), 130dB (preamp option board). THD, IMD: not measurable (estimated -150 dB).
  8. After a month of using the ethernet input, I can say that it yields great results. Upgrading the ethernet cable to a Purist Audio Design cat7 and re-inserting the Acoustic Revive RLI-1 (passive filter) both helped the purity of the sound. Even a good-resolution internet station, such as The Jazz Groove, yields what I consider CD-quality playback when the source material is decent. Since I'm using Roon straight to the Tambaqui, it functions as a streamer/DAC/preamp. That saves a lot of boxes, cables and $$$.
  9. Many, many years ago, I had an Alex-modified Denon. He simply used the transport and the rest was some of the most amazing point-to-point wiring I have ever seen (which he did himself). It sounded great but became outdated when new formats were released. I always found Alex to be interested in sound first and foremost. I had the Denon modified more than once and on one occasion he shipped the unit without payment. That is the kind of guy he is. And, of course, he is a genius too. At some point, he wanted to see what was possible for CD playback in a cost-no-object design. Seems like he has found out. Congratulations, Alex.
  10. I have the older version of the RLI-1 (have used it for years) and have not heard the latest. Some think that the earlier version dulled the music, similar to the comment from nonesup regarding the EMO. That doesn't happen in my system, so I continue to use it while I await the EtherRegen. Given what the RLI-1 does in my system (increased clarity, more refined HF and greater LF), I'm stoked to try the EtherRegen.
  11. Well...I didn't mention that it came with an origami crane (it is a Japanese company). You might want to think about something similar to include with the EtherRegen. Perhaps a miniature bald eagle?
  12. Using an Acoustic Revive RLI-1 isolator (isolation transformer + choke coil). A few observations: Noise enters via the ethernet connection a better-than-generic ethernet cable improves the sound there is room for further improvement vs. the AR isolator So, looking forward to trying EtherRegen. This site has a somewhat helpful graph: https://www.lotusgroupusa.com/lan-isolator.html Thought it would be OK to post in this thread since the AR is NOT a competitor for the EtherRegen, which is clearly an all-out effort to fix the noise problem.
  13. Do folks on your newsletter list receive the early notice of the day the website will accept order? This would be my first purchase from UpTone.
  14. jtwrace, Did you use the DIGIN download to update your Tambaqui? The image of the About screen on the app shows DAC Firmware of 1.1 and DIGIN Firmware of 1.2. I did NOT use the DIGIN download and have versions 1.0 and 1.1, respectively. The firmware is 1.0, the same as what you show, after the update. Thanks.
  15. For Tambaqui fans: The firmware upgrade includes Roon certification, meaning that you can run ethernet straight into the DAC. David, thanks for the suggestion to use the Bluetooth update process. Took all of 4 minutes. It is a clever and convenient design.
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