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Steve Bruzonsky

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  1. Excellent. Listen to a lot of 2 channel. Then when you get the Coleman switcher listen to a lot of the same 2 channel. See if you find what Kal found, then I found, that the Coleman switcher "sounds" transparent!
  2. You are not dumb. You are learning, as we all do when it comes to this crazy hobby! Heck, you live in Vegas, right? Instead of spending money in the casinos you are listening to great music - this makes you very smart!
  3. I use my s88 as a ROON Ready via ethernet, I do not use the USB input. The s88 channel trims work and show in the s88 menu whatever I play, DSD or PCM.
  4. I also posted this at the Quadraphonic Forums. But I think this is of interest to us Exasound and ROON Ready luvers. In my dedicated home theater, prior to tear down for upgrade and renovation (still in progress), I then had a 5.2.4 system, with my Trinnov Altitude 32 SSP. So for Dolby Atmos music, I let the disc player send bitstream to the SSP, which decoded the Dolby Atmos music (as well as movies and concert discs with Dolby Atmos, too). My understanding was that you had to have the player send bitstream for Dolby Atmos to be properly decoded. Hopefully in reading this thread t
  5. Paul McGowan of PS Audio in one of his videos advises that 32 bit offers no sonic advantage over 24 bit. 24 bit is like 144 dB dynamic range, well above our hearing whereas 32 bit is even far more above our hearing at like 199 dB dynamic range. Interesting.
  6. Sound Liaison has direct to digital but only 2 channel DXD (and some other older PCM stereo) downloads which sound magnificent! At NativeDSD, when it indicates that the recording/mastering is done in DXD, I get the DXD version. Bottom line is the s99 DAC sounds great whatever I play, letting the s88 to all the conversion (instead of my ROON Core doing it, although my Exasound Delta does a great job upsampling as well). And perhaps unless you have a super super super expensive system (as opposed to an outstanding and not cheap system), it can be real nitpicking to hear t
  7. I downloaded from NativeDSD "Forgotten tales of a Forest" - Ikumi Ogasawara, in 32 bit. I got the DXD 384-32 bit version as that's how it was recorded and mastered. Also, I love Sound Liaison Recordings, and I have 2 of them in DXD 32 bit. And yes, s88 plays 32 bit. If you upsample to max in ROON then it will play for 5.1 in DSD256 64 bit. However, with the s88 in my system upsampling via ROON (as opposed to letting s88 do all the processing) gives no overall sonic benefit and at times may even detract a bit.
  8. Kal, as always, thanks for the great info! When I get time and get around to it, I'll try JRiver in the above fashion, using my Western Digital MyCloudPR4100 with its music, my laptop with JRiver, and the s88 DAC. Since my laptop will be in effect streaming over to the s88, and Exasound recommends hardwired ethernet for multi-channel hi res, I'll simply run a long ethernet cable over to the table where my laptop is when I do this. If I like what this does and how JRiver sounds for stereo converted to 5.1 (If), then I have a spare unused Windows 10 i7 PC I could place by m
  9. Kal, thanks. Your very last sentence begs the question - can the s88 be configured to receive audio from my Western Digital MyCloudPR4100 server which contains all my music but does not contain JRiver software? I can run JRiver on my Windows 10 laptop to access the music on my server, and then can I via JRiver over ethernet sent the music files to the s88 to play, and if so, how? Thanks.
  10. Questions re the s88 and JRiver (its been years since I used JRiver, and when I did, USB for 2 channel and HDMI for multi-channel with a custom modded CAPSv3 with an AMD Sapphire HDMI card (for multi-channel) and a SOTM Express USB card (for stereo, higher quality sonics): Can JRiver expand 2 channel to say 5.1 or 5.2 channel? When it does, does it simply add blank to the unused channels, or does it actually add some sonics (as does Auromatic, Dolby or DTS with a AVR or SSP)? If yes to the above (the only circumstance by which I might consider at times using JRiver inst
  11. If only it was available in multi-channel as I have several circa 2000 onward SACDs which I have ripped which are multi-channel and are excellent!
  12. I have ripped a lot of blu rays using AnyDVD HD to decrypt and DVD Audio Extractor to rip. That's how it always is, no metadata on blu rays. However, with DVD Audio Extractor, if someone has uploaded the track into, then I can download it - assuming its correct. It can be frustrating at times like you say.
  13. I found out today that the download version is ONLY 2 channel not multi-channel. I have sent PS Audio an inquiry about this, as the website doesn't warn that the download does not have the multi-channel version, but have not heard back yet. This album was recorded a few miles from my home at the Mesa Arts Center, where I've been many times! And I've heard and met Zuill Baily there - he directs their classical programs. I have a front row seat for him there next April!
  14. We will only be using the Bluesound speaker via Airplay with wi-fi, so its "ROON Ready" ability to do up to 192-24 is for use of no use. Keep in mind that your receiver chip is processing at either 44k or 48k - if you want to experiment, use ROON to downsample to 44k and 48k from 192k and "see" if you hear any difference. The fun of audiophilia!
  15. Marcus, you may want to compare using another computer as ROON Core and the s88 as only a ROON endpoint and "see" if it sounds better using the s88 only as a ROON endpoint, It may not as George at Exasound has done such a superb job with the s88. Some years ago initially ROON was a one device music software - I used it, after using JRiver. Then ROON updated to use a ROON Core and a separate ROON endpoint and I noticed the sonic improvement at that time immediately! Oh - what receiver are you using in your garage? I just added a Bluesound Pulse 2i stereo ROON endpoint for use outsid
  16. Your garage receiver has to be ROON Ready via Airplay to use ROON with it. To use JRiver with it as receivers are not JRiver Ready it gets more complicated. When I had my non-ROON Ready Theta Casablanca IVA SSP, I used a custom built computer with a USB SOTM card, USB into a Berkley USB to digital converter, digital to Theta Casablanca IVA SSP. It may be some newer receivers may be ROON Ready via Airplay, as I haven't kept up on this.
  17. By the way, I finally hooked up trigger cables from s88 to each of my five PS Audio monoblocks in sequence. The s88 settings menu allows you to set how many minutes the DAC turns essentially to standby so it does not output a 12v trigger signal. So now I leave the s88 in standby, I never touch the s88, and when I start playing music via ROON, the s88 front display comes on out of standby and its 12v signal goes out and turns on all of my monoblocks. And when ROON stops playing, the s88 front display turns off and it goes into standby with no 12v trigger signal and the monoblocks turn off. Actu
  18. You can use a separate computer as your ROON Core. I use an Exasound Delta as my ROON Core, connected via ethernet to my network. I use a Western Digital MyCloudPR4100 32TB with all of my music, also connected via ethernet to my network. And my s88 DAC also connected via ethernet to my network. My Delta and MyCloud in in a totally separate room from my family room with the s88 system! I have hardwired ethernet as well as superfast wi-fi throughout my home. So I do not use USB at all, though I could of course connect USB by placing the Delta near the s88. Back a few years when I didn't have a
  19. When this occurred, I set the network settings of the PR4100 back to Link Aggregation Active Backup and my IP address of came back!
  20. By the way, thanks for all of your help. Much appreciated. Although I expect my integrator will get around to this, I am a bit anal and like to get some rudimentary understanding of this stuff.
  21. As the DHCP server has been set for the fixed IP addresses, and as the manual page 76 settings show Link Aggregation set to "Active Backup", and I've had this set to "Active Backup" all along - since you can't see using Link Aggregation as useful in my case, then how come when I changed this to off, MyCloudPR4100 changed to 2 new IP addresses and lost the IP address my integrator set at the DHCP server of
  22. Actually my integrator setup all the hardwiring CAT6a and the new networking gear and managed the IP addresses and set the MyCloudPR4100 to However, I don't think he went into the MyCloudPR4100 to doublecheck the existing settings. I have a call into him on this. I pretty much was already using the settings at page 76 of the manual and just doublechecked this. ROON Core is Exasound Delta. ROON Ready endpoint is Exasound s88 7.1 channel DAC. Everything plays smooth and great. Only issue is when I go to a new album, sometimes I lose the connection and
  23. I downloaded the 1GB file and placed it onto my NAS. Copied it to my PC and a smooth evenly quick transfer. I also turned off power saving on the NAS prior to this. While I did this I have been playing a multi-channel ripped SACD via ROON as well! Everything is hardwired CAT 6A. Luxul ABR-5000 router and network switches. Western Digital MyCloudPR4100 32TB network server. Exasound Delta server (ROON Core). Exasound s88 7.1ch DAC (ROON Ready). ROON Core & ROON Ready DAC all hardwired ethernet connected. I use a Windows 10 laptop (new LG Gram) also
  24. My Current network settings are: static IP address as IPv4 network mode DHCP IPv6 network mode Off Link Aggreggation Active Backup Link Speed Auto Jumbo Frame Off (1500) FTP Access ON AFP Service OFF NFS Service ON SNMP OFF SSH Off Dynamic DNS Off Network Database ON without remote access I have ROON set to access music at IP address Note I have only been using one ethernet out from the MyCloudPR4100 to my network switch. Everything is hard wired through the house via ethernet CAT6a cables
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