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  1. Regarding 3DSoundShop and John, I recently acquired a A16 from a friend of mine who was finding very little use for A16. Some background: I have a 7.2.4 setup at home and my primary intent with A16 was for movies, not for music (while with A8, I have was able to replicate my 2ch setup, when it came to the ultimate fidelity, I still preferred my real 2ch setup. For up to 8 Ch and I already have my own HRTF for a 8 Ch setup measured at my ear drum using fiber optic probes and do my own mixdown using Jriver and VST plugins. So A8 is collecting dust for now. I had been eying A16 for a while and I was waiting for the FW to mature and also stabilize, and I have been following this thread. Dolby Atmos at 24Ch, to me is the biggest selling point on A16 beyond what I already have, it will provide me with the convenience of watching Netflix/Amazon Prime/Disney+ from the comfort of my home office, sitting 1m away from a 42inch 4k monitor over the headphone, without worrying about disturbing anyone. and I turn on my sub for some tactile feedback. 3DSoundShop: However, what kept me from acquiring a A16 was the lack of personal PRIRs, it is relatively easy to acquire 8ch PRIR, but 24ch Dolby is a order of magnitude more complex. Based on my past experience generic PRIRs and those measured by others (no disrespect to those who did it), I was quite skeptical that A16 will be of any use to me without my own measurements. Then I came across 3DsoundShop, and got to try many of the demos they had. though they were not perfect, they were better than any of the (non personal) PRIRs I had used before. There was no front-back confusion and the localization of all channels were quite good, and to my ears they sounded like the sound appeared to arrive from about 1.5m (the center channel is an exception, which was about 1m which is quite hard to nail without head tracking). What I liked about the demos where they were quite consistent across the many speakers they had and the quality was great (clean, not much reverb but not dead either). I also saw that there may be an option to do personal PRIR measurements (and I will be the first in line when that happens). So the existence of 3DSoundShop was the single most important reason that convinced me to acquire a A16. I have had multiple conversations with John (who runs 3DSoundShop), he has been patient in answering my questions and I only respect hem more after talking to him and understanding the level of attention to detail taht went behind making the measurements and the quality shows in both subjective listening and also in my objective measurements I made. After my first conversation with him, I bought three of the PRIRs (Focal, BW and Genlec). The jury is still out on what I prefer, but leaning toward Genlec for now. What now: I have had A16 for a few weeks now and have been learning it (I wish there were a more comprehensive user manual in English, and I would not mind paying to get one). For the time being, John was nice to answer a few questions I had. While A16 has quite the steep learning curve just like A8, I find it a bit more mature in terms of stability and also logically organized menu, so I think I got the hang of it without having to look at the manual. I compared the built in rooms with 3DSoundShop PRIR, I prefer 3DsoundShop for both the distance perception and quality. The 3DSoundhsoopPRIRs present the virtual speakers in a more natural Spherical soundstage. Going in I had realistic expectations, I was not expecting the PRIRs to be as good as my personal PRIRs, when I imported my 2Ch A8 PRIR into A16, I still prefer my personal PRIR, it had greater depth and a bit more realism, though Johns PRIR was bit more clean. What I expected from the PRIRs I bought was to offer reasonable depth and good localization for movies, which is what I got. I read HPEQ and manLoud would improve things, so I tried HPEQ, but for some reason it turned out quite a bit wonky. Instead I just did manLoud EQ setting the HPEQ curve to flat. I plan to do a more detailed writeup on how I did the EQ (I took advantage of being able to measure the EQd PRIR). After I did the EQ, localization improved and the biggest change I heard was in the vertical channels and of course tonality was closer to where I prefer. What next: I plan to continue experimenting and I also plan to write a more detailed writeup on the measurements and HPEQ/manLoud. I am trying to figure out a easy way to replace the front two channels John's 13.1.10 PRIR with my own and also drop the center channel. Interestingly, when imported my PRIR they seemed to be magically level matched to John's PRIR. Right now I am using Nvidia Shield Pro for Netflix/Amazon/Disney but for some reason Dolby Atmos never shows up (5.1 only) for amazon and Disney+, while with Xbox I have no such issues (I hate to steal the Xbox from my kids ). any suggestions to get Dolby Amos going on Nvidia Shield TV Pro for amazon and Disney+ is appreciated. ps: I was informed this may be because my 42 inch Dell monitor does not support HDR (which is required for Atmos on Shield with Amazon and Disney), but I am open to any workarounds if there are any. Disclaimers: * was not compensated in any form to do this either. * PRIR are quite personaly, what works for me may not work for others, so it is best to try the demos.
  2. At least part of the magic is because of the direct to CPU PCIE slots the Adnaco card goes into and also practicing some good hygiene by putting some distance between the Adnaco endpoint and DAC (Im 2020 Sablon USB cable in my case), using fiber that is tolerant to bends (5m, looped , 10 inch diameter loop), fsp rolling etc, etc each having had their impact. PS: I have no financial affiliation with any of the products mentioned above or my prior post. I have known Larry for the past couple of years as a a his customer. He has never once requested to post anything about his offerings.
  3. @bobfa Thanks for starting this thread, I have been using Pareto Audio AMD (AL based) Roon/HQP server built by @lmitchesince last fall. I was using i7 NUC based server prior to that also built by Larry. I use a four port Adnaco card, with two USB endpoints. One connected to Chord DAVE and another connected to Re9000 wireless access point. The AMD server is powered by dual rail SR7T and the endpoints are powered by SR75Ts. Everything is plugged into sound Applications TT7 I had followed the Novel thread, I started with the spaghetti and then moved to i7 NUC and now settled on the AMD server. I do not know where this journey will take me but I am extremely happy with my current setup. There is no sign of digital glare, delivery is smooth, clear and dynamic; timing and transparency just the way I like it. I use Roon for discovery but most of my playback is via HQP. As Larry made his tweaks over the period of last several months, I heard clear improvements in clarity and dynamics. Some of these changes were Roon specific while others were related to OS, HW and bios. As a result playback via both Roon and HQP continued to improve.
  4. Updated information: Please note - This is not the very latest PGI TT-7, price negotiable, Name your fair price.
  5. View Classified Sound Application TT-7. Power Conditioner, US 120V Sound Application TT-7. US 120V, 6 outlets. Original owner, 1.5 yrs old. Comes with original packaging. If you are looking for a Sound Application power conditioner, you likely already know this is the best passive conditioning there is, period. This is Jim Weil's Engineering masterpiece. Every component I plug into the TT7 sound like they were instantly upgraded, reduced noise floor and lighting quick transients, better and controlled low end. When I moved to SA conditioners a few years back, I never looked back. This is not the XE-12, RLS JCR or CF-X, the TT7 is the latest generation of SA power conditioners and you would rarely see them up for sale. I am selling this as this is my second TT7 so I am still keeping one and letting go of this to pursue other ventures. Price is negotiable, but only reasonable offers will be entertained. Will ship free. US only. Seller KMan Date 01/16/21 Price 13,500.00 USD Category Power Supplies / Power Products
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    Sound Application TT-7. US 120V, 6 outlets. Original owner, 1.5 yrs old. Comes with original packaging. If you are looking for a Sound Application power conditioner, you likely already know this is the best passive conditioning there is, period. This is Jim Weil's Engineering masterpiece. Every component I plug into the TT7 sound like they were instantly upgraded, reduced noise floor and lighting quick transients, better and controlled low end. When I moved to SA conditioners a few years back, I never looked back. This is not the XE-12, RLS JCR or CF-X, the TT7 is the latest generation of SA power conditioners and you would rarely see them up for sale. I am selling this as this is my second TT7 so I am still keeping one and letting go of this to pursue other ventures. Price is negotiable, but only reasonable offers will be entertained. Will ship free. US only.

    13,500.00 USD

  7. View Classified Habst Digital BNC 5N Cryo Pure Silver 75Ω Cable 0.5m Available for sale, a pair of Habst Digital BNC 5N Cryo Pure Silver Cables (I am willing to sell them individually too). The cable allows grounding the shield via an RCA connector (RCA-BNC adapter included) Impedance: 75Ω Length: 0.5m. A great reference clock cable for 75Ω connections, this is likely one of the best cables you can buy for a reference clock. Or you can also use it as a pair with the double BNC output of Chord Hugo M Scalar (which is how I was using them). MSRP: $1070 (900€) per cable Asking: $750 per cable or $1400 if bought as a pair. I will cover PP and shipping within continental US. I will also ship the original box if bought as a pair. Seller KMan Date 08/30/20 Price 750.00 USD Category Cables
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    Available for sale, a pair of Habst Digital BNC 5N Cryo Pure Silver Cables (I am willing to sell them individually too). The cable allows grounding the shield via an RCA connector (RCA-BNC adapter included) Impedance: 75Ω Length: 0.5m. A great reference clock cable for 75Ω connections, this is likely one of the best cables you can buy for a reference clock. Or you can also use it as a pair with the double BNC output of Chord Hugo M Scalar (which is how I was using them). MSRP: $1070 (900€) per cable Asking: $750 per cable or $1400 if bought as a pair. I will cover PP and shipping within continental US. I will also ship the original box if bought as a pair.

    750.00 USD

  9. View Classified Chord Hugo M Scaler I have a Hugo M Scalar that I do not need anymore due to system reconfiguration. It is in excellent condition I am the original owner Purchased Nov 2018 Includes all original accessories and packaging. MSRP: $4795 Asking: $3400 Includes free shipping and PP fees within continental US. Seller KMan Date 08/26/20 Price 3,400.00 USD Category Digital to Digital Converters
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    I have a Hugo M Scalar that I do not need anymore due to system reconfiguration. It is in excellent condition I am the original owner Purchased Nov 2018 Includes all original accessories and packaging. MSRP: $4795 Asking: $3400 Includes free shipping and PP fees within continental US.

    3,400.00 USD

  11. Can you please refer me to that post? But you are also right, for the price I am already happy with the sonic benefit.
  12. No I did not, my understanding was that by powering the MP SL, VBUS of the NUC is not longer being used
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