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  1. Agree +1. I like a lot of Vogt's albums on Ondine. Sadly the 50% sale seems to have ended prematurely, as I do not see any discount on the Chandos site.
  2. Hi Ken, I believe it is $750 for the regular cable, which is 1.2m, and $650 for the “unpowered” version with no VBUS, which is 1m (or is it 0.8m?) At least for me, I needed regular cables on both legs.
  3. Hey Alan, Going even further OT — I didn't put this in my review, but I had the Phoenix when I was transitioning from Lush^2 to Sablon 2020 USB, so I did compare: SE > Lush^2 > Phoenix > Lush^2 > HMS ... with SE > Sablon 2020 USB > Phoenix > Sablon 2020 USB > HMS. Much as I love the Lush^2, there is indeed a "next level" for USB cables, and the Sablon 2020 is my favorite. I know how eager you are to spend even more ££ on cables. 😎
  4. I can hear the exchange clearly, but I don’t recognize the brand. Not surprising, as I’m not an expert on bottled waters available in Sweden in 1976! Pray tell.
  5. Reminder from OP Hi folks, Your friendly OP here. Several people have PMed me, and I see some posts here as well, that suggests the thread has gotten a bit off track. I will admit that I have been letting the discussion flow, because it has been civil, for which I thank everyone. But I do see now that we have gotten bogged down in a mix of generalities, Extreme-envy, Roon-bashing, and system-building DIY nitty-gritty. Now, I know some will chuckle at the very idea that this massive meandering thread had a track to start with! 😎 But it does. And that is to keep postings focused on direct listening reports. While the scope of this thread is the entire digital streaming chain, let's get our focus back on listening reports, please. Detailed DIY discussion, especially around system builds make more sense in the excellent DIY build threads already out there, like @Nenon's https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/58164-building-a-diy-music-server/ And as for how great the Extreme is — I think it's been said enough times! Further discussion needs to be in the context of listening comparisons, or results of experiments inspired by this fine server. For participants who haven't already, please take a look at the top of the page at the posting guidelines, as well a link to the index, which will help you understand the history and spirit of the thread, as well as help you find already-discussed material.
  6. This is a decent Beethoven 9th, but can’t compete with the giants. What I loved was the Choral Fantasy. I’m buying this album for that alone!
  7. You should!! I'm stuck here with no fiber provider serving my location. Spectrum excitingly raised their top tier to 940 Mbps download, but a criminally low 35 Mbps upload.
  8. Interesting to hear the original and final versions of one of my favorite violin concertos.
  9. I'm trying to decide between the SMS200 (basic) and the USBridge Signature. SMS200 has firmly established itself in the field but it seems like Allo keeps upending that field. 


    Any advice as to which would be better in terms of sheer sound quality?

  10. I think the hardest thing to get right is sizing the PSU for both machines. This is complicated by the fact that the actual power demand is so dependent on energy required to: simply POST the machine, given current BIOS settings boot into the OS, given the energy management policy of the OS - e.g. frequency settings and governors in AS and Euphony run the music server workload. We're assuming vanishingly low CPU utilization for native sample-rate playback run other non-music workloads system and application updates library scans Other applications. What my experience showed me is that the 8700K sounded better than the 8700T at the same operating frequency: IF the PSU is big enough to easily energize both CPUs for all the factors above, and when using the performance governor (default) in Euphony that sets and holds the CPU frequency to the max value specified in the settings. Does this prove anything? Nope. And if asking on any other OS than Euphony, without knowing how the OS will control CPU frequency dynamically, I wouldn't be able to say. But certainly for Euphony, my inclination would be to go with the K CPU, if you're confident of your PSU's capacity.
  11. Mea culpa. I should have checked more carefully. There is a Sync button that does what I need. I only use Roon occasionally these days, so I missed this.
  12. austinpop

    HQ Player

    Cheap Splurge, You're asking for help, but are you actually listening to the answers being given? I pointed you to an article a few posts back. Did you actually look? If you had, you would have seen that the author has posted his HQPlayer settings for DAVE in 2 screenshots, that I will replicate below to make it easier for you: These same settings should be a great starting point for the TT2. Why not start here, and then once you've gotten more familiar, tweak further? Be aware — there is no single MAGIC setting for anything. Everyone has different ears, and they find their own favorites by tweaking.
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