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  1. Thanks @AriMargolis ! besides the differences you mentioned, my biggest curiosity is do they have the same or very similar sound quality? As you mentioned , different flavors for different folks. At same general price point, I personally see the advantages of all the additional features and capabilities of the ACS10, but I would want to know they have same general sound quality before making that statement:) I can definitely see how and why another person would prefer a larger screen and case size and maybe they don’t have or want they’re own collection and only intend to strea
  2. I figured as much, but thanks for inquiring on my behalf! I actually read through like 40 pages of the Oppo 95 upgrade thread on DIY audio forum last night, and based upon what I discovered, seems like I should try and find a 203 or 205 as an upgrade anyhow:) I literally barely ever “spin disc’s” these days, but every once in a while it is nice to dig into my enormous CD and SACD collection like the good ‘ole days! I have my 95 connected to my DAC via coax and only use it as a transport, but I’m certain a LPSU would still have a significant benefit!
  3. Thanks! Maybe I’ll give it a try! I have about 80 TB’s of downloads on a series of external drives that I suspect are full of duplicates that I’ve been too lazy to attempt to look through for 1+ years now, should be the perfect place to experiment with it! (It apparently can manage duplicates automatically in addition to auto-tagging meta data and auto adding album art).
  4. It looks very nice! (N200), I am definitely curious what Ari’s thoughts are between N200 vs ACS10 if it were to be used as a single box player and not as a server only. In the past, Ari had shared with me that in his opinion, he felt the ACS10 rivaled the N10 in sound quality for less the cost and more features.
  5. I wasn’t aware of this new model, I just researched it, looks very nice. However it seems to essentially be the same price as the ASC10, seems to me as though the ASC10 may be the better of the two to purchase since it has the ability to do more and I think they both have very similar specs in regards to playback and features besides the disc trays in the back? Any clarification on this @AriMargolis ? Where does the N200 fit when comparing the N10, N200, and ASC10 in your opinion? When you add the cost of drives, basically all three of these units are now in a similar price point?
  6. Dan: Curious if you know anything or have any experience with SongKong ? I came across them in an article yesterday mentioning that it was being used with great success transferring music library from a server that stored all the meta data in a separate folder, and as a result when transferred to another brand music server it doesn’t bring over any of the metadata or album art. Apparently SongKong can scan the entire music library automatically after you transfer or download your music collection to a new server and it will re-tag and add album art automatically? Seems like this
  7. Does anyone know if the 2nd and/or 3rd Gen original Apple TV with optical out and Ethernet in can receive Airplay 1 and Airplay 2 and work the same as the two gens if airport express Chris used for his testing? I sold my Airport Express long ago, but still have the 2nd and 3rd Gen of the original Apple TV with optical out in a drawer somewhere! Second, anyone know if and how this may work and achieve bit perfect lossless in my new car which has Apple CarPlay? My new car (2021 BMW) has both Bluetooth and also USB data input going into the stock BMW stereo / Infotainment system (iDrive
  8. Google Drive leaves all metadata the same as what is uploaded (what I’m using for cloud backup). The only thing is that it does take “forever” to download backed up copies and it’s best to download one album at a time for FLAC/WAV/ ALAC, and I’ve discovered it’s best to download one track at a time for DSD or 24 bit FLAC/ALAC if it’s a large box set or similar.
  9. This is correct (the OS and the cache are both on the SSD, the HD is your own personal collection of music. I Have had similar connection drop outs and hick ups with Aurender and ER combo and so has a couple of others. I think the suspicion is that the ER is taking longer time than the Aurender wants to see (in milliseconds) to load connection and stream, etc
  10. I have no noise from the 3 I own
  11. Agreed! I switched to Qobuz from Tidal a year ago and never looked back! I have what’s called the Apple One subscription which includes the Apple TV+, Apple Music, Apple Fitness +, and multiple family iCloud accounts and a much larger iCloud storage limit, so I’m paying for Apple Music also regardless. Also, as an iPhone user and I have two MacBook Pro’s and two iPads, an Apple TV, it would also be nice to have the lossless or high resolution Apple Music too, but mostly for car or travel/ desktop convenience, although I suppose Qobuz is available to use on all these hardware platforms an
  12. Thanks as always for the explanation John!! So, instead of “less is more”, seems more like “your system is only as good as it’s worse component “ :) This philosophy overall is something that I’ve been building towards for years and years! Trying to get the level of the power supplies, power cables, isolation, network, etc to the similar level of the preamp, power amps, music server, DAC, Speakers, interconnects and so on! It’s a never ending “battle” because as soon as I think I’ve finally accomplished a reasonable level of equality within all components of my system, something
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