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  1. I had the unexpected luxury of enjoying the music playing for ages, after the power went out, as Hurricane Florence headed straight towards us last year and all my gear stayed up on UPS backup. "Oh yeah, Florence, is that all you have? Here's my bad weather playlist" ... When the levee breaks; rock you like a hurricane; thunderstruck; the house is rockin' ... etc!
  2. Same here. I have this optimistic dream that Quobuz will launch with Roon integration from day 1, and that Roon's nudging and winking is the result of lessons learned from the painful, drawn out series of delays and communication changes that dogged the launch of ROCK.
  3. I'm not sure whether anyone else has tried this, if so file this under "very worthwhile improvement" and move on. I'd been enjoying my Ultracap 1.2 for a few days and trying to decide whether I could repurpose my Ultracap 1 or if I should sell it ... long story short, it's not going anywhere! Despite the fact that it only goes to a rated 7v and the supplied wall wart is rated as 9v, I figured it would be worth trying the Ultracap 1 on the business end (HiFi end) of one of my fiber media converters. Wowza! I had been using an ifi power supply, which I will now move further upstream to the router side fiber media converter to see whether it makes a worthwhile improvement. Every time I think there's nothing that can feasibly make a pair of LS-50s sing better, they defy that expectation. Now, from HiFi end fiber media converter, through Ultrarendu, LIO + VR120 and all the way to the LS-50's moving air, everything except the subwoofer is off the grid. If you use fiber converters and have an Ultracap 1 knocking about, give it a try!
  4. I now have about 50 hours on my DAC 2.0 and my wife is getting visibly frustrated at how much time I'm spending with music playing loudly ... it's just so addictive. One of the problems seems to be that elements which used to get a bit "shouty" as the volume rose now stay much more balanced with the rest of the music, thus the irresistible urge to turn the volume up. I'd try explaining that to my wife but eye-glaze would set in quickly. Two examples I made a note of are the sax around 4 minutes in to "Deacon Blues" and the harmonica about 2.15 minutes into "Godwhacker" My home office where I listen offers extremely limited speaker placement options, it's definitely not bad, but my options to fully optimize placement are non-existent. Nevertheless, there have been several moments where the width and depth of the soundstage have caught me quite by surprise. Then there's the detail ... so much of what was background sound now has definition, texture, detail and can be readily identified. From the percussion department, different drums can be made out easily and from the brass section, trumpets sound realistic ... I could go on, but you get the picture Thanks Vinnie!
  5. With iPower included about $500 - $525 I've seen people asking anywhere from $450 with a PSU to $540 with no PSU, shipped. I'm assuming they're all in excellent condition for being so new. They all seem to sell fast, so in the current market it's really a question of how much money the seller wants to leave on the table.
  6. Another point of reference is the newly announced Wyred 4 Sound music server. I just skimmed the announcement, but it shouldn't make Nucleus or Small Green Computer customers feel as if they overpaid. The street date for the new device is projected for summer 2017 and an estimated price point of $2k-3k based on options. An eternal problem with computers and HiFi has been the point where commodity hardware intersects. One of the weak points in many products is not enabling the end user to upgrade storage or RAM themselves if desired. Naim's replacement if the Uniti Serve with the Uniti Core which enables the customer to add / upgrade their own drive is tacit recognition of this.
  7. No. The supported hardware configuration is very specific - 5th, 6th or 7th generation NUC only.
  8. The SonicTransporter gives you a lot more - support for different platforms as well as support from the vendor themselves. The price difference is relatively minimal for all of the added flexibility and capability you get.
  9. Honestly Jesus, what a disappointment. I clicked on the picture hoping to get my fix of virtual-ultrarendu only to find that the resulting image is the same size as in the post. My Thunderbolt display is quite depressed now. Sob.
  10. Since I haven't seen anyone ask yet [and "other projects" makes you ask ], is there any likelihood of pre-order specials for the Sonore fan-base here?!
  11. That thought did occur to me as well - in the end I expect it would come down to the difference between making the front plate strong enough to avoid problems and the cost of making a front plate out of standard material as well as something to support the back. For the rest of us, there's duct tape
  12. Have you had a chance to compare the Vinnie Rossi mini and the Uptone Ultracap LPS-1 with either microRendu or sMS-200?
  13. ... just in time to be compared to the sMS-200ultra
  14. Chris made it sound as if ongoing support is included as well, though I don't recall this being called out in great detail. If a finger-in-the-air assumption of a five year life is assumed for the network to remain up to task, based on typical alarm companies monthly monitoring charges of around $35, add at least $2,275 to the calculation for ongoing support over that five years.
  15. Chances are good that unless you're doing something really complex, the question has been asked before. In this respect, a careful Google search will often find what you need, and in many cases all you need to do is cut and paste within SSH. Don't forget to save configurations before making changes and save the commands you use in a text file for future reference.
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