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  1. Impossible for me to tell.. It all depends. Which quality of cable is used in each case, which quality of implementation of USB and AES-EBU at either side of the Aurender and DAC..? All these things have an impact. I wouldn't worry too much though. If all is fine now I don't see a compelling reason to change.. 👍🏻
  2. I agree. In that case the clock out of the DAC can/should be regarded as an external clock signal for the W20 that you will need for AES. Recently I used an AES-EBU connection for one day (my dealer was lending my USB cable for a demo) and without the clock signal going to the W20 there were regular pops indeed. Luckily you don't have that when using USB. Much simpler. 😉
  3. Not sure what application you are thinking of exactly. The clock-in of the W20/W20 SE can/should be used if you are using a isosynchronous connection such as SPDIF or AES-EBU (single or double) to a DAC that's using the same clock input. This is required to keep both DAC and W20 in sync. When using a W20 (SE) with a USB connection to your DAC you will not need to connect the W20 to the clock, as USB is asynchronous. The N10 does not have a clock input. So an external clock using an N10 would only make sense to improve the sound quality of the DAC you are using (provided of course that it has an external clock input). I myself am using a Rossini Player + clock with a W20 connected through USB - so no clock connection to the W20 needed. Works fantastic provided you use a top quality USB cable. We have tested this against double AES-EBU with dCS clock connection + USB dongle to automatically change the clock frequencies. The latter solution is MUCH more expensive but didn't sound better than USB.
  4. Hi Jesse, I am wondering what the actual purpose of your comments is. I am not choosing any sides here, as I don't know the background of your post. But I do feel that Chris's comments are simply neutral observations of any high-end manufacturer such as Aurender, whose business model is indeed completely different from that of e.g. a Raspberry Pi. I do hope that the background of your post is not based on some personal vendetta, as this would likely not serve any of the members of this forum. Thanks.
  5. You are of course entitled to your own opinion. But if you believe that 'delivering a reliable stream of digital data' is really all that matters I do think you are completely missing the point. I have owned an X100L, N10 and now a W20. I guess all are able to deliver that 'reliable stream of digital data'. Yet, in the right system there is no comparison between an X100L or a W20. None whatsoever actually.
  6. Can you share your impression of the differences between the W20 and the W20SE? Or maybe I have missed the review of the latter?
  7. Yes! There's a new and excellent Android based Conductor app available for any Android phone.
  8. No, I haven't tried it yet. Should it change my mind, do you think? Which Aurender did you use to compare it to? I'm especially asking since I have owned and used the X100L, the N10 and the W20. Each next one is considerably better, but especially the step up between the N10 and W20 was very big in my system. I was very lucky to be able to buy a used W20 for about half of its regular new price.
  9. Well, we have an excellent (upgraded recently) Android based Conductor app now, don't we? 🤔
  10. I've yet to come across a better (or equally great) sounding Roon-based solution than my W20. My dealer confirms the same.
  11. OK, then I misunderstood. So, can you explain to me what convolution filters are? Would like to understand. Thanks!
  12. Hi, I'm using the W20 (not the SE) and Rossini and clock. W20 is connected to Rossini through an ultra high-end USB cable (Crystal Cable Dreamline Plus - mono crystal silver). My dealer tested this against the same quality double AES/EBU and also linking the clock to the W20. There was no quality difference to speak of, so I chose USB; much less expensive this way. Rossini + clock is a very big upgrade. Vivaldi clock even more so. Roon indeed will NOT work with the W20 (only Airplay and you don't want this). I can still use Roon with the Rossini. But the audio quality with the W20 is considerably higher. I don't miss Roon, to be honest. Still using Roon to index the content of the W20, so it will add album art etc. You will lose any Roon related filters when using the W20. But the Rossini has all the filters you will ever need.
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