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  1. Yes, thank you! These albums are part of my non-critical listening playlist–songs a system has to emotionally reproduce by getting out of the way. I have been a big fan of Orzabal's "solo" TFF Elemental, Raoul, and self-titled album, too. The later albums are rich, emotionally imbued compositions that make me reflect on different things with each listen. Sorry if that's damning with faint praise, but music is so personal to begin with, YMMV ("must" vary!). Thanks again for this rich history. I'll be rereading it a few times. p.s., And what a great full name! Roland Jaime Orzabal de la Quintana
  2. Yes, these stories are the kinds of things that I suspect could be “standardized” with options and recommended configured at each step. I don’t expect the infinite combinations to be represented, just perhaps the most likely supported ones (software, it requires support). And there are the platforms: Mac, PC, Linux, combos, Roon, etc. Anyway, thanks for considering.
  3. Well, you know how these various Linux or other audio software setups are rife with options for every option under the sun. It would be nice to have a brain-dead set of instructions on how to get most, if not all, of the way "there" to where you have music coming out of your "computer" gear. I'd imagine there are consistencies in setup to get to certain hardware or sound quality decision points for most potential users. At least for a couple of the main options like Pi and Linux and these Allo boxes. I imagine there are technically capable people like myself (gimme the benefit of the doubt, ha ha–I work in software) who don't have gobs of uninterrupted tweaking time but who are interested in the next step if it appears worth the effort. But then again, maybe the answers for people like me are products from Pro-Ject and Auralic. Anyway, just $0.02.
  4. Glad this was reviewed and posted–now we know where great sound can be had on the cheap with the right hardware and software wherewithal. Personally, "daunting" isn't the word, "inconvenient" is what comes to mind. Seems like there should be timely, up-to-date, written for newbs, screenshot and picture-driven tutorials/videos here at CA for these kinds of software set ups. @The Computer Audiophile wasn't there some talk about alternative/new content besides traditional articles a while back?
  5. Nice quick review, thank you. Since DACs aren’t just their chip choice, I wonder why you chose not to throw in another well-known DAC in the $1000 price range as another point of common comparison? Also, I’m curious about how you find tweaking the sound via EQ to help—I know the answer seems to be “yes!” and I wonder if this is practical for song to song adjustments, or if it’s really more for “album listening?” Thanks again.
  6. @sicher I've told Alex directly that when Uptone's first Regen made my humble office system (a Denon all-in-one) take on Naim-like qualities in PRaT, and add bass like I had never heard from digital, I was relieved I didn't need to pony up for a Naim Supernait like I was originally planning! Instead, I upgraded my Regen to an ISO Regen and my LPS-1 to a 1.2. (Naim need not worry–I'm still thinking about a Supernait now that the 3 is out.) With consumer and audiophile gear alike, cleaning up digital signal and power together is likely to yield strong improvements, and this is what Uptone delivers at a enormously agreeable price. Happy listening!
  7. I wish I had saved it but Barrows posted something about two very audibly different USB cables once, elsewhere here. Worth looking up if only to read how he describes the differences. I agree that you have to have sufficient signal quality and listening experience to hear the differences, but that kind of goes without saying here. I like the Lush, the Lush^2, and an older cheaper Shunyata Venom. Wireworld Starlight too. And Uptone's ISO Regen/LPS 1.2 are key in that chain with an oldie but goodie Halide USB DAC.
  8. Yeah. (Sigh) Carry on...
  9. Well, what about the most offensive trolls, too?
  10. For sale is a current model, B-serial number Yggdrasil DAC. It's analog 2 and generation 5 USB from the factory. I'm the second owner and I'm selling because I have replaced this unit with a new black one. Ships in double box, original foam padding, and with accessories (basic power cable, manual). Yggys new sell for US$2,400 and are much more fuller-sounding than their lower-priced siblings. Detail and PRaT in spades. Terms: Continental US or Canada only. Buyer pays actual shipping/insurance and PayPal fees.
  11. For sale is one single Blaxius^2 digital S/PDIF 75 ohm BNC cable, 32 inches in length from tip to tip. This is the "JSSG360"-able, adjustable shield, digital cable that is famously discussed in this thread here at AudiophileStyle. From my experience of how rigid this cable is built, you need about 12 inches of space behind your components and vertically between them. This cable is about three months old and have at least 300 hours on them. The cable comes with the printed instruction sheet provided by Phasure and the caps for tuning. These cables are every bit as good as people report, and tweak-able to your heart's content. I am simply upgrading to a ridiculously expensive Transparent Audio cable, and so my loss is your gain! Priced as new: US$650 My (new, lower) price: US$300 Terms: PayPal Shipping: Buyer pays actual shipping and insurance. I'll pay PayPal.
  12. Just heard Hans' review of the software in the video above. Thanks, @audiobomber!
  13. Because I like to use reference points to understand where a product's relative advantages may lay, it seems to me that the hardware benchmark in this space is the Auralic Aries femto or Mini. Or the Sonore mRendu/ultra. Or one of those DDC reclockers like Singer? I can't speak for and don't understand the software side as it all seems so DIY Github-hauntingly discouraging unless you pony up for Roon (I don't; my own problem). Anyway, it's helpful to see the software a little since that's what you touch. I wish we got as much software analysis as hardware. And for me, it seems the major hardware contenders recently are the Pro-Ject Streambox S2 Ultra or the Allo Digi-One Signature (and assorted power options and cables which have to be factored in as well). I wasn't aware of the updates to some of these mentioned earlier–thanks. And if you're gonna stretch maybe the Metrum Acoustics Ambre? So many choices and configurations, who has time to listen to music? 😉
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