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  1. 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.
  2. @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!
  3. 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.
  4. Yeah. (Sigh) Carry on...
  5. Well, what about the most offensive trolls, too?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Just heard Hans' review of the software in the video above. Thanks, @audiobomber!
  9. 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? 😉
  10. With regard to compelling music with chords>3 and maybe a general resistance to I-IV-V, well, as someone put it, maybe we have to really cultivate the ear/brain for that. But, I do try and am definitely attracted to music that's a) rhythmic, b) arranged to change, and c) different/technically interesting (to me). Unfortunately, any given artist's oeuvre isn't always outside the norm, and then there's the matter of "consistency" and taste. So, I'm happy to discover one or two gems and then perhaps, perhaps there's more. Put simply, "does the artist change things up?" (I'm looking for a strong yes, just like the band YES does/used to do, ha ha ha–I like almost all their stuff, not just early work.) Some recent listening sessions I've really enjoyed included (new-ish and old): Blue by Joni Mitchell After Bach by Brad Mehldau Silk Road Ensemble w/ Yo-Yo Ma Twisted Tenderness by Electronic (band–Sumner/Marr) Money Jungle by Duke Ellington Functional Arrhythmias by Steve Coleman & Five Elements Heartwork by Carcass (n.b., harsh metal) These are the Vistas by The Bad Plus Emily's D+Evolution by Esperanza Spalding And yes, Lamar, because I wanted to see if the fuss was for me (it's not). And some award-winning video game soundtracks (NieR Automata). And less-mainstream (to me) classical is occasionally cool, such as composer Dobrinka Tabakova. Finally, a coworker keeps suggesting technically interesting bands like Animals as Leaders which I need to explore more. I hope there's something in here for you.
  11. @Musicophile It's my impression and understanding from a local (Seattle) rock band leader friend that a) rock is indeed "dead" as we olds knew it (okay, you may not be one, sorry) and b) the good stuff is online at Soundcloud and the like. As for musically interesting and technically proficient arrangements/performances, well, maybe check out some of the suggestions on the old AudioStream.com "Weird Pop" or whatever they called that series before Lavorgna left. I keep meaning to do that myself, but am instead listening to my three versions of Aja (really), and now three versions of Carmina Burana because my son just sang it and WOW to sit ten feet from the baritone and ensemble and...well, you get the idea. I'll put a plug in for my current favorite jazz drummer: Stanton Moore. Joe Bob says, "check it out."
  12. First, I love it when secret sauce is revealed, especially since "everything counts in large amounts" (especially you know, your bank accounts). But seriously, it's too bad some of these lesser known DACs are not so easily comparable. I wish a few others were covered and perhaps someone else will take up the baton! In the meantime, back to my three versions of Aja...which sound ever so slightly (and emotionally) more dynamic out of my CD player as transport into my DAC than my network signal. That's my not-so-secret sauce.
  13. Thank you, @austinpop for your efforts above and beyond! Would that you'd continue, but closure is good too: To be satisfied and even inspired by your choices, and to rediscover the music. Cheers!
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