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  1. feelingears

    Yggdrasil -- which power cord?

    @GeneZ Thanks for posting. I may try that again as I have that on my Naim Hi-Cap, which hates all aftermarket cords (that I’ve tried so far) except the f3. My Yggy A2 sounds great with a Synergistic Black that didn’t play well with other components. I tried several cords with Yggy and Gungir, and my Naim system has typically not played well with most choices. That said, I’ve had some great experiences lately with Transparent Audio Cable interconnect/coax. Their power cords may be worth exploring. Sadly, they are priced high up on the diminishing return curve. So it goes.
  2. feelingears

    Article: AURALiC ARIES G2 Review

    +1 for BNC. I've been testing Transparent Cables lately and the only demo cables are RCA. Those are dang good FWIW, but I'll be buying BNC when I finally pony up. The converters are total rubbish–they strip away the magic you're talking about above. As Barrows says, use your ears. If you can't tell or don't care, you don't. No harm no foul. Aries G2 without BNC unfortunately forces you down the AES path. Fortunately Transparent has a trade-in policy if one goes this "big box" streamer route. But there's magic in them thar boxes. And cables. Crazy (magic) hobby! Back to music now that I've determined I have a "good" copy of Aja...
  3. It seems you have enough already given your goals. In my experience your hard drive music files in ALAC are excellent via iTunes...until you try to get them off the computer. The diagram you want would show a decision here for USB or Ethernet or WiFi. The trade off is quality vs convenience vs affordability. Choose two (kidding, sort of). Since ultimate sound is not a goal, then your physical layout needs will inform your choices as well as minimize/avoid additional expense in the form of quality improving power supplies. I don’t stream so I’m no help, but everybody here (figuratively) seems to think Roon is a god-send. If that were an option and quality is desired, you have many options to spend money! The good news is that there are reasonably priced upgrades for the “endpoints” of your signal that feed your DAC. This is one possibility; hope this helps.
  4. feelingears

    Is It Time For Moderators?

    This is why we need moderators. Threads are cluttered with the same arguments ad nauseam (oops, no liberal arts latin!), I mean, the same un-winnable arguments over and over, blah blah blah. Because I want to spend time with my son and listen to music, I don't want to wade through all. that. blah. blah. blah. blah. Having recently gone through a refinement of my coax cable as well, that coax thread is one I was very interested in reading. Related to the NUC and Massive... threads, I think (perhaps wrongly) that by avoiding USB I avoid the spaghetti mess of hardware and (more!) cables. But, as soon as the cable-haters rolled in, I opted to go my own way–such a pain in the rear to wade through the dross. My loss, and yours too Peter as we corresponded about one of your coax cables (actually two since we were talking about the Lush^2 as well). @Taz I'm glad you got your system tuned! I may have to go back and see if you documented your comparisons as that is what I enjoy about talking with other audiophiles. And again, how about moderators who dispense strikes to offending posts? A group of moderators provide oversight. A kind of supreme court (ha ha). Then maybe people will pay attention and think about the reactions to their posts. Low impact on the content, maybe big impact on behavior!
  5. feelingears

    Is It Time For Moderators?

    So again, how about moderators that divvy out strikes per thread? Isolated effect that may promote “civil” behavior.
  6. feelingears

    Is It Time For Moderators?

    I don't think about this a lot because, I presume, I'm a heavy user of the ignore feature. That said, I still heartily vote "yes" for moderation or perhaps a means to vote people off a thread? While I generally filter out the users who post antagonistic and irrelevant content (to me) and accept that I miss some things because the content "provider" is a troll 90+% of the time, CA does not have to be a democracy and freedom of speech isn't an inalienable right. While this probably sounds and feels dictatorial, I'm more aligned with Chris than it might seem; and I'd prefer selective heavy-handedness with certain individuals and threads than an attempt to be "fair" that will be attacked on the grounds of principle rather than on the fact that certain individuals primarily "contribute" negativity and animosity rather than productive ideas. Again, since there's clearly no majority here (50/50 as of this writing), maybe instead of moderation we give a group of moderators the ability to give warnings, and if enough approved moderators ding someone, they're removed from the thread on the third ding. No discussion, no appeal, no dice. Maybe that will encourage people to be civil? Maybe we should at least try this a while and see how it goes... And to those who are respectful (almost to a "feeding the trolls" fault), my respect. Our founder, especially. You people truly have the patience of a saint.
  7. feelingears

    The New CA Issues and Feedback Thread

    And +10 if there has been any mention/ask for a way for individuals to mark posts as relevant to their interests, and then only viewing those tagged posts in the thread. i.e., As I read, I click on posts that form the core or backbone of the thread, and then I can filter the thread so the irrelevant cross-talk and sniping and other unrelated and bad stuff is removed. CA is much more enjoyable this way (currently by using the ignore feature which is a minor god-send!). Seriously, a means of custom filtering a thread would be amazing.
  8. feelingears

    PlayClassics TRT Sound master file giveaway for CA members

    Hello, Mario Please send me the codes as well. My fourth album choice is Conversations because De Quiros (or someone) put so much effort into getting Herrs Beethoven, Liszt, and Schubert to be civil, how could one not want to overhear how they get on together? Thank you for making your offer available!
  9. Alex, Here’s another appreciative customer. I know you don’t take pre-orders but I’m ready to fund your first run. I’m sure there are others too!
  10. Thank you @Superdad—in fact the LPS-1 was destined for powering an Uptone USB thingy in my office system...? But, now you’ve given me something to foist upon my tube amp-rebuilding friend! Very interesting. I was wondering if power was holding things back on the AEx somehow. And related to the future, I wish there weren’t so many digital connection/protocols/DDCs to futz with. At least I have bases covered with your USB and upcoming Ethernet thingy.
  11. W4S Remedy. It also upsamples to 96kHz (anathema to some). I lived with this vs. a microRendu for a while and ultimately sold the mRendu in part because I didn't like Logitech MS and in part because I felt the coax sounded better by a hair. In retrospect I think the DAC at the time (AGD DAC-19 10th Ann.) was not strong enough via USB as compared to its coax inputs. Anyway: https://wyred4sound.com/products/digital-converters/clearance/remedy-reclocker
  12. Since I've posted in a couple places here at CA about how pleased I've been with the SQ of my Airport Express digital setup, I think it responsible to report that I've stumbled across something affordably *better.* And, this something right under my nose–a modest surprise given how good I've found my system to be. Because my Yggy A2 DAC has both BNC and coax S/PDIF inputs, I plugged in my CD player (Rotel RCD-951, circa 2002?) so it would operate as a transport for the DAC's RCA coax input. The DAC's BNC coax input remained fed by the main digital signal: iTunes to AEx, optically out to a W4S Remedy/LPS-1 combo, then Oyaide silver coax. Voila! A/B testing at the toggle of an input button. * Better = more dynamic, more tonally "full bodied", more emotionally exciting, and more subjectively better because these are the elements that matter to the ear despite the "lesser" signal having, I dunno, at least 85% or even the equal of the "better" signal's technical merits (resolution, PRaT). Yeah, it was the CD, of course. I could easily live with the difference, the "lesser" sound, but boy the CD sounds...better. Sigh. (FWIW, those Schiit guys have been saying this about CDs and S/PDIF for a while now.) The difference is only pronounced when A/B-ing. Otherwise I can still be happy with, and focus on what is working well with iTunes. And a lot is working well! The AEx signal path is still solid as ever. There's just...better. So to bridge this delta, this dynamics gap, I also tested two Transparent coax cables (Performance and Premium RCA coax, $100 and $950 respectively) vs my Oyaide silver BNC coax ($280-ish) this way. The Premium Transparent won. Again "better," but boy at what cost. It's not just a cable, it's a component unto itself as I've said elsewhere. The $100 entry-level Performance version held its own and was a matter of taste vs the Oyaide (meaning it is a "great cable for $100"). Without getting into the future of digital streaming, it seems the path of least resistance (not least expenditure!) is to boost the SQ of my AEx path by replacing my LPS-1 with a 1.2 (given the strong reports of others), and maybe ponying up for the Transparent cable. I've been triangulating the desired sound of my system this way for years, so I'm posting here in case it helps someone else thinking about the same things, someone resisting the bleeding edge of NUCs and AL and expensive servers! Apple's iTunes/Airport Express is a viable choice when enhanced with a "minimal" investment in reclocking. Take it further with power and cables. Good luck!
  13. feelingears

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday...whatya buying?

    It probably sounds better with an LPS, however. ?
  14. Nice to see that AirPlay has “fans” of Uptone caliber!
  15. I use the AEx with Remedy powered by Uptone LPS-1. Coax is Oyaide silver and have also used entry level Transparent Audio coax Gen 5. My system easily holds its own against others $$$$$ more expensive. Sure it can be beat here and there but the overall SQ and value easily keeps up. Put another way, the diminishing returns curve gets extremely vertical ($ y axis, SQ on x axis) beyond where I’ve found he AEx+Remedy and Uptone as a digital path into my DAC. Of course I enjoy this hobby as a hobby so of course I’m about to spend some of my kid’s future college fund on a new $500-1000 coax cable, or/and a streamer like the Aries by Auralic (because I want good s/w and don’t want Roon). And heck the new Elac subwoofers sound good on paper, so why not that too? But, AirPlay... I think the reclocking and power enhancements are the keys to my Airplay SQ success. Truly would love to hear other opinions though, even if contrary to my experience.