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  1. Always very kind and helpful to me. For that shifting sand avatar will be missed as one of the gentlemen and larger than life characters here.. My sincere condolences to his family and partners in crime on CA/ AS. Gone but never forgotten..🙂 David
  2. Theres 2 free tips you can do then on your gear...a little bit of silicone around network ports for anti vibration and desolder noisey but useful LEDs.. courtesy of innuos.. I havent seem anyone try that silicone trick on Caps 3 dots at the base or O-rings.. if it doesnt hurt then it doesnt hurt to try... i tried o rings from a trick they use on valves.. Would the desoldered leds need to be bridged to complete the circuit?? Nice to see if it does help SQ... Or just buy the innous..😁
  3. Spotify sounds not too bad, little 44.1 out nord easy stream some x4 isilencers, with job insecurity happy for now while others push the boundaries. Its free for me.. Qobuz hi res sounds better though. Down played from 196... The beauty is you can trial the HD and see. Roon tidal is king but i do like the system, easy to use. Even non cutting edge can be enjoyable.
  4. The proof of the audiophile puddings in the eating always.... Lucky the local design chefs know their stuff.....😀 Interested to what you think @Gavin1977 + thanks @barrows + @Superdadalways a pleasure gents..😁
  5. Ive saw crazy pcb design simulation software with just small changes having a big effect on the output. Its a skill in its self tranposing engineering design into a working populated PCB. Accuracy of the tracks placement.. . Id love to see how DCS do ceramic boards. Lucas Aerospace use to make Ceramic tiles and drill holes in them. Easy to criticise as an end user but the work to get what we have now is pretty amazing, i am a low level prole in manufacturing engineering it bends my mind and how many people it takes...
  6. Thanks both, i thought i was going mad about 24/96... didnt know that. One lesson learned is that even though we get a foothold on the Chord ladder... there is no free lunch as an audiophile. Just look at the Dave Jacobs MOD yes theres some gains and imagine lovely beyond my wildest dreams but that cost... Ive got cables adapters boxes computers clogging up cupboards and i was warned.... On here years ago... still chasing the dream.. Cheers @asdf1000 and @Gavin1977 Hope you are both well and happy in these times.. Good luck David 😊
  7. Another small piece of information to add to the list. I had some unused ifi i silencers and tryed them on my unused USB in on the Qutest. No discernible effect. I hoped using them as a mini plug in power conditioner would work. I dont know about the ground plane but i am sure that parts of the circuit are cut off no 5v.. Software or Microswitch isolated.. somone might know.. They worked lovely on the fanless NUC on unused ports as a 5v filter. They did nothing for me inline on the data signal but alone tempered the noise on the USB bus. Ive got a cheap NORD easy-stream pro 3 s
  8. Just try the phone and see same adapter for adding external memory on a samsung. USB audioplayer pro is about the best for android and uses its own driver. I am not agreeing with Rob on SQ but a really noisy source always benefits from decoupling that noise. Whether you like it is a different matter.. No one mentions the quality of the transmitter or the receiver (TOSLINK), are they clean.. really clean.. Toslink jitter signal attenuation, glass plastic Tos. The information is really poor on the net and audiophile community. Well.. within my googling skills...
  9. Anyone know if the circuits on the inputs are depowered when not selected? I got results using IfI isilencers on unused ports on the NUC. I assumed it filtered the 5v usb bus noise and thats what helped. I am outputing from a Nord easy-stream 3 via 48 digital RCA. So the USB in is free... Its hard to tell so wondering A no effect B. Not powered ie microswitch or software cuts off the power? Just a silly experiment and waiting for an USB to RJ45 connector so i can try it in the streamer as i am using WIFI. A couple have used IFI'S in unused ports and got meaningful results. So
  10. I never knew that DCS could have been a footnote in UK audiophile history. It does give you a sense of the level of technical expertise and research required to advance the cutting edge but using the hard earned lessons in aerospace and telecoms. I am lucky as i get a taste of the depth thats involved in aerospace electronics in RRoyce. i got to work on Harrier Pegasus engine pumps as a lad.. so that tickled me about DCS Ifi /Amr have made a whole sub tier of affordable products using anti radar tech. I am sure there are many luminaries within Chris cross hairs. Bruno of Mola Mola an
  11. @Gavin1977 Ive been playing with the IFI Zen blue and for convenience using BT. From Robs comment i tried the optical out on a cheap amazon cable. I ordered the sys cable from canada not realising it was plastic but so much more detail. But wanted to try real corning Glass and got a Japanese import AUDIOTRAK fiberglass OPTICAL digital cable GlassBlack2plus 1.0m Gave a wide presentation clear highs and wide but its an acquired taste as its so different from spdif.. I did like it though in my set up. I jumped back to spdif on a nord easy stream 3 in the uk and very happy
  12. Nick Bacons post FB Chord users. https://www.facebook.com/groups/236162336799519/permalink/952557981826614/?sfnsn=scwspmo
  13. I don't have a Qutest, but I'm 99.9999% certain that the Qutest would be significantly elevated with better power. I have tried and been lucky with so many great sources Like John S et al and the members here. My Qutest is on a UPS sinewave 230v out into a balanced isolation transformer. Into an older LPS1 7V into a dual reg Ldovr 5v and IFI DC IPURIFIER.. The delta wasnt as much as we always hope but that extra refinement does stand out. Blood from a stone at the bottom of the Chord ladder.. Cost conscious small spends. Why its so nice reading about someones
  14. A great read, thank you... another good article for 2021 AStyle Never imagined i'd ever have a Dave and more than content to have a Qutest but i finally get to see a Pimp my ride version of 'Dave'. I am glad it worked so well and giving you pleasure Ray. Every bit of nice is need in these times.. Really looking forward to part 2.0 As so many questions with a TOTL upgrade now its a in MOLA MOLA and Bartok territory. Already you can see the magnifying of every detail people want to see. Objective subjective... a literal power struggle of PSUs... I cant wait.
  15. A great read, thank you... another good article for 2021 AStyle Never imagined i'd ever have a Dave and more than content to have a Qutest but i finally get to see a Pimp my ride version of 'Dave'. I am glad it worked so well and giving you pleasure Ray. Every bit of nice is need in these times.. Really looking forward to part 2.0 As so many questions with a TOTL upgrade now its in the MOLA MOLA and Bartok territory. Already you can see the magnifying of every detail people want to see. Just in the above comments. Objective subjective... a literal power str
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