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  1. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    I’m all in on the I2S setup, hoping for a solution that doesn’t involve going USB into the DirectStream 👍
  2. DancingSea

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    It goes MacBook Pro (Roon/ hqplayer 4) —> Matrix Audio USB cable —> Matrix Audio SPDIF X 2 —> I2S via AQ Mocha hdmi —> DirectStream Junior
  3. DancingSea

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    DirectStream Junior. I’m playing DSD64 files that are not upsampled any higher.
  4. DancingSea

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    I’ve been having an odd issue with HQPlayer 4. Frequently when playing DSD files, during quiet parts I can hear a gurgling whirling type of noise. With PCM kept as PCM there is no such noise. While this all happens often, it’s not always. But because it only happens with DSD, it makes me guess it’s software related. Any ideas?
  5. Selling my beloved Curious Cable Regen Link 200mm. It’s an excellent and venerated USB cable, has performed very well for me. I need a longer cable. Retail is $140. Selling for $80 which includes priority mail shipping anywhere in the USA. It’s in mint condition.
  6. DancingSea

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    Not that it matters very much, but Digital River charged 6% tax while in my state it’s only 4%. In the US, it goes by the specific state sales tax. But I understand, it must take an extra 2% to get it all the way to Finland 😇
  7. Price lowered to $160 (retail $300). Brand new, never opened box. Includes shipping in USA and PayPal fees. Would make a great gift!
  8. DancingSea

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    Yes, it’s was a little confusing for me as well. Apparently the upgrade coupon that you get off the Signalyst website link generates the 25% off, no need for the black19 code. I thought it was interesting that I was charged 6% sales tax for a transaction processed in Germany with funds going to Finland. Taxation without representation!
  9. Super cool Bowers & Wilkins W P14 (silver) audiophile headphones is silver. Brand new, never used, in the unopened box. These are part of a new line from B&W. Retail for $300, selling for $190 which includes shipping in the USA and paypal fees. Here’s a feature write up: " Designed for movement: customized 14mm drivers pack full sound in a small space. Designed by the same team behind our 800 diamond Series speakers used in Abbey road studio, The drivers ensure you stay immersed in music wherever you go. Don't miss a thing: no matter what you're listening to, or watching, or playing, hear what you were meant to hear. The new aptX codec gives you pure, unmatched audio, whether you're traveling, moving, or standing still in the sound. Adaptive noise cancelling: move freely with noise-cancelling microphones that cut out distractions before they reach your ears—keep out the buzz of traffic, terminals, subways, and cubicles. Am to PM on one charge: 12-hour battery life allows you to go from Am to PM without missing a beat. If that’s not enough a 15-minute quick charge gets 3 hours of immediate playback. A Transcontinental flight sounds a lot better with the Pi4. Fits like none other: silicone and rubber together make the Pi4 feel specifically designed for how and where you listen. These soft but durable materials are designed for how you live, one moment at a time. Drop to pause: magnets clip the earpieces together when you take them off, automatically pausing the music. Unclip them and pick up where you left off.
  10. DancingSea

    HQ Player

    Just wanted to point out that I stumbled over to Jussi’s website and noticed he’s having a Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale of 15% off new HQP 4 licenses, and 25% off upgrade licenses. It runs midnight to midnight UTC time each day.
  11. DancingSea

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    ASR’s measurements do not always equate to whether or not something sounds better. I could comment further, but do not want to open up an exhaustive ASR debate. I’ve read many user reviews of the Matrix X-SPDIF 2, and nearly all say a LPS improves the sound over USB power. Of course, everyone’s mileage may vary....
  12. DancingSea

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    A good power supply makes a marked improvement over USB power.
  13. DancingSea

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    This may be DAC dependent. DirectStream Dacs seem to have an affinity for I2S. There’s a massive thread on the PSA forums where many many DS owners have seen improvements by using a Matrix Audio X-SPDIF 2 to convert usb to I2S.
  14. I go MBP via Curious USB to a Matrix Audio XSPDIF 2 converting to I2S via HDMI (AQ Mocha) to a DirectStream Junior DAC. The DSJ has built in streaming ability, but I prefer the I2S route.
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