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  1. Mercman

    Article: CA is now Audiophile Style!

    Congratulations Chris on your "new" site. I'm sure the expansion of audio content will insure future success.
  2. Using a Roon Nucleus+, I upsampled to DSD512 with the Vega 2. Worked very well with no issues for either component.
  3. Mercman

    Sonicorbiter - Native DSD support

    Native DSD-DSD256 is now working. Thanks Andrew and thanks to Jesus. You guys are really great! Steve
  4. Mercman

    Sonicorbiter - Native DSD support

    That’s great news. Thanks Jesus.
  5. Mercman

    Sonicorbiter - Native DSD support

    I updated my Signature Rendu SE to 2.7. My Playback Designs MPD-8 no longer supports Native DSD (DSD256). I can play DSD128 if I set the Rendu to DoP. I rebooted my Nucleus +, and restarted the DAC. I’m afraid 2.7 has been a real bust for me. Hopefully Jesus will have a solution.
  6. Mercman

    MQA The Truth lies Somewhere in the Middle

    I think Chris did a great job maintaing his cool given the behavior of the Peanut Gallery. He should be commended for his presentation.
  7. Hi Brinkman Ship, Michael reviewed the Auralic Aries in 2014 and liked it better than his Mac: https://www.audiostream.com/content/auralic-aries-0 Michael wrote: "In terms of sound quality, I found the Aries to better my MacBook Pro in terms of apparent noise floor, dynamics, and resolution. Add in the ability to stream up to double rate DSD via WiFi seamlessly and you've got yourself one compelling package."
  8. Mercman

    MQA is Vaporware

    Presently, the only Synergistic products I have in my system are the Tranquility Bases. I obviously like what Shunyata is doing in power conditioners. Being a reviewer, I want the best sounding gear for my system that I can afford. I also like to let readers know what I am using. I feel the equipment choices I make do influence outcomes and reflect my acoustic preferences. As for my equipment, no one gives this reviewer stuff. I'm a small timer in the grand scheme of things.
  9. The Merlot is a wonderful DAC, but the MPD-8 is in a totally different league.
  10. Here is something I found in a box yesterday that was rarely used: http://www.bakoon.com/product/bps-02/ The Bakoon battery sounds really good with the AQVOX SE; better than the stock SMPS or my HDPlex 100w or 200w power supplies. I think I purchased this in 2012. I'm not a big battery guy, but this does sound very nice.
  11. Mercman

    Article: dCS Rossini DAC Review

    You are right about the about taking a hit on the resale price. The smart guys always purchase the old models at a big discount.
  12. Mercman

    Sonicorbiter - Native DSD support

    I am happy to report that the Playback Designs MPD-8 native playback is working perfectly.
  13. Mercman

    Article: dCS Rossini DAC Review

    The Wilson Alexia Series 1 was "current" for 5 years. There was no way to upgrade an Alexia Series 1 to a Series 2 since the Series 2 had completely redesigned bass and midrange cabinets. But I don't think that any Alexia Series 1 speakers stopped working after 5 years.
  14. I like the combination of the Alexia 2 with the Shunyata Sigma interconnects and speaker cables. Good stuff!
  15. Mercman

    Wireworld Platinum Starlight 7 USB 2.0 cable

    I have both USB cables you are interested in. The Shunyata is warmer and fuller sounding in the mid bass compared to the Wireworld. The Wireworld Platinum Starlight 7 is faster and more detailed than the Shunyata. Both are very nice, but quite different sounding.