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  1. I've been waiting for this review for what seems like ages - Rajiv (with Taiko Extreme and PGGB) vs. the most hyped headphone system yet.
  2. Thanks for the great write up @Gavin1977! Have you tried the SRC-DX with regular USB outputs vs. the JCAT? Just curious to see if they are "like-for-like" or if unoptimized USB is worse (and by how much) vs. the JCAT. Thanks again.
  3. I have to agree on this. I got the iris ddc and tried my pggb test files with my lps powered 2qute. I hear more of pggb's magic via an optical cable from iris ddc downspampled to 192k than hardwired usb at full sample rate. I think the source still matters depite pggb magic (dell laptop vs. Iris ddc)! Will experiment more in the next few weeks.
  4. I've been very wary over the years of purchasing audio products from China versus supporting companies based in the U.S. and allied countries (what can I say - I like to buy either local or from friends when I can! Of course, this doesn't always happen given complex global supply chains dependent on Chinese manufacturing... and there are plenty of U.S. and allied companies that I do not want to support as well... AHEM MQA / MERIDIAN!). BUT Denafrips has been getting so much positive attention that I jumped in last month and purchased an Iris DDC (for a variety of reasons... one bei
  5. I have a slightly different - but more cynical - take. Think of MQA as a toll-road. If you use any part of the toll road, you gotta pay a fee. In this analogy, MQA is not only charging the "drivers" for using the toll road (via fees users pay to tidal and the labels), but also the "car manufacturers" (hardware manufacturers - those MQA ready labels on fancy DACs don't come free and may require extra hardware, coding and implementation... no doubt most, if not all this cost, gets passed back up to the users anyhow). This is a lucrative business model if there is sufficient demand for the toll-r
  6. For all those that have used PGGB in scale... How are you storing your large, remastered libraries? NAS? SSDs / HDs on your all-in-one server? NVME Storage on your all-in-one server? I would imagine the latter would be VERY expensive given file sizes, but the latter is also widely agreed upon here to be the best sounding storage option? Has something happened that has lowered the gap in quality between NVME and other storage methods that I'm not aware of? Or is the quality improvement from PGGB so large that the storage media and method doesn't really matter?
  7. Random question that is not related to Optical... Does anyone run their Qutest directly from their RCA outputs? I've basically hooked up my high sensitivity Campfire ARA's with the ifi IEMatch directly to the RCA outputs and use digital volume control... it's been a lot of fun but I'm curious if others do this as well or have a better solution with respect interfacing the Qutest with high sensitivity IEMs! Thanks!
  8. Hi @Soul Analogue, cool build! looks like a CLC approach... What regulator are you using? any insights on the actual design are much appreciated!!
  9. Hi @JoshM - I really enjoyed this review. Up until this point, I had never heard of Crane Song and, since reading your piece, I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. In particular, I'm intrigued with Dave's focus on Jitter. Reading a review of another made-for-studio DAC (Weiss DAC 501 from Hi-Fi News): Similarly, the Crane Song Manual says: Assuming these jitter figures are apples-to-apples (who knows! jitter is a spectrum, after all), it would seem the Crane Song's attenuation of Jitter is FAR better than that provided by the Weiss. I feel
  10. Agreed with @lmitche - the Modius, for the money, is great. I use it with a curious cable out of my laptop, feeding the Magnius via Cardas Iridium XLR interconnects, with balanced out into Audiquest NightOwl Carbons. It is a humble set up for my work desk, but I've really been enjoying it. I don't recommend the Magnius for SE outs, though Modius sounds good on SE out into a more capable single-ended amp (which, again, Magnius is NOT). Just my two cents.
  11. Hi Nenon - How do you stream from Tidal / Qobuz in the HPQ / NAA world??
  12. Hi Bob - Great post! Quick questions - what are you using to cool the CPU? What's the extra Noctua fan doing given that there is no case? Also, I'm assuming the fans are plugged into the motherboard and not powered directly?
  13. This was a really interesting read. In particular, I was struck by the description that HPET forced on in the OS for intel based systems increased latency but reduced errors. Is it wrong for me to extrapolate that, in the context of audio processing, that forcing HPET on in the OS would result in higher latency but less variation in latency given fewer errors? This seems to be true for both AMD and Intel (see below). If so, this would correlate with @ray-dude's findings that he presented in part two of his SGM Extreme review. Lastly, if true, this reasoning would indic
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