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  1. 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!
  2. Hi @Soul Analogue, cool build! looks like a CLC approach... What regulator are you using? any insights on the actual design are much appreciated!!
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Hi Nenon - How do you stream from Tidal / Qobuz in the HPQ / NAA world??
  6. 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?
  7. 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
  8. @ray-dude, these write-ups are making my week. Question for you - do you see any off-the-shelf regulators in use in the power supply? I know Taiko has previously used Belleson regulators, but this power supply, ostensibly, looks like a standard CLC / Pi-Filter with substantial emphasis on the C's. As such, it seems like Emile could be letting the motherboard handle all regulation from a power source with VERY small, sinusoidal, low-frequency, ripple? Or is Emile using a discrete regulator instead of a monolothic regulator following the pi-filter?
  9. Sounds good - i'll try re-scanning in different clients. Thanks!
  10. Correct. I'm using maximum MPD, clicked update databaser, and i have 0 items. There are three folders, none of which are the /Media/Music1 mounted music folder i created
  11. Real basic question for you all. I've mounted my music folder, downloaded an MPD client, and enabled MPD. However, I cannot see my music in the MPD client when i connect to the MPD server... How do I get my music folder loaded up?? Thanks!
  12. Sorry, maybe I'm amazon illterate - how much does this battery cost??? It is not available.
  13. Assuming I pulled the right diagram (see attached), it looks like the USB ports on the SGM extreme motherboard Emile uses also pulls from the chipset and is not cpu direct.
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