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  1. John J, Clearly, in this area, your dream woman and you have different priorities. Sonos is known for their simple, intuitive interface, that's what she loves about her Sonos. You, as an audiophile, place SQ as your highest priority. She will never be happy with a more cumbersome interface. You will never be happy with Sonos' at best mid-fi reproduction. Your mission is to find a much higher fidelity alternative to Sonos, one that makes you both happy. Anything less will ultimately, leave you both unhappy and at worst, resentful. Sooner or later, that alternative will appear, indeed it may already exist.
  2. Talk about whiplash! Here's an option to the Adam Audio nearfield monitors I highlighted above; Morel Audio's Hogtatare Powered speaker - $199.00 (single) $369.00 (pair) indiegogo early bird special. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hogtalare-true-hifi-wireless-sound-for-everyone#/ ---- https://ideaing.com/ideas/hogtalare-speaker/ Pair these with the Node 2 and a sub and you'd have an impressive budget system. Lots of fine quality, budget priced cables out there too.
  3. Michael Lavorgna argues that, "Computer Audio Is Dead. And Streaming Has Killed It." That's especially true when budget considerations are a listener's highest priority. As a modest system is unlikely to have the resolution to reveal clear differences in source material. LOTS of choices out there, here's one possible budget/quality system: Used Blusound Node 2 - $350.00 ADAM Audio T7V 7" Powered Studio Monitor ( Nearfield) - $500.00 pair Frequency Response: 39 Hz - 25 kHz Definitive Technology ProSub 800 - High Output Compact 300W Powered Subwoofer Black- $278.00 - White - $219.00 - 76% buyers give it a five star recommendation, gets down into the 20s. Tight, impactful bass... Tidal or Qobuz subscription: $20. a month...
  4. Re: "completely computer-less operation from start to finish" Isn't the Aurender acs-10 itself... a dedicated, customized computer that's operating on proprietary software in an 'audiophile box'? Regarding the Aurender's $6k-7k price... I own an essentially brand new Asus VC66 MiniPC (i7, 500SSD - $850.00) and I'm getting ready to download Euphony's Music Server software @ $289.00 onto a USB stick. Then installed on my MiniPC, it will wipe clean the Windows 10 OS, turning the MiniPC into a dedicated Music Server. BTW, I'm going to buy the Samsung QVO M.2 SSD you profiled, turns out my Asus has an unused M.2 slot, thanks a lot for that. The Euphony OS is fully Roon Ready and reportedly comes very close to matching the fidelity of the Aurender. It can be controlled by either an iPad/iPhone or an Android tablet/phone. No monitor, PC needed. Several professional reviewers hold it in high regard. I'd love to see a comparative review between the $6-7k Aurender and someting like my $1139.00 Euphony setup. It would be interesting to see if you concluded that the Aurender offers 5-6 times more than does the Euphony... I understand that getting that last 10% increase in fidelity, requires a logarithmic increase in cost. I also see a trend among audio reviewers toward reviewing ever more astronomically priced gear. Just my opinion, but that seems like an excellent way to gradually decrease ones' audience. Please consider the above constructive criticism. I'm a longtime fan of this blog/mag but one who is feeling increasingly shunted aside by most reviewers in the gear they chose to review. I suspect I'm by no means alone in that perception.
  5. HI Richard, Thank you for the kind words. It sure would be interesting to compare your homemade Dueland cables to the Decware's. If memory serves, Jeff Place made some homemade Dueland RCA cables and spoke highly of them. Hey small world, I happen to have the open baffle Betsys but circumstance has prevented me from setting them up. When I'm finally able to do so, I'll be pairing them up with my Eastern Electric MiniMax Integrated Tube Amplifier. Sourced by my Yamaha PF-1000 TT and a yet to be acquired Parks Audio 'Puffin' Phono preamp. And yes, I'll be using Dueland cable in that rig too.
  6. Hello everyone, I have a kit to share that I put together for my aged parents. It may be of interest for those not blessed with lots of cash. IMO, far too much attention is paid in audiophile land to gear that costs far more than the average person can afford, yet there is lots of gear, that if not giant killers, provides far more "bang for the buck" than megabuck gear. Only rarely do I see a system consisting of such gear. Here's one for those who missed it: Mr. Fußball's budget system Warning: to do justice to the system I put together, I decided to post it up on a new website rather than here, so below is the link to it: A Budget Near Field System
  7. Hello all, new here with a question. I'm wondering as to the compatibility between my Korg DS-DAC using AudioGate 4 software and the new Sonore microRendu? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Warm regards, Geoffrey
  8. Hello all, new here with a question. I'm wondering as to the compatibility between my Korg DS-DAC using AudioGate 4 software and the new Sonore microRendu? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Warm regards, Geoffrey
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