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  1. biosailor

    Album of the Evening

    A wonderful compilation. And as always, ACT recording is outstanding!
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    Album of the Evening

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    Album of the Evening

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    Album of the Evening

    Definitely something for cold nights! I haven't noticed this one before, great album, thanks for suggesting it!
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    Album of the Evening

    Very true!
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    Album of the Evening

    The French ‚Coleman Hawkins‘, wonderful straight ahead jazz/blues!
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    Album of the Evening

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    Album of the Evening

    What a wonderful album! Great choice!
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    The "Official" Aurender Discussion Thread

    But I do hope there will be more substantial development of the Conductor than just changing skins from brown to blue 😀! I do like the sound of my N100H, it is substantially better than my Roon Nucleus. But Roon's software on the other hand is miles ahead of the Conductor app. I so much wished the Conductor app would become more modern. I do not say the Conductor app has to be Roon-like, but it definitely needs improvement and modernisation!
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    Album of the Evening

    The European Concerts are regarded as MJQ's master achievement. A GREAT album!
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    Newest iMac i5 top spec quiet?

    I used to have a 2014 MacBook Pro, and when the fan went off, which was quite often, it was loud. So no way it could be in the same room as my listening equipment! BTW, the Mac Mini wasn't bad at all, it just was a tad too bright.
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    Newest iMac i5 top spec quiet?

    I have no explanation other than what's been discussed in various forums, namely that a computer output is noisy and what I hear as perceived brightness from the Mac might very well be spurious signals getting into my Devialet. I do agree, the two setups cannot be compared side by side. Ethernet from my Mac involves AIR transport built into Roon, while Nucleus goes straight USB into the Devialet. The Mac Mini wasn't bad, by no means, but it had a brightness that became fatiguing quite quickly. The Nucleus sounds smooth and neutral.
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    Newest iMac i5 top spec quiet?

    You are right, it is too expensive. I think there's no secret that the Nucleus has a NUC i3 running inside the cabinet. However, I just didn't feel like fiddling around with a NUC to get it built into a fanless encolosure, so I took the the route of having a turnkey solution!
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    Newest iMac i5 top spec quiet?

    I bought a Mac Mini 6-Core i7 with 16 GB RAM, 1 TB internal SSD to be used as the Roon core. Additionally, I intended to use it as a general purpose computer for other things. I set it up in my office and connected it via Ethernet to my Devialet Expert 120, which is two floors below. I was curious to see if the fan would go off when running Roon simultaneously with some CPU-intensive graphics software like Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop crunching on some complicated graphs/photos. The fan did go off, but it is so quiet that I first didn‘t realize that it was the fan. Nevertheless, as my Mac Mini and my Devialet are far apart, fan noise is not an issue for me. What turned out to be an issue, though, was sound quality: streaming music via Mac Mini/Roon/Ethernet to my Devialet wasn‘t so good: the sound was nervous, treble-harsh and there was often an unpleasant ringing associated with high hats and cymbals. It was really unpleasant. Last week, I had a demo Roon Nucleus from my local dealer for trial, that is basically Ethernet in, USB out to my Devialet. The difference to my Mac Mini was immediately obvious: the unpleasant harshness and ringing was immediately gone! The sound from the Nucleus was neutral, it left nothing out, highs are just as present as bass, and everything is quite well balanced. The Nucleus sounds way better than my Mac Mini setup, and I immediately bought the demo unit! I also tried Audirvana plus with the Mac Mini. It did sound better than running Roon on my Mac, but Audirvana has a couple of flaws, like often duplicating tracks that cannot be undone, and above all, I find Izotope SRC rather confusing and too complicating! All in all, I am truly satisfied with the Roon Nucleus!
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    The "Official" Aurender Discussion Thread

    Good to hear that Aurender plans a few upgrades for the near future! I do understand that Aurender's software has evolved to cater their own products. But with respect to Roon: wouldn't it be possible to turn the Aurender's into a Roon endpoint? I presume this would use much less CPU resources than a full fledged Roon integration.
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