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  1. I am interested to hear a Terminator II but I will have to make do with hearing a Terminator + which is what my friend has ordered and is on the way to him. 🤣 These are indeed game changing DACs according to what people are saying. As to the Holo May, I owned a L2 one for three weeks and just couldn’t like it no matter how hard I tried. But then I was comparing it to a Dave powered by a Sean Jacobs DC4 LPS. I had hoped that the Holo May would shine when playing PGGB 16FS or even 32FS files in NOS mode but it was not to be.
  2. Thanks for your further thoughts on the DC4 and ARC6 wiring. Both my original DC4 and now the ARC6 TestBed I am using have Neotech internal wiring. This was mainly so that there was an even comparison between the two so that I could properly compare the ARC6 TestBed configuration options on a like for like basis. However now that testing has moved on to the stage where the DC4 has outlived its comparison usefulness I will be converting it to be my ARC6 TestBedTwo and I will use the Mundorf internal wiring for this buld. I will then be able to compare two identical ARC6 side by side, one with Neotech internal wiring and one with Mundorf. I look forward to that and fully anticipate preferring that but with the (considerable) cost consideration to be taken into account. As far as the umbilical goes at the moment I use the heavily shielded Gotham GAC-4/1 11301 UltraPro Star Quad, one cable for the digital and one for the analogue. This on the basis that otherwise one is very efficiently connecting two unshielded RF aerials right into the heart of the Dave circuit boards. However I intend to revisit my choice of umbilical as part of the Mundorf wire ‘bake off’.
  3. In a not direct answer to your question, i am using my Qutest powered by a Sean Jacobs DC4 power supply and so it has become a £5,200 DAC. I’m not sure this will be a permanent pairing because the DC4 really belongs to another piece of equipment but it has got me thinking and perhaps that combination can indeed stand up to other similar priced DACs. The Qutest with the DC4 is very very good indeed and to my ears sounds a bit like a mini Dave. Then I added an SRC-DX with the Qutest. I am just powering it through the usb 5v but in any case the usb is coming from an Innuos Zenith so its 5v usb output is already pretty good. The SRC-DX only costs £356 but Qutest to I am really impressed by what it does. Be prepared to spend extra on bnc cables with the STC-DX though because one can hear clear differences between them. A DC4 SRC-SX Qutest is a force to be reckoned with but by now the price has gone up to £5,556. Swop the DC4 for an SBooster + Ultra Mk2 or perhaps a Farad Super3 but keep the SRC-DX in the system and the Qutest is still amazing and far more affordable but it trails the absolutely stunning sound of the DC4 by a considerable margin. So in answer to your question as to whether to add an SBooster type power supply + SRC-DX to your Qutest or to just buy a new DAC such as a Denafrips Venus I agree with @Gavin1977 that if you liked the Qutest sort of sound when you first bought it then you are unlikely to also like the Denafrips sort of sound. They are fine DACs but sound completely different to Rob Watts DACs. But what to do about the DC4? I would say what ever you do, do not listen to a Qutest powered by one because then as sure as night follows day you will be faced with the moral dilemma of whether to sell a kidney or rob a bank. It is a sound which once heard cannot be unheard.
  4. I don’t think the May does support dual BNC X mode. Happy to be put right though if I am wrong.
  5. Are any PGGB users out there using an Innuos streamer? Or if you have an Innuos streamer are you thinking of trying PGGB? Well the Innuos 2.0.4 app can play up to PGGB 768 kHz files but the 2.0.5 update will temporarily lose this feature (see the explanation from Innuos below). Innuos need to do some work before reintroducing the ability to play up to 768 kHz files and they are prioritising the requests for features and debugging depending on how many people contact them about each bug or feature. Can I issue a plea therefore to Innuos owners to email Innuos at the email below to ask them to prioritise the reintroduction of being able to play PGGB / Remastero files? More people emailing will get it higher up the priority list! [email protected] PS. I am sticking with 2.0.4 rather than updating to 2.0.5 and will only update when the feature is reintroduced.
  6. Having just sold my Sean Jacobs DC3 I can say they do come up second hand every now and then (just not very often!). I see you have the Farad Super3 and I also very much like but am just about to put my 15V Farad Super3 on the Bay (suitable for Mscaler or TT2 etc) because I robbed a bank and have a DC4 to replace it. (Only joking about the bank bit if the fuzz read this forum! 🤪)
  7. The need for 1.4.9 was explained by Innuos like this, "We will need to provide a further update 1.4.9 for your music server to address an issue transitioning from 1.x to 2.0 identified during beta testing. This is planned to be released on the 3rd June;" My money is therefore on your SQ upgrade from 1.4.8 to 1.4.9 being imagination. 😀
  8. @klaus I thought that 1.4.9 was merely a functional update to enable the actual 2.0 installation when it was available but I may be wrong.
  9. See my post and screenshot of 2.0 a couple of posts above showing the Roon with Experimental Mode option in 2.0. But of course by going this route you miss out on the whole point of 2.0.
  10. Hmmn, I don't know then because I have just swopped back to Roon and it was OK to set up in experimental mode as per before. Screenshots of 2.0 attached and then I went to the Roon app and it was fine to set up.
  11. Do you mean you are setting it in Innuos 2.0 on the settings page as per screen shot below but the problem is in Roon?
  12. Yes, the Sense app is available in the UK (elsewhere?) but a Zen Mk3 is showing 1.4.9 as being up to date (ie 2.0 not available) as of 5 minutes ago.
  13. @ehoz I am sorry and must eat humble pie for my responses to this post of yours. I completely missed that it was directed at @Blackmorec and was not directed at me. Just on Blackmorec's quote of Nuno below I do not think that this was intended to suggest that 2.0 sounds better than 1.4.9 but rather to explain how Innuos have been able to create a user interface which does not bring with it the normal sound quality degrading that can happen with that sort of UI. “These have lead to further improvements from the kernel level (Innuos compiles their own Linux kernel for innuOS) all the way to the UI. One such example is the use of a UI technology that works essentially via “Push”. This means that the UI doesn’t need to constantly poll over the network, sometimes at rates of several requests per second, what is happening on the server in order to update itself. This reduces network traffic on the server and keeps the network interfaces quieter, reducing power noise coming into the system that way. Most of these changes by themselves do not make a huge difference, it’s the sum of them that result in a (sometimes dramatic) audible difference.”
  14. Gavin, @ray-dude tagged me so here I am!! You and I are in direct contact already on other matters but just on what you asked about a DC4 TT2, no I have not tried that but by a strange coincidence I had a random notion to connect a DC4 to my Qutest on Sunday when a friend came round to listen to the new Innuos 2.0 app playing some PGGB files. Anyway as a finale to that session I connected a 5V DC4 to the Qutest (it had been powered by a Farad Super3). Well, it took about 3 seconds before he turned to me with a HUGE grin on his face and just shaking his head in disbelief. Let me say that the DC4 makes a STUNNING difference to the Qutest. Trying it with the qutest was not meant to be realistic or practical proposal because the qutest costs around £1,200 in the UK and the DC4 costs £4,000 but it has really made me wonder if that £5,200 combination can compete with and be better than other DACs in that price bracket. It really does sound sublime. The bass texture, definition and depth is unreal. The top end is silky smooth but detailed at the same time. Am I gushing? Yes I sure am. It was a surreal sound. In fact it still is because I have left the DC4 connected to the Qutest. Would it do the same with a TT2? I have no idea but when you visit me next week you can bring your TT2 and we can try it with a DC4. PS, you will realise that I will want to pit my DC4 Qutest against your new DAC which is around the same price! Does that help?
  15. Can you tell me how you are playing 705/768 PGGB files on the Zen? I don’t know of any way to do this with its current software. However when Innuos 2.0 is released for the Zen that will play 705/768 PGGB files (and sounds very good).
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