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  1. I have no proof either way. But, I would guess that it is everyone.
  2. Barrows, I am using the SM BIDI SFPs from FS.com. The following picture shows what I purchased from them. NOTE that you have to have two different modules as they transmit and receive on different frequencies. These are a single fiber . NOTE that Others are using similar SFPs from Ubiquity. I am setup with two SFPs in my Ubiquity switch and one in a FMC to my server and one in my Signature Rendu SE Optical. Here is the switch end with only one cable plugged in...
  3. I am always interested in how folks perceive the differences in systems, formats, etc. I have not tried to A/B PCM/DSD differences between AL and Euphony. It would interesting to see some testing in that space.
  4. Here is a video about placing them on the BXT At about 105lbs the BXT makes a great stand. No ‘sand’ needed🤗
  5. Bill, I do not think I can/should/would tell you where to go. I can tell you where I am and what I have found. Up until a couple of weeks ago I had settled on using my Xeon machine as my endpoint and server. I was running Euphony on it. When I put the Element-h USB card in it I found that it did not matter to run Roon+StylusEP or Stylus for me. So it was happily set to Roon+StylusEP. My music has been on my NAS in the basement for quite a while. This all made me very happy! It was simple and sounded darn good. There is always more to come. Bob
  6. SL stands for Squeezelite. There are settings in Squeezelite that allow you to adjust the buffering in the software. Tuning them can change the sound. I would have to look to see if StylusEP does that. I do not remember and I am running different hardware in my endpoint right now. I may be testing again ia a few days. Maybe someone else can look.
  7. I want to add some notes to this sheet. I am also putting a pin in the map and moving along. I have been running the Xeon as a single box system and I have added and Element H USB card to the machine powered by the HDPLEX400. I am now to the point that I hardly hear the differences between Stylus and Roon with Stylus EP. Things have gotten very subtle Very Subtle. I am sure I could improve the SQ more with clocking changes or MB or any of the other ways we have found to make incremental improvements. I have another direction I am testing that I will report on when the work is done. Bob
  8. I am very interested in the setup/install process. Also things like listening position, etc. This is a great journey to follow. Do you think you will need to make any cabling changes for the speakers? I am SURE that you will enjoy them for a long time.
  9. The tone control system on the Kii Three is called a Baxandall system that is implemented in the DSP. http://makearadio.com/tech/tone.htm I would highly suggest that you do not adjust the tonal curves until you have the position and boundary settings where you want them. I cannot comment on your room or your existing room controls. I would still suggest that you consider removing everything and start over with the Kii Three and the room with the normal furniture. Floor coverings, etc.. You may end up in the same place but you will never know if you need those treatment levels. This speaker system is not like anything else out there. If my example helps here we go: My room is about 12 x 20 feet with large openings to the left of the speakers and at the far end. I have my speakers set about 5 in from the front wall and about 12 in from the side walls. I am happy with a setting of -11 on both speakers. I only have had them in the room for a few months and had about five experienced listeners over. At this point I am considering moving them out just a little bit to see what happens. I would say less that 1 foot from the front wall. This is an experiment to see what the effect on soundstage is. NOTE that this is my family living room and the POINT is to creat a shared listening space. I have some instagram posts showing the system. Before we get to the science remember that your “ear” is adapted to your old system. It takes a while to unlearn that sound. The science here is the K.I.S.S. method. Setup the system so it LOOKS good to others. Do not pull the speakers out into the room, that kind of stuff. Get all the extra stuff out of the room. Do not change more than one thing at a time! Take notes. If you are moving speakers. Put tape measures down next to each one and move them 1/2in at at time. I do not think that at this stage Toe-in is as important as distance from that wall and the settings on the speakers. Think about that cardioid pattern out of the of the speaker. You need some music with low end bass that you understand how you think it should sound. Use that for reference. Kii suggests kick drum. Then mix up a combination of music to keep the boredom down and expose the nuances from other music. Here are some ideas: The Telarc Copland Fanfare for the Common Man. BT (untitled). Artifacture Blade Runner 2049 intro track Dominique Fils-aime Nameless the track Birds Trentemoller The Last Resort the track Evil Dub Try the Roger Waters track “The Legend of Bill Hubbard” for some interesting staging effects. I am pretty sure they used QSOUND on that one and it is fun. Try some Lisa Lynne harp and flute music. I do not know what you normally listen to but make sure to add some more complex music into the mix. Get some other listeners in there with you. I am still working on my digital front end for the Kii Threes and have recently made some changes that are significant. This may show my position and settings need adjustment. I will discuss that on a separate thread when the time is right and the changes are settled down. Bob PS Sorry to use US measurements. We are so far behind.
  10. All, I am selling my component systems now that I have Kii Three Speakers. The second item is my AX-5 Twenty. Asking $7000 USA only. You can also see my listing on Superphonica below for pictures, etc. https://superphonica.com/all-products/components-analog/amplifiers-integrated/ayre-ax-5-twenty-black/ Bob
  11. All, I am selling my component systems now that I have Kii Three Speakers. The first item is my YGGY. $2000 USA only. You can also see my listing on Superphonica below for pictures, etc. https://superphonica.com/all-products/components-digital/digital-to-analog-converters-dac/schiit-yggdrasil-3/ Bob
  12. So, try this. Signature Rendu SE has its own LPS! And does some other interesting software tricks. MPD, LMS, etc..... Ghent JSSG360 USB cable (Seems good to me!) Optical networking from the Rendu. (I am using Ubiquity on my whole network and they have optical built into my switch) If you need a Roon Server there are a LOT of options that let you scale up.
  13. I have removed LMS from the Rendu and am running it on my Volumio Primo. I powered off the rendu and the Kii Control. I brought both back up and started playing music. I then selected a different album to play and as soon as I clicked play the music stopped. I checked the rendu and Squeezlite status is unknown. I am off to work and a customers site for a few hours.
  14. I have it working but I am getting an interesting failure. I have been playing music and I tried to play one specific CD twice and it has cause playback to cease working. (Telarc Copland Fanfare for the Common Man). I had to power cycle both the Kii Control and the Rendu. Attached are two screen shots from the DAC diagnostics. One when working and one when not. When this happens the squeezlite process goes to unknown status. This second time I restarted the Squeezelite process and music is playing. I have not had the guts to try that album again. as a side not I was running the material skin on LMS and removed it for now.
  15. @The Computer Audiophile, I have been reading your article over again and I was wondering if you could elaborate a bit more on running LMS on the the Rendu please? I see it from a simplicity point, which is what the article seems to be targeted towards. I was thinking about running LMS on my NAS but that adds complexity. Right now my library is too big so I am using the NAS for storage. bob
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