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  1. @EvilTed, I was just looking for feet solutions to increase the space between amp and preamp. I think this can help. @Davide256, The system is not in a cabinet so I think it's quite ventilated, maybe except for the components on top of each other.
  2. I think I have enough ventilation. Currently the preamp is on top of the amp. This is not an unusual setup. I don't have space to put them side by side. Maybe it will be better to switch so amp will be on top if this amp need more ventilation.
  3. Many great reviews for new 2020 Sablon usb. Anyone compared it to Habst Ultra III or Intona Ultimate?
  4. I have to say that since this last happened a few days ago, I am having the best sound I had from the system. Everything opened up and sounds crystal clear now. I hope it will stay like this and I won't have to go back to search for the problem. My magic sequence for now is to shutdown everything every day and before starting take the main electricity out for short time and then plug it back in. If anything will change I will update...
  5. There are some interesting insights. Heat can be an issue. I stack the amp and pre on top of the other so heat might be an issue. I also believe that it may be relay switch and some cleaning may be needed. When this will happen again I will try to be very methodical on what I do to resolve it going component by component. Once I will be able to identify which component is problematic it may be easier to focus on the problem itself.
  6. Thanks for all the suggestions! Just to know, this has been like this for long time (more than a year). I did replace many things that I suspected on the way and it is still happening. All the power cables replaced and power conditioner was added just because I suspected there is a power issue. It happened before and still happening now so I don't think they are the problem. Once I get it working well, I works like this for a few days, sometimes a week or more and then it happens again until I unplug everything and connect everything again. Strangely, the problem is not always fixed when everything is disconnected. Maybe I have to wait a bit for everything to drain or I did not disconnect all cables properly (not just the main power). I do tend to think this is related to the either the amp, pre or DAC. Next time this happens I will try to disconnect (and wait enough) only one component at a time to try and pinpoint the problem. It may also be there is more than one component affected.
  7. Did anyone has a chance to do a real comparision between Habst (Ultra III silver) and Sablon Elite or the new Sablon 2020? I am currently using the Elite and I think it's wonderful. I did compare it to Curious which is also great but too analytic to me compared to the full body and musicality of the Sablon. I wonder if the Habst can overpower such a fine cable. If it beats the Elite it will also be interesting to know how it compares to the new Sablon 2020.
  8. I am using a very good stereo setup: Accuphase P-300 with C-200 pre (both restored). Yamaha NS-1000 speakers (Clearday cables). All connected by sablon power cables to a ISOL-8 conditioner. The DAC is connected to a PC using the sablon usb elite cable. When it is at best the sound is just wonderful!! Every single note is clear and vibrant with crystal clear highs, amazing mid and very tight accurate bass (not booming). There are some situations where the system become dull, like it is under fog. The bass becomes exaggerated, highs are not crystal clear and everything loses the sparkle I am hearing now. I am not sure what causes this. It can happen without doing any changes and with no specific reason. I turn off the all system components every day except the ISOL power. Initially I suspected there is a power issue, so I upgraded all power cables and added the ISOL but this still happens. For now when it happens I try to disconnect everything include the ISOL for a few minutes. I am still not sure this resolves the problem, but after playing with some components on and off I am able to get back to perfect sound. The sequence is not yet clear to me. I wonder if anyone experienced similar issue. It is really annoying because I don't really know what is the root cause and if the voodoo of disconnecting everything is the right thing to do (not sure if it helped in all situations). I don't mind having this issue as long as I knew what is the right solution to immediately resolve it when it happens.
  9. Thanks for the suggestions. They are good but no cheap. I will see if there are any additional options. I wonder if a simple fanless mini PC can also do the work without affecting the SQ.
  10. I have a T+A DAC8 DSD that I am using directly with my PC which also has a Paul Pang USB card for SQ. I would like to have a solution like ultraRendu or Sotm that can provide the same level of audiophile NAA component but running Windows OS. Unfortunately the T+A does not yet officially support Linux for DSD512 and I don't want to use the beta firmware for now. Appreciate any good suggestions that can provide Audiophile level solution.
  11. sbenyo

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    @Miska, here are my settings. Used to work but something happened. CPU gets high and I have to kill it. I am using same tracks that used to work. CPU only, gives the same results. Surprisingly, changing to the exterme xtr (CPU only) just works fine.I have AMD 1920x with gtx 2070 super.
  12. sbenyo

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    I experience a new issue with latest 4.2.3. I use the new poly-sinc-long-lp which supposed to be less extreme then an the xtr. It used to work well used CUDA overload. I try to use it again with multi processors off and cuda on and it gets stuck with high CPU and not GPU. It worked just the day before but today it not. Something in the settings does not work well as previous version. Is there anything that I can do to make it works (using GPU) as expected? For now I moved to ext2 which works well with both multi processors and CUDA on.
  13. What's wrong in adding another capability to this great DAC to make it even greater? If this is possible by a firmware update this can be great.
  14. Does it mean it is possible to flash the Amanero firmware without need to open the DAC and physically erase the USB as described in the instructions? Is this reversible so I can go back to original USB if needed?
  15. Does anyone know if T+A plan to add MQA support to DAC8 DSD? I heard a rumor something is in the works but I am not sure if this is correct. I do hope it will happen and it will enable to update the DAC to support it.
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