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  1. The Matrix Element X looks interesting. It will objectively measure much better than the Yggy at a minimum, but sounding better will be up to your ears. Seems like less of a gamble than most and has a streamer.
  2. Gotcha, thanks! I’m enjoying my fuss-free Windows build for now but good to know this is finally coming to fruition.
  3. I’m confused, are you saying you do or don’t have issues? Last I checked it wasn’t exactly a simple or easy process to get the firmware for Linux DSD support. For me the best sound was achieved with a DIY renderer running Windows so I think we mostly agree. Last time I popped in that thread it was using NUC’s with Linux but that is not an easy route for the T+A Dac. My only point is achieving DSD512 being fed all the time with no hiccups should be the primary goal as this will trump any “perceived” differences of OS, usb cable, LPSU, etc.
  4. I am a subjectivist but there is way too much magical thinking in that thread. Getting a clean electrical signal to the T+A Dac is the only goal and it isn’t rocket science. I use the Matrix Audio usb card with the latest crystek clock and a linear power supply, and I suspect even that is overkill. Feed the DAC8 DSD512 with Roon’s Smooth minimum phase filter, it’s the best I’ve heard in my system and I’ve tried quite a few DACs. It actually makes a real difference.
  5. The DAC8 DSD simply isn’t that sensitive to this stuff. Are you feeding the DAC8 DSD512 yet? If not, that will have a way bigger impact than either of these devices.
  6. I know some will disagree but I haven’t found PS Audio products to be competitive at their full MSRP.
  7. One last thing to add: isoregen with lpsu made no discernible difference in my current setup and was more of an annoyance than anything. I sold it.
  8. 3 USB cables, all bought: Belkin Gold, Straightwire, Analysis Plus purple First DAC: Fostex HP-A8, no galvanic isolation Very sensitive to source and lesser extent usb cable. Mobo usb sounded like crap compared to SOTM SMS-200. Second DAC: T+A DAC8 DSD, has galvanic isolation Much less sensitive to source and cables. Only minor improvement from source and usb cable, and a Matrix PCI-E USB card from a Win10 PC is producing my best sound to date.
  9. emcdade

    Farewell ML

    What a bummer, I’ve really enjoyed his writing over the years.
  10. Why would you hold up a frequency response measurement as the holy grail? They are typically taken with a single microphone instead of two ears and aren't attached to a human brain that has been attuned with thousands of years of evolution.
  11. I've had both the Directsream and the T+A DAC in my system back to back. The T+A running in DSD 512 was simply much better in every way I could describe. Holographic imaging with richer and fuller tone. More clarity, more focus, and a bolder sound that is really stunning. The Directstream felt very overpriced and dated in form and function. That touchscreen on the Direcstream has not aged well and doesn't belie a $6k product in 2019.
  12. I'd put the DAC you already have ahead of the Directstream.
  13. If $90k speakers are what help Devore Fidelity and Stereophile survive, then I'm all for it. I'd much rather live in that world than a world where no boutique Hifi brands can survive and we're discussing whether we should buy the Apple or Amazon home surveillance speaker model.
  14. The guts of one of my Perla Audio Righello Monoblocks:
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