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  1. Tim told me this is the first Serene that has suffered an issue that he's aware of. They are shipping a replacement in the next few days...
  2. Not quite 9-10k but 6k with 1k in tubes. BHK preamp with Telefunken ECC802S rare tubes. I owned the pre for 4 years, 1 with the Tele tubes. Paired originally with PS Audio DirectStream and BHK 250 hybrid amp. The May replaced the DS. The Serene replaced the BHK pre and I'm keeping the fantastic BHK 250 amp. They all gel exceedingly well. Ironically, the May/Serene combo have more tube magic than the DS/BHK pre did and vastly less total system noise. I suffered a failure of the Serene so I'm currently without it in the system. May direct to BHK amp is very, very good but I miss the better gain control the Serene brings to the mix. I'm using HQPe for volume currently and the bass suffers the most when attenuating -50dB compared to the Serene doing the same attenuation. Hope this helps.
  3. Tim has reached out and is sending a new unit. This is the first Serene they'd had fail so it will go back to HK for analysis. They suspect a transistor failed, apparently a very rare event.
  4. I've had something very strange occur with my Serene. It's got 1200 perfect play hours on it. We left for a week so I shutdown the system and unplugged it. Good thing too as we had massive electrical storm two days later. Upon our return, I powered up the system but did not turn on the amp to play music as it was late. The next morning I turned on the amp and heard a scratch and crackle for a few seconds followed by a loud pop. The amp went into protect and shutdown. I believe only the right channel made the noise but I wasn't sure so I turned the amp on again and within seconds it shut down again. Changing the volume on the Serene brought on the problem immediately. I tried the other output on the Serene, same. I've removed the Serene from the system with May direct to amp and it plays without issue using Roon for digital volume control. Message into Tim at Kitsune, awaiting a reply. So bummed as this preamp sounded fantastic until it didn't.
  5. Roon themselves recommend against backing up db to Dropbox. If by chance it succeeds it will almost always fail to restore. I’ve never cared to try, just sharing what I’ve read Danny at Roon post.
  6. Received my Serene L2 yesterday. What a nicely fleshed out sound. After less than 24 hours it's sounding pretty well settled. Have others noticed many changes after more hours like the May?
  7. I've always kept the two on separate machines but had a thought, have you tried configuring Roon HQP setup to use the IP address instead of localhost 127.0.0.1?
  8. Up Gateway is available at Mouser. https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/AAEON-UP/UP-GWS01-A20-1432-A11?qs=XeJtXLiO41RgX%2B9BTRGE%2Bw%3D%3D Works perfectly with NAA image, PCM 1.5M and DSD512. 8w consumption. I've used it for a few months, I've had the May for 4 months and used 1.5M PCM until I updated my HQPe machine to be able to handle DSD256 ASDM7EC. No comparison for me, it bests 32fs PCM easily, but preferences do differ.
  9. With any sort of DSP (convolution in my case) performed in HQPlayer some headroom is required to prevent intersample overs and Jussi recommends a minimum -3dB regardless. It seems there is no way to get around some the dynamic range reduction. Since CD 16-bit is only capable of ~96dB range is there any significance to 104dB vs. 120dB in practice? Have you measured the Serene or has some one with comparable data to the table above?
  10. Serene on the way to compliment May and compare to BHK preamp with a very nice set of Telefunken ECC802S. Thanks for the heads up on the pricing increase. Just snuck in under the line.
  11. lpost

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    Setting value to 0 means the word length claimed by audio device should be used.
  12. I've had the May KTE/L3 since March, 2800 hours. Today I flipped the fuse and after 15 mins. flipped it back. They got it right from shop. It was clearly different, less coherent. Flipped back and normalcy resumed. FWIW, the gold end down is my preferred and the way it came.
  13. I haven't thought about Baa Baa Black Sheep in decades. I enjoyed that show and the Corsair(s).
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