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  1. Below is a link to the first pro review (Stereo Times) that I’ve come across. It’s just a summary but it’s quite powerful. You’ll have to cursor down to see the review. http://v2.stereotimes.com/post/most-wanted-components-of-the-decade-digital
  2. I have a Keces P8 linear power supply, which has dual-power capability. One side is powering my Roon Nucleus (19V) and I'll use the other side (12V, drawing only the amperage needed) to power the ER. (The P8 is considered to have a "floating" ground, thus requiring the ER to be grounded should I use it.) As noted, I will use the 12V setting (recommended for ER with an LPS) and to use a rather simple and inexpensive ground cord called "Earth Ground." There is only one conductor -- earth ground -- connected to the "ground" (round prong) on the plug. The "hot" and "neutral" are not connected to anything; they are only there to help hold the plug into an outlet. It's 8-feet long. There is no "end" on the ground cord conductor, so I will just strip the cable and affix the 16-gauge copper to the ER ground screw. Should work just fine for about $9.
  3. I used to buy audio equipment from C.C. Poon, a wonderful Chinese gentleman who used to operate Monarchy Audio out of San Francisco. He also designed the company's products, such as the NM24 Tube DAC and Line Amp, all of which were great values. Anyway, I developed a friendship over time with Mr. Poon and, one day, he offered to send me a bunch of high-resolution music he had collected over time. One of the CDs was "The Super Extended Resolution Sound of TBM," mastered by the inestimable Tohru Kotetsu. I have the CD burned to an SSD on my Roon Nucleus. While the music is not exactly my cup of tea, I listen to the tracks from time to time, marveling at the production values. I noted that the CD is available from some sellers on Amazon but it costs a pretty penny.
  4. I think I am wrong about the ability of the USB port to power a 5V switch. I just saw this from a user: "The USB output can be tapped using dual-head USB cables, or get an adapter from Keces USA to work with low power equipment." So perhaps Keces USA can provide an adapter to power the Bonn N8.
  5. I don't think the USB port will work for the Bonn N8. I have the Keces P8 and its user manual states: USB Output provide DC 5V/1A. Directly power DC5V based USB DAC. So it appears that the USB output is designed for a USB DAC. I could be wrong, however, so perhaps others will have a comment.
  6. Devialet Expert Pro products have extremely low THD and about the same signal-to-noise ratio. As to the other technical benefits of Purifi compared with Devialet, I'm not sure. My point is this: are we simply talking about technical performance or SQ? It's proven that some companies are really good at improving the technical performance envelope. The real key for me is whether they are also improving SQ. Thoughts?
  7. No doubt that the 6 Moons layout is challenging to read. Plus, the writing style of Srajan Ebaen can be off-putting to some. I personally like his writing but as the Romans said, "de gustibus non est disputandum."
  8. Actually, while the review was good, it was not the slam dunk I expected for Lumin’s flagship product. On the other hand, other reviewers on 6 Moons have been mightily impressed with Lumin products. Go figure!
  9. HI George, thanks, I’ll check out Metrum. BTW, I live in Charleston, S.C. but lived for years in Greenville, S.C. At one point, my wife and I looked at buying a condo you owned in Greenville! Small world! Cheers, Michael
  10. Yep, from all that I have heard, the Lumin sound is what I am after (including MQA and Roon Ready). Just trying to find a good integrated that won't break the bank with balanced inputs, as I hear that's the best way to connect the Lumin D2. Also, I want to make sure the integrated plays nicely with my Vivid Oval 1.5 speakers...
  11. Re: Hegel, they've recently committed to MQA and I believe they will eventually be Roon Ready. Also been looking at the Gold Note IS-1000 as it's an all-in-one box w/MQA and Roon Ready. Choices, choices!
  12. I was thinking of moving from the Devialet for two primary reasons: 1) the sound can be a little too digital at times, and 2) the cost to upgrade from an Expert to an Expert Pro is silly: about USD7490, including new casework. I think that's way too dear to avail myself of the new software development path and marginal SQ enhancement. So in answer to your question, I would not use the Devialet plus the Lumin. I would be looking for different amplification, such as an nCore amp from Nord or other company. Or a Hegel integrated.
  13. Yes, I am using the Devialet for amplification. My system is a Devialet Expert 200 powering Vivid Oval 1.5 speakers. My only hardware source is a Bluesound Node 2 that I use for casual listening. Most of my serious listening is via Roon/Devialet Ethernet (Air).
  14. Newbie here. I am thinking of replacing my Devialet 200 with a Lumin (thinking about the D2). Why? I am impressed with the Lumin product range and support. On the latter point, I do like MQA (not interested in debating the topic, though ?) and that's one of my reasons for thinking I might move to Lumin, as the entire range offers MQA support, which Devialet does not and probably will not in the future. Also, those who have Lumin crow about its analog sound. My current set-up can sound digital at times and I think I might be able to tame it with a Lumin approach. Has anyone on this forum moved from Devialet to Lumin? If so, can you tell me your experience? Thanks in advance! Cheers, Flashman
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