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  1. That Marantz tuning wheel was one of the best inventions ever in audio. Growing up, I always wanted a Marantz receiver, but they were too pricey for me then.
  2. Just for general information- I just received a PC with a i7-10700K board, air cooled, but with quiet fans (processor and case) and a case with sound deadening material on the inside. Can't hear it at all unless I get about 20cm from it - even when the HDD is working hard. It's actually even quieter than my previous fanless server, b/c with that one I could sometimes hear the HDD spinning. Conclusion: no need for fanless server. I'll be testing it soon for how hot it gets internally when doing upsampling to DSD 256 and DRC.
  3. http://highfidelity.pl/@main-1023&lang=en Review - very positive
  4. Not necessarily. Sometimes those remasterings are the best version available, and they aren't always available in Redbook. Many classical, Rock and Jazz SACDs are examples. You also have other albums where there's a high res remaster that isn't available in other formats. The BluRay of the White Album is one - it's not the same as even the 24/96 download. Some of the Hendrix remasters or remixes are also not available in other formats, for example.
  5. Congratulatons. Looks great....but tell us some more. What's the construction/setup - outside and inside? Stats?
  6. The hi-res 2019 50th anniversary edition. Sounds simply stunning on my newly optimized system. Hard to believe it is a 50 year old recording:
  7. Well, that's one way to do it. Not the only one. And I still don't see how it's an issue in that setup, unless your PC is underpowered or not running suitable HW. See quote from Jussi above.
  8. I'm not sure what "accumulated wisdom" you are referring to. All of your points are certainly not agreed upon by all. And specifically Roon and HQP: I'm a long time user of both Roon and HQP and don't remember it being "wisdom" that they have to be on separate machines. I also don't remember Miska recommending it. In any case, they don't have to be run concurrently, so how can it be an issue? edit: just looked over at the Roon community where this is specifically asked. Jussi did say that there may be practical reasons to have the programs on different machines, but he also said: He did explain that there might be specific setups where it's better to keep them apart. But certainly nothing like a "solid no". So much for accumulated "wisdom". Maybe something else has been accumulated....
  9. I don't think there is one. Lots of people are happy with each. I doubt most people could tell one chip from another in some kind of blind test. A good designer can get the sonic outcome he is looking for. And I'd suggest not making such a big deal about the DAC chip. It's a small part of the final sound of the DAC. Other stuff makes at least as much of a difference: input, power supply, output circuit, etc. The overall design is what matters. Try to get something that seems to be thought out, and not just thrown together to hit a price point. Companies like Topping, Schitt, SMSL, and Allo seem to try hard to design a good product at a price point. Pretty much all the DACs mentioned here are very good at your price point and it's almost for sure you will be happy with one....unless you have incurable audiophile nervosa. You have a budget, narrow it down to a few candidates and think about: which feature set/ergonomics fits you best; whether you have support after purchase, and whether you have an ability to return if you aren't happy. Then order and enjoy the music. You are listening to the music coming out of the DAC, not the chip.
  10. The Schiit Modius looks interseting if you don't have to have DSD. Balanced and unbalanced, with new Schiit USB input. Was measuered as exteremly high performing at ASR. Can run without external PS.
  11. Hi- Just a plug for @mitchco and his Accurate Sound Calibration Service. I was already an Audiolense user when I read the article, and pretty happy with my results. But I realized I could probably do better with Mitchco's help. Working with him I bumped up the SQ another notch. He helped me produce measurements and correction curves that better suited my room, my speakers, and even my individual hearing (or lack thereof). Once we got started it went pretty fast and Mitch is easy to work with. The service is reasonably priced. It does take some work by the user doing at least one measurement and some testing out of correction files, so you find out what matches your hearing/taste. But all in all, not that much work for some valuable results - and definitely cheaper than HW upgrades. Highly recommended. If you've never heard what properly done RC can do, you may be amazed.
  12. When you are running HQP upsampling to DSD 256 or 512, you need a LOT of horsepower. Especially if you also run convolution-DRC-DSP as Chris does, at least some of the time. I have a Xeon 1243 and it can choke in Roon upsampling to DSD 256, depending on what else I'm running in DSP, even if it is minor. It's passively cooled, and also gets very hot when running like that. I also have a PC about to arrive based on the same MB and a i7 10700k for that reason.
  13. Chris, are you going to overclock this or feel no need?
  14. Wow, Chris, that looks amazing. Your investment in all aspects of this, including the aesthetics, is impressive. And the low CPU load is also amazing. I just ordered a new server based on the same motherboard. But "only" an i7 10700k. And Fan cooled, but quiet fans. It should be effectively silent, unless you are right near it. I'm only looking to do a max of 256 DSD which I think it will do fine.
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