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  1. No way to tell. Sometimes labels only allow certain tracks to be streamed. Don't know why, maybe they think that will encourage people will buy downloads.
  2. I personally am also anti-spaghetti; tha's a personal preference. I think that at the level you are talking about all those choices will sound great and what will make more of a difference to you over the long term is the software usability and features and the HW features and options/usability. So I'd first think about which option best matches my present and future use needs.
  3. Not really. It's just a preference for something that seems to have a better design. In situations where devices all measure well, I'd probably go for the one that had the best feature set/UI, anyway.
  4. They don't need to predict what you are talking about. They are claiming if you put such a device inline it improves the output of DACs. The marketing implies it works for all or almost all DACs/setups. That's their "prediction". So they should measure some commonly sold DACs at different price levels in typical setups and show us the improved results, if they exist.
  5. I think that's the wrong question. It doesn't matter how the switch itself measures. It matters how the switch does or doesn't change the output at the DAC. What if the switch is "low noise" but that changes nothing at the output of the DAC when compared to a standard "noisey" switch? I'm not interested in the measurements of the switch. I'm interested in how it does or doesn't change the output of the DAC. That's part of my problem here. Why is it so hard for manufacturers of such devices to provide such measurements? And if they somehow need "special devices" to measure DAC output, why
  6. Wow, those measurements show a tiny difference. Is it audible? There is such a thing as "good enough" performance - meaning that slightly better measured results aren't audible. Both subjectivists and objectivists need to remember this, I think. The main takeaway I have from those measurements is that I'd rather get an item like the Arcam or the Mytek that doesn't need "improvement", as opposed to the Lumin, that needs "help".
  7. Some will tell you yes. Some will disagree. Some will always say the newer more expensive device is better. Others disagree. There's no consensus. Have you compared your SOtM to anything else? Compare it unsighted to another device - even a $40 Raspberry Pi, and see what you think.
  8. Hi- Just got one of these. It replaced a RPI4 running diet-pi. For perspective, other streamers I've had in my system: SB Touch SOtM SMS-100 Highly modded SB Touch (connected to outboard clocks and PS)-a $2k setup. microRendu Fanless NUC Bricasti M5 Standard RPi 3B+ Standard RPi 4 Various PS for the above from the $10 wall wart to the $1000 audiophile PS. Why the Link II? Mostly for the form factor. I didn't like the Pi for practical reasons-too small (didn't stay in one place, cables outweighed it), didn't look go
  9. Yeah, that stuff really was bad. But for many it was all they could afford.
  10. There are lots of Kef dealers, maybe you can find one who will let you bring in your Chord at an audition.
  11. Agree. I don't think measurements at ASR tell the whole story: For instance, does my -110db SINAD DAC sound audibly different from a -114db SINAD DAC of similar design from same company? I doubt it. Bruno Putzeys talked about how he thinks measurements can tell you what you need to know about an amp, but you have to run many different meaurements, and not just the standard ones, to see how an amp actually behaves. Some of the people at ASR seem caught up in the numbers for the numbers sake. Others seem to just be looking for good values - units that seem to have near state of the art performa
  12. That makes a lot of sense, but I'd hesitate to leave my server/router on for such a use if I was away from home for more than a few days. Just don't like the idea of something unattended being left on and running for extended periods of time.
  13. Based on my not extensive knowledge, online storage is not cheap if you have a big library. If it was me, I'd make portable backups, and just update each location and the backup drives as necessary. You can move the portable backup with you as you travel between the 2 locations. Of course, if you have a very large collection, what Kal described above would seem to be the best bet.
  14. That's not what I said. I will sometimes post about how something sounds to me. I try to be very careful not to imply or say that that means anything about how it will sound to others or what it does to a system/SQ in general. In my present setup with the Kii Control and Kiis I don't think add-ons do much, if anything. In general over the years I've come to doubt such devices do much in general, as almost all the "evidence" is based on sighted anecdotes, and in my own testing I can't find consistent improvement if testing is unsighted. But, of course, there may be specific setups w
  15. Again, you miss the point and think somehow if you look at my setup you can catch me being a hypocrite. Wrong both times. I don't make or manufacture any of the devices, and make no claims about them other than how they sound to me. I'm not the manufacturer, so I don't have to back up any claim I would make, as long as I present it as a personal impression and not a "fact" of audio reproduction that applies to others or generally to audio reproduction. In general, I've measured how my Kiis perform in my room, so I can make claims about that. As far as iFi or other devices,
  16. Sure, but you can also buy their 10b or 12b subs which are pretty much full range and cost a fraction of the price of the KF92. In fact you can buy 2 or 3 of them for that price. I'd guess for most LS50 users they'd be quite adequate.
  17. Sure, just like almost any system using DSP or DRC. With good implementation you won't care, as you won't notice any loss of fidelity or SQ.
  18. Just curious what makes you so sure the upgrade is worth it? What if it is only marginal for an existing owner?
  19. Yeah, I've thought about them, too, but the LS50W are about $3600 where I live, which makes them a less appealing proposition. Chris, if you are in contact with KEF ask them about Roon and the Wireless model. AFAIR, there have been issues for Roon users with multi-room and a couple of other small issues. They seem to have been solved from what I see on the forums, but it would be useful for potential buyers to have this confirmed. Also, it used to be that they didn't play gapless - except for via Roon, as they outside of Roon they are using the UPnP protocol. Is this sti
  20. Your question is irrelevant. I'm not making marketing a device and claiming it improves the SQ of the output of a DAC if it is inserted in the chain before the DAC. If you make a claim you should be able to back it up. But just so you know, I do have measurements of the output of my system. But again, that has zero relevance. I haven't challenged what anyone says they do or don't hear. I'm challenging claims made for a device and how it affects audio output. Anecdotal informal user reports - negative or positive - aren't proof or disproof of such claims.
  21. With fairness, we've been hearing basically the same argument going back to the original Regen, not just the ER. We keep hearing "white paper explanations" for why/how your devices work, but we've never seen a single measurement provided that show not theorectical improvements, but an actual improvement at the output of DACs. That's what's needed. You've promised such measurements, but never provided them. I will note that the "USB detoxer" built into the Pro-ject S2 Ultra streamer box was measured to provide just such improvements: https://www.hifinews.com/content/pro-ject-strea
  22. Agree. Qobuz is very good about supplying booklets where they exist. But only the classical labels seem to think it is necessary to provide them for download/digital purchases. Pop/Rock - almost never, even for expensive "deluxe" releases. Jazz and others - sometimes, but mostly not provided. It's just another example of the contempt the labels show for their customers. Does anyone think in this day and age that if a booklet was produced, the labels don't have a digital copy sitting handy that they could include with the package to the streaming and download sites? But a click of a b
  23. The regulations in many countries require that many types of devices go into low energy mode after they are idle for a period of time.
  24. But you really need the CPU with the "K" version for best performance. The K gives about 5% better performance, which may be significant in some of the more demanding scenarios. You can also overclock the K for a pretty big performance boost. But I agree for a lot of setups that looks like a good buy.
  25. I've felt on most of these types of releases that all the bonus tracks tend to be only curiosities and I don't really listen to them after hearing them for the first time. The greatness of streaming is that you can listen and then decide if the added tracks are worth the cost of the album. With Coltrane there's always the chance that one of the discarded takes is a never released masterpiece.
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