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  1. If you aren't sure you should spend the money on the BXT's, 2 subs seems like a good idea. I think there are people using mini DSP units to deal with the latency issue and also do DRC on the subs with the Kiis. I'd be very curious to know how it sounds.
  2. I'm not sure I totally get the picture of what you are trying to do, but I'd be a bit concerned about vibrations to the Kiis from the subs. I'd also ask Kii if they have any comments. Covid 19 gives us too much time to think - it has cost me a lot of money. Too much online shopping. On the other hand, no money spent going out.....
  3. Lampizator used to make a DSD only DAC that didn't use a chip to convert DSD. You might be able to get one used, or maybe they would make one for you if you asked. What kind of budget are you thinking of?
  4. I'm using this: https://www.amazon.com/Argon-Raspberry-Heatsink-Supports-Accessible/dp/B07WMG27T7 I'm running the Pi only as an audio endpoint and for that I'm very happy with it, looks "audiophile" and the Pi stays at reasonable temperatures (max in low 50's C, even when on 24/7 and in a pretty warm room).
  5. Chris specifically stated that the project wasn't about SQ, but about enabling all format playback on a wider range of DACs. That, and the cool factor.... Maybe he will comment on the SQ one way or the other at some point.
  6. Or the other possibility is that much of that stuff makes very little difference, and audiophiles obsess over something marginal that exists all or mostly in their minds. Thus actives can sound very good.
  7. https://www.amazon.com/tv-bluetooth-adapter/s?k=tv+bluetooth+adapter https://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-Transmitter-Receiver-Goojodoq-Non-Bluetooth/dp/B07VYYS28K/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=tv+bluetooth+adapter&qid=1593457031&sr=8-3 is this page the kind of thing you are looking for?
  8. 24-96 version. "Sunshine of Your Love" is playing now. Good sound, great performance.
  9. Costs $6000 and doesn't seem to have the separate 1bit path for DSD. For audiophiles, their consumer units would seem more suitable. Unless you don't have any interest in DSD.
  10. I don't know when the lifetime license was bought, but the price of the license went up significantly a few months ago, so if it was sold for the old price, that seems a decent deal. In any case, if the buyer agreed to a price, he thought it was fair. And AFAIK, Roon is aware of people selling licenses, and doesn't object. It's been mentioned on their forum more than once.
  11. Have you ever thought of using DSP to get the effect you want? DSP software give you lots of possibilities and you can dial in the amout of the various effects you want. There are audio plugins that do all the kind of things you seem to be interested in.
  12. SACD and DSD download is now available from acoustic sounds. For US customers only.
  13. There are a few different versions of these sessions around. The HDTT one has a less attractive song selection, IMO. HDTT often has an album with a different song selection from the known versions of the release. Not sure why this is. Maybe because they are sometimes remastering tapes that were once released to the market and those were a different release from the more well known LP version. Or maybe they simply can't get the rights to all the songs for some reason. Or maybe the tapes they have access to aren't identical to the original master release.
  14. the price difference between the Ares and the Musician item isn't very big.
  15. Joe Williams fronting the Basie band. Haven't listened to this in awhile. Great stuff:
  16. Sorry, I said it wrong, I got the names of the companies mixed up. From the article, the manufacturer of Denafrips is also working as an OEM for other companies with other brands. He has an agreement to manufacture under the Denafrips name for the global distributor, Vinshine. If Vinshine doesn't have an exclusive right to the technology, I don't think they can do much about it when he makes a very similar product for someone else under a different brand name.
  17. The article by Srajan for Darko probably got it right: it's the same Chinese manufacturer working as an OEM and selling two very similar DACs to 2 different brands. Does it suck for Denafrips? You bet. But if the design isn't theirs and they didn't lock down an exclusive on the design from the OEM, I don't think there is much they can do. This is not at all uncommon with Chinese plants.
  18. That's the old one, not the present model.
  19. I put my CDs in sleeves long ago just to save space and b/c jewel boxes are a pain. I keep them for the booklets and as a physical backup-just in case. Never listen to them. And I mean never. Same with my LPs. I wouldn't have an ethical problem getting rid of them, but it's better knowing my rips are fully legal. And you never know when an album might disappear from a streaming catalog, so having physical media is an insurance against that, too.
  20. As Chris said in the article, he doesn't claim this build improves SQ over other solutions, etc. He built it to solve a problem between Linux based streamers and certain specific DACs. He also said, without those DACs, no reason not to stick with his Rendu solution. Besides that, it seems pretty clear he was having fun building something extreme, both in terms of the HW and the gauge displays. Clearly not for every one, and clearly not for those who aren't going to DIY or find a very capable and probably expensive custom builder. I'd assume the CAPS Twenty server build is going to have a much broader appeal to the audience here, which includes lots of people doing heavy uspampling and DSP.
  21. Chris said that, " I was evaluating a couple DACs that could handle very high rates of native DSD content, but I couldn't get any of my existing audio endpoints to work perfectly with the DACs. I often heard loud noises, pops, and much of the time the DACs were just not recognized by the audio devices. I needed a solution to this issue, so I decided it was time for a new CAPS design." and " if there was more Linux support for native DSD playback with HiFi DACs, I would've never gone down this path. I would use my Sonore Signature Rendu SE optical for one half of this CAPS design." so no, I don't think anything like that was stated.
  22. http://fairhedon.com/2019/10/08/listening-to-the-schiit-freya-preamplifier/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iAmj_ptVaw plus users impressions
  23. I'd suggest that you add prices to the parts list, and a total price for the build. Yes, people can click the links and poke around, but I think the prices should be displayed in the article as a service to readers. I think many people will see a go/no go just from the price, and they should have that information in the article.
  24. As best as I can tell, the 3 modes are independent. Actual users who like tubes seem to be quite happy with the sound. Haven't heard of anyone saying the tube experience is "diluted", or something similar. Reviews of the tube section have been very positive, including comparisons to more expensive tube amps. I'm not sure at all what your comment actually means. Please explain, and let us know if it based on anything other than assumptions. And you haven't heard one, have you?
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