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  1. A few weeks back I had asked when the next FW version would be released and I was then told it would still take some weeks. Aparently some code re-write is undergone and that's why it takes some more time. So if the info still holds, it could be around March maybe?? ...we'll just have to wait...
  2. An alternative software could be to try to use the Pineplayer (http://www.digipine.com) to extract sacd.iso files. It's free software and a mac sw-player that can also read and extract sacd iso files (either to DFF or DSF). (It's not notarized, so gatekeeper prevents the initial launch, but it is signed) I use it primarily for iso file extraction, but it's not always working for every iso. Sometimes it flags the iso as corropt or not readable and then I have to try other software. But at least it is another way of trying directly on a mac...
  3. No, I don't know for sure. Maybe that might only be correct for the AD conversion. The DA conversion might be different. One needs to ask that to Kii directly to be sure (unless that info is available elsewhere) Knowing per speacker they use on DAC per driver my assumption was they use the same supplier as for the ADC. Also assuming that a DAC is always HW-based.
  4. It seems like your Cambridge Audio doesn't have any inputs, so it wont't be possible to connect the turntable pre-amp to it. So it only posesses an DAC but not ADC. So you need a separate device or use the ADC capabilities of the Kii. The Kii Streamer I suppose will be rather "functional". So any kind of GUI activities most likely will be available on handheld or desktop devices. I doubt that it will have any fancy display like the ones you mentioned above. But it remains to be seen....
  5. Regarding Turntable connection to the Kii: I previously had the turntable pre-amp directly connected to each Kii (XLR input set to analog). This would require only one AD conversion. However, you might need some pretty long cables that might also reqire mixed plugs (XLR, cinch) depending on your pre-amp out. This was the case for me. 4m cables with different plugs. But this worked well. Now the pre-amp is connected to a minidsp SHD who does the AD conversion (and room correction) and the signal is digitally fed to the Kii Control. I haven't noticed much of a difference to write about, but th
  6. ...Another option could be just to wait a little while, if you could do so and are not in an utmost hurry... I'm fairly confident that probably by the end of the year you might be able to also think about putting a "Kii streamer" on your evaluation list ;-)
  7. Well, I suppose your Cambridge stereamer's basic design is that of many streamers that I assume most of the Kii users here use. A steamer usually has a DAC and analogue section. What you are refering to is a pure network transport, that can only output/forward the audio digitally. I would assume that the majority of the users here in this (Kii-) forum don't use a transport but a "normal" Streamer (but I might be wrong). Mine is basically the same construction and I use it the way you described: I use the digital coax out and don't care about the streamer's dac and analogue section. The K
  8. I don't use any specific high grade cables. The power cable is Goldkabel powercord that provides some basic shielding and the network cable is a no-name upgrade to Cat7 from the provided Cat5 that came with mine 4 years ago.
  9. Yes, congratulations @a_kraut. How long did you have to wait for yours. I heard between ordering and delivery there could be a few month now? Regarding the rubber damping on the stands top plate: To me it looks pretty much like the Tesa window isoaltion band with the E-profile. You probably know what I am talking about. So for a cheap start you could try to use that. It's taped at the outside border of all four sides. I've also changed cables but only for (perceived) better shielding. Soundwise I didn't hear (and expect) any difference. Also, when you finally have them, you soon might exp
  10. Neil Young CDs often are HDCD encoded. And from the ones I have I think many all of the more recent ones have at least peak extension enabled, where the extended peaks then can be restored after extraction from the ripped original files. If you have used foobar with the HDCD plugin for checking your CD, what did the plug-in say for peak extension and transient filter? Were any of these flagged as enabled? (Example: Neil Young - Psychedelic Pill: Peak Extension: enabled; Transient Filter: Intermittend) If eg. peak extension is enabled, than you can activate the foobar decode processin
  11. It's been some time now, but a new firmware update for the Kii Control I suppose should become available soon in the official firmware update section. It only seems to update Kii Control from v2.4 to v2.5 (for BXT I can't say as I don't own it) The changes will include: - Fixed bug in standby sleep/wake-up behaviour - Fixed bug in multi filter setup - Added filter bypass option for easy A/B comparison, including a preset option So stay tuned...
  12. Yes, this is again an truely excellent informative and educational post by mitchco, similar to the one he did on Dirac in February already touching many of the topics mentioned here. After heaving read his February post I actually went the Dirac route for my Kii Threes to further explore the RC topic, which I had started before with just some direct filter corrections in the Kiis for the lower frequencies by using REW and a mic. But what you can't influence there is any aspects of time alignment which however also can be addressed with Dirac. I finally decided for a miniDSP SHD with Dirac
  13. The bit transparency check for the Kii Three requires a special wav test file (mono 44.1khz 24bit) from Kii Audio which needs to be played. Only then it will say YES if everything is OK. If I remember correctly, the file needs to be played unaltered, which means no attenuation by a SW player, otherwise the result will be NO. It's an internal test for the Kii Three audio-chain to be fully bit transparent and not corrupted.
  14. Hi input username here. It's a bit difficult to diagnose remotely, but I guess you have read the REW manual regarding set-up (although the screenshots may differ) and your REW preferences are set showing the following setings: Output Device: Kii Control, Output: SPEAKER and Input Device: Umik-1 Gain: 18db, Input: MICROPHONE (see example screenshot taken from one of my measurements). At least that were my preferences settings when I did my set-up and measurements. So I guess it should look similar for you. I started exactly the same way as you from scratch with a Umik-1 and REW but eve
  15. Sure, this can be fun and it would be interesting to know, if it actually does make a difference. I myself though am currently happy with the results the Kii delivers with its own SRC processes but may be tempted if experiences here will sound promising Below some statements I found from Bruno Putzeys on SRC and his implementation in the Kii Three: "In terms of sample-rate conversion, it's worth mentioning that we designed our own software-based SRC because we wanted full control over jitter attenuation and impulse response. I found that filters with a relatively broad transition band
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