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  1. @The Computer Audiophile I wonder if non-digital audio companies have since learned more about the value of isolating WiFi signals from the rest of the signal path.
  2. Return on effort is a big consideration for me in audio. Even if cables only sounds better (and I think it likely would), the perceived effort of dragging 100 feet of cable through my house dissuades me from wanting to try that. I'd rather try optimizing the output from the Wi-Fi extender.
  3. @lmitche Great post! My experience fits with what you've found. That's a great suggestion. By nature, I'm open to figuring out what sounds better, but also skeptical. I got the Pro-ject streamer precisely because it could work on Wi-Fi, but also could shut down Wi-Fi as well. My thought was that the idea that Ethernet only might sound better, but didn't want to foreclose on the option to use Wi-Fi as it is just simpler to use if it wasn't too different in sound quality. I've realized that using a Wi-Fi extender with an Ethernet output via cable to the network streamer is
  4. I got a Pro-ject Stream Box S2 Ultra that I started using in WiFi mode. I got a WiFi extender to create an Ethernet access point and switched to an Ethernet connection and turned off the WiFi connection. Of all of the tweaks that I tried (USB cable, Ethernet cable, Jitterbug noise filter), switching to an Ethernet connection and turning off WiFi produced the largest beneficial effect on sound quality These were some of the sound quality improvements that I heard: Streaming via Ethernet has more presence & clearer. Better pace than when streaming via WiFi. Like a veil has been
  5. Rexp, It sounds gapless to me. I don't notice the gaps and from what I can tell, playback sounds the same as coming from a CD.
  6. I think I understand what you're trying to do. The Pro-ject Stream Box Ultra S2 can natively stream Tidal, Spotify, Qobuz & can be controlled by an iPhone/iPad/Android device/Web browser from a PC (meaning Tidal/Spotify/Qobuz flow directly into the streamer from the Internet without going through your phone or tablet). You can also stream to the Pro-ject streamer via Bluetooth or AirPlay (Shairpoint-Sync which is an open source version of AirPlay). The cost of a new Pro-ject streamer is $850, but I see used ones in good condition come up frequently as well starting about $500.
  7. An update from my end. I did take the plunge and got a Pro-ject Stream Box Ultra S2 as a dedicated streamer. I've been trying it out with a variety of DACs starting out with my Dragonfly Red. Comparing the Pro-ject streamer with Dragonfly to my iPhone (in airplane mode)/Dragonfly Red/Jitterbug, the Pro-ject combo sounded more spacious with more presence, but resolution between the two combinations seemed pretty close. I realized that I had not put the JItterbug on the Pro-ject USB output thinking that the output from the Pro-ject should be pretty clean. Doing that made a Huge difference with
  8. Hans Beekhuyzen mentioned in his YouTube video on the Pro-ject Stream Box that adding an SBooster Linear Power Supply added only a slight improvement to the quality of the sound.
  9. Thanks, good feedback. I do wonder if the iPad might produce a cleaner electrical output being a simpler device.
  10. I've been looking into music streamers and have specifically been considering the following: Bluesound Node 2i Pro-ject Stream Box Ultra S2 Cambridge Audio CXN Innuos Zen Mini Mk3 How would streaming out of an iPad compare in sound quality? The reason why I ask is that the user experience of most streamers (except the Bluesound) is still in the dark ages in terms of user interface design. The Innuos looks interesting as well from a design standpoint, but the need to either run a LONG ethernet cable or add a Wi-Fi extender to get an ethernet port up
  11. It's easier to listen to digital, but when I have the time to just listen to music, I seem to choose to listen to records. I can't point to anything specific, but the sound of vinyl feels more organic to me. I say 'feel' as I can't point to anything specific in the sound that would make me think that.
  12. Adding Primephonic (a classical-only service) to the list as well: My subjective impressions of the musicality of the major HD streaming services: 1. Qobuz 2. Primephonic 3. Spotify Premium (320 kbps Ogg Vorbis which is not lossless) 4. IDAGIO 5. Amazon HD 6 Tidal Round 5: Qobuz vs Primephonic: Sound quality: A Primephonic's sound quality was quite good, but Qobuz' sound quality was still noticeably better. Qobuz provides more presence around instruments and voices while Primephonic, though good, tends to sound more 2-dimensio
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