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  1. Maybe these samplers would be useful. Well recorded 16/44.1 wave and hi-res, no copyright issues (the music is rather strange). https://www.marecordings.com/ From a previous experience, it would be nice to include some tracks that people might have in their collections, as a control.
  2. Please make sure the components are properly warmed up before recording.
  3. I have no doubt there is some compromise in the ADC conversion, but I expect not enough that some of us will still be able to tell the difference. I base this on ripping my LP collection using a Korg DS-DAC-10R. The vinyl sounded better, but it wasn't easy to tell the original from the 88/24 copy.
  4. Looking forward to the test. I had an Oyaide Class S (silver) USB cable in-house for a couple of weeks, couldn't stand the overly bright sound in my system. I replaced it with a cheaper Oyaide Class A (copper) cable, which did the trick. I don't understand how someone would not be able to tell these two apart. OTOH, I couldn't hear a difference between the Oyaide Class A and a Curious cable I acquired subsequently. Unfortunately, printer cables, of which I've tried many, don't compete with these, IME. I've never heard a Lush cable.
  5. Except Amazon is offering hi-res files, Spotify is CD quality. That will matter to some people. And then we haven't seen Spotify's pricing.
  6. Spotify's announcement didn't mention MQA, so MQA speculation seems pointless.
  7. The answer is A. It will fallback to PC power if PC is still turned on. Yes, that will work. This inexpensive Zero-Zone power supply has an illuminated on/off switch, solid construction, and will improve the sound vs. your PC: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Finished-Zerozone-50VA-DC-LT1083-HIFI-Linear-Power-supply-50W-audio-PSU/324187931676?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 Why do you want to power down the DAC, does it contain vacuum tubes? If there are no tubes, most audiophiles leave the DAC powered constantly.
  8. Here is what I would do. Get a second SD card and download the latest version of Volumio to it. If it works, great. If not, put the original card back in. IME, Volumio updates are not always a good idea, especially if your system is working well as is. I try new updates, but I keep an SD card with an older version on it, that I know is stable with my system. If the new update doesn't work well, I go back to my old stable version.
  9. Yes, you can selectively connect via 2.4 or 5Ghz , and disable either or both broadcast bands.
  10. Distance would likely make a difference, but why do you think hardwired is better at any distance? I believe that's what this thread is asking. Have you found a relevant test or source I could read?
  11. And, I wouldn't care anyway, having very little interest or knowledge of video. I'm an audiophile, not a videophile. Totally different hobby.
  12. Thanks. I'm actually using the TP-Link RE580D, which has the advantage of a separate power supply. I already had this device for extending my network upstairs, replaced it with an RE450 for upstairs wi-fi and moved the 580D to my audio system, set it for no broadcast, powered with a Zero-Zone 12V LPS.
  13. How close to place speakers to the wall varies with design. The main criterion is how much baffle step compensation the speaker designer included. In-room response drops by approximately 6dB below a frequency corresponding to the width of the baffle. Positioning near the wall will boost these lower frequencies. However, if the design is already compensated for baffle step, bass frequencies will sound too loud when mounted too close to the wall. https://diyaudioprojects.com/Technical/Baffle-Step-Correction-Circuit-Calculator/ Secondly, I would not place any s
  14. It's nice that the D50S works for you but I had one on trial for a week and thought it was dreadful; good detail, good tonal balance, but very poor dynamics and PRaT, which made music sound boring. I preferred my cheaper Schiit Modi 3. The Topping did not come close to a DAC3 in my opinion. Note that they both use ESS Sabre DAC chips but not the same one. The D50S uses a less sophisticated version designed for portables. I certainly didn't find the DAC3 too bright, but the exaSound e32 has a slightly warmer, more detailed treble, using the same DAC chips.
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