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  1. I use an sMS-200 Neo (with Zerozone LPS) and an Eitr in the same headphone system, with an Audiolab 8200CD DAC. On its own, the Eitr sound is disappointing; thin and edgy. I was able to bring the Eitr close enough to the sMS that I don't care which I'm using by adding an iPurifier2 and a Ghent Audio USB Y-cable, 5V power leg fed by a Topping P50 LPS. If you are contemplating an Eitr, you might want to budget for some USB treatment.
  2. I've cancelled my Amazon HD account after the trial period, because it cannot stream via DLNA to any of my three devices (exaSound, SOtM, RPi), and Chromecast Audio only casts MP3.
  3. Master Volume on my DAC/preamp is set for -12dB. I played the first tune from the Harbeth Video at -12dB. My Radio Shack meter never went above 87dB (set for fast response, C-weighted), which is quite OK with me, because I would not want to listen any louder, ever. I have no idea how much power I was using, couldn't have been much. My monoblocks are rated for [email protected], [email protected], the speakers are 4-ohms, [email protected]/m, subs are 155W into 8 ohms, 250W into 4 ohms. I believe the sub drivers are 8ohms. I've driven the monitors with 50wpc and never heard them clip. T
  4. First you need to troubleshoot the source of the problem. Check your connections at both ends to make sure they are tight. If the connections are not the problem, reverse the speaker cables; feed the right channel with the left cable and vice versa. If the receiver is at fault, the problem will move to the other speaker. Speakers should play for 20 years with no issues assuming they have not been abused. How loud are you playing the system? Overdriving (clipping) the amp causes distortion, which is the most common cause of tweeter damage. If the tweeter has been damag
  5. Definitely not MP3, the SQ of HD easily beats 320kbps from Google Play and YouTube Music provided you are using an app that allows it. For me that is only via Windows. My Chromecast streamers OTOH do downgrade HD to MP3 quality. My sMS-200 and Playpoint can't play Amazon Music at all.
  6. If you connect from one of the digital outputs (not the analogue outputs) from the SHD to the Hegel, you will bypass the SHD internal DAC. The SHD will then act as a Digital to Digital Converter, not a Digital to Analogue Converter. This will also bypass the streaming section of the Hegel. It is worth trying.
  7. The SHD is an interesting piece, I actually ordered one twice, then cancelled and bought an exaSound streamer and DAC instead. I use a miniDSP 2X4 for my stereo subs with REW, no Dirac. I have heard Dirac is best used below 500Hz. Not to belabor a point, but did you try connecting the Hegel DAC to the SHD coax output for your main speakers? It's a no-cost option that's worth trying at least. The h190 reviews are pretty complimentary.
  8. The non-bit-perfect investigation is interesting, but my question is, how does Amazon HD sound versus Tidal and Qobuz?
  9. I have several streamers and several DAC's. IMO, you will have best sound quality by upgrading the DAC, not the streamer. My suggestion is to get a good DAC and hook it up digitally via coax to the SHD. I believe the DAC's in the SHD are pretty basic. Have you tried connecting the SHD to the Hegel via digital coax cable? I expect it has a pretty good DAC section. Are you using the SHD Dirac function?
  10. LOL! My elderly father-in-law used to try to change the TV channel with a cordless phone.
  11. The last sentence needs an ending. Note that you don't need JRiver to use DLNA with Chromecast Audio. I use my CCA devices with two QNAP controllers (Music Station and QMusic), and with BubbleUPNP. I believe there are others too, maybe MConnect and Kazoo?). No voice control though, which I don't care about.
  12. Not a concern at all. The IsoAcoustics stands are very stable, the tilt adapters don't change that. Total contact between the stands and speakers, and stand and support is unchanged. A fraction of the weight will be higher on the down side of the tilt, and lower on the up side, but I can't see why that would affect the sound. The impact of having the tweeters in line with your ears is far more consequential.
  13. I understand your skepticism. I used spikes for years, would not go back. Here's a review comparing IsoAcoustics isolators with spikes: https://hometheaterreview.com/isoacoustics-gaia-acoustic-isolation-feet-reviewed/
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