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  1. Any thoughts on SQ running Roon on the QNAP vs. a Nucleus? I’ve been running Roon (with a bunch of DSP) on a top spec’d (as of 2 years ago) SonicTransporter, and it is rock solid. I toyed with Roon on my Synology NAS just for fun and had some problems.
  2. I've heard great things about this server from the local dealer but have not had a chance to listen to it yet. I look forward to Part 3. If possible, can you please compare your impressions to the Innuos Statement, if you are familiar with that server too. Those two and the Pink Faun and W20 seem like the heavy hitter servers right now, however, this one truly seems the most "extreme" of the bunch. I see (and you report) two ethernet jacks, plus optical ethernet on the server. Can one run optical ethernet from a router/switch into the server then bridged network out directly from a remaining ethernet port on the server into the ethernet input of a network enabled dac (e.g., your Rossini) thereby keeping the dac off the network?
  3. I am sure you are correct on the demo. Incidentally, I did reach a dealer within 1.5 hours of NYC (my home), and can likely demo in a few months (Covid issue) with the Schitt amp, then sometime thereafter with the HSA-1a, which the dealer anticipates ultimately having in store. I’ve done a lot of reading since your review, and folks who own the HSA-1a speak very favorably about it as exceeding other amps (with and without the impedance box) by a substantial margin. I am also interested in effecting some EQ for low bass and sub bass frequencies, which seems to work with these headphones. Aside from Roon and HQ Player, I am not sure how to do that, which is not ideal for me because I would be using this setup with a transportable rig (Hugo2 and 2Go as source) so no Roon server and no computer to run HQ Player. Any ideas?? Bottom line is that if these things made you like headphones, they must be good 😂
  4. Really now more than ever think I need to give these headphones another try. I seem like the only one who didn’t like them on a short initial listen at CanJam NYC with the Schiit amp using the built in dac. I wonder if my initial unfavorable impression might have heavily been influenced by the dac inside the Schitt amp??? Maybe the amp is good and the dac is so-so (or worse)?? Has anyone listened to these headphones with the Schitt amp using the built in DAC and/or done a comparison using alternate DACs? I think my use case would likely involve a Hugo2, but it would be interesting to go balanced into the HSA amp (or rca into the Schitt) using a very high quality dac or a set up using high quality tube amps into the amplifier resistance adjustment box. Does anyone know how a potential buyer can get a demo? Guess I can just email the company in the first instance unless someone knows a quick source (e.g., The Cable Company??). Plenty of time to test headphones these days 😂
  5. At least you could still use the great Chord TT2 to feed the required amp for the SR-1a. 😉
  6. Could definitely be the case. I wanted to love them too. I will give them another shot. Great review!!
  7. Great review and so interesting. I like headphone and find them a lot of fun. I also live in an apartment, so headphones are required at times. I am fortunate to have a bunch of great conventional headphones and a pretty high end headphone amp and dac. I dont have any electrostats because I dont listen to headphones enough to justify tWo separate headphone systems, but I think the top Stax and latest Mr. Speakers sound incredible with the Blue Hawaii amp (actually prefer this setup to my conventional rig, but do concede the electrostats are slightly less dynamic and punchy at the bottom end, but magical) When I went to CanJam NYC in February, THE product I wanted to hear was the RAAL’s. I couldn’t wait and was first in line at the Schiit booth for a demo. I was totally disappointed. Frankly, I thought they sounded awful. I’ve never disagreed with Chris much before. Maybe these phones just weren’t my cup of tea. I cant even recall what I listened to, but after a few tracks I left. I do recall thinking the RAAL’s lacked bass and dynamics and sounded horribly scratchy on top. I came back later to try again and left after half a track. Maybe I just got a bad demo, bad associated equipment, bad Schiit amps or maybe Chris’ superb setup brings out the magic from the RAAL’s, but to me on the setup at Can Jam NYC, they didn’t do it. It almost reminded me of the controversial Audeze thread where the reviewer thought the headphones might have been malfunctioning. I did have a buddy with me who agreed with my view. Based on this review, I now want to give them another shot!!!
  8. Agree 100%. My main rig is similar to yours, but I’ve always wondered about a system built on horns or other high efficiency speakers with an integrated like this and a dac. Such a system would only require one balanced input, just like the review unit.
  9. Great review. I heard this integrated amp at the last Capital Audio Fest and thought it sounded superb too. I slightly preferred some HiFi Man electrostats as I recall, but not significantly. Are there any well regarded very small high efficient speakers (stand mount monitors preferred)? My reference Boenike W5 need vastly more power. Also, the balanced input pictured looks different from what I’m used to?? Is that a standard balanced input?
  10. That works. It is what I am doing now. I like it, but (and I know this is sacreligious) I might like two optical modules better then the OM to the ER. Still tinkering. Bass seemed more dynamic and impactful before the ER (I think 😁) when using two OM’s (router ==>> Cooper Ethernet ==>> OM ==>> Fiber ==>> OM ==>> copper Ethernet ==>> dac) than the configuration you propose, which I presently run.
  11. I didn't get a chance to try the 10db attenuators on each end this weekend, but I will very soon. Stupid question in advance. Do the attentions just lower gain or volume by 10db? If so, then aren’t the attenuators just volume knobs. If not, then what do attenuators do?
  12. One other question that will annoy and/or frustrate many: has anyone found a difference in SQ between different brands of the SFP's that slide into the OpticalModule and/or the EtherRegen? I am using orange colored fiber that was supplied by Small Green Computer when I bought two of the OpticalModules. I think I paid $20 for it.
  13. Thanks so much to all who provided photos, tips, instructions, etc. I haven't had a chance to install the attenuators yet, but I had ordered two pairs or 10 and 7 db ones by happenstance assuming I may break them, and they were inexpensive. So I will try the "one on each end" configuration suggested above.
  14. Would someone please post a photo of exactly where and how these attenuators go? In case it matters, I’m running copper Ethernet out from a switch into an Optical Module, then fiber from the OM out to the EtherRegen then copper Ethernet out from the EtherRegen into the dac. I bought two pairs of 10db and 7db attenuators.
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