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  1. Make them longer! You write well and more is needed:-) I am more interested the history of the musicians and album's origin much more than the tech analysis but I read both.
  2. Great essay! Looking forward to the next installment!
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    USB Type A to Type C Cable Query

    Type C is common for phones, laptops and some DAPs. That cable is to connect your device with a Type C port to the Topping which has a micro USB port. See page 6 of the manual. Seems as though you could look on your NX4, and if like mine, no Type C connection.
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    USB Type A to Type C Cable Query

    As Mansr mentioned in his first response, there is no Type C connection on the Topping...it has two Micro USB connections: one for power and one for Digital In. I just verified on my unit.
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    USB Type A to Type C Cable Query

    Why would you think so? I have a couple of the cables that Mansr recommended in the 6 inch version. Works fine connecting my phone to the Topping (which I also have). If you like the right angle: https://goo.gl/RG1x4m Why are you using USB-C out of your PC? Some of the new Laptops have only USB C ports but I did not know if they are out yet.
  6. Minimserver comes with the QNAP (at least with mine). The best controller for the iPad, from my point of view, is Linn Kinsky but a few others are available. You could run the LMS that came with the QNAP, Squeezelite and/or iPeng on the iPad.
  7. Well ... sometimes the simplest solution is overlooked... (If you put your connection points face-to-face , the closest placing is still a foot and a half apart? I would like to see that.) Looks like a cable round robin if you want to use the "new" preamp. Sorry, I have no suggestions for cable selection other than longer version of the one you have; new or new, "updated" from AQ.
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    Article: Audiophile 5: Sonore opticalRendu in 5 Minutes

    Thank you. How much of a computer? Will it ever get to a simple, single SOC in the near (5-year) term -meaning less $$ - or is it still too complicated?
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    Article: Audiophile 5: Sonore opticalRendu in 5 Minutes

    Sorry,....meant network (ethernet) fiber input. My simple understanding is Fiber is network and Optical is digital connection. I understand the nomenclature is interchangeable. Fiber Ethernet just seems so cumbersome.
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    Article: Audiophile 5: Sonore opticalRendu in 5 Minutes

    So...when does the first DAC with Fiber Input come out?
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    Any 5G Wireless (Cellular) Users Here?

    I am in the Austin (TX) area and interested in 5g but only with unlimited download. Paying a fortune for Spectrum, the only option where I am, but I do have unlimited data.
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    Beginner's shopping list priorities

    If starting from scratch, this is the path for me: Speakers-Amp (or Active/Powered speakers): Speaker/Amp matching is important (to me) DAC Network Playback Software Music storage
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    Article: CA is now Audiophile Style!

    Outstanding! Although I now have to remember the URL...
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    Is It Time For Moderators?

    I do not post much but read every day and have learned to ignore threads that get out of control with antagonism and OT comments. When I start a thread I give constraints (no USB thingys or DIY cables or etc...) and I have no problem replying "Not Helpful" or "Way OT". When I reply to a thread I only offer my experience and thoughts that are ON TOPIC. I do think that a lot of the problem is a new poster asks too general a question and suggestions come in from way off the rails...when someone asks about a DAC, a USB decrapifier should not be the first suggestion. IMO.