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  1. Came across this: https://www.guru3d.com/news-story/intel-all-core-5ghz-flagship-core-i9-9900ks-processor-spotted-in-3dmark.html Note I am not an HQP user but I find the PC discussion interesting...
  2. Exactly...at some point I want something that works...which I "think" I have found...when I am on the road I do not want my wife trying to figure out how to get music ...
  3. I use a SBT, USB out to a DAC (currently a Topping NX4 DSD) and I am in heaven. I run LMS via my QNAP NAS via LMS QPKG by digimaster/SimpleSolutions (https://www.qnapclub.eu/en/qpkg/545). This is brilliant. By far the most stable implementation since I purchased the SBT whenever it came out. I used to search for more stable alternatives but with the current LMS, no issues...ever...no rebooting...no hours of frustration trying to get it to work off LMS on my laptops. By far the biggest enhancement to sound has been the addition of a more powerful amp, Linn 2250. The Majik clipped pretty bad with Keilidhs but the 4-channel, biwired 2250 is awesome. Have yet been able to clip. I tried. I have several other portable DACs to try. The Topping replaced a NuForce HDP...maybe a little cleaner/less noise. I have not traveled the route of upgrading the power supply. That is a black hole I do not want to be pulled into...maybe if one of my other DACs makes a very noticeable difference. I listen to ESPN radio, Radio Paradise, and my music which nowadays is everything but I limit the RAP (pretty much Eminem only), heavy Metal or old-style country . Mostly Alternative, Rock, Classic Rock, female vocal, and classical piano.
  4. That Netgear is a switch...not a router...and connected via an ethernet cable. Are you looking for a wireless access point?
  5. This is a DAP that supports DLNA: https://www.amazon.com/ldy-Resolution-Turntable-Bluetooth-Headphone/dp/B07VFNN4HQ/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=portable+dlna+amp+dac&qid=1565351976&s=gateway&sr=8-2 This is a battery powered router that you would have to connect to a separate DAC/AMP which can be pretty small these days...whether one can drive your headphones I do not know: https://www.amazon.com/RAVPower-FileHub-Wireless-Portable-Transfer/dp/B07P5QDQ1B/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=portable+wifi+dlna&qid=1565352318&s=gateway&sr=8-3 I found only the one DAP but there are several router devices that should work.
  6. 300/30 is available in my hood but I never upgraded all the way. Not really an issue. Only my wife and me and I seldom saturate the download bandwidth. I thought the Fiber guys were only doing high density and high dollar areas. Also I think Google slowed down due to lack of returns. I do not think even the neighbor can get fiber run into our hood although he indicated some upgrades coming to increase speeds. A new neighborhood just went up on Parmer/Brushy Creek and I wonder if they have fiber...right across the fence from my hood. We are very low density and no one really wants to expand into our area.
  7. I have Sony DSLR cameras (A350, A550, A580) and DAPs (ZX1 & ZX2) and the consensus on the forums is that "Sony is smarter and more technical than you/everyone so firmware upgrades are only for specific defects...not to provide customer wants. That is for the next version which you can purchase." So perhaps a combination of #2 & #3.
  8. jcbenten

    Fight Club

    Can all the cable discussions be consolidated here??
  9. Define "better". IMO, at this price point the differences in speakers will far outweigh any DAC. In other words, if you had everything lined up...how would you know what differences are the DAC? I think you have asked an impossible, unanswerable question.
  10. With any of the speakers I put forth an external DAC is not needed (IMO) unless you listen to DSD.
  11. Look pretty good to me. Designed by Phil Jones and a ribbon tweeter...certainly worth taking a chance. One reviewer liked much more than the Edifier S2000Pro (I have the S1000DB) so that if you think the reviewer is legit, these read to be pretty good. Perhaps look for reviews online.
  12. This would be the first powered/active speaker I would look at that price point: https://www.amazon.com/Dynaudio-Xeo-Wireless-Bookshelf-Speakers/dp/B074W72HBZ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=dynaudio&qid=1564509078&s=electronics&sr=1-1 I would also consider the Edifier S3000Pro and the Adam: https://www.amazon.com/Adam-Audio-A5X-Powered-Monitor/dp/B003USH8UO?ref_=bl_dp_s_web_2581728011 Note the Adam price is per speaker so two will put you right at $1K. Depending on the size of your room I might spring for the Adam A7X but they are another $500 per pair. All of these speakers are 24/192 capable so unless you are interested in DSD, no external DAC required.
  13. Sorry for the confusion..The Topping should be better than the DAC(s) in either speaker. I have not heard the D50 but I currently have the NX4DSD in my system and it sounds grand. That said, you may not be able to hear the difference through these speakers although the Topping will have much more capability for different file resolutions and format.
  14. I would think, but do not know, that the Topping would be better than a DAC in a speaker at this level of cost.
  15. wire them and play Led Zeppelin during the drive...you may not want to take them out.
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