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  1. Seems like it was a great experience. The organizers could have thought about making a video... :-)
  2. Ok, now we have a basis! Thanks a lot Miska, I will investigate.
  3. I was hoping to get opinions from the more experienced. For example, would the suggestion on http://puredsd.ru/ be ok? "It is recommended to use a modulator "AMSDM7 512+fs" and DSD256/DSD512. " And would it run in a SoM without much heat and electrical noise? This could be very interesting.
  4. On the contrary. The design goal is to find a balance between your settings and the hardware, in a way that makes sense for a one box solution. Does the pareto law also apply here? Can I get 80% of the cost with 20% of the "ultimate" configuration cost? Contrary to all other discussions about HQPLAYER the goal here is to find a cost effective solution, and not a "ultimate" solution that requires heaviest settings and lot's of computing power. Ideally without the need of a graphics card... Thanks for taking the time! :-)
  5. Dear All. I am researching for a new project. Here are the requirements: - integrated in one box; - software and hardware optimized; - Ethernet input / analog output; - value oriented > get 80% of full potential with 20% of cost. So something very easy in operation ergonomics, based on ease of use and not on the ultimate performance. So that a non audiophile and non-nerd could actually use the appliance. Think of wife streaming from Spotify easily, later you could stream high-res from home server. The main
  6. Hello!, let me take the opportunity to ask if CA's claims have proven right, concerning the amplification. "sonic purity of Class A and the efficiency of Class AB for the best of both worlds" https://www.cambridgeaudio.com/row/en/products/hi-fi/851/851w Sorry for the side-topic...
  7. I appreciated this review very much. Here some people talk a lot about Ruark. This also ticks a lot of boxes. https://www.ruarkaudio.com/products/mrx-connected-wireless-speaker
  8. I am very glad I bought the venerable Sneaky DS more than 10 years ago. It still serves me well as a streamer, and once served me as a small streamer/amp integrated. It continues to be supported and upgraded by Linn. Not many companies display this kind of commitment to their legacy products.
  9. Hi Barrows, how does your DSD-2 compares to the DAC's you mentioned? Would you say it can get you 80% of the qualities of the other mentioned DSD DAC's or is it much further away? And is there a clear path to bring a DSD-2 closer, or it just makes sense to go for a complete solution instead of the DIY path? I agree with you, most ESS implementations sound "accurate" for the first listenings, but lack tone and timbre, and some color "saturation" like the LH Labs dac I have at home (I rarely listen to it).
  10. Chris, thanks to you and the supporters. This just might get me the extra encouragement I need to jump to a new music server.
  11. Our esteemed fellow clearly as his taste directed more to "straight ahead" jazz. Nothing wrong with that!
  12. Chirs, "CAPS Twenty" sounds good to me. Time to see if I can upgrade my Linn sneaky DS as a source.
  13. While I truly admire the effort of this review I would never put myself in the position of doing so many "tweeks" and deal with so many variables. It also reminds me that we can also have pleasure in simpler things; and as I grow older, starts to make sense to me to not pursue the avenue of looking for the ultimate resolution... Bug hey...admirable effort! And great reading as well.
  14. Mitch, I live in an apartment and getting decent bass from a pair of QUAD ESL's is a bit frustrating. I know I would enjoy immensely a full but well defined bass. Lack of definition and articulation in bass is mainly what has stopped me from moving away from ESL's as I found that is not easy to get that quality without investing serious money... Maybe there is a good solution here.
  15. I have a more question about usability. What exactly happens when we are listening to music with the dragonfly cobalt and we have a incoming call and we want to listen to it. Does the DAC (1) silence the music automatically (2) pass trough our sound, if the headphones have mics... Thanks anyone!
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