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  1. I was one of the first to buy the BDP-1. The first platform was Loony Loon... the predecessor of Manic Moose. To be honest I wasn't thrilled with the interface(s) either. I was transitioning from a Mac mini and Hag USB converter which wasn't the best. I got over the interface pretty fast when I heard the sound quality. The Loony Loon and Manic Moose interface were quite similar. Over the years I migrated to Manic Moose only because of the Tidal streaming functionality they added to it. So what is the trade off? I have an "ancient" media server that is still supported. And her
  2. Congrats to the all the people who made the decade a digital music wonderland! Chris, your article brings back fond (and frustrating) memories of finding the digital audio experience. Thanks! Looking forward to a new decade!!! What new wonders await! Cheers
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    I have struck a bargain with my wife allowing to buy more toys if we buy more furniture..... Since I have the Bryston BP26 with the built in DAC is it worth going for the BDP1 or stick with my mac mini? The issue with the BP26DAC is that it can't go beyond 24/96 so a BDP1 may be overkill? Or should I go and get the BDA1 and BDP1 and not worry about knowing that the $1000 DAC feature in my BP26 won't be used. My macmini would just replace my 9 yr old XP machine. Plus I would need to by twice as much furniture My music is all ripped CDs but I would like to see what hi-rez is a
  4. Interesting point of views which makes this forum so great! As an engineer (not electronic) I would like to see scientific measurements and double blind A/B testing As an frugal consumer that likes high end audio I would like to know that I am spending my money on something that has the best cost/benefit (new cord or new dac?) As a music listener I always crave a more pure and emotive listening experience. A power cord on a computer? Well at least its an inexpensive way of tinkering with your system instead of blowing tens of thousands of dollars on a valve amp. Hey there i
  5. I would like to thank everyone in advance for your expert advice to some basic questions. I'm still trying to digest the digital world and some preconceptions I have. 1) Switching power supplies are bad. But in terms of impacting your home electrical supply --- what can you do? e.g refrigerators, garage door openers etc. I'm of the belief that you get a power supply with a huge amount of premium capacitance for your amps and DACs and this becomes a non-issue? 2) Inside the mac --- 1 and 0s --- assuming the hardware/software are spec'ed appropriately for the task at hand --- ho
  6. I used a 16GB Kingston drive with OSX 10.6.4 loaded on it. It worked but it was very slow to load load compared to a hard drive disk. Using a memory player Audirvana I played WAV files off another USB Stick. Results: The soundstage degraded significantly to the point it sounded like a cassette recording (remember those). I keep the 16GB flash drive with OSX for computer recovery only now. My guess is that USB drives are not in the same league as SSD
  7. Folks, I upgraded the ram from 1 GB to 3GB (actually 4gb but my CPU can only access 3gb). The sound quality is the same (great) in the 3gb setup as with the buffer maxed out in 1GIG mode. But now the playback is stable without the CPU overload issues! I think I have tweaked my 16/44 system to where I like it! BTW Itunes sounds better with the upgade and I also notice disk activity was a lot less as well. But believe me when I say the soundstage is is much more clearly defined with Audirvana! FYI. Before I upgraded the RAM I tried booting the mini using a 16GB USB flash drive with
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    Definately envious..... Living just west of TO would your dealer be Audio1? That is where got my Bryston stuff. As soon as I am convinced the packaged solution is better than a mac mini I'm in line for a BDP myself. Not there yet and hopefully wont have to either. Can't wait to hear your reviews.....have fun!
  9. Any expertise on the following statement by Hagtech on power noise isolation at the USB-SPDIF converter stage? "The HagUsb is a hi-fidelity USB to S/PDIF (digital audio signal) converter compatible with Windows XP and Mac OS-X based computers. It requires no special drivers, just plug and play. HagUsb connects a computer to your audio system without introducing ground loops, power supply noise, or other unwanted artifacts, thanks to the high quality output coupling transformer. " Question: isn't it better to clean the power source after the computer than before? Thanks
  10. Thanks Damien for the feedback on the 1GB memory issue. The buffer reduction to 256mb reduces file swapping but now I'm hearing subtle fadeouts in the music. I did some google research and am convinced that I should upgrade my MEM. Memory is on order and will have 3GB usable (max) when it arrives. I will continue my testing and reviewing at that point and will provide observations on how the MEM change improves the experience with all other things unchanged. Is there anything in particular I should look for before I swap out the RAM?
  11. Damien, Thanks for the new release to tryout and get the bugs out. The CPU/Dropout issue did not go away. Instead it became more frequent occurring once or twice per song. It didn't improve or degrade over time. I spent about 3 hours listening. Activity monitor shows a consistent 35-55MB free memory. I tried a reboot after maximizing the volume slider. Didn't change a thing. I'm reviewing using the default settings in your release install. Thanks
  12. Some feedback on performance after extended listening. The sound quality is superb using the software. I have played about 20 albums of varying genres and periods. The sound is reproduced without any tonal adjustments. I dont pretend to have a "golden ear" so I wont bother everyone with subjective descriptions of music reproduction. Thanks Damien! I've had my mac mini setup since 2006 and never was happy with the sound from Itunes!! Feedback: After about 5 albums the CPU overload flashes and I get dropouts in sound. It gets progressively worse and drops out every 30 seco
  13. You are right the Bryston BP26DA has SPDIF inputs only but can handle 24/96. If you want a bryston product with all the inputs/outputs you need to go with their component DAC the BDA1.
  14. My bias is towards the Bryston BP26DA preamp with built-in DAC. Reference quality class A design preamp with the DAC. This unit has a huge power supply that promises accurate reproduction. Read up on it at there website as they explain it quite well.
  15. I had a chance to listen to my 16/44 library using Audirvana today. Fantastic sound when compared Itunes and a "free demo player". Very realistic sound. It makes my DAC and system shine. System: mac mini; HAGUSB, Bryston BP26DA preamp and 3BSST amplifier.
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