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  1. Sorry if someone's else already shared this. Michaele Lavorgna (Twittering Machines) in his PONTUS II review refers @GoldenOne 's review of ARES II and Denafris DACs not being non-oversampling. Apparently, the response of Denafrips (through their distributor) was; “…the NOS is indeed non-oversampling. But non-oversampling doesn’t mean the digital signals are not processed.”
  2. That sounds great! :) If you can, please also listen to a pair of SCM 50As or above. 50s and above speakers use the higher spec drivers. Please share your listening impressions. Enjoy.
  3. I'd been very interested on Leedh digital volume myself but since the Lumin implementation it's all gone quiet for some reason. Even Audirvana was supposed to implement it but dropped it.
  4. I always found the MQA version to be 3db louder than the non-mqa version. The extra loudness and whatever else is going on with the decoding seem to make the mqa version sound impressive initially, but after awhile it becomes fatiguing. So, I gave up on mqa a long time ago.
  5. I have a set of big active ATCs and used them in big and small rooms with great results. Of course, small rooms have limitations but there are so many solutions and most are free and fun to experiment. I find that speaker placement/positioning is jus as important as room treatment. The following articles are also good place to start. Good luck. Speaker Placement Calculators: http://noaudiophile.com/speakercalc/ Early Reflections and Bass for Small Room Acoustics: https://www.audioholics.com/room-acoustics/small-room-acoustics
  6. In my personal experience, whenever my system improved in terms of noise it was always the lower registers that benefitted the most. The bass was tighter, cleaner and lower, which in turn meant turning the volume up! For example, I experienced this when I used battery power with my old Antilop Zodiac Gold DAC.
  7. Excellent, this is how I intend to use the PowerDAC in my system; with a USB/Toslink converter. This would simply allow me to replace my Lindemann DAC and use the existing setup (Mac Mini, Qobuz, Audirvana).
  8. In my personal experience, I have always preferred DAC direct to my active ATCs. Obviously, this assumes the DAC in use has a very good analog/digital volume control.
  9. 'Perfect' is the first word that comes to my mind. :) Enjoy!
  10. Plus the MQA sounds 3+ db louder, which also makes the music sound more impressive/dynamic or as you put it, more 'percussive'. Which I found it to be fatiguing after a while. As a result I always preferred the non-MQA versions.
  11. I'd love to try it out with my active system and compare it with my current DAC. I am currently based in Istanbul and need to see how easily I can buy one. Otherwise, I have to ask my friend who lives in Holland to get one for me and bring it to me, when he hopefully visits me in the next few weeks. :)
  12. Speaker and amp matching is a very difficult problem and people with money and time do a lot of experimenting, as this is part of the fun if one can afford it. I am not an audiophile either but I do love listening to music and I can tell what sound I like when I hear it. After several different passive speakers I decided to go for an active speaker system and bought my ATC SCM 20A Pros way back in 1998. Never looked back since and I just upgraded my ATC actives to bigger models over time. I simply concentrate on enjoying listening to music by getting a decent source and discove
  13. I've been listening to quite a selection of Apple's new spatial audio music and it all sounds great on my speaker system. I imagine it sounds even better on headphones. This could become really popular.
  14. A quick update: Audirvana always improved slightly somehow with each release or sounded different, but my friend's enthusiasm and my quick test results needed further confirmation. So, I decided to run further tests to make sure that I was doing a proper apples to apples comparison. And I discovered that there was a major discrepancy between the settings of 3.5 and Studio. Because of my left ear problem, I was using AUGraphicEQU to reduce the volume of some of the frequencies by around 2-3 dB, which was missing on Studio version. As a result, the effect I was g
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