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hytechrednek

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  1. When using the MicroRendu with Spotify Connect, Spotify will only permit me to move between tracks sequentially using the next or previous buttons. It no longer allows me to skip directly from one track to another. If I change the Spotify output to another device such as a USB converter or toslink, Spotify behaves normally. Is there a correction for this behavior? I use a Mac Mini Computer running OS 10.10.4. Spotify Version in use is 1.1.4.197.g92d52c4f. My MicroRendu is running OS 2.7. I have tried resets, and reloads of MR OS 2.7 and Spotify Connect. None of these actions seemed to help.
  2. I also have the Ghent USB and it easily outperforms the Supra or the Curious USB cable in my system. Unfortunately no experience with their Ethernet cable.
  3. On Jud's recommendation, I ordered the JSSG360 USB cable from Ghent Audio. They shipped the next day but it took just over a month for the cable to arrive. Could've been due to the Chinese New Year coinciding with my order. Turns out it was worth the wait. Right out of the gate, it's probably the most open and detailed USB cable that I've tried so far. Vivid is the word that comes to mind. Pitch and timing of the music coming through is excellent. Imaging is noteworthy too. Physically the cable is not stiff but resists any kind of rotational twist, however slight. Cosmetically it's austere in appearance with no logo to distinguish it from a generic cable, but fit and finish are nice. For $35 the cable is a super bargain. Thanks to Jud for bringing it to our attention. After playing a few hours, it has gotten a little dark sounding, so I'm hoping it will open up again. Presently I have the Supra, WireWorld Starlight 5.2, WireWorld Ultraviolet, Curious, StraightWire USB-Link, Belkin Gold and a few others for comparison. I'm using it between a MicroRendu and a Metrum Hex DAC with built-in HiFace. Would love to hear a comparison of the Ghent to the Oyaide d+ Class A that was recommended by HumanMedia.
  4. Thanks HumanMedia. Was not looking for a detailed assessment but just a generalization of cables that are popular and you may have heard. Your assessment reflects my experience, so that places the Oyaide in a "Must Try" status for me.
  5. HumanMedia, Thank you for this information. I too am a "bottom feeder" and have tried numerous moderately priced cables from a number of companies. Like you, I've been disappointed in higher priced brands, which I've obtained from friends for extended auditions. Your description of the Supra USB cable matches my experience. As another point of reference, I would like to know if you've auditioned the Curious USB Cable or any of the WireWorld models and what opinions you might hold regrading them? Thanks again!
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    JRMC 24?

    I own a copy of JRiver v20 but never use it. I've always stayed with Audirvana+. Having nothing better to do one night, I downloaded a trial version of JRiver Media Center v24 after they sent me a promotional email. I really just wanted to see if they changed the interface of JRiver. I finally decided to give a listen but expected nothing unusual. WOW!!! To me this version of JRiver sounds WAY better than anything else. I've had a chance to make SQ comparisons with most of the major players on the market and I find JRMC v24 much better for some reason. That said, I still don't care for the interface. Since all of these players are supposed to be "Bit Perfect" it really makes no sense, but the difference is quite obvious. For lack of a better description, there is a "digital quality" to the others that sounds unnatural and fatiguing. Would love to know what JRiver did differently in this version. Typically I use a Quad Core i7 or i5 Mac Mini as a server. It's easy to download the JR demo and make a quick comparison for yourself.
  7. I happened to find this comment on the JRiver help forums but nobody has answered. Apparently the improvements date back to v23: https://yabb.jriver.com/interact/index.php/topic,112717.msg779523.html#msg779523
  8. I've had a chance to make SQ comparisons with most of the major players on the market and I find JRMC v24 much better for some reason. That said, I still don't care for the interface. Since all of these players are supposed to be "Bit Perfect" it really makes no sense, but the difference is quite obvious. For lack of a better description, there is a "digital quality" to the others that sounds unnatural and fatiguing. Would love to know what JRiver did differently in this version.
  9. I started at version 20 and did not try another upgrade until version 24 came out. I feel 24 sounds better to my ears. It's easy enough to download their 30 day trial and see (hear) for yourself.
  10. I own a copy of JRiver v20 but never use it. I've always stayed with Audirvana+ . Having nothing better to do last night, I downloaded a trial version of JRiver Media Center v24 after they sent me a promotional email. Expecting nothing different sound wise, I downloaded it to my everyday work computer (i5 Mac Mini). I really just wanted to see if they changed the interface of JRiver. After looking through some of the menus and seeing nothing new or unique, I finally decided to connect my computer to the DAC via in the most easy and convenient manner using a cheapo 20 foot plastic toslink cable. WOW!!! Am I imaging things or does this version of JRiver sound WAY better than anything else? Going back to any other playback software reminds me of third generation bootleg 8 track tapes from back in the day. There was no hype that I saw about this new version having better sound quality. What have they done? Typically I use a Quad Core i7 Mac Mini and a Micro Rendu with LPS-1 feeding a Metrum Hex DAC.
  11. Never Mind. I got it here. Thanks http://www.bricasti.com/images/m5/jriver_setup.pdf
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