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Mike Rubin

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  1. Thanks, Greg. I pretty much believed what you say when I started this thread. However, I keep being informed that RCA in doesn't necessarily stay analog and, if it converts to digital, the files it handles in native format are limited to what its internal DAC can handle. My audioengine 5's are all analog, to be sure, and are okay for what they do, but they definitely seem to be most useful as nearfield monitors. I continue to look for small powered monitors suitable for use in a small den system.
  2. Thanks. The Nuprime that I mentioned is a class D that includes a DAC that can handle those resolutions. I am sure there are other class D options that also can be used with a Logitech Harmony remote. (Although I did not point this out in my original post, Logitech compatability or programmability also is a requirement because a TV set also will be connected optically and my technophobic wife and family won't use a phone app or select inputs manually.)
  3. My understanding is that most "studio monitors" are intended for nearfield listening, as are desktop monitors. My application is in a den and not a studio or an office environment. Since posting my query, I have been devoting a lot of web time to trying to find audiophile bookshelf speakers without DSP, but am having a tough time finding items that aren't intended for studio or desktop. I am aware that the new ELAC Navis is fully analog, but I hope I can find something smaller and that I don't have to spend that much. (Budget is about $1000 a pair.). Kumakuma's Emotivas have been discontinued. Duck Toller's Abacus doesn't seem to be available in the US. Maybe that engineering services guy wasn't so wrong when he said I won't find powered speakers without DSP, at least not ones like his home use product. I think that I will start thinking twice about how important sampling beyond 192 and DSD really are to me or, instead, look for a small DSD-capable integrated amp (like the Nuprime ida-8) and some decent passive speakers. Thanks for your input, gents.
  4. Thanks to Duck Toller and you for confirming what I thought and what I thought I asked clearly of the rep.
  5. I have been considering powered monitors to use with a microrendu and DSD-capable DAC in a small den in our basement. I originally looked at monitors with USB inputs but quickly learned that none in which I might be interested can play a DSD file natively or even play a PCM or DoP file with sample rates greater than 192 without downsampling (or at all). I then figured I would just attach a DSD-capable DAC to the RCA analog inputs of one of these monitors. At that point, I was informed that any powered monitor with DSP processing would convert the analog signal to digital and that it would be limited to the bit rate and sample rate of the monitor's internal (non-DSD) DAC. No problem, I figured. I can just get a monitor that only has analog inputs, like one derived from a studio monitor (such as one of the JBL's) or primarily intended for desktop use (like the Audioengines on my desk, through which I play DSD files daily). I then had a confusing bit of correspondence with a manufacturer's technical services manager. He assured me that I was mistaken about monitors that only have analog inputs. He said that it is in the very nature of powered monitors to have DSP processing and, therefore, if I want to play DSD natively or high sampling rate files without downsampling, I need to stick to an external amp and passive speakers. I am not opposed to a passive speaker solution. However, I thought there are hundreds of powered speakers, including some not limited to near-field use, that are analog, period, including the Audioengines that I currently use and various other Focal and NHT monitors that I had on my desktop before them. Am I mistaken about this, as the manufacturer's rep asserts?
  6. Heard this and was impressed greatly, especially with the "heft" of the the delivery. One question, though: not a huge deal, but does this DAC support native DSD or are those impressive DSD specs for DoP?
  7. Don't dismiss that possibility. I sometimes have had to switch to a $2 throwaway cable to make the connection as part of a reboot and then, once things are up and running, hot swap in my "audiophile" cable. I have been told that some audio USB cables depart from the official USB spec for the sake of improved sound quality.
  8. I probably should leave this to JR but, when I have the same failure to recognize the DAC fully, I have to power down both the DAC and the rendu, repower the DAC first, and then restart the rendu. That suggests to me that the kii DAC needs to be powered on first and only then the rendu restarted. Unplugging and plugging both back in before the restarts also is a good idea.
  9. As a Trane fan, I feel your pain. ThIs used to happen to me fairly often. My routine for restarting music was to power off the DAC, power off the rendu, restart the DAC, restart the rendu, check that the rendu interface sees the DAC again, go into rendu settings, and re-save the DLNA or Squeezelite app settings as the case may be. It's a pain, but it usually has worked. When it has not, I sometimes have to unplug my DAC and rendu from power or reboot my switch, but that is pretty rare. Maybe you did all this stuff and it didn't take. In that case, do it again. At some point, you should have music again.
  10. The BIG secret is out! For details, read the review of the optical Rendu products on the landing page!
  11. I received an offer for this unit that I am going to accept, so I have a satisfactory resolution. Thanks for your input, gents.
  12. Thanks. I emailed JR and Barrows to see if they had thoughts.
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