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  1. I've had the opticalRendu running since Friday. Here's my listening impressions: opticalRendu USB (Sbooster MKII 6V) vs. Rendu i2s (SE Upgraded) -> Holo Audio Spring DAC L3: Most noticeable improvement through the opticalRendu on my system is the rendering of high frequency leading edges and presentation of vocals. Attacks are slightly more crisp with less etch. I would use the term slightly "rounder" but they're still very sharp/crisp. Vocal sibilance on tracks is a bit less harsh/airy and is rendered more to the point, sounding less artifical to me. Easy targets for this
  2. Beak>, side project from the keyboardist from Portishead. Lovely.
  3. They are remastered, so louder and offer a slightly different listening experience compared to originals. Dynamic range values are way less on 2017 versions compared to original releases but they hit harder and are not as thin sounding, mostly in regards to Broken since it's the oldest. Really enjoyed revisiting these albums remastered. The most interesting of the 2017 definitive releases in my opinion is "The Fragile Deviations 1". A collection of re-worked and alternate tracks from The Fragile - really awesome stuff. Some great unreleased tracks in there if you dig Th
  4. Running i2s from Sonore Rendu (SE Upgraded) to the Holo and it's damn amazing. Can confirm channel swap on DSD as well. It would be nice to have this addressed as everything else is just flawless.
  5. Found some details on Audiostream: Before you get too excited, the exaSound UPnP/OpenHome PlayPoint Network Audio Connector ($1,999) is only for exaSound DACs..."at present". The PlayPoint has a nice one-two punch "Ready" list that includes Roon Speaker and MQA, while also supporting AirPlay, Tidal (also via AirPlay), and HQPlayer.
  6. I don't have an Apple product to try and sync, but the files downloaded don't have DRM on them. I just double checked. And by personal collection, in my case I meant on my NAS available whenever I want to hear them. Your mileage may vary, of course. Really digging these alternative tracks though. And the price was right.
  7. For any Nine Inch Nails / Trent Reznor freaks, Trent made some unique content available through the Connect feature on Apple Music. The Fragile instrumental album / alternate versions (some new tracks as well). With Teeth instrumental album. Few other things like a live video clip/images. Update to the latest iTunes. Search for Nine Inch Nails and click on the artist. Click on the "Connect" tab, scroll down a bit and you'll see posts for "The Fragile (instrumental)" and "With Teeth (instrumental)". You can also add these albums/tracks to "Your Music" and download them
  8. I have an original Rendu with the signature upgrade and it's an amazing sounding piece of gear. Much better than using my Mac Mini as a transport via USB, and much better than my laptop via USB. Haven't used the i2s yet, only SPDIF. Current DAC is the NAD M51. One of the most improved areas in my system was in the higher frequency region. Vocals are more natural, drums and transient peaks are tighter and have less sibilance. Very clean and amazing separation. Support via email from Jesus is also top notch. Device is very simple and just works. Highly recommended!
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