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  1. It wasn’t too long ago that Rob posted that he hasn’t even started work on that. I believe his focus is on the DAVINA A/D and the DX amps. DAVE just got a huge upgrade with the M-Scaler. A new version of DAVE isn’t really needed now. As far as the Qutest, my dealer (who was a close friend long before he became a dealer) was blown away by Hugo M-Scaler (HMS) plus Qutest. I have an HMS on order and hope I’ll see it next month, It will drive a Hugo 2 initially, which is on order as well.
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    Roon Error Loop with macOS Mojave

    All good now.
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    Roon Error Loop with macOS Mojave

    I ran into this loop with another product (RealVNC). My guess is that this is Apple’s bug to fix...and Roon and others are simply waiting for Apple to do that. i used to work at Microsoft on the Mac Office team. We would occasionally be in similar situations where customers would complain about something not working on a new OS. The fix was not ours to make so it put us in a bad spot.
  4. Thanks for pointing that out. I did have a failure of the Jaybird X2. I had purchased the X2 from Best Buy along with their extended warranty. Best Buy allowed me to apply the purchase price for the X2 to the X3. Best Buy price-matched Amazon's price so I actually got the X3 plus money back for trading in my failed X2. I highly recommend buying these from Best Buy and spending the $30 on the 2-Year Geek Squad Product Replacement plan. I should point out that I've had my X3s for over a year and have had no issues with reliability. A review of the X4: https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/10/02/review-jaybirds-x4-sport-headphones-win-on-price-to-performance
  5. The JayBird X3 has been been working out really well for me. They get a lot of use as I wear them on my commute and during workouts. Battery life is great and the sound quality is really good. I prefer using the Comply tips with mine. The X3 was just replaced by the X4, which is said to be both sweatproof and waterproof.
  6. A few months back, I reported positive resulls from swapping an LPS-1.2 for the LPS-1 powering my ISO REGEN. Last week I received a second LPS-1.2. This got swapped for the LPS-1 powering my microRendu. This was another good really move. I’ll be hanging onto my LPS-1 in hopes it can power Uptone’s hopefully-soon-to-be released network switch.
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    Yes The Yes Album HDTracks

    I prefer the MoFi of "The Yes Album" over the SW remix - by a large margin. The SW remixes of Yes albums are interesting for the perspective they bring, but I do not who considers them 'uniformly spectacular'. SW's recording chain seems to harden the sound IMHO. The best of the bunch is Fragile, but as my system has improved, the others have become less enjoyable. I have early UK vinyl pressings of Tales and Relayer. These trounce the SW remixes. The MoFi of "The Yes Album", on the other hand, trounces my early UK vinyl pressing.
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    Chords New M -Scaler

    I wish. A good friend has one. He’s been a bad influence. ? I appreciate you making those files available. I wish I could play them. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a Mojo for portable use. Maybe I should use this as a justification. ?
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    Chords New M -Scaler

    I did not as I assumed these were upsampled beyond the max sample rate of my Hugo TT, which is like 384 kHz. If that’s not the case, I will try them. (and yes, I will have to first upgrade my DAC before getting an M-Scaler)
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    Chords New M -Scaler

    For all my fiddling with software filters in both A+ and HQP, I never heard anything close to the step change I heard from Blu2/M-Scaler in front of DAVE. I think we’re comparing apples to oranges as Rob has designed his DACs such that M-Scaler can improve upon all the existing strengths of his DACs. I know there are DACs that responsd really well to HQP but I’ve not heard one myself. I love what I’ve heard from the DAVE. I’m fully on board with where Rob Watts is going because to my ears he’s doing something very special. I know that many feel the same about what HQP brings to the game. It’s great that we have choices!
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    Chords New M -Scaler

    Hopefully there will be some relevant posts once the Hugo M-Scalers begin shipping. I will be buying one at some point.
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    Blu-ray Audio - Curious

    I use DVD Audio Extractor for step 2. I already had this licensed so that I could rip audio from DVD-Video and DVD-Audio disc. Your VLC recommendation is a good one. It can be a challenge to figure out which chapter to select.
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    Blu-ray Audio - Curious

    I largely agree. I'd add that it's well worth having the ability to rip Blu-rays if you purchase concert videos. David Gilmour's "Live at Pompeii" is an awesome concert video. As a bonus I also have a 2-channel 24/96 rip. Outstanding version of "Comfortably Numb". (Why I don't fully agree with the above is because I've soured on the SW rips. I have all the Yes remixes and was initially impressed with them. But as my system improved, it became evident that his recording chain strips some naturalness out of the music. Even so, I'm happy to have these rips as they do offer additional insight into the performances.)
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    Sonore ultraRendu

    This is what I doing via Roon into my Hugo TT. I did so to avoid the occasional dropouts that would occur when playing DSD. I couldn’t spot any obvious degradation. DSD source material sounds fabulous.
  15. I recommend that you audition a Chord Mojo. Huge bang for the buck with this DAC. I suspect it will provide you great insight into how good your Benchmark really is.