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  1. FredM

    Archimago and the TLS DS-1

    Great topic, interesting to see how some try to convince others to apply their personal (decision making) norms, technical beliefs, listening preferences.. (sometimes without having heard a product). Why try to persistently convince others, quite useless. Most adults are perfectly able to know which car they fancy, have a favourite beer or wine, set a budget, develop a friendship, decide which job they like, etc..Imho it’s personal and ‘not everything that can be counted, counts; not everything that counts can be counted’. Some amusement to relax a bit 😋
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    TLS THE ONE Server

    Sorry, can’t say. From the first contact I told Adrian that our conversation would remain private, I want to keep my word. All I can tell you is that I changed my order, it’s up to TLS/Adrian to make announcements. Sorry for the unintented tease 😀
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    TLS THE ONE Server

    Funny that you ask, long story short: my order encountered a delay, in contact Adrian kindly offered to change the order, TLS has some keen developments ahead 👍
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    Article: Audiophile 5: Roon 1.6 in 5 Minutes

    Great news: bye Tidal, Hi Qobuz Studio 👍
  5. Based on Rajivs findings it is significantly better, please see article above. With the other NUC (add approx $400), the DS-1 is still better, but with a smaller margin (please see article above). The consideration made for DIY is imho a big compliment, but mainly seems to trigger apples vs peers comparisons and discussions. A turnkey product is not designed for DIY’ers and vise versa. Both group have different needs etc. Ps What I actually especially regret, is that this small and very promising hifi company is now mainly commented on from a DIY perspective. I even can’t think of a couple of other commercial products / turnkey endpoints, which include AL OS, an internal OCXO and other hardware specs. It would be more logical and fair to make a direct comparison with other turnkey solutions (SOtM sMS-200 Ultra Neo, Sonore UltraRendu, etc etc). The respected SOtM sMS-200 Ultra has about the same price level (with input for internal clock). I quite welcome new innovative companies such as TLS on the market, imho they have a refreshing approach and raise the bar.
  6. “Great as that NUC sounded, the DS-1 sounds significantly better. The improvements are exactly what I have heard with clock improvements before. Clearly the OCXO is the reason for the bulk of this improvement” Thanks Rajiv for your write up, based on anequal comparison (with the NUC7CJYH) the results are promising to say the least. Great to see these recent developments pushing the envelope, too bad a direct comparison with the SOtM Ultra Neo couldn’t be done, this would be a great test with both turnkey products at a similar price level. Also a nice compliment to suggest to ‘DIY’ers’ to consider the DS-1 (which understandingly triggers some reactions ?)
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    Antipodes CX

    Here you go: https://www.hifi-advice.com/blog/review/digital-reviews/network-player-reviews/antipodes-cx-ex-part1/
  8. For a non-DIY article, you can consider the DS-1 as a subject: - it has its roots in AL, - it is easy accessible for less-technical-equipped readers - the AL DIY spinoff/route can be mentioned And for most, I would love to see Rajiv to write an article about it. I enjoyed reading his previous articles a lot!
  9. ?? Thanks for your swift audition, great to hear the result! In a non 'clock additions' situation, upgrading other parts of the chain could well be more beneficial (with a budget of appr. €6000-8000, depending on accessoires). Great insight!
  10. Yes I understand that. I’m wondering if you also have tested or thoughts on: A) Default SE, including your ‘clock additions’ (tX, REF10, SR10). This would be situation 2 in the table vs B) SE with AL only (so without the clock additions in the chain) It would be very interesting to get an impression how Software improvements (B) would stand up against a very well Clock implementation (A). The well established contribution of adding Clock additions could have a serious competitor/alternative (for users without an added clock and without AL), especially given the huge price difference between A and B. It would also create some meaningful insights on the relative contribution of AL. Sorry if my question wasn’t clear, I hope with this explanation the question is better to understand.
  11. Great write up again, thanks for sharing your findings. With the SE as a baseline, do you know how improved software (AL) would compare with an improve clock (Ref10 with additions), in other words: 7 vs 2+(tX+Ref10+SR4) ?
  12. There are already 2 keen streaming projects on the shelve: researched, developed, tuned, build and available for individuals or groups to support / buy ? As an alternative -if you’re keen to add a personal touch/experiment- I guess one can always ask if specific adjustments are possible.
  13. Hi Larry, Thank you, yes I understand that that there is more then a keen power setup. I should have used more words in my reaction, like: “..seem to be the catch in the confusion”. I was trying to say that it could appear that a normal NUC with RAM OS only would outperform ie a mR or SE. Therefore I wanted to break this down into a couple of power setup variable to create a common reference, regarding the power setup. I’m fully with you that RAM OS combined with a good power supply is not all it takes. The list with additional improvement area’s goes on and on. I’m certainly not an expert but from what I’ve been reading everything matters, using OCXO clocks, position/distance clocks, internal wiring, fuse, etc..(Which all goes above my hat) To create some kind of common idea/reference, it would be nice to get a rough impression on how a NUC with only a RAM OS (ie loaded from an external USB stick) and a good power supply (ie 1.2, SBooster,.) would perform in comparison to a known other product. I’m presume these two improvements are doable for most ‘novice’ users. Tweaking ie the bios setting will fit nicely in the ‘expert’ department.. ?
  14. The ‘decent’ power supply seems to be the catch.. it seems 3 variables are discussed at the same time: - At what level does a standard NUC with RAM OS perform, using a standard power supply? - what is the increase when using a better power supply (ie SBooster, 1.2, ..) - what is the increase when using an extreme power supply?
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