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  1. As the topic starter, can I ask what the purpose of this topic is? I would like to get a clear understanding of your intentions (when it is to generate business for your company, I guess a topic over at the sponsored section whould be more appropriate). In my view the open topics [non-commercial] are here to learn and help each other, as a community.
  2. This topic is quite useless and runs in circles, as a suggestion: - move the topic to the Sponsored section - rename the title, ie ‘When using a OpticalRendu, does a quality server matter?’ - just wait till OpticalRendu’s are actual available, so a comparison can be made 👍
  3. With no relevant knowledge on this subject, I did remember a viewpoint in the SOtM switch review: “There is no single product which removes noise completely, even though the product are good at reducing noise so it improves sound quality, it doesn’t mean that the products remove noise completely”. I guess only listening in practice will give the answer (in both cases).
  4. 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 😋
  5. 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 😀
  6. 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 👍
  7. 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.
  8. “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 ?)
  9. FredM

    Antipodes CX

    Here you go: https://www.hifi-advice.com/blog/review/digital-reviews/network-player-reviews/antipodes-cx-ex-part1/
  10. 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!
  11. ?? 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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) ?
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