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  1. Hi to all, I'm Andre with Volumio. I wanted to take the time to introduce myself and the PRIMO. As most of you know, Volumio is the leading media player software used by most audiophiles. Recently, the PRIMO , network music player and streamer , has been released. I am here to answer any questions and start a conversation about what you think of it and eventually even see if any of you would be interested in taking a closer look and share your opinions with the rest of the community. In a nutshell, the PRIMO is: not RPI based its actually Tinkerboard based with the software embedded, so no more SD cards and legendary connectivity issues of the RPI. no more DIY its a finished product in a proper box that takes its place amongst your system plug & play unbox, connect, power on, set up in less than 1 min and play. Volumio is well known for its intuitive user interface and experience. 3 in 1 outputs analog/digital/USB and plenty other features that you can check out here https://volumio.org/primo/ have a look and let me know if you have any questions or comments about it, I'm here to assit with this or any other Volumio related question. Regards Andre
  2. Welcome to my first Analog Wednesday! "Stuck in the Middle With You" With apologies to "Stealers Wheel." DAC's to the left of me, Speakers to the right, here I am, Stuck in the middle with you I do not want to leave out the parts of the system that make the sound! In a file-based or digital music system something has to make the air move, and that is the speakers. (OR Headphones). Working upstream from the speakers we need amplification to power the speakers. In a system of separate components, there are usually two devices. The Pre-amplifier takes signals from a DAC or a CD player or in a particular case a Turntable. Many times the preamplifier has an input selection switch system to pick the source input. Most preamplifiers have the volume control for the system. The inputs and outputs of the preamplifier are at what we call line level. Line level cannot drive speakers! So the pre-amp is an input switcher and volume control! The next device in line is the power amplifier. This is where line-level or low voltage signals are transformed to drive speakers. Where this gets interesting is in devices like the Mytek Brooklyn DAC that is a DAC, Phono-stage, digital or analog volume control, input switch, and pre-amp. WHEW, a stereo swiss army knife! Another device that is "all-in-one" is the Naim Unity Atom that does even more by including a power amplifier. And do not forget the Chord Mojo and others that are a DAC with integrated headphone amplifier built-in. There are also systems like the KII Three or the KEF LS50W that have it all neatly tucked into the speakers! These are not your 1970 JBL's! I will discuss the analog portions of the system over time and will try for Wednesdays! Bob
  3. I am at the point where DAC and Server are the most important things to upgrade up to the same level of my Preamp, amp and speakers, i have just tried the Bricasti M5 which worked as a streamer from my MacMini, although the sound improved it was just a notch, at the same time the M5 arrived also a pair of Tellurium Ultra Black XLR's which made the bigger improvement over the M5, go figure, so i returned the M5 cause i don't think 2,000 usd were worth the little extra improvement, the same thing happened when i put a Microrendu more than one year ago, with lesser speakers i never found an improvement over my Mac mini. So now by these findings i am guessing a better DAC would do the upgrade iam looking for and from there perhaps a server/streamer like the Zenith MKII or viceversa My actual server streamer is a Mac mini Server will be a Zenith MKII My actual DAC is the OPPO 205 I am interested on these DACS: Yggy VEGA G2 PS Junior DENAFRIPS Terminator So far price/performance wise, YGGY is the Schiit, but would going an extra 2,000 usd (aprox) over Yggy would worth to find a sound wise improvement with the other DACs mentioned here?
  4. Well, mainly insights concerning DACs I will take from interviews of Ken Ishiwata. Plus, his Japanese colleague, Ryuichi Sawada—because he too speaks authoritatively with reporters. Okay, I've already delayed starting this Thread, which may help readers, for nearly a week since coming across Ken's Polish Q&A and it's English email exchange. Let's just begin : « As you are well aware, DA converters (IC Chips) have changed so much from the time of introduction… Today, you can have very high specification DAC to fulfill all High Resolution Audio formats!! However, do they sound good??? That’s the pertinent question… Personally, I love old non-CMOS DAC like old Philips types (BiMOS) but unfortunately you won’t get those anymore and they are not compatible with new High Resolution Formats… If we can keep everything in Analog, then of course we would stick with Analog but, as you know, that’s not possible… DSD is indeed very popular but not many people know why… In my opinion, it’s related to your first question about DAC IC! Every DAC commercially available nowadays are using delta-sigma conversion for PCM… In other words, you are not getting same DA conversions we used to have with PCM!! Therefore, if you feed DSD signal to such DAC, then you bypass the delta-sigma stage!! Of course it sounds better!!! As you were remarking, Less is More applies here!!! » Yeah, I've left out the questions because I find them overlong, fatiguing. English isn't our first language So you can picture the man, here's a photo of Ken during a presentation (which I had once projected the CS4397 flowchart...) : More relevant quotes for your consideration another time
  5. Hey there, I'm looking to move away from PC/Mac as music source. Tidal streaming is a must, thankfully both solutions offer that. My crosshairs have been on the MSB Analog (with Quad USB and Power Base upgrades) paired with an Aurender X100. I've just stumbled upon the Lumin S1 and it gets glowing reviews all over the internet. Especially from users. It's also much cheaper than the MSB/Aurender combination (plus cables etc). Anyone have any experience/wisdom they can share? I prefer musicality over ultimate resolution. Currently use the Moon 430 headphone amp (with Abyss cans), and will add a tube amp at some point. VIVA Egoista, Eddie Current Studio or Woo 234 if I'm feeling particularly mental. Thanks!
  6. For anyone who wishes to reassess the whole, or parts, of Martin Colloms' substantial Stereophile '92 write-up. So, to begin, extracted from the beginning of Page 2 : Nowadays, how do you think « the audio industry » is currently measuring up to Colloms' :
  7. For the very keen (or perhaps breaking it into several background listenings), here's a 108-minute recording by T.H.E. Show :
  8. Good Morning All. I am after a multiple analog input sound card for use with either Windows or Mac. External device would be best, but if the only option is internal, then internal it is. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  9. Although I study widely, my living in New Zealand, ironically, isolates what Hi-Fi products I can buy from local dealers. And from studying Marantz, I'm reminded today (while referring to the video below in trying to answer another Thread) of their Mr « Quality Control » Ryuichi Sawada recommending anti-vibration WellFloat : :[video=youtube;C9st-sqxgz4] And I find that 6moons has « syndicated Polish article » of C.E.C. ASB3545WF rebadge : Thus, in Singapore for example, I see Musiclink AV is selling original G-Clef...Well, search for yourself if you're interested
  10. Likened to Shakespeare, usually, performed subpar—that is ! Simply, people consume Spotify... And YouTube, but not always : Point being, can one really judge DSD just because the music system is « playing » a DSD file ? Even with—for starters—obvious or not, « transcoding » to PCM and... So, who's aware (when watching film at, at best, 1080p) like Theseus :
  11. Hi, I'm selling a Resonessence Labs Invicta V2 (with the ES9018 chip on the headphone card and additional frequency rate LEDs on the front) purchased new in July 2013 directly from resonessencelabs.com, in superb condition. It's a terrific DAC / source / amp combo. Here's Resonessence's own description on their web page : "Exceptional Value Engineered with more conveniences than a standard DAC Adaptable for home use or in the recording studio. Designed by the chassis designers at IMWorks, and Resonessence engineers intimately familiar with the exceptional ESS Sabre DAC. Designed, produced, and manufactured in Canada. Provides endless hours of high-fidelity audio playback. Minimal amounts of noise and distortion and accurate frequency response Flexible I/O SD card reader for seamless high-resolution sound enjoyment without a computer. No computer, no noise added into the loop. RCA + XLR analog outputs. High-speed USB, Toslink, BNC, AE5. Supports all major audio inputs and outputs Two headphone amplifiers that deliver pristine sound quality." It's in excellent condition bar a few specs of dust that found their way between the OLED screen and the protective cover. There are a few bumps on the Apple remote that is sold with it. It no longer is covered by the warranty. You'll still receive the original invoice, and a letter certifying the transfer of property in English or French. The internal power supply can easily be switched to your country's voltage. I can ship to anywhere in the world, but will give strong priority to European buyers. If I have to send it outside of Europe, you may, depending on certain conditions, have to pay customs taxes. It will be shipped from Paris. Price is 2400 euros. Price includes Paypal but not shipping fees. I am new to these forums but I've participated to head-fi regularly for several years under the same pseudo. If you have any question, don't hesitate to ask me - I'll answer as rapidly as I can !
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