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  1. I must say I find this download very impressive. This really sounds as if being there. The label has a very good track record. Their previous releases has all been 96 pcm, and very very good indeed but this DXD takes it all up a notch. If this is exemplary for DXD recordings then that is what I will be searching for. DXD recommendations please! Sound Liaison; Carmen Gomes sings the Blues.
  2. Hello Folks Today six years ago the very first public version of the AudiophileOptimizer went online, so happy happy birthday AO! 🎂 And here we are, six years and thirtheen versions later going for it one more time! 😎 But this is only the thirteenth official version, in fact between AudiophileOptimizer 2.20 and 3.00 more than 450 internal versions have been compiled while working on it for almost 10 months.The beta phase was around 4 months long letting the feedback from almost 100 testers further shape and finetune the final version of the AudiophileOptimizer 3.00. So as you can imagine this has been a lot of work and this post will highlight many details about it. We've put a lot of links to other posting where you can read much more detailed information about those specific topics. AO 3.00 is faster than any previous version. It is actually a LOT faster. On systems with slow drives, lets say CF cards for example, it could be a pain launching up AO, it took very long time to start. This is a story of the past now... All this blazing fast speed is due to the new engine we have been working for months... This does not only make things much faster for the end-user, it also makes coding and testing AO much faster. Compiling all components (AO, ST, AS, Uninstaller & Setup) took around 17 minutes before the new engine. With the new way of things compiling all modules takes roughly 3-4 Minutes. Imagine you have to do this process a 100 times in a short frame of time... The new engine will also help greatly in the future to adapt AO to new operating systems. As you know in the past a new OS versions always ment months of work to have all working again for the new OS and maintaning functionality for the old ones. With the new engine a new OS will be adapted much faster. Another advantage is that what has been achieved for one OS can now be easily and almost all the time be achieved for all the other OS'es as well. Example, AO 2.20 could enable Device Manger, but only on Server 2016 and not for 2012 R2. AO 3.00 uses the new engine and the result is that we now have the device manager enabled through setup.exe on all three supported server OS's, meaning 2012 R2, 2016 and 2019. Microsoft makes each Server Core version tighter and smaller. This is for various reasons, they want to lessen the codebase which means less surface for attacks. It also means less downtime of server since they need less updates to be patched and so on. This process of making the OS even smaller and lighter has a price, and the price is functionality. So with each iteration of Windows Server in Core it got trickier to have your media player and especially the Audio stack working again. Bringing back the WASAPI Architecture to Windows Server 2016 was an adventure that took place over three years, so it wasn't exactly easy to accomplish that. With Windows Server 2019 the method of Server 2016 did no longer work and again a lot of time and effort had to be spent to make WASAPI in Core mode available again. Windows 10 keeps changing every six months, for the good and the bad. Nevertheles the AudiophileOptimizer 3.00 is fully tested on Windows 1903 (Build 18362) which came out barely two weeks ago. So no matter what OS you are running, the upgrade to AO 3.00 is the right choice for sure! So let's have a closer look at the change log. Version 3.00, Major Upgrade ============================================================================ AudiophileOptimizer 3.00 - Massively improved sound quality for all supported operating systems - Many drivers will no longer need F8 and disable driver signature enforcement during boot (Amanero, Pink Faun, FiraDisk & many others...) - Parameter "-filter" lets you directly select Sound Signatures/Digital-Filters - Extremeley improved load times and running much faster (new engine) - Roon Support extended for HQPlayer & Spotify support - Support for JPLAY FEMTO - Enables WDM Drivers in Windows Server 2016/2019 Core Mode - Enables Kernel-Streaming in Windows Server 2016/2019 Core Mode - Enables WASAPI in Windows Server 2016/2019 Core Mode - Enables RoonServer & RoonBridge in Windows Server 2016/2019 Core Mode - AO disables automatic maintenance (Win10/Server 2016/Server 2019) - Update of "Prepare Essentials Edition" feature for Windows Server 2019 - Ability to remove Windows Defender (Windows Server 2016/Windows Server 2019) - Updated MediaPlayer support for Windows Server 2016/2019 Core Mode - Added support for Windows 10 Build 18362 (Windows 1903) - Added support for Windows 10 Build 17763 (Windows 1809) - Added support for Windows Server 2019 RTM (Standard, Datacenter & Essentials) - Added support for Windows Server 2019 Evaluation (Standard, Datacenter & Essentials) - Removed Support for Windows Server 2012 (Standard, Datacenter & Essentials) - Now also removes pagefiles other then C:\ drive - Enables TIDAL Windows Player in Core Mode - Minor changes, fixes and updates ServiceTool 3.00 - Install HD Audio Drivers feature (does your driver need yo to press F8 during each boot to disable driver signature enforcement? no more!) - Custom shell as shell replacement (out of our 35+ variantions of shell replacement you can't find one that fits your needs? no more!) - Added command prompt as shell replacement - Focusrite RedNet Control 2 shell replacement - Added support for Windows 10 Build 18362 (Windows 1903) - Added support for Windows 10 Build 17763 (Windows 1809) - Added support for Windows Server 2019 RTM & Evaluation (Standard, Datacenter & Essentials) - Removed support for Windows Server 2012 (Standard, Datacenter & Essentials) - Added shell replacement for JRiver Media Center 25 (x86 & x64) - Minor changes, fixes and updates AudiophileShell 3.00 - Initial version of AudiophileShell - Launch AudiophileOptimizer - Launch ServiceTool - Launch powershell - Launch command prompt - Launch SCONFIG - Launch device manager - Launch sound control panel (WASAPI only) - Launch file explorer (FoD only) - Launch disk management (FoD only) AudiophileUninstaller 3.00 - Initial version of AudiophileUninstaller - Remove all files, folders, tools, shortcuts, etc. - Reverse all changes and optimizations Setup 3.00 - Big update of the Setup Guide - New OS installation guides (Windows 10, Server 2012 R2, 2016 & 2019) - Fix for shortcuts not always created properly - Registry backup no longer overwritten through update process - Minor fixes for the device manager - High-DPI Mode for high-resolution displays (4K etc.) - Enables Device Manager in Windows Server 2012 R2/2016/2019 Core Mode (en-US only) - Added support for Windows 10 Build 18362 (Windows 1903) - Added support for Windows 10 Build 17763 (Windows 1809) - Added support for Windows Server 2019 RTM & Evaluation (Standard, Datacenter & Essentials) - Removed support for Windows Server 2012 (Standard, Datacenter & Essentials) - Adds link to Control Panel on desktop - Minor changes, fixes and updates Current AO users can get their update by visiting our download page found here -> https://www.highend-audiopc.com/download To uprade to AudiophileOptimizer 3.00, simply run the new version of setup.exe over your current installation. Setup.exe can be run in core, minimal-server and GUI mode. You don’t have to do a reset via ServiceTool before you run setup.exe. Once setup.exe updates your current version of AudiophileOptimizer, it will automatically launch the latest ServiceTool to make a full reset in the end. If you upgrade AO 2.20 (or older) to AO 3.00, setup will launch ServiceTool 3.00 at the end of the installation process to make that full reset. Since your old Activation-Key will no longer work for the new version, ServiceTool will need a new Activation-Key. Do not close ServiceTool, go to the self-service Activation-Portal and generate a new AO 3.00 compatible Activation-Key and activate ServiceTool with the Activation-Key; this will also activate AO and all other components. Please feel free to ask anyhting you'd like to know. We really hope you enjoy the latest iteration of the AudiophileOptimizer and we also hope to be around for another 6 years! Very best, AudioPhil
  3. My Allo Volt +D recently arrived, I tested it and I was surprised with the quality, well detailed and transparent, not harsh, I'm very satisfied, but I noticed that the sound is a bit ''cold'' and tiring, lack of warmth, a bit bright too, more than that I expected, I've read that in all reviews that the sound is neutral, what can be the weakness of my setup? I don't believe it is a defect in something, My Setup: Speakers: Pioneer SB22-LR (neutral to warm sound signature) Connected to the amp by thick, shielded, decent quality cables. DAC: Toppingo E30 (neutral to warm sound signature) Powered with a phone charger and connected to the PC with an Audioquest Forest USB cable) Connected to the amp with shielded and good quality RCA cable, everything updated, including the driver. AMP: Allo Volt+D - powered with ''Allo'' 19v brick power supply)
  4. Time Left: 10 days and 14 hours

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    Up for sale PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant P10 *** THE NEWEST VERSION *** Power Plant provides a cleaner and more stable power to your system by remaking the 120 volt AC so it is free from noise and remains stable. REGENERATOR is a way better choice for a Hi-End system than any power conditioner. Regenerator is the best you can do for any Hi-End system. Regenerator is recommended to enhance sound quality of any kind of system. Regenerator is the only way if you have an old wiring in a house or you live in an apartment, and you can't afford a power line dedicated to your stereo set. Only with a Regenerator you can eliminate voltage surges and dips along with power line ripple. All functions are available from the touch screen or from the web interface! That means that you can control it through your phone or PC. Major functions are also available from the included stock PS Audio remote. Condition is used, but mint. The unit is about 4 years old. During that time it hasn't been used a lot. It has not been used in the past year as I have set up a dedicated purified power line, and my power is clean enough. So I thought to pass it along to the audiophile community. Please see the pictures attached as they are a part of the description. Comes with remote, power cable, all original packing materials (foams and double box). Cost $5500 new Asking $3300 Buyer pays shipping cost and PayPal fee, unless Friends&Family PayPal or Zelle. Description from the manufacturer: The PerfectWave P10 is the gold standard for safety, reliability, and high-performance AC power regeneration. P10s are tireless performers: 24/7, 365 days a year—reliably and faithfully powering thousands of high-end audio and video systems around the world. The P10 regenerates new, pure, safe, and unrestricted AC power. The PerfectWave P10 is the largest and most advanced high-end personal power generating station in the world. Capable of powering any size system with pure sine wave power, generated internally with a fully analog power amplifier, the P10 brings forth all that’s possible from your system and ensures you get the same great performance every time you listen. The P10 is our biggest and best Power Plant yet. With 5 separate regenerated zones and 1500 watts of pure regenerated power, the P10 can handle any size system you want to power. From medium to large power amplifiers to the smallest pieces of source equipment, the P10 will work magic on your system’s performance. Only the very finest high-end system around the world uses the P10 Power Plant and this is the piece to strive for. With your system powered directly from the output of the P10, dynamics and openness are breathtaking. New voices, new harmonics, and a renewed sense of musicality are yours the moment the P10 starts up. This is one of the most important pieces of audio equipment you can own, building a firm and reliable foundation for your system that will serve you for years to come.

    3,300.00 USD

  5. View Classified PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant P10 ‐ Audiophile REGENERATOR Conditioner Up for sale PS Audio PerfectWave Power Plant P10 *** THE NEWEST VERSION *** Power Plant provides a cleaner and more stable power to your system by remaking the 120 volt AC so it is free from noise and remains stable. REGENERATOR is a way better choice for a Hi-End system than any power conditioner. Regenerator is the best you can do for any Hi-End system. Regenerator is recommended to enhance sound quality of any kind of system. Regenerator is the only way if you have an old wiring in a house or you live in an apartment, and you can't afford a power line dedicated to your stereo set. Only with a Regenerator you can eliminate voltage surges and dips along with power line ripple. All functions are available from the touch screen or from the web interface! That means that you can control it through your phone or PC. Major functions are also available from the included stock PS Audio remote. Condition is used, but mint. The unit is about 4 years old. During that time it hasn't been used a lot. It has not been used in the past year as I have set up a dedicated purified power line, and my power is clean enough. So I thought to pass it along to the audiophile community. Please see the pictures attached as they are a part of the description. Comes with remote, power cable, all original packing materials (foams and double box). Cost $5500 new Asking $3200 Buyer pays shipping cost. Description from the manufacturer: The PerfectWave P10 is the gold standard for safety, reliability, and high-performance AC power regeneration. P10s are tireless performers: 24/7, 365 days a year—reliably and faithfully powering thousands of high-end audio and video systems around the world. The P10 regenerates new, pure, safe, and unrestricted AC power. The PerfectWave P10 is the largest and most advanced high-end personal power generating station in the world. Capable of powering any size system with pure sine wave power, generated internally with a fully analog power amplifier, the P10 brings forth all that’s possible from your system and ensures you get the same great performance every time you listen. The P10 is our biggest and best Power Plant yet. With 5 separate regenerated zones and 1500 watts of pure regenerated power, the P10 can handle any size system you want to power. From medium to large power amplifiers to the smallest pieces of source equipment, the P10 will work magic on your system’s performance. Only the very finest high-end system around the world uses the P10 Power Plant and this is the piece to strive for. With your system powered directly from the output of the P10, dynamics and openness are breathtaking. New voices, new harmonics, and a renewed sense of musicality are yours the moment the P10 starts up. This is one of the most important pieces of audio equipment you can own, building a firm and reliable foundation for your system that will serve you for years to come. Seller Anton_s0s Date 08/28/21 Price 3,200.00 USD Category Power Supplies / Power Products  
  6. View Classified Pennsylvania - Dynaudio Contour S5.4 Available Now in Myerstown PA Excellent condition Dynaudio Contour S5.4 speakers in beautiful cherry finish. Rarely available for sale. DYNAUDIO CONTOUR S 5.4 Full Range Loudspeakers. ASTOUNDING SPEED AND DYNAMICS. ESOTAR2 TWEETERS deliver a shocking level of TRANSPARENCY COMBINED WITH EFFORTLESS HF EXTENSION. Clarity is insane yet sound is sweet, delicate. Focus series use the same Esotar 2 tweeter, but none of Focus speakers even close to Contour S5.4 Want to experience singer's lips moving? These can do it! Offered for sale is an amazingly good speaker at $10k when new. At $5000 for a gently used, very good condition pair. Using the same Esotar tweeter as the Confidence models, it gives similar performance for half the price (C-2's). They are functionally 100% perfect. All drivers are perfect. Smoke free home. Each speaker FACTORY DOUBLE BOXED. I don't see any flaws on the rosewood. They are in perfect condition cosmetically (no dings, no nicks, no issues). The bases have a couple of small nicks. SERIAL NUMBERS ARE SEQUENT! I have the boxes, foam port inserts and other packaging for safe transit. I also have all spikes. I'm happy to "demo" them in Myerstown PA. Willing to deliver in a 150 miles radius, local pickup otherwise. INFO FROM THE INTERNET They are the synergy of advanced Dynaudio driver technology and furniture grade cabinets built from the finest materials. They are precisely manufactured to the tightest tolerances. They are driven by a powerful neodymium magnet system, precisely formed aluminum voice coils and stiff Magnesium Silicate Polymer membrane cones. The front baffle is the foundation to deliver maximum dynamics and an ideal impulse response. The baffle begins with reinforced solid metal, which is fused to the wooden cabinet by a resonance-absorbing membrane. The metal baffle/driver mount also gives the speaker a very elegant and distinctive look. The high-resolution Esotar2 tweeter, with its coated fabric dome, allows every high frequency detail to unfold, uncovering even the finest hidden sound structures. Two powerful woofers and a dynamic midrange driver offers the S5.4 a perfect `balance of force and speed enabling impressive performance. When properly setup, these speakers will reward the owner with a massive, dense, and wonderfully detailed sound-stage; The dynamics, frequency response, and sense of natural transparency are world class. These replaced my previous Confidence C1's and I was blown away by how much more air they moved resulting in much better bass and dynamics. They still soundstage like crazy. The best part is they don't really take up much more floor space as a little two way on stands. Dynaudio speakers have a loyal following for a very good reason. They simply sound amazing and the S 5.4's are no exception! In the sub-$20,000 category, I personally think they outperform the likes of B&W, JM Labs, Magico, Aerial Acoustics, and many others. The value proposition is off the charts. For comparison - I've had several other highly regarded speakers over the years - Revel Ultima Salons, Revel F52s, Thiel CS6s, Aerial Acoustics LR5's and others. The S5.4's are my favorites from both a sound and looks point of view. SPECIFICATIONS Bandwidth: 30 Hz to 27 kHz. Sensitivity: 87 dB. Impedance: 4 Ohms. Woofers: Two 8" Magnesium Silicate Polymer with 3" pure aluminum voice coil. Midrange: 6" Magnesium Silicate Polymer with 1.5" pure aluminum voice coil. Tweeter: Dynaudio Esotar2 1.1" soft dome with pure aluminum voice coil. Dimensions: H x W x D : 57 1/10" x 8 2/5" x 14 2/5", 101.4 lbs each. DESCRIPTION: The cabinet of the Dynaudio Contour S 5.4 is a very tall, towering structure residing on a massive baseplate for enhanced stability. The internal damping and cross bracing ensures very efficient break-up of internal standing waves resulting in vibration-free operation, even at high levels. One of the key construction elements is the massive metal front baffle, integrated within the enclosure, allowing for greater rigidity, resulting in stable and resonance-free performance even under heavy strain, prolonged conditions. The Dynaudio Contour S 5.4 is configured as a 3-way system using 4 drivers capable of beautifully covering the entire audio spectrum with a rich and consistent response, no matter whether speaking about smooth and extended bass, crisp and most present mids and vocals or shimmering highs. The bass section is covered by an array formed by dual die cast chassis woofers with 200mm one-piece molded polypropylene cones sporting massive 75mm long-throw voice coils with pure aluminum wire wound over Kapton formers, capable of enduring the most harsh conditions and yet delivering pristine sound with transparent imaging. Bass performance easily dives into the 30HZ region without any strain or effort. The same technology was used for the midrange driver, but in a smaller scale: a differently-tuned 15mm driver ensures sparkling mids for a tight reproduction of the critical vocal range in music or in-movie dialogs. The Esotar2 HF driver is a 28mm soft dome, ferrofluid-cooled tweeter using a machined-aluminum front and rear chambered, heat-sinked, integrated baffle. It is designed with a pure aluminum voice coil as well, and effortlessly reaches 27kHz, well-suited for high-def soundtracks. Seller Anton_s0s Date 06/19/21 Price 5,000.00 USD Category Speakers  
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    Available Now in Myerstown PA Excellent condition Dynaudio Contour S5.4 speakers in beautiful cherry finish. Rarely available for sale. DYNAUDIO CONTOUR S 5.4 Full Range Loudspeakers. ASTOUNDING SPEED AND DYNAMICS. ESOTAR2 TWEETERS deliver a shocking level of TRANSPARENCY COMBINED WITH EFFORTLESS HF EXTENSION. Clarity is insane yet sound is sweet, delicate. Focus series use the same Esotar 2 tweeter, but none of Focus speakers even close to Contour S5.4 Want to experience singer's lips moving? These can do it! Offered for sale is an amazingly good speaker at $10k when new. At $5000 for a gently used, very good condition pair. Using the same Esotar tweeter as the Confidence models, it gives similar performance for half the price (C-2's). They are functionally 100% perfect. All drivers are perfect. Smoke free home. Each speaker FACTORY DOUBLE BOXED. I don't see any flaws on the rosewood. They are in perfect condition cosmetically (no dings, no nicks, no issues). The bases have a couple of small nicks. SERIAL NUMBERS ARE SEQUENT! I have the boxes, foam port inserts and other packaging for safe transit. I also have all spikes. I'm happy to "demo" them in Myerstown PA. Willing to deliver in a 150 miles radius, local pickup otherwise. INFO FROM THE INTERNET They are the synergy of advanced Dynaudio driver technology and furniture grade cabinets built from the finest materials. They are precisely manufactured to the tightest tolerances. They are driven by a powerful neodymium magnet system, precisely formed aluminum voice coils and stiff Magnesium Silicate Polymer membrane cones. The front baffle is the foundation to deliver maximum dynamics and an ideal impulse response. The baffle begins with reinforced solid metal, which is fused to the wooden cabinet by a resonance-absorbing membrane. The metal baffle/driver mount also gives the speaker a very elegant and distinctive look. The high-resolution Esotar2 tweeter, with its coated fabric dome, allows every high frequency detail to unfold, uncovering even the finest hidden sound structures. Two powerful woofers and a dynamic midrange driver offers the S5.4 a perfect `balance of force and speed enabling impressive performance. When properly setup, these speakers will reward the owner with a massive, dense, and wonderfully detailed sound-stage; The dynamics, frequency response, and sense of natural transparency are world class. These replaced my previous Confidence C1's and I was blown away by how much more air they moved resulting in much better bass and dynamics. They still soundstage like crazy. The best part is they don't really take up much more floor space as a little two way on stands. Dynaudio speakers have a loyal following for a very good reason. They simply sound amazing and the S 5.4's are no exception! In the sub-$20,000 category, I personally think they outperform the likes of B&W, JM Labs, Magico, Aerial Acoustics, and many others. The value proposition is off the charts. For comparison - I've had several other highly regarded speakers over the years - Revel Ultima Salons, Revel F52s, Thiel CS6s, Aerial Acoustics LR5's and others. The S5.4's are my favorites from both a sound and looks point of view. SPECIFICATIONS Bandwidth: 30 Hz to 27 kHz. Sensitivity: 87 dB. Impedance: 4 Ohms. Woofers: Two 8" Magnesium Silicate Polymer with 3" pure aluminum voice coil. Midrange: 6" Magnesium Silicate Polymer with 1.5" pure aluminum voice coil. Tweeter: Dynaudio Esotar2 1.1" soft dome with pure aluminum voice coil. Dimensions: H x W x D : 57 1/10" x 8 2/5" x 14 2/5", 101.4 lbs each. DESCRIPTION: The cabinet of the Dynaudio Contour S 5.4 is a very tall, towering structure residing on a massive baseplate for enhanced stability. The internal damping and cross bracing ensures very efficient break-up of internal standing waves resulting in vibration-free operation, even at high levels. One of the key construction elements is the massive metal front baffle, integrated within the enclosure, allowing for greater rigidity, resulting in stable and resonance-free performance even under heavy strain, prolonged conditions. The Dynaudio Contour S 5.4 is configured as a 3-way system using 4 drivers capable of beautifully covering the entire audio spectrum with a rich and consistent response, no matter whether speaking about smooth and extended bass, crisp and most present mids and vocals or shimmering highs. The bass section is covered by an array formed by dual die cast chassis woofers with 200mm one-piece molded polypropylene cones sporting massive 75mm long-throw voice coils with pure aluminum wire wound over Kapton formers, capable of enduring the most harsh conditions and yet delivering pristine sound with transparent imaging. Bass performance easily dives into the 30HZ region without any strain or effort. The same technology was used for the midrange driver, but in a smaller scale: a differently-tuned 15mm driver ensures sparkling mids for a tight reproduction of the critical vocal range in music or in-movie dialogs. The Esotar2 HF driver is a 28mm soft dome, ferrofluid-cooled tweeter using a machined-aluminum front and rear chambered, heat-sinked, integrated baffle. It is designed with a pure aluminum voice coil as well, and effortlessly reaches 27kHz, well-suited for high-def soundtracks.

    5,000.00 USD

  8. View Classified BAT VK-250SE Stereo Power Amplifier - Balanced Audio Technology BAT VK-250SE stereo amplfier Original packaging, great condition. Please see pictures attached as they are a part of the description. New was $7500. Asking $2900. Shipping and PayPal fees additionally. Also available for sale: Dynaudio Contour S 5.4, Audio Physic Libra Floorstanding speakers, BAT Balanced Audio Technology VK-52SE tube stereo preamp, Merrill Audio Veritas Mono-Blocks, Madrigal CZ Gel-1 XLR Interconnects. Will list shortly. Feel free to ask any questions. Beautiful black and silver BAT VK250SE power amp in near mint condition. The amp was purchased from an authorized BAT dealer in Connecticut. Very lightly used in a smoke and pet free home. Along with the BAT VK 52SE preamp (ALSO FOR SALE) it played beautiful transparent music. The revised power supply of the VK-250SE incorporates the same second-generation oil capacitors used in Balanced Audio Technology’s Reference REX preamplifier. These second generation oil capacitors increase the oil filtering capacity by an order of magnitude over the first generation oil capacitor bank. The result is a dramatic lowering of the power amplifier’s noise floor combined with a grainless yet textured and more refined portrayal of instrumental textures. NOTE !! OIL capacitors - no service would be ever needed !! DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS Only TWO gain stages Fully differential design – input to output Wide bandwidth: 2Hz to 240kHz High Slew Rate: 200V/uS Only N-Channel MOSFET devices used throughout Zero Global Feedback High-Current driver stage Isolated power supplies for driver and output stage SPECIFICATIONS: Output Power into 8 Ohms 150W per channel, 4 Ohms 300W per channel Frequency Response 2Hz to 240kHz Input Impedance 100kΩ Gain 26dB Dimensions 19” x 6.5” x 16” Remote Control 12V Trigger Input and Output Weight 75lb Power consumption: 225W At Idle 1400W At Full Power I had VK-200 and VK-250SE. The latter is much more refined in the upper frequencies, with better low level resolution, a deeper soundstage, and more powerful bass. 250SE top end was more refined; fleshier mids; bass control w/ better definition; more space, air, presence with a bigger, more open presentation. The VK-200 is grainier – especially up top with a flatter soundstage, less vivid midrange, more constricted overall. Seller Anton_s0s Date 05/15/21 Price 2,900.00 USD Category Amplifiers  
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    BAT VK-250SE stereo amplfier Original packaging, great condition. Please see pictures attached as they are a part of the description. New was $7500. Asking $2900. Shipping and PayPal fees additionally. Also available for sale: Dynaudio Contour S 5.4, Audio Physic Libra Floorstanding speakers, BAT Balanced Audio Technology VK-52SE tube stereo preamp, Merrill Audio Veritas Mono-Blocks, Madrigal CZ Gel-1 XLR Interconnects. Will list shortly. Feel free to ask any questions. Beautiful black and silver BAT VK250SE power amp in near mint condition. The amp was purchased from an authorized BAT dealer in Connecticut. Very lightly used in a smoke and pet free home. Along with the BAT VK 52SE preamp (ALSO FOR SALE) it played beautiful transparent music. The revised power supply of the VK-250SE incorporates the same second-generation oil capacitors used in Balanced Audio Technology’s Reference REX preamplifier. These second generation oil capacitors increase the oil filtering capacity by an order of magnitude over the first generation oil capacitor bank. The result is a dramatic lowering of the power amplifier’s noise floor combined with a grainless yet textured and more refined portrayal of instrumental textures. NOTE !! OIL capacitors - no service would be ever needed !! DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS Only TWO gain stages Fully differential design – input to output Wide bandwidth: 2Hz to 240kHz High Slew Rate: 200V/uS Only N-Channel MOSFET devices used throughout Zero Global Feedback High-Current driver stage Isolated power supplies for driver and output stage SPECIFICATIONS: Output Power into 8 Ohms 150W per channel, 4 Ohms 300W per channel Frequency Response 2Hz to 240kHz Input Impedance 100kΩ Gain 26dB Dimensions 19” x 6.5” x 16” Remote Control 12V Trigger Input and Output Weight 75lb Power consumption: 225W At Idle 1400W At Full Power I had VK-200 and VK-250SE. The latter is much more refined in the upper frequencies, with better low level resolution, a deeper soundstage, and more powerful bass. 250SE top end was more refined; fleshier mids; bass control w/ better definition; more space, air, presence with a bigger, more open presentation. The VK-200 is grainier – especially up top with a flatter soundstage, less vivid midrange, more constricted overall.

    2,900.00 USD

  10. A few years ago we introduced the "shell replacement" feature in our ServiceTool and since then we put a lot and continous effort into it. The ServiceTool in AO 3.00 now offers more than 35 different variations of the shell replacement, so why do we put so much effort and time into this little feature? And what after all is a shell replacement, and why should you use it in your setup? Let's start with a few explanations. A shell in the windows world is what you already know as your desktop environment or GUI (graphical user interface). It is your desktop, your start menu, all the basic functions you can see right after you log in to your windows machine. So basically this is the entire windows environment which gets loaded after the login. Of course there is a lot happening, many process and threads are started to present you the windows desktop and load all the features and functions of Windows. In the Windows Server world the shell can also have a different appearance, namely on Windows Server systems which are running in Server Core (core mode). On those setups you have no graphical user interface, all you will see after the logon is a command prompt window. It looks almost identical with the MS-DOS command prompt a few of you might still remember from days long gone. So a shell replacement is exactly what the name implies, we're going to replace the shell with something different. Let's say you mainly use Roon as your media player, wouldn't it be convenient having Roon launching automatically right after logon? Of course it would be convenient, but you could also simply put it in the Autostart folder right. So what's the difference? If you put in your Autostart Folder, Roon will just get loaded aside from the graphical user interface. It will be started together with the entire windows system and all its proccesses, threads and tasks in the background. But if you entirely replace the windows shell with Roon, only Roon and nothing else will be launched after logon. So the big advantage in this case is not the conveniece part of having it autimatically launched (you'll get that as free extra bonus ), the point of the shell replacment is to entirely bypass the entire windows desktop and just launch your media player of choice. This is not only very convenient, it'll reward you with a significant impovement in sound quality due to bypassing the entire windows desktop. Of course this works exactly the same way when you are on Windows Server in core mode, the difference in sound quality isn‘t just as big as it is on a system with a GUI. If you want to have even more convenience simply combine the shell replacement with the Autologon feature of ServiceTool. If you configure Autologon you will no longer have to press ctrl-alt-delete to enter your password, your machine will boot and logs iteslf in automatically. When you have additionally configured a shell replacement the media player of your choice will launch right after the automatic logon. So these two features basically transform your computer into a HiFi device. Simply press the power button and everything else will happen automatically, and you get a massive gain in sound quality! List of all available shell replacements in ServiceTool 3.00: JRiver Media Center 17 - 25 (both x86 and x64) Bug head emperor Total Commander Foobar2000 TIDAL Fidelizer Pro HQPlayer HQPlayer NAA Roon RoonServer RoonBridge Roon combined with HQPlayer RoonServer combined with HQPlayer AudiophileShell MinimServer MediaMonkey muso Kodi Alchemy Custom Shell Focusrite RedNet Control 2 Command Prompt Especially interesting is the new "Custom Shell" feature of ServiceToot. It allows you to create your own shell replacement which fits your needs 100%. See more details about this here -> https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/56327-how-to-customshell-as-shell-replacement/ Of course a shell replacement can also easily be reversed using the ServiceTool. Just launch it again, select the shell replacement feature and select "R" for "Restore default shell". No matter if you where in GUI or core before, ServiceTool will automatically restore the right default shell for you. Enjoy it, AudioPhil
  11. GET 25% OFF HOLLYWOOD Y SYCAMORE FROM CRISTIAN MACHADO ON CHESKY.COM WITH CODE CPUHOLLYWOOD Expires 10/9/2020 "Introspective, heartfelt, and a very natural progression" - Cryptic Rock "I Love this album...top to bottom awesome awesome work"- Rock Titan Live “The emotion and imagery demonstrated on this album proves without a doubt that acoustic albums can be just as heavy as anything else….” -Heavy New York Cristian Machado, the godfather of Latin metal, best known for his tenure as lead vocalist for ill niño, has released his debut solo album, Hollywood y Sycamore on Chesky Records. The album sees Machado abandon the screams and screeching guitars in favor of his eclectic Latin influences and transcendent bilingual songwriting. Hollywood y Sycamore includes completely new original songs (led by ethereal single "Die Alone"), new arrangements of some previous ill niño songs ("How Can I Live", "Numb"), and covers from Pink Floyd ("Welcome to the Machine"), Life of Agony ("Weeds"), and a spell-binding take on Post Malone's "Blame It On Me". Hollywood y Sycamore serves as the newest release for Chesky sub-label, Coconut Bay, which sees a departure from the single mic style live recording Chesky Records is known for and combines elements of live recording with the added impact layering provides, all captured in digital high resolution. Say Hello Again Die Alone Better You Know Blame It On Me Bring You Home Good Mother Weeds Pase Lo Que Pase How Can I Live Welcome to the Machine Corazon en un Cajon Numb
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    Selling a used, excellent condition, Marantz TT-15S1 Turntable w/ manual. Retails at $1,499. https://www.us.marantz.com/en-US/shop/referenceseries/tt15s1 Also included are an ARTcessories Audiophile Computer Interface v2 (w/ manual) (retails at $99), and a Spin Clean Record Washer (retails at $79). All in great condition, one owner. Must be picked up in San Rafael, CA. Sorry, no shipping.

    950.00 USD

  13. Need some advice on building an Audiophile/Home Theater desktop. At the moment using a Precision T7610> JRiver (mostly listen to SACD,DSD,DSF,FLAC)> Matrix Element H USB card > Analysis Plus Purple Plus USB Cable > Modwright Oppo udp205 DAC. Use video card HDMI for movies to Oppo. Im hoping to use the 4 hard drives I have now, if it doesnt effect quality, equating to about 16TB of music and some movies. 80% music/20% movies. Want a quieter, faster, and hopefully better sounding computer. Any advice would help.
  14. Ok so I'm considering ordering a Yamaha RS202 2 channel stereo reciever with Bluetooth. I have two 6 1/2 inch B.I.C. America venturi bookshelf speakers DV64. I have a somewhat small room. I feel like this will be a good way for me to just chill and listen to music with Bluetooth on my phone. I asked a question about the pa speakers in my room. Took the advice got rid of them. I just want clear decent sound. Theres the pic so u have a idea of the room.
  15. #1 HIGH-END AUDIOPHILE MUSIC (🔉) SERVER "Concept" BUILD. I present you with three concepts for an awesome music server /player/windows core environment. *Boot drive for either windows 10 Pro 64 bit or Windows Sever. *I have this concept build in mind mostly for a RoonLabs core player and storage. Hardware - Case: Silverstone Premium Aluminum CS01 SFX Mini-ITX chassis Motherboard + CPU - Gigabyte J4105N H RAM - G. SKILL RipJaws DDR4 F4-2400C16S-8GRS 8GB low voltage Storage - Boot drive - Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 SSD 250GB - https://www.samsung.com/us/computing/memory-storage/solid-state-drives/ssd-970-evo-plus-nvme-m-2-250gb-mz-v7s250b-am/ Storage drives - Storage drives - 2x Seagate IronWolf Pro 16TB - https://www.seagate.com/gb/en/internal-hard-drives/hdd/ironwolf/ or, 2x Samsung 860 QVO SATA 2.5" SSD 4TB USB card - Sotm TX - USBexp https://www.quietpc.com/sotm-tx-usbexp PSU - SilverStoneTechnology SST-NJ450-SXL (add Pachanko ATX cables) or go DC with Nikola https://fidelizer-audio.com/nikola-linear-power-supply/, build your own or, get Paul Hynes. External CD / DVD - Asus BW-16D1X-U Pro Software - #windows10pro or #windowsserver 2016 Audiophile Optimizer - https://www.highend-audiopc.com/ Fidelizer Pro - https://fidelizer-audio.com/ Music player - #roonlabs =recommended or #audirvana + your #highresolutionaudio #dbpoweramp ripped music. (24/32 bit - 192000khz - to max - wave, aiff, alac or flac - dsf, dsd256! ) DAC streamer - RECOMMENDED (I was actually inspired to built these concepts with this DAC streamer in mind) - Auralic VEGA G2 https://us.auralic.com/products/vega-g2 Cables Digital cables - Synergistic Research USB and ethernet (or, Pachanko Studio or, Shunyata Sigma or, Audioquest etc. ) - https://www.synergisticresearch.com/cables/galileo-sx/galileo-sx-digital/Galileo-sx-usb/Power conditioner - Plixir Power Elite - https://www.plixirpower.com/products/elite-bac-3000vAcousti AcoustiFeet Soft Anti-Vibration Feet ACF3007-20B Power conditioner - Panamax M5400-PM 11-Outlet Home Theater Power Conditioner Or something pro Furman? ... #musicserver #audiophile #highend #hifi #audio #sound #pc #hardware #pcbuilds #dacstreamer #concept #auralicvegag2 #gigabyte #gskill #silverstone #samsung #audiophileoptimizer #fidelizerpro
  16. Hi everyone! I am writing this post in order to present you a project I have been working on the last months: Archphile: Archphile - Yet Another Archlinux Based Distribution for Raspberry Pi Archphile, is a customized ArchlinuxARM distribution in order for the Raspberry Pi to be used as an audiophile mysic player along with the use of USB Dacs. The whole spirit of the project is to keep it simple. The main ingredients of Archphile are: - ArchlinuxARM - MPD - Ympd (a nice web interface for MPD) There are no automations and there will never be. Usb disks/sticks work out of the box and in order for the system to see your network shares you will have to edit /etc/fstab (you will find some examples there in order to customize and use). Some special notes: - Archphile since the beginning contains the latest FIQ FSM USB driver which solves the majority of problems with raspberry pi and USB Dacs. For more details please see: Troubleshooting pops and clicks with usb DACS - How to - Archphile However from next version step 1 will no longer be needed. - Archphile repository contains customized packages which are updated frequently. The major packages there are mpd-archphile (two packages - one with ffmpeg support) and ympd. - Some instructional articles in order to help beginners configure their system - You can download and see initial instructions here Screenshot: Conclusion: I am not a developer and Archphile is just a configuration I created for my needs and I just thought that uploading and sharing my image would also help users with the same needs that do not have the knowledge to configure a linux system. My intention is not to support many devices as I just want to support the devices I like and use in my everyday life. Udoo Quad is the next possible device to be supported by archphile. I really hope that you like and enjoy Archphile. Cheers, Michael
  17. I just received this from my friend Alex from the Netherlands and I can confirm that the code works. https://www.soundliaison.com/index.php/536-sound-liaison-dxd-music-sampler
  18. Computer Audiophile Users can get 25% off We'll Be Together Again, featuring Javon Jackson, Ron Carter, and Billy Drummond on HDtracks using code CPUTOGETHER. The shadows of the Sonny Rollins trio and Joe Henderson trio (both having recorded classic albums at the Village Vanguard) hover over this sparse, revealing trio outing with Jackson, Carter and Drummond. And like his sax playing elders, Jackson put his own stamp on a set of well chosen jazz standards while also showcasing a few originals. “Sonny being a big influence on me, obviously there would be some things in there that would be reminiscent, or have that spirit anyway,” says Jackson, who just hit the half century mark this June. And while playing without a chordal instrument was a challenge in some respects for the saxophonist, he explains that Carter’s presence more than made up for the absence of piano on this Chesky release. “Ron is kind of like a symphony behind you. He’s the bass player, but he’s the piano at times, he’s the drums and he’s out front with the melody. So he can be several things at once. With him there, there are so many colors that are available to me. So it’s not out of disrespect to the piano, it’s just that with Ron, we have a lot of opportunities. This trio setting just allows him to kind of roam a little bit and be more of a free safety, to use a football analogy.” Part of the Chesky Binaural + Series, all recorded with a single microphone, the band appears right before you with this spacious, lush and multi-dimensional recording. Now headphone users will hear the same three-dimensional sound and imaging as audiophiles have for the past 25 years with Chesky Recordings. Also, these new Binaural+ Series albums capture even more spatial realism for the home audiophile market, bringing you one step closer to the actual event. You will hear some of the most natural and pure Jazz music ever recorded.
  19. Indian Summer Sale at Sound Liaison and a generous Blue Coast offer Sound Liaison has started their sale with 33% off on all files and BlueCoast has a 50% off offer if one spends more than 40$. The 2 labels have a number of highly recommendable files.... https://www.soundliaison.com/ http://store.bluecoastmusic.com/
  20. "At iFi we believe that high-quality sound is a way of life. The nano iOne was created for both audiophiles and those who yearn for better sound quality from their existing home systems. The iOne is neither a one-trick pony nor is it a jack-of-all-trades. It is simply incredibly versatile and offers cutting-edge technology, with each separate function designed and implemented with as much care and dedication as they would receive in a single function device from iFi Audio." Bluetooth connectivity. In two words, that is what makes the iFi nano iOne different from any other external DAC in the marketplace. The postman dropped off a unit today for my review and recommendation. It is a very remarkable device and we here at "Computer Audiophile on the Cheap" are putting this to the test. At an MSRP of $199, it certainly fits into our price range. It can become part of your home audio system, and set-up is almost too easy. "The Burr-Brown True Native chipset is a MultiBit DAC which represents the ‘best of the best’ chipset design. This chipset handles PCM and DSD natively, so the music signal stays in its original format all the way through." There is a difference between the DAC chipset in the nano iOne, and the Schiit Modi 2, which is the standard reference in my system. I reviewed the iFi iDSD nano LE, which is a DAC/headphone amplifier. I felt that the amplification stage for headphones had an adverse effect on the line output through the RCA connectors. I liked the sound that it produced, but I found that too many pots spoiled the soup. There were issues when the signal was amplified in the DAC, and then the volume could also be adjusted by the receiver or pre-amp. Call me crazy but in a head to head competition, my lament was the iFi didn't sound as "musical" as the Schiit. I thought at that time, that it was a shame that the RCA line out was running through the amplifier stage. It affected the Sound Quality, and not in a good way. My contact at iFi offered to loan me the Black Label version of the nano LE, but in its current ideation, it is strictly a headphone DAC/Amplifier. Now I love headphones for my Smartphone, and when I want to really hear my music, even if nobody else likes it. I wanted to review the iOne mainly because it is a "pure DAC" with RCA output. There is no amplification stage, which suits me just fine. My man at iFi emphasized the "Bluetooth connectivity" as the selling point for the iOne. I was thinking, "Yeah, right" because my CAOTC system is computer-based, and with a Denon AVR-2805 to provide all the amplification I need to drive my Advents--the Bluetooth was a nice feature, but I hardly doubted if I would be doing much with it. Man, was I wrong? It was so simple to set-up. and the sound quality was remarkable. The files on my Moto G3 are all MP3 @ 192, hardly "Hi-Res Audio" but when the Moto was paired via Bluetooth, the SQ was still remarkable. I am using open-source VLC as my media player-- so playing FLAC Hi-Res files would not be a problem. My only consideration would be the file sizes--meaning I might need a 32 Gb SD Micro card for the phone instead of the little 16 Gb card, filled with MP3s. But streaming DSD files--which is basically the best source material in our current technology would be a breeze with iOne and the Bluetooth. (Sure I could stream through the computer, which is on my Internet connection-- but that is hardly a 'portable' option) How does the iOne stand up against the Schiit Modi 2? That is apples and oranges. My Schiit sells for $99 and is NOT Multibit. The Multibit version of Schiit Modi will cost you $249. The iFi nano iOne is a Multibit DAC which can play DSD natively. It sounds incredible. Does this mean that I can no longer use the Modi 2? Absolutely not. It will replace the Dragonfly by Audioquest (Version 1.2) on my second system in the bedroom. That will give me 24/192 resolution back there, instead of the 24/96 from the Dragonfly. But on the big rig-- my main listening system with the Denon and the $4,000 Nordost Valhalla speaker ribbon cables--the iFi nano iOne is the new Sheriff in town. I just finished listening to Thomas Dolby's "Aliens Ate My Buick"-- a very well engineered but not that popular recording that even Dolby himself said was a bit over the top. You know Dolby for his "She Blinded Me with Science" off his debut "The Golden Age of Wireless" album. I am playing that now, and it is crisp, clear, and accurate reproduction without any coloration. In the audiophile world, 'coloration' can be an attribute or a detriment. I prefer "pure" reproduction. I want to hear what the Engineer heard through their headphones when they were making the mix-down in the recording studio. I want to be able to listen at a moderate level and want for nothing more. I don't want any point in the signal path to be adding "warmth" or some other buzz word that describes what some say "makes digital sound like an album". If I wanted to replace my entire music library with 180 gram Virgin Vinyl LPs and all the accoutrement of that--then I would not be a "Computer Audiophile" and I would be hearing clicks and pops, not to mention having to get up from my sweet spot to flip the disc over every 15 minutes. No, Thank you! In my former life, as a photojournalist, I remember people asking me if Digital was "as good" as the film. From my practical considerations as a wire-service photojournalist, I had to admit the convenience of no wet processing made digital my preference. But those were the days of less than 5-megapixel files from my Nikon D2H. Once I moved up to a 16 Mp sensor on my Sony, I could honestly tell people that Digital was Better than film. Without question, the film was a nostalgic, albeit troublesome choice. Kodachrome had long since been discontinued, and if the reference was ISO 800 Fujicolor negative film--a 16 Mp file blew film off the map. In audiophile world, there is a traditionalist snobbery associated with spinning vinyl. And since the roof has been blown off the high-end turntables, cartridges, and record-cleaning machines--I have to put all my effort into digital as my source. If you want to defend analog (LP records) you need to find someone else to argue with. I am a Modern consumer, I have no use for Tubes or LP records. I will take an HDTracks 24/192 file and enjoy the Hell out of the listening experience for hours on end with no record flipping, no pops, and cracks, no scratches, period. Two albums into this testing session and iFi have convinced me that this is the Modern Solution to digital music reproduction. Now I am listening to a playlist of 24 bit 192 recordings. One word...Spectacular! The Brown-Burr chipset is awesome with Hi-Res Audio recordings from Linn, on their 40th Anniversary Collection sampler. There is NO noise floor, it is gone. What is coming out of these 40-year-old loudspeakers is a sound that Henry Koss could have never imagined when he designed these speakers. The iFi Nano iOne is an obvious "Must Buy" when you are ready to upgrade your music system. Back to the Apples and Oranges-- the Schiit is a good DAC for $99, but the iFi with Bluetooth Connectivity is a steal at $199, and well worth an extra C-note. Recommended by the Computer Audiophile on the Cheap! That is my highest accolade. Computer Audiophile on the Cheap Magazine Chat (26)
  21. I built an HTPC/music server/server a few years ago using a mid-2010 Mac Mini and I love it. Elgato's EyeTV and Turbo.264 record and transcode all my tv as 1080p that I can easily stream across the LAN, etvcomskip marks all commercials for automatic skipping, I have an extensive iTunes library that can be streamed to multiple rooms with airplay, and I run my own mail/calendar/address/web/VPN/VNC/LDAP/Profile Manager/file/etc. personal cloud server using Server.app. I've configured it with 8 GB memory (boy do I wish the 2010 models supported 16 GB), and have replaced the original 1/2-TB dual drives with 1 TB drives, all fast. The mini sounds good -- I run a mini-tos audio cable into a very nice dac -- but I've never pushed the audio envelope on the mini because I'm fortunate to have a really good transport that I use for serious, rather than passive listening, which is what I really use the mini for. I'll pop a cd into a Linn player if I want to sit down and listen to it, or a blu-ray into an Oppo if I want to watch a good movie. Otherwise I'll let iTunes (or EyeTV) play or stream and accept the good, but not excellent, audio that comes with these. Though I am happy with the mini's audio -- it's as good as (even better than) I expect it to be -- I'm wondering if it's reasonable to expect any more from it. What would people recommend to improve the audio that comes out of the mini? A few relevant questions: Has anyone configured a mini's audio and achieved what they consider a rival to a decent high-end system? Is there anything to internet rumors that the quality of the mini's digital output was improved in the 2011+ models? Anyone actually listened before and after? Listening experiences on lossless flac or equivalent versus 256 kbps AAC? I created my iTunes library using the cdparanoia ripper and OS X's afconvert command with AAC at 256 kbps. I arrived at this decision by performing my own listening tests on CDs I created by transcoding from WAV->AAC->WAV at various bitrates and confirming that 256 kbps is indeed excellent. On several very nice sounding systems, my fellow enthusiasts and I had difficulty distinguishing the re-transcoded 256 kbps AAC tracks from their originals, though this test is admittedly a little different from decoding AAC on-the-fly. In practice, my iTunes AAC library sounds good, but not really superb like the same track out of a Linn transport. Is there any hope that lossless compression would improve anything? Would using the mini's USB perform any better? I hear good things about Bel Canto's USB-S/PDIF converter. Any experiences pairing this with a mini? I'm sure this is a high-performing unit, but I'm honestly a little skeptical that it could do anything to turn the mini's water into wine, and hesitant about the price of a converter that's the same as the base mini itself. Any direct experiences improving the audio above that provided by toslink on 2010 or later models?
  22. This is a video about a guy who is audiophile and mainly sample his fanaticism for "record and make sounds" Just put your Headphones and enjoy! <span id="Dst[0][107:113:100:106]" _mstsrc="0_107:113" _mstdst="0_100:106">
  23. The best way I can describe it goes something like this. I read about 24/96 recordings, and noticed that they were huge compared to FLAC files, freely traded on the Internet from repositories at bt.etree.org. I saw an ad for the Dragonfly by Audioquest, version 1.2, and it was much better than the original version, and it cost $150. In my world, $150 is an amount that would take four months of saving a little each month. That is what is called a "Dream". Then I noticed that a newer, even better Dragonfly was on the market, and I got my 'old' version for $79. It was like reading your first book, not required by school. It opened my mind, it made me want to read more. Then the Audioquest folks had to replace my defective version 1.2, and I discovered that it had been defective from the start, cause what I was hearing was the First Time, even though I had heard the recordings many times over the years, familiar with every note. After all, was it even possible to imagine anything better than 24/96? I read about the Schiit Modi2 for $99, (plus $23 shipping) But it was worth it. I was hearing details that had me gobsmacked. And I discovered 24/176 and 24/192! The naysayers will say our ears can only hear '16 bit/44.1 Redbook SBE standard' CD quality. And furthermore, you cannot hear any difference between a MP3 at 192 (high) and 320 (insanely high) sample rates, they will add with confidence as they plug the stock earplugs, that came with his phone in their ears and smiles. To continue with the metaphor of the reading a book, the Modi2 was finding the Library ,where with a small key tag, you could check out up to 10 music CDs and rip them into lossless FLAC files and build your own digital music library. You could also download freely-traded Grateful Dead soundboard recordings in FLAC files using bit-torrent technology, developed in part by the same Deadheads that designed FLAC, and built the Internet in the first place...but I digress. Today, arrived the iFi nano iDSD LE and I am listening to every recording for THE FIRST TIME. Now we have had my head exploding. ~The Music is Magical. You understand that for the past 40 years, you have listened to these songs, but until this very moment, you had never HEARD them. At $129, this device is a MUST HAVE addition to any "Computer Audiophile on the Cheap*" home stereo system. *-"Computer Audiophile on the Cheap" is a philosophy. Make the Stereo you have sound as well as possible. We extol Vintage Electronics, legendary Loudspeakers, and some in-expensive tweaks that will give you the SQ (Sound Quality) of a system that costs others Thousands of Dollars to best. It is also my Thread and my blog on ComputerAudiophile.com.
  24. Hi all, Just looking forward to spend max $150 if I get a DAC/Amp to get better sound from Audio Technica M40x. I currently use FiiO E10. Please throw some suggestions. Regards.
  25. I am trying to figure out if there is a term for the difference in audio quality between these two versions of the same song. The second version sounds significantly more rich and full, for lack of a more specific description, than the first version. I'd also like to know what is responsible for the difference. Is it something to do with particular frequencies being to high or low? Is it related to audio channels? Etc. I specifically need to know what the term is because there is another song that has the same "hollow" sort of sound to it that the 1st upload below has, which I'm trying to compensate for. If I know the term, I might be able to see if and/or how I can fix it. The two versions are listed below: 1st version/Low Quality 2nd vesion/High Quality Thanks in advance for any help!
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