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  1. Allo Digione What is it? It is a transport for RaspberryPi 3 with Coax/BNC out. If your dac supports this input, read on. There are two flavours: One is a PI-hat https://allo.com/sparky/digione.html Another one a complete streamer/player assembled: https://allo.com/sparky/digione-player.html Darko's review: http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2017/08/allos-digione-pulls-five-star-sound-quality-from-the-raspberry-pi/ Volumio's recent review: https://volumio.org/allo-digione-player-probably-best-volumio-based-spdif-transport/ Personal take: My dac happen to have galvanically isolated usb, so it sounds heavenly as it is. But sometimes RaspberryPi has been a bottleneck as these usb buffer overran/underran clipping noises leaking into the chain. I decided to try a DIGIONE, to see if it would illuminate this problem. Yes, RPI's usb was the culprit. After installing the DIGIONE on my RPI and selecting I2S Digione in Volumio config, my system sounds as good as before, without the usb induced artifacts.
  2. I'm a new beginner at this, but usually a quick lerner. I'm thinking about trying to build a music server. At the moment I'm just looking for possible (high resolution compatible) hardware. If I start a build, it is important that the music server will have either 'S/PIDF coaxial out' or 'AES/EBU (AES3?) XLR out'. Is there anyone who can point me in the right direction for hardware with 'S/PDIF coaxial out' or 'AES/EBU XLR out'? Or is there a really good reason why most people build music server with USB out? If software is the problem, I think I might have that covered. I just got a friend who is a programing wizard interested in high resolution digital audio. So if there is hardware with 'digital coaxial out' or 'digital XLR out' that could be usable with some coding, that might be even better. Thanks /Filip
  3. Hello all, I have an Audio Note Dac 2.1 x Signature which has an Unbalanced S/PDIF and a Balanced AES (XLR) input. This is perfect for a CD transport to DAC but I am struggling to work out the best way to get from a computer. I ideally would like to setup a MiniMac as a music server. I could output via USB or HDMI. I would imagine that HDMI is the better output for digital audio seeing as it was designed for it, unlike USB, but USB has been around longer and there are there seem to me more choices for converters from USB. Do any of you recommend one over the other? There are definitely Audiophile USB to S/PDIF and AES converters out there but are there any Audiophile HDMI to S/PDIF and AES converters and have any of you compared them? This is possibly a huge subject but I would be grateful if any of you could point me in the right direction. Many thanks, DBD
  4. Greetings all, I've downloaded the demos of both Amarra and Pure Music. I'm sure that there are battle lines across both camps; however, I'm interested in folks who are using or have used PureMusic to give me suggestions on the best setup and configurations. I'm outputting iTunes/PureMusic on a Musical Fidelity USB to S/PDIF connection on a MacPro that then runs to an Anthem AVM50v and I've chosen to use the DAC in the 50v to process things. In very, very casual listening, Pure Music seems to make the highs of the music a bit more delicate (in a good way) adding more air. There's seemingly more separation and definition in the music and instruments. I'm playing both lossless, CD ripped, and iTunes purchased music on the DAC. Much of what I listen to is classical and orchestral, but also lots of female vocals, with rock, acoustic, folk, acoustic, jazz and more. Thanks for any insights or feedback on what I should be focusing on. Regards, Theo
  5. Hi everybody! I would like to buy a sound card for my system, and I can't decide which woud be the better choice: ESI [email protected] XTe or Asus Xonar Essence STX II. My equipement: Xindak DAC-5 DAC Parasound P3 preamplifier Parasound A21 power amplifier biwired by Audioquest Rocket 33 speaker cables Vandersteen 2Ce loudspeakers I would like to listen lossless audio files using Foobar2000 in bit perfect audio mode and I would like to use the S/PDIF output on sound card to deliver the signal to the DAC. Which sound card would you recommend? Thanks for your help!
  6. I have for sale a wonderful pairing of items which I will only sell together. M2Tech Hi-Face Evo & Bolder Deluxe Linear Power Supply (with upgraded DC output cable option). This is a set which give you a State of the Art USB>S/PDIF Output Interface. You probably know exactly what this is if you are here in the first place - but for more information: http://www.m2tech.biz/evo.html Retail on the M2Tech is $500, the power supply $800; total for the pair is therefore $1300, my asking price is $600 Adult home, no smoking/pets, cared for and appreciated equipment - sad to let it go. Paypal and shipping are for the buyer.....
  7. I have some questions about digital interface limitations and am hoping that the more knowlegeable among you might correct any misunderstanding I have. I just upgraded my DAC, making the connection from my computer the weakest link in my digital audio chain. I am looking for the best solution that maximizes the capability of the new DAC while minimizing inherent down-sides of the different interfaces. My currect set up is: iTunes library on an external USB 2.0 HD -> MacMini (early 2009, 10.11.6) -> TOSLINK output -> Gefen Digital Audio Extender sender -> Cat6 cable -> Gefen DAE receiver -> TOSLINK Cable -> Schiit Bifrost Multibit. The MacMini is limited to 24 bit/ 96 kHz over TOSLINK. The Gefen DAE has the same limitation. The goal is to restore 192 kHz sampling rate ability for the DAC. The distance between my computer and DAC is currently 6 meters, but I hope to move my computer farther away in the near future. Here are the solutions I am considering. I'm not set on the linked products; they are included just to give a better idea of the proposed solution. MacMini -> Active USB 2.0 extension -> USB cable -> DAC: lowest cost, 25 m limitation, higher jitter MacMini -> USB cable -> USB-over-Cat6 extender -> USB cable -> DAC: 50 m limitation, higher cost, higher jitter http://www.gefen.com/product/gefen-usb-20-sr-extender-over-one-cat-5-cable-EXT-USB2.0-SR MacMini -> USB cable -> USB-S/PDIF converter -> S/PDIF cable -> DAC: higher cost, more suceptable to interferance https://wyred4sound.com/products/dacs-converters/%C2%B5link MacMini -> USB cable -> USB reclocker -> USB cable -> DAC: 10 m limitation, higher cost https://wyred4sound.com/products/digital-converters/recovery Switch to Roon, ethernet -> Roon Endpoint -> S/PDIF Cable -> S/PDIF Reclocker -> DAC: lower jitter, highest cost, most effort https://www.hifiberry.com/shop/bundles/hifiberry-digi-bundle/ https://wyred4sound.com/products/digital-converters/remedy-reclocker Thank you for your help.
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