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  1. Do too many Pots ruin the soup?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbob View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Apesbrain View Post
    I think I found your problem. But seriously, it shouldn't that much matter. For convenience sake, use the iFi volume control to match levels with the second input on your Schiit and use the Schiit's volume control to match levels with the other sources to your Yamaha. Use the Yamaha volume to control final playback level.

    If you're using the Schiit volume because it's closest to you, then turn the Yamaha down and set the Schiit to maximum. Turn the Yamaha up to the loudest you'd
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  2. New Product Launch - nano iDSD LE

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbob View Post
    The iFi nano iDSD LE arrived Thursday, and my initial impression is that the sound stage is more expansive and the loudspeakers disappear.
    When I close my eyes, I see the musicians in their places on stage.
    The Music is magical, and once again, I am hearing these recordings for the First Time, despite listening to the same passages for years.
    My standard reference recordings, "Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition" by Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker,
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  3. Which one to buy: UpTone USB REGEN or Intona USB Isolator?

    Intona is a great piece and they have indeed a great service, for a "poluted PC" it does a great job
    I used to have one intona and after that 2 regen in series with linear power supplies.
    I put that in the garage, because I found this amazing device the 3R by ideon audio.
    I also use 2 in series but with one you get 85% of the improvement
    It is cheaper than the intona, and works way better [than the regen as well]
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  4. Happiness is an electronics repair man two blocks away

    I had noticed a small storefront up the street about two blocks from where I live. I decided to drop in and chat with the guy.

    I met Sasa Malkoc, a Bosnian man who has lived here in Charlotte for over 20 years, and I could tell by the stuff stacked floor to ceiling, that I had found "The Man" when it comes electronics repairs.

    I told him of my poor Yamaha RX-350 and it's scratchy right channel, and he said, "No problem, I can fix it better than New" ...
  5. New Product Launch - nano iDSD LE

    Quote Originally Posted by AMR/iFi audio View Post
    Audiophile Club of Athens – the President uses the iFi iDAC2 in his ultra-fi system!

    Late last year, when we were at the Athens Audio Show, we met Mr Kyriakos Kougioumtzoglou – President of the ACA since 2016. Mr Kougioumtzoglou, who also happens to be an EE, knows his onions. He has an ultra-fidelity system which is something to behold; including the Micro Seki RX-1500 and Tascam BR-20 Reel-to-Reel. Not to mention Wilson Audio Alexandria X2 speakers and Siltech cables (if you have
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  6. Initial review of iFi nano iDSD LE--"Clearly better than the Modi2, no comparison"

    The iFi nano iDSD LE arrived Thursday, and my initial impression is that the sound stage is more expansive and the loudspeakers disappear.

    When I close my eyes, I see the musicians in their places on stage.
    The Music is magical, and once again, I am hearing these recordings for the First Time, despite listening to the same passages for years.
    My standard reference recordings, "Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition" by Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, ...
  7. At $129, this device is a MUST HAVE addition to any "Computer Audiophile on the Cheap*" home stereo system.

    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". ...
  8. Can playing an Audio file from the solid state HD sound better than from an ext HD?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbob View Post
    It does on my "Computer Audiophile on the Cheap" system.

    Transferring a file via USB3.0 to the SSD from the External 4 Tb Hard Drive, and playing it from the SSD actually sounds better.

    I don't know why, but it is certainly worth transferring your play-list over from their safe homes on the External, and kill them off when you are done listening.

    I don't get into arguments with folks about USB interconnects to the external DAC, but some sell for a
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  9. MC-0.5 and Vintage harman/kardon hk330i create Magic with "Pictures..."

    REQUIEM FOR AN RX-350

    For years, my Yamaha RX-350 has served faithfully.
    Tonight, after years of abuse and wear and tear, the right channel amplification stage finally went to Chip Heaven...

    So the harman/kardon hk330i is back on-line, providing the amplification for my system. We will see how long the "vintage" capacitors like playing at full power, 24/7/365.

    These vintage electronics were well built, as competitive manufacturers put money ...

    Updated 01-26-2017 at 07:54 PM by bigbob

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  10. Group Test: USB gadgets (AQ Jitterbug, Uptone Regen, iFi iUSB3.0, iPurifier, iPurifier2, Intona, w4s Recovery any more …)

    Quote Originally Posted by DM View Post
    Group Test: USB gadgets (AQ Jitterbug, Uptone Regen, iFi iUSB3.0, iPurifier, iPurifier2, Intona, w4s Recovery any more …)

    Disclaimer: For people who knew me, they all knew that I can be a bit critical, if you don’t like what you are reading, please simply ignore my reviews and enjoy the music.

    img_4919.jpg

    Background:

    The title may be a little misleading, a few years ago, these groups of USB gears are surely classified
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  11. Loudspeaker Cables

    After looking around online for some new speaker cables and not finding the “right” cable at a price I was happy with, I decided it was time for a project. It’s been a while since I went the DIY cable route so I needed to research a bit and find good sources for the materials. The last item arrived this past Thursday just in time for my free weekend.

    .999 Pure Silver

    This project seemed a perfect time to kill 2 birds with 1 stone (so to speak) and build some solid silver ...

    Updated 01-28-2017 at 07:49 AM by Melvin

    Tags: cables, diy, silver
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  12. MQA is Vaporware

    Quote Originally Posted by crenca View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mansr View Post
    If you think this seems far-fetched, look no further than to HD video. To produce a Blu-ray player, you must agree to limit the picture to DVD resolution if the display connection doesn't have HDCP encryption. MQA could become the music industry's equivalent of HDCP.
    {just riffing off of your post mansr}

    This is why MQA = DRM in it's current form (which I put at 1.1 - 1.0 being the original hardware only version). You can not produce a hardware or software decoder TODAY without agreeing
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  13. Which DAC best to use as preamp under $200 (new or used)

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbob View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by zackthedog View Post
    I have one and it's not bad at all, but the iFi nano is a lot punchier and solid-sounding, IMO.

    Thanks for the tip, I think Audiophile on the Cheap needs to audition one....that's only $30 more than the Schiit Modi2-- which one beautiful DAC compared to a Dragonfly v1.2.
  14. Computer Audiophile on the Cheap

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbob View Post
    The High Fidelity Cable MC-0.5 power conditioner, plugged into the extension strip with my amp and computer has made the greatest improvement of all the additions and tweaks. At $299 is make Music become more Magical.
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  15. Computer Audiophile on the Cheap

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbob View Post
    Since that writing, a few changes ('upgrades') have been made. I purchased a solid state drive, and when I did the clean install, I chose the tried and true 14.04 LTS distribution of Ubuntu Linux. And my old Yamaha RX-350 Natural Sound receiver is the amplifier, with it's 'cd-direct' circuit, is a cleaner sound and more power than the h/k 330i. I found the 16.04 distro resulted in numerous crashes due to system errors. Since I installed 14.04--not one single system error. Very stable and powerful
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