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  1. I need an inexpensive usb DAC was thinking of giving this one a try, Beheringer for $80 https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/UMC204HD If you need xlr then the slightly more expensive one has those and can take external power supply. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/UMC404HD The cheaper was measured by someone on a different site (and I don't want to get into if this guy really knows what he is doing or not) but the little Behringer measured with better dac performance than the much more expensive iFi micro iDAC2.
  2. Wow! I'm jealous, someone will get a great amp.
  3. Article: Schiit Audio Reference System Review Part 1

    I am a convert to digital-active speakers. I guarantee these are the best bang for the buck and have the overall smallest system footprint. Many of these types of speakers also include settings that allow them to function properly much closer to walls than traditional passive speakers, further reducing the room presence. Depending on your budget consider the KEF LS50 Wireless, Genelec GLM speakers (especialy the 83x1 speakers), or the Kii Three. These are all self-contained systems that include DAC, amp, and speakers all together, just add digital source. The advantages of DSP room correction, DSP crossovers and each driver having its own dedicated amp make passive designs look decidedly tired.
  4. Article: Schiit Audio Reference System Review Part 1

    For about even money, the NAD M32 has the form factor of an integrated amp with DAC but is really more of a DAC that drives loudspeakers directly. It effectively replaces the entire front end of DAC+preamp+power amp. Just like the Yggy, the NAD is also limited to 24/192 and no DSD support, but the NAD does support MQA. Comparing the M32 to the Schiit system side by side would be an interesting exercise. I'd put my bet on the NAD. If you want an inexpensive(ish) power amp to work with Magnepans then look at Odyssey Khartago/Stratos amps. These have very high current capability and work well into very low impedance loads (2 ohms) which seems to be a weak point for the Vidar. Odyssey amps are only single ended though.
  5. I have no experience with any one-box solutions at this time. I would take a little exception with your characterization of the Allo as a DIY device. I purchased the USBridge and it came fully assembled and ready to run. Literally all I did was plug in the Ethernet cable and the power supply. Within 1 minute it was recognized by my Roon core. I have updated to the latest firmware with no issues. I appreciate your skepticism of it as a less than reliable solution, but it is just so damn good at its price that I can't fathom not using it unless you just have money to burn. If you want SPDIF then the DigiOne is an option that should be even better because it would't have any USB connectivity issues. My understanding is that anyone that has had issues with it is trying to use it beyond the original spec of 384khz/DSD128. For the price I consider it a nearly disposable solution. If something better comes along next year and I feel compelled to upgrade, then the $150 for the USBridge is something I won't feel too bad about losing.
  6. Article: Schiit Audio Reference System Review Part 1

    Go ahead and trust your ears and your fabulous TAD speakers, if you hear a upper-midrange haze then it is probably there. This is consistent with my experience with their headphone amps. I have listened to all of them at various head-fi meets and I just never thought they had the clarity and finesse of the best amps. Your TADs are letting you hear something the lesser Dynaudios are obscuring. I must argue with your editorializing about Class D. I understand this wasn't a review of the Dynaudio Evidence speakers, but if the Dynaudios sounded less than compelling you should provide some context before blaming it on the superb Kaluga monos. Did you swap them out for something more to your preferences and find an improvement? If not then it is a big jump to simply blame the amps.
  7. I second the vote for Ayre Codex, especially of you have any interest in headphone use. If you need network and especially Roon connectivity, get an Allo USBridge to use with it and just be happy. The Allo is so good it makes it seem silly to spend significantly more on a streaming source, especially because the change is so rapid in that area.
  8. Allo club

    I agree this is a bit weird that the allo conversations are sequestered to the "club" section and aren't visible in the forums. I admittedly didn't read the description of the new structure very carefully. I misunderstood the original description of the clubs and thought the topics would still show in the regular forums and that the clubs would just be a way to view related threads from the various forums. To be honest, sequestering the allo topics away from the rest of the forums will make people less likely to see them. That is a shame as they are a cool low cost option that should be making many of their higher priced competitors (advertisers?) sweat.
  9. Sonore microRendu

    A bit prickly eh? It just seems like a weird sales model to sell "new" units that are not the latest version at full price. So I asked.
  10. Sonore microRendu

    I have a question about purchasing a new microRendu. If I purchase a new unit from the Sonore website will it have the "original version" 1.3 board and not the most recent 1.4 board? Or do all new units ship with the most recent hardware?
  11. $2500 DAC Recommendations?

    If usb is all that matters and you plan to run balanced, then the Ayre Codex is just plain stupid good for the price. The Codex also has top notch balanced out headphone capability. You would likely see no advantage by using the Cavalli Liquid Carbon, likely even a downgrade.
  12. Sorry I was unclear, it was not really HT use, but just watching movies with a stereo set of Kiis. They are very dynamic and their bass power-prowess is excellent for movies.
  13. So one thing I haven't heard too many people comment on is just how remarkable the Kiis are in home theater duty. My room is approx 20x35 and the listening area is situated at one end of it. We watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (which was actually quite good, if you're into that kind of movie) which has a lot of action scenes and a lot of good music in it. I simply ran the coax from my Samsung BluRay (~$130 from Costco a few years ago) into the Control. Wow they blew out of the room! I think in most of my music listening I hadn't really cranked the Kiis and tested them much in terms of volume and dynamics, they were truly awesome in this use.
  14. Mytek Brooklyn comments?

    How DSD capable does it need to be? Is DSD128 good enough or do you need higher than that? The Ayre Codex is a crazy good dac if it's limited inputs (just USB and Toslink) are sufficient and you can use the XLR/balanced outputs.