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About Gary.D.Olson

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  1. Was Journey, Foreigner, etc Bad?

    I bought that record and liked the tunes. Also thought it sounded pretty good.
  2. Was Journey, Foreigner, etc Bad?

    Coincidence and irony. The first time I visit CA in a very long time happens to be mere hours after someone resurrect this thread. I haven't been here in a long time because I've been playing on stage again, and with a classic rock cover band. Journey, Styx, Toto, Tom Petty, Dire Straits, Chicago, Boz Scaggs, Eagles, Robert Palmer, CCR, Van Morrison, Beatles, KC & the Sunshine Band, Queen, Santana, Kenny Loggins, Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special, John Cougar, The Cars, Doobie Brothers, Bon Jovi, Wild Cherry, Steve Miller, Billy Idol, Earth, Wind & Fire, ZZ Top, Bryan Adams, Eddie Money, Hall & Oats, etc. Sounds like a Ronco record in the making. Nobody has attempted lifting anyone up by the underwear so far, though after hearing some of these songs I haven't quite decided if that's a step forward or not.
  3. Las Vegas' connection to the Hoover Dam?
  4. That's the second largest chili pepper I've ever seen.
  5. George Martin on Audiophiles

    You'll never EVER hear a violinist play a note, then say "Do you hear that? That's an accurate sounding violin!" And the same goes with every other instrument.
  6. Thanks. It's history. Gary Sent from my iPad using Computer Audiophile
  7. That makes perfect sense. I put that on the menu only because it may be a year or more before getting around to a NAS, but I'll deep six it. Thank you for taking the time. Gary Sent from my iPad using Computer Audiophile
  8. Thanks everyone. I want to share what I believe is the winner for me. It may seem I'm over thinking this but I tend to keep things for 10+ years. I'm the antithesis of an upgraditis patient and a cheap bastard to boot. I need to get this right the first time. Based on your invaluable input as well as other research, my upgrade path starting with current system is described below. Current system: HTPC (server) > ethernet > router > ethernet > netBook (renderer) > AQ Forrest USB > Schiit Modi 2 (DAC) > AQ Forrest RCA > Luxman R-117 (preamp/poweramp) > speaker cable > B&W 685 S2 Upgrade path 1. Purchase Audiophile Optimizer for HTPC 2. Replace current renderer (netBook) with microRendu+stock psu (or SotM SMS-200) 3. Replace current DAC as well as preamp (Schiit Modi 2) with Emotiva DC-1 connected directly to Luxman's poweramp via "Main In" 4. If SotM SMS-200 was chosen, add Uptone Regen 5. Upgrade renderer's power supply to Uptone LPS-1 (applies to both mR and SMS-200) 6. Install EN-70HD Ethernet Optimizer before renderer 7. Replace poweramp, speakers, and speaker cable with balanced cable + JBL LSR305 or LSR308 8. Replace HTPC with NAS Final: NAS > ethernet > router > ethernet > EN-70HD > ethernet > microRendu+LPS-1 (or SMS-200+LPS-1+Regen) > USB cable > DC-1 DAC > balanced cables > JBL LSR305/8 (iPad + software tbd) Any confirmations, corrections, or redirections would be appreciated. Thank you all! Gary
  9. Larry, I'm wondering if you choose the iDSD BL over the iDAC2 purely for its higher resolution? I read your post in another thread raving about the results you're getting by using something like HQPlayer to convert output to the highest capable resolution of this dac. Gary
  10. I can't thank you enough for taking the time to write such a detailed and thoughtful response. Yours may prove to be one of the most helpful posts I've read on this subject, and a long journey it has been. The suggestions under your "B" response will almost certainly be implemented after a little research. One final question regarding your "A" response: I hear you that there are other applications that may serve me better than using JRMC as an all-in-one solution. If I am to use these other applications in tandem with JRMC for file management only (which is the main reason I like it so much), would JRMC be installed on the PC, and would I be using JRemote on the iPad to control it, or a different app that somehow uses JRMC's file management?
  11. I would greatly appreciate it if you would clarify a few things for me as well as anyone who may stumble across this thread in the future who might be as confused as I, which may be my fault for not being clearer in my original post. 1. To clarify, are you saying a) JRMC shouldn't be used at all, or b) should be install somewhere other than the HTPC? If the latter, where else would it be installed? I'm also a bit confused by "requiring it to be on all the time", but I'll leave that alone. 2. To clarify, what benefits would I gain that would justify the expense of purchasing a NAS vs. an HTPC which a) I already own, b) already runs 24/7, c) already runs JRMC, and d) already contains my music library? 3. Are you saying a) I should replace my HTPC with a NAS AND a NUC or Pi? or b) I should replace the HTPC AND microRendu with a NAS AND NUC or Pi? And why would it be superior to the HTPC + microRendu?
  12. Sorry about that. I did fail to mention the limping netBook.
  13. Powered KEF LS50's Anyone?

    Congrats on your successful score.
  14. I'm sure your correct. The problem in my case is that my renderer is an under-powered and long-in-the-tooth netBook in need of replacement. I hate changing audio configurations and thus decided to take this opportunity to replace it with something designed exclusively for audio playback. Only time will tell, but I believe research (much of it here) has proven very fruitful. First, I found the Aurelic Aries Mini renderer with built-in dac, a bargain at $500. Then I learned a relatively expensive PSU upgrade would be a huge improvement. I soon concluded it would be smarter to replace the PSU upgrade with a Stealth DC-1 for its better dac, hardware volume, analog inputs, and balanced output. The highly regarded Cambridge CXN offers all of this in a single box, however, further research brought me back to the Aries Mini+DC-1 combo. And, finally (?), discovery of the microRendu; a stellar match to the DC-1 at a combined cost of $1190. This is now a quest for proper, as you say, "implementation" of the microRendo and DC-1. Thanks All!