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  1. No. I played songs that I am familar with for hours switching the cables in and out by hand. which takes 10 seconds. At one point, I had five USB cables. In addition to the Kimber Cu, Supra, and Belkin Gold from my laser printer, I also had a Kimber Au and a custom-made Australian USB cable that had no power leg and a cotton dialectric. I actually did hear a difference. The 100% silver Kimber Kable Au sounded bright in my system with my B&W's and Peachtree DAC that I was using at the time. Tthe Australian cable I bought specifically for the NAD M51 somehow seemed toneless. This is all anecdotal and subjective, of course. To be honest, my hearing has deteriorated from age, and too many really loud rock concerts over the years. So, the cheaper cables worked out best. The reason I'm using the 1M Kimber Cu over the 0.7M Supra is I need the extra length, and the Kimber has better-fitting plugs.
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    Everything sounds the same

    There are a lot of different types of "salt" on the market. When one uses it as a condiment directly on food, the size of the salt crystals does change the experience of eating that dish. There's ordinary table salt, there's large flake sea salt like fleur du sel or Maldon, there's large grain pretzel salt, Hawaiian salt, etc. The differences change the way the salt melts on the tongue and releases its flavor, even adding crunch to the dish. When dissolved in water to boil pasta or whatever, these crystal variations are irrelevant. So, you are both right. When threads like this one devolve into arguing about arguing, it's time to stop. I don't come here as much as I used to, because I don't want to wade through so much pointless stuff. I used to learn something here, now, less so.
  3. I use the Kimber Kable Cu, which was one of the first "audiophile" USB cables on the market. It comes with removable ferrites on each end. It connects my MacBook Pro to my NAD M51, which requires no 5v power connection. Testing it with and without the ferrites, I heard little or no difference, so I don't use them. I also have a Supra and a Belkin Gold. I don't hear any difference between any of them. Just my subjective opinion.
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    OWC Mercury Elite External HDDs

    I have a 2TB Mercury Pro Elite Dual RAID Firewire 800/USB 3.0. It uses two 7200rpm drives. Works great with Firewire. You have to use the external power brick to give it enough juice for USB connectivity. It's been reliable, but it spins louder than my 2TB Western DIgital MY Passport bus-powered 7200rpm Firewire/USB 2.0 portable drives, which are virtually silent. Maybe because there are two drives in the RAID enclosure. OWC is very customer-friendly. I've also bought RAM chips from them.
  5. I have 3 Samsung 1080P sets, and a 4k Sony. I like the skin tones better on the Samsungs, and they are easier to adjust. Go to the Best Buy website. They have several models that fit your criteria from $320 to $500.
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    Steve Hoffman Forum "Fundraising"...

    An anonymous member comes in here and starts a thread to personally cast aspersions on the moderator of another audio forum. How is this relevant to Computer Audiophile, and why has the thread been allowed to continue? No one here is benefitting from this.
  7. wwaldmanfan

    Robert Levi in Trouble Again

    What is better than booze with chocolate? My favorite flavor combines both.
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    Does Optical out bypass all sound card processing?

    I don't know if my $2,000 NAD M51 DAC is "high end" (probably not, to you) but there is no 5V connection at the USB input, none needed for power or handshake. Don't know to what extent the 5V power leg interferes with anything as it is not making a circuit between the computer and the DAC.
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    MacOS Midi settings question

    I use Audirvana for critical listening, but when I want to play the same music in multiple rooms simultaneously, I use iTunes with AirPlay and Airport Express units. My music server is a MBP laptop, I run Audio MIDI Setup in the background. You can change bit and sample rates on the fly in Audio MIDI Setup to match the file's native sample rate in real time while iTunes is playing, but, as we know, you still have to do it manually.
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    System wide Equalizer for MacOSX - opinions on eqMac2?

    I've been enjoying CanOpener Studio for a couple of years. I'm trying out the Goodhertz Tone Control AU equalizer, and it really brings a lot of subtlety to Audirvana. This is a plugin equalizer that sounds amazing, and is super easy to use. I have a lot of different masterings of some of my favorite albums, and this makes it fun to try to bring out the best in each one.
  11. How does the DSJ sound compared to the Stellar Gain?
  12. I can't confirm those numbers, but I've got numerous FireWire 800, USB3, and USB2 drives shared amongst my five Mac computers. I often copy files between the drives, and the USB 2 drives seem extremely slow, for both reading and writing, especially large files. I only use them now for archival backups.
  13. You are confusing the theoretical maximum 480 megabitper second signaing speed with true megabytes per second throughput. USB 2.0 supports 480 Mb/s signaling speed. On the Wikipedia page, it says effective throughput is up to 35 MB/s. There is a disparity because bits aren't usually transmitted between devices in the same way that they are represented internally. Plus, you are not going to set any processing speed records with a Core 2 Duo. if you want a faster option that won't tie up the USB or SATA busses, you can still buy a 3TB FireWire 800 drive from MacSales for about $200, and keep the USB drive as a backup. FireWire works great, too bad they killed it.
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    Calling all women!

    You have a very simplistic view of marriage. There's more to it than me husband you wife. When you live with someone for 30-40 or more years, two people experience all of life together. Sharing the good times, but more importantly, someone to help and support you during the bad times. My wife has plenty of shortcomings, but she is my rock.
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    Calling all women!

    What is your firsthand experience with marriage? My marriage is not like that at all. There are plenty of disagreements, but It's not about compromising, it's about picking your battles, knowing when to let her have the small stuff, and then winning the major issues when it matters. That is how I practice the art of marriage.