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  1. I am using it right now with our Roon Nucleus music server via USB (using the iDSD Pro's built in DSD 1024 up-sampling right now, not doing any up-sampling in Roon yet). I also have a i7 Mac Mini Running Roon Core and HQ Player (which is just doing up-sampling to 24/192 feeding into our Wavelength Cosecant USB DAC at this moment) with direct Ethernet connection to a Sonore Ultra-Rendu which I will be trying with the iDSD Pro as well (using the Ultra-Rendu USB out into the iDSD Pro). We just got our first couple of iDSD Pro's yesterday, so am just at the running it in for several days phase right now. Also using it with the stock iFi power supply for now, will try a good linear power supply with it too at some time in the future. Will be interesting to see how HQ Player DSD and PCM up-sampling compares to the iDSD Pro doing that (with native data inputted). Between the up-sampling/filtering options offered by HQ Player and the iDSD Pro, you can spend many days comparing the various permutations possible (if you want)!
  2. A bit off the beaten path is Power Modules new Virtuoso Integrated amp. MSRP $6,500 AND 200W/CH (and knowing Dave Belles, it will probably do 400 or close top that into 4 ohms). I have not heard it yet (its a pretty new product), but have been using/selling Dave’s amps/integrateds for many years - he has deliverd very good sound for the dollar consistently. May be worth checking out. I have heard a Dartzel integrated on a customers system with Devore speakers - Very good sounding amp, but very pricey.
  3. Makes perfect sense, but I'm a bit particular so I fixed it! 🙂 🙃 There is a small plastic collar around the plug with a thin key (bump) in it that forces the assemblers to put it together upside down for the USA (and right side up I imagine for the UK and elsewhere), but that is easily removed (cut/trimmed away with Exacto knife) so you can rotate the plug 180 and screw it back in.
  4. This is a photo of a typical USA wall plug: This is a photo of a iFi AC i Purifier plugged into a typical USA wall plug: To quote a nice Van Morrison song I like, "What's wrong with this picture?" 🙂 OK, while the USA NEC (National Electric Code) has not standard on the orientation of USA wall plugs, in the many many places in the USA I have visited and lived in over the years, the orientation is with the ground plug at the bottom. So, why make them (pretty much) upside down???
  5. Bummer, as I was going to ask if you could make a JS-2 type supply, but with higher selectable output voltages (12, 13.6, 15, or 19 VDC) which would come in handy on some various DACs, music servers, phono preamps etc that I have on hand or will have on hand soon.
  6. OR, ahem, check with a authorized iFi Audio dealer to see if they have any in stock.
  7. Cue Sir David Attenborough narration . . . Very rarely seen, much less filmed, due to its long 4 year gestation time, the elusive iDSD Pro is for the first time ever filmed here in the wilds of New York City (apparently prior to the headphone jack size change): https://youtu.be/7bsMhFPhGHk
  8. RichB

    iPad / iPhone Playback

    I just bought MusicStreamer and have just started seeing what it can do... Finding my NAS was easy and it is working well so far. Very nice app. @Nathan_Stratospherix I would gladly pay extra for some additional features/capabilities: - DSD support. Being able to play DSD files in some manner would be great. - When browsing/playing songs/albums the option to show the file format and sample rate would be really good. Is it possible to downlaod for local/offline playback a playlist? Will be nice to be able to load a bunch of stuff onto my iPhone for when I travel (instead of streaming and sucking up my 4G data).
  9. @Superdad Thanks Alex and in case you have not noticed yet, have already ordered a LPS-1.2. :-D
  10. So, there is some kind of cleverness going on here (with switching around between s-capacitor banks) that allows a 7.5V charging/source power supply via the LPS1.2 to generate 9V or 12V output voltages (without using some kind of DC - DC converter), yes???? :-)
  11. From reading the iDSD Pro specs, which states that for DSD/DXD/ or PCM above 24/192 - its looks like LinkPlay (Ethernet or WiFi) only does PCM up to 24/192 and does not support DSD (did not see anything on LinkPlays site about DSD/DXD support). Apple AirPlay is PCM only too... I think it can support up to 24/192 (that is if the source supports it). So, for those looking to stream via Ethernet or WiFi (direct to the iDSD Pro), its looks like you are limited to PCM and leave it to the iDSD pro to convert it to DSD via its Studio Remastering function/mode. That will be a bummer thought for those who have a lot of DSD/DXD source material and want to stream via Ethernet to the iDSD Pro... they will need to use a renderer with USB output to the iDSD Pro that supports DSD/DXD data/rates. I'm sure iFi Audio will clarify things further (especially if I'm wrong about any of this. :-) ) I am curious to know how the single ended analog output is generated... derived from the balanced output???
  12. RichB

    Exchange Rates

    Yep, this sucks. I sell a small line of Integrated Tube amps from a small Spanish company and buy parts (custom spec caps) from Duelund... All paid for in Euro’s. I’ve adjusted the prices of the gear/parts up recently becuase of the significant (i.e. much more than several percent) currency change in the past year.
  13. Well, hopefully Roon end point capability will only be something along the lines of a firmware update in the future.... going through all AMR/iFi has done to make the unit Airplay (which is limited to 16/44 right?), DLNA, Spotify, tidal etc network capable and not giving the unit the ability to be a Roon end point does not make great sense to me (for a DAC of this caliber). Looking forward to reading more about the tube/as output stage/design (and maybe a rear panel pic would be nice too so we can see the pile of inputs and outputs this thing has).
  14. Being able act as a Roon end point would be nice, but suspect it may just be Bluetooth capability as available in other iFii audio products. Wil be interesting to see what pans out.