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  1. A crowd funded motherboard(s) for audiophiles - Part 1

    Yes, I understand that you're building a server....I'm just asking if any quality NAA can outperform a server (sonically speaking), why would you want to build a server? If upstream noise affects an NAA, wouldn't it make more sense to improve the quality of the NAA? Building a superior solution with a server seems like a much more difficult (not to mention more expensive) task. Anyway, sorry for possibly hijacking the thread....I'll let the server discussions play out. Cheers
  2. A crowd funded motherboard(s) for audiophiles - Part 1

    I would think that the ideal hardware setup would be an NAA-like device that was barebones and optimized for performing ethernet-USB bridge duties. Choose hardware that absolutely minimized noise coming into the system via ethernet/power and generated as clean a USB signal to the DAC as possible. I wouldn't care if the PC I chose to do RoonServer and HQP processing was noisy as hell because I wouldn't have that beast sitting anywhere near my audio listening room. It would be down in the basement where I would never hear it. Just my $0.02.
  3. Do audiophiles watch the Superbowl?

    That's about 10 degrees warmer than it is right now in Edmonton. And I still have zero interest.
  4. That sounds like a great idea for you and LH Labs to team up on
  5. Ethernet cables

    At the risk of re-starting a flame war, I just received an email from Cookie at Blue Coast Records where she discussed how an ethernet cable sounded different: Can Ethernet Cables Make A Difference? Can anyone shed some light on what Cookie may have been hearing here?
  6. Just thought I'd take a peak at this thread, and really, is it for real?
  7. Directory design for my music library

    What are you proposing to do for classical compositions?
  8. The Greatest Guitarist of All Time.

    I'd add Lindsay Buckingham to the end of that list
  9. My bad....I used the acronym POE when I actually met Powerline Ethernet (sigh). Sorry for the confusion. In any case, I'm using Powerline Ethernet in my setup and I notice no sound degradation at all. For me, it was a very good solution.
  10. I was curious so I went up to the Audio Sensibility website to see their line-up of power cables. When reading the description of their $1100+ Signature power cable, I came across this little gem: "Quantum Purification: As electrons interact with the conductive materials of cables and circuits, very low-level (quantum) noises are generated. As quantum noise energy accumulates in the propagating signal, low-level details pertaining to ambience, soundstage, timbre, dynamics, color fidelity and picture resolution are obscured, robbing the presentation of vividness and life. The Signature Quantum Purification filtering strips quantum noise energy off the electrons, restoring the low-level details discussed above. The Signature V2 power cable adds new design features to improve the efficiency of quantum purification filtering by 30% compared to V1, requiring a larger filter compartment." WTF?!?!?! Stripping quantum noise? A fool and his money......yada yada yada.
  11. I'm running Powerline ethernet to my CAPS V4 Pipeline server (music stored on NAS in my study) and I am extremely pleased with the sound I am getting from it. I think POE is a wonderful technology.
  12. Need Help with Roon and Chord 2Qute DAC

    I’ve installed Audiophile Optimizer, and I suppose I could also throw Process Lasso on there as well to alter Roon’s priority, but it’s not the occasional dropout that is occurring. It is a steady, uninterrupted pulsing of the audio on and off that is occurring. Ive got a few more ideas to try. I’ll report back any successes:)
  13. Need Help with Roon and Chord 2Qute DAC

    I can certainly try and test the SD card slot to see if it alleviates the problem, but it’s not a solution going forward. The external USB drive holds 4 TB worth of music.
  14. Need Help with Roon and Chord 2Qute DAC

    I understand the potential USB issue, but in this case, it can't be helped. He only has the single computer with USB ports for disk connectivity....if the music could fit on an internal disk I'd go that route, but alas, the Mini only has an SSD for boot/OS....so the music library has to be external. Not willing to encourage him to buy a NAS just to get Roon to work. T'is a pity, because he really wanted to get his music player and Tidal integrated into 1 box, which is why I was pushing him to try Roon.
  15. Need Help with Roon and Chord 2Qute DAC

    One thing I can try.....Win10 was updated automatically to the Creators update....I should probably re-install the Mac Bootcamp drivers...maybe the windows USB drivers need to be updated to work correctly on this older MacMini.