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  1. Cornan, @Dev got the definite answer on this from Roon development in a post a week or two ago. For the record Mono is a runtime library for the C# language and does not emulate Windows. It allows C# sharp code to execute on Linux so the code is portable between OSes. That says nothing about performance which is likely the same.
  2. Ok, first we get accused of mass delusion by someone who was (is?) a true leader in this field. Then we are told to defend our religious beliefs when we are constantly explaining we have no beliefs. Now we are asked by a stranger to place our aspirations on hold because some unknown dac designer will deliver the holy grail. Will it never stop? LOL All this while we are making ground breaking progress. There seems to be more people with an interest in seeing us fail than realized.
  3. Patrick, Your description is terrific. I'm really enjoying live recordings as well, feeling like I'm in the room. There is a natural feeling to the sound that is just spine tingling. I'm having a tough time turning the system off. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Larry P.S. Checkout either one or both of the Cowboy Junkies live Trinity and Trinity Revisited Sessions on the NUC. Just fantastic!
  4. I have machines here that cover all these bases and still don't sound as good as the NUC. So I don't agree. There is something special going here. It may simply be the 4 inch square motherboard. Shorter distances may really add up when something is operating at 2 to 4 billion cycles a second. It may be the lower power requirements. It may be the new SOC design as you acknowledge. No discrete vrm switches could make a difference as well. Lower rfi/emi could be a factor as well. Regardless, I am really enjoying the music.
  5. Hi Ted, Good idea! nuckleheadaudio.com was available so I bought it. Thanks, Larry
  6. Yes but, use of an optical SFP on the clean side implies a second optical SFP and power supply on the streamer side to convert to copper media as few streamer's have SFP based nics. Another conversion to copper demands a fiber media converter, so it is a reasonable question to ask if a second EtherRegen can be used in this role. Or is the SFP on the dirty side and the clean side is copper only? This is not stated directly in John's post above.
  7. Hi Dave, Great summary, and clearly you know as little or as much as I do about the reasons for the exciting NUC SQ. Anyone who claims to know more is conjecturing. Yesterday I spent the afternoon just listening to music. What a joy! Larry
  8. Yes, there are no apologists here. We are not religious.
  9. Interesting article on performance and cooling with Intel's latest products. https://www.anandtech.com/show/13544/why-intel-processors-draw-more-power-than-expected-tdp-turbo
  10. The reason for a fanless case is both about the acoustic noise of the fan, and about eliminating the electrical noise made by a sparky fan motor diminishing SQ. To solve the acoustic noise problem get a larger fan and heatsink, run a water based system or remove the fan and use a passive heatsink. The electrical noise problem can be solved with line filters or removal of the fan and installation of a passive heatsink. Obviously the Akasa case is a passive heatsink. It also seems to provide some vibration control as the 4 inch square board has five touchpoints with the very rigid case.
  11. I don't think so, unless I'm missing something. The German page lists the Celeron dual core j4005 processor. The Pentium is a j5005 quad core. It's all explained here: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/docs/boards-kits/nuc/nuc7cjyh-nuc7pjyh-nuc7cjys-brief.html
  12. Maybe I'm just lucky, but my Roonbridge definitely has a RAATserver process running next to it. Larry