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Mike Pinkerton

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  1. Power supply for Boss and RPi?

    I’m looking to replace the stock RPi power supply when adding a Boss to it. The Boss specs say 5V 3A to connect directly via usbC, but most people are running the *combined* RPi and Boss with the stock supply which is only 5V 2A, or the iPower which is 5V 2A as well. This is seems to not match up with the requirements of the board alone. What are people doing? Am I misunderstanding?
  2. Allo Sparky USBridge

    Yes, created an account, added to cart, checked out, and suggested shipping went from $22 to $24. Only choices were FedEx and some other company. This is for a USBridge. I'll DM you.
  3. Allo Sparky USBridge

    Um, when I created an account and went to choose shipping, the price went up!! It’s now $24 to ship. So what is going on here?
  4. Allo Sparky USBridge

    Went to go buy one.... $22 for shipping. That's highway robbery. What the heck is it wrapped in!?
  5. Google Music streaming

    Just for sake of completeness, on iOS you can stream to AirPlay devices as well as Chromecast devices. I know the OP has an Android phone, but didn't want to mislead for others who might read this. -mike
  6. You're right, sorry. I meant DLNA.
  7. I've had good luck with DietPi overall, and the developer is very active and responsive. However I only use it streaming via Roon, not Audirvana. I assume you're using it as a NAA endpoint from A+? Pretty sure it supports that but you should check.
  8. Amazon Cloud Drive vs. Amazon Glacier

    I do the exact same thing: - convert ISOs to DSF and hold onto the original ISO for backup and eventual re-conversion to 5.1 DSF - convert CDs to FLAC, skip having a WAV backup All of these are kept on my NAS, which I used to back up manually to Amazon Cloud, but since their pricing went through the roof, I now only keep a single offsite backup of my NAS via a hard drive I keep in my desk at work.
  9. Mytek Brooklyn comments?

    Thanks, that was helpful! i think I’m sold, appreciate everyone’s help!
  10. Mytek Brooklyn comments?

    Read through all 101 pages (well, skipped the first 15 since they were from before the device was shipping). Whew! I’m disappointed at the number of firmware issues and the lack of discrete IR codes for power and input selection. But overall it seems people are mostly happy. I’m still bothered by the Stereophile review, I’m not sure why there was so little chatter about it. Maybe it’s bcause JA’s measurement were so good.
  11. Mytek Brooklyn comments?

    I'll re-read it, thanks for the suggestion. I think what I'm most concerned with in the Stereophile review is that most of the article is spent talking about Brooklyn itself (the city, musicians that come from it, the tour of the office, etc) and background of some of the music that was auditioned. Very little of it talks about the actual performance of the device, culminating in a vague description that he enjoyed listening to it. On the other hand, the ManhattanII review was very detailed and enthusiastic. "Apart from all that, there are two things you need to know about the Brooklyn. First, it's basically a pro DAC. It has all the features the audio professional needs, and it will play exactly what's on a recording, including what you might not want to hear. [...] Second, it has a consumer-friendly feature set:" The conclusion It doesn't mention anything about performance, it talks solely about the feature set. Am I reading too much into it? Or is this the closest Stereophile will ever get to saying "bits are bits, who cares"?
  12. Mytek Brooklyn comments?

    Yeah, I know. I’ve read that thread, it’s not terribly helpful at 100 pages long.
  13. I'm in the market for a DSD-capable DAC in the $2k range. I initially went for an Auralic Altair, but had so many firmware issues I had to return it. So I'm shopping again and keep coming back to the Mytek Brooklyn. On the surface, the Brooklyn looks great and has a lot of positive reviews (including Stereophile). That said, the Stereophile review is overall a bit lackluster. My takeaway is that there's nothing bad about this unit, but it has so many features crammed into it that it probably doesn't excel at any of them. I don't need a phono preamp. I don't need a headphone amp. I just want a top-notch DAC. I start to question if the Brooklyn would still be $2k if it was just a DAC, and other reviews have alluded to that as well. Do folks have first-hand experiences with it and are happy? Part of me wants to splurge on the Manhattan II, but I just can't bring myself to pay $5k for something when I doubt I can hear the difference. Thanks! -mike
  14. Allo Sparky USBridge

    Thank you for your frequent updates and transparency!
  15. Allo Sparky USBridge

    I don't yet have one of these, but won't buy one until the network issues are resolved. As I said further up in the thread, I returned an Altair for the same type of issue, and it makes me very nervous buying with known network problems. The RaspPi in the same configuration works perfectly.