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  1. Thing is the external clocks advantage is that the source and dac have the same reference. Mainly applied to S/PDIF, having the same clock keeps jitter and latency in check, but S/PDIF front end receivers vary so widely that much of advantages of keeping time in check are lost and relies on PLL to keep on the straight and narrow. Ideally if you had the source and the Dac from the same manufacturer that understands the transmission, we would be better off, the only one comes to mind are Dcs and the new Gen2 from Auralic. They go some way, but neither locks onto the source directly.
  2. That's a methodology worth the exercise. The SQ improves quite well, taking out that gritty edge of the spdif. Ultimately the mechanism of what's in front has limitations.
  3. The m900 is released this week. I own the m920 and the previous model, both good, down the line DACs. There's no need for re-invention as these DACs are reliable pieces of kit and have the runs on the board. So a new Dac based on these should have a good foundation. The chips are new to Grace but the overall sound will be different than the larger DAC, which way..... I shrug shoulders, just have to listen, hey.
  4. The previous software used at CA was Vbulletin, where such references existed. It appears that these references are gone now. To reference a post, you can find it with search or the hard way, and use the share icon in the post to obtain the post link. From that you can use the link icon to reference. And don't be demanding.
  5. What about the new Grace Design m900. Has dual hp outputs, usb to DSD256, rca line outs to amps, bus powered, painted black with volume control. Street price of USD499.
  6. You need to coat the connection with flux and then a little higher temperatures.
  7. What's important in the next Dac.... - Clock input to sync the source to the DAC - Galvanic isolation on USB, optional for AES3 - Port vacancy for I2S until there's an agreement on the pin configuration - DSD, well if 512 is that great, go for 1024 for the future - Small footprint, no 17 or 19in frames - Loop through for external room correction software or daisy chain another DAC Volume control optional, for those with deep pockets to replace blown tweeters, not for me.
  8. The cabling becomes a nightmare, I don't know the fireplace, so can't comment. The way RME assign channels is the standard L & R is two channels from the one output like SPDIF 1. For the channels you want, a huge snake is needed. Jriver can assign different zones to different channels, no real problem, but ask at Jriver to confirm the limit just in case.
  9. RME have a nasty habit to suppress all other sound card devices in the computer, that is render them invisible. Caveat: Applies to HDSPE AIO drivers on Windows 7 or 10. Jriver works well, since it's the only card in town. Suggest you research thoroughly before making a commitment.
  10. I really like 'girl in the other room ' varied tempo and polished recording and performance. This release is a return to Quiet Nights, but hardly reaches that milestone either. Errrmmm, good for Audiophile shows.
  11. Some good news for a change. Livin' on the fault line, SACD Warner Japan scores a respectable DR12 (according to Jriver's analyser). This SACD is based on the rubbish 2016 remasters.... hope yet! The SACD sounds very good indeed. The same analyser of the Redbook as above reports DR12.
  12. Amarra needs to abandon any library management aspirations altogether, forget it, you're useless at it. Concentrate on Amarra being a 'virtual sound card', that any application can use, spotify, tidal computer beeps and alarms, whatever, gosh, opens this up to AOIP. Do what you're good at in audio EQ manipulation and leave it at that, continuing on the current path will gain fewer customers and incite to riot of existing customers as occurred in the past.
  13. Have a double check of the DSD settings in A+. They should be set to DoP and the sample rate green to DSD128. OSX nativey doesn't do DSD256 unless the dac vendor provides a driver. Your other settings look OK.
  14. Processing for DSD256 is OK for my PC, it doesn't struggle, 16 processors and 28GB RAM.... also a smaller i7 M93p tiny also didn't struggle, think it went to 39% processing. If I remember you have a Lampizator DAC, does it have AES3 input? Perhaps another DAC?
  15. The MC-3+USB's LEDs can be switch off in one go, if you wish. Press the Menu + Select buttons together, and only the Power and lock LED will light up.