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  1. Marc Ribot feat Tom Waits "murdering the Classics" 😉 .. love it ... ❤️
  2. DuckToller

    Jeff Dorgay & TONEAudio Declare War on CA

    Chris, I have read your initial post and all the pages after. And I would really like to express my greatest respect for you to publish the correspondence. From my experience I can tell, it is not always wise and practical to react in such a manner against bullying and threatening, but in my personal feeling it definitely should always be that way you did it. BRAVO!!! For the ones who have become worried about netiquette, calling it crap or advise for the high road : (pls note: this is not personal for the ones, who advocated the above, I have just cited as examples the last reasons I have noted) These kind of advise only feeds the person, who actively decided to interact socially awkward with bullying and threatening another person. I would assume most people supporting a diplomatic and under the radar solution on the existing problem as the only correct way to respond, are missing the experience (sometime as well the empathy) to be in the focus/the victim of misbehavior like that. I could imagine, some others support the low profile because they may have more often a stake on the other side of these conflicts in real life. Or, it is just uncomfortable for some to get concerned about such issues. IMHO, the silence of the victims are like an applause to the ears of the offender ... so is silencing the victim ... I have met many (honorable?) people who just don't want to look on bullying / threatening / harassment, because it only supplies them with discomfort (mostly in personal relations to people, who are active offenders or close to them), no personal profit and even less honors. This is called having a personal agenda. One that does not dispute the existence of bullying itself, but the right of the victim to speak out loud and clear and to point to the malefactor(s) and the demand for correction. In my opinion: If you are an offender, expect to be treated like one and expect a reaction to your offense. If you did not want to offend, get that straight and clear, you may have a chance to get over that, maybe even more than once. If it is your standard behavior, you might address it for getting professional help to initiate a change, usually that doesn't make you irresponsible for your acts you have already done. Even you have friends defending your position. And even in the Internet. Therefore, Chris, my highest regards for this threat ! Thank you!!! Tom
  3. Hi, did you lately had a look on your product page for the Micro iDac 2 ? https://ifi-audio.com/portfolio-view/micro-idac2/ Looks kinda (un)healthy ... regards & get well soon Tom
  4. Tubelover, just got a post from DIRAC picturing this sweet car, which is announced for 2020. It is announced to have full DIRAC support called DIRAC UNISON, which may make audiophiles think twice that it ain't a Maserati but a Volvo ... Cheers and all the best for your hunting your ride Tom
  5. @Condocondor Sorry, I was mistaken on the go. On the phone screen I took it as a Nano/Micro length comparison ... with a second glance on my comp I noticed the chain description and felt a wry smile in my face. This on is on me ;-) I hope you are happy with your gear and your HD6XX give you smiles everytimes you enjoy listen to them! Best regards, Tom!
  6. @Condocondor let me quote a english proverb: Obvious to you is amazing to others. Derek Sivers
  7. DuckToller

    My CAPS 3 replacement--Engineered.ch NMR

    @lanmac Thank you for sharing the information. The board looks quite interesting, just ... it is only DSD128, which might reduce the usage to a second system for some. I am aware that DSD512 is difficult to archieve at this point due to the necessary computing power, just think it is a trigger for future usage. Does @wisnon from Switzerland know a little bit more about this company and their products ? Their NMR could be an enhancement to some JOB products, I could imagine ... Cheers, Tom
  8. DuckToller

    HiFiBerry vs IQaudIO vs...

    in this use-case I would really look into the ALLO Piano 2.1 DAC, seems to suit to it like Manchester to City ... just that you volume control would be via your phone/tablet ...
  9. DuckToller

    HiFiBerry vs IQaudIO vs...

    McGillroy, I have used a RPi 3b with Volumio and both DF Red and iFi Micro BL for my Headphones with quite satisfying results: Since the start of this year I have upgraded the Pi with a Hifiberry DAC pro and installed that in my teenage son's chain (old equipment from the parents, HK and Infinity from the end of the last century ;-) and I found that the sound, streamed from the family NAS via Ethernet, was a big step forward to the Hifidelio transport (equals Olive Musica) and the MF V30 DAC. As he uses the Mediastreamer/DAC also for Video, I have installed another flavour for the PI, OSMC, a kodi fork. To cut it short, RPi3b/HB DAC PRO sound quite good related to the invest, even with a non audiophile mediacenter like Volumio, Rune or RaspyFi. I can recommend that for a (beginners) starting point, particularly as the HB DACs IMHO are well implemented with software and hardware. Keep in mind to deactivate the WIFI (you should not need it if the Pi is ethernetted to your router) and maybe look for a better power solution than the standard 3a 5v SMPS. As an alternative I would advise you to invest some time reading into the ALLO section here onsite or the DARKO findings about their product, he seems to like them a lot. Cheers Tom
  10. DuckToller

    DAC For Bedside Headphone System

    Owning the DF Red (€199) and the iFi iDSD (€549) micro BL, I can't say one of both is bad driving my HD650's, just that the iFi is the much better choice (as it should be, given the difference in price) from the listening and from the settings/features perspective. I found it worth the price difference, and I guess, even I have not heard the iFi Nano BL, that it is valid for that device as well. I just have posted the differences of both iFi devices as a comment under my review from December 2017. A topic I found quite important to solve before choosing the DAC would be the digital source feeding the DAC, if it ain't sufficient for upsampling to DSD512, I may not pay the premium for the Micro BL. A solution like Rasperry/Volumio (DSD256 native) or a solution with ALLO components like the BOSS DAC (No DSD) or USB Bridge would come to mind as alternatives to your Macbook. From my point of view, the Micro BL is so good that It is now in the big sytem (where the can be fed with upsampled DSD512) and I have fallen back to the DF Red for the HD 650's, as it seems to be a question of conveniance. I am waiting for a DSD512 capable iDAC to get the Mictro BL back to the headphones ;-) Cheers, Tom
  11. @Condocondor I've no experience with the IPurifier nor the IDSD Nano BL, lets put it this way, I had thew impression that the BL was profiting from the USB REGEN, so I could imagine that in combination with the iPurifier2 the results may as well exiting. @Staxguy According to my knowledge, apart from the price difference, the absence of some features like XBass, 3dSound and DSD512, available inputs and outputs, FastCharger, PCM only to 384Hz, available MQA-Filter (only Nano), a sufficently lower dynamic range (109db) and finally a different DAC chip, the iFi product pages do not reveal any other differences to me . Hope that helps ;-) Cheers Tom
  12. DuckToller

    Article: Apple HomePod Review - An Audiophile Perspective

    I very much prefer not to be liaised with the small man shouting at my grandfather's generation for giving them an imperial impression. However, strangely enough, most french people assign my accent rather to your brave island than to their eastern European neighbour. Cheers Tom
  13. DuckToller

    Article: Apple HomePod Review - An Audiophile Perspective

    Chris, I just noticed the "audiophile" adjective is part of the advanced sales scheme for voice controlled products https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/feb/15/sonos-one-review-best-smart-speaker-audiophiles-amazon-alexa ... maybe it would be better (for some appleogist audiophiles) to compare the HomePod vs the Sonos One ... Cheers, Tom
  14. DuckToller

    Article: Apple HomePod Review - An Audiophile Perspective

    Chris, that was fun to read .... RESPECT ! I am quite uncomfortable with voice assistant products since ... here in France even France Telecom does not accept me paying my bills for the landline over their voice system, due to my accent ;-) ... but far more because these products seem to me so much Orwellian. Selling them on the audiophile bill might dazzle the I-crowds, that were waiting on such a product and on the other hand "justify" the price tag. Thank you, Tom
  15. DuckToller

    The Best for the Least

    My first intention had been to throw in the RasPi3 with Hifiberry DAC pro + (ca. 120 Euro) as Streamer/DAC-Combo , which I choose to substitute an Olive Symphony + Musical Fidelity V90 DAC (MSP 1500 Euros at the time) in my son's room. I found it to sound far superior, even I choose the Kodi fork OSMC as media center and not Volumio, Moode or RuneAudio. But it might not match the parameters provided, as it is close to a "least amount of money", it performes well on the Archimago test bench, but how could it be considered "best" performer? Herein lies the problem with the questions, as mansr allready indicated. Minimal input (money) with maximal output (best performance) is a dream come true of every investor, maximum gain with minimal investment. I would be very doubtful on any offer from my bank that propagates this idea! In addition, the formula "best" is really "tricky", would gear be compared only to gear on the same price level, giving it a price/quality ratio to compete on highre priced gear, or would it it compete against gear with higer price tags on the base of perfomance output? And how to measure "best" quality (would it be the numbers (like the ones of Archimago) or the subjective impression of perfomance in a personal audio environment ? I need to admit, the longer i think about it, the more confused .... Good night Tom