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  1. 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
  2. @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!
  3. @Condocondor let me quote a english proverb: Obvious to you is amazing to others. Derek Sivers
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    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
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    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 ...
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    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
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    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
  8. @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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Network Neutrality

    "You guys across The pond love" ... whoppers? Bon appetite ! ;-) Tom
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    Network Neutrality

    I am still wondering what you would like to express with that phrase! Do you really believe, having a regulation in place, for an infrasture-based market on which several types of services compete, is a takeover? So, in fact, the EU has taken over all the US companies, that compete on infrastructure, telecoms and internet service markets in Europe, and the companies like Cisco and Juniper, who serve the data center infrastructure as well? I believe. Not!
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    Network Neutrality

    Priaptor, thank you for getting the point. I agree to disagree! I feel there is a misunderstanding from your side, how the market mechanism works in layered markets the. But that's ok. I would not like to dicuss with you the US healthcare scenario, as i do have only an opion based on my experience in Germany and France about their health care systems, but I have never been active on that market nor did I do academic research on it. On the other hand, I have started asking myself, which is the premise of your thinking, when you assume that living in an particular country helps to understand why the broadband last mile and middle mile market monoplies are comparable to US Healthcare since 1965? If discussing opening telecom markets from former monopolies into nearly functional competition, academic knowledge on incumbent behaviour and personal experience in negotiating Leased Lines with Time Warner, or peering contracts worldwide, might be more substantial for the subject, than living in the US and having "suffered" from the american healthcare system. I am happy for your positive perspective with fast internet access, but I would be careful to generalize not yet realised connections to quickly. From my experience of the time to market cycle in that industry, neither your advanced price scheme has been a result of Net Neutrality, nor your announced access improvement in Montana have been a result of the decision made last week. The investment plans rule there, not a FCC decision, that will have surely several runs on court before being effective. Cheers Tom