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  1. It does if it says it's certified... as is the StarTech cable @lmitche already linked you to... Per austinpop's method, you slide everything over the existing cable... his method is non-destructive. What I mentioned above is completely different.. Last year when I contacted Ghent I was wanting to get a USB 2.0 cable made using John's original shielding method. This would need soldering a wire to the metal connectors though.
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    Article: Kii THREE Loudspeaker Review

    Awesome stuff. I haven't seen many active speakers with 5 years on the amps. Usually I see something like 3 or 5 years on the drivers and 1 year on amplifier.
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    Article: Kii THREE Loudspeaker Review

    Question for Kii 3 owners... I see in the manual, the warranty is 5 years. That includes the amplifier section? If so, that's a nice warranty indeed.
  4. I asked him last year but his custom made USB cables are not spec compliant. This may not be an issue for most people but I've had compatibility issues with my DACs in the past with non spec compliant USB 2.0 cables so I stay away from audiophile cables these days.
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    Experiences with Cat5e interconnect

    Great reading One and a half. Any reason why you wouldn't want to go XLR3 analogue all the way, over 25m?
  6. No problem. It would be great if the others that said they had this issue could do this same test - setup Roon Core on a PC or Mac temporarily. No need to bring your hard drive. Just setup your Tidal account. And play for a week and report if you still have issues or no issues with Tidal tracks skipping.
  7. Hilarious. And obviously very true. Is this a reason that cables (even digital) can sound different? Different levels of conducted and/or radiated RF?
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    A proposal: the Objectivist Audio Review magazine

    No, I'm different. I don't need to hear from Peter what he's done - that's his business and he doesn't need to give anything away. He has many MANY happy customers and I'd it to remain that way. I'm just interested in those who say they have an idea/guess/theory about what's happening, to share their thoughts/guesses/theories. Mainly jabbr and superdad 😁
  9. Just an update because I know a couple other sonicTransporter i7 owners here have mentioned having the same issue and saying they thought this Tidal track skipping was normal all this time - like I did. There's been a lot of back and forth with Roon Support and Andrew of SGC has been fantastic too, trying and suggesting different things. Roon have been looking at the Roon account's diagnostics and their Development team say from their end it appears to be a DNS issue... but this makes no sense to me, as they will see in their latest diagnostics this weekend: Our iMac running Roon Server doesn't have any skipping issues.... both the iMac and the sonicTransporter connect to the same NetGear GS108 switch, which connects to the Asus RT-AC86U router... so if it was DNS issues, the iMac should experience the same issues. i.e. the network chains are identical playing to the same endpoints We've tried Google DNS settings, CloudFare DNS settings etc and no matter what we try, it's only Roon running on the sonicTransporter that has very repeatable issues - and Roon running on the iMac has repeatable non-issues. Roon and Andrew continue to look into it and as they know, I'm happy to keep trying different things they suggest, but I don't know how much clearer the issue can be isolated to the sonicTransporter. We'll keep trying but if it can't be resolved, I'll simply ditch Roon duties from the sonicTransporter and replace it with a Roon Nucleus+ (running Roon's own OS) and keep the sonicTransporter only for HQP Embedded duties. I know someone with a Nucleus+ that we can use to test before purchasing one of course. The idea of both Roon Server and HQP Embedded on the same machine sounds fantastic but it really needs to work reliably. The Mac+Roon and sonicT+HQPe (i.e. two box solution) is rock solid reliable - the Roon experience you want. I haven't seen any sonicT i5 owners mention this problem - only sonicT i7 owners here and one on the Roon forum. Anyway we're not giving up. I have a very positive attitude and as long as @agillis and Roon Support continue to look into it, I'll continue to support them with trying what they ask. Just an update for now. The support from @agillis, @vortecjr and Roon has been great. I'm still positive this will be solved.
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    A proposal: the Objectivist Audio Review magazine

    Why is everyone so secretive with their guesses/theories about what they think is happening. @Superdad too 😁 Surely technical discussion (guesses/theories) can happen without hurting Peter's feelings 😉
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    Innuos MKII - USB Skipping with Roon

    Cable compatibility with the DAC side (in this case DirectStream DAC) is just as important as the source side. A good quick and easy thing to try (and free). As is a spec compliant USB 2.0 cable like this: https://www.startech.com/au/Cables/USB-2.0/USB-2.0-Cables/10-ft-High-Speed-Certified-USB-20-Cable~USB2HAB10
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    Article: Kii THREE Loudspeaker Review

    Best review of these speakers I've seen. Lots of technical stuff for those interested but good non-technical language for those that prefer that too.
  13. Em2016

    Innuos MKII - USB Skipping with Roon

    I see @mansrsaid the same at the same time, but in far fewer words
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    Innuos MKII - USB Skipping with Roon

    I've tried audiophile cables in the past (not any more) - you don't know if it complies with USB 2.0 spec or not, so you may have compatibility issues, depending on source and/or USB DAC. So the advice to try a spec printer cable is always good one.
  15. Hi @AMR/iFi audio Take your time with a response but since my questions are a bit scattered across 2-pages, here they are in one post. I've deleted a couple of questions as I found the answered buried in Head-Fi posts. 1. My current DAC needs an iFi Groundhog for grounding it's PSU (the Groundhog solves a buzzing issue). With the Pro iDSD a Groundhog will NOT be required right, because you have said the included iPower's DC plug -ve is continuous with it's AC inlet earth?  2. I imagine there's a fair bit of RF generated by the DSD re-mastering FPGA.. I know the analogue filtering will probably help with RF filtering but are there any other steps? Is theFPGA 'dog-housed' for shielding ? 3. How is intersample overs addressed, with the PCM digital filters and DSD re-mastering? I know this can be address by the end user by applying headroom management in the software playback, but for those playing bit perfectly to the Pro iDSD, just wanted to know how it is handled. https://benchmarkmedia.com/blogs/application_notes/intersample-overs-in-cd-recordings 4. I tried the stack (Pro iDSD + Pro iCAN) and really liked it. Except one thing - the iCAN was LOUD at 9 o'clock on the volume knob on 0dB gain, using RCA interconnects. The Pro iDSD ALONE was absolutely fine with usable range over 10 o'clock on 0dB gain. I forgot to try and adjust the Pro iDSD's RCA outputs using variable output. It may have been on fixed HiFi or even fixed Pro levels - I didn't check. Just to double check, the VARIABLE mode applies to both balanced and RCA outputs right? With HiFi Variable selected, what is the output voltage at 12 o'clock? 5. And the rear XLR and RCA outputs are ALWAYS in Class A mode right?  Thanks again !
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