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  1. JFHSQT

    Sonore ultraDigtial

    I did decide to stick with the Oppo 205 as a streamer with SPDIF into the ND8006, which would keep me from spending any more money, and unfortunately I returned the ultraRendu for a refund. Just couldn't see getting rid of the 205 and having to spend any profit on even more equipment just to get back to where I was.
  2. JFHSQT

    Sonore ultraDigtial

    The ND8006 has a better engineered DAC implementation than the Anthem, plus I only use the Anthem for home theater, and I use the Luxman CL-40 and PrimaLuna ProLogue for music. I have seem to have solved my problems, although unfortunately they don't involve the uRendu... I found that using my Oppo 205 as a Roon endpoint sending SPDIF Coax into the Marantz DAC into the Luxman -> Prima combo offers the best sound of any options I've tested over the past several weeks. I had originally planned on selling the 205, but I've found out any profit I would make would go back into additional endpoints, power supplies, and/or more expensive DAC/Streamer combos.
  3. JFHSQT

    Sonore ultraDigtial

    I think to get to a noticeable "next level" improvement in sound quality over the ND8006's DAC I'd probably have to go with a Yggy and ultraRendu and ultraDigital... that puts me at about $4,000 all-in versus the $1200 for the ND8006. Beyond that I'm looking at $5K + units like Auralic and Lumin which is way more than my budget. My preferred sound profile is musical and engaging rather than detailed and clinical so boxes like the Brooklyn 3 are probably going to get me a different sound than what I'm after. I've read good things about the Yggy and it does have 2 RCA outs, which is something I need (I feed analog outs to a Luxman tube preamp and an Anthem MRX 720 for bass management)... I am not opposed to trying that out, but it's a big price jump.
  4. JFHSQT

    Sonore ultraDigtial

    Not sure I understand... the ND8006 isn't a pre/pro, it's a CD/streamer/DAC so there's no amplification being applied to the signal.
  5. JFHSQT

    Sonore ultraDigtial

    I was using the UpTone Audio 1.2 LPS and an AQ Carbon USB cable. I did end up sending the uR back yesterday afternoon however after trying to do some final optimizations inside the Marantz (turned off headphone amp, etc) and some listening tests for another hour or so, both via USB and Sonore Bridge. It's almost like there is some Marantz filtering being applied to the internal streamer that doesn't get applied to the other inputs. It doesn't make sense really and Marantz wasn't any help.
  6. JFHSQT

    Sonore ultraDigtial

    I thought it was odd too. Almost like I didn't think the guy knew what he was talking about. I was using the UpTone 1.2 LPS with the uRendu and an Audioquest Carbon USB cable.
  7. JFHSQT

    Sonore ultraDigtial

    Thanks for the insight. I am not sure why the HEOS streaming SQ is superior to the USB on the Marantz, but it is a clear difference. I was hoping to try some other things before returning the uR... but I have talked to Marantz this morning and they implied that the SPDIF was going to be an even lesser quality input than the USB. So I wonder if there's just an issue with my ND8006. I've done a total reset on the unit and everything but clearly there is a more expansive soundstage and detail to the HEOS streaming - surprisingly even superior at the 16/44.1 streaming quality of HEOS over some of the MQA tracks I have streamed via Roon/uR/USB. But since ethernet via Sonore Bridge is still no better than USB, I believe it may just have something to do with the ND8006 unit itself.
  8. JFHSQT

    Sonore ultraDigtial

    My end goal is to stream Tidal via Roon into my Marantz ND8006 but I am finding some trouble getting the best sound quality out of my signal path. I have been testing an ultraRendu with UpTone LPS 1.2 into my Marantz ND8006 and found that the USB integration in the Marantz is not very good. The sound quality streaming from HEOS internally in the Marantz is significantly better. I also attempted to use Sonore Bridge to get ethernet into my Marantz via Roon Squeezebox emulation but also found that lacking against the Marantz HEOS streaming. Before I give up on the uR (and Roon), I am considering the ultraDigital to see if SPDIF into the Marantz can match the sound quality of HEOS streaming from Tidal. Is there any reason to believe the ultraDigital can overcome the issues I have experienced in getting the same sound quality from HEOS streaming to the ND8006? I am not very tech-savvy on the nuts and bolts of clocks and jitter, etc... but I am assuming that this is why I have experienced a difference in overall soundstage, depth, and clarity between the options I have tried so far. I am willing to spend more money to get equal sounding quality from my ND8006 as the HEOS streaming, as I am skeptical that Marantz will become a Roon endpoint anytime soon and I am not happy with the HEOS interface at all. Before I throw in the towel and give up I want to explore all of my options.
  9. JFHSQT

    Sonore ultraRendu

    Ignore the above post about MQA - I figured it out... not sure why I can't edit my posts. Is there any burn-in recommended on the ultraRendu or UltraCap?
  10. JFHSQT

    Sonore ultraRendu

    I ordered my ultraRendu and UltraCap 1.2 on Wednesday and they both arrived today here in Virginia, so awesome customer service and shipping. Very glad to have them both in before the long holiday weekend! Setup has been a breeze... I am using the uR in Roon mode into the USB DAC of my Marantz ND8006. All is good, settings were simple in both Roon and Sonicorbiter. I haven't had a chance to do any critical listening yet, but I am wondering if I'm missing anything on MQA. I believe when I was using my iPhone 6S as a Roon endpoint into the Marantz USB DAC, the front display was showing 96kHz, etc. But playing the same Tidal Masters tracks through the uRendu is only showing 48kHz on the Marantz display. I noticed several of the MQA threads were shut down on this forum... does the uRendu not support MQA? I was pretty sure Roon handled the unfolding into the Marantz DAC so I'm not sure if I just set up the uR incorrectly in Roon settings. But if it's totally incompatible it would be good to know to save myself some fiddling around. Thanks!
  11. That's really good to know and it solves a big problem for me then. Now I guess the question comes down to getting an Aries G1 and a Brooklyn DAC+, or just getting the Vega 1. I'm leaning toward the separate components as I've heard great things about the Mytek DAC but I also love that front panel display on the Auralic. I could just pick up the Aries and see how it sounds with the Oppo 205's Sabre PRO DACs before upgrading that side of things as well... but I think the consensus is that some of the standalone DACs are better engineered than the 205's and have better SQ.
  12. Hey there, I currently run Roon from an Oppo 205 endpoint, and use the multiple outs to send a simultaneous analog signal to my Luxman/PrimaLuna tube combo and to my Anthem MRX 720. Using a speaker/amp switcher, I have EQ'd bass and height sound coming from the Anthem, and the full un-EQ'd analog signal from my tube combo going directly to my La Scala II mains. I have been getting the upgrade itch and looking at streamers and DACs lately. But the one thing that is holding me back is looking for a higher-end DAC that can still send dual signals to both rigs. It seems most of the DACs in the neighborhood I'm looking at ($2k-2.5k) have single analog outs, or XLR and unbalanced RCA outs (neither the Anthem or Luxman have XLR inputs). This has kind of left me looking at the Benchmark 3 DAC, which is good but... If I can avoid having to get a streamer and a DAC, I'd love to go with a combo unit like the Auralic Vega G1, which seems to tick all the boxes, except for not having dual RCA outputs. BUT today I was messing around with Roon and comparing my iPhone 6S to the Oppo 205 as a streaming endpoint... and I noticed the "Group" option under the endpoint selection menu. This got me thinking, would it be possible then to get the Vega G1 and keep the Oppo, and "Group" the 2 endpoints for simultaneous output via ethernet? That way I could still send the Oppo signal to the Anthem and directly connect my Luxman preamp to the Vega 1. Would this work the way I think it would? Seems like it would be less hassle and more cost effective than getting a separate Aries G1 streamer and a Benchmark DAC3 (just getting the Vega G1 instead).
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