The Computer Audiophile

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  1. Very interesting. I looked at Metallica live shows on!
  3. One really cool thing about much of this stuff, is that you can try it for free. No manufacturer likes to take things back, but many of them offer free in-home trials. What more could we want? With respect to Ethernet cables, I'm sure there are dealers or manufacturers who will offer free in-home demos. Plus, this stuff is easy to ship. We aren't talking about 200 lbs. amplifiers.
  4. Hi bigblue - My recommendation is to start simple. If you go the Innuos route, that may be all you ever need. I used and listened to one in Munich this year. I was impressed. I'm supposed to have a review unit on the way, but it has been a couple months in the making and I have no clue what's up. If you go the route of a Roon core sending audio to an endpoint, I highly recommend starting simple there as well. If the core can be placed outside the listening room, I'd pick up a NUC ( see my article here ) and a Rendu or sMS, and start listening. Don't go wild for all the pieces until you have a baseline. Who knows, you may not need any extra boxes. Either route would place one single component in your rack, and the Roon core anywhere in your house as long as it's on the network.
  5. The web hosting company had some issues over the weekend.
  6. @bigblue How much music do you need to store?
  7. I respectfully disagree with this. I have a Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC that I purchased in 2008. I'd still be using it today, if I didn't have access to the Alpha DAC RS2, dCS Rossini and others. New DAC chips don't equal better sound. New USB interface designs can equal better sound, but separating the USB interface from the DAC can make it easy to upgrade one part of the system without upgrading the DAC.
  8. Dude. Enough posts about Russia. This is about music.
  9. The Next Track episode 62 is now available for your listening pleasure. Kirk (@kirkmc) and Doug (@DougAdams) had me on as a guest to discuss simple and elaborate audio system. I enjoyed poking fun at myself and some of the wackier stuff in this wonderful HiFi hobby of ours. At the same time, always advocating for stuff that matters most, to get the best sound quality and increase one's enjoyment of music. Here's a link to The Next Track site, where one can listen to the show - LINK Additional information: ♫ EPISODE #62 – SIMPLE AND ELABORATE AUDIO SYSTEMS – HOW MANY DEVICES CAN YOU HAVE IN YOUR AUDIO CHAIN? This week’s guest: Chris Connaker, of the Computer Audiophile website Show notes: Audiophiles in Japan are installing their own electricity poles dCS Linear power supplies Cable lifters? Screw-in pointy things IsoAcoustic speaker stands Gear acquisition syndrome A Beginners’ Guide To Acoustic Treatment Feng shui Our next tracks: Kirk: Matthias Goerne: Schubert Lieder Doug: Status Quo; The Last Night of the Electrics
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  11. I still have a Rendu and Signature Rendu (both Ethernet to S/PDIF), in addition to the microRendu and Signature Series Rendu SE (both USB). Hopefully Jesus isn't reading this, because he has been asking for them back for ever :~) It all comes down to pros and cons and usage with specific DACs. For many people the gains they get with USB far outweigh the cons.
  12. They said only if you switch to crystals from the great Salt Lake because they are made in the USA.
  13. I heard back from Schiit about my review proposal. They are onboard, but I will have to get in line behind the paying customers. What a great company. Make those of us in the industry wait behind people who spent their hard earned money. Schitt has its priorities in the right order. I love that.
  14. I received the final production version of the patch last night and have been using it on the CA test site. It's working well. I plan to implement it early next week. Thanks for everyone's patience.