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The Computer Audiophile

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  1. Audirvana Plus 3 (official thread)

    Hi Guys - In anticipation of Audirvana Plus 3, and seeing how large the AP 2.6 thread has become, I started this thread as the location for all AP 3 conversations.
  2. New John Kenny Power Supply....

    Stop the personal attacks.
  3. More Disruptive Schiit (Vidar)

    Now this seems down right disruptive (in a great way for consumers). Yeah, I know, you’re probably thinking, “Didn’t I already get an email from Schiit today?” In short, yep. But here’s another big announcement: Vidar is here. Vidar is our true no-excuses power amplifier—for $699. Yes, I said, “No excuses.” No Class D. No switching supplies. No coupling caps. No DC servos. We’re talking a fully discrete, fully complementary, dual-mono-back-to-the-transformer, power-doubling-into-4-ohms, stereo-or-mono, intelligent microprocessor-managed power amp. Think 100W RMS x 2 into 8 ohms, 200W RMS x 2 into 4, and 400W into 8 ohms mono. Sounds like we left a zero off the price tag? Nope. Welcome to the value revolution. Vidar is available for purchase now at schiit.com. Product Page: http://schiit.com/products/vidar Press Release: http://schiit.com/news/news/no-compromises-power-vidar All the best, Jason Stoddard Mike Moffat Co-Founders Schiit Audio
  4. Now that the Aries has been released, the discussion of the hardware is in this thread. The previous discussion can be found here -> Auralic Aries UPnP Renderer: Double DSD Over Wi-Fi
  5. New press release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ayre Acoustics, Inc. introduces the QX-5 Twenty – The Digital Hub. Boulder, Colorado, USA - 27 April 2016 - Ayre's latest entry in the world of digital audio combines a decades-long record of ground-breaking innovation in both digital and analog audio with revolutionary features to set a new benchmark in the field. Every conceivable digital input, including Ethernet, StreamlengthTM asynchronous USB, S/PDIF (in three different formats), and even direct connection to thumb drives and NAS storage allows for unlimited flexibility and convenience. Streaming with both Tidal and Deezer are fully supported, and Roon ready control is directly integrated as well. Whether your music library comprises physical media, computer-based files, or streamed from the highest quality lossless services, all are seamlessly accessible with unprecedented ease. Ayre is proud to partner with ESS Technologies (www.esstech.com) to debut their new flagship D/A converter chip, the ES9038PRO in the QX-5. This advanced device builds on ESS's award-winning technology to set new standards for linearity and dynamic range. Combined with Ayre's custom minimum-phase digital filter, implemented in a low noise FPGA, this synergistic integration renders an astonishing level of detail and purity. Delivering all of music's emotional power to the listener - regardless of format. Ayre has also partnered with Morion (www.morion.com.ru) to develop a new high-performance crystal oscillator that offers the lowest levels of phase noise in the industry. Morion has decades of experience supplying satellite-grade crystal oscillators, including those powering the guidance system of the International Space Station. A specially developed new doubly-rotated cut quartz crystal allows this high level of performance to be achieved without the need for expensive temperature-controlled ovens. Precision timing is at the heart of conversion between the digital and analog domains, and the ease and fluidity of analog is fully realized for the first time with the QX-5. The Ayre QX-5 Twenty – The Digital Hub. This is music! ABOUT: Ayre Acoustics, Inc. has been steadily developing a full array of new audio and video technologies since 1993. Pioneering the use of zero-feedback real-time amplification, built on a foundation of the highest performance power supplies, and maximizing the circuit's performance capabilities through the use of fully-balanced, differential circuits from input to output, Ayre's designs have continually won countless awards for decades. All Ayre products are designed and built by hand in Boulder, Colorado, using only components from the highest quality supply partners in North America, Japan, and Europe.
  6. MQA is Vaporware

    Good. That pretty much says what I said. High res is a recommendation, not a requirement and studios are capable of high res, not necessarily using it.
  7. MQA is Vaporware

    iTunes doesn't require anything above 44.1. Apple asks for it, but that's it. 44.1 is still the norm because the need for so many channels.
  8. Album of the Evening

    I recently started listening to one complete album from start to finish every evening. It's really great to sit down, no Internet, no phone, no iPhone, no i-anything and close my evening out with uninterrupted music. There's nothing like closing out each day on a great note, no pun intended. I want to start this thread for people interested in doing the same thing. Listening to an album every evening and posting simply the artist and album information. Doesn't have to be a picture or the cover or a link or anything. It's more about enjoying this wonderful hobby. I'll start with my Album of the Evening for tonight: Artist: Boston Album: Boston
  9. More Schiit - Jil Analog to Digital Converter

    “Didn’t you guys just release a bunch of stuff?” you ask. In short, yes. But we aren’t quite done yet. So say hello to Jil, our first analog to digital converter (ADC.) Yes. We know. An ADC from Schiit is a bit bizarre. After all, Mike’s last ADC was an all-out assault on the state of the art, a collaboration with Nelson Pass: the Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs GAIN system. Jil is a whole lot more modest—and it’s aimed at enthusiasts, not pros. Jil gives audiophiles an affordable way to digitize vinyl, tape, mixing board outputs, or most any other line-level input. It provides convenient front-panel gain control and clipping/overload indication, and interfaces via USB to virtually any popular audio editor. Price and availability? Jil is $199, and it’s available now at Schiit.com Product Page: http://www.schiit.com/products/jil Press Release: http://www.schiit.com/news/news/schiits-first-adc-jil Book Chapter: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/schiit-happened-the-story-of-the-worlds-most-improbable-start-up.701900/page-1542#post-13636532 Please feel free to contact Mike or I if you have any questions. All the best, Jason Stoddard Mike Moffat
  10. MQA is Vaporware

  11. Article: Music Storage, New Music, Remote Access, and a Cool Streamer Project

    I wonder if you're grandfathered into the plan. I looked at it yesterday and Google wouldn't enable me to select less than 3 users for the unlimited plan.
  12. Article: Music Storage, New Music, Remote Access, and a Cool Streamer Project

    Hi Johnseye - With respect to remote access, JRiver works great for this. I wrote an article about it a while ago (see below). I'm trying to find a solution for the Roon only crowd :~) I've seen different opinions about Roon working on a different subnet. Last I looked I saw a post from @dannyroonlabs that said different subnets shouldn't matter. The auto-discovery might be different, but we can always add the IP of the core manually. Anyway, fun stuff.
  13. Sonore ultraRendu

    If it works on the DietPi, JR will get it working on the uR.
  14. Reference 2 Channel Speaker Recommendations

    Ah yes, fun times. Thanks for the update. The Audio Alchemy stuff is fantastic. Peter is one of the best people in all of HiFi.
  15. Sonore ultraRendu

    Thanks for the follow-up. Not sure if I have an idac2 around here to test. I'll look.
  16. Sonore ultraRendu

    That maximum setting has nothing to do with upsampling in and of itself. What happens when you change the roon DSP. Can you upsample to 256?
  17. Sonore ultraRendu

    What happens when you try to play DSD256?
  18. Article: Music Storage, New Music, Remote Access, and a Cool Streamer Project

    I've often thought of this as well. It isn't rocket science to match files and save storage and bandwidth resources. With all the brilliant minds in this community, I'm sure someone could figure this out.
  19. Poor Man's Rendu

    Oh, way too expensive :~)
  20. Reference 2 Channel Speaker Recommendations

    Hi @Johnseye - Just catching up on this topic. It can be a really fun part of this hobby to try out all kinds of speakers / components in the pursuit of better sound. What's the status of your loudspeaker upgrade journey?
  21. MQA is Vaporware

    Paging Prof. @wgscott for a Cliff's Notes version of the above :~)
  22. At the request of some CA Community members I have created a thread for us to discuss any streaming problems with TIDAL HIFI.
  23. Qnap or Synology how quiet?

    From that page: "As shown in WD Product Specifications, the 6TB Purple HDD has Idle acoustics at 25dBA and Seek acoustics at 26dBA while the 8TB has Idle acoustics at 20dBA and Seek acoustics at 29dBA (sound power level). A common issue with comparing acoustics is the sound floor (ambient noise) while idle compared to the acoustics during active seeking. For the 6TB, this is only a 1dBA delta but for the 8TB this is ~9dBA making it much more distinct. The lower Idle acoustics are due to the Helium filled MBA (motor base assembly) and the higher seeking acoustics are due to the seeking algorithms used to maintain expected performance requirements."
  24. Getting rid of CD's?

    Yes. I speed all the time :~)