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  1. Excellent -- thanks. I've ordered one and will give it a try with the second FMC (the one just before the microRendu). Dan
  2. Agree with all the rave reviews. After years of playing with DACs, software and cables, the microRendu was the biggest improvement I had ever had with computer audio. The LPS-1 powering it seems to be a similarly huge leap. Major kudos to John and Alex. i had been thinking that I should replace the Mac Mini wth a dedicated server solution, but now I wonder if these Uptone products have made that unneccessary. Dan
  3. For sale is my black Chord QuteHD DAC, which I purchased new from an authorized dealer. Physically and operationally in very good condition. I also purchased a Teddy Pardo external PS as an upgrade for the Chord (I purchased it new, directly from TP), which is also available. Either way, you get the stock Chord power supply. Chord QuteHD: originally $1795, offered for $650. Teddy Pardo 12V PS, originally $380, offered for $220. Both for $870. I will cover shipping charges (to CONUS) and Paypal fee, if any. Thanks for looking, and let me know if you have any questions. Dan
  4. I have for sale a Berkeley Alpha DAC, series 1. Immaculate. Includes remote, user manual and original packaging. Originally $4,995, asking $1,700​, free shipping to shipping to CONUS. Paypal fee is extra.
  5. Roon Sound Quality

    Has anyone tried using a Sonore MicroRendu as the Roon "output" device from a PC or Mac running Roon Core? Interested in the SQ and if the user experience is compromised in any way.
  6. micro/ultraRendu - support thread

    I have a single Ethernet drop in my listening room. Currently, the Mac Mini is attached to it. If I add a mR, both it and the Mini will need direct Ethernet connection, correct? Can I achieve this be adding an Ethernet switch in the listening room? The alternative is to move the Mini to another room and connect it an open port on the Apple Time Capsule. Will either or both of these approaches work with the mR? Apologies if this has been covered elsewhere. Dan
  7. Original Retail Price $5,500 Asking $1,100 The SC-III.A was introduced in 2002 as a cabinet revision of what had been the Cantata (and before that the Athena). The III.A is a three-way with forward-facing M-T-M plus a downward-firing 10” (sub) woofer. The speaker is a sealed box with stepped baffle and first-order crossovers. Dunlavy speakers are true time- and phase-aligned designs, of which there are very few on the market. You can hear the benefits of this approach immediately in imaging that is almost beyond belief. The speakers have a very natural, organic sound, which is what I prefer. Bass in my room goes down below 30Hz and, as a sealed-box design, is taut and tuneful. I have driven these speakers with everything from a 10wpc Audio Note tube amp to a slightly higher-powered PrimaLuna tube amp to very high-powered solid-state designs from PS Audio (BHK), Sanders Magtech, Hypex (DIY), Spectron and others. The Dunlavys made beautiful music with all of them, the differences being mainly in bottom-end weight and slam. I am the original and only owner of these speakers, which I purchased in 2010 as “new old stock” from several pairs discovered in the warehouse after Dunlavy had shut down due to John Dunlavy’s illness and subsequent passing. The cherry finish on these has become deeper and richer with age and looks gorgeous. Mine is a smoke-free household. I have never used the grills, so they are mint. (In the photo above, the frames for the grills are attached to cabinets, but they pop off for a cleaner look if you run them without the grills.) The individual driver surrounds are butyl rubber, so foam rot won't ever be an issue. Aside from a few minor blemishes here and there (all very minor, generally on the edges), the only item to mention is that one of the mounting screws for one midrange driver is missing. I took it out and embarked on trying to find “upgrade” replacements, which I did not find, but I ended up losing the one screw. The main cabinets sit on wood plinths, which sit directly on the floor. (I put felt pads on the bottoms to protect my wood floors.) This is how John Dunlavy felt they should be used, but some people like to put them on spikes, so I experimented. I removed the plinths and substituted a pair of Soundocity outriggers (http://www.soundocity.com/products.html), which fit perfectly and which you can see in the photo above. If you are interested, I will sell the outriggers for an additional $200. I have the original boxes for these (one per speaker plus one for both of the plinths, all in excellent condition). However, I strongly prefer not to ship. For now, at this asking price, this is for local sale only – SF Bay Area. Specs: Woofer (1) 10" (down-firing) Midrange (2) 6.5" Tweeter (1) 1" soft dome Frequency Response 27Hz - 20kHz, +/- 1.5 dB Dimensions 52"H x 11"W x 14"D Weight approximately 90 lbs each Sensitivity 90dB Impedance (Nominal/Min/Max) 4/3/6.5
  8. TIDAL HIFI Subscribers' Club!

    An email from Sonic Studio yesterday announcing Amarra for Tidal 2.0 prompted me to download trial versions of both (TIDAL HiFi edition). A couple of questions: I'm disappointed with the sound quaility, which is nowhere near ripped CDs. Could I have missed something? I find the process of locating and selecting albums rather frustrating. I can't see a way to do it through Amarra (Web or iOS remote) so I go into Tidal (Web or iOS), select genre, and do a search. There must be a better way ... ? If you add music to your My Music in Tidal, it seems you have to have Amarra for Tidal re-scan Tidal to pick up your new additions. Is this correct? Thanks. Dan
  9. Grateful Dead listening event Jan 30, SF Bay Area

    Acoustic Signature Challenger Mk3 turntable Funk Firm FX-R II tonearm Lyra Delos MC cartridge Allnic H-1201 phono stage Pass Labs XP-30 preamp Beta version of High Fidelity stereo power amplifier Lawrence Audio Double Bass loudspeakers High Fidelity, AntiCable and Mogami cables and power cords
  10. I hope this is not too far afield as a thread. I'm Membership Director for the San Francisco Audiophile Society. For some time, we have been intrigued by a UK-originated activity called Classic Album Sundays. People gather at someone’s home to listen to a couple of albums that are meaningful to attendees. Nothing audiophile about it at all. Our members would like to see our events incorporate more music in addition to the gear, so we’re using our January event to try out the concept of just listening – deeply immersing ourselves in two LPs, Workingman's Dead and American Beauty on MoFi 45 RPM. We're calling it a 'Deep Listening' event. And we’re improving on the concept by bringing in an expert in the chosen music to help inform the experience -- David Gans, co-author of This is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead (November 2015), his third book about the band, and producer and host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Grateful Dead Hour. When: Saturday, January 30 1pm - 3pm Where: private home in Orinda, CA $10 fee Space is limited. If you are interested in attending, send me a PM. Dan
  11. Queue is the correct word. Cue means something else entirely.
  12. I have several USB cables I’d like to find new homes for. Locus Design Polestar USB cable, 4 feet. Originally $199, asking $75. Anti-Cables Level 3.1 Reference Series USB Digital Interconnect, 3 feet. This is the version with the 5v USB leg included, for DACs that need USB power, which most do. Originally $240, asking $130. Light Harmonic LightSpeed USB Cable, 0.8m. New: $999. I’d like to trade this cable for something else, though not another USB cable. Let’s talk. Thanks for looking. Dan
  13. Me too. He says, or implies, that he's managed to get the Aries to equal the performance of the Antipodes. Seems hard to believe.