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    Article: The Definitive Dynaudio Music 1, 3, 5, 7 Speaker Review

    My Impressions of the Phantoms as a Devialet D440 user is that it astounds with its low bass especially for its size, which I think can get tiring. But its mid range is severely lacking. it is mighty impressive with drum and bass or movies, but to me sounded lacklustre with vocal and classical music. Love the innovation of the company but I think it has gone too far with its emphasis towards the luxury goods market which i am sure is more lucrative than the high end audio market.
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    Article: The Definitive Dynaudio Music 1, 3, 5, 7 Speaker Review

    Hi Chris, you wrote "it's as good or better than all other speakers in this HiFi category". What is your impression of how it compares with other high end all-in-one speakers like the Devialet Phantoms or Naim Muso? This review would be very helpful if you could give us your assessment.
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    dCS Network Bridge

    Just a general statement on the legacy of dCS as a respected high end digital audio icon, comparing them to newfangled companies like Lumin and Auralic would be like comparing Porsche with Hyundai
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    dCS Network Bridge

    I personally do not put Lumin,Aurelic,etc on the same class as dCS
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    dCS Network Bridge

    Noted the frustration on that risky pre-announcement.
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    dCS Network Bridge

    Agree that the pre-announcement was big mistake. But from my experience with them they did it in good faith. They are the other extreme of my dealing with Devialet, who steadfastly refuse to communicate, even with many releases of buggy updates.
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    dCS Network Bridge

    I bought the NB recently using its AES output to my Devialet 440 Pro and could not believe how much better it sounds compared to both USB connections and even direct Ethernet connection into for unit via Devialet Air/Roon. To me USB was never intended to be an audio interface, all the various "D2D" flavour of the month USB interface boxes and cables indicate to me that USB is a flawed interface that requires a whole new industry of patchworks. Luckily the Devialet supports DoP via both AES and SPDIF. My prior experience with owning a dCS DAC has all been positive, both with the hardware, their continuous support and upgradability. I am sure that they have done everything they could to develop the USB interface into something that match their product quality. And from my experience with the Debussy DAC I will not rule out that they may bundle a bunch of goodies and release a major hardware upgrade in the foreseeable future, at a reasonable price. Unlike Devialet which view upgrade as another revenue opportunity.
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    Steve Hoffman's Ongaku

    Also, their AN speakers which I like are really Snell designs which Peter Qvortrup bought from Snell after Peter Snell died.
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    Steve Hoffman's Ongaku

    https://www.audioasylum.com/cgi/t.mpl?f=general&m=37527
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    dCS Network Bridge no output

    Been playing around with my dCS Network Bridge for a week or so with amazing sound, mostly with Roon, also tried USB memory stick and Audirvana with amazing sound. Last night when playing with Roon it stopped making sending output to my Devialet D440 Pro via AES XLR. The Devialet was fine when playing via "Devialet Air", it also plays fine from my CD player via SPDIF, so both Roon and Devialet are not the culprit. I tried the following with the dCS NB: - Output from SPDIF - Playing USB stick from dCS App - Playing from Audirvana - Playing QNAP uPNP from dCS App No sound from all of the above. It seems my dCS NB has lost all digital output. The dCS app shows music playing, but the Devialet is not seeing any inputs. Tried turning everything off and on, also tried SPDIF out, same results. I don't know what else to try. Is there any way to reset the dCS NB? Help! I don't know what else to try.
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    dCS Network Bridge

    OK, it seems I woke someone up. The site loads fast and properly now, after months of outage. dCS is still my favourite, especially when it comes to listening to their customers. I wish the folks at Devialet learn something from them.
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    dCS Network Bridge

    I am located in Hong Kong. I tried loading your image link and got a "504 Gateway Timeout". I think their CDN in this part of the world down and has been down for months now. I have tried from different computers different browsers and both from work and from home, so I am pretty sure the problem is with their servers.
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    dCS Network Bridge

    I have been getting a slow loading text based web site that looks like the attached. I tried different computers and browsers with same result. This looks like broken HTML code to me. It has been like this for weeks now. Looks really bad for a class act like dCS.
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    dCS Network Bridge

    Is the dCS web site down or under maintenance? Since selling my Debussy I have not used the dCS web site for a while. Now that I just picked up a Network Bridge I tried to access the dCS web site, but it kept coming back with a text based web site circa early 90s HTML. Also one quick question, is firmware upgrade readily available via the web? Or need to go thru the dealer like my Debussy used to need.
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    Article: Introducing The Sonore Signature Rendu SE

    I like the dCS approach of just offering the best, and provide gradual updates and improvements via firmware. That was my experience with the Debussy DAC, which after so many years, is still current is being improved with new features via firmware. Their products give me assurance that their designs are well thought out and done right the first time. Comparatively, the captioned product went from best, to best'er to even best'er in a matter of months. It does not give me assurance that they will offer something that will be "day and night" better 2 months from now.
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