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  1. Possibly, but the card I used was cheap enough and I did get a full year out of it. It’s this one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J5RHBQ4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_FJwRAbAK8H84V I keep a backup card handy and occasionally create an image of the SD card. Mac OS makes it easy to push that image onto another card. I’m pretty sure that faster cards than this aren’t supported on my 2011 Mac Mini.
  2. I recently ran into some flakiness with playback from Roon. Swapping SD cards resolved this unexpectedly. Details here:
  3. Roon got really flaky on me recently. The culprit turned out to be something I wouldn’t have expected. I thought I’d share the details here. The flakiness initially pointed to a networking problem. Roon had a tough time playing tracks from Tidal. Playback would halt and I’d see messages indicating that the song was no longer available from Tidal. Occasionally Roon would also lose control of the output device (microRendu). And occasionally there’d be hiccups when playing songs from my NAS too. Roon runs on a Mac Mini that boots off an SD card. I ran Speedtest.net and was shocked to find upload speeds a fraction of what every other device on my wired network reported. Like 7 mbps vs 150 mbps. I substituted my MacBook Air for the Mini to see if there was an issue with the physical network. Test was fine so I was able to rule that out. Next I deleted and recreated the bridge on the Mini. Upload speeds still stunk. Next I cloned the SD card onto the internal HD of the Mac Mini and then booted off the internal HD. Upload speeds back to normal. So the problem was the SD card? Next I cloned the SD card onto a spare SD card and booted off that. Upload speeds now 75 mbps - half of what they should be, but 10x what was reported off the other SD card. I’ve not experienced a single hiccup with playback since swapping SD cards. Tidal playback is back to normal. The former SD card had been the boot drive on my Mac Mini for almost exactly a year. I guess it was starting to fail. Interesting the ways that it adversely impacted music playback.
  4. Be sure to toggle the DAVE into DSD+ mode when playing DSF files. See page 8: https://chordelectronics.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Dave-User-Manual.pdf
  5. Not sure if you’ve resolved this yet as I’m slowly getting caught up on this thread. Roon makes the connection via SMB, whereas the Finder has a few additional tricks up its sleeve to discover shared folders. i used an SMB path to access my share from Roon: smb:// Note one downside to this is that your NAS needs to retain the IP address, or Roon will think it’s an entirely different folder and rescan. Be sure to reserve the IP address for you NAS. Also enable SMB3 on your Synology. This is in Control Panel...File Sevices....Advanced Settings (for SMB)... Maximum SMB protocol. . Hope this helps.
  6. Thanks for sharing your impressions. Really striking that a fuse can have such an impact on the sound. The differences I heard going from HFT Supreme to Synergistic Black had me wondering if the former had been kicking radiated noise of some sorts back into a component. Maybe that’s why Synergistic mentions the application of a coating to their Black and Blue fuses- and maybe also explains the beeswax others use. I suspect that may only be just be a part of the puzzle though. Since the Black fuses worked out so well in my amp, I also swapped in their Black AC outlet. This replaced the Shunyata outlet on my second dedicated outlet that powers only my amp. The improvements were similar to what I heard from the Black fuse, though not to the same degree. The net effect was well worth the dollars spent IMHO.
  7. Happy Birthday John! It seems our birthdays fall on the same day.
  8. My guess is that your amp will respond better. The Blue, unlike the Black, sounded great right out of the box. You’ll know right away, My amp has responded quite well to better fuses - more so than my sources, but not as much as my preamp. A couple months before the Blue came out I had just upgraded from Red to Black. Not subtle, but not as profound as the Blue in my preamp. I will swap Blues into my amp later this year.
  9. I swapped a Blue fuse for a Black fuse in my preamp about a month ago. Not subtle - among the biggest bang for the buck upgrades I’ve done. Here are some comments I shared with friends a few days after making the swap: Listening to Jane Monheit sing “Isn’t it a Lovely Day” took my breath away. So much more of the piano was presented in front of me. Everything about it was more real. From the way it filed the room, from the way the hammers contacted the strings, to the fullness and richness of the tones. There was just more there there - like I’m more in the room with it. And with her. The improvement in clarity has been something to behold. More of everything is coming forth with greater naturalness. More low level details can be heard along with improved image palpability. Staging is better fleshed our as well. I can imagine that probably sounds over the top, but the Blue is something those with open minds just need to hear for themselves. I’ve previously used HiFi Tuning Supreme and Synergistic Black fuses in my preamp. The Blue beats both - considerably. I should point out that my preamp has demonstrated the greatest sensitively to fuses. The improvement has been far greater than with any of the other components I’ve owned. I highly recommend trying one in the preamp first. I then followed up the Blue up a few weeks ago with the Ultimate version of these (terminated with an RCA, and connected to my preamp): https://audiobacon.net/2017/12/09/gutwire-perfect-ultimate-ground-cables-review/ I’m still in disbelief over the improvements from this ground cable plus that Blue fuse. Considering the $500 I spent to add both, I’m not sure I could come up with another way to spend that kind of money and get this significant of a bump in sound quality. Jay does a great job in his review of describing the benefits of theses ground cables. The increase in density he describes is quite profound and is most apparent here with lead vocals centered between the speakers. I’m still floored by the improvements.
  10. Do audiophiles watch the Superbowl?

    Great game
  11. Do audiophiles watch the Superbowl?

    My profile pic may provide insight into my answer.
  12. "Network Receivers"

    A couple screenshots from the Onkyo Controller app showing you the networking capabilities. I have the Onkyo TX-RZ710 in my AV system, but I’d imagine the Onkyo receivers you mention would have similar capabilities. Of all its networking capabilities, I’ve only used Tidal.
  13. Charles Hansen of Ayre RIP

    Very sad news
  14. HDMI Cable for audio - Does it Matter?

    For HD, yes. The comparisons involving the Monoprice were limited to HD with the DirecTV receiver as a source. I found it easiest to spot the difference when watching NFL football games. The Xbox One S was the only 4K external source. This was kept out of the comparisons until the end when a friend showed up. (It was his Xbox.). The conclusions I offered above were reached before that. I found it much more difficult to spot differences in cables with video than with audio on my big rig. Exception was between the Monoprice and Island when watching football especially. The players at the top of the screen gained dimensionality with the Island due to the better edge detail. It surprised me to find that my brain seemed to need to work harder to turn those images into football players in my mind. The Island was easily a no-brainer over the Monoprice for that application, though the UV improved things further in that same area over the Island. Passengers is a stunning on 4K disc as it’s true 4K. The picture actually looked mind-blowing with all the cables. I struggled to see improvements as easily, though some seemed to turn up between UV and Startlight, but not enough to justify the price difference. Seems HD is in greater need of all the help it can get. And as far as the sound quality improvements I mentioned, when they first grabbed my attention was during football with the sound of the announcers coming from the center channel. There was a bit more coherence, naturalness and treble extension with the Starlight over the others. And this was with the compressed audio from DirecTV. But the Starlight stood out even more with the David Gilmour “Live at Pompeii” on HD blu-ray. The sound was slightly harder with the UV. The Monoprice was already disqualified by the time that we got to that disc.
  15. HDMI Cable for audio - Does it Matter?

    A few months ago I purchased an LG OLED 4K TV. I obtained a handful of HDMI cables to see what difference they’d make, if any. Except for the TV, my AV system is quite humble: DirecTV receiver, Xbox One S, Onkyo TX-RZ710 receiver, Polk speakers. The HDMI cables i compared: Monoprice (purchased years ago - not sure which model) Wireword Island, Ultraviolet, Starlight Nordost Blue Heaven Visually speaking, most obvious improvement was to Island from Monoprice. I struggled to see differences between Ultraviolet and Starlight, but both were better than Island. I wasn’t paying attention to sound quality, but it grabbed my attention nonetheless. Starlight seemed to bring with it subtle improvements to sound quality each time it was tossed in. Shortly after completing these comparisons, I attended RMAF and spent some time talking to a rep from Wireworld. He was in the Canjam room so the conversation began with headphones cables. I segued into HDMI cables, by saying I struggled to see improvements from Ultraviolet to Starlight. He said where the differences will more apparently show up is on the audio side - confirming my observations. I should point out that the improvements I heard no way justified the price of the Startlight in my system. But that may be more a statement about the quality of the audio gear in that system. I ended up purchasing a couple lengths of Ultraviolet for the benefits I saw on the video side, The Blue Heaven could not justify its higher price relative to the WW products, though I thought the picture was slightly better. So my recommendation to the OP is to try to borrow a couple WW cables and listen for yourself.