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  1. Thanks to you guys and Computer AudiophileI have started to really explore the boundaries of computer audio. My search started due to my recieving computer bighting the dust. Right now my system consists of an upstairs computer streaming flac to a down stairscomputer wirelessly. The down stairs system consists of an Ayre QB-9 24/96 dac playing into an Audio Research SP-11MK2 to a McCormack DNA 500 to a pair ofAerial 20Ts. Over the last several weeks I have been using my personal HP laptop in the system. I use JRiver MC 19 and have used Asioforall for a few years. I have been auditioning several new settings including wasapi, Jplay and fidelizer 4. All of these have made differences, now only if I can figure outwhich is the best combination. All in all my sound has changed drastically andI have enjoyed the results. This where I really need some advice, I have to putsome sort of new hardware in the system to replace my personal laptop. I havecome up with the following options: 1. New PC vs. Mac vs.C.A.P.S. · A new WindowsPC will put me exactly where I am now. · I have seen that many of you are using a Mac Mini for your system using MC with some otherMac compatible items like Audirvana, etc. I am not a big fan of Apple productshowever. · A new C.A.P.S.Zuma, I have read a lot about the builds, etc. I have never heard one though. Question Number One; what is the general consensus to which would be the best source? Question Number two; all of the above can be modified. How much modification is necessary? Whereis the line of diminishing returns? How many of you are taking apart yourcomputer and adding different components, new usb cards, new filters, newstorage drives, new power supplies, etc. I realize that that this is a hobby, Ihave made a significant investment in the system that I have? How far do you go?I have read about the Zuma and Paul Pang components including custom handmadecabling, linear power supplies, etc. A linear power supply costs approximately$1,000.00, without hearing it first puts me at a disadvantage of making adecision. Of course this is true about everything above, except for yourstandard PC. I have always believed in trying to buy once. Nothing distresses me worse thanbuying something that I don’t like. The other problem is I realize that moreexpensive does not necessarily mean better and I guess that is where I needhelp. If any of you have any advice, please chime in and thanks beforehand.
  2. Hi All, My current DAC is almost six years old and it is time for an upgrade. I want to get a DSD DAC. I am not sure how to get DSD content onto my music storage hard drive to play with my CAPS 2 computer. I have a basic Samsung external DVD/CD connected to the CAPS via USB and I am thinking this would not be sufficient to rip a DSD disk. The last post I saw discussing this was several years old. Any ideas? Thank you in advance for any suggestions. And....I had pretty much decided on the Mytek 192 DSD, but my Scottish blood wants to cheap out for some Schiit. Comments welcome here too. Duncan My System: CAPS 2+; Sever 2012 R2; Audiophile Optimizer 1.23; MF VDAC; Audio Research CD1; Alexandria Oracle vinyl forever!); Audio Research SP9 MIII preamp; Counterpoint NP100 amp; Golden Ear Trident 2 speakers; Nordost Blue Heaven cables & interconnects.