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  1. Hi Guys, Up for sale is my Syrah Server from Playback Design, Optimised for Audio through Hardware and software. Built upon the Jriver Platform and remote control is free to download from Apple or Android App Store. Sounds Excellent, Universal Voltage. Purchased from an Authorised Distributor. Retails: 6500.00 US. My Original Receipt Price is: $5970.00 Us dollars. Purchased in June 2017 Asking Price is 3500.00 US dollars. + Shipping.. Price is negotiable for serious buyers with reasonable offers. Can Ship World Wide via Fedex. Paypal Is accepted or Bank Wire to a US Account. If your using paypal a 4% Charge is required for fees, Otherwise a friends and family method is fine by me. Can be shipped in its Original Wood Crate Package or to save cost i can get a customised Cardboard box one made (of course strong enough for international shipping) Comes with 2 TB hard drive. I can load this up with DSD and PCM before shipping out. Buy with confidence, my proven track sales on computer audiophile speaks for it self.
  2. I'm hoping for recommendations on a streaming DAC in the $3000 or less price range with the following features: No built-in storage No volume control If it has a volume control, it must have a bypass setting The ability to unfold MQA Gapless Playback Roon capable A nice smooth musical sound (not edgy) WiFi capability Thanks Guys, for any suggestions you can offer me.
  3. Well, I’ve just moved my gear around for the 4th time in as many months, always a PITA with squat lift grunts picking up and moving tube amp, getting speakers positioned for correct bass response and the inevitable, oh - I forgot and put the interconnects on with arrows the wrong way between components. But what I really, really have come to hate is reconnecting the streaming solution. Network renderer.. check… USB cable.. check… USB clock regenerator.. check… asynch USB converter.. check… coax cable.. check… DAC.. check… oh and cant forget LPS, battery and AC wallwart devices/connections and power strip, oh my, oh my. It’s a spaghetti way of doing things, and I’m ready to move on, just wish someone like Sonore and Schiit would collaborate on a one box Roon ready endpoint solution.
  4. Hi all new to this site and thinking of how to improve the sound in my system and was wondering whether a new streamer or a separate DAC would be the way forward. My current system is mainly CD quality files in AIFF format stored on a Synology NAS streamed through a Squeezebox Touch to a Leema Pulse amp then out to a pair of Proac Tri Tower speakers. Would I be better changing the SBT for a new streamer or adding a separate DAC to current system? If a new streamer had thought maybe starting off with Auralic Aries mini but not sure how much an improvement that would be. I once auditioned a Cyrus XA streamer which at £1200 was only very marginally better than the SBT, well to my ears anyway. I have the chance of a second hand Audiolab MDAC + which I could then add to SBT but again not sure how much improvement over the internal DAC of the SBT this would give me.
  5. Hi All, I am new here, so be kind ; ) After a network streamer with USB out, I know there is a couple of such devices out there but they don't suit my needs. Before I proceed, here my current setup: - Cambridge Audio Dac Magic V2, subscription with Spotify - Gryphon amp with Dac module, connected to Dac Magic via toslink/spif - Qnap server running Plex library - 90% flac files - Control app via either Cambridge app or BubbleUPNP - Android only Had a few sample DSD files and they sounded really good. But have not done any critical listening and compare with flac files of the same songs. The issues are, DSD can only be played over USB, so the DAC magic is out of the equation. Yes, it can play DSD but I would like to utilise the better DAC in the Gryphon. The Aurender A10 - http://www.aurender.com/page/audiophile does have USB out, but I don't think it supports Spotify and is a bit overkill just to fetch digital files, price for their lower end N10 model cost 4K in AUS. Their app only come in Apple IOS. The other is Auralic Aries mini, again does not support Spotify and also limited to Apple IOS. I work IT infrastructure support, so having a permanent laptop attached to the stereo does not appeal to me at all. What are my options? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Cheers, Morebeer
  6. mikicasellas

    What would you upgrade?

    Hello All, I will upgrade some parts of my system but i am not sure where to begin: There are 4 things that i will be adding / upgrading (step by step): 1.- My current DAC (OPPO 205): i am considering: Denafrips Terminator, PS AUDIO - PerfectWave DirectStream Junior DAC OR Upgrade the Power supply of the OPPO 205 with the new one from CLONES and keep while see more reviews about these and other DACs. 2.- Streamer SOtM-sMS 200ultra & sPS-500 w/ Modded Switch OR ZENITH MKII 3.- Tellurium XLR Ultra Black IC's & Speakers 4.- A better Isolation Transformer, a balanced and grounded one from Alexander Tsankov (my actual one is a Topaz 1kva .001 pF) If i go with the PerfectWave DirectStream Junior DAC , if its good enough i could be doing 2 steps in one (DAC & Streamer) but i would like to know if the Terminator/sMS-200ultra would be a lot better than the single PS Junior...that is some important point!! I hope you can share your experiences... Thanks to all for reading and God bless!!
  7. Hello all, My current setup involves a Cambridge Audio CXA60 amp, Azur 851D DAC (Which I picked up for an absolute steal) and a Yamaha WXC50 which I use as a network streamer. I am absolutely happy with the sound quality I get out of this setup, but as you know with all things audio, the question of "Can it get any better?" is always at the back of my mind. The way I look at it, the streamer is the weakest link in the chain, more of a budget component than the other two, so I am wondering if it makes any sense to upgrade this. I have my eyes on either a Linn Majik DS or a Naim ND5 XS (Can't justify the investment yet, but maybe in some months or sooner if a good used deal pops up). But honestly, would the streamer make any difference when all analog conversion duties are being handled by the outboard DAC (851D)? I am not talking about minute differences that one can only measure with lab equipment, but actual, audible difference that makes one sit up and notice? Any thoughts would be highly appreciated.
  8. Charente

    RaspTOUCH DigiONE

    Just launched by Audiophonics in France ... a complete network streamer with the Allo DigiONE S/PDIF interface, including RCA and BNC outputs. A simple, neat looking unit with a Touch Screen. https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/network-audio-players/rasptouch-digione-touch-screen-reader-with-digital-output-p-12429.html
  9. I’ve been using the Allo DigiOne + Shairport Sync (https://github.com/mikebrady/shairport-sync) running on Volumio to play audio from and Apple TV over Airplay for TV and movies. This setup works very well from sound quality and lip sync perspective. Was wondering if other streamers such as Auralic Aries that support Airplay handle AV sync well? I’m looking for a step up in sound quality without sacrificing AV sync. 🙏
  10. Hello everyone. I am in research for a streamer or network audio player. Expectations: - it can read mp3, flac and DSD from NAS (network attached storage, in my case Synology DS212j) and USB memory stick - it should transport digital signal (via SPDIF or USB) to external DAC - reliable while operating - price of the player should be within 1500€ (linear power supply included) - I don't want solutions that need external display (e.g. computer monitor). It should be HiFi device that can be turned on via button Advantage: - dedicated mobile application, and not just web control interface - AirPlay - Internet radio - streaming services Current candidates: - Sonore microRendu - no dedicated application. 640 $ + linear power supply. - Sonore ultraRendu - no dedicated application. They say at several forums that this model is better than its predecessor. 875 $ + linear power supply - SOtM sMS-200 - no dedicated application, didn't hear it. 450 $ + linear power supply - SOtM sMS-200ultra - no dedicated application. They say at several forums that this model is better than its predecessor. 1200 $ + linear power supply - Auralic Aries Mini - dedicated application. AirPlay + internet radio. 550€ + linear power supply - Auralic Aries LE - dedicated application. AirPlay + internet radio. I heard there are several problems with the stability caused by network problems. 1000€ + linear power supply - Auralic Aries - dedicated application. AirPlay + internet radio. I heard several problems with the stability caused by network problems. I do not know the price. - Bluesound Node 2 - dedicated application, Airplay, internet radio. No DSD support. 600€. - Electrocompaniet Rena S1 - dedicated application, Airplay, internet radio. 600€. - Onkyo NS-6170 - dedicated application, Airplay, internet radio. 350€. I heard only Sonore microRendu which had great sound for me. There are not candidates: - Raspberry Pi - there is no customized version of the HiFi I just buy, without having to do anything, put together, buy separately etc. that is sonically good enough for my system. Correct me if I'm wrong. - Aurender - great equipment but out of the price category. - dCS Network Bridge - great equipment, but out of the price category. Questions - do you have candidates to add to this list? - did you ever heard one of this candidates or can you compare it? It is own hearing experience that is most relevant to me, not reviews from 3rd sources. - if there is perfect or near-perfect process of comparing different streamers, what would it be? I noticed there are no such information available publicly. Many thanks!
  11. I have been out of touch for a few years thinking that my digital front end is all sorted for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, my world is a bit upside down right now after direct comparison between my transport & my file as source player. The transport with spinning disc seems to sound better than the file player. I have been dabbling in computer audio since the late 2000's with RME sound card, Foobar 2000 etc & progressing to my current setup. Now, it seems if I want to get best CD / redbook playback, I have to go back to spinning disc. Therefore, I need help from all to point me in the direction which component can beat my transport in terms of sound quality. My current digital front end consists of : 1) Aurender W20 (wordclock fed from DCS master clock with RS232 interface for auto switching) 2) DCS Vivaldi 4 stack with latest streaming hardware in the upsampler & latest firmware + Antelope 10M Reference clock 3) Songs mostly ripped to FLAC level 5 using dBpoweramp Since the above revelation, I have tried a few things : 1) ROON with ROCK with upsampler as end point & QNAP fanless NAS as file server 2) ASSET with QNAP fanless NAS as file server into upsampler via network 3) SSD direct into upsampler USB input So far none is even as good as the Aurender. (2) does come quite close though. What other components should I audition to challenge my transport ? In this day & age, cannot be nothing that can surpass the transport.
  12. aggielaw

    How Source Affects DAC

    I've been happily living with Modwright Oppo players for about 6 years now, and I've recently decided to go in a completely different direction, wanting more resolution and honesty than the Modwright units supply. Although I do listen to SACDs occasionally, 98% of my listening from my digital front end is from either an external HDD plugged in to the Oppo's USB port. Soon I will have the ability to connect my router directly to my new digital source (whatever that may be), however. I'm leaning toward an Auralic Vega at ~$1200 on the used market. Whatever DAC I go with, though, how will my front end selection impact the sound that ultimately comes out of the speakers? Will an Auralic Aries sound much better than an Aries Mini? Will it really sound significantly different than, say, a Bluesound Note 2, or a stock Oppo 105? Many thanks in advance for your insights! Best, HC
  13. I found an interesting review published on 23rd of September 2017. You may need to use google translator. Link: http://www.salonav.com/arch/2017/09/audioserver-aurender-n10.htm
  14. The exceptional Sonore Micro Rendu in "as new" condition with original box and USB A-to-B link. NO POWER SUPPLY. The micro rendu requires an external power supply- many different choices and price ranges available from others. Roon ready. See http://www.sonore.us/microRendu.html List $640.00. Sell for $540 via PayPal and will include shipping in US.
  15. Like new DAC / Streamer. First owner from a pet and smoke free environment. Serious buyers only. Pickup welcome in Toronto. Shipping anywhere in North America for the asking price. Buyer pays paypal fees. The unit is in rare silver finish and comes with the MiND streaming board with the latest firmware updates. Please check out the link for more info. Many reviews are available online. Non serious and tire kickers will be politely ignored. Not looking for trades. Thanks for looking. Original box, papers, remote. $3400 USD
  16. MicroRendu, year old. Perfect condition. 2.5 OS, iFi 9v PSU, brand new Supra Cat 8 Ethernet cable, mesh stand. Selling because I pwurchased SOTM SMS 200 ultra. Great sounding device at an incredible bargain price coupled with tons of extras. $370. I'll pay for either shipping or PayPal.
  17. I am selling my Auralic Aries (upgraded version with dual Femto clocks and low noise linear power supply). I am the original owner ($1599 retail) but decided to use a different server for Roon. The unit has received light use in a dust-free environment and works great. Asking $899 via PayPal with free shipping in the U.S. Thanks!
  18. Hi Chris and fellow members, Did you hear about any new developments in the "Ravenna protocol" ? I found a short video (dated 2010) where Genelec shows an "audio over IP" speaker. Now they are waiting for so called AVB products to hit the market, although Merging already has one. Is there anymore you can tell us about it ? Kind regards, Jeroen
  19. Starting this thread for people (like me) wanting to extract the best possible SQ from their dedicated music streamer set-up; particularly the Auralic Aires, which is discussed at; http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f22-networking-networked-audio-and-streaming/auralic-aries-hardware-impressions-and-information-21261/ but this thread is specific to sound quality tweaks and comparisons; e.g. USB input vs. network, wifi vs. LAN, SSD vs. HDD, linear PSUs, cables, whatever. Observations with other dedicated streamers/renderers are relevant but this is not about PC-based solutions. Thanks in advance
  20. Dear gurus, I own ArcamAlpha 5 amplifier. To enter into digital era I subscribed to Tidal. I also added ArcamMiniBlink. Now I want to improve expirence a little. I would like to receive advices about following combinations: ArcamMiniBlink + ArcamAlpha5 amplifier (existing one) or Bluesound Node2 + ArcamAlpha5 amplifier or simply Bluesound Powernode2 and pair of speakers. Which one is expected to work the best? Is amplifier part in Powernode expected to be better than old ArcamAlpha5? Thank you blaz_si
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  22. So I have collected a large SACD collection. I have hundreds os SACD ISO's on a USB Hard drive. I am wondering is anyone has made a streamer that can playback these ISO's like Foobar does on a PC? This would same me constantly changing discs and I could invest in a high end DSD compatable DAC... SS
  23. The HOST is the first digital music server of CLONES audio. Equipped with a high performance USB digital audio output, Ethernet port, solid-state drive for music storage, full linear power supply with the super low noise regulator modules. Providing the solid foundation to the high performance playback. The great solution for playing and storing high resolution digital music collections. Custom Linux OS with the ROON Server for the best performance. Also providing the DAPHILE as the difference choice for the user. The HOST also is the platform for audiophiles to make his own PC based Computer Audio System. • SHAAR USB gateway for the clean and high performance USB audio class 3.0 output. • Full linear power supply. • Double POWER STATION regulator supply the SSD/SHAAR and the Main processor board separately • 256GB/ 500GB/ 1TB/ 2TB internal storage option • Machined aluminum case, same structure as the ASHER DAC • Gigabit Ethernet LAN Port for network connectivity Specification • 322mm(W) X 260mm(D) X 90mm(H) • Weight: 7kg • Mucic Storage: 256GB/ 500GB/ 1TB/ 2TB • Digital Output: 2 - USB • Other I/O: Gigabit Ethernet, USB Port X 4 • 2 YEARS WARRANTY Price: Starting from HKD11,799(EUR1,377)* *Solid-state hard drive and ROON licence are excluded CLONES audio SaveSave
  24. PieterP

    My Audiostreamer DIY Project

    I just finished my DIY audiostreamer. The base is an AsRock motherboard with onboard processor (Q1900-ITX), wide PicoPSU, 3 linear power supplies (PSU) for the mobo, the ssd and the PPA USB V2 Card (Paul Pang). I made linear PSU’s based on the sigma 11 DY project by AMB laboratories (USA). Currently, I have installed Daphile. More info and photo's on: https://audiostreamerdiyproject.wordpress.com/
  25. Hyperion

    New streamers from Aurender!

    Aurender launches two new streamers - the N100 and N10. The N100 will be available in January followed by the N10 in March 2015. Both offers NAS connectivity with full cover art browsing etc. The N10 will also have internal storage capacity of 1TB (SSD). Prices are not yet official. More info: AURENDER - Reference Music System Aurender N100
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