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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. November NewsletterClick above link for full newsletter FALL SPECIALS EDITION This month we've got tons of specials to tell you about. Whether you're looking for a new system or considering upgrading an existing component, we've put together some very attractive packages that will help you get your system to where you'd like it to be. To start things off, we've got a new SPECIALS SECTION on the site. This is where you'll find all of our ongoing sale items, packages and factory authorized specials. This season we're offering a number of cable/equipment/Roon software packages from some of our more popular products from Auralic, Luxman, Ayre and Lumin. We're also going to begin offering double Rewards Points, which will allow you to earn 10% back on every purchase through the holiday season, so be sure register for our Club Ciamara Membership Rewards Program to start earning store credit on every purchase. As always, we offer FREE SHIPPING on all purchases over $99 and the ability to try just about anything we sell in the comfort of your own home for up to 30-days. Thanks for taking the time to take a look at this month's newsletter, if you have any questions feel free to contact us here, in our LiveChat or at 844-242-6272 1.844.CIAMARA (1.844.242.6272) High End Audio Store NYC - Experience Ciamara
  6. 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/
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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!!
  12. 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. 🙏
  13. I'm looking for advice on a streamer. I'm currently using a modified OPPO-105 with linear power supply (and other improvements over the years) to feed my new auralic Vega DAC. I’ve been controlling it with the remote, and with the android app on a tablet. The Vega provides excellent sound, but I have lost the ability to stream DSD natively. Vega requires DSD via DOP on USB. The OPPO sounds excellent by itself with music on USB thumb drive on the front panel, or streaming wirelessly from my SMB share on my Asus router. I own JRiver, but have not been able to get it to work as well. I see four ways forward and ask your advice. 1) use a XLR switchbox so that I can listen to DSD directly from the OPPO outputs. This is the lowest cost option, but does not take full advantage of my new DAC. 2) purchase a used Aries streamer. However, online, some describe this is a middle level solution, and recommend various add-ons, improvements, and changes to the streaming infrastructure. Also haven’t had great luck with DLNA servers myself. For example, the OPPO sounds excellent from my samba server, or the USB front part, but not so good using J River or using DLNA. I also would need to purchase an iPad for this option. 3) find a used Aurender N100H. This would be my preferred solution except the price is very high. I particularly like the idea of being free from my network which has to be wireless at this point, and is not always 100% reliable. 4) I have an extra quiet PC (Streacom heatsink case , 3770 CPU, SSD etc.) that I could convert into either a streamer or a server. This was my original plan year ago, but now I’m concerned that it will still be electrically noisy. I could add a 100 W linear power supply, and a SOTM USB output card this could be a contender, but I still think that an Aries streamer would be easier to use. perhaps there are other options… Thanks, Eric
  14. I am looking for an extremely low jitter source (under USD 2000) to stream digital output over sPDIF or AES/EBU to my NAD M51 DAC. Colorfly Pocket HiFi C4 Pro seems to be a good option because of it 2ps jitter at its sPDIF output. Has anyone used Colorfly C4 Pro as a digital source in their audio system? NAD M50 seems to be a good option. What is the jitter on the NAD M50 Digital Streamer? Please let me know your experiences.
  15. I'm selling my Dual Femto Clock Aries because I don't use it anymore. Complete package includes the box and everything in it... Perfect condition, latest firmware and so on. 110/220v switchable (just let me know what would you use and I'll switch the voltage before shipping). Used for about 6 months. LPSU included. Shipping worldwide available. $1100
  16. I wonder if anyone here has tried this new product yet? It is a DLNA renderer without DAC. Simaudio say it will do gapless. At $1250, it seems not absurdly expensive. Simaudio has a great reputation for sound quality, and they have a dealer network to handle sales and service. This could be a great choice for those (like me) who are happy with their present DAC and wish to add gapless streaming capability. Simaudio MOON 180 MiND Music Streamer Press Release
  17. 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
  18. Dears, with the latest firmware update, the Microsoft XBox-One now support UPnP / DLNA. Do you think it can be used as streamer / renderer in HiFi setup? Thanks and regards, Giuseppe
  19. 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!
  20. 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
  21. Very rare to see on CA for sale, Auralic Aries high end audio wireless streamer. Complete with all original packing and accessories. This is the version with the dual femto clocks and Low Noise Linear PSU. This unit is basically new! Have less than 3 hours of total use. This is an amazing device for streaming your collection. Supports Tidal, Qobuz streaming service. Has latest firmware and works flawless. Unit is in perfect condition. Photo was taken before the unit has been re-boxed and packed, ready to be shipped. Paid new $1600+ sales tax $142 (NY)=$1742 on Feb 27 My Price: $1400+shipping+Paypal adds 3% Technical Features 


AURALiC Tesla Platform 
ARIES is powered by AURALiC's proprietary Tesla hardware platform that includes a Quad-Core ARM Coretex-A9 processor running at 1GHz, 1GB DDR3 onboard memory and 4GB internal storage. The Tesla platform has a calculation ability of 25,000 MIPS, more than enough to decode a vast spectrum of audio formats, including AAC, AIFF, ALAC, APE, DIFF, DSF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WV and WMA. AURALiC has chose this platform for a long term supporting consideration, the feature planned include DSD upsampling, room acoustic treatment and other acoustic DSP function. 

Gapless, Multiple Room Solution 
By using OpenHome structure which is adopted by U.K-based streaming solution manufacturer Linn, ARIES as well as all other Lightning based products support several advanced functions such as on-device playlist that allow control software to turn off during play and complete supporting of multi-room, multiple control points — functions that are not part of the legacy standards of the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA). 

 Dual Femto Clock* 
The ARIES with two individual Femto clocks for both USB audio host and digital outputs: the clock used for digital outputs are in charge of generate master clock of digital signal to ensure lowest jitter performance for all digital outputs. Accordingly to our measurement, the USB controller's master clock can also effect sound quality as it effect USB interrupt timing when joint use with real time system, to maximum sound quality, ARIES also equipped with another Femto clock for USB controller. 

 Low Noise Linear PSU* 
Excepting for low noise internal power supply design, ARIES also comes with an external low noise linear power supply unit. This PSU is based on AURALiC Purer‐Power™ technology with advanced AC filter and very low noise circuit design. The actual measurement shows only 10uV cross 20Hz-20KHz range.
  22. Hi, I'm sure this has been covered in length elsewhere, but I'm looking for something to replace my squeezebox. I've found it a useful, if horrible sounding streaming solution -- but the things it can do are perfect for what I need. i'd like to play music on my networked computer, as well as access various services, including pandora and spotify. I DO NOT need a DAC as I have been using my Esoteric for DAC work, it will decode DSD, and most other formats beautifully. Budget isn't much of an issue, but I'm not looking to spend $10K+ on a mere server -- although it needs to be better sounding than the Squeezebox I'm retiring -- and should be able to decode all the hi-rez formats that are coming down the line. What say you all?
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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