I’m new to computer audio but not new to high-end, so far I have been more traditional kind of guy.
I have decent turntable ( modded SME 20/2 ), decent heavily modified Tascam R2R, and heavily modified CDP AudioAero MKII.
My CDP does not sound that good like SME or tape but it is listenable and on good quality recording can sound pretty decent.
But since we have XXI already going for years, I have decided to give computer audio a try.
So after reading too many threads on different computer audio guru sites I have decided on Aurender N10.
It was supposed to be first
Aurender which can sound better then CDP (enough for me), I do not
expect digital to sound like analog.
I have bought for it Shunyata Zitron Alpha Digital decent SPIDF Tara Labs RS-1 cable to make it happy.
And here comes my surprise, it
sounds flat, gray, only hi-res sound better on level with CD. My wife not an
audiophile said it sound very boring.
I have invited audio buddies and we did blind tested my CDP and Aurender, nothing to compare CDP wins in spades.
N10 sounds much better when streaming from Tidal (go figure).
Sound from CD is much fuller,
stronger has impact, sound from Aurendeer is very resolving but gray ,
thin sounding. Very uninviting.
To say that I’m disappointed is understatement. My other friend has another media server but it sound even worse then Aurednder,
So it is not generic to Aurender but to technology ?
As DAC I’m using internal AudioAero DAC. So basically I’m comparing Aurender transport vs AudioAero Transport. The some music (ripped CD to wav vs CD)
And one of my knowledgeable
friends, told me that his acquaintance had the some problem, bought
media server and was very disappointed, but instead of falling into
despair he started looking for solution.
To control Aurender one need some wifi router. He changed power adapter of that router with some good quality lineal PSU (big change).
I have found on computer audio sites that connecting NAS and media servers to separate switch connected to router helps.
But it will not work for Aurender I have to control it using Aurender app so I need wifi router.
So buying i.e. AQVOX Audiophile
High-End Gigabit will not work for AUrender. Does anybody have any
advice what would help it make it more alive, sound bigger more
I’m not used to such thin and gray sound.
I’m cannot get how getting better PSU to some hifi router can help (it is just for controlling app),
How connecting NAS using expensive ethernet cables can help, Aurednder is streaming from internal HDD’s .
But I’m open for suggestions from somebody who owns AUrender or like and had similar problem and contrary to me have found satisfactory solution.
Thank you for reading.