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Optical vs Ultra Rendu.
So, as an update, I gave up trying to avoid Chi-Fi and bought a Denafrips Pontus II DAC. This has an I2S over HDMI that is compatible with the I2S output of the UltraDigital. Although I could just use USB from the UR into the DAC, this way I can u... 
Who is Gonna Buy A New Jeep Grand Wagoneer For the MacIntosh Stereo?
FWIW, I had a 2003 Outback Subaru with a McIntosh stereo. While the car was too noisy when in motion to appreciate it, the stereo was actually good, for a car stereo.  And it was designed, if not built, by McIntosh.  I used to commute close to two... 
Considering Towers in the $3000 range
Depending on your room's cubic footage, either the Ohm Walsh 1000 or 2000.  I have had my 2000s since 2009, and the honeymoon is still going strong.  
Sad songs- We love them- We need them
Start to Stop - Martha and the Muffins Everybody Knows - Leonard Cohen (but I prefer cover by Concrete Blonde) Lady Grinning Sole - David Bowie Don’t Get it Back - Veruca Salt Just about half of the Aimee Mann catalog. No one said it Would be... 
Cables to settle brightness
@fittebd my old DAC was a highly modified Beresford, maxed out at 96/24 and lacked USB.  I still have it, so if I had some time, I could go from the UltraDigital to the Beresford with a coax cable.  I have enough inputs on my pre to hook both DACs... 
Cables to settle brightness
@earthtones I am considering the Sonore optical converter boxes.  Reasonably priced, and returnable if it doesn't do the trick.  My digital chain is already kind of a Rube Goldberg contraption, and this would make it moreso.  But if it works, who ... 
Cables to settle brightness
@duckworp I doubt it's the Denafrips.  It's the fifth DAC I tried and best sounding of all except maybe my old DAC, which wasn't as good sounding in other ways, much more homogeneous sounding, making everything sound warm and smooth with reasonabl... 
Cables to settle brightness
WOW!  Great thread.  I am in the OP's boat too, but it's not my DAC, which is a Denafrips Pontus II.  I actually think it's elsewhere in the digital chain.  Also have no issues with vinyl playback.  I upgraded to a Small Green Computer Sonic Orbit... 
Bragging rights.....
@mapman Congratulations on your new purchase.  A few questions:. You went from a very powerful Bel Canto amp to an all in one rated to deliver much less wattage.  Your Ohms are fine with that?  You used to insist that the Ohms did better when fed ... 
Warming up digital in my setup
Your description reminds me of every time I have heard KEF speakers, especially the LS50.  Bright, hard metal tweeters aren't helping.  Try a speaker with a folded ribbon, like a Golden Ear stand mount.     As for DACs, I tried a bunch of ESS ch... 
Looking for Speaker Recommendations
If you don’t like B&W, you should avoid tweeter types other than silk and ribbons, both flat and folded.  The Wilsons you like use soft domes, IIRC. IME, in an otherwise well voiced speaker, these tend to be free from harshness and listening f... 
Bladerunner Film Soundtrack
I found it! A guy named Rothermich recreated the original soundtrack without the dialog. It’s on Qobuz. Sounds pretty good too. 44/24 res.   Oh, and if anyone can tell me why Scott panned away from Rutger Hauer and onto Harrison Ford for the lin... 
Which Ethernet filter?
I may try the optical Ethernet adapter bundle from Small Green Computer. A lot cheaper than the EtherRegen or the ENO filter, and SGC claims it’s as effective or moreso. sGC has a 30 day return option if I don’t hear an improvement.  
what’s a song cover that you think is better than the original?
1. I Am the Walrus - Boingo 2. Wild Horses - The Sundays 3. Wish You Were Here - Rob Dickinson 4. You Can Love Her - Angelfish 
What is the best 2 channel listening chair?
I inherited a pair of the Stressless chairs.  Note that they come in multiple sizes.  One of mine is smaller, with a lower rise in the back, than the other.  It is above my shoulders, but beneath my ears.  I much prefer that one to the larger, tal...