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Guest suddenly takes it upon herself to move my speakers
Years ago, when my son was 2, I would let him into the listening room to sit with me and listen to music, and he watched intently as I took the grills of my Merlin TSM speakers to listen (they sounded better grills off). I usually kept the door to... 
Why does my old CD player sound so much better than my new streamer?
I own a D2, and AudioTroy gave very helpful and useful info on dialing in the D2. First, set the audio volume to fixed. Second, enable DSD decoded playback. Third, if using Roon, set Roon to upsample to DSD and adjust the phase and filter settings... 
Best Vintage Dac??
Agree on the Trivista 21 DAC. Wonderful sounding, built like a tank and the tubes last several lifetimes. I’ve had mine new since 2004 and it sound wonderful.only problem with most vintage DACs is that they don’t play high Rez files, like MQA or D... 
New Firmware Out For Sony HAPZ1 And S1 HDD Players
Don’t hold your breath Dep14. I did and finally exhaled after playing with a Roon Nucleus. No going back, and after adding a Lumin D2 and a cheap SSD drive to my Nucleus, I get everything the Sony provides PLUS Tidal, Qobuz, and DSD upsampling. Wh... 
What does Roon do?
I actually use the Roon’s own Nucleus. It is an Intel NUC i3, which wouldn’t ever be described as a lot of horsepower, and the processing speed for basic DSP capabilities is pretty light. Roon built its own hardware mainly to address those audioph... 
What does Roon do?
I’m a long time tube guy too.You need a PC to use Roon. Think of Roon like an operating system for your music, it knits together all your digital music, whether stored on a hard drive or bought on iTunes, or streamed through a high Rez service lik... 
Tidal app vs Roon. Wich one sounds better?
AudioTroy speaks the truth. If you just install and play music through Roon without using the DSP functions, you are not getting the power from Roon to upsample. Also, Roon’s DSP defaults, specially the sample rate conversion filter, should be alt... 
Qobuz.
I’m running both Tidal and Qobuz via Roon and preferring Qobuz more generally. UI is irrelevant due to Roon. I am finding more high res pop and rock titles with Qobuz, and both have gaps, nice to use both. Not sure whether I’ll pick one or just ke... 
Need DAC/Streaming Advice
Surprised no one referenced Roon. Allows you to choose your preferred streamer gear but not be enslaved to an app or UI that may not be supported once a device is obsolete.Running Roon with Tidal and Qobuz on a Squeezebox and will shortly add a Lu... 
Bel Canto e.One Stream
See this thread at head-fi. https://www.head-fi.org/threads/bel-canto-stream-loaner-program.891952/I lked the e.one but not it’s DAC. As purely an MQA streamer it was fine but the asking price is a bit steep for just this function. I ended up buyi... 
A DAC that crushes price vs. performance ratio
That makes sense...fifteen years ago jitter was still a problem, and the asynchronous designs like early Gordon Rankin designs were all the rage.is jitter still an issue with the Phillips chipsets, or is it just that the source components have lar... 
A DAC that crushes price vs. performance ratio
I like reading the measurements to see if they correlate what I hear in subjective listening. But I agree that great measurements alone don’t signal great sound, nor do poor measurements signal poor sound.Case in point: I’ve owned several great SE... 
Luxman DA-06 DAC vs Chord Qutest/Hugo 2
I’m siding with @astelmaszek. I heard both using a variety of headphones, mostly Audeze LCD 3 and Focal Clear. The Luxman was smooth but not nearly as dynamic as the Chord Qutest. I was very impressed by the Chord - my main gripes were really only... 
Does a ripped cd onto a digital format sound better than the cd played on the cdp
Ten years ago, I sold my Pioneer Elite PDS-95 transport, a giant of a CD transport, after extensively comparing its sound to a highly modified Squeezebox (both feeding a Musical Fidelity Tri-Vista DAC). The Squeezebox received its bits from a Mac ... 
Roon Nucleus
Pretty sure this was the inspiration for the Nucleus: https://youtu.be/8pplat_Mhe0 every time I look at the Nucleus I can’t help but imagine action Jack Barker whining to Richard: “No Richard. We don’t need to launch a new build of Roon. What we ...