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Chord M-Scaler and Should I Want One?
Anyone have any reasons why NOT to consider the M Scaler with my Gryphon DAC? The M Scaler seems to be one of those rare products that almost everyone unanimously says is great. Sort of like the Innuos PhoenixUSB I've tried both those boxes. Sc... 
What is the added value of a streamer over a networked dedicated Computer
The timing of the Streamer vs the DAC depends on the connection used. If you use the USB connection, then the DAC retimes the bitstream. If you use the S/PDIF or AES connection then the DAC uses the incoming timing. This is why it is important to... 
What is the added value of a streamer over a networked dedicated Computer
 So, the data, which represents the amplitude of the music must be correct, and error correction techniques ensure this, but crucially the timing must be consistently spot-on too. That’s why different streamers etc sound different. The timing i... 
Where to invest the most in the "digital chain"?
You can’t recover lost DATA after the source , so I think of the streamer as a modern day "Transport" While this is true, it is not a reason to spend more on a streamer. Every streamer, every ethernet switch, every cable, passes bit perfect dat... 
Where to invest the most in the "digital chain"?
Quality room correction is not cheap, unfortunately I have a Trinnov too, but you don’t need to spend that kind of money to get room correction. It is fairly inexpensive to create and use convolution filters that can be used within Roon, HQplay... 
What is the added value of a streamer over a networked dedicated Computer
Computers fail, there’re noisy and take up space. Streamers provide absolute simplicity. Streamers are computers   Streamers like the Aurender mitigate timing errors in the signal transmission by buffering, but this only limits the signal ji... 
Where to invest the most in the "digital chain"?
It's always amusing when someone posts a completely outrageous scenario and the audiophools pile on thinking it was serious.  Bravo !!! You got these phools to believe you spent almost $700 on an ethernet switch, thousands on power supplies and w... 
Sellers Beware of PayPal! (Update)
Why would a buyer intentionally damage the item? He got nothing out of all this, since he returned the turntable. No, he got his money back..  Perhaps he changed his mind about wanting the table and this is a way to get a refund.  I once shipp... 
How long should speaker cables be?
negative output impedance please explain, I've never heard that term  
How long should speaker cables be?
Naim recommends 3.5 meters minimum for proper inductance and capacitance.   Naim is an unusual situation. They traditionally designed their amplifiers with a certain amount of impedance expected in the cables. Their older amplifiers could beco... 
Which USB reclocker is as good as the Innuos Phoenix USB?
+10 for  Mutec MC-3Plus USB Smart Clock.  
What cable companies make the best cables and sell them directly?
Not many, I suspect. Why would you think otherwise? because I see endless debate on things like cables and very little if any discussion about optimizing a room (which includes speaker placement) granted, I don't spend much time here anymore s... 
What cable companies make the best cables and sell them directly?
How many people spend countless hours swapping cables but won't spend a few minutes working with speaker placement or invest in room treatments? Cables should be the absolute LAST thing you worry about after EVERYTHING ELSE is perfected. In other... 
Point of diminishing returns for a Network Streamers?
everyone agrees that the data (the bits, the ones and zeros) arriving at your DAC is unaffected by the ethernet cable, USB cables, switches, clockers, re-clockers, routers, streamers, computers, It is bit perfect no matter the differences in the a... 
Volume Control Too Sensitive
lot of misinformation here You have an impedance mismatch between the amp and preamp. this has nothing to do with input/output impedance matching The Bryston puts out 15 volts, that’s a lot. Attenuating the signal (pad down) is an acceptable...