kmcong

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Electric bill any high
I have all of my components plugged into a Furman Power Conditioner which shows how much power the entire system  (monoblocks,  preamp,  dac, streamer, cdt) is using at any time.  Whole system draws about 0.8 watts when in standby,  and about 1.2 ... 
Streamers under $1500
In my opinion,  the operating system and which music services it supports is extremely important for your enjoyment of a streamer.  I listen to Amazon HD and Idagio.  None of the high end streamers support both of these services.  Therefore,  I'm ... 
Digital newbie
I started streaming several years ago.  Prior to that,  most of my listening was CD and some streaming of radio stations through my computer.  Because I wasn't sure,  I  started modest, with a Bluesound Node 2i.  Reasonable cost,  and the digital ... 
Streamer/DAC combinations
Definitely,, upgrade the DAC!! Then,  mod the Node with a LPS ( I used a TeddyPardo,  but there are other brands out there too. ) I'm using a Node 2i,  feeding a PS Audio Directstream DAC Mk1.  I  have a great soundstage,  both wide and deep. Grea... 
Differences in YouTube, Spotify, etc.
Amazon HD and Idagio.  Amazon HD because it’s lossless,  has a huge library,  much of it in Ultra HD,  and unlike some others that have posted I think the interface is logical and intuitive.  Idagio because it has the best library of classical mus... 
Help me pick a Dac
I'm running a Bluesound Node 2i moded with a TeddyPardo Linear Power Supply; the power supply upgrade made a significant improvement.  The problem with the higher end streamers for me is their OS lack of support for many streaming services.  I  us... 
Adding streaming services to a streamer via usb
My pet peeve is the lack of native support for many streaming services with the OS of most high end streamers!! I listen primarily to Amazon HD and Idagio,  and can't get support for either or both of these from Naim, Aurender,  Innuos,  etc.  At ... 
Comparing Legacy Focus snd PS Audio FR20
I've never heard the FR20, although I'm a big PS Audio fan ( I have their Directstream DAC,  M700 monoblocks,  and the new Stellar Gold Preamp. ) I would love to hear their new speaker line if I get the chance.  I do have a pair of Legacy Audio Si... 
Please be gentle with me! 🙏
I think he will see a significant improvement using the N130 over his phone.  I  think adding a quality dac into the chain will yield even better quality. I'm using a Bluesound Node,  using the digital coax into a PS Audio Directstream DAC.  The  ... 
Songs you use when auditioning gear
Symphony Fantastique by Hector Berlioz, recorded by the L.A. Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Duhamel, a DG recording.  Especially the fifth movement.  It has everything from solo woodwinds to the oversized orchestra playing full out!! Tubular be... 
Value of a preamp?
Paul McGowan of PS Audio has posted several YouTube videos on this subject.  You can Google those.  I was going directly from my PS Audio Directstream DAC Mk1 into my M700 monoblocks,  and thought it sounded great.  After watching his videos,  and... 
Floorstanding speaker experiences/recommendations in the $12-25k range
I second Audiotroy's recommendation as to the Legacy Focus.  I have the Legacy Signature SE,  slightly smaller than the Focus  (WAF was a factor here!). My room is 14 x 25 with a 14 foot high vaulted ceiling.  Plenty of volume  (using a pair of PS... 
New streamer
One of the big questions to ask,  in my opinion,  is which music services are supported by the os for any given streamer.  I  use Amazon HD and Idagio,  and as far as I know,  BluOS is the only user interface that supports both of these services. ... 
Eliminated my preamp with amazing results
I recently had the exact opposite experience. I was using my PS Audio Directstream DAC Mk1 as a preamp,  hooked directly to my PS Audio M700 monoblocks,  feeding a pair of Legacy Audio Signature SE speakers.  After reading several "experts" opinio... 
What to do with a large collection
I wonder how many of those cds have "cd rot"? I have a collection of around 500 cds that go back to the 80s. I'm finding that a few from the 80s and 90s have "self destructed". I have always stored them properly,  but it's my understanding that so...