mahler123

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Optical vs coax vs spdif
I’ve never heard any consistent difference between optical and coax using a variety of transports into a variety of DACs.  I have consistently heard a difference with usb vs the others, and usb always loses 
Vault 2
My Vault2 works the same with Android And iOS devices 
Looking for advice on buying new discontinued music server - would you do it?
I have had Bluesound for several years and required a fair amount of tech support.  I don’t know how  much of a savings there is from an old unsupported Node2 and the current 2i, but since the Node2i only costs around $500, it can’t be that much. ... 
Need help. Music server and streaming. Newbie.
Your Oppo can be used as a streamer using the Network Tab.  I would start there, since you already own it.  It isn’t the most elegant streamer, but it gets the job done.  What it doesn’t do is Internet Radio or Tidal/Qobuz, the two streaming servi... 
My beloved CDP finally bit the dust
I read where Vincent has released a tubed DAK, a time least in the U.K., I don’t see it available in the States yet 
External DAC For Oppo 105 At What Cost?
I use a 105 as a transport and output everything over HDMI into my Bryston DAC3.  All High Rez silver discs and downloads play at native resolution, and the Oppo outputs DSD from SACD over HDMI.  That would be my advice on getting the best from yo... 
Will adding an external DAC to my setup improve SQ significantly?
As mentioned, you already have 3 DACs.  I have the Bluesound Node2, and Oppo 105 and 203s, which I will presume have better DACs than the 93.  I have never heard the Peachtree.  The Node2 DAC is ok but can definitely be bettered.  At one point I w... 
CD"S
Pioneer makes a Universal Player for around $1K that is supposed to sound great.  My recommendation would actually be to get a transport for around $500 and spend the rest on a great DAC.  If you want to dip your toe in the streaming waters at som... 
An alternative for Bluesound?
Budget?I have both Bluesound and a Bryston BDP3.  The Bryston sounds better, but it costs a lot more than Bluesound.  I frankly don’t know if it does MQA because I don’t care and my Bryston DAC doesn’t do MQA anyway.  The Bluesound OS is so much e... 
Would you even consider?
No, I would not.  Given how quickly processors and AVRs become obsolete as standards change, and the beating that I have taken in the past for this, I would only buy old HT gear at rock bottom prices.  2 channel is a different story  
Home theater help from scratch 5.2 25k budget
You have a nice budget to play with and whatever gear you get will probably satisfy, especially since the emphasis is movies and gaming.  Music is more demanding to reproduce.  So my two cents...1) Center channel is critical for dialogue 2) I agre... 
My Thoughts re: Dealers Posting on Audiogon
I don't have any problems with dealers posting as long as each of their posts identifies them as a dealer 
Novice Question: Dedicated Streamers
I think the OP query has been answered, I’ll just chime in with reiterating that streamers and PC based streaming are essentially similar.  Streamers remove the PC from the equation, but are in themselves computers with specialized OS.  There are ... 
Power cord recommendation for a dac?
When I first read about upgrading power cords, I was skeptical.  I tried anyway, and was surprised that it could make a subtle difference.  However, I thought that the asymptote was quickly reached—I couldn’t hear any improvement after the $100/me... 
Bluesound Node 2i , Azur 851n or ...
If you are going to use AirPlay, or BT, why would you need Ethernet?The streaming services that you listed aren’t the highest quality sound.  For that check out Tidal or Qobuz.  The Bluesound Node 2i should meet all your needs.