mgrif104

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Streaming vs CD transport direct comparison
Interesting comparison and we appreciate you sharing the results.  I will say that I directly compared Roon to Lighting DS through my Auralic Aries G2.  LDS was significantly better in every regard than Roon which I subsequently dropped.I’m not su... 
What are you streaming tonight?
Roberta Flack - First Take. What a voice!   
BlueSound Stinks(!), anyone?
It can be frustrating. If at all possible, connect your Node via Ethernet as opposed to WiFi.  My problems went away completely when I did.  You can get a bridge or set up a mesh network and plug into the Ethernet ports on one of your waypoints.  ... 
Simaudio 680D?
Hi Deeppurpleman: I stream Qobuz primarily. I’ve also had Tidal but Qobuz sounds a bit better and the depth of their catalogs are converging.  I also became annoyed with Tidal’s hip hop centric recommendations.I also have a NAS so I use the Aries ... 
Simaudio 680D?
I thought the app functionality fine, but the sound of the streamer element of the 390 was a drawback.  I was able to feed the unit from my streamer vs the one built in.  Not even close.  Are you saying that you think it will also be limiting (sou... 
Diminishing returns?
Sound quality and value/worth is really subjective.  Many of us here on these forums have decided that it is worth going upstream.  A large number of participants here would say it is diminishing returns.The units you’re considering are well regar... 
TIDAL &/vs Amazon HD
Like many here, I used to have Tidal but was annoyed that their recommendations were primarily in genres of no interest to me.  Fortunately, I tried Qobuz.  I can’t say the recommendations are great, but they’re better. More importantly, the sound... 
Kef reference 3
I have the Ref 3s and so am obviously biased.  I think they’re exceptional and spent more than a year considering others at or around their price. I’d buy them again in a heartbeat over all the others auditioned.  Indeed, they’re the only componen... 
MacBook Pro streamer
While USB works well when using a dedicated streamer, it seems to work less well coming out of a computer.  USB tends to pick up a good amount of noise from the computer.Before I moved on to dedicated streamers, I bought from Schiit Audio a USB>... 
Streamer Software
Lots of good information here.  I have experience with Aurender’s conductor (I own an N100H and use it extensively in system 2).  I have experience with Auralic’s Lighting DS (I own an Aries G2 and use it in system 1).  I have experience with BluO... 
adding a DAC/Streamer or what
There’s a plenty of good advice here.  I’ll add my own $.02 as I have a bit of a different view than some.  We all agree on the importance of the DAC.  However, if you have a $10k budget, and given the high quality of your other system components,... 
Whats playing on your system today?
Tigran Hamasyan - The Call Within. He’s an Armenian slipstream jazz artist living in LA.  Not really to my taste, but he’s a remarkable musician and the music is very interesting and challenging.  So, well worth a listen. 
Power Conditioners
Mk00the answer is yes - others heard the difference easily. I have had a number of conditioners in the past.  None were cheap and none really made a sizable difference, but I wanted to protect gear.  My dealer suggested I audition a Niagara 5000. ... 
spend on the streamer or on the DAC ?
@djones51. Sorry you’re missing out.  I have 3 streamers from 3 systems.  I’ve compared them all going into the same DAC.  Plenty more than a nickels worth of difference between them.  But, to each their own. 
spend on the streamer or on the DAC ?
I have a different view than the others.  Yes, the DAC is very important, but I also found that the streamer or source is as important. I started with a Node 2 going into an outboard DAC, and found a sizable improvement in performance when upgradi...