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Re: Digital.

Post by Lee S » Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:58 pm

BlueSound Node2 with Tidal and Qobuz Hi-res subscriptions.... don't feel the need for anything else

...until, as Ant mentions, I get my TT up and running again... :twisted:
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Re: Digital.

Post by Greg » Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:56 pm

Tidal through life membership Roon. sonicTransporter with ethernet direct into Devialet Expert 250 Pro Core Infinity. Also an RPi with linear PSU using squeezlite to stream Radio Paradise flac as it can’t be done through Roon at present.

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Re: Digital.

Post by shane » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:09 pm

Was using a Squeezebox SB3 running from a cobbled-together NAS with 400gb hard drive attached, mainly for background and family use but the family isn’t interested, and I found that although 400gb can hold more music than I’m ever going to need, I just ended up listening to the same old things over again. As a result, I recently took a subscription for Tidal and bought a Chromecast Audio. Brilliant, because I can listen to all those albums I nearly bought but didn’t, and I can try all those tracks that come up on “what are you listening to right now” without having to download, rescan and lose the will to live.
Both have always been second fiddle to vinyl though, because both lacked that vital indescribable third dimension that transforms hearing into listening and experiencing, so neither was used for serious listening.
The CCA sounds different from the SB3, being a bit livelier but at the same time a bit harder, sufficiently so for me to take a punt a couple of months ago on a Beresford 7210 for fifty quid off eBay.
That bloke Stan knows his stuff, doesn’t he? This is the least of his creations, but it produces all that organic, tactile quality that’s been missing from the digital experience. Suffice it to say that the TT2 has hardly turned a table since the Standac arrived.
It isn’t all wonderful though. Casting Tidal to the CCA from an iPhone is infuriating. Every time you start playing a new album it reverts back to playing from the phone, and loses the beginning of the first track as you re-select the CCA. Quite often it refuses to cast for no obvious reason, needing the app to be stopped and re-started, and every now and then it’s just plain bizarre. Playing Fairport’s Unhalfbricking today it flatly refused to play A Sailor’s Life, telling me that the track was not permitted for playback in my country. Bizarre.
So I’m now looking for a better, less flaky interface between Tidal and the DAC, be that a better app or a better alternative to the CCA. As ever though, budget is minimal.
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Re: Digital.

Post by Ali Tait » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:50 pm

Forgot to say, also a Roon and Tidal user. Haven’t tried Qobuz yet. How do they compare?
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Re: Digital.

Post by Lee S » Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:04 pm

Quality of both is excellent. Qobuz has the 24/192 FLAC and Tidal has the MQA system which my BlueSound DAC supports. I tend to use Tidal all the time to be honest, but having both is good (Qobuz was bought for me) as there are a few titles that are not available on one and are on the other and vice versa, but both are excellent. If I had to keep one, it would be Tidal.
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Re: Digital.

Post by gazjam » Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:55 pm

Heavily modded Oppo 203 into a PS Audio Directstream dac over i2s connection, Wireworld Platinum i2s cable.

Better than my vinyl rig...there, I said it!

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Re: Digital.

Post by Michael L » Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:33 am

I have some kit on order from EC Designs in The Netherlands.

They are the MOS16 Dac, UPL16 music player and the UTOS usb to optical converter.

The gear is battery powered charged by USB port. The music files are held on usb sticks in Wav format. The Dac has only tos link i/p.

https://www.ecdesigns.nl/en/info/faq
https://www.diyaudio.com/forums/digital ... a-677.html

They say -
When converting digital audio data to an analogue signal we want to have lowest interference so we end up with the music and nothing but the music.

For this reason we use quiet discrete circuits and novel multibit D/A converters that maintain low interference levels. In order to maintain low interference levels in the analogue signal path, we use minimum signal attenuation in combination with variable gain on our monoblocks. Maximising signal amplitude and minimising gain results in highest SN ratio and lowest interference.

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Re: Digital.

Post by rowuk » Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:30 am

2011 MacMini, BitPerfect, Focusrite Forte ADC/DAC, separate “analog” USB Powersupply.

It could just be me, but Focusrite seems to have a magic hand on ADC/DAC transformation. For onsite recording I started with their Saffire range and now have tried many different models. Nothing ever appears that makes me doubt. Tried RME, Apogee, Wadia and others. I keep coming back.
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Re: Digital.

Post by Max N » Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:06 pm

Have you tried feeding the output of a cartridge into the mic input and doing RIAA in software?

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