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  1. I have an Antipodes DS with a 4TB HDD (bought 2nd hand on this site) with which I have FLAC ripped all of my CDs and listen to them via Roon on the DS. They sound better via the DS than when played on my Rega Apollo CDP. Existing files on my PC have been converted to FLAC if they weren't already in that format and transferred to the DS. These files sound slightly inferior somehow and may well be because of their origin. I have no hesitation in recommending the Antipodes range for SQ, integration with my existing equipment and ease of use. Good luck in your search.
  2. I don't rate the lightspeed I'm afraid. Thin and weedy sounding. It's what I had prior to the Curious. I've decided to stick with what I have and spend the money on my motorbike. Thanks for your input, everyone
  3. mloutfie, thanks for the response. I'm still dithering...........
  4. no, I haven't as yet. Well not with the Denafrips DAC anyway. I use a Curious Cable .85 metre long USB cable. Antipodes say they have put more effort into their USB output and achieve better results than the others. I did try all outputs into my Rega DAC and think I preferred the USB overall. After scouring all posts I could find on here of the Singxer, I'm starting to think it might not be for me. The Pontus has really added some weight and spaciousness to my system, compared to the Rega and whilst the extra detail retrieval via the Singxer might be good to have, it sounds like the sound thins out a bit in the middle on some systems. My coax cable is nothing extra special but I should/will give it a try. Good suggestion, thanks.
  5. a.dent Thanks for the reply. I'm not sure what you mean by "So you will be converting I2S to USB then back to I2S." From my Antipodes server/streamer I get the choice of USB, coax or SPDIF and use the USB from there to the USB input on the DAC. If the server is internally converting the i2S to USB, as I think you're implying, I guess it comes down to whether the Singxer is a better re-converter than the DAC internal re-converter. Correct? Ian
  6. Hi all, are there noticeable improvements in sound quality when converting USB to i2S? I have the opportunity to purchase a Singxer SU-1 for a reasonable price to supply i2S to my Denafrips Pontus. I am very happy with the performance of the USB supply but you know how it is........... I understand that i2S straight out of the server would be preferable but it is an option that is not available to me. Thanks for any assistance. Ian
  7. Hi, I have an Antipodes DS with USB out and a Denafrips Pontus DAC with an I2S input that I'd like to access. I've heard that the use of the I2S input can take the Pontus to a higher level. So, if anyone can lend me a Singxer Audio Bridge and cable so that I can go from USB to I2S, I'd be very appreciative. I am at Engadine in Sydney and am happy to travel within the metro area to pick it up or cover someones fuel costs for delivery. Also, happy to make SNA donation if successful. thanks and regards, Ian
  8. ha, I'll dig it out and bring it around. I'm still in Engadine. You worked on the old Mullard in my avatar a few years ago! You're still in Georges River Crescent? Can't remember the number but could probably find the house again.
  9. Hi all, I hope this is in the right Forum. I have an old integrated Luxman amp (307, 308?) which is in need of repair. From memory, it would turn on and work OK, fade out and give a big POP and then come back on and work OK from then. Anyway, can anyone suggest a repair service for the old girl? I'd like to have a listen to it again, it was a wonderful amp. thanks, Ian
  10. Thanks for the reply George, I'm going to give it a run today. regards, Ian
  11. thanks for the reply PicoWattson. Pretty much what I had been thinking but it is not my amp and was after some reinforcement before making the move. The old beast does Class A when running under 10 watts output and I have very efficient speakers, so I'm looking forward to hearing how it goes. regards, Ian
  12. I've been using the Pontus for a few weeks (~100 hours) now. No difference of any kind between channels that I've noticed. I'm using a Curious USB cable out of an Antipodes DS streamer/server and am really enjoying the results. This was a blind purchase and one that I have not regretted. I would not mind trying the Singxer DDC option but have heard that for some, the difference is negligible and dependent on the source quality more than anything. Maybe someone would lend me one for a week or two.
  13. Is it possible/safe to connect a DAC output straight to a power amp, in this case a Yamaha M-45 with input level controls? Just wondering. thanks, Ian
  14. Item: CDs - light use, excellent condition. I can supply more info if there is any interest Location:Sydney NSW Price: EOI @ $10 per disc Item Condition: Used, 9/10 Reason for selling:Part of my late fathers collection and not my style Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Various artists - Ken Colyer in New Orleans - The Complete 1953 Recordings The December Band – Volume 2 Firehouse Five + 2 – Dixieland Favourites Firehouse Five + 2 - Goes South Firehouse Five + 2 - Goes to Sea Firehouse Five + 2 - Plays for Lovers Jelly Roll Morton – Red Hot Peppers, New Orleans Jazz Men and Trios Bunk Johnson/Lu Waters – Bunk and Lu Phil Mason’s New Orleans All Stars – Spirituals and Gospels At the Jazz Band Ball – Chicago/New York Dixieland Jazz Classics New Orleans in Digital Stereo Volume 2 The Trafalgar Squares – The good time sounds of Dixieland Giants of Jazz – The Legend of New Orleans (various) When the Saints – The Original Dixieland Stompers Compact Jazz – The Best of Dixieland (various) Esquire Jazz Concert – NYC Met. Opera House 1944 The Famous Castle Jazz Band – In Stereo The Famous Castle Jazz Band - The Five Pennies Chris Barbers Jazz Band - The Original Copenhagen Concert 1954 Fats Waller and his Rhythm – 1934 to 1936 Carl Sonny Leyland – I’m Wise Meade Lux Lewis/Jim Yancey - Barrelhouse Boogie Art Tatum – The Genius Of Keyboard Duke Ellington and his Orchestra – 1927 to 1934 Pictures:
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