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bhobba last won the day on November 30 2014

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  1. Hi Guys Now I have my Chord TT2 and M-sampler working properly (separate review coming shortly on that) so my final system is nearing completion. I am looking at something better than how I now connect my Mac running Audirvana to the DAC. I use two methods, The first is I use Audirvana to stream it to my DAC via my Oppo and SPDF, the second is a long USB cable from my MAC then into the Uptone Regen with one of Ceiseler Audio's (here after called by the owners name, Clay, for ease of use) power supplies. The regen sounds slightly better, but I do not think either is optimum. I decided on a Rendu of some sort but to my dismay discovered they are no longer sold in Australia (if I am wrong please let me know). Asked some friends who all said get the SOTM SMS 200 instead which is still sold here. Great - rang Clay and he makes a special supply for it. All was looking up. But just to be sure I wanted to ensure it worked with Audirvana. Well that's where the fun started - some say it does eg: https://www.bricasti.com/images/m5/Audirvana3_setup.pdf Others say it does not: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/measurements-and-review-of-sotm-sms-200-network-player.1846/page-4 'Airplay works via sharepoint in the supplied software package, Audirvana doesn‘t at least to my knowledge. The Sonore Streamers are supported though in Audirvana. I had an UR and still have a MR besides the Sotm - no audible difference if that is your next question So if you want to continue using Audirvana - the Sonore might be your thing.' Can anyone give me the truth about whats going on? Thanks Bill
  2. Hi All Well Clay got over to Mikes - his power supply performed brilliantly. I haven't head it personally, but here is not the place to discuss the actual DAC - I will do a separate thread i the DAC section and on Rob Watt's forum for that. But if anyone wants to hear it and what Clay's power supply does its down at Mikes so you can drop in and hear it and the difference Clay's supply makes. BTW this is to in no way poo-poo the switching supply that comes with the DAC - it the best switching supply Clay has measured, but Clay's supply makes a clear improvement from those that have heard it. Thanks Bill
  3. Yes. Mike, like a lot of speaker designers, was very impressed with the DEQX and got one. It beat his current crossover but he then came up with his PRC crossover. That beat the DEQX, But online discussions with someone from DEQX indicates it has made big strides in transparency so the comparison really needs to be done again. To be fair however you would need the rather pricey DEQX 4 with its DAC outputs so you can use the same DAC in comparison. I would love to do it but it is just a bit to pricey for me to purchase the DEQX. Clay can supply the dual DAC's so that is no problem, its just the cost of the DEQX. Regarding the original query the HDP2 would be a more cost effective choice - no pre or DAC needed: https://www.deqx.com/products/hdp-express-ii/ I could just swing getting one of those for a comparison, but it will be unfair because the passive version will use better quality DAC's. Mike has told me and plenty of others he will build any of his speakers to work with the DEQX. Some have taken him up on the offer so they may like to chime in. I only wish the DEQX guys would make a version with only sub-woofer analogue outputs and the others digital. To me that would be more 'high end' without the expense of all the other stuff that comes with the HDP4 - just me and my priorities. The DEQX guys have their own reasons for the products they make ie it may be the price difference between my suggestion and the HDP4 is not worth a separate product. Thanks Bill
  4. Hi All Don't worry. Mike is building an all out stand for my Magnesium speakers and they will come in versions for all his speakers. They will not be cheap - but from Mike tells me they will be very very good. So if you can wait Mike will have some uber stands for your speakers. Thanks Bill
  5. Hi Dobb's The speaker is the most important part of the chain and influences your other components. Even though you don't have the money now there is no reason not to listen to speakers now so you know what you want. Then you can look into other stuff. For example providing your speakers are not too insensitive there is a new DAC from Chord, the TT2, that you do not need an amp for: https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/chord-hugo-tt2 The output stage provides 18W so really insensitive speakers cant use it - they need more than the 18w it produces. SGR speakers have their own built in amps so no need to get an amp for those. Just examples of how speaker choice affects other components. Thanks Bill
  6. Still having problems with my broken Femur so cant go and check it out myself. But a friend called into Harvey Norman and saw the Samsung 8K side by side to 4k OLED. The OLED was blacker than black in a darkened room and had the better looking image. It was closer in a normal semi lighted room, but the OLED still had the better image. Remember though OLED burns in easy and will not be covered by warranty. The Samsung looked more natural, the OLED, while better, more contrived. At least that was my friends view. When you got right next to the screen the Samsung killed the 4k OLED - no pixilation at all - none - you could still see pixels on the OLED. At normal viewing positions unnoticeable but still impressive. The new 8K is not future proof - they always say that about new technology but don't you believe it. It however will take a couple of years to do it and prices will definitely come down. There is no 8K material and there is a good chance when it becomes available you will not have the internet speed. At the moment you have to rely on upscaling - and for probably quite a while - but that is now using new AI techniques: https://www.techguide.com.au/news/televisions-news/samsungs-ai-upscaling-works-new-8k-qled-tvs/ You reportedly need a minimum of 25mps for 4k and 50 for 8k (its not 4 times because the compression algorithms work better on higher resolution material). Even though I pay for 100mps the best I do is between 35-40. I would go to 50 except my ISP doesn't offer it - only 12, 25 and 100. But its 100 price is about the same as other ISP's 50 price so I can't be bothered changing ISP's. However, again reportedly, the majority of people cant get 50, at this stage anyway, so native 8k is out unless they come up with better compression methods - which are being worked on: http://www.insightmedia.info/8k-tvs-top-tv-line-ups-for-a-reason/ In practice we will usually use services like Netflix etc rather than broadcast channels. They will likely use intelligent compression techniques that adjusts compression to available bandwidth: https://qz.com/920857/netflix-nflx-uses-ai-in-its-new-codec-to-compress-video-scene-by-scene/ Combine this with the upscaling AI in new TV's like this Samsung and it will all be pretty seamless - whether it will be that noticeable I have no idea. Thanks Bill
  7. The technology sucked me in so ordered one of the new Samsung 8k 65 inch TV's:: https://www.techguide.com.au/reviews/televisions-reviews/samsung-q900-8k-tv-review-best-tv-can-buy-also-expensive/ Haven't got it yet, the store, Videopro, needs to get it in. Will let you know more once its installed - technically looks the bees knees. Thanks Bill
  8. Welcome For speaker advice though we need to know your price range. Just off the top of my head I would suggest: 1. Ambiance Ribbons 2. SGR 3. Martin Logan Electromotion 4. Lenehan Audio - Mike hand builds and individually tunes each one so you really need to visit his factory on the Gold coast - you cant get them normal retail. 5. Harbeth - beautiful for Jazz. Other than Lenehan and SGR speakers you can hear them at places like Brisbane Hi Fi or AV Domain. For SGR best to ring them to find out how you can hear them. It's very important to listen to a number of speakers before deciding. Take your time - its not a race. Thanks Bill
  9. That's the trouble with many DAC's including Chord and Clay's - they are being upgraded all the time. I used to be the DAC guy around here getting all the latest DAC's - nowadays I cant even keep up with all the new DAC's being released little alone get and compare them. I have a M-Scaller and TT2 - but the TT2 is bung. I only hope its my final DAC - I just love the TT2 will drive speakers direct - will it drive my Magnesium's which are only 84db or so sensitive? We will see - I find power a very strange thing. Sometimes a flea powered 2W amp works fine - other times even 500w has issues. The reason seems to be the source - anybody else notice how low in volume Netflix is? Thanks Bill
  10. Who knows. Maybe its simply upgrading to later DAC's like the TT2 that can drive speakers directly and connect to the M-Scaler. I have owned a couple of Chords and have a TT2 and M-Scaler right now, but the TT2 is bung and awaits fixing before I can listen to it. For me they have all sounded good (unknown about the TT2 and up-scaler of course until the TT2 is fixed). But this is a fast moving area where we have a DAC like the Gross that can take on the much more expensive Direct Stream which itself gets better which each software release. What I can say is before the TT2 went bung the wife of a audiophile I lent it to thought it sounded fantastic and she has heard a lot of DAC's - so maybe its simple personal preference. Thanks Bill
  11. bhobba

    Aus Open Tennis

    Good point - Rosewall hated playing Roscoe Tanner - the power on his serve was too much for him to handle. Nowadays of course many players hit with that kind of power on their serve - Tanner was a freak for his time. I guess we will never know - but I really would have liked to see them face Rosewall on indoor wood. Thanks Bill
  12. bhobba

    Aus Open Tennis

    Of course they did because as you said the tennis was crap in that heat and the people watching would be turned off - only by attracting large audiences can players, and Tennis Australia, get paid the amount they do. But Agassi had a point from the fairness perspective. Thanks Bill
  13. bhobba

    Aus Open Tennis

    The issue with Raffa playing Novak is Novak, due to his excellent timeing, can take Raffa's viscous topspin early to counter it. People sometimes ask how would the old time players like the great Ken Rosewall go against modern players like Raffa. Back in Rosewall's day they often played on a surface faster than grass - it was lightning fast indoor wood. If Rosewall played Raffa on that he would simply use his deadly backhand slice and Raffa would have no chance of hitting his topspin groundies. He would be forced into a slicing duel with Rosewall - a duel he would not win. Modern playing styles giveth and taketh. Lucky for modern players indoor wood is no longer used for tournament play. Thanks Bill
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    Aus Open Tennis

    Because as Andre Agassi said part of playing in Australia is coping with the heat - you need to train and condition your body. Andre always did and it was not an easy thing to do. It is unfair on players who did this saying - if it gets too hot we will close the roof or whatever. Then there is the practical issue of simply getting through the matches. Thanks Bill
  15. My perverse opinion about manufacturers leads me to look at what they gain out of it. By not having USB out and using twin BNC cables to connect at the highest up-sampling rate you are locked into using Chord products to unlock its full potential. IMHO they should have forgot the twin BNC cables and used USB - but hey - that would mean putting the customer before profits - not really the capitalist way is it? Thanks Bill
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