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  1. If you are using a PC as your source you could try a little eq.
  2. I don't think so, I'm just suggesting that RME know what they are doing when it comes to power, and so an external supply may not provide any improvement.
  3. I have an RME Babyface Pro, which I love, and which can be run from an external supply or directly from USB. I have a Teddy Pardo supply, which allows me to use the Babyface in stand-alone mode with SPDIF sources when I want to. That use aside, when comparing the USB input with and without the external supply, I can't hear any difference. I consider this to be proof of the RME's quality, as other DACs I've owned have sounded pretty bad when powered via USB.
  4. Panasonic smart TV, optical out to DAC. Works perfectly with all sources except Netflix app. Don't know why it doesn't work, but a quick search suggests that lots of other people are having the same problem. Shrug.
  5. Could it be a coincidence? Assuming you turn your power amp off before your preamp (which you should), the cables shouldn't make any difference.
  6. Something to do with Netflix's use of Digital Rights Management I think (though I'm not entirely sure). I object to companies treating their customers as criminals, and so will never subscribe to any service that uses DRM.
  7. My mother and father in law are in the same situation. I ended up getting them an Arcam rDAC on closeout special and some Sennheiser RS120s. Keeps both of them happy. Only problem is that Netflix cannot be used with an external DAC. 😕
  8. Your room and speaker positioning can make a big difference to imaging. My current system sounded spectacular in my last room - imaging to die for - but very average in my current room. I'm very much in favour of a good dac (have an RME currently), but it may be worth repositioning your speakers etc, before spending the money (not that having a better dac will hurt).
  9. I would consider a Chord Qutest or RME ADI2 DAC.
  10. I use an RME Babyface Pro. Works brilliantly in my desktop set-up. I can highly recommend it.
  11. I have owned class d amps from W4s and Bel Canto. I enjoyed both (the Bel Canto more than the W4s). They are not perfect, but nothing in the price range is. Great bass control and dynamics, but slightly flat soundstage. Definitely worth auditioning - they may have the right mix of compromises for you.
  12. Thanks for the suggestions. Think I'll order some Neutrik XX connectors and some Canare L-4E6S.
  13. Hi all, I'm setting up an office system and need a longish (2-2.5m) set of balanced interconnects. I'm looking for something (very) cheap, as the system is (very) temporary. Does anyone have any suggestions? (I'm in NZ, so shipping costs may need to be factored into the equation.) Thanks for your help. 🙂
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