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  1. holliswhy

    Roon Core Suggestions

    I mainly use Tidal, I only have 50GB of music. So I opted to save $150, not quite enough for an Audiophile usb cable They say Roon ROCK has better sound quality. https://community.roonlabs.com/t/sq-comparison-rock-vs-windows-os-on-roon/26747/3 I wish I had a discount voucher....
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    Roon Core Suggestions

    I ended up ordering a NUC yesterday, with an i3, SSD, and M.2 drive, from eBay, 20% off. I have Roon Lifetime and plan on using it as a dedicated Roon ROCK server. I don't like Windows (requires too much maintenance), and rather use an Apple TV for movies etc (I don't "download" movies). I read this: Who knew Jason would have the B-52's in his library? "Rock Lobster," sourced from Tidal and the NUC, had excellent impact, with good low-frequency extension. Streaming the same track from Tidal via the Nucleus+, perhaps there was a touch more authority in the bass. Perhaps. With "Every Day I Have the Blues," from the Morrison-DeFrancesco album, the sound through the NUC was less authoritative, less open. However, the comparison was unfair: Though both versions were 16/44.1, I was streaming from Tidal with the NUC, and playing a WAV file from local storage with the Nucleus+. Nevertheless, while changing to the Tidal stream with the Nucleus+ reduced the difference between the servers, the Nucleus+ sounded still a tad tidier. Read more at https://www.stereophile.com/content/roon-labs-nucleus-music-server-page-2#a2Qg1WdqGw71WP7g.99 which made it difficult to spend another $1,500 if sound quality isn't that much of an improvement. I rather the NUC (vs the Lenovo), as I can take out the RAM and HDD if I need more processing data in the future.
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    Computer Audio vs One box solution

    Apparently, the biggest difference for those guys is when the Server and Renderer is separated. That's something I am ok to try, as the server will also allow me to use Roon in other rooms.
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    Computer Audio vs One box solution

    Thanks gents. I think I will go down 1 box, not a fan of complexity and frsutrations.
  5. Finally catching up with some hifi news after having a kid. DARKO and a few threads on Computer Audiophile talked about how they setup their own system. The conclusion I have seen, is that more boxes, better sound. The "ideal" system, from what I can gather is like: Server --> LAN/ Optical cleaner -> Renderer -> USB noise cleaner -> USB/ SPDIF converter -> Master clock -> DAC. That's like 7 boxes, each doing a "thing" in the chain. Question is, how does a one box solution, like a Lumin, Naim, Cambridge Audio compare? Are we that far apart in terms of sound, when everything is handled within one box? Not sure which path to go down, I like good sound, but I don't like boxes/ complexity.
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    SOLD: FS: NAIM CDX2 Mk1

    CD is so underrated on SNA. I find the technology to sound better than Computer audio and CDs are so cheap these days. This is an excellent CDP (I have owned one). No "digital" edge. And has a sexy draw mechanism. GLWTS
  7. Around 15kg. Shipping will be around $40 for east coast cities.
  8. Naims are such bargains in Ozland. I loved my Supernait.
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    SOLD: FS: STAX SRS-3100 System

    Thanks for the kind words guys. Item is now in hold pending pickup/ payment.
  10. Item: Mesa Boogie Express 5:25 guitar amp Location: Chadstone, Melbourne Price: $1000 + post Item Condition: Used, but in good working condition Reason for selling: Victory V10 Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Early 2000s model, 2 channels (clean/ crunch and blues/ burn), loads of gain on tap. Comes with foot switch and cover. 5 or 25 watts mode. Spring reverb. This amp was serviced in July, works perfectly. Pictures:
  11. Item: STAX SRS-3100 System Location: Chadstone, Melbourne Price: $750 + post Item Condition: Like New Reason for selling: I thought I can sit and listen to music quietly as a new dad. How wrong was I? Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Purchase new from Jaben, Melbourne, in April 2018. Used for less than 5 hours. Comes with all original packaging and manual etc. https://jaben.com.au/products/staxsrs-3100system Pictures:
  12. Item: Taylor 814ce Fall Limited Madagascan Rosewood (2006) Location: Chadstone, Melbourne Price: $3700 Item Condition: Very Good. Reason for selling: PRS Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Come with Expression pickup system, Taylor hard case, and documents. Never gigged, awesome sounds!
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