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  1. I would use it for a 2-3 weeks and not compare again till then. Either it will burn in, or your head/perception will burn in (or both) and it will sound better to you. Then compare and see if your reaction is the same. When we get something new and compare we listen intently, and that very act changes our perception- our brains interpret sound differently in that scenario. Get used to the DAC and then do a more relaxed comparison, and see what you think then. I'm betting the differences between the DACs will seem much smaller.
  2. I don''t accept the dividing line between pro and consumer as far as SQ goes. Lots of Pro speakers sound great. Many audiophiles don't like them b/c the better ones are highly accurate, and don't color the sound euphonically the way many "consumer" speakers do. It's just a matter of taste. Listen to some, and if you like them, get them. They can often give you better SQ for the dollar than consumer stuff. Of course, the cosmetics are often utilitarian. Those nice cosmetics are a big part of what you pay for in consumer oriented hi-fi.
  3. ASR is good for confirming that measurements for a given unit are good or not. They've exposed a couple of expensive DACs that have very bad measurements, and some inexpensive ones that have good ones. Personally, I'd go for a DAC in my price range that has good measurements that also sounds good. I'd stay away from a badly measuring DAC, because that "good sound" may actually be euphonic distortion. Better to buy something without the euphonic distortion that I also like the sound of.
  4. These are variables, but where is there scientific proof (even proper listening tests) showing these things make a difference at the DAC output? There aren't. I don't think all DACs sound the same. Even just using different filters on a DAC where everything else is the same will make a difference in how it sounds. However, the differences -once you get to a certain level - are small, and much smaller than audiophiles admit to. It then becomes and issue of " do I want to buy the $13000 DAC" that sounds marginally better than the $2000 one"; or the $2000 one that's slightly better than the $500 one"?
  5. I'm not sure why you aren't getting a straight answer to your question. Just Google "SPDIF to USB converter" or something similar. SQ? In some cases it may even improve the SQ. Prices range from about $40 US to $2000 US. There are some that also do AES. Even my little iFi nano iOne DAC does USB to SPDIF conversion.
  6. Oppo players have pretty good internal DACs. Not for sure that your brother in law is correct. Unless you have a super DAC, he probably isn't.
  7. He also does sighted listening, which pretty much means we can't really depend of his results. How many times has he said the less expensive streamers are equal to, or better than a more expensive one?
  8. Yes, but no one has ever demonstrated that those potential issues actually effect the output of any properly made DAC. See Archimago's response to Swenson: https://archimago.blogspot.com/2019/08/musings-demo-why-bits-are-bits-lets-not.html That said, I can think of 4 reasons to get a proper streamer: a) you want to insure against any potential negative effects - just in case and for peace of mind; b) your server/DAC don't have the best, cleanest USB connections, and the streamer does (related to (a)); c) the streamer involved adds flexibility to your setup. For instance the Sonore streamers and their OS give you multiple ways to connect to your system over the network that you might not be able to do otherwise; d) multi room streaming and especially identically timed multi room streaming is easier with some streamers and the software they run (Roon, LMS, etc)
  9. I have. Conclusion: some MQA sound a bit better, some a little worse, some not very different. All in all, a bit like listening to a different master of the same album (which some are). If you investigate, the whole "authenticated" thing is bogus as is the "deblurring" claim. It's just marketing speak designed to reel in users and create a demand. Conclusion: What is it for? It doesn't solve any existing problem and is a proprietary format. Equipment producers have to pay large fees to MQA in order to add it in. At some point the consumer also pays for that. As far as I can see it adds nothing overall other than money to the pocket of MQA. So just give me hi-res flac. Open source and no one pays anything for it.
  10. It's only slightly cheaper than roon? Do you think its better than roon? It's considerably cheaper than Roon, as Roon has a yearly fee or a hefty lifetime subscription. JRiver: Buy it once, and then you do not have to buy the updates unless they include features you think are worth paying for. It used to be my main UI till I switched to Roon, but my 4 year old version still works fine. LMS is free and also a good suggestion. You can improve the UI if you load the "material" plug in. I also sometimes use Foobar. There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of user designed graphic interfaces for it that you can download off the Net and make it look and function as you'd like. Takes some fiddling to get right, but it's also free and works well.
  11. Don't quite get that one. It's pretty common to run subs with a crossover at as high as 80hz. Certainly that would blend with the LS50's. I'm not familiar with his sub. Maybe he needs a different sub that will blend with the Kefs.
  12. Many subs will do that for you, and you set the sub so it takes over some of the lowest bass notes of the KEF. That has a pretty good chance of solving the problem.
  13. I'd assume adding a sub, even a small one is out of the question? That would probably solve the problem if you let it take over some of the bass duty from the KEFs. Without asking about budget, the obvious answer to your question would be the much more expensive Kii Three or Dutch & Dutch.
  14. As silly as it sounds: clean the CD. In many cases that solved the problem for me.
  15. If the ASR measurements are accurate the DAC has lots of distortion. But here's a quote from a recent Audiostream review of a TotalDAC: If people love the sound, why should they care about the measurements? Euphonic distortion is just that- euphonic.
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