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  1. Let us know how you get on if you do choose to use one of these services
  2. This gets a bit hectic down low . Sigrid - Strangers, its interesting to watch your bass driver when the bass drops occur. https://open.spotify.com/track/3CWuU5kIw8zsWJTcgreUwl?si=A4PaoNiGTT-nI5dyUj5MEA https://tidal.com/browse/track/105016916
  3. If you cant hear it why would you spend the money?
  4. Yes its good to stop that twitchy finger we can all suffer from sometimes , Even more amazingly Roon will shuffle your entire library endlessly as long as it is local so dont even need a playlist. Thanks to @rmpfyffor the idea to disconnect the ethernet cable!
  5. Just wanted to be clear in my comments regarding network noise. They apply regardless of whether you are using a local hard disk or Nas on the network or streaming from a streaming service. Usually people need their server connected to control it for instance from their phone or ipad. Having an ethernet cable connected is enough to introduce a negative sq effect. As I said previously it is simple to establish the level of this by setting off a playlist and unplugging the ethernet cable from the server and having a listen. I run a 2 box setup which is connected via ethernet cables to a switch which has only the server, endpoint and internet cable (from the router) connected. I run roon but even so, If I set off a playlist which only accesses a local hard drive conected directly to the server it will continue playing even though i disconnect the internet/network connected cable from the switch. TBH I am surprised it does keep going but it is great it does as I can easily remove network noise for the length of that playlist.
  6. Always fun to spend someone elses money without the risk of it not quite meeting expectation!! 1)LPS will definately be a step up and mostly the more you spend the better it gets. Easy huh! You could blow your entire budget on power supplies and it would not be wasted as you will hear the benefit and most likely be able to use them for any future builds dont stop at keces or HDplex. JS-2, Paul Hynes , sky's the limit! 2) New jcat card will most likely be better but will need good power anyway so see 1) first and the SOTM will definately improve with better power so give yourself a chance to enjoy that (already paid for ) improvement (I have had one previously) 3) already dealt with so crossed off the list 4)As impressive as Kii's are, even they think they can be improved upon with some bass reinforcement but If its not bothering you then no need to scratch that itch until it does! 5)Looking at your network setup and seeing what could be improved. Sadly cables and power supplies do make a diference here also along with isolation. Devices such as Etherregen, optical converters, Jcat net card seem everywhere now and . Just as your usb cable which "cant possibly" affect the sound due to clocks buffers and error correction 1's and zeros's etc so too the issue occurs with the network. Its easy to see how much impact it may make for you if you are able to put on a playlist and unplug the ethernet cable and sit down and listen. It costs nothing and you will know what sort of improvement you can expect in your setup. I have been doing that a bit lately and aside from saving $1000's of dollars to attain a smiilar improvement it gets you into a different thought process for listening more along the lines of using a tuntable which i have been enjoying (as long as you aren't streaming from Tidal or similar). If you do want to be connected then cables do make a difference at the same( or maybe even greater) impact than usb cables. (at least those who dont think usb cables make a difference cant disagree with that statement too much) Of course, if you can, room treatment or dsp can make much bigger gains as you have already found but if there is more that can be done it is a great sq return on investment. Thats a start!
  7. Ok, I think I get it now, from the post in A.S. " Why Build It? Understanding why I came up with a new CAPS design may help some members of this community either avoid the project or jump in with both feet. It all started with me dipping my toes back into the world of Jussi Laako's HQPlayer. I was evaluating a couple DACs that could handle very high rates of native DSD content, but I couldn't get any of my existing audio endpoints to work perfectly with the DACs. I often heard loud noises, pops, and much of the time the DACs were just not recognized by the audio devices. I needed a solution to this issue, so I decided it was time for a new CAPS design. " So, this is to allow high power processing required for HQplayer upsampling to 512k and above as it seems there are none/not many solutions that exist for that purpose that work well. So the server looks like it will be a gen 10 chip with some form of active cooling, most likely a mega power supply and GPU card to assist with processing. This will be a very expensive build which will be hard to justify unless you are wanting to do the above. But it does make sense in that there arent "go to" solutions for this purpose. Hmmm, It has made me think about some different ways of doing things though....
  8. Welcome to SNA, plenty of tweakers here!! what sort of tweaks do you apply?
  9. This is a 4.5k to 6k aud build (not including the sexy dials ) and is still only the renderer! still need to add the server so just trying to figure out what this is aimed at/should be compared to.
  10. He is involvedw ith one of these correction services and has written articles and a book on dsp treatment. His own bio below About the author Mitch “Mitchco” Barnett I love music and audio. I grew up with music around me as my Mom was a piano player (swing) and my Dad was an audiophile (jazz). At that time Heathkit was big and my Dad and I built several of their audio kits. Electronics was my first career and my hobby was building speakers, amps, preamps, etc., and I still DIY today . I also mixed live sound for a variety of bands, which led to an opportunity to work full-time in a 24 track recording studio. Over 10 years, I recorded, mixed, and sometimes produced over 30 albums, 100 jingles, and several audio for video post productions in a number of recording studios in Western Canada. This was during a time when analog was going digital and I worked in the first 48 track all digital studio in Canada. Along the way, I partnered with some like-minded audiophile friends, and opened up an acoustic consulting and manufacturing company. I purchased a TEF acoustics analysis computer which was a revolution in acoustic measuring as it was the first time sound could be measured in 3 dimensions. My interest in software development drove me back to University and I have been designing and developing software ever since.
  11. Interested in why you chose those particular treatments and what you think they are doing, and finally what they do to the sound you hear. Room looks amazing @Chanh!!
  12. Neither, the dimensions you suggested based on the golden ratio do not correspond with the Bolt area which is (theoretically at least) a researched basis for the creation of a good sounding room Whereas the dimensions of the room you actually built (and sounded good) may well be within the Bolt area (if we assume an average height of 330 for lack of being able to do anything else to make it work in this calculator). I dont really uinderstand why but must assume that Mr Bolt figured it out to be so.
  13. Interestingly, this works well (if we assume effective ceiling height is around 3.3m) according to the Bolt area calculator but this doesnt
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