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    Good quality NAS

    I went for an Intel NUC7i7BNH with 16GB of RAM, and a Samsung 250GB 960 EVO M.2 (PCIE) SSD, plus an Intel SSD 520 Series 240GB (because I had one lying around doing nothing). The i7 one isn't a lot more than the i3 or i5 versions. This configuration is way up on the minimum specs and probably total overkill for the job as I don't currently do any audio processing. But I've hopefully future proofed it. Each day I run a backup to the SSD drive (which is all that drive is used for), plus another backup to the NAS. Given when using the Intel NUC as a ROCK it's running a very specific OS, it's unlikely you'd ever use it to do anything else.
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    Good quality NAS

    I also went for an Intel i7 NUC running ROCK in my study/office, now using a 2-bay Synology DS218plus NAS with two mirrored 8Tb drives. I stream music to four different sound systems, with two more in the pipeline. If you're using your NAS for other applications I suspect running Roon Core on it as well could be problematic.
  3. Well in my business, not Hi-Fi, we sell online at very competitive prices and in-store at the same prices. And we have service techs on-hand for tricky problems. Old school great customer service with everyday low prices. But for some people $0 wouldn't be cheap enough. It seems we should be paying them to take the items off of our hands.
  4. You missed the point. In the scenario retailer A was already offering the discounted price of $1700. But would you then go to retailer A's store and ask for more off. Today some people do, and get nasty when the answer is no.
  5. But in the scenario they were both physical shops, both with an online presence. When some people are in the shop they think they are entitled to a further discount, but they don't when they're buying online. I don't mind them asking, but I do mind when they are rude and continue to try and haggle when the answer is no.
  6. The real question is, how many here would walk in to retailer A and then ask for a further discount on the $1700? That's a scenario that happens frequently. How would you expect retailer A to respond? If retailer says no, the price is already heavily discounted, and the customer insists they should be able to get a further discount, and starts to get rude about it, what should the retailer do? That's the scenario retailers now see all to often, because some customers think they always deserve better.
  7. Many of you are missing my point. My in-store prices are the same as online. They're already discounted and very competitive. But some people just think they're 'special' and should get something extra regardless, and some of them are extremely rude about it.
  8. lloyd_borrett

    Raspberry Pi Klein combo interest

    G'day Clay, I'm using Ropieee for the software on my RPi based DAC solutions as I'm only using Roon. I have no idea as to what the differences between the other software setups you mention would be. I'd been considering the use of an Allo USBridge instead of an ultraRendu for use with one of your Giesler DACs. The only concern I have is the quality of the power supply. Most of these RaspberryPi based solutions just come with a standard wall wart. Some people use a linear power supply instead, which is supposed to make a difference. But as the power is going via the RPi to the add-on board, it tends to get noisy again. So some of the add-on boards can take power direct and then supply the RPi. Some even make it possible for the RPi and the add-on board to be powered separately by suitable linear power supplies. But I've not seen any off-the-shelf power supply solutions doing this for the likes of myself. These optimal power supply solutions tend to be done by those prepared to make mods to cases and boards. Thus if an Allo USBridge based solution were to be used with say a Giesler Groß DAC, you may want to consider providing an option for an optimal power supply solution able to be implemented by those of us who don't want to start making mods to cases and firing up a soldering iron. My reading of what you've been trying with your own RPi combined with Giesler DAC solution suggests you fully understand the importance of achieving the right power supply solution. Which is why someone like me, looking for an off the shelf solution, would be interested in a unit along the lines of the direction you were heading. I suspect using a wall wart powered Allo USBridge with a Giesler DAC would be a SQ compromise. (I hope some of the above makes sense.)
  9. People asking for a discount in my dive shop, sometimes in a very demanding and rude way, resulted in me now having the following response available for them to read...
  10. Had a win yesterday. I have a Yamaha RX-V733 AV Receiver, which is the heart of my 5.1 channel Audio Visual system in the lounge room. It has a Burr-Brown 192/24 bit DAC inside, plus it's connected onto my network. Now I've never used any of the network features of this receiver, but supposedly it could find my NAS and play the music files, play Internet radio, and support Apple Airplay. So I wondered, could I connect Roon to the RX-V733 and send my music to the receiver under Roon control. Well sure enough Roon was reporting that it could see the RX-V773 as an Airplay device. A few seconds later, it was working. Okay, so the stereo sound on the AV system isn't fantastic, but it will do. Thus I now have four Roon connected sound systems. Just my vintage stereo Hi-Fi setup and kitchen system yet to be Roon connected.
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    Raspberry Pi Klein combo interest

    I haven't had a chance to do any critical listening yet. Hopefully that will happen tonight. Plus, right now to get it working with RoPieee, I have to use the Raspberry Pi DAC drivers, not the Audiophonics ES9028Q2M ones. And of course, if I wanted the best sound the unit could make, I'd be needing one of your linear low noise DC power supplies. Even better a solution where your power supply could feed the RPi and the DAC separately, rather than just via the RPi. Clay, make that a Pi style renderer with touch screen in a Gross DAC, and you'll have another customer. :-) And no doubt your unit would power the RPi and Gross DAC in a more appropriate way.
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    Raspberry Pi Klein combo interest

    So I've just setup two Audiophonics RaspTouch I-Sabre ES9028Q2M network and DAC drives with volume / source controllers and touch displays. See https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/rasptouch/rasptouch-i-sabre-es9028-streamer-touch-with-volume-control-p-12181.html They use a Raspberry Pi 3B with Audiophonics I-Sabre ES9028Q2M DAC, 7" OLED Touch Screen, Volume control, Steel case, and 8 GB memory card running RoPieee OS to create a RoonBridge. If Clay ever produces an audiophile quality unit with this sort of functionality, I'd love one for my main listening system. The extra functionality and guest friendliness of the touch screen and display is awesome. In the meantime, I'll wait and see what Clay has in the works for his next product before deciding what to put on my main listening system.
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    Guest Bedroom Stereo System

    I've moved my HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro digital media player/DAC onto this system. It's a Raspberry Pi 3B with HiFiBerry DAC+ Pro, Steel case, and 16 GB memory card running RoPieee OS to create a RoonBridge. However I can see it being replaced by an Audiophonics RaspTouch I-Sabre ES9028Q2M unit. Much more guest friendly. See https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/rasptouch/rasptouch-i-sabre-es9028-streamer-touch-with-volume-control-p-12181.html
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    Master Bedroom Stereo System

    Loving the addition of an Audiophonics RaspTouch I-Sabre ES9028Q2M unit to this system. It's a Raspberry Pi 3B with Audiophonics I-Sabre ES9028Q2M DAC, 7" OLED Touch Screen, Volume control, Steel case, and 8 GB memory card running RoPieee OS to create a RoonBridge. See https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/rasptouch/rasptouch-i-sabre-es9028-streamer-touch-with-volume-control-p-12181.html
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    Home Office/Study Stereo System

    Loving the addition of an Audiophonics RaspTouch I-Sabre ES9028Q2M unit to this system. It's a Raspberry Pi 3B with Audiophonics I-Sabre ES9028Q2M DAC, 7" OLED Touch Screen, Volume control, Steel case, and 8 GB memory card running RoPieee OS to create a RoonBridge. See https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/rasptouch/rasptouch-i-sabre-es9028-streamer-touch-with-volume-control-p-12181.html
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