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  1. https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/20226-gordon-rankin-says-im-wrong-about-usb-cable-sound/
  2. I have no idea. Without trying to sound rude, its not something I care about or would over think. I would just stick with a decent 90ohm cable from Supra or Wireworld for example, and call it a day. I actually use a generic cable. Here is a good link: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/review-and-measurements-of-wireworld-starlight-7-usb-cable.6599/ Shows you the difference a USB can make,. Is this audible?
  3. Google USB cable impedance and audio. Cables should be 90ohms. Many are not TheUSB standard stimulates this for compliance.
  4. Measurements aren't everything when it comes to audio, but in the case of finding noise... they are quite helpful. The assumption that a RPI is noisy has been disproved many times: http://archimago.blogspot.com/2018/12/measurements-intel-i7-pc-and-raspberry.html http://archimago.blogspot.com/2018/12/measurements-raspberry-pi-3-b-as.html Etc etc
  5. I think it depends on your DAC, and the quality of its USB implementation. The RPI4 into my RME ADI 2 sounds excellent. Some people report only very small differences between USB and a quality SPDIF hat, whereas others have reported more significant differences like yourself. Me personally, I use Ropieee XL as a Roon endpoint. Consider trying: Try a decent LPS or well performing SMPS. Like the Teradak DC-30w LPS, or ifi power or power x. Or maybe included some filtering on the power feed: https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/
  6. Some options: http://www.pi2design.com/store/p19/PI2AES_-_PRO_AUDIO_SHIELD.html https://allo.com/sparky/digione-signature.html Ian Canada kit: https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/dac-and-interfaces-for-raspberry-pi/ian-canada-fifopi-q3-ultimate-fifo-reclocker-module-pcm-32bit-768khz-dsd1024-dop-p-14758.html https://www.audiophonics.fr/en/dac-and-interfaces-for-raspberry-pi/ian-canada-transportpi-digital-interface-spdif-low-jitter-for-raspberry-pi-p-14232.html?search_query=transport&fast_search=fs
  7. This applies to amplifiers also. I.e. I prefer my Firstwatt F7 vs class AB or Class D. The ear is not a microphone. It seems that many people, including myself, like some degree of 2nd and 3rd harmonic distortion present. These systems tend to sound more analog, musical, less strained, etc.
  8. 100%. We all have a different idea of what sounds good. IMO, I think system synergy, tonality, and your DAC's USB implementation play a lot into audiophile preferences with USB sources. My preferences are based on experience also. I have had the Pioneer N70a (a very excellent streamer), CXNv2 (Not my cup of tea) many PCs etc in my system. I'm happy with the RPI. I sold my other streamers. IMO, the RPI4 via USB with a decent DAC and power supply filter is as good as any $2-3k streamer I have heard. And its is a hell of a lot cheaper, more readil
  9. I agree, Its important to listen. Measurements can only tell you so much. For instance, I really like the sound of some R2R dacs. But whether they would measure as well as a Delta Sigma solution? I think the Topping DX3 pro v2 is a good start. Its AKM based which I typically prefer over Sabre implementations. It measures decent, and would be a perfectly acceptable/logical place to start. Maybe head to Addicted to Audio and listen on some headphones.
  10. Lol, the game of Hifi, where we all have different subjective opinions. I prefer my RPI4 via USB Vs Cambridge CXNv2, Pioneer N70a. I would not classify the sound of the RPI4 (RopieeeXl) as a turd''.
  11. I would second the ADI2, but that’s over your price range. https://addictedtoaudio.com.au/products/topping-dx3-pro-v2-dac-headphone-amplifier measures very well, no idea how it sounds. http://archimago.blogspot.com/2020/06/measurements-topping-dx3-pro-v2-ldac.html
  12. Something like this? ?? Not sure about jitter, but people like how it sounds.
  13. This might be off the track a little, but you could always go separates (Streamer/DAC) and look at Roon, running a cheap RPI endpoint. Its very simple to run a RPI4 as a USB or HAT endpoint. using Ropieee. https://ropieee.org/ My setup is: RPI4 USB > RME ADI2 DAC. I found this a big improvement V's the Cambridge CXNv2 I heard in my system (CXNv2 feeding the RME ADI2 via SPDIF). I also prefer its performance to my excellent sounding Pioneer N70-a. . THE RPI4 via USB also provides DSD capability. In this setup Roon would
  14. In my experience converters can and have sounded different in my system. I have heard presentation differences between converters such as, Vlink, AP1, Yellowtec, I tested a few others, but cant remember the brands. Maybe its simply varying levels of jitter, but I think implementation matters (power supply, quality of parts, etc). That's the benefit of using a DAC like the RME ADI2. You know its much less sensitive to jitter.
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