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  1. Yep, the JJ list was the first one I clicked on. Still working my way through about a dozen albums I hadn't listened to previously.
  2. I feel like I've discovered plenty of new albums this year, but most were from 2018 or earlier. I often wade through the end of year lists on Largeheartedboy and discover 'new' music that way. If you really want to lose a weekend, work your way backwards through the archived lists. Largehearted Boy: Essential and Interesting 2019 Year-End Music Lists WWW.LARGEHEARTEDBOY.COM 2019 Ladytron - Ladytron Middle Kids - New Songs for Old Problems (first album may be even better - one of the better Aussie bands right now) Tool - Fear Inoculum Pre-2019 The Dead South - In Good Company (just a riotous good time) Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds from Another Planet Many/most of the Fabric albums. E.g. Fabric 99: Sasha (various artists). These are great electronic mixes.
  3. Update: Using unbalanced cables did help drop the signal/volume significantly, to the point where I can live with it that way. Along the way I did enable all settings in Volumio and it let me adjust the volume in the slider, but doing so made no difference to the actual output volume. Might be an I2S DAC thing I'm guessing. Unbalanced (3 metre was all I had handy) dropped the volume level, but I feel like I dropped a notch in sound quality also. I'll have to find some other unbalanced cables to try.
  4. Thanks - I had found this link in the user manual. Basically the instruction assumes the volume settings aren't greyed out. As @pond44 mentioned, it could be that the trial version restricts some features. I think I also chose "simplified settings" on set-up, so I'll take a look tonight to see if that enables the option. The next question will be...which is the lesser evil? Use unbalanced cables to reduce the voltage, or reduce the volume digitally in the Digione(Pi). I'm guessing it is the cables.
  5. Thanks everyone. The DAC doesn't have a hardware option to reduce output. Looks like I'll have to go unbalanced, and probably either cable with attenuation or add the attenuation connectors. I figure this solution has less chance of degrading quality than a passive pre-amp, although it offers less flexibility. If anyone knows of a solution in the Rasberry Pi set-up (using Volumio or a different install) then I'd love to understand that also.
  6. So I finally bought an Allo Digione (found a Signature unit) and have just hooked it up. To my surprise I managed to connect it to my network, sign up for a myvolumio trial and sign into Tidal. So far so good. Connected it to my DAC and hit play and...it works. It plays music. Problem is, the output signal seems to be too high and I'm barely off the bottom of the dial on the pre-amp before things get very loud. Chain is: Allo Digione Signature player with iFi power supply -> coax cable from SPDIF output to coax input of Schiit Gungnir Multibit DAC -> Balanced cables out to Parasound P5 pre-amp -> Balanced cables to Parasound A23 power amp -> Dynaudio Focus 160 speakers. I'm pretty sure the coax cable between the player and DAC is 75ohm, but not sure of brand and don't have another handy to try. In the Volumio interface there is a section for volume adjustment but it is greyed out/not available. I was previously using an old Dell desktop PC with Uptone USB regen and had to reduce the volume on the PC for its output to at a suitable level for the pre-amp. Any ideas of how to reduce the signal strength from the Digione without hurting the quality of the signal? There is a BNC output - is it worth exploring that with an adapter? Thanks, Corey
  7. Ridiculous value. I love mine and can't believe someone could own these for $1200!! If you're shopping, don't be put off by the low price, read some of the reviews. They sound good with most gear, but keep rewarding you as you move up the ladder. I recently added a good DAC and couldn't believe the speakers were capable of such amazing sound. Cool stands too. GLWTS.
  8. I didn't look at the length. I figure I'll just add an extension lead if need be. I don't believe it needs the Thor board. Check out the Thor site for more info - I did about 10 secs research and hit buy! I like the idea that it can fit in the wall behind my TV, which the boards won't.
  9. Just grabbed one 8 plug, one 4 plug, and one of the single Smart TV units to go in the wall behind the TV, thanks OP. Will shortly figure out why I need another one. @getdisdude Cheap way to start down the power improvement path?
  10. Even easier: Toilet roll or paper towel roll. Get a piece of Glad wrap about 30x30cm. Fold into 1/4 size. Cut circular hole just smaller than diameter of the roll. Place over pushed in tweeter (creates a seal) and suck gently. I've used this to good effect on a few old speakers.
  11. Thanks for your response Ess. From your input, it sounds like I do need a PC running as well. Would love to hear from some Pi owners using Tidal to see if that's true. One point you raised did catch my attention - the list of supported devices on the Tidal site. No mention of any Pi systems, although it does mention Squeezebox and Logitech Media Server (LMS), which I believe one or more Pi OS's support? Anyone care to share if they use this method? The Tidal site also mentions Auralic and SOtM. The SOtM instructions look fairly convoluted, and I do recall reading that Tidal via SOtM was not so convenient - so would love to hear from Auralic or SOtM owners on their Tidal set-ups and how user-friendly they are.
  12. A little guidance required. I've read great things about the Allo Digione on Raspberry Pi and was just about to pull the trigger on one, but wanted to check something first. I listen to 99% of my music via Tidal. My preferred set-up with a Pi would be to have the Pi connected to my network via Ethernet, plus connected to my DAC (via SPDIF). Then control the Pi using my iPhone or an iPad. Volumio seems to be a commonly used operating system, so I started reading up on it and found that it appears I need another PC or server in the mix. I.e. a PC would act as the server, Pi as the renderer and iPhone as controller. I'm sure I have the terminology wrong, but the real question is: Can I run the Pi as a streamer without a PC/server running also? Obviously I'm chasing the best quality, so I'm not interested in streaming via Bluetooth or similar. If anyone is running Tidal using a RPi, could you please share some (layman's terms) guidance? And, what set-up would you recommend for my desired outcome? Cheers, Corey
  13. I thought the show was great. Exhibitors happy to let the gear play some tunes, but also happy to chat if you were. Seemed pretty quiet for a Sunday though, hope there was enough traffic to keep it running in future years. For me, the Kii3 was the stand out. I’d heard they were good, but they really were in another league. Loved the Maggies too, couldn’t believe they were just the 1.7’s. I’m a sucker for a big soundstage and you could just swim in either of them.
  14. @Rantan Would love to hear what would be on your short list for a speaker in this size and price bracket?
  15. Cheap!! Such a great opportunity to get into the Parasound sound.
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