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  1. Further information: Up for sale a LessLoss Audio Firewall 64x Current Conditioner Inline filter. An excellent entry point into the world of Lessloss power cables and their filtering effect (for a fraction of the cost of a power cable). I have some really good filtering in my system courtesy of a Gigawatt unit. If I were running a non-filtering or lower-end filter, I'd keep this. It has an amazing effect of cleaning up the sound, removing grunge and sibilance but accentuating dynamics. It has no conventional filtering components so there is no constriction of current fl
  2. Further information: Bought these and decided on another solution whilst waiting for them. They look nice and are a cute shape (I think). Excellent as a well priced cable stand. About 10cm high and the base is about 8cm in diameter. 4 stands in total. Perfect for speaker cable. Perhaps a good talking point for visitors too Photos:
  3. Further information: Audience OHNO RCA cable 1m in excellent condition. I bought 3 sets of these but don't need all of them now. IMHO these cables are crazy value for money (in the scheme of high end cables) even at full price and especially at this price. They offer a lovely sound. Bass extension and control is at odds with their appearance and rich timbre with a hint of warmth. All the necessary information is there to suck you into the music These cables are not out of place in a high end system (used them successfully in a system with Preamp / DAC and power am
  4. Further information: Just to explain what this is. PS Audio had their LAN Rover USB "extender" which essentially packetised the USB input and sent it via ethernet to an output at the other end. The benefit (apart from being able to send USB over really distances) what there there was galvanic isolation between the source and your DAC. It was widely known at the time that the LAN Rover was out that PS Audio in fact used rebranded version of the Icron USB / Ethernet extender. This unit has some improvements over the LAN Rover and the older Icron unit because it uses Fibr
  5. Further information: This is the illustrious RAL HDMI (I2S) cable as raved over in multiple mags and by people on such forums as the PS Audio. I bought it because I just had to try it out and compare it against my Wireworld Silver Starlight HDMI. Results are, that neither is better, they are just different. Which is probably no surprise. The RAL offers a more relaxed and rich take on things. It certainly has a good flow and low noise floor so no lack of detail. The Wireworld is more in your face and I suppose detail oriented. Which you consider better is a matter of
  6. Also as an aside, if anyone is having issues with random crashing on WIN10, I had an issue the Windows app kept crashing on launch. I uninstalled it and installed the 32bit version (at Roon support request) and it has worked fine every since. Might be worth keeping in mind if this suddenly starts happening to you: https://download.roonlabs.com/builds/RoonInstaller.exe
  7. Personally, I'd also suggest looking at a small Intel based unit with Roon Rock on it and use it as an Endpoint rather than a Server. Roon Rock is a Linux based OS with a tiny footprint. Updates are easy. Since you're using the device as end point the requirements will be greatly reduced in comparison to using it as a Core. You could get a cheap used NUC to use it as an endpoint- https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/lyndoch/desktops/intel-nuc-with-8gb-ram-128gb-ssd-and-win10/1267642813 https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Intel-NUC-Desktop-PC-DN2820FYK-2-16-GHz-4GB-RAM-120GB-samsung-SSD-lib
  8. Worth a read: https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2016/11/06/inexpensive-roon-endpoints-a-neophytes-experience/
  9. Yes those backups are massive. I find myself having to cull old ones once in a while.
  10. It looks like the developers have been very busy behind the scenes. I'll be sure to make a backup of my database prior to upgrading though - the last major upgrade corrupted my database.
  11. These are excellently priced and very good quality. I've used them on a few cables over the last few years: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Carbon-Fiber-Rhodium-Plated-Australia-Power-Plug-AC-Mains-Power-Connector/202269994206?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
  12. I won't answer the question in your post without being able to refer to your original post.
  13. Your post is actually a fine example of my point. How was your experience with the cable an example of a Snake Oil product? The fact that they baulked at the return wasn't Snake Oil, it was perhaps poor customer service.
  14. Some audiophiles have to really have a bit of a think about what they choose to define as Snake Oil. https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/snake-oil Firstly, any product that simply does something in your system but it's not what you like, what suits your system or causes an undesired effect is not Snake Oil. A preamp or DAC that doesn't match well due to impedance imbalance, system gain or whatever is not Snake Oil. A product that has an obvious defect isn't Snake Oil either. It's just bad design and/or manufacturing. It's a flippant throwaway put down t
  15. I didn't experience any hiss with my DSD Junior and my BHK. I had a massive problem with hiss until I bought the BHK.....
  16. You won't regret it. I had an XA30.8 and as soon as I heard the XA25 I knew it was a keeper.
  17. The XA25 uses about 200w at idle. . That's about the same as my flat screen TV. It puts out 90 watts RMS in Class B and 25watts in Class A. It runs at 55C, the Mosfets are rated to run safely at up to 150C. Pass Labs still has many of its original amp's in service since it started in 1991 and many of his previous Class A designs are happily running. The main mode of failure is the capacitors which usually last around 20 years before needing to be replaced, as would be the case is a Class A/B design.
  18. Further information: This is a great little unit that I bought after reading some measurements on. It has 2 functions, one to act as a buffer that uses Jfets to provide a high input impedance and low output impedance and to provide a very accurate attenuation of source. The other function is where you switch off the Jfet section and use the relay volume pot to provide attenuation. In that function it is as benign a passive buffer / attenuator as you could hope to get. And it has remote control, multiple inputs and dual outputs so it's covered in terms of convenience. I r
  19. One of these is a cheap way to get measurements: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Professional-Piezo-Contact-Microphone-Pickup-for-Guitar-Violin-Accessories-Dh/233731532978?hash=item366b7c28b2:g:pF8AAOSwQFdexOKu https://www.stereophile.com/content/measuring-loudspeakers-part-two-page-6
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