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Everything posted by PeteD

  1. Is your amp still under warranty? If so then they should replace it with a new one or replace the faulty part which probably means a new mother-board. As for Yamaha A-S1100 - it's got heaps of grunt. It is essentially the same amp as its big brother A-S3000 but without the XLR outputs.
  2. Yes, I suffered the exact same experience as outlined in you post. The guys at the authorised NAD repair agent swore black and blue that they couldn't reproduce the fault - maybe they were telling the truth. The dealer came to my house to test my speakers and speaker cables but found nothing that would cause what was happening. Of course the fault didn't occur when the dealer was at my place but I had taken videos on my phone as proof. In the end they took back the NAD and provided a new Yamaha A-S1100 at no cost - I am very happy with the outcome. As a long time NAD fan it was hard to let go but the Yamaha really is an awesome amp in all respects.
  3. Hi, I am interested but please forgive my ignorance. I have a Cambridge CXN. Would I be connecting the CXC to my CXN thus using the CXN DAC through to my pre-amp? If so would you be able to provide the requisite SPDIF coax cable as part of the package?
  4. Do you have the user manuals? See below - a couple of links:- https://lnx.m2tech.biz/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/hiFace-DAC-user-manual-1-1.pdf https://www.hifiberry.com/build/documentation/ I believe that you have chosen a fairly complex package for your first foray into USB DAC but hopefully others on here who have experience with the exact same stuff as you have purchased will be able to assist.
  5. See if you can pick up a used Oppo BDP-105 - awesome CD/SACD/DAC./Blu-ray player
  6. Yes - SSD is the obvious answer for my setup but a 2TB unit is expensive, so I'll be testing a few favourite FLAC files on a USB stick to determine if I can hear any difference between HDD and solid-state storage.
  7. Have you got a link to the article? I'm struggling with how the router would make a difference because it's just a different way of connecting to the HDD. The HDD is still in the loop making noise. Does the wi-fi router somehow filter out the noise and if so is that all that is being filtered?
  8. I might get shot down in flames here but I have always believed that a direct connection from portable HDD to the streamer via USB is the best way to go. In this case, your main consideration may be the file caching ability of the streamer if working with a large music library. I have about 1.2 TB of mainly FLAC files connected via USB to a Cambridge CXN which does a great job of caching all of those folders and FLAC files. I seem to remember someone on here criticising the Bluesound Node 2 (not the 2i) for its lack of ability in this regard. In any case, I would suggest testing your portable HDD with the Bluesound Node 2i to make sure they are compatible.
  9. Wow, I haven't been looking at this forum much lately so this is very interesting, to say the least. So has the next big thing arrived or is around the corner? I searched "Qutest" and saw only one that was purchased for $2,400 and asking $2,100. Extremely good resale value even if the buyer ended up talking the seller down another 2 or 3 hundred.
  10. Lenny Kravitz has raised the bar again with his new album - Raise Vibration. As usual an eclectic mix of great tunes! https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/lenny-kravitz-talks-overcoming-dry-spell-for-new-album-raise-vibration-628705/
  11. I am not familiar with all of the brands/models in your signature. What DAC are you using?
  12. I've been using the CXN V1 for nearly two years and really love it. In case you don't already know the V2 has a faster processor but the sound quality is the same when compared to the V1. I have 1.2 TB of mainly FLAC files stored on a portable HDD connected to the CXN which has no trouble caching that amount of data - I figure the V2 would do it a bit quicker. The Dual Wolfson 24-bit DACs produce a lovely natural sound and the streaming capabilities are also more than adequate. The only thing that I don't like is the lack of a USB output for when I eventually upgrade to a better stand-alone external DAC. At that point, I will sell the CXN and be on the lookout for a used Auralic Mini which also has a great reputation and a USB output. Hope this helps.
  13. Yeah sure I get it, but Blind Freddy can see that this particular thread is more about one-upmanship and long ago ceased to be anything like a constructive discussion. Most of it is just a few of the usual suspects repeating themselves and wanting desperately to have the last word.
  14. Suggest starting a new thread because this one has become a total shambles.
  15. Whatever that is supposed to mean I think only you would know. All I am wishing for here is for this ridiculous ***-for-tat to be locked asap.
  16. Are all of the moderators asleep? This pis*ing contest should have well and truly been shut down by now.
  17. In my experience it is certainly not unusual to set the DAC’s volume to max and the control volume using the pre-amp. That was the manufacturer’s recommendation for both the Oppo BDP-105D and my current DAC which is a Cambridge CXN.
  18. Sorry @Mr_Gimlet, missed your post. The phone is still for sale.
  19. I suppose a lot depends on whether the 105's "far better audio circuitry" would make any discernable SQ difference given the fact that you will still be using the DAC in the Devialet 120.
  20. Way back in the day when the CD Player was the latest greatest thing - I bought a Phillips CD Player at the Brisbane Hi-Fi Show - the one that Rob Woodland used to organise.
  21. The NAD C 375BEE is a totally awesome amp! NAD amps last forever!!
  22. I had a NAD 375BEE integrated stereo amp that, after 18 months from new, started intermittently going into protect mode. Sometimes I could turn it on again straight away - other times it would be out of action for a few hours. There was no repeatable pattern. The service agent could not (or so they said) reproduce the fault and the dealer even came to my house to test my cables in an effort to determine the cause. In the end they took it back and gave me a new Yamaha A-S1100. I hope you have more luck with your situation - would be interested to know the outcome.
  23. Sorry, yes you're correct the WXC-50 does not have a USB output - I misread the specifications. I'm really hoping something with plenty of features such as Spotify/Tidal/internet radio, USB Out and doesn't cost an arm and a leg comes along soon. I reckon something like the Bluesound Node 2 with USB Out would suit me perfectly. I want USB Out - no more compromises!
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