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  1. #31
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    Stick to the SBT. Install the EDO plugin and test USB.
    With LMS 8.0.0 it beautifully integrates for instance Tidal with the local music library. You can even play random Tidal favourites, which is not even possible with Tidal itself...

  2. #32
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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveb View Post
    FWIW, I was cured of HiFi upgraditis once I bought a pair of speakers that did everything I could ask of them and my system started playing music instead of audio.
    Which speakers did you buy?

  3. #33
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    Quote Originally Posted by cramcram View Post
    Which speakers did you buy?
    According to his signature, something like these, active version:
    ATC SCM100A

    http://atcloudspeakers.co.uk/hi-fi/l...ries/scm100-2/
    Home: Pi4B-8GB/pCP8.x/4TB>LMS 8.1.x>Transporter, Touch, Boom, Radio (all ethernet)
    Cottage: rPi4B-4GB/pCP7.x/4TB>LMS 8.1.x>Touch>Benchmark DAC I, Boom, Radio w/Battery (Radio WIFI)
    Office: Win10(64)>foobar2000
    The Wild: rPi3B+/pCP7.x/4TB>LMS 8.1.x>hifiberry Dac+Pro (LMS & Squeezelite)
    Controllers: iPhone11 & iPadAir3 (iPeng), CONTROLLER, Material Skin, or SqueezePlay 7.8 on Win10(64)
    Files: Ripping: dBpoweramp > FLAC; Post-rip: mp3tag, PerfectTunes, TuneFusion; Streaming: Spotify

  4. #34
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    Quote Originally Posted by garym View Post
    According to his signature, something like these, active version:
    ATC SCM100A

    http://atcloudspeakers.co.uk/hi-fi/l...ries/scm100-2/
    I can confirm that.
    Until recently: Transporter -> ATC SCM100A, now sold :-(
    House move forced change to: piCorePlayer(RPi2/HiFiBerry DIGI2 Pro/HiFiBerry DSP) -> Meridian 218 -> Meridian M6

  5. #35
    Quote Originally Posted by cliveb View Post
    This is a wind-up, right?
    You can't possibly think anyone will take you seriously when you start wittering on about $200k tube amps.
    Maybe you are just having a laugh and your sense of humour isn't coming across. If not, I won't engage with you again.
    Well said @cliveb!

    I completely agree.

    There is so much rubbish written about 'high end' audio gear.

    I have a pair of active ATC SCM 100s as well. They weren't cheap but in relative terms I consider them a bargain as they are the best speakers I have ever heard.

    I also run them with a Logitech Transporter.

    I did add an external DAC. To my ears it sounds slightly better, but the Transporter's internal DAC is excellent and is testament to the brilliant overall design of the Transporter.

    I did audition a very expensive streamer ( Auralic Aries G2) a few months ago.
    I sent it back as I prefer my Transporter!

    The Hi Fi dealer told me I needed to spend 'at least ú1,000' on a digital cable. He included USB in this 'advice'. What a joke!

    I told him that he was a charlatan and would never deal with him again.

    I had to threaten court action to get my refund which I was legally entitled to having purchased the streamer online and returned in perfect condition within 14 days.
    I didn't buy a cable- USB or S/PDIF....

    I now avoid all 'Hi Fi' retailers.
    Last edited by iwalker; 2020-12-30 at 04:48.

  6. #36
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    I have an SB Touch and ran it through a Quad Elite CDP, sold the CDP and used a Quad USB DAC (€450ish) instead.
    I had the opportunity to borrow a SoTM streamer (€500ish) and paired it with the Quad DAC. Listened and thought there was an improvement.
    Yesterday I decided to compare this setup to my SBT with its internal DAC.
    Adjusted the volume levels and synced them.
    I hear no difference in casual listening.
    I don't have golden ears but heard a difference when I recapped my power amp.
    So a ~1000 euro setup isn't any remarkable improvement on my 10 yo SBT.
    Remaining test is listening fatigue...

  7. #37
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    first thing I'd do is add a linear PSU to the touch
    PiCorePlayer 7.1 on Allo Digi One Signaturewith (Lounge)
    PiCorePlayer 7.1 with pi official touchscreen and hifiberry Dig+ (Office)
    PiCorePlayer 7.1 with pi official touchscreen and hifiberry DAC+(Kitchen)
    Radio (Bedroom)
    PiCorePlayer 7.1 with pi official touchscreen and USB DAC (Bedroom)
    Squeezelite=x (Garage)
    PiCorePlayer 7.1 with hifiberry AMP+(Patio 2)
    PiCorePlayer 7.1 with hifiberry AMP+(Patio 2)

    LMS 8.1 on DIY Unraid 6 Server (i5)

    Squeeze user since the SB1

  8. #38
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    Quote Originally Posted by markiii View Post
    first thing I'd do is add a linear PSU to the touch
    Does it really make a difference though?

    Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk

  9. #39
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    I have a linear PSU to the Touch. Had one to the Quad DAC too, but the stock PSU is actually better, so changed back.

  10. #40
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    Quote Originally Posted by slartibartfast View Post
    Does it really make a difference though?

    Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
    depends on what you use, but for me unquestionably
    PiCorePlayer 7.1 on Allo Digi One Signaturewith (Lounge)
    PiCorePlayer 7.1 with pi official touchscreen and hifiberry Dig+ (Office)
    PiCorePlayer 7.1 with pi official touchscreen and hifiberry DAC+(Kitchen)
    Radio (Bedroom)
    PiCorePlayer 7.1 with pi official touchscreen and USB DAC (Bedroom)
    Squeezelite=x (Garage)
    PiCorePlayer 7.1 with hifiberry AMP+(Patio 2)
    PiCorePlayer 7.1 with hifiberry AMP+(Patio 2)

    LMS 8.1 on DIY Unraid 6 Server (i5)

    Squeeze user since the SB1

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