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Everything posted by StingRay

  1. Yes quite true, I went with the BluOs because most users like it and it it seemed reliable, their support was there in case you had problems but there did seem very few unlike some others. Stack did have problems with their software (Volumio) which I believe they replaced last year. Stack with MoOde software and now at £600 may be a good alternative but I have no experience of MoOde. Anyway I have had my used Node 2 for about 18 months now, it has worked without any issues. It it was me I would buy a used one and see how it works, if not happy then you can sell it on for little loss.
  2. So if it sounds worse then expectation is too much?
  3. There was a company making LPSUs for Benchmark DACs. Is not the Stack just a Raspberry Pi in a fancy case. Many Pi users use LPSUs such as the Allo Shanti which they found improves the sound.
  4. I tried 2 LPSUs with my pimped Node 2. The first one certainly changed and made the sound worse, so I sent it back and then bought an Allo Shanti, the first hummed, so I sent that back and the replacement was better. Some music that was unlistenable before now I could enjoy. Sibilance is a good test I have found for LPSUs. So a change can be for the better.
  5. Some streaming services work better on the Node than a computer, Deezer and I think Qobuz, I found better on the Node. Amazon was the opposite. Laptop is an option but I would hard wire it. You may get interfere from other things going on on the laptop, I certainly did on my computer. Using an old ipad mini is very easy to control the Node without any wiring, but the Node is hard wired to the router, so the ipad is just a controller. I've heard some bad reports about Stack, have they sorted out their software issues?
  6. If you don't have any dealers near you, I suggest buying a used Node 2i if you can find one and pimping it, if you don't like it you should be able to sell it on for a small loss. You may find already pimped ones for sale on this site, they do up occasionally. I bought a Node 2 and pimped it, so cost even less and I'm still using it. There is hardly any difference between the Node 2 and the 2i. Zen mini3 maybe better but then it's about twice the cost.
  7. The Zen Mini 3 with LPSU costs around £1,650? Which is about £800 more than a pimped Node 2i?
  8. Chinese ones are a mixed bag, the one I tried was terrible. I would not rely on their specs. Really it is something you need to try with your system, I did not really believe it would make a difference but my Allo which is about £160 certainly did improve the sound, took some of the harsh digital edge away. Sbooster are reported to be very good but they are more expensive.
  9. Not available until June. Never use the buttons or volume.
  10. Smoke from the chimney - Tony Joe White, new album out yesterday, it’s pretty good.
  11. I agree too close together. Can you not put them either side of the fireplace?
  12. PayPal rates of exchange are poor as well, if you are buying in a foreign currency, best to use credit card that does not charge forex fees.
  13. I would not describe Mission 780SE as studio monitors, I have a pair. Although you can use them close to a wall, in fact they recommend it to boost the bass. Maybe some equalisation for your room would be the answer?
  14. But these are ex demo, so should have been run in already? I think some speakers do benefit from a run in but not all.
  15. Fibre is best but usually only available in urban areas. I have fibre to the street box and then copper to the house, speed is around 34mbps with BT. It depends how far you are from the exchange if it's not fibre. If you put in your postcode, you should see what is available on various comparison sites. 4G in my area is not very good.
  16. Warners blanket conversion to MQA was fairly recent, end of 2020. You can even get some MQA cds now. Deezer on the Node works well, similar to Tidal/Qobuz, it's £15pm or less for annual subs.
  17. But Warners have around 25% share of the market? Qobuz is better for certain genres than Tidal and they push that Rap/R&B type music at you. For Jazz/Classical they certainly have more albums and choice. For pop/rock/R&B etc then Tidal has a wider choice. The only reason I use Tidal is they keep offering me free or cheap deals. I did try Spotify, the interface and catalogue was the best I have used however I did not think the music quality was good enough, when they do cd streaming I will retry. If you are not bothered about HiRes then Deezer are doing a 3 month trial on cd level (HiFi). Deezer's catalogue is similar to Tidal's.
  18. I think the main advantage of MQA is the smaller files, which may aid streaming, if you have slow broadband. I don't see the point of it on cds and downloads. Yes some have been remastered but seems a lot recently have not and have just been batch converted. What I object to is some of the marketing claims and having to have MQA enabled DAC to get the benefit. I did try some on my Node which is MQA enabled but could not tell the difference between the MQA and cd version. I would choose Qobuz over Tidal.
  19. April was very cold, one of the coldest on record, certainly for night time temperatures. Even here we had many frosts, so needed the heating on in the morning. Cold north winds all month as well, meant max. temperatures were only about 7C most days but it was lovely and sunny.
  20. I would probably get some active speakers, not computer ones. Brands such as Yamaha and Adams, these tend to be used in home studios. They are pro music products so tend to be good value.
  21. I thought Warner’s had removed all the cd versions on Tidal and there is only the MQA versions left?
  22. It nearly always rains on bank holidays, about 4 weeks of sun until last Friday. Good for the garden though.
  23. See what Neil Young thinks about MQA. Here is a link: https://www.realhd-audio.com/?p=7218
  24. But is it all music?
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