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About Roland_O

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    Valencia, Spain

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  • Turn Table
    Roksan Xerxes 2.0
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Roksan Tabriz
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Sutherland pH3d
  • Digital Source 1
    Roon ROC
  • DAC
    Chord 2Qute
  • Pre-Amp
    Roksan Platinum
  • Power Amp/s
    Roksan ST1308
  • My Speakers
    Amphion Argon 3
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Hi I am no expert, but am having fun discovering the new world of computer audio. So here are few thoughts to tide you over until someone more knowledgable than me answers: I am assuming that you are using a Musical Fideliy V-Link USB to SPIF converter into a combined Headphone Amp / DAC. I had a V-Link, and ran it off my MAC so I I know the product. About 6 years ago I upgraded to an Audiolab M-DAC and was frankly stunned about the change in sound quality. It sounded very much better than my naff old MF DAC. The Audiolab will accept USB direct from you MAC, so no need for the converter. The audiolab's headphone amp is a good one (IMHO) but my understanding is that the world of DACs is moving fast, and the newer ones really do sound a lot better than the older ones. My advice would be to forget the converter and buy a new DAC that accepts a USB input. Most do.
  2. Yay! <sticks hand up, and bounces up and down> I have had one for a long time. I bought my first one (with the RB300 arm) when they first came out, back in the mid eighties. It stayed with me until 2012 when the top plate finally got too warped be usable. I then bough a 2.0 with a Tabriz immediately which I still have. Still very proud of it.
  3. Last point first, as its a good one, and the easiest to answer: Yes, I have a NUC feeding my Chord 2Qute DAC. It sounds nicer than the PC I used to use and I think this is because the NUC is not running windows. Its set up with Roon's own software (which I think is Linux based) and it only has to do one thing, so they have been able to strip out and simplify the software, so no multiple drivers, processes and other technotrickery to mess things up. But yes, it's a bog standard bit of hardware with a wall wart. If you want Roon will sell you a classier bit of proper HiFi kit, but its not cheap. I sympathise with figuring out what the hell Roon is. I will try to explain, but it only really made sense to me when I tried it. I my mind, Roon is doing 2 things for me: its a database (more on this in a moment) and a conductor/system-controller. It knows how to get music files from places (like off PCs, Macs, NAS drives etc), and it knows how to present these to "endpoints" (bits of kit that can accept music files) in just the way they like (so it can do digital processing of these files, doing stuff like upsampling, if that is what they need to perform at their best) - Roon HQ test people's hardware so their system knows how to talk to it, which is what they mean with "Roon certified" accreditation. This is part of "it just works" joy of using roon. Stuff just works. The database thing is more profound, and more useful to you, the end user. Roon HQ maintains a database of music, a vast amount of data on every song, this includes the normal artist, album recording date, album art etc.,. but also includes tonnes of other stuff like lyrics, essays on albums/artists/genres. This is all packaged up in a finger friendly user interface. This is why it's expensive, and a subscription (they have to keep it all current). An example: say you are sitting there on your couch listening to Elvis Costello singing "Shipbuilding" coming from a file you ripped from a CD and stuck on your PC, you pick up your iPad and there on the screen is roon displaying a nice picture of the album art, and with a prod or two you might look up an article about the song, or its lyrics, or you might notice that many other people have also recorded the song, a prod and you can see a list, another prod and you are listening to Robert Wyatt singing the same song, thanks to your Tidal subscription. Later, when your playlist has come to an end, Roon will just start playing "Roon Radio", songs that it thinks you will like based on what it knows you have been listening to. When I first loaded a trial copy of roon, it spend a few hours snuffling around my network and by the end lots of pain in the arse problems had vanished, suddenly no more duplicate copies of the same song (roon manages all the duplicates), suddenly all my album art was there, and correct. Life just got a lot easier. I still use iTunes to manage the music on my phone, but Roon watches my iTunes folder and quietly incorporates any new songs that turn up there into my main library on my Syntology NAS. Sorry to go on.
  4. Hi. I wonder if you have any of your own music. If yes, then a simple, but major upgrade would be to buy an Intel NUC off amazon, attach it to your network somewhere in your house and to your DAC, put roon on it, and then it will read music off your NAS (and Tidal) and feed the DAC. I say it would be a major upgrade because the Roon interface is so much better than Tidal's, and it suddenly makes Tidal indispensable. Also, as a side benefit, you will be able to listen to your music/tidal all over your house, e.g. on your phone, on your computer, on your DAC, on a Naim MuSo or whatever, in any room (all this magic is made easy by roon, but may require you to buy more kit in the various rooms). As for the spirit of your question, i noticed that my audiolab MDAC was much happier (I mean sounded nicer) when separated from the PC and fed from a dedicated roon box (or a specialist Pro-Ject streamer box). It just sounded more relaxed, nicer, classier. About the same sort of difference as using something like iRiver to bypass all the windows software in the PC. I think the noise from the PC affects DACs.
  5. ... or use a wall mounted shelf for the player?
  6. I have had this as well. When I moved from a concrete-floored flat, to a 1920s bungalow with a wooden raised floor, I found that some music would set my speaker cones moving through amazingly large throws. It was very scary. The speaker was moving enough air to wobble the floor, which was being picked up by my record player. I ended up buying a low frequency filter that I sat between the phono stage and the preamp - this completely cured the phenomenon and there seemed no long term harm done.
  7. Honestly, if I were in your position I would just buy/build an Intel NUC box and stick ROON on it. Use that to feed your DAC. However, to try to answer the question you actually asked: I have a Pro-ject S2 stream ultra (which is a Pi in a nice box) and am very happy with it. It supports Qobuz and Tidal. See John Darko site for comparisons between various Pi top hats.
  8. Naim Muso should do what you want. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. No, it really is not a con. They are totally transparent. They make it easy for you to make your own Nucleus. They list al the bits on their website, with links to amazon to make sure you buy the right bits. I took this route. For about 300 euros I ended up with a little kit to make an Intel NUC box. Super easy to put together. (and I am cack handed) Then there was some semi tricky PC faffing about, which some folk will find easy and others a nightmare, to load the software onto the box of tricks. Then power it all up, plug into your DAC and ethernet network (I use powerline adaptors) and you are done. It keeps itself backed up and updated. But if you can't be bothered to built it yourself, or just fancy their super sexy fanless case, then OK, spend a couple of thousand dollars to have someone else do the faffing around. That is your call, only you know what your time is worth. This is no con, its just a choice. So choose. Roon has transformed the way I use digital music. I do not use the T word lightly. Suddenly everything just works, suddenly I have music all over my house and it makes services like Tidal super accessible. Even my technophobic other half happily uses it. I like that i am not tied to one hardware manufacturer.
  10. I agree with everyone else. Just get a bog standard NAS, like Synology with more than one drive in it. Buy server grade hard drives. Set it up as RAID 1 or 5. There is no need to buy proprietary branded servers like Sonos or Linn. Then buy a Roon subscription, buy or make a roon ROCK, plug that into your DAC and you are done.
  11. OK, here is my mental model. All: please set me straight if I have the wrong end of any sticks. Computers can put a lot of noise into their USB (and every other) outputs. This noise can make DACs sound less good. The amount it will sound less good will depend on the DAC. This noise is why specialist streamers sound "better" than PCs and MACs. (They really do, honest). The specialist boxes tend to be designed to minimise noise (unwanted signals) and jitter (timing errors) on their outputs. Power supplies, especially the types used in PCs, are a big source of noise. But they are not the only source. I have read that motherboards vary, and some generate terrible amounts of noise themselves. PCs are full of things that generating electrical noise. So my advice is to forget about your PC's power supply, and just accept that PCs are dirty devices whatever you do. If you are really worried about feeding your DAC with as clean a signal as possible, buy a good streamer and feed it via ethernet from a NAS or PC positioned well away from the audio system, connected to a different part of your mains.
  12. I am still keen. Currently riding a Ducati MTS 1200S.
  13. Roland_O

    Newbie Intro's

    Hello Just introducing myself... I am a brit, living in Spain, who got into all this way back in the eighties. Am just back from my first ever Munich High End show, so have been spending the day lying down.