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  • Digital Source 1
    Vitus SCD-025
  • Digital Source 2
    Naim CDX
  • DAC
    Vitus SCD-025
  • Integrated Amp
    Vitus SIA-025
  • Pre-Amp
    Naim NAC 82
  • Power Amp/s
    Naim NAP 180
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    Boenicke W13SE+
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. Yes EAC is painfully slow. dBpoweramp software is much quicker, a CD rips in minutes with the full error correction rewriting business that EAC does.
  2. Interesting. So do you understand why a switch improves the sound? Assuming you believe that it does.
  3. Yes, sorry. The switch acts as a unit to isolate the Ethernet feed from the router.
  4. I suspect that the the problem will be the phone being the source. I experienced your problem and found the following solution to work. I suggest you purchase a network bridge (a streamer without a dac) with Qobuz embedded into the software. I tested a few including a pricey Auralic Aries but found the £700 Pro-Ject Stream Box S2 Ultra to be as good (Review here). This device has its own adaptation of the Volumio streaming software built-in which includes Qobuz. You sign into Qobuz via the Pro-ject app on your phone. The Pro-ject connects via USB to your Weiss DAC. The Pro-ject connects to your router via Ethernet (don't use the WiFi option on the Pro-ject as it does not sound as good as direct Ethernet connection). With this set-up I compared Qobuz and CDs, playing the same CD master and with both sources played through the same DAC. CD sounded quite a bit better. However an electronics engineer friend of mine who works in networking suggested some changes and each improved the sound quality until eventually I got Qobuz to sound as good as CD. These were the things that improved the sound: - turned the WiFi and HDMI off on the Pro-ject. - added a network switch between the router and the Pro-ject. There are some crazy prices for audiophile network switches but a second hand Cisco 2960 can be picked up on eBay for £50, (Review here). A switch reclocks the signal. There are cheap switches from the likes of Netgear etc but I found the Cisco (which were £400 new) to be much better and as good as an audiophile switch I borrowed - changed my Cat5 cable to Cat8 cable between the router and the Cisco switch and between the Cisco switch and the Pro-ject. This was annoying as the Cat 5 was under the floorboards, done when we did the house up. The cat 8 is on the carpet but the difference was enough to deem this worth doing. I tried some audiophile Ethernet cable but bog-standard cat 8 was as good - improved the USB cable between the Project and the DAC. I found many USB sounded the same, but one, actually made by my engineering buddy, improved the sound. I wrote a longer piece on this process Here I can now no longer tell CD from ripped CD from Qobuz, playing the same master. Total cost of all this should be under £800 but could be more if you find more expensive usb cable makes a difference.
  5. The W13 DSP comes with 4 pre-set DSP options which you simply press a button on the back to switch between them.
  6. @toms waitI have a similar room layout to your description. A bay at one end (two obtuse angles, not a right angled bay) with the other end open plan to another room but with doors that can be shut. My room is roughly 4m x 5m. Last year I did a ton of moving things around and spent weeks fine tuning till things clicked perfectly. The things I have found were: - Speakers in the bay worked well when they were brought forward to be level with the room wall. ie. so if the speakers sat within the bay the result was poor. And they sounded better when not toed in, just firing straight down the room. - However, speakers along the long wall sounded even better. Considerably better. The best position was away from the wall, so in front of the chimney breast level (ie not within the chimney alcoves), spaced wider than I would have naturally thought, and toed in. In this position I get a fabulous deep 3D sound, and very wide. If I don't toe-in the sound gets messy, I suspect the bay windows start adding more reflections in this position? - The sound is a lot better in my room with the internal doors to the side of one speaker fully open. With them closed the sound is muddier from the internal reflections the doors must produce. I will attach a photo illustrating what I found to be the optimum position. I originally started this long wall configuration with the speakers closer to the chimney breast and symmetrical either side of the chimney (so the right hand speaker was where the hifi and TV currently are in the photo). But I got a big improvement when I moved the right hand speaker further to the right and almost into the bay. In this position the imaging is just incredible and I half wonder if the bay is actually adding something? Oh and it sounds better with the blinds down covering up that pesky reflective glass.
  7. I have never understood why the W13 bass amps have two connection points, male and female. As far as I understand you can use either. I have one dedicated mains socket. However as the W13 amps run off a switch mode power supply it is better not to run these into the dedicated mains sockets used for other linear power supplied Hi-Fi components as switch mode power supplies can introduce noise. Also Sven advised that they benefit from being plugged directly into the wall and with a good mains cable. So my W13 are plugged directly into the 'dirty' mains. I did do a controlled experiment by plugging the W13 into dedicated mains then into 'dirty' mains. I heard no difference. The difference between dirty and dedicated is very marked with my DAC, somewhat marked with my integrated amp, and no difference with the W13. So you may find you don’t need more dedicated mains ring circuits.
  8. What did Sven say main differences were between the W11 and W13? As you I have RCA left and right pre-out. The cables I have are designed specifically for active bass speakers, and you specify the connections at each end, so RCA at one end and xlr at the other my old amp had xlr pre-out and I was using costly xlr-xlr cables. These Supra cables I refer to above are less than 10% of the cost of the old cables and actually sound as good if not better! I did find that also that the W13 bass amps benefited from an MCRU mains cable designed for high current amps. Though it was not a big difference - with standard cheap kettle cables they still sounded quality
  9. If you have boom issues the W13 is ideal. The 'enveloping' nature of the sound of a W13 is a perfect description. The sound fills the whole room with an extraordinary sense of scale and space. I know that if you are buying new Sven can program the DSP in the speaker to drop by a few db in the frequencies that are stimulating the room modes. He did this for me and now I have a near-flat bass response through the whole frequency range of the bass output. Before I had an awful boom at around 48 and 96Hz.
  10. I have a W13SE+ and have heard a W11 SE+ but have never heard the two speakers in the same room. It is perhaps worth asking Sven directly. He is very approachable. I went for the W13SE+ after talking to him. The sealed W13 with it's DSP-controlled active bass was exactly what my room needed to control the boomy bass that my room has. The W11 is a ported design but does seem to have some degree of bass control on the rear. The W13SE+ should also allow your power amp to perform better too as the power amp is relieved of its bass duties. I can't tell you how fantastic the W13SE+ sound. No words really sum them up. Elite have a second-hand W13SE+ at a fantastic price right now too. Sorry I can't answer your question directly, but I doubt many people will be able to as you really have to have heard both speakers in the same room to know the answer, hence Sven himself is probably the best to answer the question.
  11. This photo captures the rich tone better, but it still doesn’t quite get the wonderful glow they have
  12. Here’s a photo of my cherry Boenicke. Beautiful wood. It is a richer colour than these photos show, they are slightly washed out
  13. Hey @abd1. I think you’d be fine with your amp. I have a 100W Vitus amp with a massive transformer and it copes just fine. I had W8s on demo and settled on W13s and both placed similar demands on the amp. Sometimes on very quiet classical passages if I want those bits loud it will be near full volume but there is not thing wrong with that, the amp and speakers are very happy. Good luck with your search.
  14. He is a hifi blogger and vlogger. He is very good: an excellent communicator which is important, and he usually is interesting and thought-provoking.