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  • Digital Source 1
    Roon Nucleus
  • Digital Source 2
    Auralic Aries G1
  • DAC
    Esoteric D07x
  • Integrated Amp
    Accuphase E 270
  • My Speakers
    Raidho X1
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    B&W P7x
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    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. My advice? Ditch the groove straightener and 'stats. Get yourself a very good digital front end, superb SS amp and even better 'speakers. End result; enjoy the music, massively reduce stress and free up much of your time to get on with a non hifi life.
  2. Strange way to categorise an amp, by its' input types? No matter; the two amps you've highlighted are chalk and cheese, sound wise. If yiu want a great Class D amp then look no further than a Gato 250s. The Denon is a very good amp, often overlooked. However, if you only want line inputs then I'd also suggest the Exposure 3510. Electrocompaniet ECI80 is another to consider. Lots if choice around that kind of budget.
  3. I'm not sure what you mean by that? The Marantz has a Class D output stage, the Denon is A/B. My choice would be the latter.
  4. Or keep your power amp and buy a Bluesound Node. Analogue input present. Works well with Roon or their own app. Well under your budget and it'd be new.
  5. Very true. However, many do get confused by the Auralic range. You may well have had one of their streaming DACs, not the pure streamer transport (i.e digital out only) Aries G1 or G2. The streaming part of their streaming DACs is nowhere near as good as the Aries streamer (which uses the Tesla G2 board)
  6. Good man! Tip; leave it always on. The clocks are temp sensitive. Don't panic when you think the USB out or SPDIF aren't functioning; you have to choose the output in the web browser configurator. Also, the USB DAC needs to be powered up in order to be selectable.
  7. I've been trying to tell you that for the past while! Auralic as a streamer is ahead of Innuos server/ripper/DAC. Use the streamer to do your DSP then choose a DAC to suit. You also don't have to srress about piwer supplies for an Innuos; those in the Auralic are great. No noise from drive, DAC, etc. You can also rip with an Auralic if you didn't realise? I wouldn't recommend though; keep the drive/files elsewhere. The G2 to G2.1 is very subtle. Not worth it, imo, unless a great deal comes up. The G2 is (very) marginally 'better' than a G1. However, I'd only go for the G2 if you're thinking of using the Auralic link to a Vega G2, Leo, etc
  8. Yes, that's right. Many also do not realise that the streamer board in the Altair and Vega are not the same as Aries. Aries uses the Tesla G2 board. The Aries has two LSPUs plus two different very good clocks; one for USB, other for AES/SPDIF. High quality chassis. The Aries G2 (now 2.1) offers marginally better performance, but it is twice the price. As a streaming transport, the Aries has to be amongst the very best out there. I've had any number and my G1 is head & shoulders above the lot of them. Edit to add; the dCs NB has been discontinued, if you weren't aware.
  9. Can't help with the Denafrips bit, but I can comment on the network bridge. the Auralic Aries G1 performs better and is much, I mean much, more flexible. dCs has used a commercial streaming board; Auralic has their own. USB out on the dcS? Nope; they couldn't get that to work properly. Seriously, the Auralic is the superior product. Better app as well, unless Roon figures in your system. Much less money to buy as well.
  10. There have been so many. Two that spring to mind are Pat Metheny at Ronnie Scott's snd Jaga Jazzist at Union Chapel.
  11. Reality is a much over rated concept; whimsical & uncertain. I'm with Poe - it's all just A Dream Within A Dream. I always held Jabberwocky to be an excellent text book.
  12. Good stuff. If your Core has sufficient processing power then it may be an idea to try the DSP in Roon, before HQP? You can then compare and contrast. My own view is that upsampling etc is all one big bag of unnecessary-ness , much preferring native file formats. Nothing wrong with having a play though; you may like it.
  13. Ah, I read 'sheep' for 'sleep'. Now, Ohms law for sheep would indeed be very strange.
  14. I've a pair of RFC Hyperions doing nothing. £55 posted to UK.
  15. Have you installed Roon Remote on your iPad or whatever? What's the connection past the Zen? USB? Digi? Analogue?
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