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  1. Just seen this and donated. We have two dogs who aren’t quite as cute! Hope Roxy gets better soon.
  2. Please note, I have listed these on eBay as well due to their £1 seller fee.
  3. Location: Upavon, Wiltshire (or my work in Tidworth). Price: £280 Nice pair of these planar headphones I bought recently. I’d never tried planar headphones so bought these to try them out. I really like the sound so have pulled the trigger on some Dan Clark Aeons and these are surplus. They were 3 months old when purchased (off eBay) for £275. I have also got a really nice balanced cable which just provides a bit more voltage to drive them, not that it really needs them. This cost about £90. Terminated with a 2.5mm TRRS. I will cover postage by Royal Mail. I haven’t po
  4. I’m after one of these too! I’ll pm you.
  5. I’ve got a Noble BT amp. Actually works okay although there is some background noise. Also takes a bit of time for the digital ‘handshake’ to occur. Worked well with my iPhone & Noble IEMs. PM me if interested - just looking to cover postage plus a donation at Poppy time.
  6. I stopped using my SOTM SMS-200 purely as I have gone back to a Mac 'n' DAC. It is a really good bit of kit though as a Roon Endpoint. My Mac acted as a Roon server for it (controlled by an iPad). I think, in answer to the OP, that is an option as is a RPi (which I also have). No sound quality differences but the Eunhasu on the SOTM is more user friendly and is able to emulate other things like Airplay.
  7. Neutrik make good ones. I have no idea what they’re made of though. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. I’ve always purchased from this lot: https://custom-lynx.co.uk/product-category/speaker/powered-active-speaker-cables/xlr-to-xlr-powered-active-speaker-cables/ Reliable & well made. I love the XLR termination but I doubt there’ll be a sound difference over such short distances. It may sound better due to higher voltages & beings louder! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. I’ve got a raspberry streamer thingy if you want to borrow it? Should be just PnP setup to be a Roon Endpoint. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. There’s this: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F113188216937 Heard quite good things about them. It would be a more up to date DAC but whether it sounds any better...:-) I suppose it depends if you just need a Roon endpoint for your DAC or if you used the Transporter as an all in one. I use a SOTM SMS-200 with a Mac Mini as my server, works really well. Not expensive either. Also used a Raspberry Pi with Roon, again plug and play, excellent SQ and cheap. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. And Martin is incredibly helpful. I had a very informative chat with him when looking at a Mite as a Roon endpoint. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. Friend of mine uses RME in his studio alongside the usual suspects as well as some analogue stuff. It’s his go to AD/DA converter, extremely reliable. It did blow a SMPS once & RME couriered a replacement within 48hrs. Really good Company. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. I almost went for the lifetime license but have just held back for another year. The iPad app is very good and will give you a clear readout of what is happening. I think it is easier to use than the JRiver app but that in itself is not bad. Roon: JRiver (browse mode): So it’s horses for courses I think. I suspect I will stick with Roon as I have played around with both now. It also allows control of Airplay which is useful for around the house. If you want to have a play, I would highly recommend a simple R-Pi endpoint or something like the SOTM SMS-200. I have a R-Pi with Jessie L
  14. I’m a bit torn. I think Roon is excellent as it does give nice background information to the bands as well as linking to other bands/artists. I have discovered a few that way. I was going down the lifetime license route but have just subscribed for another year. I think the biggest plus is it’s Tidal integration but I found this just too expensive for the amount I was using it. I am in the maybe group. And Serge you are right, you can find all the info on Wikipedia. I have Roon on a bog standard Mac Mini with 2 x matching NewerTech external drives so it looks smart, all at half the cost
  15. Killie99 has first dibs on the Rasptouch. I have to say I have always found these great fun but work and a 6 yr old means less time to play hence my rather boring SOTM off the shelf solution! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  16. If anyone else is thinking about this, I have a Rasptouch case, 7” screen plus some other bits sitting in my attic & free to a good home. I used the Pi as a headless Roonbridge so you’d need to add that. There’s also a Pi hat DAC (?ESS9023) but I think it’s kaput. Pm me if interested. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  17. I’m not sure how quick it is but a good thing to consider would be to run Roon on it or Asset PNP as a media server. You can use iTunes to rip & tag your CDs and point Roon/Asset at the hard drive in the settings. An Airport Express will appear in the Roon zones as an AirPlay endpoint. Asset PNP would require a media renderer (loads of good quality ones on the market) which is DLNA compliant (I think - I’m sure someone else will reply & give more knowledgable advice). I’ve used DBPoweramp in the past as well - it is very good - but I found the simplicity of Asset its major bene
  18. I successfully plugged a Pi into a Matrix Audio X-SPDIF and used its I2S over HDMI to my DAC. I think it sounds better but I am sure this is not objective and is expectation bias. The Digi Pro is certainly a good option to get a co-ax SPDIF feed from your Pi. The X-SPDIF is powered by the Pi, doesn’t take up too much space & offers several different options including AES via XLR. Might be worth approaching a retailer to see if the’ll do a home demo?
  19. Very interested in this. Foolishly I sold my Hydra Z/ZPM but am now using a R-Pi streamer plugged into a Matrix Audio X-SPDIF. Alas the I2S HDMI is not compatible with my Black Dragon. A one box solution utilising a R-Pi with HDMI out would be great. It works really well with Roon. I do know there is the forthcoming Hydra Hub which will do the same job but obviously will cost. Saying that, would be happy to put some business Jack’s way! Which case did you use from Modushop? The Galaxy line?
  20. I use XLD on a Mac. I have previously used dBPoweramp, again a good programme.
  21. I am currently using a Raspberry Pi to a Matrix Audio X-SPDIF and then to my DAC. It is served by a Mac Mini on the network running Roon. If you didn't want that, a Mac Mini directly to your DAC via a USB to SPDIF converter or just directly into the USB input. Mac Mini is a cheap(ish) solution which will stream and run as a direct audio server. Worth considering this? I would recommend Audirvana as a player but I have a feeling there isn't an Android App. There are also plenty of cheap USB interfaces if you wanted to isolate the USB output. I would also back up the Auralic a
  22. I use a Mac Mini both as a Roon Bridge and as a standalone running Audirvana. I have had an Auralic Aries Mini in the past. Both are excellent solutions, are headless (all control software is pretty good on both iPad & iPhone although Roon probably the best) and both link in seamlessly with my Audiobyte Hydra. I agree about the USB signal to the DAC a previous poster mentioned. There is a small improvement although I think most modern DACs with USB input have a pretty well isolated input. If this worries you, a M2Tech USB to SPDIF converter is a cheap option but there are loads out th
  23. There clearly appears to be a bit of a set to between MQA, Auralic & Linn. This was linked to on Auralic's Facebook page: https://www.linn.co.uk/blog/mqa-is-bad-for-music I'll give the MQA a try when Audirvana V3 comes out but to be honest, I doubt I'll hear much of a difference given my old ears and the type of music I listen to. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  24. Arrived safe and sound & as described! Many thanks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. Mine is running fine on a lowly Mac Mini i5 1.4GHz with 8GB . I assume the DSD only works with a computer to DAC? I have a second Mac Mini on bridge duties (as it's spare) but may convert it to standalone use if I can upsample to DSD. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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