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    Synology NAS
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    Jailbroken ATV2
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    Is in my speakers
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    AVI ADM40

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  1. That would lead me to think it’s the room that’s the issue. I used to have a lot of ringing after a loud clap, I found it impossible to get good sound at higher volumes. Damping the room and breaking up the shape, by basically putting more furniture in, really did the trick. We’re decorating at the moment and I’ve had to move a couple of sofas and tall units into another room, it’s back to sounding crap when the volume goes up.
  2. I’ve had a brief dalliance with ATC active 50s, and one of my friends owns active 40s. I wouldn’t have them over Opals. I don’t like the balance.
  3. If I remember correctly, the op said he is using dsp and had turned down the master volume. Does this mean that it is outputting at less than, say, a cdp would? This probably means that the amp is not struggling at 11 o’clock on the volume dial. Unless, of course, the op is using the dsp to fill in a “hole” in the frequency response. If bass or mid frequencies are being boosted, this could easily be taxing the amp. Whether it’s the speakers age might be answered by asking if this has always been a problem. Is it a reverberant room? Do you hear a bit of an echo, or ringing, if you stand
  4. Actives don’t need to have the power amps inside the speaker. The benefit of active comes from the crossover, not the location of the power amps. I’m quite happy with my active floorstanders, the only way I’d consider non-active would be if I was considering a type of speaker I simply don’t have room for.
  5. I’m surprised that mqa was marketing itself as lossless. I thought it had been understood right from the off that it involved lossy compression? I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me though, I remember someone on the WHF forum catching Linn using different masters to try and show an audible difference between lossless and mp3.
  6. Couldn’t agree more. Most arguments on hifi forums arise because some people refuse to consider this, IMO. I once asked Thomas Barefoot (?) if the electronics inside his active monitors were susceptible to vibration. His response was to turn your amp all the way up with no music playing and give it a whack, see if any sound comes out the speakers. I’ve done this with dacs as well, including waving them about while no music is playing and when music is playing. Nothing, no difference at all. Some sections of the hifi industry are full of shit.
  7. I use Apple Music for streaming. It’s not perfect but I like the interface.
  8. As an ex owner of Opals just thought I’d chime in and agree that they are fantastic speakers. My thoughts on the bass were exactly the same, as in “how the hell do they do that?”, the power and detail of the bass was jaw dropping. Like you, I had the treble turned down one notch. I was also impressed by the imaging, particularly the sense of depth, on the right track it would sound like the drummer was sat in next doors living room! I used the mic and measuring software to tune out a room node, but I found I didn’t like it if I made the bass response flat - a hump of a few db sounded bette
  9. I already told you, I don’t use usb. My speakers only have optical and coax inputs, along with rca, and the dac section isn’t susceptible to jitter. Apologies for being blunt but the Eitr is only going to help a badly designed dac.
  10. 😁 The only way it could help my setup would be if my dac was susceptible to jitter and the Eitr reduced input jitter. My dac isn’t susceptible to jitter.
  11. Vast majority of dacs sound identical to each other, in other words they’re audibly transparent. I would honestly buy something like the RME as it covers all bases, and then take my time auditioning dacs that aren’t aiming for transparency at my leisure, they’re in the minority but they do exist. If dealers have got stuff in stock then the decent ones will let you have their demo unit on the understanding that you pay up front and they’ll refund when you return it, or order you a new one if you want to buy it. You’ve bought speakers that are aiming for neutrality, if you don’t like the soun
  12. I have no use whatsoever for one of those. I connect to my dac via optical and WiFi.
  13. A lot of dealers will let you home demo if you pay up front with the understanding that you get a refund if you return it, or if you have a good relationship with a local dealer they may just let you turn up and take home whatever you want. I would never pay more than around a thousand now for a dac, although I’ve spent much more in the past. I think any more than that and you’re largely paying for a brands marketing/fancy casework. My experience is the extra spend is in no way reflected in the sound. I’d say the exception to this is if you buy a dac with an obvious “flavour” to the soun
  14. No, I don’t think dacs will have audibly improved for quite a while. It’s been easy to buy an audibly transparent dac for years. Of course, you might not want transparent, in which case maybe a R2R dac such as Denafrips Ares might fit the bill, although I’d definitely want the option of home demo or return if you don’t like it - or even if despite measuring “badly” it doesn’t sound different to you. I’ve seen plenty of comments as to its smooth sound, but I’ve also seen plenty of comments that it’s a bit rough or sibilant, this leaves me wondering if they have a problem with consistent manu
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