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    Raspberry Pi
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    Arcam SA20
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    Audiovector QR5
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    AKG K712
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  1. Unless you are segregating your network into different VLANs or running an office's worth of IP phones, I recommend an unmanaged switch. Less to go wrong. I've always used Netgear ones. https://www.amazon.co.uk/NETGEAR-Ethernet-Unmanaged-Internet-Splitter/dp/B07PWHGQSS/ref=sr_1_5?crid=3JMOLH4GZF1YL&dchild=1&keywords=gigabit+unmanaged+switch&qid=1614275093&sprefix=gigabit+unmanage,aps,155&sr=8-5
  2. I would recommend a different switch. This one is an old model; many older Cisco switches are retired from service if they start to malfunction. Typical malfunction includes locking up and needing power cycle to get going again, or restarting themselves. You may be lucky, it may be a one off, but keep an eye on it. There are lots of new models which are 10x as fast and cheap (~ £20), so if it is faulty don't bother spending too much time trying to diagnose / fix. Do what network pros do and simply replace.
  3. Yes, the modern audiophile obsession. At least one guy is talking about the latter, though.
  4. That's a funny thread. People are talking at cross purposes. Jitter in networking is not the same as jitter into DACs.
  5. I know exactly what you mean. I got to the stage where I had too many boxes going on. It started to detract from the experience. Some people on here will sniff at the suggestion, but I am really enjoying my Sonos Amp at the moment, for its minimalist approach. https://www.sonos.com/en-gb/shop/amp.html The sound quality is excellent - much better than expected at the price - and it has basic EQ on bass and treble which, whilst not sophisticated, is pretty subtle and does allow a bit of tweaking. The Sonos app is brilliant. 100 day returns policy is decent too. Sonos as a company have a pretty hard-nosed approach to business, so if I were you I wouldn't feel ethically compromised in buying one and trying it out, just as a point of comparison, even if you fully intend to return it.
  6. The remaining stocks were sold off at £1400 back in 2018. A bargain - I nearly grabbed a set but ended up with my Audiovectors instead.
  7. Good plan. You could try some EQ / DSP if you are technically inclined. In my recent experiments with DSP I was able to emulate the sound of some other speakers I've tried over the years, e.g. by boosting the mids and restricting dynamics. Some people are sniffy about EQ but in my experience it can be a great way to tune the sound exactly how you like it. A health warning. There is actual science behind this hobby but it can be extremely difficult to decipher. There are no shortage of audiophile soothsayers around. They preach vague terms like "warm", "airy" etc. as a religion. I am never sure if I am using the terms correctly.
  8. Two speakers to add to your shortlist should you decide to go that route: Audiovector QR5s. To my ears have a similar profile to the KEFs I've heard (fantastic detail, sublime tops, tight bass, linear mids). I took a punt on them last year. At first I didn't get on with them, as they were too big for the smaller room I had them in. Having moved them to a room of a similar size to yours, they really shine. Dali Rubicon 6s. A bit more forward in the mids. May be what you are "missing" (mid-centric sound being considered "warm" and "enveloping"). There are speakers which are even more mid-forward - others on here will be more expert.
  9. My main system is currently a (new generation) SONOS Amp after my Arcam stopped working. I have to say, the dynamics, detail and overall presentation are wonderful - much better the Arcam (SA20). What's odd is that I tried it on the same speakers in a different, smaller, room and the Arcam won hands-down. Perhaps some rooms suit Class D whereas others prefer something more traditional
  10. Best advice is make the decision between: 1. it sounds good; I'll leave it and enjoy the music / playing billiards / living my life; or 2. it could sound better; I'm going to try tweaking every last component. If you go for #1, don't bother with the sub. Not worth the hassle trying to integrate it. If you go for #2, then don't bother with the sub, start by upgrading the speakers, as @CnoEvil suggests.
  11. @Sparks - the issue you *need* to fix to give you that enveloping soundstage you describe, is speaker placement. At the moment, I suspect you have them too close to the wall, firing straightforward, and too close together. This will not allow you to get anything like the performance they are capable of. The first review of the Q700 says: (https://www.whathifi.com/us/kef/q700/review - nb. generally take reviews with a pinch of salt, but they can be a helpful guide on topics like placement.) A quick Google found the following link which seems to be pretty no-nonsense and well illustrated: https://thevinylfactory.com/features/speaker-placement/ In fact, I'd suggest temporarily moving the pool table to the far end of the room (are those things easy to move?!), pulling the speakers out into the room, give them a good distance between them, and put a chair equilaterally to the speakers. Start with the speakers facing straight forward and then gradually "toe" them - you should start to notice the effect you are looking for. If you can, repeat the experiment in a few different places in the room, trying different sizes of triangles (i.e. between l speaker, r speaker, chair). You may find one axis works better than the other, or that the speakers work better closer to / away from each or, the walls or corners. Obviously once you've done that, and settled on a space that works best for you, then if there are still aspects of the sound you want to tweak (more/less bass, more volume without it sounding harsh or distorted) then you may need to swap your components. Contrary to a lot of reports on here, I've not found room treatment necessary even in a room with lots of hard surfaces, provided you get speakers which have been designed for more modern rooms, which I suspect your KEFs have. Life is too short to start letting the electronics dictate the decor
  12. What program did you use to clone the drive?
  13. It looks like a NVIDIA GPU would be a good bet as the software appears to do GPU offload. Making it silent will be a challenge.