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  1. Dear Linn Users, I don't know what proportion of Linn owners use Airplay with any of the DS line, so I hope these experiences might prove useful to others. I use Airplay a lot to stream BBC catch-up content (via the BBC Sounds app) and for years I'd been experiencing drop-outs, but I simply put it down to wifi interference that was beyond my control. Then when I was in a position to exercise control over the environmental factors (after I'd got my own place) I did some extensive testing. I compared my Linn DS and DSI with my Naim MuSo, which also has Airplay. Alternately I substituted my Linn players with the Naim, positioning it exactly in the exact same spot (and therefore using the same wiring and infrastructure etc.). And each time the test was the same: to airplay the same programme from BBC Sounds for a set length of time on the same wifi channel. (Actually, I used two iphones - 5s (ios12) and 6s (13), but both on the same version of BBC Sounds.) The results were conclusive - the drop-outs always occurred on both Linns, but never (at all) on the Naim. Roughly every 8 minutes or so, there was a drop-out. I shared these results with Linn Help & Support. Each time I'd contacted them before they had given the stock answer: "It's your wifi network. See our/Apple's troubleshooting". This time, however, things were irrefutable and they were more forthcoming. They said it was because the audio buffering on the Linns only runs to approx. 8 mins (or so) and the buffer on the Naim MuSo must be more generous. I asked if they could extend the buffer via a firmware/sw update, but it's a hardware limitation, so there's nothing that can be done. I was stunned that such high end audio equipment could fall so short. It sent my previously-high regard for Linn plummeting. So, I started looking for an alternative airport receiver, which I could use to provide an audio channel into the Linn. I'm leaning towards a Raspberry Pi solution (which I gather can be loaded with software which'll transform it into an airport-capable receiver) and to then use a HifiCherry Digi+ card to provide a s/pdif line into the Linn. This is as far as I've come. Has anyone come-a-cropper with the same issue? Has anyone taken the same/a similar airport-receiver approach? If so, I'd be grateful for any observations you can share, especially on the audio quality. Thank you. P
  2. The "Dac upscale" thread got me thinking about how streaming has affected music-listening habits: £240/year buys you roughly 75 used CDs, 375 in five years. Is it better to be able access millions of CDs or to thoroughly enjoy one or two new records every month? When I was a late teenager I used to spend all their pocket money in music. There wasn't much of a used market at the time and I could only afford a new record or two every three months. I would listen to the radio and make tapes of my favourite songs, but the new album was precious and I would sit in my bedroom listen to it exaustively, hours on end, thoroughly enjoying the discovery of nuances and detail at every new audition. Nowadays (my) kids (and adults alike) use a "digital music service that gives you access to millions of songs". They group their favourite songs into playlist and are offered song suggestions by the service providers based on their preferences. Songs are star-rated. Has short-term pleasure taken over the habits of music listeners? Do streamers listen to whole albums?
  3. Bit of a rambling one here Wammers so please bear with me. Bit of background - I have an HP Microserver with 32TB of space servering up all my media via Plex over a wired network throughout the flat. While I haven't been keeping up to date on the latest tech in hifi, I'm fairly comfortable learning new stuff, so feel free to go into techy detail if you think it will help. For example I'm happy to run a separate server software for music only if that's going to make things easier - server can handle plenty more stress. Bedroom Requirements I'll be moving my stereo system out of my bedroom and into the spare room - looking for a simple, streamlined replacement solution for the bedroom and my thinking is to either get a fully wireless system or, at most, a wired system with a single box that streams everything to attached speakers. Due to space limitations, the speakers have to be (a) very forgiving of placement and (b) not very big. As it won't be a critical listening system and merely there for enjoyment and convenience, what are my best options? At the moment I'm considering Sonos or Bluesound but I'm not even sure how it would work. Do I need to have a base to connect wirelessly to the speakers or are they controlled on the phone? If they can be controlled by phone but it's preferable to have the base, why is that? And how does the sound of, say, two Sonos Ones compare to having, the Sonos Amp plus two small bookshelf speakers? Remember that the point of this system is fun and unobtrusive and above all, easy to use - so while I want good sound, it doesn't need to compete with a proper hifi. In this case, good enough is good enough (but I also don't want it to sound like a pair of Monster Beats!) Budget isn't set but lets start at £1k and see what answers I get Computer/Hifi Room Requirements The stuff moving from the bedroom - I have a Resolution Audio Opus 21 CD player which I love, so that's staying, and the Totem Sttafs are staying too. I'll probably be replacing the Roskan Caspian MkII with something that has better synergy. Now the main question is whether the onboard DAC on the Opus frmo the PC is worth using, or should I be looking at something more recent too, to open up higher res audio? The Opus 21 DAC is 4 Burr Brown PCM1704 @ 32 - 96 kHz / 16 - 24 bit. Would I be better off grabbing something that can do it all (MQA/DSD etc). I have to admit that while I'm comfortable with tech, this is an area I've fallen waaaay behind the eightball on, so happy to be schooled and convinced either way here. I usually tend to err on the side of future-proofing though, so if there's something I should be looking at, I'm all ears (and I usually like the Chord DAC sound if that helps) Again, budget is moderately flexible, let's say £1k for the amp and £500 for the DAC as a starting point. (These will all be second hand so I think we'll have plenty to play with) Other questions For the Computer/Hifi setup I'm also open to a one-box solution with onboard DAC if that's going to work more elegantly. I was eyeing up the Peachtree Nova but thought better of it as it doesn't have the latest Hi Res capabilities, but if there's something else I should consider, feel free to point it out. At the moment I'm considering amps from Sim Audio, Plinius, Ayre and Sugden (whatever falls within the c.£1k range second hand) so would need to compete with that sort of level, but obviously if it has onboard DAC I'd spend more (c.£1.5k) as I'd be saving on the DAC side of things. Experience tells me this is likely to be less of an option than the separates though.
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  5. We currently have a fantastic offer on the Fidelizer Nimitra Computer Audio Server. It is a simple and high-quality solution for any computer audiophiles. Order the component from Elite Audio today and get a FREE LessLoss Firewall 1X Module to help create and even better sound! The Nimitra Computer Audio Server was born. The simple plug-and-play design is easy to use:"Nimitra provides outstanding sound quality and convenience as a turnkey device based on JPLAY/Asset uPNP ready to serve to any device. There’s no need for device installation or software configuration so no monitor, keyboard and mouse required. You can simply power on and music!"The Nimitra can be used as a music server, library server and network player. It is also Roon, Linn Kazoo, and HQPlayer NAA compatible meaning that users have several options as to how to play their music. It has already impressed some top reviewers with three awards under its belt, including the prestigious Blue Moon Award from Now
  6. Densen have unveiled an upgrade to their renowned B-250 Pre-amplifier in the form of the B-250CAST, a pre-amplifier which supports Google Cast streaming. Following on from the successful release of the CAST AMP Streamer earlier this year, the B-250CAST joins Densen’s new range of components that support Google’s streaming software. Much like the CAST AMP, the B-250CAST has a dedicated Densen CAST power supply. This extremely low noise PSU allows the component to provide the best working conditions for Google Cast software to perform. As well as now supporting Google Cast, the B-250 has seen some impressive upgrades based on the B-275 Super Leggera Pre-amp. The amplification has been developed based on advanced Class A designs, with a dual mono output stage that has a huge storage capacity of 100.000 uF. A built-in DAC converts the signal from digital to analogue for a perfectly musical output. The volume control has also been upgraded. Using Vishay metal film resistors, volume control is now more precise (0.5dB). This allows for better balance, more detailed sound and transparency. Of the new B-250CAST Pre-amplifier, Densen have said; “The B-250CAST offers a strong musical performance in line with the traditions of Densen. “Using the B-250CAST will allow the user to delve into the music, and forget about the technology in the quest for audiophile nirvana.” The B-250CAST will support NAS drives as storage, using BubbleUPnP and similar programs. The B-250CAST comes with a socket for the DP-07 MM RIAA stage and can also be upgraded externally with Densen’s power supply modules. Densen’s B-250CAST Pre-amplifier will be available in the UK from Elite Audio soon and is set to retail at £3,990. Technical features: Line inputs: 4 sets + 1 tape loop GOOGLE CAST streaming capability Preamp outputs: 4 sets for easy connection for Bi-amping Power supply size: 3 x 20 VA Storage capacity: 100.000 uF Output stage: based on 6 Watt Class A amp with zero feedback Upgradeable internal CPU unit Ready for Densen's DP-07 phono stage Ready for the Gizmo system remote Ready for intelligent communication via the DenLink cable Upgradeable with external power supply Available in black with gold / chrome buttons or albino silver chassis. Made in Esbjerg, Denmark. Designed in Esbjerg, Denmark. Elite Audio is the official UK distributor of Densen Audio. We offer an excellent 30-day, no risk trial on selected products allowing you to try out audio components at home with your own system. A generous part exchange is also available allowing you to upgrade for less. To find out how much your old hi-fi components are worth, take our part exchange challenge now. Alternatively, you can contact Elite Audio via email: or telephone: 020 3397 1119 for more information.
  7. Danish manufacturers Densen have launched their brand-new CAST AMP Streamer, the first in their brand-new Dino range of products. The CAST AMP is the first product from Densen to allow streaming. By using Google Cast Audio technology, users will be able to stream music directly from services such as TIDAL. The component can also be used with Google Home to implement multiroom listening. Densen has carefully selected and crafted each aspect of the CAST AMP to ensure that it operates at its highest possible level. A specially shaped, pure aluminium cabinet encases the external Wi-Fi Source along with a high-end DAC that has been manufactured from over 20 years of experience. The most interesting and unique feature of the CAST AMP is the internal Power Amplifier. This is a scaled down version of the upcoming B-390 Power Amplifier (set to be released in late 2017) that has been 15 years in the making. The delivery of the CAST AMP is an incredible 2 x 60 W in 8 ohm and 2 x 120W in 4 ohm. As such, the component can also be used a s a standalone power amp with a 5V trigger. Densen’s CAST AMP uses already pre-established streaming software to ensure that no issues are created between Densen created software and Google Cast. Densen have said that this can often be an issue with streamers created by other manufacturers, where software updates can sometimes clash. The non-magnetic casing adds to the CAST AMPS benefits and decreases magnetic distortion. The aluminium casing also creates a heatsink, ensuring that the CAST AMP does not overheat. The first owner will benefit from Densen’s lifetime warranty which starts after the standard warranty ends. It is available for order now from Elite Audio and retails at £2,895. Technical features: Output power: 2 x 60 W 8 Ω / 2 x 120 W 4 Ω Power supply: 400 VA and 20.000 uF 9 individual powersupplies 5 volt trigger for remote control, when used as pure poweramp Upgradeable DAC Controllable via GOOGLE CAST AUDIO Size: Height: 64mm (72mm with feet). Width: 220mm. Depth:310mm (+cable connectors) Available in both Albino silver and black Manufactured in Denmark Elite Audio is the official UK distributors of Densen. We offer an excellent 30-day, no risk trial on selected products allowing you to try out audio components at home with your own system. A generous part exchange is also available allowing you to upgrade for less. To find out how much your old hi-fi components are worth, take our part exchange challenge now. Alternatively, you can contact Elite Audio via email: or telephone: 020 3397 1119 for more information.
  8. Hi all,Has anyone compared the sound of an Auralic Aries Mini to that of a Majik DS (Dynamik)? I'm mainly interested in the differences when both are used as digital transports with an external DAC.Is the Linn a major step up? If so, in what respects?I'd really appreciate your thoughts.Many thanks,James
  9. New from Nova Fidelity the N15 Network player / USB dac / pre-amplifier and music storage bringing you high quality streaming and great flexibility to your audio system. From £600 to £950 depending on storage. High performance system resources Based on powerful dual core ARM Cortex A9 running at 1.0GHz UPnP(DLNA) Server/Client/Media Renderer/Samba Server/Client are supported Super Sound Quality created by built-in Sabre ES9018K2M Reference DAC 2.5 inch HDD or SSD storage deck Giga Fast Ethernet LAN built-in High Speed internal data transferring USB device port for convenient data transfer More features and functions Dedicated USB Audio Class 2.0 input Major online music streaming services integrated: TIDAL, Qobuz, Deezer, Airable Apple Airplay supported Intuitive feature rich and fast control App for iOS and Android devices Gives networking capability to your existing DAC and Amp Hi-Res audio formats supported 24Bit/192KHz HD WAV, FLAC DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 Nova Fidelity N15 Information Contact Information
  10. Innuos Music Servers – A Closer Look Streaming from home networks can sound and work great in Hi-Fi demo rooms, but looking at the infrastructure & effort of moving one’s CD collection from PC to NAS drive can be enough for some people to just buy the vinyl instead. If this relates to your experience of digital audio upgrade, then I would suggest that you look at Innuos. A relatively new company that make a series of music and media servers. The Zen range of music servers has quickly found their way into the homes of people wanting high performance music servers. The Innuos Zenn lineup features 3 models, the smallest ZEN Mini starts at £699 for a 1TB HDD while the ZENith starts with a 1TB SSD at £2299. This is an audiophile storage device, CD ripper, USB DAC streamer, which is easy to use & sounds fantastic. Here’s what you need: - Innuos unit with a network connection & mains. - Tablet/i-Pad - CD collection - DAC with USB input - Internet connection. The app is based on the much-loved Squeezebox platform from Logitech – which is solid & fast. The in-house programming has made the migration of existing music collections easy to do, whether your collection is already on a NAS or is in a pile of CD’s. At a glance Innuos is like other music streaming solutions on the market. Where the Innuos differs is that it has a built-in CD ripper that saves the CD rip as uncompressed FLAC or WAV files. You can also use various music streaming services such as Tidal, Qobuz and Spotify with the Innuos and internet radio. Like everything in electronics, it’s power supply is where they manage to give big improvement – in the case of Innous they use high quality linear power supplies. The Zen has 1 Linear power supply. The Zenith, however, has three separate power supplies – reducing the noise which switch mode power supplies of NAS drives bring. Having just setup a QNAP at home & spent the last couple of day’s working with these I would suggest that partnering any of their three products with a good DAC makes a great sound which is a pleasure to use. I am currently using a Zenith & a Leema Libra DAC, Leema Tucana Anniversary Amplifier & Quad Z3 Speakers & it makes a formidable performance. For more information about Innuos call us on 01482 223096 or email
  11. High quality streaming company Nova Fidelity (formally Cocktail Audio) has been welcomed into the NuNu Distribution portfolio. With it great range of streaming / ripping products Nova Fidelity has gained a firm foothold in the UK market over the last five years, now with some great new products about to be launched. From the immensely popular X12 all in one unit to the brand new Audiophile X-50 with its two drive bays (up to 12TB of storage with raid capability) word clock as standard, latest arm processor. The X-50 ripper/streamer server sets new benchmarks in the sector of the market and way above as well. Prices from £600 to £2000 NovaFidelity Information
  12. Auralic Aries Mini Wireless Streaming Node - Black - £339, RRP - £449 Originally supplied by us new. Only a few months old and in 'as new' condition. Comes with original box and packing. 12 month warranty provided. See our website listing here Read the Computer Audiophile review here Elite Audio are part of Audio Emotion, so you can buy with confidence Please call us on 0203 397 1119, PM or email us at for more information.