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The Circular File / Re: Temporary shout box.
« Last post by Jim Pittsburgh on November 12, 2019, 09:43:13 AM »
The Brooklyn is MQA enabled. Not sure about the other(s), but I'm not streaming currently.  Going to try a few different RCAs and see what happens. I bought a ModWright / Pioneer UHD  LX-500 that I'm really enjoying the heck out of. Getting rid of the CD player and having much better sound is pretty cool! Going to be buying a new 4K TV after the first of the year and I'm prepared lol
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The Circular File / Re: Temporary shout box.
« Last post by MacGeek on November 12, 2019, 09:16:05 AM »
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The Circular File / Re: Temporary shout box.
« Last post by MacGeek on November 12, 2019, 09:00:34 AM »
Hey Jim-Are any of the DACS you are auditioning MQA enabled?
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The Circular File / Re: Temporary shout box.
« Last post by Jim Pittsburgh on November 09, 2019, 09:02:28 PM »
thanks for your thoughts....  I've never been happy with file sound, but the Mytech gave me hope and my experience at CAF was an eye opener. I just have no will to spend +$10K on a DAC many of those were $15k to $60K  Have a friend with a Phison PD2 that he wants to send me to audition. May have to just do that. If anyone wants to come by for a listen, you're always welcome!
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The Circular File / Re: Temporary shout box.
« Last post by MacGeek on November 09, 2019, 07:44:30 PM »
I too am a Mac fan.  I listen to Tidal with an ipad plugged into a Cambridge Audio black box that converts the ipads firewire output and feeds it via a coaxial signal to my dac (up to 24/192 as I understand things).  To my old ears, this sounds equal to and sometimes maybe even better than my vinyl rig.  I would like to hear the truly hi-rez stuff, but don't feel a need to spend more money to get there.  However, I reserve the right to change my mind, or upon a proper hi-rez audition, have it changed for me.
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The Circular File / Re: Temporary shout box.
« Last post by scorpio333 on November 09, 2019, 07:28:05 PM »
A few things could possibly affect the sound, but I doubt the laptop as much things after the laptop.

USB speed, if it's not at least USB2 it could having trouble keeping up? Harddrive could be another longshot, I've switched over to solid state drives and found things run apps  load and save much quicker/smoother. Had a Macbook Pro with 5400RPM drive and it was near unusable, now it gets daily use in the garage. RAM, this is the be all, end all, go to answer for ALL computer problems, like caps on audio gear!  ::) If the laptop generally works ok, then I'd leave it be and look down the chain.

I'm an Apple guy and switching to their laptops for just playing files will only lighten your wallet...A LOT. Perhaps an iPad might be an option, but I'd do research on what apps you'd need for hi res playback, anything over 24-bit/96kHz won't play without a 3rd party app.

My garage setup sounds horrid right now, I need to do a speaker shuffle and delete the crappier files off the laptop. I'm mainly working in there and running tools, so it has to sound good LOUD!
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The Circular File / Re: Temporary shout box.
« Last post by Jim Pittsburgh on November 09, 2019, 05:22:09 PM »
I've tried it both ways and and find it has helped.
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The Circular File / Re: Temporary shout box.
« Last post by Sir Thrift-a-Lot on November 09, 2019, 11:02:42 AM »
Maybe try taking Fidelizer out of the signal path and see what you think.   Sometimes optimizers do as much harm as good.
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The Circular File / Re: Temporary shout box.
« Last post by Sir Thrift-a-Lot on November 09, 2019, 11:00:40 AM »
Bits is bits.   I don't know why the laptop would really affect the sound.   What types of files are they?   MP3?   Perhaps you are getting all there is to get out of them.
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