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    Doesn't happen often but know we have a few members here who ingest their music courtesy of digital, reel-to-reel and records. Well my digital playback is finally back up and I'm once again a member of that exclusive club! Sunny from Scaena (yes the speaker company) here installing the latest version of Scaena's Mainframe Music Server. Interesting product, 1 Terabyte SSD, some interesting concepts and to boot, runs off a battery power supply (5-8 hours charge). Right now using the old iFi DSD DAC but it won't play Quad-DSD despite what iFi claims. And I have some quad-DSD files (God are they large, no huge!) made from 15 ips tape that want to compare to the original tape! There are two DACs, however, that I have in mind to mate to the Scaena server.

    BTW, anyone have the Leonard Cohen Live in London recording? Sounded wonderful last night through the system!


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    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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    -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
    -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

  • #2
    Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post

    Right now using the old iFi DSD DAC but it won't play Quad-DSD despite what iFi claims. And I have some quad-DSD files (God are they large, no huge!) made from 15 ips tape that want to compare to the original tape! There are two DACs, however, that I have in mind to mate to the Scaena server.
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    It depends on the firmware that you are using with the iFi DSD DAC.

    You will need version 4.x or above to play DSD 256 files in Stereo with their portable DACs. DSD 256 Works fine here with iFi's version 5.x firmware.
    Both the iFi iDSD Nano and the iDSD Micro play DSD 256 Stereo files all the time in my home office.

    iFi Firmware Update Page
    http://ifi-audio.com/nano-idsd-ifi-xmos-firmware/

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    • #3
      Originally posted by bmoura View Post

      It depends on the firmware that you are using with the iFi DSD DAC.

      You will need version 4.x or above to play DSD 256 files in Stereo with their portable DACs. DSD 256 Works fine here with iFi's version 5.x firmware.
      Both the iFi iDSD Nano and the iDSD Micro play DSD 256 Stereo files all the time in my home office.

      iFi Firmware Update Page
      http://ifi-audio.com/nano-idsd-ifi-xmos-firmware/

      Thanks Brian! I will check the version and maybe that will cure the issue. But the importer supplied the DAC a year or so ago, maybe a bit more, and told Sunny it would playback quad DSD. So far no go but the server of course works with other DACs to playback quad DSD.

      And welcome to the board!



      Brian for those who haven't met him, also writes for PF especially on the subject of digital and DSD. He's a great resource for anyone thinking of trying DSD, etc.
      Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
      Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
      ________________________________________

      -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
      -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
      -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
      -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
      -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
      -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
      -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
      -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
      -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
      -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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      • #4
        Myles, try putting that digital hardware on roller blocks and your symposium shelf.
        TW Acustic TT with Ref motor & controller; Tri-Planar Arm; Ortofon Windfeld-Ti Cartridge, Harmonix-Combak platter matte & weight; Arcam R Phono Preamp; KLAudio Ultrasonic Record Cleaner.

        Bluesound Vault-2 Music Server & Streamer

        VTL 6.5 preamp Series II
        Pass Labs 150.8 Amp

        Piega C711 Loudspeakers

        Symposium Osiris Rack; Symposium Platforms and Roller Blocks plus grade 2.5 Balls

        Acoustic Revive RR-888 Low Frequency Pulse Generator, Synergistic Research 12 UEF SE Line Conditioner, Level 3 HC AC Cord and Level 3 power cords, Synergistic Carbon fiber wall plates, Synergistic Research Orange Outlet, & Blue Outlets, Furutech NCF Booster Brace, Audio Art Ref balanced ICs, MIT Oracle IC and Magnum Speaker Cables

        Sennheiser HDV 650 Headphone Amp; Sennheiser HD800s Headphones.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 1morerecord2clean View Post
          Myles, try putting that digital hardware on roller blocks and your symposium shelf.
          Eventually. Once the Kondo gear leaves.
          Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
          Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
          ________________________________________

          -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
          -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
          -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
          -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
          -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
          -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
          -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
          -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
          -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
          -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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          • #6
            Speaking of converting Tapes and LPs to DSD, you might want to give this post on the Native DSD Blog a look.
            http://blog.nativedsd.com/recording-...-tape-lps-dsd/

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            • #7
              Thanks Brian, very cool article. I think David converted the tapes/files he sent to me with the Horus?

              This would make an interesting thread as I know Larry Toy has been doing a massive project digitizing his albums. 15K of them IIRC.
              Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
              Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
              ________________________________________

              -Magico S5 Mk.2 speakers with SPod feet
              -Goldmund Telos 280 stereo amp
              -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
              -Doshi V3.0 phonostage
              -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
              -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
              -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
              -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
              -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 5, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
              -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA platforms.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
                Thanks Brian, very cool article. I think David converted the tapes/files he sent to me with the Horus?

                This would make an interesting thread as I know Larry Toy has been doing a massive project digitizing his albums. 15K of them IIRC.
                I know David had a HAPI that he was using to convert Analog Tapes to DSD 256.

                But that HAPI was loaned to Bob Attiyeh at Yarlung (for the first 20 of Bob's DSD 256 releases) and then to Cookie Marenco at Blue Coast (for her DSD 256 releases).

                Not sure what David is using now for his tape to DSD 256 conversions.
                Could be a Horus.

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