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  • What's Everyone Using as a Digital Source Nowadays

    Computer, music server, transport?
    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.

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    Still spinning discs with a CH D1/C1/X1 stack. I go USB via a MBPro/ROON. The alternate is the Da Vinci Dual via Aurender W20. In the latter configuration CDs are played through an EERA Autographe. To me the single box silver spinner I still like best despite its obvious format limitations.

    I haven't gotten around to finalizing the NAS thing. The C1 supposedly plays best via UPNP/Ethernet.

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    • #3
      Aurender N10 with a Gustard X20 DAC. I also have an Oppo BDP-105 for discs if needed.
      Marty

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      • #4
        There's been a lot of good word of mouth about the Aurender. What makes it so special?
        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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        • #5
          I use a generic Asus notebook running Windows 7 and JRiver Media Center 21 software. I've just upgraded to an iFi iUSB3/iPurifier/iDAC2 combo with a dual head Gemini cable. Review will be out in a month or two. Still need to determine if the iUSB3 is better than the Schiit Wyrd or not.
          Steve Lefkowicz
          Senior Associate Editor at Positive Feedback
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          Analog: Linn LP12 (MOSE/Hercules II), Ittok, Dynavector 19a, iPhono2; Pro-Ject RPM-1 Carbon, Sumiko Pearl, iFi iPhono.
          Digital: Samsung 300E5C notebook, JRiver Media Center 26, Tidal HiFi and Qobuz Studio), iFi iDAC2, iFi iUSB3, iPurifier2.
          Electronics: Burson Conductor Virtuoso, DIY switch-box with TKD 10K pot, Antique Sound Labs MG-SI15DT-S, Burson Timekeeper Virtuoso, Jolida JD1000P, B&K ST140.
          Speakers: Tekton Double Impact, Tekton Lore, Magneplaner .7, ELAC Debut2 B6.2, Debut F5 and Debut B6, Emotiva Airmotiv B1, Sound Dynamics 300ti.
          Interconnects: Morrow Audio MA1, Vermouth Audio Black Pearl, Nordost Solar Wind, Audioquest Evergreen
          Speaker cables: Morrow Audio SP4, Vermouth Audio Red Velvet, Nordost Solar Wind, Nordost Flatline, Audioquest Q2.
          Digital cables: Straightwire USB Link, Aural Symphonics Digital Standard xxv USB, Belkin PureAV.
          Accessories: Sound Organization turntable shelf, Mondo racks, Pangea Audio Vulcan racks, Pi Audio Group Über BUSS, Monster HTS2000 power conditioner, Sound Organization speaker stands, Pangea Audio speaker stands, Kinetronics anti-static brush, Pro-Ject VC-S record cleaner, Spin Clean record cleaner.
          Headphones: Schiit Valhalla amp, Meze Audio 99 Classic and 99 Neo, Beyerdynamic DT770Pro, 1More Triple Driver Over Ear, 1More MK801, 1More Triple Driver IEM

          http://www.audionirvana.org/forum/ti...ounding-system

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          • #6
            At home, I am using an Esoteric D-03, P-03, and G0 Rb clock. Also in the photo is a Levinson 37 transport for guests to use, and a Bryston BDP-1. Yes, the rack and equipment positioning is shameful.............

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
              There's been a lot of good word of mouth about the Aurender. What makes it so special?
              Mine comes with a techno whiz named Hansen via the Aurender distributor who makes everything easy for me. Gotta love great customer support.

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              • #8
                We do have a CD transport (MSB Universal V) in the store, but we hardly ever use it.
                Most of the time, it's MSB's own streamer module (installed inside an MSB DAC), or an Aurender N10. When we have them in, the Auralic Aries is always popular, for its price point ($1600). The Linn streamers are also in heavy use here, as they're by far the most "solid" from a reliability perspective.

                Myles, to answer your question, the Aurender is very popular as it provides a simple, "all-in-one" solution to the digital problem, for those who don't want to deal with CDs anymore. With most of the other solutions, you're looking at getting an external storage box on your network, and interfacing that with your streamer. With the Aurender, all you need to do is drag your music to the Aurender itself, that'll be sitting on your network. That way, you can, for instance, leisurely rip your CDs on your computer, and transfer the files to the Aurender.

                Because it doesn't rely on the network to actually fetch the files, it's extremely solid and bomb proof. Updates, when available, are done transparently, with very little downtime. With the higher end models, you can even eschew USB altogether, and go old school with SPDIF to your DAC.

                In terms of SQ, I found it to be the smoothest, most pleasant of all the digital transports out there (that I tried of course).

                Just for reference, I used to use a Mac laptop with Audirvana before, and even the $1600 Aries was a significant step up over that.


                Disclosure:
                Alma Music and Audio - La Jolla, CA
                Aqua Hi-Fi - Audio Research - Audioquest - Audionet - Audiopax - Auralic - Aurender - Bergmann - Brodmann - D'Agostino - darTZeel - Devialet - DEQX - ELAC - Evolution Acoustics - Hegel - iFi - Innuos - IsoTek - Kii Audio - Koetsu - Kronos - Kubala Sosna - Kuzma - Larsen - Linn - MSB Technology - Music Hall - Ortofon - Solid Steel - Technics - Wharfedale - Wilson Audio - YG Acoustics
                [ http://almaaudio.com ]

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                • #9
                  I use my DAW. Most stable thing I've found!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
                    There's been a lot of good word of mouth about the Aurender. What makes it so special?

                    I borrowed one for a month or so. Can't tell if it sounds any better than my PC based file playing but their iPad UI was so easy and useful - sorting and getting right to the music in a flash, it might have been worth the admission. OTOH like all things in digital, I knew the moment I pull the trigger, it would have been outdated (as bad as buying the latest Wilson speakers it seemed)...so I had to pass and settled for stumbling through the J-river on my laptop and the Aries (bought one but haven't installed).

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                    • #11
                      I moved up from an N100H to the N10 for the higher storage capacity and better output stage. I can drive three DACs with the N10 simultaneously. I was using a MacBook Pro 17 with iTunes and Audirvana + before and the Aurender sounds substantially better in my system.
                      Marty

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                      • #12
                        I'm still using a laptop as a music server running JRiver 20 into my Mytek Stereo 192 DAC.
                        Micro Seiki SX-8000 table with flywheel, SME 3012R arm, SME 312S arm, Lyra Etna SL and Dynavector XV-1S cartridges, ARC Ref 3 phono stage, Otari MX-55 tape deck, Ampex 350 repros, Roon Nucleus Plus server, PS Audio DSJ DAC, ARC Ref 6 pre, ARC Ref 75 amp, JBL 4345 speakers, and Def Tech Ref subs.

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                        • #13
                          My old standby is a Sony SCD-XA9000 CD/SACD player

                          When needed, I have a laptop with JRiver Media Center 21 and an external RAID5 drive system.

                          I can also stream TIDAL on demand.

                          The last few DACs (also CD and/SACD players) in the system were:
                          - PS Audio DirectStream DAC
                          -Ayon CD-3sx (reviewed in TAS issue #259)
                          -Accuphase DP-720.

                          Dre

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                          Every day is a good day to play analog.
                          - 12" 33-1/3 RPM or 45 RPM vinyl
                          - 10.5" 15ips or 30ips tape
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                          Every day is a good day for live music.
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                          • #14
                            Now that I sold the CHP C1, Sonos.
                            Kronos Sparta -> Trinity Phono -> Trinity Pre -> CH Precision A1 -> Magico S7s

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Ki Choi View Post


                              I borrowed one for a month or so. Can't tell if it sounds any better than my PC based file playing but their iPad UI was so easy and useful - sorting and getting right to the music in a flash, it might have been worth the admission. OTOH like all things in digital, I knew the moment I pull the trigger, it would have been outdated (as bad as buying the latest Wilson speakers it seemed)...so I had to pass and settled for stumbling through the J-river on my laptop and the Aries (bought one but haven't installed).
                              In addition to the sonic advantages the Aurender has, the GUI has to be one of the best apps out there for playing digital music. I've tried a number of DLNA clients with my C1, including CHP's own app - meh. If I ever get back into a serious digital rig, Aurender will likely be serving up the bits.
                              Kronos Sparta -> Trinity Phono -> Trinity Pre -> CH Precision A1 -> Magico S7s

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