agirard

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I Cried Today
Growing up, my uncle played jazz on the stereo in his workshop and in the car on trips to New England. It’s a driver of my life-long love for music. A step on the journey to so many hours learning from you all about how to get better sound. Thank... 
Is low cost DAC worth it?
Years ago I used the optical out on an Airport Express to stream to a Schiit Bifrost Multibit DAC, which I thought was an improvement over the Airport's internal DAC. I swapped out the Airport for an Allo DigiOne Signature with Shanti linear powe... 
Ethernet switches the good and bad
I have the DX Engineering filters between every network component and definitely hear a positive difference. The "rabbit hole" reference above made me think of the Down The Rabbit Hole: Network Tweaks & Streamer DIY blog at TMR which has beco... 
Roon….The Gordon Knot of concierge musical services?
Is your network in good shape? PC running Roon hard-wired to the router with ethernet? Router, switches, phone, and tablet rebooted? Router settings thoroughly checked? My iPhone, older windows laptop, and NUC running ROCK that replaced it all run... 
Small, Effective Subwoofers?
I have a pair of Rel T/5x's paired with my Dynaudio Special 40's. I put them next to the speaker stands where I had planned when I got them and after trying to dial them in did not like the sound. I then put them in the front corners, back corner... 
I Was Stunned
Took the family to Manhattan a few years ago to buy a secondhand rack made by Box Furniture Company. Made a weekend out of it. Got home, set everything up, and had a listen. Of all the upgrades, tweaking, and modifications over the years - many ... 
Placement of subwoofers
I have two Rel T5/x paired with my Dynaudio Special 40 bookshelves. My first experience with subwoofers, I initially followed Rel's guidance and put them in the corners of the front wall. That produced lots of bass boom, prompting an all-day exe... 
Streaming – Discovering Similar or New Music
I use Roon with a Qobuz subscription. I mostly listen to the "Your Daily Mixes" feature. One disappointing experience is that Roon's "Your Daliy Mixes" tend to populate well-known albums that for me are played out (at least in the jazz genre). ... 
Network optimization for serious streamers
@sns, your post 2 up seems to sum up the main point that sucked in from the beginning - do what we can to keep the signal clean from the start. Hence my suggestion of the SB2800 router and EdgeRouter X (still need to hear it when it gets here!). A... 
Network optimization for serious streamers
Thanks @lalitk.  
Network optimization for serious streamers
Another way to look at it: It's probably safe to say the vast majority of people reading this are readers, not contributors. Having mostly been the former, I come here to see what optimizations people have made that improve the sound. WHY the o... 
Network optimization for serious streamers
Thank you @lalitk for sharing the video from Hans. A nice explanation of the issues with switches that some manufacturers work hard to resolve. And a tempered/qualified endorsement of the now way-inexpensive Cisco 2960, which I modded to power by ... 
Network optimization for serious streamers
The idea of a well-engineered streamer made with quality parts doing a good job of fixing networking problems makes sense to me. Unfortunately, those products are usually well out of my price range, leaving me to focus on low-cost tweaks discussed... 
Network optimization for serious streamers
I’m sold on the benefits of network optimization. I’ve added boxes to the Arris cable modem supplied by my ISP, including of course a router (TP-Link AX50), used Cisco 2960 switch bought on Amazon for $25 (wow), fiber out from the switch to an Et... 
Best integrated tube amplifier, under $3,000.00. No phono needed. Could be used, too.d
Just bought the Octave V40 mentioned a few posts up (it was in the mail at that time). Replaced the power tubes with Gold Lion reissues. Figured I’d share my message to the seller:”KT88s arrived a day early and have been in since lunch. WOW! Fanta...