Responses from kingbarbuda

At what price is one considered an Audiophile.
IMO cost has very little to do with being an audiophile. You can be an audiophile with your phone and a good pair of wireless earbuds, or an dongle DAC and a pair of cheap but good wired earbuds. So it really isn’t about the gear. It is about the ... 
Optical Conversion Not Working, Please Help
Make sure that the you are using the proper optical cable. Then make sure you are suing the proper and identical SFP modules compatible with that cable on both ends of the cable. Then reboot your network so your router sees these connections and a... 
PS Audio Direct Stream MK2 DAC
Their is no hum on my Mk2.  
Ethernet connection for best sound quality
@yage IMO and with all due respect, I am a former Innuos owner and there stuff (here we go…) is overpriced and underpowered in my experience. I had a Zenith MK3 and the InnuosUSB as my Roon core server and streamer and it was outclassed by an Inte... 
DAC contest: Border Patrol Sei or Chord Qutest?
I used to own a Chord Qutest. Now I own a Chord DAVE and M-Scaler. I own other DACs too. Two years ago at AXPONA, one of my favorite rooms was the Border Patrol room. The Border Patrol DAC just has a natural engaging sound to it. Very easy to list... 
PS Audio Direct Stream MK2 DAC
I received my PS Audio DS DAC Mk2 a couple of weeks ago or so. I have given it an initial listen and it gives a nice soundstage with good detail and imaging. No hum at all. A nice DAC. Much more listening to go. But so far so good. As for the stre... 
Made the Move and Not looking back!
I am not sure why the folks who are complaining about Roon support are needing Roon support. Are you folks using Innuos products? Are your devices Roon Ready? The only time I ever needed Roon support was when I ran my Roon Core on an Innuos Zenith... 
streamer Lumin U1 or Aries G2.1
Yes. Go with what sounds best. It is interesting how some folks think Tidal sounds better and some think Qobuz sounds better. We don’t know if the entire sample of respondents are using DSP. Also don’t know anything about their systems. Perhaps on... 
I can't go for that.
No can do.   
My New Magnepan 1.7i's sound dull and lifeless on the top end...why?
@bdp24 Yes. I meant “pecussiveness”. Autocorrect messing me up again. My experience with Magnepans are my former 1.7i and the AXPONA tests of the LRS and the LRS+. I added a pair of REL T/9i subs to my Maggies and it made a world of difference. N... 
My New Magnepan 1.7i's sound dull and lifeless on the top end...why?
@bdp24 your point is well taken. The point I was trying to get across is that Maggies do not move air. They don’t have traditional drivers they move air. Hence, no persuasiveness in the sound.    @charliech No high pass filter used. RELs were con... 
2023 AXPONA Show Report
I live about 20 minutes from AXPONA. Therefore, I go every year. I always learn something new.   
Thanks to Paul McGowan
Per Chris Rock, I am eagerly awaiting Lululemon’s release of their $20 racist yoga pants. This is as opposed to their $100 non racist yoga pants.   
Some more modern jazz piano trios
Keith Jarrett’s Standard Trio is one of the benchmarks for me.  Bill Evans trios with Scott LaFaro and post-LaFaro - another benchmark  Other great trios: Shai Maestro Bill Charlap Tord Gustavsen Carla Bley Marcin Wasilewski Brad Mehldau  
Spotify HiFi
As an audiophile, with subscriptions to Roon and Qobuz, unless Spotify while offer hires and be workable within Roon, I don’t need it.