mgrif104

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Bricasti M1 vs new M3
Ddafoe: please do try a higher performance streamer.  I think you might be very pleasantly surprised.  My own experience showed me that I got a bigger improvement in performance from a better streamer than from a better DAC.  I Also know I’m not t... 
Roon vs the world (streaming software)
I purchased an annual subscription of Roon. It’s about to expire and I won’t be renewing.  There’s no question that Roon offers the best user experience - best GUI, library management etc.  But, Auralic’s conductor app is also quite good. Auralic’... 
Upping my digital game
Hi Zavato,I used to use a stripped down Mac Mini as my server into my DAC.  It worked well and I thought it sounded pretty good. I optimized it in all ways suggested for improved audio performance.  Nevertheless, I ended up purchasing an Aurender ... 
Lumin or Aurender
Larry5729,I have a Bluesound Node 2i in one system. I also have an Aurender N100H and an Auralic Aries G2 in other systems.  For fun, I compared them directly in the same system using the same cables.  While tonally they sound similar, there is a ... 
Lumin or Aurender
While I have gone the completely digital route, I would be highly skeptical of anyone who claimed no real difference between vinyl and digital.  They don’t sound the same, though digital can sound very, very good.  The M10 is intriguing - do you w... 
What do I do with this Auralic?
I’d be seriously interested in buying your paperweight...You actually need to pair it with a server - the Vega G2 is only a streamer/DAC.  It was designed that way to pair with another device in order to have server (network files) available. Let ... 
Sonus Faber Olympica 3 or Olympica Nova 2 ?
Everyone brings their own biases to these discussions- me included. The OP didn’t ask for recommendations on other brands. Nevertheless, I’m sure they’d be well received if offered genuinely.  On the other hand, recommendations are frequently offe... 
Sonus Faber Olympica 3 or Olympica Nova 2 ?
Janosik,I’m pretty familiar with the Olympica 3 - they were on my short list.  Though they’re wonderful speakers, I didn’t get them because they weren’t a good fit for my room.  I haven’t heard the Nova 2, but it seems reasonable to assume they ar... 
Does the 'Buck' Start with the DAC?
I’m enjoying this thread.  Interestingly, I posed a related question elsewhere about which might have more impact - server/streamer or DAC.  While I subscribe to the notion that everything makes a difference, I’ve also concluded that, In my experi... 
Sound quality of Roon vs. Lighting
audphile1 - thanks for the feedback.  Now that I’ve been using LDS more, it’s pretty clear that it sounds better than Roon.  Re the interface - no question Roon is better in that regard. However, like you, sound is more important to me so I’m goin... 
Can we talk streamers based on UI rather then SQ?
Flavo: you make fair points. However, I was assuming that you’d prefer to find a solution for $150/year rather than pay $2k+ for a new solution.  Since you’re self described as being cheap - and having problems with keeping connected to your libra... 
PC based Streaming sound quality
You’ll find that this has been discussed extensively in various threads so it might be helpful to look through this digital forum for additional info. But, yes -  the general consensus is that a dedicated streamer is significantly better than a PC... 
Can we talk streamers based on UI rather then SQ?
Like others, I actually think the BluOS UI is one of the better ones. I have Aurender Conductor, Auralic Lightning DS and BluOS in different systems and like BluOS the best of those.  I’ve also tried Lumin while auditioning one of their units.  So... 
KEF Reference 5 vs. B&W 802 D3 speakers - which one better? your knowledges & opinions
Kentrent:  while it’s true that the R900 is a very good speaker and its tonal balance is similar to the Ref 5, there is indeed a significant difference between the two.  I have heard the Ref 3s against the R900s (they didn’t have the Ref 5s but it... 
KEF Reference 5 vs. B&W 802 D3 speakers - which one better? your knowledges & opinions
Congrats from another KEF Ref owner (3’s in my case).  I, too, compared the KEFs against the B&Ws and while I really respect the engineering prowess behind B&W, I greatly preferred the KEFs. I was also considering Sonus Faber Olympica 3s, ...