nixanthrope

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Room EQ Wizard, Audio Output
I've gotten good results using a 3.5mm to RCA cable from amazon plugged directly into my preamp. I've also gotten good results using Airplay from the laptop to my DAC. If your DAC doesn't have such connectivity, try bluetooth as well, and if that ... 
DAC upgrade
Hi OP, I'd really encourage you to take a look at the Gustard offerings, either the R26 or A26. Chinese, but tank-like, and marvelous sound. I have the R26 and I'd call it dynamic, neutral, and detailed, but with a rich tone. The sound can be furt... 
Schiit Freya Modes: Subjective vs Objective Differences
@mattw73 I think since you're already stocked up with options, it's a no brainer and you should go for it. Buying second hand might break the warranty, so maybe have a look at some QC issues others have experienced here before pulling the trigger... 
Schiit Freya Modes: Subjective vs Objective Differences
Hi @mattw73 , no worries happy to provide an update. I didn't end up pursuing my findings with Schiit, though I continue to be a happy camper using this preamp and would encourage you to pick one up if you can still get one, especially with the b... 
DACed and Confused here...
Enthusiastic vote for the Gustard R26 here, which thanks to frequent sales is often sub-$1500. The built in LAN streamer is very good, to the point I'm not considering an external one anymore. Aside from some minor complaints related to aesthetic... 
Bob Robbins' setup guide
That's great @offbrandracing would you be able to describe the setup in greater detail, and your observations related to center image and overall soundstage? Did you end up with heavy toe-in and/or rake on the speakers?  
Bob Robbins' setup guide
@mijostyn Don’t knock it till you try it. The express purpose of this approach is to optimize placement of the speakers you have within the room that you have BEFORE resorting to more expensive if not more BS-y upgrades in the hobby. It costs noth... 
Bob Robbins' setup guide
Hi OP, I’ve attempted this Bob Robbins slash Sumiko method a couple of times and it seems to work pretty well, but what has always eluded me is Robbins’s description of a locked center image between the speakers that doesn’t move regardless of you... 
Best RCA interconnect up to ~$100?
@retroactiv Yes! I think you’ll enjoy.  
Best RCA interconnect up to ~$100?
My vote would be to skip the Blue Jeans, this coming from someone who used them exclusively for my first six years or so with this hobby. In the end I discovered they don’t scale up very well from entry level, and better options in comparison reve... 
Jay's "Ugly Truth" video
I try to balance consumption-based hobbies, like audiophilia, with creation-based hobbies, like woodworking. Usually the remedy for obsession and burn out in one is picking the other back up. The cycles usually last several months, and there's alw... 
Schiit Freya Modes: Subjective vs Objective Differences
Thanks, @ejlif , despite this test I, like you, just can’t shake these same subjective impressions while listening: passive feels sharp but lean, tube soft but full. I came across some NOS Tesla E88CCs that I threw on the right side and continue t... 
Schiit Freya Modes: Subjective vs Objective Differences
@kota1 Very cool! Can you only use ARC with the analog outs/ML wireless speakers, or is it possible to use that feature in conjunction with an external DAC? I would think not but worth asking.  
Schiit Freya Modes: Subjective vs Objective Differences
Amazing, thanks @kota1 I hadn't heard of the first two and I'm going to research them further. No sub in my setup right this second but when I do use one I do REL high level so all good.  
Schiit Freya Modes: Subjective vs Objective Differences
@zlone @jeffrey125 I also notice the SS buffer appears to have a little more oomph than the passive, but question if this would hold up under scrutiny given it is a few db quieter than the passive and again difficult to level match in real time (r...