rbstehno

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Hegel comparison
The dacs inside the Hegels are a comprised version of their standalone dac. I had multiple top of the line Hegel integrated amps in the past and never used their internal dacs. I actually had Hegel at an audio show compare the difference between t... 
PS Audio Direct Stream Mk2 DAC - How good is it vs Mk1? Weiss, Bricasti?
Pursuitofnow - who did your upgrade? How much was it? Even with the mk1 upgrades, the firmware upgrades to the mk2 will just keep making the mk2 better and better. I use Ethernet and the new mk2 doesn’t have Ethernet so I would have to get their s... 
What makes One Music Server Sound Better than Another?
Why have a computer in your listening room? Why use usb and all the gimmicks are trying to make usb better? Years ago when I used a dac with usb, I had the Auralic Aries server because I thought it sounded better than Lumin and Aurender, plus the ... 
DAC with i2S
I2s is superior to usb/coax/toslink. The other protocol would be Ethernet if you want to keep the server in another room, which is my preference.    
Need a big favor picking a preamp
I had the top of the line Classe mono-block amps a few years back. I used to own all Classe gear 20 years ago too. Give the new Classe preamp an audition. Another very good preamp is the PS Audio BHK signature preamp. I sold my Classe gear and wen... 
Streamer Selection - Thoughts Requested Please!
Audiotroy, I used to use USB many years ago. Sure it worked, that doesn't mean much when the sq of USB is so bad! Why are there tens/hundreds of tweaks from companies to try to improve the sq of USB? Have you heard of the reclocker? How about the ... 
Home network Fibre optic vs Ethernet
If I was going to rewire my house, I would go with cat6/7 cable for future needs. We don’t know what bandwidth will be needed in 5 or more years. How about streaming 4K/8k for example.  Fibre has many advantages and some hurdles. Fibre is hard for... 
Streamer Selection - Thoughts Requested Please!
Fuzztone- what’s noisy on a Mac mini? The hardware, fans, disks? IMO, Mac minis are much quieter than most other computers, which is what EVERY dedicated server is. Also, I believe these factors that weigh heavily on sq: ) a server of any kind i... 
Streamer Selection - Thoughts Requested Please!
Been there, done that, and left that.  Been down the software route on computers for almost 20 years ago, then went to a dedicated Auralic which I thought was the best at that time over Aurender and Lumin, then got a dac that uses Ethernet and i2s... 
Ethernet connection for best sound quality
I have built enterprise networks since the early 90’s, you will not have any problems using cat5/e cables for a 1G network. If you have issues with cat5, check each cable to make sure it’s terminated properly by using a Fluke meter. Also, you do... 
Are higher end preamps worth the investment when you are only streaming Tidal & Spotify ?
It’s odd that you think subscribing to tidal and or Qobuz isn’t worth putting together a quality system. Not true at all. Also, about asking Paul from PS Audio if a pre is needed, go ahead and up until Paul made a preamp, his recommendation was t... 
Classe vs Luxman any thoughts on the Stereo power amps?
I won’t argue with you on that, but the Classe will control the bass drivers better than the Luxman, especially the omega, CAM, and CT series, plus the Classe is still on the warm side of sq, to me the best of both worlds.    
Classe vs Luxman any thoughts on the Stereo power amps?
Which Classe versions are we talking about? I would take the older CA-xxx (I had the ca-200 over 20 years ago) over the luxman of the same generation. I also owned many other Classe amps, preamps and cd players back then, the CAM and Onega series ... 
Why Don’t You Post Your System on Your Profile?
I got my system pics all over on other audio sites, I don't need it here.  These kind of comments are what diminish the value of this site: "Acoustic and psycho-acoustic experiments are the heart of audio not the esthetical living room with impre... 
Add External DAC or Upgrade to a New Streamer / DAC?
A better dac will get you better sound than getting a better streamer. Keep your streamer in a different room and don’t use usb. This will boil down your options