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Why move away from the iMac?  The iMac will be a perfect music server for the Squeezebox, no need to spend any more $ on the computer side, it ain't gonna make your gear sound any better.



It's not a question for me about sound quality. There are a number of reasons for me to move away from the iMac.  I live in the desert and my iMac puts out a lot of heat. It puts out more heat than all the electronics I have on in the room.   In almost every other environment this isn't even a concern but here in the desert even with central air more heat is more heat. when it is 110, 115, 118, outside even a little more heat is more heat.  Heat output is one of the reasons I sold off my Krell amplifier 2 months ago.   Another reason is my wife and my daughter like to use the iMac also and when they do I cannot listen to music.  sure I could get another Mac that doesn't have a 24" screen and puts out less heat but there has to be some sort of dedicated music server that is actually better and more versatile at doing things.  The music server field still seems to be in its infancy though.

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post #92 of 1333

I'm going to pairing the DAC-2 with the Violectric V200.

post #93 of 1333

WarriorAnt, have you considered dedicating a Mac Mini or do you just want to get away from Macs in general with your W4S?

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WarriorAnt, have you considered dedicating a Mac Mini or do you just want to get away from Macs in general with your W4S?



I was just considering that today! Or another of the smaller macs. Any suggestions?

post #95 of 1333

I've always thought that a Mac Mini plugged into a TV with it's HDMI port and the bluetooth keyboard and mouse options to be excellent for any listening or home theater system. I have an older one plugged into my HTR's coaxial port with a V-link and think it's great.


Edited by grokit - 6/1/11 at 7:18pm
post #96 of 1333

I'm going to look into it.  I want to isolate my rig from everything and just have it to myself.  The LCD's, The DAC-2, The V200. The Music.

post #97 of 1333

You could just set it up with a monitor and use/control it with an iPad/iPhone and Apple's remote app if you don't want to use a monitor/keyboard/mouse with it for playing music. Another thing worth looking into may be Wacom's Cintiq, which is a touch-screen display.

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It's not a question for me about sound quality. There are a number of reasons for me to move away from the iMac.  I live in the desert and my iMac puts out a lot of heat. It puts out more heat than all the electronics I have on in the room.   In almost every other environment this isn't even a concern but here in the desert even with central air more heat is more heat. when it is 110, 115, 118, outside even a little more heat is more heat.  Heat output is one of the reasons I sold off my Krell amplifier 2 months ago.   Another reason is my wife and my daughter like to use the iMac also and when they do I cannot listen to music.  sure I could get another Mac that doesn't have a 24" screen and puts out less heat but there has to be some sort of dedicated music server that is actually better and more versatile at doing things.  The music server field still seems to be in its infancy though.



I understand that heat is a serious issue for you, but why does that apply in this case?  The monitor is what's causing your heat with the iMac, I would think.  I know the computer is built into the screen with the iMac, but can't you power off the screen without turning off the computer?  You don't need to touch the computer, you control everything through the Squeezebox.

 

As far as your wife and daughter using the machine causing you to be unable to listen, that's false.  The Squeezebox software runs in the background.  You don't need to interact with the computer at all while listening through through the Squeezebox, and the software will work just fine even if someone is using the computer.

 

post #99 of 1333

My W4S DAC2 arrived yesterday.  It's like a little tank.  I love the piece aesthetically.

 

Sound wise, way too early to tell.  I've also replaced the balanced interconnects between the DAC and my Eddie Current Balancing Act with silver cables, those can take up to 500 hours to break in, and at least 200 hours for the W4S.  So I'm going to resist the urge to do any critical listening for several weeks so that silver cable has time to open up.

 

However, I can't imagine that 2496 files playing through the Squeezebox, into a W4S DAC2, into an Eddie Current BA, into either a Krell amp with Polk SDA's, or into LCD-2's, is going to sound anything short of spectacular.  Expectations are definitely very high right now.

post #100 of 1333
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Originally Posted by nspindel View Post

My W4S DAC2 arrived yesterday.  It's like a little tank.  I love the piece aesthetically.

 

Sound wise, way too early to tell.  I've also replaced the balanced interconnects between the DAC and my Eddie Current Balancing Act with silver cables, those can take up to 500 hours to break in, and at least 200 hours for the W4S.  So I'm going to resist the urge to do any critical listening for several weeks so that silver cable has time to open up.

 

However, I can't imagine that 2496 files playing through the Squeezebox, into a W4S DAC2, into an Eddie Current BA, into either a Krell amp with Polk SDA's, or into LCD-2's, is going to sound anything short of spectacular.  Expectations are definitely very high right now.


Damn I wish i still lived in Norwalk!  What Krell do you have?  I've had 4 of them. The one I sold recently was the KSA 150.  It was a pure Class A amp. You could heat your home with it in the winter time.  What silver cables are you using.

 

post #101 of 1333
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Originally Posted by nspindel View Post





I understand that heat is a serious issue for you, but why does that apply in this case?  The monitor is what's causing your heat with the iMac, I would think.  I know the computer is built into the screen with the iMac, but can't you power off the screen without turning off the computer?  You don't need to touch the computer, you control everything through the Squeezebox.

 

As far as your wife and daughter using the machine causing you to be unable to listen, that's false.  The Squeezebox software runs in the background.  You don't need to interact with the computer at all while listening through through the Squeezebox, and the software will work just fine even if someone is using the computer.

 


The 24" monitor is causing some of the heat but it's an all in one unit and much of the heat comes from the computer in the iMac.. I use 2 monitors.  The second 24" monitor is a DELL but it doesn't put out the heat the iMac does.  

 

I actually have to use the headphone rig in the room where the Mac resides.  No other place in the house for it.   

 

I'm still not clear on the use of the Squeezbox though so bare with me.  Is it just used as an interface or is the signal coming through it and if so how is the signal affected?  Is there a DAC in it that I have to use?

 

post #102 of 1333

I have the KAV-2250.  It's an angry beast.  Just how I like it!  Paired with the tube pre-amp, it makes my Polk SDA's get up and dance.

 

All of my cables except for my headphone cable are from Signal Cable.  I'm using their silver digi coax, as well as their silver balanced interconnect between the W4S and my Eddie Current BA:

 

http://signalcable.com/silverresolutiondigital.html

http://signalcable.com/silverresolutionxlr.html

 

Still copper between the Eddie Current and the Krell.  I may end up trying to replace the BA->Krell XLR's with silver as well, but I can't break in more than one pair at a time without having the Eddie Current powered on during the break-in.  We'll see how things sound in a few weeks when the silver xlr's have 500 hours.

post #103 of 1333
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Originally Posted by nspindel View Post

I have the KAV-2250.  It's an angry beast.  Just how I like it!  Paired with the tube pre-amp, it makes my Polk SDA's get up and dance.

 

All of my cables except for my headphone cable are from Signal Cable.  I'm using their silver digi coax, as well as their silver balanced interconnect between the W4S and my Eddie Current BA:

 

http://signalcable.com/silverresolutiondigital.html

http://signalcable.com/silverresolutionxlr.html

 

Still copper between the Eddie Current and the Krell.  I may end up trying to replace the BA->Krell XLR's with silver as well, but I can't break in more than one pair at a time without having the Eddie Current powered on during the break-in.  We'll see how things sound in a few weeks when the silver xlr's have 500 hours.


Did you get the Black or Silver DAC-2?

post #104 of 1333

Black.

post #105 of 1333

I got the black also but I also want the silver!    Once your DAC-2 breaks in try listening your LCD's directly out of it and see what you think.

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