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post #121 of 1020
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Originally Posted by morserotonin View Post

I love my microStreamer with my Hifiman RE-400 IEMs... that is my default listening rig at the moment! I don't know anything about the hifimedy though, sorry.

I'm PUMPED to try more HiFiMAN cans this weekend!

 

I've heard they make a killer match w/ the microStreamer.

 

BTW guys - this may sound CRAZY - but I got a surprising result when I switched from the stock USB cable for the MS (which deals w/ common-mode noise very well, with its ferrite ring)

to Moon Audio's Blue Dragon USB cable:

 

Thus far, I have more air and bloom in the highs and the bottom end changed.  I lost a but of slam, but it seems to have gained definition.

Now - I'm not sure if this is all psycho-acoustics yet.  Making changes tends to lead your mind into thinking there's a change, so I'm going to spend

more time with it...

 

to be continued

post #122 of 1020
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Sorry in what way? You would at least need an interface to stream files to the streamer, which only has digital input. I use JRMedia player to get files from my NAS and play through my PC connected to the microstreamer, works flawlessly. Sorry if I did not understand your question.
I mean that, connected to the USB port of a Synology NAS, it would be recognized by the NAS as a sound card. I believe the microstreamer II work that way.
In that case music can be streamed directly from the nas drive.
Lionel
post #123 of 1020

Can't be sure without a try but maybe it could work as it is compatible with linux computers and i think dlink's nas operating system is based on linux.

post #124 of 1020
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I mean that, connected to the USB port of a Synology NAS, it would be recognized by the NAS as a sound card. I believe the microstreamer II work that way.
In that case music can be streamed directly from the nas drive.
Lionel

I'm SO psyched you guys are getting into this here, as I'm going to be investing in a Synology system soon!!

 

post #125 of 1020
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Originally Posted by lionel marechal View Post

I mean that, connected to the USB port of a Synology NAS, it would be recognized by the NAS as a sound card. I believe the microstreamer II work that way.
In that case music can be streamed directly from the nas drive.
Lionel

That's very interesting, sounds like an ultra easy way to setup and music vault!
post #126 of 1020
Thanks everyone for a valuable information - think I will order this too... Can anyone please comment on MS pairing with Sony MDR-MA900?
post #127 of 1020

Good news I tried the hrt microstreamer with my xperia Z in a shop.
So it worked perfectly with usb audio recorder pro up to 24 BITE 96khz files.
And was limited to 48khz i think with the walkman player.
I can't comment the sound quality because it last only a few minutes but it was Good with fidelio x1 and myst nail2v2

 

 


Edited by cedou97yon - 6/7/13 at 5:54pm
post #128 of 1020
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Good news I tried the hrt microstreamer with my xperia Z in a shop.
So it worked perfectly with usb audio recorder pro up to 24 BITE 96khz files.
And was limited to 48khz i think with the walkman player.
I can't comment the sound quality because it last only a few minutes but it was Good with fidelio x1 and myst nail2v2

 

 

Warms my heart to see this thread continuing to stay alive!!

Thanks to EVERYBODY for getting in on the concversation!

 

I've been LOVING the combo of the HRT microStreamer + Cardas EM 5813 Ears Speakers (IEMs) - WHOAH!!

Dynamic, airy, insanely tight bass, coherent mids, and s silky top end.  Hmmmmmmm

post #129 of 1020

Just ordered mine directly from Kevin, will let you know my impressions as soon as it arrives in Russia.

They have a very friendly service so far.

post #130 of 1020
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BTW guys - this may sound CRAZY - but I got a surprising result when I switched from the stock USB cable for the MS (which deals w/ common-mode noise very well, with its ferrite ring)
to Moon Audio's Blue Dragon USB cable:

Thus far, I have more air and bloom in the highs and the bottom end changed.  I lost a but of slam, but it seems to have gained definition.

Is the USB gold plated? I hear having gold will bring out the lush mids and sparkling treble with more bass presence. rolleyes.gif
post #131 of 1020
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Is the USB gold plated? I hear having gold will bring out the lush mids and sparkling treble with more bass presence. rolleyes.gif

I know, its sounds CRAZY.  I was the biggest skeptic about USB cables (and I've only heard a differences a handful of times - this being one).

BUT - the USB cable that comes with the microStreamer is BETTER THAN MOST - and works perfectly fine!

 

Kevin knows what he's doing there too.

And I'm also psyched to say that Kevin is one of the few engineers that says certain USB cables will make a difference (but strictly 

because of proper grounding - thus lowering a noisefloor)

post #132 of 1020

Is the standard cable better than the Blue Dragon?

post #133 of 1020
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Is the standard cable better than the Blue Dragon?

Good question:

 

and PLEASE do not consider this a cop-out:

 

I always make sure in my full reviews that I'm always discussing the sound of the whole system.  

Meaning: I don't believe you can discern without question what the DAC is doing precisely (with regard to the overall sound); the line-stage, the amp, but you can determine what changes occur

when you change a variable in the system!

 

That's how I learned to review audio gear (and of course describing the musicality of the sound).  

 

So in this case, I wouldn't say either is better.  Only different.

 

The stock USB cable comes with an in-line ferrite ring that deals with common-mode noise effectively.  Thus a fantastically low noise-floor.

The Moon Audio Blue Dragon USB , to my ears (I'm doing this A/B now as I'm writing) opens up the top-end; exposing this wonderful arcing

soundstage that has a bit more dimensionality (the word Harry Pearson introduced to high end audio vocabulary in order to describe the presence of space between

instruments/sounds in recordings).  

 

I look for tonality/timbre first and foremost in a system - because if it doesn't capture that nothing else matters!  BOTH cables do their job, so both are equal in this respect.

I prefer the Blue Dragon because I enjoy a bit more air up-top.

 

But the HRT microStreamer comes with all you need for a grand sonic experience.

Minus software of course!

 

Me?

I use my MacBook Pro SSD running Amarra (of Amarra Hifi) or Audirvana with it.  

post #134 of 1020

These are exactly my impressions too since I also own the Blue Dragon. I don't know if it's placebo or not though...

post #135 of 1020
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Originally Posted by mikemercer View Post

I know, its sounds CRAZY.  I was the biggest skeptic about USB cables (and I've only heard a differences a handful of times - this being one).
BUT - the USB cable that comes with the microStreamer is BETTER THAN MOST - and works perfectly fine!

Kevin knows what he's doing there too.
And I'm also psyched to say that Kevin is one of the few engineers that says certain USB cables will make a difference (but strictly 
because of proper grounding - thus lowering a noisefloor)

The USB cable that comes with the microStreamer is from Monoprice right? That's what it says on mine.
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