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    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    Hmm. Interesting. I’ve never liked that my LPS1.2 and UltraRendu runs a bit hot. I might have to try this out. thanks for the tip.
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    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    The specs say Chord Etude uses fully balanced circuitry. Which is another reason why I stuck with XLR interconnect for so long. But I don’t know for sure. To me, it’s just something for people to try since I have seen very few people say that they compared RCA vs XLR interconnect to their amp...
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    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    So @Rob Watts has said in the past that for most amps that are connected to the DAVE, it is likely that RCA would sound better than XLR. Well, I have had my XLR cables between DAVE and Etude for a very long time. And I hate switching cables behind my cabinet or just switching cables for...
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    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    So the reason why I was asking is that of the bands you listed, I can't find any 192kHz track or even 96kHz track available on HDtracks. So I strongly suspect Amazon Music HD is just upsampling the tracks to 192kHz due to a settings issue, or it is providing you upsampled MQA tracks. Except DAVE...
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    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Nice photo. I wonder what 192kHz track you’re listening to. I didn’t think there are many progressive rock/metal tracks out there in 192kHz. But I personally don’t own a lot of hi-res music. Here’s an idiosyncrasy of the DAVE to remember for new owners… when you plug into the headphone jack...
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    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    The link is for NYC CanJam. I wonder if Rob Watts said more during Singapore CanJam.
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    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    I think whenever you run into these issues, it’s always difficult to know whether it’s an issue with a specific box (G2, HMS, DAVE, Formula S) or whether it’s a synergy issue. I didn’t want to write down every single possible way to troubleshoot the problem which was why I suggested G2 Toslink...
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    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    First thing I would try is to connect Auralic G2 via Toslink to M-Scaler and remove all electrical connection between G2 and M-Scaler and see if it solves the problem. If it does but you prefer using USB, sometimes it’s about plugging all your devices into the same power bar. Sometimes you may...
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    Watts Up...?

    As much as I take every word of Rob Watts as gospel, I have to admit I’m not sure if most people would be happy with the volume they get from TT2 driving B&W803D4. I consider myself to not listen at high volumes and at my head-fi meets, I find that rarely I would have people listen at 5-10dB...
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    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    I agree with @Triode User that running long XLR cables wouldn't be an issue. I don't do this at home but my dealer sometimes does at his store and I never noticed an issue for his demos. The bigger issue is that you mentioned you wanted to pair DAVE with an integrated amplifier? I think most of...
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    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    I have tested this extensively because I too am stuck with Tidal because I live in Canada. Basically for different tracks, Roon will provide 1) 16-bit 44kHz lossless FLAC and 16/24-bit 44kHz MQA (which can decode up to 176kHz) 2) 16-bit 44kHz lossless FLAC and 16/24-bit 48kHz MQA (which can...
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    Watts Up...?

    While my experience with RF noise at home is similar to yours: the more transparent my system gets, the more I notice subtle RF noise issues, having hung out at various dealers and seen different brands of music server products in action, I would say yours and my experience are not...
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    Watts Up...?

    Discussion on digital volume attenuation on another site forum made me wonder about this question for @Rob Watts We know there are people who prefer analog preamplifier to DAVE/TT2/Hugo 2’s digital volume attenuation. While for most, the assumption is that they just like the sonic signature of...
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    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    Thanks for sharing your experience with HMS and giving those musical examples. Personally, I find that creamier, natural flow with holographic sound with volume and depth of vocals and instruments to be present in all recordings but certainly in the examples you provided, they are more...
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    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    Thank you for answering my question. The reason why I wrote my most recent post was because I was at a Powerpoint presentation/lecture by Zoom at my office. I decided to plug in my Hugo 2 and Aeon Flow Closed to listen to the lecture. I got bored and switched between the Green filter (which I...
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