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    Does RCA switcher degrade audio quality?

    Look at this: http://www.decware.com/newsite/ZSB.html I own it. It's not cheap, but it is very, very good. No change in sound can be detected; at least by me.
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    Connect DAC to two amps

    Have you considered a Decware Switch Box? They aren't inexpensive. http://www.decware.com/newsite/ZSB.html
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    How does a DAC work?

    ​You can also read these two Benchmark blog posts by John Siau on the ESS 9018: ​ ​https://benchmarkmedia.com/blogs/application_notes/149341191-inside-the-dac2-part-1-analog-processing ​ ​https://benchmarkmedia.com/blogs/application_notes/inside-the-dac2-part-2-digital-processing
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    usb conditioners a growing field....anyone else get confused by terms and claims?

    A suggestion for those who own or contemplate purchasing the Wyred 4 Sound Recovery USB. The Recovery comes with a perfectly good short 6" USB cable. EJ Sarmento recommends a very short cable between the Recovery and the DAC. However, IMO, using no cable to connect the Recovery to your DAC is...
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    Bit Perfect Audio from Linux

        Please read my post (noted below) on setting up gmusicbrowser for proper playback. It should resolve your issue provided you enter the correct information under "Advanced Options > Alsa Device". Just setting gmusicbrowser to ALSA is not enough without also entering correct info into the...
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    Bit Perfect Audio from Linux

      eimis,   What you describe is certainly not my experience with Linux. I hear no fuzziness or downsampling effects in any of my Linux media players. I don't use Clementine. While I prefer Ubuntu Linux, I have tried several Ubuntu derivatives (like Mate, Mint, Kubuntu), as well as Antergos...
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    The Decware TABOO MK 111 Thread

    ToTje,   I don't believe I am qualified to provide a good answer to your question. I can recommend you read this paper on balanced and unbalanced circuits: http://www.rane.com/note110.html It goes through the the three ways a balanced to unbalanced circuit can be made.   If that doesn't...
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    The Decware TABOO MK 111 Thread

    I've asked Steve, more than once, to make a high quality speaker switch box to solve the very problem you (and I) have with the Taboo III and a few of the other Decware amps. He didn't seem that interested although he said it would be easy to build. The ones I've found online are junk. I have...
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    The Decware TABOO MK 111 Thread

      If your listening includes analog sources (LPs, tape or FM radio), I feel the CSP3 is an invaluable addition because of the added weight and authority it adds to the music through the Taboo III. There is a synergistic interaction between the two pieces. Also, the CSP3 has an adjust-ability...
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    Decware Appreciation Thread (MT review up on first page 2-10-12)

      My W4S DAC-2 outputs 2.6 volts single ended and is more than sufficient to drive the Taboo III which needs 2.1 volts input for maximum output. Notwithstanding that Steve D. designed the CSP3 to provide a factory 4 volt output for his amps (see quote below), I'm not sure why you are concerned...
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    The Woo Audio 2

    I use the following cables on my Decware CSP3, Taboo 3 and W4S DAC-2. Much to my surprise I found a significantly audible difference (read improvement across the audio spectrum) in my sound with these cables. They are unshielded silver ICs, so if your system has EMI issues you may experience...
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    The Woo Audio 2

    Dubstep Girl, I haven't seen a current production WA2 lately, so I'm just guessing here, but it could be that there are "grades" of teflon sockets and Jack decided to use a good "stock" teflon socket and not charge for a pricey "upgrade" TOL teflon tube socket. Sort of like the stock tubes he...
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    The Woo Audio 2

    Dubstep Girl,   Teflon sockets were a $150.00 option when I purchased my WA2 back in late 2010. Back then the base price of the WA2 was $1050, now it's $1190.00, so it's possible, but not likely that teflon sockets are standard. Jack's specs, on the current WA2, apart from mentioning...
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    The Woo Audio 2

    When I looked at Jack's website yesterday, I no longer saw the stepped attenuator as an option, nor the Black Gate Caps or Teflon tube sockets. I imagine that the DACT stepped attenuator and teflon sockets can still be special ordered, but not the Black Gate's (I believe they have been out of...
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    The Woo Audio 2

    When I ordered my fully loaded WA2 from Jack Woo, I thought the DACT stepped attenuator had 2db steps. However, when I called to confirm that with Jack some time ago, he said "No" the attenuator has 1db steps (a total of 23 click stops on mine). I've never really had a problem with adjusting the...
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