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    iFi audio ZEN Stream - Streaming elevated to a higher plane

    Avoid Tidal and use Roon for faultless high quality streaming by the Zen. Mine is always on and did not miss a beat since almost a year ago when subscribed to Roon. Qobuz and my local TB library running in the Rock are plenty enough so I don't miss Spotify or Tidal.
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    Matrix X-SPDIF 2 - a Singxer SU-1 killer?

    I am doing exactly that, using a computer for much mor than music. A streamer will give you best sound quality and eliminate any issues with the DDC. I don't think you need a DDC to watch YouTube videos or for gaming and using the DDC with a streamer would maximize the benefit you got it for in...
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    Matrix X-SPDIF 2 - a Singxer SU-1 killer?

    Buy a streamer and give up on using your PC as a source. The X-SPDIF 2 was giving me blue screens at some stage but since I have added an iFi Zen Stream, it runs like a dream. I don't even know it's there, both it and the Stream are always on and never missed a beat. As I'm using the I2S input...
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    iFi audio ZEN Stream - Streaming elevated to a higher plane

    No way to connect a PC straight to your Streamer. Simply run a USB cable to your DAC for that.
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    [FiiO M17] Dual ES9038PRO, dual THXAAA-788+, dual power supplies, 9200mAh battery, 2 volume control modes (FiiO Music App V3.1.4 Updates at 2022-09-17)

    I gave it a go with Burson Soloist 3XP Preamp and active Focal Shape 65 monitors with Dynaudio 18S active subwoofer. Absolutely stunning, even though the test was over single ended output since I don't have a balanced cable. Not quite as good as my Denafrips Venus II but if I'd listen in...
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    [FiiO M17] Dual ES9038PRO, dual THXAAA-788+, dual power supplies, 9200mAh battery, 2 volume control modes (FiiO Music App V3.1.4 Updates at 2022-09-17)

    Sony IER-Z1R and M17 are an amazing match. Muscular, detailed and fast low end and in fact everything else is top knotch. My other IEM, 7Hz Timeless, is also great. Plenty of options out there as the M17 is so powerful and versatile that it manages to get the last drop of detail and performance...
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    [FiiO M17] Dual ES9038PRO, dual THXAAA-788+, dual power supplies, 9200mAh battery, 2 volume control modes (FiiO Music App V3.1.4 Updates at 2022-09-17)

    The standard cable Ok but for some reason the hooks got really sticky and disgusting. Plus, the Fiio cable I'm using now is pretty well made and allows me to replace the plug with either balanced ones or single ended 3.5mm...
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    [FiiO M17] Dual ES9038PRO, dual THXAAA-788+, dual power supplies, 9200mAh battery, 2 volume control modes (FiiO Music App V3.1.4 Updates at 2022-09-17)

    My photos of the case above. Not bad for about $24 delivered. It fits the 7Hz Timeless in their case, the EIR-Z1Rs and the DAP under the divider.
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    [FiiO M17] Dual ES9038PRO, dual THXAAA-788+, dual power supplies, 9200mAh battery, 2 volume control modes (FiiO Music App V3.1.4 Updates at 2022-09-17)

    Getting this softer case from Aliexpress today that fits the M17 and one or two pairs of IEMs. Not as protective as a Peli case of course but good enough to live in my work backpack.
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    [FiiO M17] Dual ES9038PRO, dual THXAAA-788+, dual power supplies, 9200mAh battery, 2 volume control modes (FiiO Music App V3.1.4 Updates at 2022-09-17)

    I sincerely doubt that as the width is a few mm short of naked DAP. If the leather case is on no way it fits...
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    [FiiO M17] Dual ES9038PRO, dual THXAAA-788+, dual power supplies, 9200mAh battery, 2 volume control modes (FiiO Music App V3.1.4 Updates at 2022-09-17)

    Fiio M17 plus Sony IER-Z1R. This must be one of the best pairs for the office. Shockingly good sound! Streaming Qobuz mostly but the 1TB card inside the beast is waiting to be filled with high resolution files. A task for the weekend 😊
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    iFi audio ZEN Stream - Streaming elevated to a higher plane

    That's strange, because up scaling to DSD256 works fine over Wi-Fi to Stream from my Rock that is connected to my router via LAN. Perfect audio, no clipping or network issues.
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    iFi audio ZEN Stream - Streaming elevated to a higher plane

    Sound quality unreal in Roon mode via USB... This little thing is a gem!
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    iFi audio ZEN Stream - Streaming elevated to a higher plane

    That's interesting, but I am yet to figure out how one could access Stream's configuration web page in any other mode than AIO :D
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