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  1. earnmyturns

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Yes, but... I've listened/owned quite a few NOS DACs, and however delightful they are in pure NOS, ultimately they fall short in one area or another for Redbook material. But complemented with well-chosen external DSP, which requires a sufficiently powerful computer, the story can be different...
  2. earnmyturns

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Interesting. Although I never learned music formally or played an instrument, my parents dragged us to classical performances from very young. Our favorite record at home was a narrated version of Prokofieff's "Peter and the Wolf" with the different instruments, representing different...
  3. earnmyturns

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    I know this won't make it to the test because of its complexity and cost, but for (my ears, my music), the only setup that dominated Yggdrasil A2 with the DNA Stellaris and various ZMF headphones has been HQPlayer DSP preprocessing to DSD256 into Holo May KTE. The Y. A2 had been the longest...
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    What a long, strange trip it's been -- (Robert Hunter)

    There are several different things going on here: Standard Android is restricted to 48/24 USB output, and resamples to that rate if it gets anything else. That may not be ideal for best sound quality, unless you are using one of the few Android apps that support multiple sample rates You should...
  5. earnmyturns

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    10^(6.9-5.1) ~ 63 x the displacement. Log scales are deceptive :grimacing:
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    I was at work in Mountain View, it was long-ish but not that concerning. My wife was at home in Palo Alto and she missed it.
  7. earnmyturns

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Google has not offered any way to search local content for the last decade or longer...
  8. earnmyturns

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Combining local and cloud computing in a reliable, seamless way is hard, even for the biggest, most resourced companies (speaking from multi-decade experience in the industry). I'd never call "lazy" to anyone who avoids that horrible complexity.
  9. earnmyturns

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Disable ARC by setting the port to 0 on Settings>ARC. But Roon 2.0 will still depend on cloud services for search and other features. On some thread I read that the number of Roon users who were disconnected for long periods < 2.0 was trivial compared with the number who asked for features...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    The soundtrack for the new Ron Carter documentary "Finding the Right Notes" is out on Qobuz, take a listen. I've not watched the documentary yet, but it's a must, Ron Carter has been at the heart of much of what happened in jazz since the early 60s. He was still going strong last time I heard...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Two quotes from her Wikipedia page, respect:
  12. earnmyturns

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    I own too many ZMF headphones: Verité closed (2x), Verité open (2x), Auteur, Atrium (In my defense, I split my time between two places). Atrium is the best all-rounder, Verité closed hits hardest, Auteur is the mellowest, Verité open is the most swinging for jazz.
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Which of those recordings? Many years later, I heard Motian at the VV with Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano at what turned out to be one of his last live gigs before he got too sick to play. Another session in the same run of gigs was recorded for NPR...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    So I listened to the Singularity opening in the Schiitrmeet video, and looked again at the prototype board(s), and it does seem that they are going the way I suspected earlier: FPGA to do all the upsampling (with a purpose-designed burrito digital filter) and DS modulation/noise shaping not to...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    The really smart ones about this stuff work at Schiit and a few other places, the rest of us are just trying to follow along ;) My suspicion from what I read/heard the Schiit-brains say is that they are avoiding the complexity of delta-sigma DAC chips by doing much of the preprocessing with...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    What about a real classic that I played way too often back when: One pill makes you larger And one pill makes you small And the ones that mother gives you Don't do anything at all Go ask Alice When she's ten feet tall And if you go chasing rabbits And you know you're going to fall Tell 'em a...
  17. earnmyturns

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    So much for certain DACs :rolling_eyes:
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Possibly an exceptionally good pairing where the speaker frequency-dependent impedance curve matches the amp's. The dealer may not be wrong, just imprecise: the amp's ability to maintain a given current level at different frequencies where the speaker is offering different impedance may be what...
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    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Oh dear... down another rabbit hole you go... I've not owned a vinyl setups in decades so what do I know, but I listened to many live performances in good venues before the pandemic, and I'm getting back into it. I can't hear anything from my current digital sources, with good-quality...
  20. earnmyturns

    Schiit Yggdrasil Impressions thread

    I've used pi2AES with Ropieee or moOde (depending on situation) with zero issues for years. I gave up on Volumio very early on.
  21. earnmyturns

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    No kidding. Just downloaded 5 new releases from Bandcamp, listening without hassle to great new music at this remote address where internet works beautifully but forget about physical deliveries. Listening to
  22. earnmyturns

    Schiit Yggdrasil Impressions thread

    I preferred OG Yggdrasil over Spring 1 with the amp and speakers I mentioned above. However, I prefer Spring 2 KTE and even better May KTE with HQPlayer preprocessing to DSD256 over OG Yggdrasil for my current headphone setups; without preprocessing, I prefer OG Yggdrasil for 44.1 and 48kHz...
  23. earnmyturns

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    A few recommendations, not West Coast formally, but in a related spirit: https://www.billfrisell.com/east-west https://www.mackavenue.com/store/mac1119 https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/sonny-rollins-way-out-west/...
  24. earnmyturns

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    Maybe they could if they junked everything from their Sooloos foundations and started with a fresh architecture and code base. In particular, they seem to have committed back then to an extreme OO/write-once-run-everywhere dogma (thus .NET) that would be very expensive to retire. I also suspect...
  25. earnmyturns

    Schiit Happened: The Story of the World's Most Improbable Start-Up

    No. MSFT has released native .NET for Linux and macOS, which is what Roon now uses: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/core/install/macos https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/core/install/linux
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