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About cincymat

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    SW Ohio
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    Music, Motorcycles, Photography, oh and
    Klipsch speakers!
  • My System
    My 2 channel system
    La Scala Plum Perfect Matthews, Benchmark Media DAC3, Emotiva XPA 1L Gen2 monoblocks,Emotiva XSP-1 Gen2 preamp , Mac based music server.

    My 5.1 Home Theater:
    Marantz NR-1604 for center and rear, Emotiva XPA-200 for left and right front channels, Ascend Sierra Towers with RAAL tweeters for Front mains, Ascend Sierra 2 center and rear channels. Rythmik F-15 subwoofer.

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  1. I used my Mac to configure my Xilica but, I ran Windows 7 using Parallels. I would think the network connections would work. You would have to configure the Mac's Ethernet port to whatever Xilica uses as a default IP address scheme and probably use a hub or switch to connect both devices through. Here's one PDF file from Xilica Mark
  2. GLWS Rich! I have one of these DACS, it's a good value. Mark
  3. I totally agree. Wonder how Bob Seger's Sunspot Baby sounds cranked up through Khorns. Guess I'm going to just have to find out after a few more libations.
  4. Spent today adding Khorns to my family room. And since my lovely bride is on a cruise with her sister. The family room is all man cave for the next 8 days. So, I'm listening to my kind of tunes and having a few of these.. Here's looking at you kid.. Mark
  5. You're so close. At least go look and listen! Mark
  6. I'd say $600'is a good price. I paid $500 for my first set of La Scalas and they were almost basket cases.
  7. Bump for lower asking price. I'll leave these here until after Memorial Day. Then they will be posted on the auction site. Good amps and preamp. Fully balanced design. The amps will run class A up to 35 watts. I'll throw in a pair of matching Emotiva XLR cables if you buy everything. Mark
  8. Bump, once more through the front page.
  9. Rich, @richieb <-----hey look what I just figured out how to use!! It's not that complicated. Here it is in simplified: Music server - also known as a computer - but you can think of it as a Wurlitzer jukebox if that helps. - The CD's are stored on a hard drive inside the computer. That's exactly like the Wurlitzer jukebox. - The server software takes the place of all the wires and relays that are in a jukebox. - The physical pressing of the jukebox buttons is moved to a device (laptop, phone, tablet) that magically talks to the music server over your computer network*. *Network - this is the same concept as when you could make jukebox selections from your table in the soda shop. It might be WIFI (try not to pronounce it "weefee") or cabled (plugs into the sockets that look like phone connections) from your cable modem or router. I'm sure you have one because you seem to be able to connect here often enough. So, all you're creating is a digital jukebox that is connected to your home network that is also connected to the internet via your home network. All kidding aside, I, as many others here, can help you make the move to digital. Does that fancy CD player of yours have any digital inputs? Toslink or maybe coaxial? If so you might be able to hook the music server to your CD player to act as a DAC. Hmm.... that might be interesting. On a side note, how do you think I learned about computers? About 25 years ago my dear darling wife told me I didn't need one of those new fangled things 'cause I wasn't smart enough to figure it out. Who do you think she wants tech support from? Not me because I tell her I'm not smart enough to figure them new fangled things. She turns to our daughters who in turn ask Dad. And then they roast her alive on Facebook but that's another story. You can do it!! Mark
  10. I'm terrible at selfies but as soon as my wife gets home to take my photo I'll post it!! Mark
  11. Hi Christy, @dtel's wife Just wanted you to know that you made my day. My T-shirt arrived in the mail this morning. That was a nice surprise. Thanks!! Mark
  12. I wanted to expand upon my home music streaming network. My goal was to have at least CD quality, 44.1Khz/16 bit, with an upper limit of 192Khz/24 bit. Sometimes I get a wild hair and order music from HDTracks at the higher bit rate. After looking at a lot of options I chose this set up: - Music Server: Mac Mini with a USB external drive (750GB) and CD drive. I set it up to run headless (no monitor, keyboard, or mouse). There are lots of other PC or Linux based devices to use as a music server. One could even buy an off the shelf solution. This connects directly to a DAC running as a preamp. - A DAC capable of the bit rate I wanted. I have a Benchmark Media DAC3L, Emotiva DC-1 Stealth and one that's built into a Peachtree integrated amp. You can use whatever DAC solution you have or like. - I use ROON as the software to tie everything together. There are certainly others, JRiver for example. - One feature ROON offers is the ability to play music across your home network. This means I can, from one server, stream different audio streams to the 3 locations I have set up in my house. Or I could play the same stream at once everywhere. - To do the above requires ROON enabled "end points" to connect with the ROON server. These could be a laptop with ROON installed, a linux based do it yourself device, a ROON enabled commercially available music streamer, or pre-built custom solutions like ones from Sonore (microRendu or SonicOrbiter) I went with the SonicOrbiter for my remote locations. These devices will connect to your sound system via either a stand alone DAC or some have a built in DAC. - I connect the endpoints to my home network with ethernet powerline adapters made by ZyXEL. Powerline adapters use the AC wiring that's in your house to carry the ethernet signal. I was skeptical about these until I bought a set plugged them in and they worked. The were less expensive than WIFI range extenders with faster connection speeds. - All of the above is controlled via my iPad. I use a remote control app in case I need to do any work on the Mac mini server (rip CDs for example). I use the ROON app to access music that's saved on the server. ROON connects with Tidal (for a monthly fee of course) and with free internet radio stations. If I want to listen to Spotify or Pandora I access them through the web browser on the server. That does limit those services to my main listening area since they are outside of the ROON server software. As a result I can stream lossless CD or higher bit rate music anywhere I want to in my house. All of this is easy to set up and understand. HTH, Mark
  13. Here's an easy and sort of cheap way to stream music. Requires two components, a DAC, and a Sonore SonicOrbiter SE. The SonicOrbiter has many different ways to access networked music. I use mine as a Roon endpoint to access music on my network Roon server. Th DAC does the digital to analog conversion and would plug into any analog input on a receiver, preamp, or integrated amp. In my case I can access the Roon server from my iPad or iPhone and play music in my garage. No laptop required. HTH, Mark
  14. Let's see, I'd be pinky gerbil sniffer, think I'll have to pass. It is funny though. Mark