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    Family Room: Klipsch Heresy III stock, Yamaha YST-SW90 sub, McIntosh MA6500 integrated amp, Schiit Bifrost 4490 DAC, Airport, Roon/iTunes, Sony SACD player
    Basement: Klipsch La Scala II stock, Rhythmic F12-G Sub, Klipsch RC-62ii center, Klipsch R-14s surrounds, McIntosh MC-58 8-channel amp, McIntosh C48 2-channel pre-amp, Yamaha HTR-5250 AVR pre-amp, PS Audio DirectStream Jr DAC, VPI Scout w/Ortofon 2m blue, Airport, Apple TV, Roon/iTunes

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  1. pbphoto

    Crites CT125 Tweeters

    Chalk it up to yet another small sacrifice for your children. Won't be the last one.
  2. pbphoto

    Wire gauge for RP line

    How much further away is one from the other? If one cable run is 2X longer than the other, then I would just use the same gauge cable on both and not worry about the different lengths. However, if one run is 10X longer than the other, then I would consider some options. Here is a decent (I think) article I found: https://www.audioholics.com/audio-video-cables/speaker-cable-length-differences-do-they-matter
  3. pbphoto

    Wire gauge for RP line

    Here are a couple of tools to help you: http://www.roger-russell.com/wire/wire.htm#wiretable http://www.bcae1.com/images/swfs/speakerwireselectorassistant.swf
  4. pbphoto

    To Pre or not to Pre

    For a year, I ran a Schiit Sys passive switch box between my DAC, turntable and amp. Sounded great - no complaints. About 6 months ago, I added an active pre-amp with a 5-band analog equalizer. It also sounds fantastic and it simplified my cabling. My initial impression was the active-pre-amp smoothed things out a bit, but without losing dynamics. I think if you have great impedance matching and don't need to switch between several sources, a direct/passive-pre is perfect. However, if you have to smooth out impedance mis-matches between several sources, and/or need an equalizer, bass management, or home-theater-bypass, then an active pre is best. Assuming quality products, I think the slight difference in sound is related to how each method handles impedance.
  5. pbphoto

    Moving La Scala II upstairs solo?

    not sure but that's what the spec sheet says.
  6. pbphoto

    Moving La Scala II upstairs solo?

    Total speaker weight is 175lbs with the bottoms being 100-110lbs in my estimation. Those base bins are heavy and bulky. Definitely need a dolly.
  7. Deezer is sending you CD quality (44,100 samples x 16 bits x 2 channel stereo = 1411 kb/s). Your laptop is upsampling this to 192/24. Your laptop may or may not be doing a good job at this. It's worth experimenting and sending the DAC the native unaltered CD quality stream.
  8. I'm not familiar with Windows asio/wasapi/directsound drivers and settings, but if Deezer is sending 44.1/16 and the DAC is seeing 192/24, then something within the laptop is upsampling the stream. You may want to try sending the DAC the native Deezer sample rate. See http://connectedmag.com.au/digital-audio-windows/
  9. Don't worry about fancy cables, roller blocks, or moving transformers. As suggested above, just get decent quality, reasonably priced, RCA and USB cables. I've never used Deezer, but make sure it is configured to stream the best quality - looks like they have a premium tier for CD quality streaming. Your wifi is fine. I'm sure your cables are fine. Sounds like you have your DAC setup via USB properly. Your DAC is a good budget DAC for the money according to reviews. Are all drivers working properly on your 301's? Are you playing Deezer via your browser or the app on your laptop? I ask because if you have a CD quality source (44.1/16) coming in from Deezer, is a CD quality stream being sent over the USB to your DAC? I know the Cambridge driver allows for up to 192/24 via USB, but you may or may not want to do that. The lights on the front of the DAC will tell you what stream-rate it is receiving. Roon or Audirvana don't support Deezer AFAIK. Other than that, yes clean things up and get rid of those top speakers. Wouldn't kill the cat to skip a meal or two either, but this also applies to me ūüėČ
  10. Router and wifi dongle brands don't matter assuming you are getting a good signal. what is the path to the DacMagic? Deezer --> wifi --> laptop --> usb --> dacmagic?
  11. pbphoto

    USB cable

    Yes it's a standard USB 2.0 type-b jack.
  12. pbphoto

    Gun safe failure - need help

    Cat food speakers have too much internal reverb resulting in a harsh, shouty midrange. Everyone knows this.
  13. pbphoto

    Direct Mode and MQA Help

    The Roon signal path looks correct - it is sending MQA to the Meridian for it to decode, then on to the analog outputs (not toslink) to your AVR. According to the CXR120 manual, direct mode will "bypass any DSP, Bass/Treble controls and multichannel post processing." So as Schu says, you must like some sort of processing or tone enhancements the AVR is doing to the analog feed from the Meridian. Do you have a sub? Direct mode on the CXR120, if it is truly direct, will not output anything to the sub which may explain why it sounds brighter with less bottom end.
  14. pbphoto

    Airplay trouble

    There are a couple of suggestions in this thread. Good luck. https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/airplay-stopped-working-with-denon-marantz-receiver.1677598/
  15. pbphoto

    Your two BEST digital source improvements

    1) Roon, streaming the best sounding master I can find, in its native resolution, in whatever format it comes in, over ethernet (wifi) to: 2) PSAudio DirectStream Jr DAC