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    Family Room: Klipsch Heresy III stock, Yamaha YST-SW90 sub, McIntosh MA6500 integrated amp, Schiit Bifrost 4490 DAC, Chromecast Audio, 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-6260 AVR pre-amp, PS Audio DirectStream Jr DAC, VPI Scout w/Ortofon 2m blue, Airport, Apple TV, Roon/iTunes

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  1. If your X1300w sounded good and had enough power for your Jamo's, they will certainly have plenty for your new Klipsch which are much more efficient and easier to drive. The only reason I would consider the X3600h is, as mentioned above, it has pre-outs that would allow you to add a really nice, clean, external amp down the road. In that case, offer them 600 euro 🙂. I don't know if you would hear much of a difference going from one Denon AVR to another unless they really improved the internals, DACs, DSP, or microphone on the X3600h.
  2. What would the X3600h do that your current X1300w doesn't?
  3. If you are mostly into multi-channel home theater at moderate volume levels, then your current Denon is probably great. If you like to crank it up, or you are going to use this system for 2-channel listening with other sources (DACs, TT's, streaming), then you may want to consider an AVR with pre-outs for each channel and an external amp. In general, an AVR with pre-outs keeps your options open.
  4. Mine are 6.5ft apart, from inside edge to inside edge, and I also sit about 12 feet away. Try pointing them slightly behind you, then directly at you, then slightly in front of you to see which you prefer. One of these positions should get you a couple feet of head movement at your listening position while holding a good phantom center image. I've tried every listening position my room will allow - up to about 10 feet apart (edge to edge) crossed well in front of me (to the point where they looked silly), but was never able to get a really good rock-steady phantom center image across the width of my sofa. And at those extremes, I felt the sound suffered in my room.
  5. Darko has some info on Roon. I run Roon core on a 2013 iMAC that acts as our family computer, but in reality, sleeps most of the day. Roon needs a local SSD for disk IO because it is basically a mini database - then the music files themselves can be hosted on NAS. RAM and CPU requirements are reasonable but higher than what you would get inside your average NAS server. CPU can get high when doing DSP functions, especially on DSF files. I believe the Nucleus devices are prepackaged turn-key NUCs. You could also look at QNAP NAS - configure your own with enough horsepower, and download the Roon app that runs on the QNAS - similar to what you can do with Plex. Or you could run the Roon Core on your MacBook as mentioned above. The Roon core has to be running someplace when you are listening to music - whether the Roon core is hosted on the same device as your music file storage doesn't really matter. If you understand NAS and are somewhat tech savvy, then you don't need one of these white-glove "audiophile" Roon core solutions. Keep it simple.
  6. You would tell the "Roon Core" the path to the music files on your NAS. The "Roon Core" runs on a MAC or Windows PC and is the central clearing house for all music sources and endpoints. Roon leaves your music files alone- it simply scans them and imports their meta data into its own DB/interface. You would then tell Roon to stream music files directly to your Oppo which becomes just a DAC-endpoint within Roon. In other words, you would not use the Oppo's NAS browser at all. In my case, I never touch my DSjr - all streaming/browsing is controlled via Roon. Hope this helps.
  7. Cliff notes to avoid the DAC rabbit hole: 1. Try Roon - it sounds like a good fit for you given your TBs of ripped music and multiple streaming end-points (Sonos plus a new DAC) 2. Compare the list of Roon tested DACs with the Darko DAC index to find one or two that meets your needs. 3. Read/watch a few more reviews of the DACs on your shortlist. (DAC reviews and reviewers are usually very annoying.) 4. Go with Roon plus a Roon tested DAC and be done. I've been using Roon to stream directly to a PSAudio Directstream Jr for 2 years now - awesomely simple. I own two other DACs in the $500 range - Schitt Bifrost and a Channel Islands VDA2 - that sound great as well. The DSjr is definitely better than them but there is a steep law of diminishing returns with DACs. I choose the DSjr because it was reported to have a relaxed analog quality (it does), it supports Roon, and it is based on an FPGA chip which means I get free code upgrades once a year or so that usually improve SQ. Good luck.
  8. I've never seen a carousel cassette player - very cool. But I'm still out.
  9. There are few activities in life that burn more time than making a mix tape.
  10. I've been called worse by better people than him.
  11. Somehow, no I don't think he does... 😁
  12. I'm pretty happy with Redbook quality and up, and I think the quality of the mastering is much more important than the format of the music file. However, I think it's good to know your DAC and what it does with incoming streams, if you can find any data on it (some manufacturers keep it a secret.) My DAC converts everything to DSD internally so I figure I might as well try and send it a DSF file to keep things simple and keep the processing power down on the DAC. I do this with Roon. But I'm perfectly happy with a well-mastered PCM file too. I think it's also important to know the provenance of the DSF file. Companies that care about this will be very upfront about how the file was created - venue, microphones, cables, recording format, mixing etc... I agree with the above comments that most DSF files have been converted to PCM (or were created from a PCM source) which defeats some of the purpose. I'm seeing a lot of DSF files that were processed in "DXD" format which is basically very-hi-res-PCM. The marketing says this doesn't affect quality but I don't know enough about it.
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