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  1. On 3/31/2020 at 9:31 AM, rplace said:



    DAC already seeming like a Rabbit Hole. Thanks to all for the info so far.

    Everything in Audio is a rabbit hole, if ya don't want to fall in ya gotta stick to yer phone and the earbuds that came with it 😜

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  2. 2 hours ago, rplace said:


    Thanks so much for the info and explanation. Point taken about the older recordings/masters. Thanks to others for the slight thread drift. I've enjoyed reading and branching out to other sites to fill in some gaps. Always fun to learn something.

    Don't go by age to judge sound quality of a recording. Many old recordings are very good, and most modern are bad.

    Google " Loudness Wars" and read up on compression, what it does and why its used  to get a better understanding of the whole issue.

  3. I quite often see these systems on sale for around 120 bucks so I would just replace. I had the ProMedia 5.1 system which was great for about 6yrs and the sub went out. problem is its just not a sub,the amp and all other electronics are in there and not very serviceable. I just grabbed and old avr and cheap sub then used the 5 surrounds for a working system.

    If the 2.1 is the same as my 5.1 the inputs are all 3.5mm jacks to use with computers, but if tv has rca outputs then you can get rca to 3.5mm adaptors.

  4. Getting back to the OP's original question, the highest resolution recording for your Oppo 203 would be the DSD64 version also known as DSD Single rate 2.8mhz.

    Keep in mind as stated elsewhere in this thread, if the original master the file is taken from was poor,well nothing will fix that no matter how hi-rez you go.

    If you goto Native DSD site your pretty safe as they are very picky about what they list, but don't expect to find artists you're familiar with as recording in very hi-rez is a very niche market and most the big name are recorded with a lot of compression to sound best on cheap earbuds for the masses.

    They do let ya listen to most every song so pick a genre and just find something you like. You can download the zipfile then just extract it to a USB drive to plug into the oppo.

    If buying an album make sure you have room...songs from 1 album I dl'd went  from 250MB to 650MB per song.

    Check the "technical" tab on the album page to get info on the recording, sometime right down to the mic's they used

    Oh and this is where the DSF comes in, you'll notice on the oppo the file extension  is  .dsf

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  5. I'm not sure on how its all done but yes when its in the DSD/DSF form it cant be messed with. Thing is some of these recording are before the final master. I picked up an album from ther psycodelic section  and the band had 2 versions (RAW) before mastering for CD and (smooth) after mastering. I grabbed the RAW version.

  6. I have an Oppo 203. Also my Emotiva XMC-1 Processor can do DSD64. I just recently got some DSF albums from NativeDSD site. DSF is just the file version.  DSD is always on a  disc like an SACD, DSF is the same but like a computer file. SQ is the same.

    I can say that when you down-mix from DSF/DSD to PCM its like....someone put the veil back on is best I can do hehe. Get something from that site that was recorded in DSD and its just OMG!!!.

    Its not that the PCM is bad its realy good....but the pure DSD/DSF is just that bit more over the edge..


    Afterthought... For that last year or so I been wanting to build some horn loaded subs for my LSII's. Thing is when playing DSD/DSF threw my processor  I can't use subs,or tone controls, or trims lol it only passes it threw unmolested. Need to downmix to PCM to get controls back.

    Lets put it this way..I stared down this DSD/DSF road 3 weeks ago and my subs haven't been on since :)

    Oh and I just copied the album onto a USB stick and plugged it into the front of OPPO and play it from there.

  7. On 4/18/2020 at 12:56 PM, Kalifornian said:

    I didnt notice a difference with mqa. Got rid of the node 2i and went to a small intel NUC pc running usb out to my parasound preamp dac and notice a difference using Amazon music hifi. 

    Hmm.. I definitely noticed a difference between MQA and the standard CD quality. But that said I'd say 60% of the time I preferred the CD quality version .

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  8. On 4/10/2020 at 2:15 AM, ILI said:


    I'm not sure how to understand this correctly. It seems to me that the node 2i is redundant and the Topping D90 does have fabulous specs. So what does the node 2i do that the Topping D90 can't do?

    The Node-2i is a streamer with a built in DAC while the D90 is a DAC with streaming capabilities via Bluetooth. 

    First thing to note here is the general consensus is as far as sound quality is concerned, hardwired beats wifi which beats Bluetooth. This has to do with hardwired is best for limiting rf interference. Next  Bluetooth 5.0 I think is limited to 990kb/s. CD quality is 1440kb/s. Wifi can do cd quality but open to more rf noise than hardwired.

    When you stream with the D90 your phone or tablet is the streamer sending the signal to the D90 via Bluetooth (and thus limited to Bluetooth specs). With the Node-2i your phone or tablet is not streaming the signal, its only acting as a remote control for the Node ( thus only limited to the spec on the node DAC or an external DAC connected to it).

    However you could connect a PC directly to the D90 and get full 24/192 with the PC streaming but you wont have remote control from  phone or tablet.

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  9. On 4/7/2020 at 8:24 AM, Tarheel said:

    We have wifi for a whole house sonos system but I thought I read somewhere that sound quality is better if hard wired but I really am a newbie to all this.  I want the streaming just for my 2 ch system. 

    Yes hardwiring the Node-2i will get better SQ but i'm not taking about that. You need to control the Node with a device with a screen, like a phone or tablet or laptop. You install the softwear on  your selected device and it will connect to the node via wifi letting you surf and select what you want to play.

    I know it sounds complicated but it really isn't. When I got mine I got all mind set like "ok gonna sit down, concentrate so I do this right", 10 mins later I was like "what, that's it I'm up and runnin …."  :)

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  10. I have a Node-2i and love it, I stream Tidal mostly. One thing to note is that even if you hardwire the Node you still need wifi to control it via BLUOS app on either smartphone /tablet/laptop.

    They have a version for whichever you want to run it on. If you don't have wifi just call your service provider and ask for a modem with wifi. I find the best setup is with a tablet due to the screen bigger than a phone but still compact enough to keep close by.

    If your thinking getting wifi set up is too much hassle its not. its really simple and you can have a Node set up and streaming in 10-15 mins out of the box.Once set up its just so simple to use you will wonder why anyone would do it any other way.

    The only time I listen to cd's now is for the better SQ from  SACD's,very rarely bother with normal cd's as Tidal is just as good.

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  11. On 8/20/2019 at 11:34 PM, johknow4@gmail.com said:

    I recently purchased a vintage k-horn. I am currently using a low-end Nobsound mono amp to power the speaker. Actually it sounds surprisingly good. However, I would like to upgrade. Can anyone recommend an amp for my k-horn? One that won't break the bank.




    Take a look at this  https://emotiva.com/collections/amps/products/pa-1  a lot of good things written about these lil monoblock's. At 130wrms @8ohms they a nice match for a K-horn.

    I've been thinking on getting a pair for my LSII's as my XPA-2 @300wrms in 8ohms/chnl is just way to much power for my LSII's.

  12. Thnx for the replies and info. My main concern is sometimes, well maby more than sometime I like to listen stupid loud. Like 100-110db at listening position (10.5ft from speakers), rare times measured 115-116db ( got a pic of spl meter and a blown tweeter to prove it lol ). Have Creites CT-120's installed now so feel safer :)

    I was just on Bills forums a few hrs ago and typed out a nice log post explaining my situation with the info I could think of and some pics. Took me so long to 2 finger type it when I hit post it said I was logged out,guess it time out lol. Just said ah fukit 😖.

    Thing is I don't want to build these then  crank it up and be left wanting 😢. But for space savings I love the idea of dropping these down and stacking my LSII's on top of them.


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  13. I'm also interested in building a pair of these for my LSII's. My room is 3k cf but also open stairway ( basement rec-room)  leading to front entrance and the  upstairs, no doors.

    Still I would like to hear your impressions on how they hold up when the volume gets cranked. For me I would go with 10,s but I may ask on Bill's forums if its possible to modify these to use the same 12's as they use in the THTLP.

  14. On 1/27/2020 at 1:15 PM, MarkKrochuck said:

    Is the Jubilee an actual Klipsch product or a DIY? Do you happen to live near me (Niagara Falls Canada)

    I live in St Catharines (15 mins from ya :) ). I have LaScala ll's. First thing to note is horn loaded bass is a lot different than direct radiating. Took me a while to get used to it.

    But now I prefer it much over the former. LS's only go down to 50htz so I have a pair of 15 inch subs. LS's have the same top end as the K-Horns(or very close) but don't go down as deep.

    Jub's are on a diff lvl all together from what I've read.

    My next project  needs to be acquiring/building a pair of horn loaded subs.

    If you want to drop by for a listen to get a baseline starting point for a reference just send me a PM.

    Rest of my gear is below in my sig.


  15. My Node2i is connected to an Emotiva DC-1 dac  via coaxial and rca's. Can listen to the DC-1 when coax is selected or Node2i dac when analog is selected. I stream Tidal mostly.

    I find the 2 dacs very close with the Node a lil warmer but a lil less detailed. I usually listen from DC-1 dac but if the source recording seems  bright i'll switch to the Node.

    The rest of my gear is in my sig. 

    Oddly, 9 times out of 10 I prefer the CD quality version over the MQA versions on Tidal.

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  16. On 1/2/2020 at 11:21 AM, Shiva said:

    I have posted this vid before, but it is apropos to this thread.   My perfect speaker review vid, not a word spoken.   Whether heard through headphones or through ones speakers, I think one can hear a degree of quality coming through the world wide web.  Kendrick Sound.




    I just listened to this vid on my main system ( LSII's ) and wow i'm really impressed, these things sound just like my LSII's  :)

    ...but they look a lot better ;)

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  17. I went from base Reference to RF-7iii's so ya big difference there. 4 months later I got a deal on a pair of La ScalaII and sold the RF-7's.

    A few months after that I put my old Reference towers ( RF-800's) for sale . An elderly Asian man showed up to buy them and he brought an 8w/chn tube amp

    of his own design and build. We hooked them up and I was amazed a how good the Reference line can sound, I had forgotten over the near 1yr since I last had them 

    hooked up.

    I would suggest you just stay with them(was a sweet deal ya got) and just enjoy until you really start feeling the need to upgrade.

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  18. When I had RF-7iii's I found an AVR didn't have the power to make them shine. I purchased an Emotiva XPA-2 gen3 (300wrms/ch @8ohms) and they really opened up. So I say yes go with

    more clean power. Also you may want to go with a multi-channel processor if you think you may want to move to a surround system in the future. Then you would just need to add amp channels and not replace pre-amp

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