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  1. I’d change the order to 1. Room 2. Speakers 3. Amplifier 4. Source 5. Cables 6. Isolation 7. 8. 9. 10. Power The first thing I’d do is try some room treatment to absorb some of that high frequency energy.
  2. As @BugPowderDust mentioned above, you need to go into settings, audio and enable the Melco before you will see it as a streaming endpoint.
  3. Sure, it will work perfectly provided your server has the power to do the DSD 512 conversion. My only comment is why are you putting a lot of resources into the server? You will probably get better bang for buck by using a NAS running ROCK OS/Roon/HQ Player and getting a better streamer. Then you can use USB into the Denafrips?
  4. I use it with headphones as well as direct to an integrated amp. It’s in my shed system so I can’t really be certain of SQ but it seems pretty good to me. I certainly can’t tell any difference between the dongle and the Allo Boss2 I also use in the shed. There’s certainly no noticeable noise even at high volume.
  5. Here you go. https://www.audiosciencereview.com/forum/index.php?threads/review-apple-vs-google-usb-c-headphone-adapters.5541/ A comparison of 3 different USB-C dongles. personally I have an Apple dongle and it sounds really good for .the bargain price.
  6. It has a dac hat. Analog out from that. If you just want usb out you only need the Raspberry Pi so save money.
  7. If the OP hasn’t already made a purchase, these https://www.allo.com/sparky/boss2-player.html are a great cheap streamer. You can buy preloaded with your choice of OS, including Moode or Diet Pi. I bought one for my shed system and it works flawlessly and sounds great.
  8. They look beautiful don't they? AKM DAC, all the connections and that amazing screen. I'd love to see a competent review with all the measurements.
  9. I had a SPA-500 and the fuse was in the compartment near the IEC plug as @Ozcall showed in his post. You didn't find one there?
  10. Thanks Tel, Yes I just re-read Peter's post on Roon Community. It's all bad news isn't it? I wasted $4 on the experiment and spent 20 minutes setting up the new email etc. Oh well I've wasted more on other things! Back to Qobuz it is.
  11. This is exactly what I found. Somewhat good news in that you can avoid the MQA file in Hi Fi by choosing the Hi-res file that Tidal then downsamples to 44.1 without MQA interference. It's probably something Tidal and MQA did not intend. On another note, I stared a thread some time ago on the Roon Community forum asking Roon to provide a means of choosing only the non-MQA file. The tread ran for a few weeks but I never received a commitment form Roon that they would implement such a choice. (and they haven't)
  12. Maybe. It just seems odd that Roon is processing the two MQA files differently. If Hi Fi is a max of CD resolution why would Roon upsample unless it is being told to do so by Tidal? This means the file is probably the 13 bit MQA file and is definitely of lower quality than an equivalent CD rip or Qobuz file. Why does Roon not upsample the MQA 96 and 192 files and send them straight through as 44.1? I'll have to connect up my non MQA DAC and give that a run with the different files. I'll report back later. I'll also check my MQA settings in Roon. I usua
  13. Apologies for the off topic posts above. MQA is still a fraud (and now even more confusing in Tidal).
  14. Qobuz seems to be the easiest to predict and doesn't interfere with the file. 96/24 version definitely sounds better than the Tidal versions.
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