caphill

Responses from caphill

Solo streamer
Agreed with mdalton. A $6300 streamer paired with $1900 DAC won’t make any sense and is disproportionate. The OP will have to upgrade his DAC as well. And of course we don’t know the rest of the OP’s equipments : speakers, amp, preamp, cablings, e... 
Looking for a CD / SACD player. Also, tell me about Esoteric
Marantz and Esoteric players aren’t in the same league. Marantz is great at their asking price or is great for the money and most of Marantz CD/SACD players can be had for $3k and under with the exception of their Reference series SA-10 player. E... 
Looking for a CD / SACD player. Also, tell me about Esoteric
I highly recommend a used Cary CD 306 SACD player (professional version) if you can find a used one which is rare today. This is an older and statement flagship CD/SACD player from Cary Audio circa 2008 thru 2015/2016. It did retail for $8k when i... 
Looking for RCA cables from preamp to amp?
Since this is for home theater use or movies you don’t have to get expensive ones, just good quality budget interconnects would do just fine.   
Why Preamps Thump on Turn on
Agreed with audioman58. I would always turn on the source components first, then preamp, then power amp last. And when shutting down my system I would always power off the power amp first, then preamp, then source components last. it’s dead silent... 
Intermittent audio dropouts when streaming Qobuz Hi Res files on Lumin streamer
@chrisoshea  I do have turntables in my main dedicated listening rooms aka main dedicated systems (see above post) but I don’t hava a turntable in my living room setup as it is my secondary system and is more for casual listening.   
Intermittent audio dropouts when streaming Qobuz Hi Res files on Lumin streamer
I should have bought the Aurender streamer or Linn or Naim streamer for my living room setup since I don’t have any physical media player in this living room setup. How is the Aurender app? Pretty reliable? Or are you using Roon instead of the Aur... 
Intermittent audio dropouts when streaming Qobuz Hi Res files on Lumin streamer
Couldn’t agree more. That’s why the majority of my listening is physical media discs : vinyl, CD, SACD, and reel-to-reel master audio tape. But I mainly stream Tidal and Qobuz in this living room setup since it is not my main primary dedicated lis... 
Intermittent audio dropouts when streaming Qobuz Hi Res files on Lumin streamer
@yyzsantabarbara  Hi there, Today I’ve just tried streaming the George Harrison’s 50th anniversary All Things Must Pass album particularly on that Hear Me Lord song on Qobuz Hi Res 192/24 and didn’t get audio dropout at all. Everything seems to ... 
Intermittent audio dropouts when streaming Qobuz Hi Res files on Lumin streamer
Thank you all for all the responses. I did reboot my Lumin streamer and my internet network modem/router, I rebooted everything and now it seems to be doing fine so far but I need to give it another couple weeks and see how it goes. But so far no ... 
Intermittent audio dropouts when streaming Qobuz Hi Res files on Lumin streamer
@erik_squires I highly doubt it’s my internet connection because I also stream Tidal MAX (Tidal Hi Res FLAC) up to 192/24 and is flawless and not a single audio dropout at all. Tidal MAX (Tidal Hi Res FLAC) streams at exact same resolutions (sam... 
Intermittent audio dropouts when streaming Qobuz Hi Res files on Lumin streamer
@yyzsantabarbara  The audio dropouts are intermittent and random, not on any particular track or album but it only occurs on Qobuz Hi Res material - especially 192/24 & sometimes on 96/24 too, but the CD quality streams are fine. The issue pe... 
CD Transport
@leog2015   Out of all the things you listed above I would think the Teac one will be best since Teac and Esoteric make one of the best if not the best disc transports in the world within their price ranges respectively. I know for sure the Eso... 
McIntosh to Luxman?
@paul8088    As for upgrade streamers/DAC from the Bluesound there are many countless options out there : Aurender, Lumin, Linn, Naim, Chord, Simaudio, PS Audio DS DAC with networked bridge ii, Cary Audio, Teac, Esoteric, DCS, and many others de... 
McIntosh to Luxman?
@jrod68  You will need to upgrade your source component (your Bluesound streamer) to something better. Your Bluesound streamer is the bottleneck and is holding up your entire system setup IMO.    As for Luxman vs Mac I would say it’s a matter o...