rbstehno

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Comparing Aurender N20 vs eversolo dmp A8
Years ago I bought the Auralic Aries over the Aurender and Lumin streamers. The sound and the gui were much better with the Auralic. Plus Aurender units don’t have the i2s interface.  
Stereophile review of the $30,000 tekton speakers
Since 99.9999% of all stereophile reviews end up with the reviewer stating this is the best his setup has ever sounded, best of the best, and most of the time the product competes with others that are many times the price. None of this occurred, ... 
Stereophile review of the $30,000 tekton speakers
I was in IT for over 44 years and nobody wrote sentences that bad, so being in IT is not an excuse for proper grammar.  
Back to the DAC
Blanket statement? I’ll bet only 2% of these posters are able to test an Ethernet interface or an i2s interface.  My Aurender is optimized for usb! If I had a $ for everytime I’ve heard that, I’d be rich. Years ago, I bought the top of the line Au... 
Back to the DAC
In relation to a dac, if you are using usb, then you will never get the best sound quality from the dac. The best interfaces to a dac are Ethernet and i2s and some of the best dacs don’t even include usb. I have a highly rated dac that I used Ethe... 
Stereophile review of the $30,000 tekton speakers
At these speeds, if you placed the speaker with no feet on a stand and the stand was blocking the 4 holes, wouldn’t each speaker have lift off or at least move around on the stands? Was this port/hole speed tested in the review?  
Some thoughts on ASR and the reviews
Most measurements are worthless to me. Very few measurements I would look at: speaker sensitivity (this will tell me what kind of amp I would need to make them sing) Does an amp double in power from 8 ohms to 4? Is the amp class A or A/B, how m... 
Opinions on PS Audio Direct Stream DAC (Mk 1)
Old technology? You are dead wrong! It’s fpga based. I preferred this dac over many others costing 2-3x more at the time. I used Ethernet, never usb. If you want to increase the sound quality of the mk1 DS sr dac, get their airlens and use the i2s... 
eBay
eBay didn’t charge a fee on shipping and the last time I bought something, they didn’t charge me a fee on the tax. in the past, you would see a widget for sale on the cheap but the shipping was 10x more than what it actually cost to ship.  
Stereophile review of the $30,000 tekton speakers
I have heard other tekton’s in the past, their cheaper speaker than these $30,000 pair. I didn’t like the cheaper pair either. But the Tekton crew on agon was doing everything they could to promote the tektons as the best speaker out there for eve... 
Hegel comparison
The dacs inside the Hegels are a comprised version of their standalone dac. I had multiple top of the line Hegel integrated amps in the past and never used their internal dacs. I actually had Hegel at an audio show compare the difference between t... 
PS Audio Direct Stream Mk2 DAC - How good is it vs Mk1? Weiss, Bricasti?
Pursuitofnow - who did your upgrade? How much was it? Even with the mk1 upgrades, the firmware upgrades to the mk2 will just keep making the mk2 better and better. I use Ethernet and the new mk2 doesn’t have Ethernet so I would have to get their s... 
What makes One Music Server Sound Better than Another?
Why have a computer in your listening room? Why use usb and all the gimmicks are trying to make usb better? Years ago when I used a dac with usb, I had the Auralic Aries server because I thought it sounded better than Lumin and Aurender, plus the ... 
DAC with i2S
I2s is superior to usb/coax/toslink. The other protocol would be Ethernet if you want to keep the server in another room, which is my preference.    
Need a big favor picking a preamp
I had the top of the line Classe mono-block amps a few years back. I used to own all Classe gear 20 years ago too. Give the new Classe preamp an audition. Another very good preamp is the PS Audio BHK signature preamp. I sold my Classe gear and wen...