Trouble and strife

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  1. I have the oppo sonica DAC and icon audio cdx1 cd player. I'm looking to stream digital to the DAC in the cd player, I want it to be via WiFi via the tidal app on my phone. I think I'm after a WiFi reciever that uses a coax connection to my cd player. Which can be used as a stand alone DAC. I don't want to have a cable from phone or laptop to it. Yes I have my sonica DAC but would like to try via WiFi the one in the cd player?
  2. Hi thanks for your help and advice, I do have a Sonica at present but have a DAC I can use as a stand alone DAC in my current cd player and would like to try it whilst streaming. I could connect my sonica to the cd player but feel I will have my music going through 2 DACs then instead of just one. Or does the signal from my sonica bypass its internal DAC if not connected to the XLR or RCA outputs? Hi have looked in the manual but with my limited knowledge/intelligence unable to work it out lol.
  3. Evening, hope you had a good Xmas and looking forward to new year. I'm after some advice and wondered if some one could help. Let's say I have a DAC in my cd player that can be used as a stand alone DAC, or say the denafrips Ares, if I wanted to stream tidal wirelessly to it.... How do I do it?
  4. Has any one on here had any dealings with Cori's or used his services before?
  5. Having received this information the Oppo Sonica has the best of both worlds with linear and switched power supplies 🤩 The Sonica DAC uses a linear power supply for the analogue audio and a switch mode power supply for the digital/control. As part of the signature upgrade we replace the monolithic linear regulators with discrete, ultra-low noise types. The signature upgrade includes the replacement of several different capacitors, including power supply and analogue stage.
  6. Well after following my original post, I would like to thank you for your help even if it has become a healthy debate. Firstly as a newbie im now on WiFi instead of Bluetooth, 🙄. Also as someone else mentioned power supplies plugged in and not used, I unplugged my Dino phono (which has their standard power supoly. And low and behold it made a huge difference. Now is this why they do uograded power supplies? If it affects other items on the mains line, I can only assume it must make a difference to the equipment it is powering. At this stage I'm happy but am now wondering even more if the upgrade power supply in the oppo would be a great step forward. That remains to be seen maybe later this year, but ATM I'm happy with the free tweeks achieved with your help. Many thanks folks 🤩
  7. Morning Bokke, We are under no illusion that the oppo should give us many years of good service as is. But I look upon HiFi not just as a means to listen to music ( or we would of gone to Argos for a all in one system), but also as a hobby and enjoy seeing how sometimes a simple change of equipment, be it a valve or cable can make a difference. Hence we came to this site for advice.
  8. Have since started listening via lossless, yes has improved the sound 😁. We are relatively new to the world of hifi so greatful for all advice! Surprised no one has any feed back on mods to the Sonica though.
  9. Many thanks Jamie, that's great info, 😁
  10. Good question, and one that we don't always have an answer for when we try different equipment. The companies say it offers more and tighter bass, cleaner treble and better dynamics. We ultimately looking for fullness and texture of the music. Also quick sounding. Recently tried some very expensive chord interconnects that gave a very detailed clean sound but lost the realism and emotion in our current setup, which surprise d us as we use a valve amp. Used a Meridian 506.24 a few years back that was really nice but sold it in pursuit of the holy grail. Lol
  11. After using my Sonica via Bluetooth tidal, and spending to much time on the net. I have seen that there are companies that mod the Sonica. My question is has anyone here done this and what were your opinions.
  12. Thanks for the warm welcome, After a few years now of swapping kit and endless moving my speakers, I'm changing tack, and looking at my room. Hopefully using Room Eq Wizzard. With this software I think I need a Umik microphone to help find out the peaks and troughs of the frequencies in the room. But am willing to hear more about renewable energy for the room, clean power lol. (I might be onto something there).
  13. I'm wanting to try and use REW in my listening room, but require a UMIK. If anyone has one for sale please drop me a PM. Or even better if some one local to Lincoln has one to lend or help, cups of tea and coffee freely offered. That would be even better :). many thanks
  14. Aye,well have had a look at REW and it looks like a hobby in itself learning how to run it lol. Nice to hear you managed to position your speakers close the wall and using software get a level freq response.
  15. Many thanks for the above link, will look at downloading it tomorrow. We are relatively new to hifi, and have enjoyed the merry go round of trying things, and just feel the room and speaker listening position has been neglected. I know it should really be one of the first things to address, but situation hasn't allowed. hopefuly I will find out if I have any peaks or nulls in the sound spectrum, even just for interest sake. Plus it's always good to have something to be tinkering with in this hobby lol.