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  1. I was using it exclusively through wifi and my PC is AMD Phenom 710 based with 4GB RAM so it is far from a supercomputer. My music collection is 220 CDs big and everything was working just fine.
  2. I had a two month trial offer and I really enjoyed using it. I was mostly impressed by the sound improvement Roon produced. I believe that I am not imagining that because I had the exact same experience while attending a demonstration in a local Hi-Fi store. The same song has been played through the same equipment with and without Roon and to my ears Roon made significant improvement to the timing of music. I had the same experience while listening at home through my Bluesound Powernode 2. During the trial period my listening room was relatively fine so I did not pay much attention to the DSP/equalization part of the package. It may come quite handy if you have a problematic listening room. The part I was least impressed is the indexing/meta data portion. I was surprised that Some CDs by Weather Report and Trio of Doom were not properly recognized and they were recognized by Powernode just fine. Most of the time I have no time or interest to read about musicians and recording information. That part must be participating a lot in the total cost of the package so eventually I decided to "think it over".
  3. After the floor change I lost the clarity of the dialogues and minute sound details I had before the change. It must have something to do with numerous reflections carpet removal introduced. I do not expect to relay on the speaker built in DSP but rather on the Dirac Live built into Mini DSP 24 purchased for that sole purpose. Unfortunately, both Xeo and Focus ranges are way out of my price range. Thank you for your suggestion.
  4. Tenacity, thank you for your input. The worst degradation of the sound after the floor change is loss of clarity in a mid range. I purchased Mini DSP DDRC24 with Dirac Live and I am still moving slowly. I am trying to find the best way for performing the measurements and the best way to determine what are the filters needed. If I eventually buy the X14A I will report back.
  5. Thank you Nopiano on both counts! I don't know how I could have missed the WHF review. I read the original passive X14 review but never saw the X14A review. The only review I was able to find was on Audio Stream and there they were presented as near field monitors. I am perfectly fine with lack of attack, shown as their weakness in both reviews. I am on the West (wet) Coast of Canada and there is nobody selling Acoustic Energy here in Vancouver. I am hoping that Dirac Live will be able to at least improve a bit the sound of my system. Some heavy reading is in order.
  6. I read a few stellar reviews about X14 but there is very little out there about their active version X14A. In one review the X14A is presented and tested as primarily a desk top speaker which I find a bit confusing because the passive version is considered a normal audiophile speaker. I would appreciate any input on how they compare and do they have the same or similar sound signature. A month ago or so, the floors in our building/apartment have been changed from wall to wall carpets to vinyl. As a result of that change the apartment we rent looks much nicer but more importantly, my stereo became totally useless. We bought a nice carpet covering a portion of the living/listening room but that did not do much to improve the sound. That carpet is the only room sound proofing my wife is willing to accept. I am thinking about using mini dsp 24 with Dirac Live to bring the sound back to where it was before the floor change. In my current setting having powered rather than passive speakers would make that much simpler and that is why I am interested in active X14. They are the perfect size and they look nice. Additional benefit is that they don't come with too many inputs that would remain unutilized.
  7. Sometimes the naming of the operating principle of NAD and Bluesound amplifiers could be a bit confusing. Both C388 and M10 are class D amplifiers. I am not certain what Hypex module is used with C388 but I read in one recent review that M10 is using Hypex Ncore module and they are considered to be of higher quality and specs compared to their Ucore modules. More information about different class D modules is available here: https://www.hypex.nl/p/technology/ncore I did not have an opportunity to listen to the M10 but if it follows the usual NAD path, it should offer a very decent sound, a very generous dynamic headroom and extremely flexible connectivity options. What makes it very attractive to me is the inclusion of Dirac Live room correction. If you are finding the M10 too expensive and if the size is important you may consider Bluesound Powernode 2 or 2i. I had the Powernode 2 for the last two years and I could not even think about a proper substitute in that price range. My understanding is that Sevenoaks is offering five year warranty on both NAD and Bluesound if purchased from them.
  8. Marseille by Ahmad Jamal is perfect for testing how your system is handling micro dynamics. Probably even better for the same purpose, Return to Forever by Chick Corea-ECM, one of my favorite albums of all times.
  9. Random Access Memories by Daft Punk is really good sounding and some of the songs are quite nice. It is definitely not my style of music and the first time I heard it I was less than impressed. After a while I started enjoying it and always felt better after listening to it. It has so much positive energy packed in it (or that is how I feel about it).
  10. Thank you for your response TheFlash. Dali speakers are also available here in Canada and sometimes offered with free shipping. I started dreaming about Dalis when I read a number of very positive reviews of (Mentor) Menuet. Unfortunately they always were out of my price range. Even today, with a VAT they are close to GBP 1,000. Surprisingly Oberons are sold at almost no premium compared to what they go for in UK/EU. Opticons are around GBP 650 with the tax and still a bit steep. With my degrading hearing Oberons may represent the best value for my current situation. I hope you will enjoy your Opticons!
  11. Based on what Dali claims they are very flexible position vise and they should know what they are talking about. Some thirty years ago I used to have Pro Ac EBT (Extended Bass Tablets) and was not too impressed. It could be that the combination of Cyrus Mission 1 (both Mk 1 and 2) and EBTs was not ideal. The sound was on a dry side. I like the fact that the Oberons are not genre dependent. I had a few speakers that were quite uneven in that regard. My current system has the following ingredients: Powernode 2, Amphion Helium 410, Oppo 980H universal player, REL T Zero and Schiit Modi 3 DAC. The Schiit is playing a role of the switchboard. Powernode has either optical or analogue input using the same physical hole. By adding the DAC I can connect both the TV and the DVD/CD. Most of the time I am streaming from my own library and recently I added Tidal to the list and I really like it. I had a two month trial of Roon and there was a significant improvement in sound quality. One day I will hopefully have it on a permanent basis. Thank you for your input!
  12. Engine, thank you very much for your response! I am slowly getting the picture of how they sound. The best part is that there is nothing so far that I do not like. Despite a very positive reviews of the Spektor series I never seriously considered them and I am so glad you compared them to the Oberons. Unfortunately I have no way of using the stands (no floor space) but they should retain their basic sound signature.
  13. Thank you guys! I have a REL T Zero taking care of the low end. I am just worried that they may be a bit too bright. A friend of mine used to have a pair of Dalis (don't remember the model name) with their hybrid tweeter and they were a bit too revealing and bright.
  14. rabski I totally agree with your statement about partnering equipment. I used to have Focal Aria 905 driven by highly acclaimed British amp. That amp should remain anonymous otherwise I am risking a lifetime ban on all HiFi forums. The sound was less than foot tapping, immersive, engaging, musical ......The amp was simply inadequate despite the high efficiency of the Focals. I switched to Powernode 2 and that made a huge improvement. Oberon is sold at almost identical price you mentioned and that makes it quite attractive. When Zensor 1 was introduced it was almost 50% more in North America compared to the prices in Europe. I was pleasantly surprised to see a reasonable price for the Oberon. Trying new equipment is so much fun and as you mentioned, if I don't like it I should not lose too much.
  15. I briefly had a pair of Dreamcatchers and they made most lower quality recordings totally useless. For Verity Audio I am currently short slightly over $ 10K and they are waaaay too big!!