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About aswillman

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  • Birthday 20/07/1967

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  • Location
    Upavon, UK
  • Real Name
    Antony Willman

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  • Turn Table
    WB Full Circle
  • Tone Arm & Cartridge
    Benz Glider
  • SUT / Phono Stage
    Built in
  • Digital Source 1
    Cambridge CXN
  • Digital Source 2
    Cambridge CXC
  • DAC
    Audio Note DAC 1.1X
  • Pre-Amp
    Modwright LS-100
  • My Speakers
    ATC 20A Towers
  • Headphones
    Sennheiser HD800

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  1. I’ve got a Noble BT amp. Actually works okay although there is some background noise. Also takes a bit of time for the digital ‘handshake’ to occur. Worked well with my iPhone & Noble IEMs. PM me if interested - just looking to cover postage plus a donation at Poppy time.
  2. I stopped using my SOTM SMS-200 purely as I have gone back to a Mac 'n' DAC. It is a really good bit of kit though as a Roon Endpoint. My Mac acted as a Roon server for it (controlled by an iPad). I think, in answer to the OP, that is an option as is a RPi (which I also have). No sound quality differences but the Eunhasu on the SOTM is more user friendly and is able to emulate other things like Airplay.
  3. Neutrik make good ones. I have no idea what they’re made of though. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. I’ve always purchased from this lot: Reliable & well made. I love the XLR termination but I doubt there’ll be a sound difference over such short distances. It may sound better due to higher voltages & beings louder! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. I’ve got a raspberry streamer thingy if you want to borrow it? Should be just PnP setup to be a Roon Endpoint. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. There’s this: Heard quite good things about them. It would be a more up to date DAC but whether it sounds any better...:-) I suppose it depends if you just need a Roon endpoint for your DAC or if you used the Transporter as an all in one. I use a SOTM SMS-200 with a Mac Mini as my server, works really well. Not expensive either. Also used a Raspberry Pi with Roon, again plug and play, excellent SQ and cheap. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. And Martin is incredibly helpful. I had a very informative chat with him when looking at a Mite as a Roon endpoint. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Friend of mine uses RME in his studio alongside the usual suspects as well as some analogue stuff. It’s his go to AD/DA converter, extremely reliable. It did blow a SMPS once & RME couriered a replacement within 48hrs. Really good Company. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. I almost went for the lifetime license but have just held back for another year. The iPad app is very good and will give you a clear readout of what is happening. I think it is easier to use than the JRiver app but that in itself is not bad. Roon: JRiver (browse mode): So it’s horses for courses I think. I suspect I will stick with Roon as I have played around with both now. It also allows control of Airplay which is useful for around the house. If you want to have a play, I would highly recommend a simple R-Pi endpoint or something like the SOTM SMS-200. I have a R-Pi with Jessie Lite on it configured as a Roon endpoint if you want to borrow it. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. I’m a bit torn. I think Roon is excellent as it does give nice background information to the bands as well as linking to other bands/artists. I have discovered a few that way. I was going down the lifetime license route but have just subscribed for another year. I think the biggest plus is it’s Tidal integration but I found this just too expensive for the amount I was using it. I am in the maybe group. And Serge you are right, you can find all the info on Wikipedia. I have Roon on a bog standard Mac Mini with 2 x matching NewerTech external drives so it looks smart, all at half the cost of the purpose built Roon machine. The other dilemma I have is I bought a RefStream thinking it was a Roon Endpoint (some very dodgy information out there!). I discovered it wasn’t but had a license for JRiver MC so got that running on the Mac - to be honest there is no difference between the two experiences in my opinion. They load quickly, there’s no glitches and I am happy with both. Whether the extra metadata is worth the money, I don’t know... I use Apple Music as my streaming service now as I can go out with my phone & use a Bluetooth DAC to listen to new stuff (whilst walking the dog) and at home use an Airport Express into my DAC for the same with control by the Roon app or Remote. So in a conundrum. If Tidal is in the trouble that it’s rumored to be in, Roon will have to develop integration with another service I think. It is an excellent product but the price may stop its expansion as well as lack of hardware integration. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. Killie99 has first dibs on the Rasptouch. I have to say I have always found these great fun but work and a 6 yr old means less time to play hence my rather boring SOTM off the shelf solution! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. If anyone else is thinking about this, I have a Rasptouch case, 7” screen plus some other bits sitting in my attic & free to a good home. I used the Pi as a headless Roonbridge so you’d need to add that. There’s also a Pi hat DAC (?ESS9023) but I think it’s kaput. Pm me if interested. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. I’m not sure how quick it is but a good thing to consider would be to run Roon on it or Asset PNP as a media server. You can use iTunes to rip & tag your CDs and point Roon/Asset at the hard drive in the settings. An Airport Express will appear in the Roon zones as an AirPlay endpoint. Asset PNP would require a media renderer (loads of good quality ones on the market) which is DLNA compliant (I think - I’m sure someone else will reply & give more knowledgable advice). I’ve used DBPoweramp in the past as well - it is very good - but I found the simplicity of Asset its major benefit. Roon clearly is expensive but might be worth trialing. I have a Mac Mini (fairly low spec) running this & it doesn’t struggle at all.
  14. I successfully plugged a Pi into a Matrix Audio X-SPDIF and used its I2S over HDMI to my DAC. I think it sounds better but I am sure this is not objective and is expectation bias. The Digi Pro is certainly a good option to get a co-ax SPDIF feed from your Pi. The X-SPDIF is powered by the Pi, doesn’t take up too much space & offers several different options including AES via XLR. Might be worth approaching a retailer to see if the’ll do a home demo?
  15. Very interested in this. Foolishly I sold my Hydra Z/ZPM but am now using a R-Pi streamer plugged into a Matrix Audio X-SPDIF. Alas the I2S HDMI is not compatible with my Black Dragon. A one box solution utilising a R-Pi with HDMI out would be great. It works really well with Roon. I do know there is the forthcoming Hydra Hub which will do the same job but obviously will cost. Saying that, would be happy to put some business Jack’s way! Which case did you use from Modushop? The Galaxy line?