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  1. TomJ

    KEF LS60 Wireless Just Announced

    Of course... "whose outputs are filtered" meant "with filtered outputs", now edited for clarity. ... on the primary speaker. Digital inputs only on the secondary speaker, RJ45 or wireless (owner's manual p 97). Did I misunderstand what this means? (If so, sorry @Mnyb) Its EQ options, FIR...
  2. TomJ

    KEF LS60 Wireless Just Announced

    That's not how this speaker works. Its analog inputs are routed internally to an ADC whose digital outputs are processed by the DSP and then converted back to analog by an internal DAC [edit: whose outputs are filtered and] with filtered outputs that are routed to the three different driver...
  3. TomJ

    Gustard X18 Review (Stereo DAC)

    I read somewhere that Gustard provided a Windows utility for the EOL X18 FW update [edit: but I think that was mistaken, it was for installing Windows drivers]
  4. TomJ

    Gustard X18 Review (Stereo DAC)

    Thank goodness there are exceptions, like miniDSP and now WiiM whose support teams are so impressive
  5. TomJ

    Gustard X18 Review (Stereo DAC)

    All it would take is a firmware update reducing their peak V output slightly. That would also lower their SINAD and their rank in bar charts like ours. Re firmware, I sent Gustard an inquiry last week using the message box on the gustard.cn support webpage and asked when they plan to release a...
  6. TomJ

    Topping LA90 evaluation and discussion (Integrated Amplifier)

    Well said. Honestly, does it have to be like that? Is it time we stepped back from it? Our forum throws as much gasoline on the fire as anyone. The more we pump that up and celebrate the latest test winner, the more SINAD hacks we encourage in new products that try to drive N ever lower...
  7. TomJ

    Farewell my friends. Health is deteriorating - I'm fading out. (Updated - I've faded, but I am not down and out yet!)

    David, you are an inspiration to all of us. We will miss you and think of you with admiration and gratitude. Here's to a life well lived, indeed.
  8. TomJ

    WiiM Mini Review (Streamer)

    Good news here: WiiM is serious about security. In addition to following standard industry best practices for internal development, they also passed external security certification tests for their implementation in at least one critical area. For details, see post #96 in the other WiiM Mini...
  9. TomJ

    WiiM Mini Review (Streamer)

    Of course not. For clarity, Airplay is not the only alternative to Roon because you can use a UPnP music player instead of Roon for hi res playback without RAAT.
  10. TomJ

    WiiM Mini Review (Streamer)

    You can use UPnP instead of RAAT and still run at hi res...
  11. TomJ

    WiiM Mini Review (Streamer)

    Lucky you! Lots of us were the unlucky ones, many different reports on the forum on all kinds of Macs and MacOS versions... When I upgraded to an M1 MBP I tried again with Monterey. The latest Roon release ran at over 60% CPU, which is nuts given how screaming fast these are.
  12. TomJ

    WiiM Mini Review (Streamer)

    Roon runs well on Windows and Roon Nucleus, but the MacOS version has a nasty bug (memory leak?) that was reported 3+ years ago and is still not fixed. It hogs so much CPU resource that the cooling fans start running continuously on MacBook Pros. I stopped using Roon when Apple support advised...
  13. TomJ

    WiiM Mini Review (Streamer)

    Different use case. This is a wifi streamer. If you want to stream on USB, plug that into your DAC. The Wiim has not replaced my computer because I use a UPnP music player. I only use their app for the initial setup and then to pull their FW updates on demand rather than wait for...
  14. TomJ

    WiiM Mini Review (Streamer)

    or if you use UPnP with Audirvana or other music player SINAD >141 on 192/24 toslink is very impressive at any price
  15. TomJ

    Is it worth buying an Apple TV for lossless audio?

    If you want a big jump in sound quality, then also try Dirac 3 digital room correction (DRC) on a miniDSP Flex. It essentially takes away the sound of your room and improves your speakers' frequency response and impulse response. You'll be amazed at the improvement in imaging and soundstage...
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    Is it worth buying an Apple TV for lossless audio?

    Better to get the Wiim Mini which uses the Apple Airplay 2 chip (not Shairplay software emulation) and has excellent wifi stability for only $90 at Amazon. Just select the WiiM Airplay output option on your Apple Music player. I've tested it, works great today and next month they'll increase...
  17. TomJ

    Quad 909 Review?

    High praise here as well: http://www.meridian-audio.info/public/hifi_news_quad_artera_review_-_november_2015[4916].pdf For a "current dumping" design, its 12A output current limit has puzzled me (small LPS, filter capacitance, heatsinks) but its users love them and its power reserve tests well...
  18. TomJ

    WiiM Mini Streamer

    I received my WiiM Mini yesterday and tried it on two systems in different rooms using its Toslink output. Its sound quality in both rooms is much better than I expected, on par with network streaming on my SHD Studio. I also found that its Toslink resolution setting varies with the wifi...
  19. TomJ

    WiiM Mini Streamer

    This pertains to WiiM Mini web security. Today I asked WiiM tech support about password protection after someone posted that WiiM Mini transmits cleartext passwords (not encrypted) to external music streaming services which exposes their users to unacceptable security risks. WiiM replied very...
  20. TomJ

    miniDSP Flex

    Here's the best way to adjust gain on devices with digital volume control including the Flex & SHD. In general terms, set the gain higher on devices that process the signal with low bit depth (eg 16 bit) to preserve the music signal, and set the gain lower on devices with high bit depth (32...
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