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  1. dpippel

    SOLD: Like New Topping E30 DAC + Raspberry Pi 4 Roon Endpoint Combo

    Ha! I'm totally out of touch here. Haven't been on the forum in any active way for about a year. I know the E30 is discontinued. But, I'm not really worried about the money. Just passing things along to someone who can use them. I appreciate the heads-up though!
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    SOLD: Like New Topping E30 DAC + Raspberry Pi 4 Roon Endpoint Combo

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    Clock Settings Fixed in MAC

    Yes, this is a limitation of macOS. However, most music apps that run on the Mac have the ability to take exclusive control of your external DAC, bypassing the midi mixer in the operating system, allowing bit-perfect output. That's the way to go.
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    Monoprice Monolith THX 887 Balance Headphone Amp: New Champ?

    Hmmm. No hum or electrical feel on the case on mine. Perhaps you have a grounding problem or a defective unit.
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    SMSL SU-9 Balanced DAC Review

    SMSL did NOT update the firmware revision number when they corrected this bug, so it is completely worthless for determining whether or not your SU-9 has the fix or not.
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    strange SMSL M500 high 3rd harmonic

    This is such BS. SMSL *knows* that every M500 and SU-9 in the field that hasn't had the firmware update is affected by the bug. Every. Single. Unit. So why are they putting the burden on the dealer and the CUSTOMER to prove that their DAC has a problem? Lame, lame, lame.
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    SMSL SU-9 Balanced DAC Review

    SMSL didn't bother to revise the firmware version when they corrected the problem, so there's no way to tell by looking at it. From what I've read regarding Shenzhen Audio, yours is probably fine. Best to contact them directly with your order and serial numbers and ask to be sure. I think...
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    Connecting iOS Lightning to USB-B DAC

    I've been using this cable with my iPad Pro running iPadOS 14.6 to pass bit-perfect digital audio from Apple Music to my RME ADI-2 DAC FS. Works just fine: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08MDDTY6B/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Granted, this is USB-C, not Lighting, and...
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    Windows vs macOS

    It's an Apple Music problem, since the macOS app doesn't have the ability to take exclusive control of the DAC. Other streaming service macOS apps (such as Tidal, Qobuz, etc.) don't have this limitation.
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    Topping D90SE Review (Balanced DAC)

    https://www.tpdz.net/newsinfo/521191.html
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    RME ADI-2 FS Version 2 DAC and Headphone Amp Review

    I gravitate to the "simpler is better" philosophy. If I can pump the data stream directly to the DAC and let it do all the work instead of having macOS massaging things in between, that's all good IMO. Can you hear a difference? Probably not.
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    RME ADI-2 FS Version 2 DAC and Headphone Amp Review

    Set up your apps to use the Aune S8 in exclusive mode to bypass the macOS mixer and send a bitperfect stream to the device.
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    RME ADI-2 FS Version 2 DAC and Headphone Amp Review

    Ah, I wasn't thinking of a dock. That makes sense. I've got one of these and connect my iPad Pro directly to the RME. No charging here, of course: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08MDDTY6B/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    RME ADI-2 FS Version 2 DAC and Headphone Amp Review

    One drawback to this setup is battery life. Since the iPad isn't charging when connected to the RME, you could potentially run out of juice if your listening session goes on for several hours. How much of a real-world problem this may be is user-dependent of course.
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    macOS fixed sample rate and bit depth output

    Quite an annoying omission on Apple's part, especially considering their move to lossless and Atmos. As it stands now, you either have to upsample/downsample through macOS midi audio or deal with the (for me) inconvenience of using an iPhone or iPad to get bitperfect audio streamed from Apple...
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    RME ADI-2 FS Version 2 DAC and Headphone Amp Review

    What setup are you using to get Apple Music output to your RME?
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    SMSL SU-9 Balanced DAC Review

    I agree 100%. It's THE best way to identify units running firmware that corrects the problem, and removes ANY ambiguity regarding whether or not a particular SU-9 has been fixed. Omitting a firmware revision number change here is, quite bluntly, idiotic. I doubt that I'll be buying any S.M.S.L...
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    macOS fixed sample rate and bit depth output

    The macOS versions of Tidal, Qobuz, Roon, etc. all allow you to set the output device to Exclusive Mode if supported (most DACS), which turns on bitperfect output from the OS to the DAC. My Roon Core resides on a Lenovo box running Windows Server, and I stream from there using my MacBook Pro as...
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