@Christiaan Punter Christiaan, thanks for the details and insight on the USB and Ethernet cables as well as your comparative findings. Very helpful.
Question: what were your findings on Ethernet + USB when evaluated as pairs for streaming? Do you have a combo preference / recommendation? Thanks.
For those that want more detailed information on FLAC, here is a white paper from the British Library (content is in 'layman language').
I believe there were requests made in prior posts for "checking on the file" ... The section on 'Conformance Checking' provides a couple of software tools...
I would expect them to sound different, especially when local. As others have reported (including you), I also have a preference for WAV. I also find FLAC more variable.
WAV is generally (not always) non-compressed. It was developed by IBM and Microsoft and is the 'preferred' format for...
Am I the only one having trouble understanding comparison of local files versus those (even when equivalent) fed from afar, over multiple lines, and any number of components in the chain...before arriving at the Taiko Extreme?
I would not expect the results to be the same. The fact that they...
Scale isn't a factor in your setup. Nor video in line of sight.
And yes, the Extreme is front and center and prominent, in my setup.
The power/on light is an issue (especially at night) when I watch movies, etc.
Given the provenance of my rack, floor positioning is superior for...
I've chosen to place my Extreme on the floor. It's size results in it being out of scale, aesthetically, relative to my other components when on higher levels of the audio rack. Another factor that makes on floor placement a positive is keeping the lit (white) rectangle out of my sight line.