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    BlueSound PowerNode 2i

    Ron, the system components you list show nothing digital at all; I don't see any DAC. If you have no DAC, you will need to take the analog output of the BlueSound into your preamp. You would need to use the DAC in the BlueSound. My mention of the BlueSound PowerNode 2i was meant to be an "all...
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    BlueSound PowerNode 2i

    I've been recommending the $900 BlueSound PowerNode 2i to a few people who were looking for the core of a thoroughly modern music system with decent performance for not too much money. Just add speakers. Those who purchased it have been ecstatic. Most online reviewers have been enthusiastic...
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    iPad as a Streamer Into Benchmark DAC3

    My favorite USB cable in terms of sound is this one, a joint project of Triode Wire Labs and P. I. Audio Group: https://triodewirelabs.com/product/discrete-usb-cable/ Yes, it's expensive, but not crazy nutty expensive like some I've owned or tried in the past. I'll defer comment on whether it...
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    Dutch & Dutch 8c Speakers

    In a small room like mine (13' x 11'), the off-axis output of a speaker is a particularly significant factor since there is no way to get the speakers very far from the side walls. Even listening from the near field with the speakers pointed at my ears, I've usually ended up using a lot of...
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    Dutch & Dutch 8c Speakers

    Someone pointed out to me that most speakers can be made time aligned or time coherent through the addition of processing by programs such as Acourate and (I believe) Audiolense. Thus, so it goes, the time alignment with high-slope crossover present in the D&D 8c speakers is not really a...
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    Dutch & Dutch 8c Speakers

    [Continued from above] See my system descriptions here: https://www.whatsbestforum.com/threads/my-current-audio-systems.31269/ I no longer use any Benchmark DAC3 in the audio system with the 8c speakers since the 8c's contain their own DACs. In terms of what I can change in this "simple"...
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    Dutch & Dutch 8c Speakers

    Further thoughts on the D&D 8c speakers: In the context of passive speakers, where you have to/get to mix and match your electronics with your speakers, the Benchmark DAC3 and the DAC which is part of my Lumin X1 are the best sounding I've encountered. Prior to my purchase of the Dutch & Dutch...
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    iPad as a Streamer Into Benchmark DAC3

    [Continued from above] I certainly understand reluctance to even make a comparison between a "free" iPad streamer and a purpose-built music streamer. If you are satisfied with the sound of your basically "free" streamer, why bother? And if you haven't previously heard any differences in digital...
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    iPad as a Streamer Into Benchmark DAC3

    The iPad Pro (as well as some other, lower cost new iPads), has a USB-C connection these days. The largest capacity iPad currently available has 1 TB of storage on board, room enough for at least 1500 CDs. Such an iPad costs about $1,500. Some iPad Pro users have suggested using a general...
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    Some records sound worse on last song on the side?

    This is a problem as old as vinyl records themselves. You may not have noticed it before, but I noticed it from the time I got my first decent turntable, an AR-XA with Shure M91E cartridge, way back in 1966 or so. The problem is caused by increased problems with trackability in the "inner...
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    DSPeaker Anti-Mode X4

    No, I have not heard the miniDSP units. My need for a separate DSP equalizer has evaporated since I now use both Roon and the Dutch & Dutch 8c speakers. Both have on-board parametric and other DSP equalization capabilities. My current systems are detailed at this link. And, in my room with the...
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    Lumin X1: Enabling an Even Simpler Yet Better Sounding System

    I agree that it is always better to get a loaner first and try it both ways. If you can get a loaner X1 before committing to purchase, by all means do that. But that is not always possible since many Lumin dealers don't have an X1 available for loan. One thing you should keep in mind is that...
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    Lumin X1: Enabling an Even Simpler Yet Better Sounding System

    In Post #1 of this thread I explain how the sound of the digital volume control in the Lumin X1 bested the sound of controlling my system volume via the Benchmark HPA4. The HPA4 was the best volume control/preamp I'd ever experienced until the Lumin X1. I do not agree that any tube-based preamp...
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    My Current Audio Systems

    Here are brief descriptions of my current audio systems. I will try to keep these up to date as components and configurations change. If components I've talked about in threads of Tom's Corner are not listed here, you can assume that I have either sold those items or that they are currently...

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