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  1. JimmyS

    Point 5 vs Point 8 amplifiers

    I’ve owned the 30.5, 60.5’s, 100.5’s, and now the 160.8’s. Peter’s writeup on the .5 vs .8 was spot on based on what I heard in my system. My short summary is that if you prefer a slightly warmer presentation, the 0.5 series will not disappoint. The trade off here to the 0.8 will be a bit...
  2. JimmyS

    DCS Vivaldi

    For wallet friendly digital cables: Geistnote's Apogee Wyde Eye 75Ω BNC Word Clock Cable for the future clock connections. DH labs for the duel AES cables. I use the above in my system and they perform well above their price points.
  3. JimmyS

    DCS Vivaldi

    I’ve had the Rossini (without clock) and now the Vivaldi and would highly recommend you consider the clock as it makes a significant improvement. A friend with a Rossini just added the clock after hearing my system with/without the clock. Regarding cords: I use Shunyata Sigma Analog on the...
  4. JimmyS

    To Roon or not to Roon, that is the question...

    In my home office Network Closet is the cable modem to ASUS 5300 (handles routing/wireless network for now but Ubiquiti upgrades are planned for these functions), which has a bonded pair to an Ubiquiti 24-port managed switch. At this switch I have 3 different NAS setups connected via bonded...
  5. JimmyS

    To Roon or not to Roon, that is the question...

    I was skeptical about Roon at the beginning, and the sound quality was not there in the early days compared to my dedicated NAS / minimServer solution. Over time, the Roon software evolved and their sound quality improved (a good sign that they are working on continuous improvement). The...
  6. JimmyS

    Alma Music and Audio to debut at AXPONA with exciting new products from Bergmann, LinnenbergG

    Awesome news. Looking forward to meeting you in person.
  7. JimmyS

    Axpona 2019 Bending Wave events schedule

    Looking forward to getting home (ugh, work travel) and attending Axpona. Last years room was a treat and my first exposure to Gobel. Can’t wait to hear this years setup.
  8. JimmyS

    Tidal or Competitor Without a Computer (like Spotify)

    If simplicity is the top requirement, a WiFi connected laptop with usb to the DAC is the solution. You can control the laptop from your listening spot with various tablets / remote control apps. This was my first entry into Digital steaming years ago. A bump in sound quality is to go the...
  9. JimmyS

    First real review - Wilson Alexia 2

    I'm a Magico S3 owner, and while I typically enjoy listening to Wilson setups at shows I never considered them replacing my Magico's. That is until I heard the new Sasha DAW at my local dealer during a launch event they held. I was really impressed and will be returning to give them and the...
  10. JimmyS

    What ethernet cables are members using?

    My gigaFOILV4 request for purchase was made this morning and once its confirmed I'll be contact about a cable purchase for myself to try with my dCS Vivaldi stack. Cheers, Jimmy
  11. JimmyS

    Magico FINALLY finds Musicality!!! - Thanks to CAT Preamp and Monoblocks!!!!!!

    At 2018 Axpona I was enjoying the Cat & Magico room when a gentlemen sat beside me and after a few songs commented on how colored the sound was, and how the speakers were no good, etc... In a polite manner I said that’s interesting cause I don’t hear these things you describe... He asked what...
  12. JimmyS

    Audio Research- An underated Gem?

    Really interested in that comparison, as 2019 is the year of one upgrade and its a preamp for me (unless a pair of used Magico M3's somehow appear out of no where)
  13. JimmyS

    Pass XP-20 vs XP30 how do they compare? or Any CJ users w/ Pass Amp's

    The three things that have made the most impact on low end control in my system were: 1. Room treatment 2. Speaker Placement 3. More amplification overhead Regarding point #3, I've gone from the XA30.5 -> XA60.5's -> XA100.5's and now have XA160.8's. As I moved up the line, a better control...
  14. JimmyS

    Pass XP-20 DB-25 Umbilical upgrade: Has anyone any suggestions on how much of a difference and what brand?

    I have the Revelation cable on my Pass XP20. When I installed it, I experienced better detail in the soundstage via instrument separation and placement. I’m guessing the Revelation cable shields external noise better on the power supplies it is connecting, which provides the audible benefits.
  15. JimmyS

    DCS Vivaldi

    I bought the clock at the same time as my DAC and Upsampler, and recently hooked up my SACD player to spin a CD via the upsampler and the system sounded broken. Borrowed a SACD player with a clock input to try and system sounded great. That clock really makes a difference in overall music...
  16. JimmyS

    New Magico speaker - new M5?

    I think this is a great excuse for a weekend holiday trip to the east coast with the wife :).
  17. JimmyS

    New Magico speaker - new M5?

    This increasing price gap means my S3's will stick around awhile longer.
  18. JimmyS

    Jimmy’s Audio System

    Room is 13'w. There is 14' back to my chair which is up against the "bar" which forms a 1/2 wall into the laundry room, which is another 7' of depth. Not sure what I can attribute to the change from 100 to 160 vs the change from .5's to .8's, but the main difference I heard immediately was the...
  19. JimmyS

    Jimmy’s Audio System

    Well 2018 has sure been a year of system refinements. Had the opportunity to compare the Pass XA160.8's to my XA100.5's and the new picture says it all.
  20. JimmyS

    DCS Vivaldi

    A note for those using Roon: double check the device settings in Roon to verify that the MQA setting is set for Decoder & Renderer. My setup did not default to this after I did the DAC/Upsampler updates.
  21. JimmyS

    Revelation audio Labs Umbilical Cables for Pass labs Xs pre and Xs powers

    Once I’m back in the US, I may be interested. My local shop just took in a XS Pre and I may be upgrading. Based on my XP20 experience with these cables, I suspect I’ll want one for the XS.
  22. JimmyS

    Any used A1 for sale

    Wish they were in the US. I'd be very tempted to give them a try in my setup.
  23. JimmyS

    DCS Vivaldi

    I am a Roon/Tidal user as well, and also have a NAS serving my CD/SACD collection and Hi-Rez downloads. From the NAS, I run Bubble uPnP server. Using Bubble UPnP, I configure the Upsampler to be an OpenHome renderer. Once this is enabled, I use the Lumin app which will recognize OpenHome...
  24. JimmyS

    DCS Vivaldi

    Rossini also decodes MQA, and the Vivaldi beta Firmware at Axpona was playing MQA. No official release date for the Vivaldi firmware, but since my upgrade to the Vivaldi I’ve not been worried about having MQA capability. Been playing with qobuz and the native hirez playback sounds great.
  25. JimmyS

    DCS Vivaldi

    The upsampler would replace the network bridge function. You could always use the bridge in a second system if you need a network interface to another DAC, otherwise it could be sold to apply the funds to an upsampler.
  26. JimmyS

    DCS Vivaldi

    When purchaing my Vivaldi, I had the opportunity to discuss the various configurations with my dealer and John & Jesse from dCS USA. The Vivaldi DAC/network bridge was the upgrade starting point from my Rossini, but the recommendation from everyone was the get the DAC/upsampler as the...
  27. JimmyS

    Sublime Sound

    Very cool to read about the progress your making. Gives me a few ideas to play with in the basement as well :).
  28. JimmyS

    Jimmy’s Audio System

    Sorry for the delayed replay. Finally home for a couple weeks to catch up with the world. I have heard the standard 12” arm, just not in my own system so cannot make a direct comparison. The table I brought home for audition had a Turbo arm with the AMG Reference phono cable, and that was the...
  29. JimmyS

    Brand Loyalty: Can one be too loyal?

    I guess for me its more of finding the pieces of the puzzle that fit and refining from there . For example: Amps have gone from Pass XA30.5 -> XA60.5's ->XA100.5's Digital has gone from PS Audio PWD -> dCS Debussy -> dCS Rossini -> dCS Vivaldi Cables: Kubala Fascination -> Expression ->...
  30. JimmyS

    Review: Wilson Alexia Series 2

    Hmm, Quintessence is one of my local dealers and they just received the Wilson line earlier this year. Giving someone a roller chair and listening to speakers not setup properly for audition has not been my experience at that store. Sure it wasn’t the previous area dealer for Wilson’s?

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