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by zippy
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A last, long goodbye to Cyrus
Replies: 26
Views: 526

Re: A last, long goodbye to Cyrus

Asking for trouble, trying something you can't afford !
by zippy
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Google Chromecast Audio
Replies: 3
Views: 285

Re: Google Chromecast Audio

This was on my birthday list but everyone in France seems to be sold out. Staff in Boulanger said that Google have stopped making them and had [b]no plans to bring out a new model [/b]. I found one on ebay so this is likely to be my Christmas present. If you don't currently have a streamer, buy one...
by zippy
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upgrade advice
Replies: 7
Views: 166

Re: Upgrade advice

mickbald wrote:Definitely no the psxr2 upgrade. it makes a slight difference but only on top end gear IMO. The psxr is perfectly adequate.


I agree with that.
by zippy
Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upgrade advice
Replies: 7
Views: 166

Re: Upgrade advice

I still have my old NP30, which I upgraded to a StreamX (only to match the rest of the hifi). There's very little difference between them in sound quality, and the Cyrus is a much bigger 'maintenance' overhead (e.g. having to take back to dealer for firmware updates). By the way, I suggest don't ev...
by zippy
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Upgrade advice
Replies: 7
Views: 166

Re: Upgrade advice

I still have my old NP30, which I upgraded to a StreamX (only to match the rest of the hifi).
There's very little difference between them in sound quality, and the Cyrus is a much bigger 'maintenance' overhead (e.g. having to take back to dealer for firmware updates).
by zippy
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What Speaker cable are we all using
Replies: 25
Views: 558

Re: What Speaker cable are we all using

Van Damme LCOFC
by zippy
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mains Lead
Replies: 7
Views: 283

Re: Mains Lead

Of course it will taste better - we all know that spending ridiculous amounts of dosh on cables will, almost by definition, improve everything.
by zippy
Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Spotted
Topic: Fanthorpe's advertising trade-in deal on Cyrus One
Replies: 1
Views: 90

Re: Fanthorpe's advertising trade-in deal on Cyrus One

Lintone are doing a very similar deal - I'm guessing it's been sponsored direct by Cyrus.
by zippy
Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Noisy mains
Replies: 3
Views: 268

Re: Noisy mains

[ quote="mojo"] ... if you happen to be at the end of a long power line, far from the nearest power station and then someone adds a solar array next door to your house, I can see the potential for problems.... [/quote] Exactly my situation, hence why I use a mains regenerator, Now you're g...
by zippy
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do I get started with Digital Storage and Playback?
Replies: 20
Views: 614

Re: How do I get started with Digital Storage and Playback?

I agree that 24 bit files aren't always worth the premium cost.
I've tried all bit rates and rather than pay a lot for high res, I now simply buy and rip CD's.
My belief is as stated above, that the quality of the mastered recording has more effect than the final bit rate.
by zippy
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do I get started with Digital Storage and Playback?
Replies: 20
Views: 614

Re: How do I get started with Digital Storage and Playback?

I'm confused and need help again. My NAS drive seems to be broken. I don't really want to buy another one (just yet,) as the price of 24bit music is putting me off a little, circa £25 per album. I pay for TIDAL masters but as I understand the stream x sig with TIDAL built in only plays 16 bit files...
by zippy
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do I get started with Digital Storage and Playback?
Replies: 20
Views: 614

Re: How do I get started with Digital Storage and Playback?

"If I own a 24bit album, will it sound the same or different on different storage drives? I think you may be opening a can of worms here, but as an 'audiophile' and long time IT technician, my opinion is that it will sound exactly the same. What is the difference between high quality and low q...
by zippy
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What happens when the NAS fallsover
Replies: 6
Views: 448

Re: What happens when the NAS fallsover

Hi I think most people who buy a NAS think Raid is a backup, well it's not. If you lose 2 drives then you will lose files. Now I have everything on external drives as a backup A very important point. You should always have an external backup. This is quite a good article on the subject: https://www...
by zippy
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is the dac xp sig a massive upgrade?
Replies: 9
Views: 672

Re: Is the dac xp sig a massive upgrade?

IMHO, No - the improvement is small - still worth doing if you have the spare cash.
A PSX2 power supply the same - small improvement.
by zippy
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: StreamX versus Auralic G1
Replies: 18
Views: 1599

Re: StreamX versus Auralic G1

"with the Bryston amp providing a little warmth I’m happy."

Strange you should say that, since most people seem to describe the Bryston as cold and clinical.
I would say it's 'accurate' so how it sounds depends on the rest of the system. I'm glad you've found a good combination.