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  1. kennyb123

    Introduction of my new Antipodes K50 Music Server

    Just as an FYI, Alex describes his current part challenges here. Crazy times.
  2. kennyb123

    Introduction of my new Antipodes K50 Music Server

    I purchased my K30 without reading a single review about it. I looked at what Antipodes said their goals were and gave it a shot knowing that I could return it in 30 days. Who actually really knows exactly how a component is going to sound without hearing it in our own system? There are so...
  3. kennyb123

    Introduction of my new Antipodes K50 Music Server

    Every manufacturer is now facing parts shortages. Some are dealing with it by discontinuing products or listing them as out of stock. Those that continue to ship likely had to make parts substitutions. Are they being transparent about it? Antipodes sure is. I think I recall that it was Alex...
  4. kennyb123

    Linear Power Supply Network Findings

    I think I'd take that one step further and say the power cord feeding the LPS is another third of the equation.
  5. kennyb123

    Taiko Audio SGM Extreme : the Crème de la Crème

    I guess my home environment doesn't count as usual. Heh. I never understood why client device types was shown on the main dashboard as all my clients are shown as "other". Really cool to see the breakout on your dashboard. I'm on the beta channel so it's likely something ran amok there. It...
  6. kennyb123

    Introduction of my new Antipodes K50 Music Server

    Yeah crazy, isn’t it? I wouldn’t have gone there had my dealer not offered a good offer to trade up. I started with Alpha USB…then traded for Sigma…then traded for Omega.
  7. kennyb123

    Introduction of my new Antipodes K50 Music Server

    I have tried many USB cables but never the Callisto. The USB cable that really impressed me as being a significant step above all the other USB cables I tried was the Shunyata Sigma. This let so much more of the music pass through that I found myself ordering one from my dealer right away. I...
  8. kennyb123

    Shunyata Research - New Products for 2020

    Here’s one of the patents that covers QR/BB: https://patents.google.com/patent/US10031536B2/en?oq=10%2c031%2c536 As you can see it covers the very specific case of converting from AC to DC: ”Because power supplies pull current in instantaneous pulses, and because the inventive device is...
  9. kennyb123

    Aurender N30 - To stay competitive in 2021

    It’s more like he’s intentionally avoiding your point. He simply won’t allow for an “expensive” product to actually be better.
  10. kennyb123

    Aurender N30 - To stay competitive in 2021

    These examples don't apply at all to the lifecycle of a typical audiophile purchase. It seems like you are using terms and arguments you've heard about yet don't really understand.
  11. kennyb123

    Aurender N30 - To stay competitive in 2021

    This is a logical fallacy. Just because there are expensive products that don’t justify their premium price doesn’t mean that all expensive products don’t. Also how a product is marketed says practically nothing about how well the product will actually perform. So just because some audio gear...
  12. kennyb123

    Spectral DMA 150 Upgrade

    What lead you to discovering that? I have the same amp. Was it something you heard?
  13. kennyb123

    DTCD Explained

    Really nice looking setup!
  14. kennyb123

    DTCD Explained

    Hi John! It’s my understanding that a Typhon can still be beneficial, but with the Everest the latest technologies make it outperform the products formerly at the top of their lineup (Triton v3 plus Typhon QR) and do so for a lot less money. As far as products below the Everest, I’m not...
  15. kennyb123

    Spectral DMA-90

    I was just browsing and came across this listing. I have no affiliation with the seller. https://skyfiaudio.com/collections/just-arrived/products/spectral-audio-dma-90-high-resolution-amplifier-complete-and-like-new-set
  16. kennyb123

    Introduction of my new Antipodes K50 Music Server

    I was unfamiliar with your horns so just poked around on the PureAudioProject website. Wow their speakers look so cool!! I was going to ask your thoughts on Voxativ when I read that you are "very sensitive to discontinuity". But I see that the Trio 15 offers "three options of Voxativ...
  17. kennyb123

    Introduction of my new Antipodes K50 Music Server

    Excellent post! I especially like the paragraph I quoted. I think we each hear differently too. We have differing sensitivity to noise, artifacts and colorations. And that can be reflected in our choices. I also think our ears are drawn to different aspects of musical reproduction. For me...
  18. kennyb123

    Introduction of my new Antipodes K50 Music Server

    Their ArNi conductor first made its appearance in their Alpha and Sigma USB and Ethernet cables. Omega then followed, I believe. And now pretty much all their v2 cables use that same conductor. According to Shunyata ArNi “begins with the highest purity of copper and silver metals available...
  19. kennyb123

    Good mid-price audiophile switches

    Very neat option. Please report back the benefits you see and hear.
  20. kennyb123

    Introduction of my new Antipodes K50 Music Server

    That’s really well said and similar to my impression off my K30 relative to my previous Innuos Zenith. What you wrote also reminded me of the Shunyata Sigma USB cable. Had the Omega not come along I would be singing the Sigma’s praises. It really let’s a lot more come through and is an...
  21. kennyb123

    Introduction of my new Antipodes K50 Music Server

    It‘s actually a hybrid power supply in the K series and the S60. It provides the speed of a SMPS without the negatives typically associated the SMPS.
  22. kennyb123

    Introduction of my new Antipodes K50 Music Server

    Taiko hits all of them. Antipodes K50 would hit them all except not best in class. Though if you were to say “best in class for a budget not to exceed $15K” then it would hit that and the rest of them. (The Extreme isn’t really two tier, but it doesn’t need to be as the hardware and software...
  23. kennyb123

    Introduction of my new Antipodes K50 Music Server

    I provided a list of the important criteria to me above in post 288. It would help to have your list of what would be important to you.
  24. kennyb123

    Introduction of my new Antipodes K50 Music Server

    Thanks! Interesting box but it wouldn’t have made my short list. I base that mostly on the software selection as my brief skimming of the review and software manual lead me to believe that Roon is the only choice. Also I’m not a fan of it having a SMPS or of running server apps on a low power...
  25. kennyb123

    Introduction of my new Antipodes K50 Music Server

    The Grimm will give you 4FS so you will be covered there. It’s been my experience that the real magic with PCM starts to happen at 8FS. I’d confirm with Grimm that they will eventually support higher rates if you are planning to get a newer DAC. Support for DXD (8FS) is becoming ubiquitous.
  26. kennyb123

    Introduction of my new Antipodes K50 Music Server

    The Grimm looks super cool in that it can do upscaling. They call it "oversampling". For an apples-to-apples comparison, you would have to make use of the trial license for HQPlayer on the K50. You can contact the developer, Jussi, to get input on the right settings to use for your DAC...
  27. kennyb123

    Network Improvements and their Impact on Sound Quality

    I wouldn't have imagined that could be the case. Crazy.
  28. kennyb123

    Network Improvements and their Impact on Sound Quality

    It might be a good time to see if you can bring the sound of them closer by using some isolation. I wonder what a span of fiber between your gear and your ISP might do, for example. It could be that the new network is dumping more noise on the wire so be sure that the ethernet cable used...
  29. kennyb123

    Introduction of my new Antipodes K50 Music Server

    I somewhat addressed that on head-fi yesterday in this post. I will try to flip that to reflect your request. Antipodes checks all these boxes. Sever should be capable of dynamics and transient speed - music must come to life. Low power CPUs are not good at this. Two-tier architecture seems...
  30. kennyb123

    Introduction of my new Antipodes K50 Music Server

    Live and learn, as they say. This is a still a nascent market to some degree. I think it may be getting harder for some designers to figure out how to improve on their current models. I’ve owned servers from Auralic, Sonore, Innuos and now Antipodes. Each, except for the Auralic, was a...

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