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Introduction The Raspberry PI model 3 is an ultra-capable miniature sized computer that I still use to this day for my audio applications. At the time of this publication (February 2019), I probably went through a dozen Linux distributions, using the PI as a source for my DAC. It has worked wonderfully ever since. And […] Read more

Introduction I’m a strong believer in full balanced topology. Compared to single-ended circuits having RCA connectors, a true balanced signal source will typically output the music and a completely phase-shifted representation thereof. As a result, the receiver can reject anything that both signals have in common. This behavior is also known as common-mode noise rejection. […] Read more

Why Upgrade My Phono Preamp?! That’s a damned good question since I already own the very decent Schiit Mani which I purchased with my Marantz TT15 S1 turntable. See my earlier post to read the full story. I attribute the desire to get something “better” to my curiosity. I wanted to test what factors contribute […] Read more

Introduction Pre-Disclosure: I’m an active, paying Roon Labs subscriber (annual subscription) so my article is based on my personal experiences with the Roon Labs service and its applications. I’m not earning comissions from Roon Labs nor do I receive any benefits. I’ve probably mentioned it a thousand times and I won’t stop telling folks how […] Read more

Introduction Although I’m personally a raving fan of TIDAL as my main audiophile streaming service, I can understand why Spotify is such a popular choice among the younger generation. First of all, the stability and ease of use of their smartphone apps is unbeatable (although TIDAL has been catching up lately). In addition, you have […] Read more

I just noticed that I’ve recently not been posting a lot to my blog. This has been primarily for work reasons. I have a busy main job in the IT industry. I’m sure some of you can relate to that :) Couple of months ago, I felt the desire to own a speaker rig. Don’t […] Read more

Introduction If you’ve spent a considerable amount of time ripping, archiving and possibly tagging your precious music library, the last thing on earth you want is a storage disaster. Unfortunately, spinning hard disks are not the most secure way to store your music collection for an extended period of time. In the computer industry, failure […] Read more

Introduction I recently attended a regional Head-Fi Meet in Vienna, Austria and had a an absolute blast! Where else can you listen to multi-thousand euro setups and hang out with some really nice people who share the same hobby? There’s no dealer anywhere who can let you sample such a wide variety of audio gear. […] Read more

Introduction I recently purchased two Kindle Fire HD 8 tablets from Amazon (Adertising Link) for my kids to stop the endless fights for a single gaming device. My kids primarily use them for Minecraft and the occasional YouTube video. As an Amazon prime member, I can access tons of videos and music which is really […] Read more

Introduction Roon is a clever music streaming architecure that has taken the audiophile community (and myself) by storm. And with good reason. It just works perfectly well. I couldn’t believe how easy it was upgrading to the latest version 1.3. Not only was my Core automatically migrated, it even updated my Raspberry PI endpoint without […] Read more