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    Got my DAC from Schitt and hooked it up today. I haven't done any A/B testing but my initial reaction is that the bass response is fuller. It's hard to quantify in a way that doesn't make me sound like a woo idiot. But it does make sense to me that by improving on the cheap converter inherit in most computers you get somewhat better sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chalkpie View Post
    I need a new integrated amp with phono stage. Was looking at the Rega Brio but then read some negative shit about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    Well sure, but did you notice the asterisked note?



    For $125k, you don't get the interconnects. They're EXTRA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    Got my DAC from Schitt and hooked it up today. I haven't done any A/B testing but my initial reaction is that the bass response is fuller. It's hard to quantify in a way that doesn't make me sound like a woo idiot. But it does make sense to me that by improving on the cheap converter inherit in most computers you get somewhat better sound.
    That maybe the Schitt However the biggest impact is the analog section and it's performance on high dynamic range signals. Quality D/A convertors are cheap. An excellent DAC with great analog and digital interface is not cheap. My adapter for my lightning plug to mini sounds good on my PSB headphones which are active and have an active amplifier at the output of the adapter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strawberrybrick View Post
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    Take a look at this system - anyone have any idea how you get your system to respond to one remote through an iPad?

    https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threa...#post-20621314
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    ...anyone have any idea how you get your system to respond to one remote through an iPad?
    Since iPads do not provide IR (infared), there must be some sort of internet-linked adapter box that does the actual switching. I trialed a similar device on my TV. The PROBLEM with it was that the signal had to go from my iPad via Bluetooth to the internet device, up to the host in the internet, and then get sent back down to my TV to make the actual change.

    It worked, but it was annoying-as-hell to wait 5-10 seconds for a channel change or volume change. MUCH easier to point an IR remote at the TV and get instant response.
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    Haven't been here for a while... I purchased a pair of the Neat Acoustic Iota Alpha speakers for the living room, and quite pleased with them. The big change was that I've gone from powered-sub speakers (Definitive Technology) to ones that are not; takes a little getting used to, especially at lower volumes. But they are true high-fidelity speakers, bringing out the best - and worst - of my collection. I am quickly becoming a fan of ribbon tweeters...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    Since iPads do not provide IR (infared), there must be some sort of internet-linked adapter box that does the actual switching. I trialed a similar device on my TV. The PROBLEM with it was that the signal had to go from my iPad via Bluetooth to the internet device, up to the host in the internet, and then get sent back down to my TV to make the actual change.

    It worked, but it was annoying-as-hell to wait 5-10 seconds for a channel change or volume change. MUCH easier to point an IR remote at the TV and get instant response.
    Thanks. I was seeing some of that in my Google search. Back to pointing the remote (or wrestling the remote from my wife's hands).

    I wish that AI would become more...intelligent. At least to the point of controlling things like a home theater or a stereo lashed to a computer: Alexa, turn on Amazon Prime and get another episode of Mrs. Maisel. Or, Alexa, play some Djam Karet. But you know that by the time we reach that level the tech gods will go to war, with giant mechanica battling in the streets for control, logos of Google or Amazon or Apple on their chests. The Apple one will be made of the best material but still won't be worth a damn if it rains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    I wish that AI would become more...intelligent. At least to the point of controlling things like a home theater or a stereo lashed to a computer: Alexa, turn on Amazon Prime and get another episode of Mrs. Maisel. Or, Alexa, play some Djam Karet.
    Some of this MAY exist. Or will soon. Last month Alexa announced support for something called Mastermind, that connects all your devices (supposedly) so Alexa can send and receive emails, control smart TVs, use Google to search via voice on your Alexa, et cetera. I downloaded the app, but frankly haven't really looked into it yet.

    This is the direction stuff is going, of course. It's just a matter of time.

    I don't know if Alexa knows Djam Karet, but I often say "Alexa, play some Tony Bennett" or "Monkees" or "Beatles" whenever I have an urge for something mainstream.


    [Edit: Alexa didn't know Djam Karet. She tried to give me some Thai rap group. But then again I may have mispronounced it?]

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    I bet you would have had better luck telling Alexa the name of a specific Djam Karet album or tune (provided it's in Amazon's library). Anyway, I'll continue punching the TV remote and manually playing CDs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    Some of this MAY exist. Or will soon. Last month Alexa announced support for something called Mastermind, that connects all your devices (supposedly) so Alexa can send and receive emails, control smart TVs, use Google to search via voice on your Alexa, et cetera. I downloaded the app, but frankly haven't really looked into it yet.

    This is the direction stuff is going, of course. It's just a matter of time.

    I don't know if Alexa knows Djam Karet, but I often say "Alexa, play some Tony Bennett" or "Monkees" or "Beatles" whenever I have an urge for something mainstream.


    [Edit: Alexa didn't know Djam Karet. She tried to give me some Thai rap group. But then again I may have mispronounced it?]
    Great, so more devices can fight for control, and nothing works. Like between my Google inspired Sony TV and my Pioneer receiver. Itís taken 6 months for the Google TV OS to get where it is and it still does weird things, and yesterday I couldnít cut the receiver off because it kept trying to turn it back on. I just went back to enabling control after giving up months ago and making my TV dumb by disabling control via ARC. Iíd like the receiver to control the TV, but the TVís ego is too big and it is incompetent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firth View Post
    Great, so more devices can fight for control, and nothing works. Like between my Google inspired Sony TV and my Pioneer receiver. Itís taken 6 months for the Google TV OS to get where it is and it still does weird things, and yesterday I couldnít cut the receiver off because it kept trying to turn it back on. I just went back to enabling control after giving up months ago and making my TV dumb by disabling control via ARC. Iíd like the receiver to control the TV, but the TVís ego is too big and it is incompetent.
    Sounds like a Soap Opera. Have you considered bringing in Dr. Phil to referee?

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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    Sounds like a Soap Opera. Have you considered bringing in Dr. Phil to referee?
    Update: By sending HDMI ARC out from receiver to the TV HDMI (non-ARC) input/output, everything works great with TV apparently bowing to the receiver and whatever components are input to the receiver. The ARC audio output from the TV is crap anyway because it supports up to DOlby Digital (DD). I used my 4k Apple TV for my streaming cause it outputs Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos Sound to the receiver. And the receiver sends Dolby Vision to TV in bypass. The last I checked, the 4k Apple TV is the only stream box supporting these. I need to buy some Elac Dolby Atmos speakers to get the full benefit. However Atmos in 5.1 sounds great. Note that those WiFi speakers need a front end like that Apple TV to for full immersive surround. I canít wait till the Prog artists start to exploit Atmos with unique creative content.
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