Newbie to streaming about two months into the journey. All I can say is WOW! After reading tons of blogs elsewhere, and watching YouTubes about streaming with people like Darko and Analog recording with Michael Fremer. I was becoming more aware of Streaming with Darko and what it’s all about. Still have mixed feelings about analog sources as I do like what Mike has to offer too.
But today I am heading into the digital area. Wow, I said it. I can’t lie as I listen to Cd’s Mp3’s and DVD audio discs too. My children were using Spotify too.
1st question: Before I re-rip the CD’s for Roon what format should I use ?
So I purchased Roon /Tidal and dived in! Kind of late to ask more questions but I decided to ask this blog for help. I hope I didn’t make too many mistakes. So please point them out so I can save a few bucks on my future plans. After reading the Roon Blogs today I felts I was heading down the wrong path and this guy is amazing. Yea BINGO…https://archimago.blogspot.com/2018/12/measurements-intel-i7-pc-and-raspberry.html
So now I do agree with Archimago "Math and instrumentation are key to understanding facts but I do agree experiment with ears helps too. In the end it all comes down to the almighty dollar and “ArchImago” just blew me out of the water. Holy Moly…what the heck should I do next ?
I could not figure out the language/ jargon? What does it actually represent? I was reading adverbs and adjectives on the blogs that pointed to sound reproduction! I could not decide what they represented in actual sound. I didn’t ask Wiki yet? When I listen to my endpoints I look for clear and balanced reproductions. I can adjust notch points or ring my listening space but I have no clue what the jargon is all about, it all sound nice but I am lost in understanding what the language represents.
Please help me make a better decisions and I will appreciate your time and effort. So thanks for reading and helping me. I like to help people too so maybe this will be good for others.
So far I do enjoy Roon! This is what started it all.
Today I am using PCs with Windows or Linux applications as a core and for endpoints/bridges. It all works fine but now we are looking for the best HiFi solutions we could find. Maybe I am there already but before I read Archimago info I had spent more dollars and this is where it took me.
Two Pi-4s are about to arrive on my door, not here yet. One from Allo with a Spdif hat and a linear power supply and the other is just a Pi-4 with nothing from Amazon for monkeying around.
Second question: Now for a DAC ? Should I buy a Shiit dac with Unison USB and Balanced outs? This fits my B&K Ref 70 balanced in’s on my pre-amp. But if anyone can help me here then I am all ears.
My current Configurations is:
Today in my favorite listening area I use B&K Ref 70 pre, coupled with Toslink to my Core ( Asus motherboard with typical high-end graphic boards and large fans on Intel Cpu platform) and this sounds nice. The PC is out of the way not near my listening area.
My Roon endpoints
1st a dell alienware x51 with Toslink connected to a B&K 505 receiver. This sound nice too. This PC, Also broadcasts a stream with ICE-cast back to my core, sending playback from analog tape recorders and Lps “records” back to the core. This works pretty darn good too. I was surprised with the audio output. I listen to older analog & digital sources from this enpoint anywhere in the Roon System.
2nd endpoint is a Dell xps Pc using the OEM sound board connected to analog Sony SRS-D2 speakers and this sound pretty nice in the kitchen. I will let this alone as it fits the kitchen well. We surf at this location too.
3rd and Lastly I used built a 4 core Dell with Unbuntu Os and used the OEM sound board to a Vintage Sony reel to reel With speakers “Model TC630”. Well this sound ok for my garage. But today I am dusting off a Harmon Kardon AVR 247 for this location soon. Planning to use Toslink from the PC to the AVR too. Thinking pi here.