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I just am letting folks know I am back in town. I am very much looking forward to trying out the Pi stack as a possible replacement for my SB Touch.Thanks to John and Letitroll98 for putting this tour together.
For the $200 the Pi Stack is an absolute bargain in today's audio world. For a Cheap and Cheerful system, I cannot think of a better piece of gear to use.The Pi Stack opened my eyes into the world of SBC and HATS. I really think this is a way for people to move into very high quality digital audio at a very low price. It is also a way to keep your system up to date at a very low price. In the very near future their will be quite a variety of different DAC boards along with reclockers and isolators. Allo is rumored to be working on a R2R DAC boards along with one using the AKM 4490 series. Another project I have heard of is using the ESS 9018K2M. Perhaps a HAT could be made for just the analog section so you could choose between solid state or tube outputs. This way if a new DAC chip comes along you can easily swap out the DAC HAT without having to change out the software or analog output section you have grown to love.
Roon allows upsampling via software
I do have the unit in the house and the box seems to be in good shape. When I get a change I will take it next door and see if I can get it running, probably not until this weekend. Greg
Hi, any updates?
I knew right away this was a step up from the Pi/Boss combo I have. Although the Boss is bassy, it did not have the same impact as the Peregrination stack.
One thing to note, I did not upsample the files because the Rune version supplied did not have the feature or I just did not figure it out.
Comparing flac files on the flash drive compared to the same flac file on the network - the flash drive sounds better. It may lead me to putting the music on a self powered hard drive in the future.
When you set Moode to over sample the music changes dramatically. It gets more fluid and organic and warm.
It turns out the the Rune and Moode software do sound a bit different. The Rune, as provided, is a bit more open in the mids. The Moode varies depending the driver chosen for the dac. So it's probably the selection of driver software making the difference in the sound between the different music players.
The linear power supply sent on the tour can get very warm. It's not hot enough to be dangerous but it's probably not something you'd want to leave on when not in use.
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