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Gee, wish you'd posted a review of the STi7. What power supply did you use with the microRendu?Perhaps Andrew aimed too high for my budget by suggesting the bundled ultraRendu, converter, and 2 power supplies. As a "speaker guy" I'm a believer that source only provides a small percentage of the overall system sound quality.
I don't see any fouls here. Andrew is in the business to sell his computers. Its a good product but is kind of a "premium" solution. If you were emphasizing better sound quality, then Small Green Computer is a proven and solid choice... but it comes at a price. If you want to value engineer this, then, you kind of went about this backwards. You should buy the renderer/microrendu (ultra or otherwise) and then worry about the "premium" storage/ computer. If you don't have an unlimited budget , then your going to have to make some decisions besides the highest end stuff... its kind of like buying a $1000 power cord and then complaining about the $8000 preamp that you have to buy to make the power cord work right. Since you have a PS Audio direct stream... does that have dsd and corresponding I2S connections??... I think. If that's the case and you want to stream DSD... that will dictate what kind of hardware you need. To get ROON working on that correctly, your going to need a pretty strong compooder. I could go into what I do (which is valued engineered and sounding marvelous... and waay above the Mac Mini/Itunes I used to roll with) but it so different from powered speaker and the PS Audio sound, I'm not sure its relevant. I can tell you that streaming w microrendu and roon/tidal is pure joy and the most fun I've had listening to music.
I’m currently using a 2012 Mac mini i7 quad core with an ultraRendu and would love to move the Mac to a more dedicated computer use and go with the SGC i7 as I upsample with roon. The price increase with going with SGC is what keeps holding me back, for $2k I would hope it would be a great improvement over the mini.
Ok I know I'm BADH but being a bit of a DIY computer guy I must offer up my same old solution. Get a low cost PC like one of these:https://www.newegg.com/Chromebox-Desktops-Mini-PCs/PromotionStore/ID-2047763Get a copy of Daphile for FREE!!!https://www.daphile.com/Don't get to caught up in audio-foolery about power supplies, vibration and such.Next get something like the ISOREGEN from Uptone:https://uptoneaudio.com/products/iso-regenPlay around with Daphile a bit and you'll find a lot more features then are listed on the web site.Ric
The problem w your suggestion is.... the OP has to tell us if he plans to stream hi rez. If he is into hi rez, then by the time you price out I7's and ram and etc that will allow DSD streaming, then you are at the same price as a ROON ROCK or even getting close to Green Computers.
The problem w your suggestion is.... the OP has to tell us if he plans to stream hi rez. If he is into hi rez, then by the time you price out I7's and ram and etc that will allow DSD streaming, then you are at the same price as a ROON ROCK or even getting close to Green Computers.The power supply is important but you dont have to go w the most expensive. My system is in my profile here. I don't do hi rez and have optimized my digital playback accordingly. Hi Rez dictates a whole different set of decisions... from computer processing power, to the chip in the DAC, to the SPDIF/USB converter and on and on. It really is two different animals and whole nudder subject.
Um, you don't need an i7 to stream hi-rez (or DSD).
I'm running a AMD A4-6300 Richland Dual-Core 3.7 GHz with 8 gig of RAM using 4 GIG as a playback buffer with no performance problems...although I plan to add 8 more gig....just for headroom. BTW I stream DSD128 as well.Meant to post this link originally. https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100019096%20600337533%20600373488%20600337532%20600337530%204814%20600014654&IsNodeId=1Ric
JLM, is there a reason you haven't simply networked the PSA Jr with the installed bridge II? You would place your music on a small dedicated NAS, install the Roon software on your laptop (or any computer on the network) , and connect the dac via ethernet. Done.You'd be ready to pull music from the NAS, stream Tidal, whatever. The network connectivity is the primary advantage of the PSA dacs.
Answer: ignorance, wanting a super simple system, and being a 'certified' computer dummy (so I have no idea how to setup/maintain a NAS). I thought the ethernet input/streaming function built into the DSJ would provide SQ improvements with a 'plain' server. Now I'm confused at all the options and reviews out there.
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