I remember Derek mentioning on a thread somewhere that for absolute peace of mind, an external copy of the music files contained in the hard drives in your NAS was pretty much essential. Did a little bit of research, and of course, he's absolutely right.
So . . . this Christmas Santa brought me a WD 3TB 'My Passport' Ultra Premium external HDD. I've hooked it up to my Synology NAS, and configured it (after it's initial full backup) to back up only the changed files every Monday morning at 06:00, as I've already configured it (the NAS) to empty the recycle bin every morning at 05:00!. So I'm a happy bunny.
But I nearly wasn't, I nearly smashed the thing before I'd even taken it out of the package! I ordered it from Amazon, and my 'preferred safe place' is my shed. It was supposed to be delivered yesterday, but by 5:30pm it had still not arrived. After our dinner at around 6:30pm, I thought I would look in on Diyah to see if there were any more comedy questions from our resident Zebedee. Whilst I was online I checked my email to see if Amazon had emailed about a possible re-delivery next day. However, it showed up as actually having been delivered to my 'preferred safe place'. Brilliant!
I immediately headed out the door to go to my shed and nearly fell over. It had been placed under our doormat. I had taken a step out the door (in the dark) and stepped right on it! I heard a kind of crunch as I nearly fell over the thing. Anyway, gets it inside and finds a rather soggy Amazon cardboard package with an equally soggy Amazon 'Sorry we missed you' type note. Wrong! We were both in, and no-one rang the bell or knocked the door. The 'We've left it in your preferred safe place' box had been ticked, but the driver had then wrote, "Left under mat" or similar. WTF!
I was almost hoping it would fall out of the package in pieces just so I could write a scathing email to Amazon and send it back for a replacement, but it works perfectly and appears to be completely undamaged. So all's well that ends well, but still, a pretty stupid thing to do with a little piece of electronics costing the thick end of £100!
Grrr....don't get me started on Amazon Jeff (glad the HDD is okay though!).
I use Prime and delivery is usually good but the last few months it's been appalling. Had 6 parcels where they've missed the guaranteed delivery date and another that they e-mailed to say had been despatched but in reality never actually left the building (DPD tracking never got beyond 'we expect to receive your parcel shortly') and then 3 days later they send me an e-mail informing me that they've processed 'my' return and issued a refund....by which point the item the marketplace seller had listed was sold out.
Latest **** up is with the DT-990. They were meant to deliver on Monday to a locker at the local newsagent. Monday comes and goes with no update or pick up code. Since then I've checked the order tracking daily and on Tues, Wed and Thurs there is a new update claiming the courier (TNT) tried to deliver the parcel that day. But for one reason or another each day they are unable to do so, so take it away with them again. Now it's not because the store is closed or there are no staff around because on Tuesday TNT somehow managed to deliver another parcel I was expecting to the same shop at the exact same time without any problems. What a bunch of useless ****s
I remember Derek mentioning on a thread somewhere that for absolute peace of mind, an external copy of the music files contained in the hard drives in your NAS was pretty much essential.
More by accident than design I now have three backups of my music library. I just bought a new laptop which has a 2TB drive fitted; my music library lives on that disc now so my original working library disc is now a backup along with the two backup discs I already had. Hope that makes sense.
I think I will definitely wait for a Stream Magic 7, which hopefully will be comprehensively better than the Stream Magic 6 V1. I get the feeling (maybe wrongly) that the V2, is a stop-gap, while they develop the Stream Magic 7, maybe with a Sabre dac on board??
I've saw on Hi-Fi World's "coming-up-next-month" blurb that they're going to review an Azur 851N.
This still doesn't seem to be a 'Stream Magic 7'!!
According to the CA website the 851N adds :-
1 - native support for Spotify 2 - native 24/192 playback 3 - Apple Airplay support 4 - DSD
These all seem to be (slight , as far as I'm concerned) 'improvements' to the original StreamMagic 6 (V1). This new Azur 851N still uses the heart and soul of the SM6, the Anagram Technologies AFT2 24 bit/384 kHz up-sampling circuit. The rest seem to be fiddling around the edges.
1 - Spotify - don't use it. 2 - native 24/192 - can't tell the difference between 24/96 and 24/192 3 - Apple Airplay - Apple, Ha-ha,Ha-ha,Ha-ha,Ha-ha,Ha-ha,Ha-ha,Ha-ha,Ha-ha,Ha-ha. 4 - DSD - Not interested.
So you can see that Cambridge Audio will have to come up with a genuine upgrade, and not just adding on some extra capabilities that probably should have been there in the first place.
Earlier I said "I think I will definitely wait for a Stream Magic 7, which hopefully will be comprehensively better than the Stream Magic 6 V1. I get the feeling (maybe wrongly) that the V2, is a stop-gap, while they develop the Stream Magic 7, maybe with a Sabre dac on board??"
Well, the V2 does appear to have been a stopgap - while they developed the Azur 851N. But it still uses the exact same DAC (excellent though it is) as my SM6 V1. I will not accept anything CA release as a true upgrade till they change the 'heart and soul' of the player, i.e. the DAC. And it would have to be something special to better the Anagram Technologies ATF 24/384.
The Sabre 9018 or 9023?
Hi I am new to this board! I read the 851N has a different chipset then the CXN! My budget is liking the CXN more. Are you guys saying the two are similar even though 851N uses the Analog Devices multibit dac instead of Wolfson? Thanks!
It is not so much the actual DAC chip used that determines the sound quality of a DAC. What's more important is the used filter (options).
When these types of DACs have similar 'filters' and are level matched I am quite sure no one can tell them apart in a blind test. In sighted tests and simply comparing outputs I am 100% sure I can pick the different ones with a 100% succes rate.
Any 'slow' filters (the ones that only 'post ring' are different sounding simply because they are rolled-off in the upper treble and may have phase shifts.
The 'steep' filters with pre-ringing are by far the best performers. Some prefer a rolled-off top end though... there is nothing wrong with that.
Also USB implementations, PCB layout and internal components for reconstruction filters can have measurable effects.
When both DACs have all the bells and whistles you need I would not worry too much about anything you may be missing out on.
use your EARS to enjoy MUSIC .... NOT as an analyzer
lobalwarming: Meanwhile... stick some cotton rolls under the pad roll to fluff 'em out a bit. Or just admit you like the free bass boost from worn pads. It's what I do. Except the admitting part
Oct 5, 2021 22:51:55 GMT
Mr Trev: "few days". It's said that for at least a couple weeks. I though about Brainwavz since they make adapters for Senn. Reviews say they're 3d printed garbage tho
Oct 6, 2021 0:52:14 GMT
Mr Trev: Maybe I should say "to heck with it" and just buy a ATH-R70x. Folks claim they're like 650s, but with proper bass
Oct 6, 2021 0:53:47 GMT
lobalwarming: Or... buy from Jeff... $10 more vs many $100s more for the R70x. Not sure they have 'proper' bass - more similar to the 650s than not. And not nearly as smooth up top.
Oct 6, 2021 4:49:46 GMT
Mr Trev: IIRC when I was on Headphone Bar's site they had Dekoni pads on sale for the same price as stock Senns. I'd probably go that route before being gouged an extra $10 (honestly, how can foam and velour be worth $60 in the 1st place)
Oct 6, 2021 15:06:53 GMT
Mr Trev: I just don't know how well the sound change would go down for me
Oct 6, 2021 15:07:15 GMT
lobalwarming: With the supply chain issues... $62 for a little foam and fabric is cheap. BTW - my official Senn pads cost $64 in 2019. And well worth it. ;-)
Oct 6, 2021 22:43:08 GMT
lobalwarming: I have the Dekoni Elite Velours for the 650. Gives them a big 'proper' bass boost, so you might like them - didn't at the time, but was my anorexic tonal period. Mood and whims change - pad rolling is almost as much fun as tube rolling. For only more $$$
Oct 6, 2021 22:46:20 GMT
Mr Trev: My X2 fulfills my "bassy" needs, so I don't need to go there. I'm surprised the X2s don't get more love. They seem to straddle the "fun" and "audiophile" lines pretty well IMO
Oct 7, 2021 17:21:29 GMT
Mr Trev: One of the guys I chat with on HF strongly prefers the Dekonis over the stock pads. He seems to be the exception though, most impressions I've read aren't too positive. Except for comfort, Dekoni apparent wins that hands down.
Oct 7, 2021 17:24:10 GMT
Mr Trev: Happy Turkey Day Lobey - and any other Canadians looking in
Oct 11, 2021 15:28:22 GMT